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post #31 of 38 Old 02-14-2020, 06:30 PM
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I can't believe they want an ambulance EMT working, who is SICK!!!

Around here, fear and anxiety over the Corona virus has people acting silly. Being Seattle, we do have a LOT of people coming and going to China, but so far, no problems.
My husband came home from 2 weeks in Australia. He came back and promptly fell sick; just a bad headcold, like I hear a good bunch of y'all got. But if I say he fell sick after traveling, everyone looks worried and says, "It isn't that awful corona virus, is it?"

No, it isn't, and I was religious about washing my hands, bleaching doorknobs, being careful, and I DID NOT CATCH IT!!!!

yeah! And, we had like 3 days in a row without rain. What an amazing thing that is, since it has rained , literally, every day of January, and most of February. This allowed the flooding rivers to come down, thank Goodness!

I'm still horseless, but starting to work on finding a horse to part lease.

dinner will be some kind of Chinese type stirfry over rice.
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post #32 of 38 Old 02-15-2020, 10:25 AM
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@tinyliny - the company has had issues with people leaving mid-shift "sick" to avoid doing calls they don't want to do, so naturally they put the screws to all of us. (Staffing issues overall contribute to this - crews get sent far outside their primary service area because there's not enough crews). And if you try to call out the night before, to give them time to find someone, they ask "are you sure you'll still be sick tomorrow?" :eyeroll: None of the field providers - supervisors, EMTs, medics - actually want sick people working, but management cares more about completing calls and making money. 😞
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post #33 of 38 Old 02-15-2020, 02:46 PM
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I did it again didn't I. That's twice .

That's okay!
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post #34 of 38 Old 02-15-2020, 09:30 PM
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So... did all-o-ya-all post your valentines gifts on social media? I chose not to and now I think that maybe I didn't really get the roses that he gave me... because it's not documented -so it probably didn't happen right?

We usually watch baseball practice but Friday we dropped off and went to this resturaunt down the road... "Paradise Diner"... The waitress told us to take a seat at table three. I had no idea where table three was and she acted irritated that she had to point it out, then I didn't go right away and she was like "Right there" pointing and I looked down at this maybe three year old in front of me and I thought maybe I should just knock him down so she doesn't spit in my food but then a hosted grabbed his arm and yanked him out of the way so I guess he was hers?

Then we sat and she asked did we want bread and rolls so I said... Yes please... she took our drink order, came back and took our dinner order.... I got some weird chicken thing and husband got pork chops.... then she asked us if we wanted rolls and butter and we said yes..... Then she brought out the hot food.... and noticed our drinks were empty so she said she'd refill them... Then she uh... I don't know where she went but the lady at the counter kept screaming at the cook because she needed corn...

And then dinner was over and we went to pay... I would have liked to have the salad that came with the meal... and a drink refill... and maybe some rolls with butter....

But over all it was quite romantic... then we went back to baseball to get the kid and he was really excited because he got to run the practice... (the coach is looking for his captain and trying the kids all out)....

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post #35 of 38 Old 02-16-2020, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I can't believe they want an ambulance EMT working, who is SICK!!!
The healthcare industry, being profit-driven and understaffed, are one of the worst fields about people going to work sick, ironically. When I worked in healthcare, I was expected to be at work whether sick or not, and remember working 12-hour shifts with a 103 degree fever and vomiting. I went to the ER for pneumonia one morning, and went to work that afternoon. If someone dared to call in sick, you were punished with no hours the next couple of weeks, or the worst assignments, or shunned by everyone else working as they then have to step up when short-staffed, or 'let go' for some minor infraction they'd make up to fire you. As someone without children, calling in sick wasn't an option. People with kids could occasionally get away with it by saying one of the kids was sick. I am so glad I no longer work in the healthcare field.

A relative who is a doctor says they're already feeling the effects of the coronavirus in that most medical supplies in the US come from China... parts of China are at a standstill, and the government is hoarding medical supplies. She says they're already low on many medical supplies at the large hospital where she works, with no idea where they will get more. Non-essential surgeries and procedures are being postponed indefinitely. Should the virus become rampant in the US (she thinks it very well might as reports from China through medical channels are far more dire than the media is sharing) there won't be needed supplies to treat patients with the disease or protect care workers, much less other issues. My dad is due for a medical procedure tomorrow, and it was already moved to another hospital as the first did not have the supplies needed for his care, when they usually would.
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post #36 of 38 Old 02-16-2020, 01:32 PM
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Working in the medical field sounds like a nightmare. Can't believe they push people so far, even when they're sick. You'd think they'd consider that a risk to the patients. I have heard that less and less people are deciding to enter into careers in medicine though--is that why almost every place is short staffed most of the time?
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post #37 of 38 Old 02-16-2020, 02:37 PM
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Well we sure did have some rain over the last 24 hours. Nothing compared to what a lot of the west and northern counties received.

The roads were like streams driving today.

As for those in the health service heaven help those on the ground doing the work. Those in the 'organisational side of things need a darn good kick up the jacksy.

I need to have a scan on my left eye. I received a text two weeks ago saying 'reminder, your eye appointment is Feb 14 at 10.15. No letter. I texted back asking for another appointment.
The 13th Feb I get another reminder AND a letter about the appointment.

I call them, 45 minutes before the phone is answered. The woman answering told me that I was given plenty of time. Excuse me? I received a text with the opportunity of a different date, which I asked for. I then get a letter and a further text saying the appointment is on the same date, which I cannot make. The letter wast dated 6th Feb and not posted until the 10th.

They moved me to tomorrow, but she would not admit they had messed up.

Just hope I remember tomorrow!
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post #38 of 38 Old 02-16-2020, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by marymane View Post
Working in the medical field sounds like a nightmare. Can't believe they push people so far, even when they're sick. You'd think they'd consider that a risk to the patients. I have heard that less and less people are deciding to enter into careers in medicine though--is that why almost every place is short staffed most of the time?
A lot of it. Working conditions, hours, low pay, plus increased charting and time-consuming record-keeping are pushing many away. The care that used to fall largely to nurses now falls on underpaid CNA's while nurses pass meds and spend huge portions of their shifts charting rather than working with patients. Doctors are paid better, but usually have huge student loans, plus have to carry malpractice insurance. Plus an aging and increasingly-unhealthy population combined with a litigious society means more workers are needed, not fewer, and thus pressures increase. I know of doctor's offices in rural areas that have had to close because they can't find nurses and doctors to fill the jobs, and nursing homes that used to have twice as many workers as they do now, in spite of more patients. They can't afford to pay workers well-enough to keep them; especially facilities that deal with a high amount of Medicare patients. The funds they get from the government for those patients don't come close to covering costs, and fewer and fewer people can afford private pay nursing home/assisted care-- where costs average out at $6000 - $10,000/month or higher depending on the facility and level of care required.
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