The term “pulp fiction” refers to the pulp magazines and crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Quentin Tarantino represented this genre cinematically – Pulp Fiction (the movie) was presented out of chronological sequence in a hyper-realistic, disjointed landscape that introduced the characters’ personalities and tied story lines together through monologue.

This is very much what I intend to do with this blog. I will be presenting vignettes of the life to which a Paramedic bears witness,  with interspersed narratives that tie the elements together in (what I hope you find to be) an entertaining and informative style. My goals are three fold: to give outsiders a better understanding of the life that we live; to let insiders know that they are not alone; and on a personal level, to explore a creative endeavor that helps to relieve stress and better myself in the process.

I feel I must also add some disclaimers: I respect my patients and their rights to privacy. All posts are compliant with the stipulations of HIPAA and as such, ALL patient demographics have been altered, ALL locations are changed or avoided, ALL names are figments of my imagination, ALL posts are in compliance with my company’s digital publishing policies.

And one other note, I owe a debt of gratitude to my biggest fan and extraordinary editor: my wife. Without her efforts my blog would fall far short of literary scrutiny.


5 Responses to “About”

  1. I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog. I recently found it when you replied to my post for the July issue of The Handover. Keep up the good work!

    Also, a lot of what you’re writing makes me think you work in a system where I spent a little time.. drop me an email, so we can compare notes!

    Thanks again!

  2. This blog is awesome.

  3. Could you send me an email so that I can email you some scans from the Journal Of Paramedic Practice (a UK paramedic peer reviewed journal). I write a column called blog watch I featured one of your posts in this months edition. Thought you would like to see it

  4. I am a writer, blogger and recovering heart patient. My blog began as a raw personal heart story but now has morphed into an examination of narrative medicine. Stories heal hearts. Your blog is exceptional. Would like to know more about your motivations for blogging.

    James Borton
    Where Narrative Matters

    • James,

      Thank you for the compliment and for posing an interesting question. Why do I blog? It’s a simple, yet poignant question, although the answer may not be so simple.

      Early in my Paramedic career I was told repeatedly that; “It’s their emergency not yours!” The underlying message is that we should not get caught up in the emotional components of our work. This isn’t to say we don’t care yet more of a cautionary note that emotional involvement can be detrimental to the immediate needs of a chaotic emergency. Where as most people experience one true emergency in a decade we can respond to ten true emergencies in a single day. It’s a matter of self preservation and detachment that allows us to make the difficult decisions when seconds matter and come back the next day unscathed to do it all over again.

      Over the years I’ve come to realize that I do care, sometimes much more than I let on when I’m on-scene. This blog has become my outlet to express that caring for the individual and on a larger scale to bring to light the circumstances that brought people to need my help. By doing this I come to terms with the dichotomy of being a “care giver” who must at times preserve that first responder detachment.

      Ultimately I am fascinated by the human condition in all of its glory and despair. This profession gives me a ring side seat to facets of the human experience that few people will ever witness; from a blood curdling scream followed by a baby’s first breath to an elderly patient taking their final sporadic gulp of air as I watch the rhythmic beat of the heart slide off the left side of the monitor followed by the most stable rhythm of them all – asystole.

      So, in the final analysis, this blog has become an outlet for personal healing for myself. The unexpected ancillary contributions have developed over the last year when other first responders tell me that I’ve helped them make sense of similar situations if only to know that others are going through the same struggles. And finally the victims and family members who have contacted me through this blog to express thanks and gratitude that people like me are there to help when the worst should happen.

      I hope that answered some of your question. In the magic that happens when thoughts are put into writing; it answered some of my questions even though I didn’t know I had them.


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