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> PLEASE Don't be ridiculous!!!!, Lessons on how not to be ridiculous!
Sherry Smith
post Feb 8 2009, 11:33 AM
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Lesson 1: Ambulance or Taxi?

The other night we ran a call at 4 in the morning. The roads had a buildup of ice from the ice storm we had been experiencing. The call was on an 18 year old female with pink eye. The mother had called because the girl who had been diagnosed and treated for pink eye was complaining because she had awoke with her eyes matted shut (normal with pink eye). Her mother stated she had not been changing her pillow case and that she said she couldn't see (due to the fact that her eyes were matted) and she was pregnant (although she was having no complications with her pregnancy...only the pink eye). So that constitutes an emergency?!?

O.K. First I have to say, when you call 9-1-1 we are obligated to drive code 3 (lights and sirens) to wherever you are. This increases the risk of accidents both by the fire truck and by drivers on the road who "freak out" when they see the lights. An emergency is considered a LIFE THREATENING event.

#2. If you are taking medication for something and it doesn't seem to be working and its not a life threatening event...call your doctor during regular business hours. Don't waste the resources that might be needed for a REAL EMERGENCY.

#3. An ambulance is not a taxi... An ambulance ride in Oklahoma City cost MINIMUM $800. A taxi costs $2.50 per mile. An ambulance is used for EMERGENCY situations. A taxi is used for non-emergency situations. (You see where this reasoning is going?)


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post Feb 8 2009, 12:47 PM
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Lesson 2: Medications

We have recently made a lot of accidental overdoses so here are a few tips on how NOT to overdose.

#1 Take your medications with water, not alcohol.

#2 Do not mix medications with other recreational drugs.

#3 Do not take medications that were not prescribed to YOU (i.e. siter's, friend's, husband's medication)

#4 If it says take 1 tablet for pain every 4 hours, that does not mean take 4 tabs for pain every 1 hour.

#5 If you are in the care of a manic-depressive who cannot remember to take their own medication, its probably not a good idea to leave them in charge of giving you YOUR medication.

#6 Things don't quite work the same when you are over-medicated (i.e. legs tend to wobble a bit... you can't remember things quite as much, etc.)


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