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Yesterday at 11:42 PM Peanut Lighter is unreliable, sorry by ireckon

Peanut lighters have let me down in far too many situations. It does not matter how much I baby them or modify them. It pains me to say that because I have spent more money than I am willing to admit on peanut lighters. And they are just so cool. The “Split Pea” model disappears on my keychain.

Unfortunately, after years of giving peanut lighters a fair shot, I have come to the conclusion that a simple Mini Bic is far more reliable. I vaguely remember somebody telling me that. I had to learn the hard way.

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Yesterday at 11:19 PM E911 and responders finding you. by CJK

Doug's Emergency 911 post also got me to thinking.

Again 30+ years field medic.... PLEASE... help 'me' find you!

First... post LARGE numbers on your house, mail box etc. If you have a roadside mailbox then put 3 inch high numbers on BOTH sides so that we can see them from either direction. 1 inch high numbers are almost WORTHLESS. Especially at night. Look at your house. How BOLD are your numbers? Remember that someone who has probably never been to your house has to find it QUICKLY. Are your numbers hidden....even a little. Even just a small portion of a bush can make it nearly impossible to find you. I am planning on doing something I saw in a mobile home park... they painted the address on the roadside edge of the driveway. Hard to miss that.

I've responded to apartments that have 3 separate areas to go to for ONE building number! And of course they DON'T put the apartment numbers at the entrances, so we have to stop at each and get out to physically look...taking up precious time.

Also think about how we might get in if NO ONE can open to door for us. Go to you local hardware store or order online a 'realtor lock box'. They are only about 30 dollars and you can change the code any time you want. You can tell the 911 operator the code and we can get in without having to break anything. I have one on our house and one for the in laws.

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Yesterday at 10:57 PM Emergency care clinics by CJK

Jeanette Isabelle made some points in a post and got me thinking... first, hope your mom is ok.

This comes from my experience as a 30 (plus) year road medic....
Take with a grain of salt..... AVOID them.
The ones in our area are basically worthless. Ours do also depend on which 'docs' are in that days. I've seen some write scripts for the respiratory infection. Others won't. I've seen people with OBVIOUS upper respiratory infections being sent by ambulance (often mine) to the ER because 'It's a difficulty breathing'! The docs (staff) scare the crap out of people saying stuff like.... Oh you can't drive because if something happens to you.....

Some REAL advice to everyone is this....

DON'T...and I MEAN DON'T!!! go to them if you are having:

Chest pain (pain, pressure, tightness, squeezing, heaviness, a weight on your chest- or any strange or different feeling in your chest).

Breathing trouble of ANY kind. Even if you KNOW it is 'your asthma' or an upper respiratory infection that you KNOW you need antibiotics for.

General weakness (or weakness in one area or side of your body).

Stomach pain (even if you KNOW it is food poisoning).

ALL of these a 95% of the time sent out by ambulance to the ER.

I tell our vets not to go to OUR local VA clinic if they have these things either because the VA docs also send them out for these things. Got into (and won) and 'argument' with a VA doc who insisted the vet should go to them first because the clinic can test for Troponin (heart enzyme indicating real heart damage) and if they don't have the Troponin, "He saved them an unnecessary ER trip and bill." To which I said if they DO have it, you've just caused a delay in a true heart emergency...Funny how they didn't want to speak with me after that...

When in doubt.... ER. Either by ambulance or on your own....but ER.



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Yesterday at 09:24 PM 1 man dead another injured in Mt lion attack by clearwater

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/may/19/1-dead-1-injured-in-cougar-attack-in-north-bend/

"KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11 a.m. and shouted, “Can you hear me? Help!” and then the call hung up.

Authorities found the cougar standing over the body of the dead biker, the station reported."

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05/18/18 01:18 AM Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up by Doug_Ritter

Depending on where you live, 911 may not be nearly as helpful and reliable as many expect. This is a good piece on why. Bottom line, we pretty much get what we are willing to pay for and too often, politicians don't see it as a priority.

Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/05/17/emergency-911-technology-struggles-to-keep-up-with-times.html

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