Guess who started her first IV today...

Okay, to all you ALS people...don't laugh. Be excited for me.
And to all you non-EMS people...be very, very impressed.

So I'm kidding on that last bit. There's nothing impressive about it. But holy hell I did it! And then I went on to do blood culture after blood culture, INT draws, assist in a foley, and be hit on by a 15 year old and a married guy.

Okay, so the last two don't take skill, just fiesty people. But I'll add it to my list of accomplishments for the day.

In any event, I didn't get to put up today's post for Normal Sinus because I ended up working 11-7:30, going for dinner, and then coming home. It'll be up tomorrow, I promise. In the meantime, go check out the following bloggers' posts if you haven't already (links in my sidebar):
Peter Canning (Streetwatch: Notes of a Paramedic)
Gertrude (Ridin' the Bus)
Witness (ALS Not Available)
Epi (Pink, Warm, Dry)
Stretcher Jockey (Confessions of a Stretcher Jockey)
Lucid (LucidResq)

If I've forgotten any, I seriously apologize...it's been a long couple of days.

Until tomorrow,


Epijunky said...


The first IV I did was in my Medic teacher's hand.

I hope it hurt.

I'm proud of ya girlfriend. Get some sleep.

Medix311 said...

Congrats on the first IV! That's such a big milestone!

danny said...

Progress is always great! IVs freak me out seriously though. Good work =)

I can never really think of what to write in comments, I've begun to notice.

Witness said...

Anything smaller than an 18 doesn't count! I kind of ticked some nurses off when I did my hospital rotation time, I was starting 14s and 16s so I could get practice. They liked 20s...

Nikki said...

Oh man... I freaked the first time I had to check somebody's sugar; the idea of starting IVs someday is terrifying.

Congratulations on your first! Or, as my EMT-B teacher would say, on "losing your IVirginity". :)

david331.WamBamThAmbulance said...

sweet job :-) I remember how I felt when I started an IV for the first time -- it was a combination of ecstatic and scared to death.

Bernice said...

Congrats! I almost passed out after starting my first IV. Had to call in a nurse to drag me out of the ER exam room in which I was starting the IV. I hope yours went better than that!

Rogue Medic said...

Congratulations on starting the first IV. Eventually it will be as commonplace as being hit on by 15 year olds and married men.

NJ EMS said...

Yahhhhhhhh congrats!

Sam's mom said...

Way to go! I'm so proud of you...who you are, what you do, and how you think.

Polar Doc said...

Congratulations on starting the first of what is likely to be many IV's. BTW, drop me a line and let me know what an INT draw is. I'm not familiar with the TLA (three-letter acronym).