I am not even working full time at EMS yet. I've only done a few ride-outs and one clinical day.
But I've already experienced several odd characters and even odder situations.
My first contact ever with an emergency situation was during a ride-out while I was writing an article for The Buzz. We responded to a call for a patient stopped on the side of the highway with severe indigestion. When we arrived on scene, the EMT and Paramedic I was with performed their assessment and determined the man was not suffering from indigestion but rather, was having a massive heart attack. We loaded him in the ambulance and I did nothing other than hold this guy's hand and spike his IV bag. Other than that, I stayed out of the way and watched helplessly as this grown man cried like a baby at the relentless torturing pain he was enduring.
Once we got to the hospital and he was given some morphine for the pain he was able to relax and speak without much extra effort. I peeked in his room to check on him and he waved me over to him. I grabbed his hand and smiled.
"Honey," he said, "thank you for all you did to help me."
"It was nothing." I replied knowing I didn't do anything really.
"And honey," he began again and paused to breathe.
"You've got to be the prettiest damned EMT I've ever seen."
And then he called for a trash can so he could throw up.
Then, once I was helping transport a diabetic patient from the hospital back to his nursing home. We were looking over his room making sure we had gathered all his belongings. I asked him,
"Sir, do you need to take anything with you from this room?"
He glanced around the room and then grabbed my arm startling me and said,
"I'd only take you."
I smiled at him once the look of sheer fear left my face. I had no idea Casanova was still making his rounds.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I am not even working full time at EMS yet. I've only done a few ride-outs and one clinical day.
Posted by Carissa Mason at 5:23 AM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
So my son turned 6 this past week.
CRAZY, I know!
I wanted to come up with a party that would involve lots of fun activities but without having a bunch of rambunctious little boys all cooped up in a stuffy house. Well, what a better activity than having a camp out?! It was still fairly warm outside so we took it all outdoors and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows on our grill and in our fire pit.
Nice blazing inferno for the children, dad!
*cough* What fun it is *cough* roasting hot dogs. *cough, cough*
Ashley and me. I think we enjoyed the s'mores more than the kids did.
Roasting marshmallows was fun. Few wanted to eat them, they just wanted to roast them and then throw them in the pit and watch them blow up. lol. It was kind of entertaining.
Coloring our camp out backpacks.
Props to a husband who helped to make it all happen by doing such manly things as lighting the fire, operating the grill and handling crowd control.
I was going to make my own camp cake but my oven conveniently went kaput the day before so I had to settle for a Wal-mart clearance cake, (buttercream icing. ICK!). The cake was originally an army theme. So, I took all the army toys off and added the graham cracker tent, the iced sugar cone trees and the pretzel campfire encircled with yogurt covered raisin stones. It was a big hit! 6 candles made the campfire roar!
My little superhero making his big wish. *sniff*
You know momma has to get her birthday kiss in.
Opening the gifts.
This was a gift from his bestest cousin Liam. A picture of the 2 showing their HUGE muscles. It was too cute!
And this was the display of brotherly love afterward. Too cute! (It looks like Liam is choking Garrett but I promise, they were hugging.)
Making homemade trail mix. I lined up leftover pretzels, raisins, gummy worms, coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts, etc. and gave them each a bag to fill with their individualized trail mix snack bag.
This picture just happens to show all girls which I find ironic. All week long Garrett had been asking me, "My party is just for boys, right?" I would reply, "Well, your sisters will be there."
He'd say, "Oh, ok. That's ok, I guess. They can have cake. And you too, Mom. But no other girls, right?" I said, "Well the boys you have invited all have sisters that I'm sure will have to come, buddy." He sighed and reluctantly agreed to their potential presence but not without first proclaiming, "Well, ok. But only the boys will get to play in the tent, right?" I guess when you're surrounded by estrogen on all sides of you at all times and you're as masculine as he is, you beg for some manly birthday time with your bros. lol!
LOL! I thought this was soooo funny!
Everyone with their backpacks and favors. They each got a puppet to make at home, and a little basket filled with a wooden snake, rock bouncy balls, a plastic container with holes on top for catching bugs, a mini flashlight and pop rocks.
