Thursday, August 13, 2009

Writer's Workshop

Ok, I really haven't intentionally neglected my blog. It's just that I've had other more pressing things to do. I have a great Rant and Rave running around, as well as some observations about computers, but they'll have to wait. Today's post is for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

1.) Your trip to the ER...spill it.

I have great ER stories, but for some reason, I think they mean when I was there as a patient. Since that's only happened once, here goes.

It was right after I moved into this house, and I was doing some light yard work. I had on tennis shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. The sidewalk was way overgrown, and I was trying to get some of the grass cut back. I didn't have a weed whacker or mower, so I was using scissors and hands. One clump of grass was pretty stubborn, so I was kicking at it trying to get it loose. I was suddenly startled when a stick, about 8" long and 1/4" in diameter suddenly punctured the toe of my shoe and entered my foot.

Now, being an EMT, you would think I would know better. The first rule of impalement's is to leave them be unless they are compromising an airway, but instinct won and I pulled that sucker right back out. Going in - shocking. Coming out - painful! And, I realized if I took my shoe off, my foot would swell, and I still had a dirty house, so I finished cleaning house and then called a couple of EMT friends over. One of them took my sorry tail over to the ED where I had to sheepishly admit that I was there for myself.

The nurses and doctor were awesome. They saved their snickers and giggles for the other side of the door. I had to have an IV, and did you know you get cold when those things run? After a couple of rounds of antibiotics, I was sent home.

My foot swelled up like a sausage, and I found myself out of work for a few days while I recovered. The end of the world? Nope. Embarrassing? Definitely.

What about you ? Come play with us!


kisatrtle said...

OUCH! I can't believe you kept cleaning. I would have definately used that as an excuse to stop

Tina said...

Ouch! Can't believe you pulled it out yourself...Not me, I would have gone in with that sucker still connected to me!

Little Ms Blogger said...

Okay, that story was funny only because you knew better and still did everything you tell people NOT to do.

Jen said...

Great story. And I think that ppl in the medical field, myself included, always wait to long to go in or thing that we can do it ourselves. This has gotten me in trouble too.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

They say doctors make bad patients - can the same be said for EMTs?

Glad it all turned out okay!

April said...

Funny how logic goes out the window when you are the one hurt.

A Real Housewife said...

**stopping by from Mama Kats. never funny when one goes to the ER, of course, but i'm laughing out loud at the image of you stooped over cutting grass with SCISSORS!!!!

Mrs4444 said...

I wrote about my ER trip not too long ago; it's a long story that ends in a catheter and 1000 cc's of urine. There's nothing like a really good pee, ya know?

Your story gave me the willies. Yikes!