Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Independence day

Pictures of fireworks this weekend. I took over 300 pictures and got a few good ones.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Life is short

I am a fire/medic and my dept. was dispatched on an unknown type of explosion a few weeks back. One man was killed and one was burnt badly. They were working on a brine truck tank when it exploded. A brine truck hauls saltwater from oil wells.
I was instrumental in the care of the burn victim. He was put on a med-flight helicopter and flown to a burn center in Columbus Ohio.
He lived in critical condition since the accident. I read in the paper today that he has died.
I guess we can't save them all.
Sometimes, in emergency medicine, we are called miracle workers. But we are not. It is ultimately in Gods hands. When he decides it is time to call you home, you need to be ready to go. God has given us the knowledge to care for the sick and injured but that knowledge only goes so far. God is still in control.
On most emergency runs we go on, while enroute to the scene, I Pray for the knowledge to help those in need. I did everything I could for this victim, I am sure the doctors at the burn center did what God would allow them to do. It was this man's time to go be with his maker. I hope he knew God as his personal savior and was ready.
I now Pray for the families of both victims in the explosion. They have to go on and live with the loss. I hope they know God and are ready as well. Tomorrow may be their day to go be with the Lord.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Stay as healthy as you can.

I went to an arson conference last spring. Funny how people who should know about their health continue to abuse it. I was a smoker when I was in my teens and am so glad that I was able and smart enough to quit. I can't imagine the cost in dollars and more importantly in my health.
I recently went on a bicycle trip down the C & O towpath. 184 miles of gravel and mud. There was 4 of us went. One who is 21, two who are 33 and myself at 44. The 21 year old struggled through the trip but did nothing to get ready for that much riding. He did it riding on his youth. Myself and one of the 33 year olds rode 20 miles twice a week for 2 months, to get ready. I felt we were ready. I made the trip without much trouble. My friend however is a smoker and had much difficulty. He did make it, but was in major distress for most of the trip. And he is 11 years younger than I. We did the trip in 2 1/2 days.

Just beginning

I am a brand new blogger. I have been reading those blogs of other for a while and have decided to take a crack at it myself. I don't know how much time I will have to write. I find it interesting to read the thoughts of others.
I am a Firefighter/Paramedic in central Ohio.