Overall, it was probably one of the most successful parties we've thrown. The cake was a hit, the gifts were a hit, and everyone enjoyed themselves to the point of not wanting to leave, adults included!
2 thumbs up!!!
Posted by Carissa Mason at 2:00 PM
My son was spending the night with my mom this last Friday. He was explaining to my mom that he has a hard time remembering which hand is his right and which one is his left. In an attempt to help my son more easily remember which hand was which she says, "Just remember that the hand you WRITE with is your RIGHT hand. And the one that's LEFT is your LEFT hand."
Garrett thinks that's pretty cool except that he remembers something. "But Nana, I can write with both hands." he says.
"Really??", my mom asks him in wonderment.
"Yes", he begins, "but this hand (pointing to his left) is messier. It's not very smart."
Posted by Carissa Mason at 1:44 PM
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Come inside and take a peek at my frightfully fun and fiendish home decor this Halloween season.
This is Belladonna, my witch dog.
Every witch needs the correct ingredients to cast the perfect spell. On my spice rack I have owl egg, scale of dragon, chicken pox, things that go bump in the night, sparkle of moon, wool of bat...
...eye of frog, salted lizard, witch hazel, spider legs, evil powder and lust dust. I also have the remains of the little girl down the lane and a picture of My Pretty, which makes me cackle every time I look at her.
It doesn't really show up in the photo but the back wall is a huge spider web that has some vintage Halloween postcards clipped to it with clothes pins.
And of course, there's Mortimer, the Head Waiter.
I just love this little display!
Looks like something's brewing!
Hope everyone has a Happy Fright Night!!
Posted by Carissa Mason at 6:42 AM
Friday, October 9, 2009
Posted by Carissa Mason at 4:24 AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This past weekend my husband and I were able to mark a very important event off of our Bucket List. We saw General Conference LIVE!
And here's the proof:
When we arrived at our hotel, 2 hours late and cold I might add, the receptionist delightfully upgraded our rooms for no reason. Best of all, it was FREE! This was our room. Have you ever seen a 2 story hotel room? Well, I haven't.
This is the view from the 2nd story of our room.
Needless to say, we were pleased with the freebie.
This was our getaway car for the weekend. Again, another steal of a deal.
Isn't she lovely? I wasn't a fan of Cadillacs until this eggplant colored beauty stole my heart.
I just think these buildings are beautiful!
Ye Ol' Tabernacle.
"Then...came Jesus and stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you." Luke 20:19
"And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord." Luke 20:21
"...be not faithless, but believing." Luke 20:27
I found it amusing that this is what some people chose to do with their Saturday free time. One day, I truly believe, people will decide to protest against things they actually know a little about.
And as for this guy, here's what I have to say to you, sir...
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another; if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Colossians 3:12-15
"Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off; him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer." Psalms 101:5
"...he that uttereth a slander is a fool." Proverbs 10:18
"They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders..." Jeremiah 6:28
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32.
The Conference Center on Friday, before the hustle and bustle.
30,000+ people all heading to see the prophet speak.
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" Matthew 18:20
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As wonderful as all the talks were, I must admit in full honesty that the thing that touched me the most was hearing the choir sing that beautifully powerful rendition of "Come, Come Ye Saints" LIVE. My eyes were indeed wet, to put it mildly.
Listening to them warm up before conference began.
We emerged spiritually fed and walking on the clouds.
This was the day we left. We stopped by a custard place that some of our friends took us to a couple nights before hoping to stuff our bellies full of the divine treat one more time before we had to go to the airport. Unfortunately, the place was closed. (Go figure, a place of business being closed on Sunday in Utah?!)...
However, the owner was there with his family enjoying a special treat in between conference sessions and saw us trying to get in. He opened the door and the first thing out of his mouth was, "You're not from around here, are you?" lol.
He chuckled and gave us some FREE custard since it was Sunday! AWESOME!
This trip really couldn't have gotten any better!
Oh wait, it just did...
Posted by Carissa Mason at 6:47 AM