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Posted on: February 1, 2009 7:42 am

I arrived back home a awhile ago after being called out for a 'possible suicide attempt.' Given the state of the economy, my crew has been anticipating the likely increase in these types of calls.  But this one had nothing to do with economics.

I'll never for the life of me understand what prompts anyone to try meth. It's pure (expletive) poison. The destructive capacity of methamphetamine on the human brain and body makes it incomprehensible to think anyone would ingest it on purpose. Dump alcohol and prescription drugs on top.....what a (expletive) mess.

It's a pretty sad business to spend a few hours in the middle of the night trying to provide some level of comfort to an emotionally-wrecked spouse. I'm glad I was there for this one, though; the guys don't have the experience in dealing with famlies that I do.

Just my opinion, but I don't think there is a punishment harsh enough for someone who manufactures or distributes meth or anything like it. Right now, I'd like to see them fry.

I 'unloaded' here solely to dump this garbage out of my brain and improve my chances of getting a couple hours of sleep on top of the 90 or so minutes I started with. It's working; I'm feeling extremely tired.

If anyone is unfortunate enough to have read this, my apologies. And also for my (suggested) inapproprate language. I"m cranky.

Cat, out.

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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 6:30 pm

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cat......I know how that can mess up someones life. My best friend from way back had always smoked pot, and yes way back then I did too. Then he started being distant. Didn't want to be around the group. Then I found out from my cousin, who he was married to, that he had gotten into doing it. I tried talking to him about it as my cousin had explained to me how bad things had gotten between them because of it. Long story short, we are no longer friends and havent been for a long time. My cousin divorced him and he lost his kids. The only reason he didn't lose his house is because his parents bailed him out. He lost his high paying government job too. as far as I know, he is still alive, but no one I know even talks to him any more. That stuff changes people and from what I know, not for the better. I guess alcoholism isn't any better, but at least it's legal.

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2009 3:31 pm

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Hey, D2Moo-

Thanks. Laughing

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2009 3:27 pm

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Hey, Section,

Despite my years of medical experience, emergency work is new for me. I just started at the end of last year, and I've been doing a ton of training.

My district is large, but rural, with a low to moderate population density, so I won't experience the volume of accidents that urban districts have to deal with. There are typically a few fatalities accidents every year, so I know it's coming. Fortunatley, I have an awesome crew chief and a great crew that's been together for a long time. In other words, a lot of people I know I can count on.

(The guys have me totally talked into working wildland fires with them next season, so along with knowledge and equipment training, I'm getting into some serious physical training too. Life is such an adventure.)


Even though I topped out at about two and a half hours of sleep, I'm in a much better mood. The crankiness has abated.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2009 2:20 pm

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In my line of work, I see customers in every day whose lives are being ruined by drugs, especially meth.  Women who looked so nice on their driver licenses becoming shells of their former selves.  Men and women having the chemicals eroding away the enamel on their teeth to the point they need to be all removed.  I don't blame you for your thoughts.  I hate what these illicit drugs to to people, families, neighborhoods, and society.  Keep preaching, I'm with you on this one.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2009 2:01 pm

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Glad you could get that off your chest. I can't imagine it is easy to see stuff like that on a regular basis. I remember coming home one night many years ago, and coming across an accident that just occured. The car hit a tractor trailer, then continued up an embankment before finally landing back on the road. The car was a complete wreck. I looked inside, but didn't see the driver anywhere in the car. I walked down the road and found her about 50 feet away from the car, still alive at that point. I went to my car and got a blanket to put on her since it was raining. The paramedics arrived right around this time and set to work on her. Unfortunately she didn't make it into the ambulance alive. She was a bartender at a bar the pool team I was on played at occasionally, and it was her night off so she imbibed a bit more than she should have, and the cost was her life. That is something that I will never forget, I can't imagine having to see it repeatedly.

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