Wow, this full moon brings it all out! Let’s start with Tuesday, woke up to tornado warnings at 200am. We do not have tornado sirens where I am located, the closest one to my house is 5.8 miles away exactly. We rely on a system our emergency dispatch set up that calls your phone with a warning, or my pager for work, it’s guaranteed to go off at least 3 times. It had already hit when I got the page, and it was bad! Lightning bright enough to light up the entire room and in to the halls, thunder that shook the whole house, hail, and lots of it! Finally at 320am the worst past through and surveying the damage was all we had left. By 415am I have to leave for work, there was still quarter size hail on the ground.
At work things did not get much better. Started with a cranky lady that wouldn’t stop hitting us, called us “assholes” and “smartasses.” She may have gotten the smartass part right, but I do not believe I am an asshole. By that time the second wave of the storm can crashing though, which wasn’t as bad as the first, but still hit pretty hard. It seems the worst of it hit at my house and also just north of where I work.
If it rains, it pours, right? Well it poured! We ended up with a cardiac arrest too, which is always a “cluster fuck” as we say, but this one ran smoothly, and was a clinical save! (Good job guys!) And for the time being this guy is still alive, let’s hope it stays that way. We have had a huge success with these Autopulses, they do CPR like no man can. And this is our 7th clinical save in 3 years, 4 of which have walked out of the hospital. Incredible machine that helps us do our job better.
With a few random calls mixed in that, it ended up being a very tiring day, but we were fortunate enough not to run a call again until 600am. Thank you EMS and fire Gods!