Hello fellow Jabber Loggers and welcome to an early edition of Tech Thursday. This sneak peek is so awesome that I had to share it a day early. If you dig zombies then I’m sure you have either read the comic series of The Walking Dead or you have been watching the show on AMC. Well if you’re like me then you can’t get enough of this! I’m a Walking Dead Junkie and I even have the comics so that I can read ahead. So why is The Walking Dead being mentioned in an early edition of Tech Thursday? Well folks, a teaser trailer by Telltale Games has debuted today and it shows an excellent looking preview to a game of The Walking Dead that will hit some time April ’12 for iOS devices. I’m not sure about Android users but it looks as though it will be out for iPhone and such devices first. I can’t wait for this to hit and make sure to check out the trailer below and follow the link for more goodies from Telltale Games where you can pre-order and get the chance to join The Walking Dead cast and die a horrible death. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Today’s episode of Within the Trenches touches on the topic of stress and physical and mental issues in 9-1-1. As 9-1-1 dispatchers, we have heard it all. We have taken every call from the most ridiculous to the most horrific. If you’re like me, the calls that involve children are the ones that affect you most. I once took a call from a nine-year-old girl who had come home from school and found her mom passed out in the living room. She told me that her mom was not moving and her face was blue. I told her how to do CPR and she did it the best she could until help arrived. Although she did a great job her mom had already passed. She had had an overdose and died long before her daughter got home. I remember the little girl being scared but never lost it. Maybe it was the shock of the situation. Whatever it was, it’s a call I’ll never forget.
Towards the end of my dispatch career I began to feel burnt out. I enjoyed my job but the politics, long hours, workplace drama and stress began to eat at me. It’s something that people don’t understand unless you have done the job. The stress can be so great that some dispatchers have crashed and burned. How come no one, other than the dispatchers themselves, have noticed or addressed this? It’s something that wasn’t out there before but within the past year there have been numerous news articles covering the constant stress and physical and mental state of 9-1-1 dispatchers.
Whitney and I have done episodes in the past about CISM and EMDR but I wanted to do another one. In this episode I spoke with Michelle, assistant professor with Northern Illinois University who has been doing research on 9-1-1 dispatchers for the past few years concentrating on mental and physical health. There is a lot to learn in this episode. There was so much we could touch on that we are going to do a second episode to cover the rest. Michelle’s research is ongoing and if you would like to participate you can do so by clicking the link below. There is also a description. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently looking for participants to enroll in our current studies. We are recruiting experienced TCs (at least one year of experience as a TC) and they can be currently working, have left the occupation, or retired from the job. Experienced TCs can complete a 1.5-2 hour survey online that they complete in multiple sittings. We are also doing follow up surveys that are much shorter (45 minutes) at 6 months and 12 months after the first survey. For each survey completed, the TC gets entered for a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. There will be three drawings – one after we’re finished collecting the baseline survey, one after we’re done collecting the 6 month survey, and one after the 12 month survey. The survey is hoping to get a good estimate of the psychological and physical health complaints of TCs and is a follow up to the pilot project. We’re also hoping to understand much more about what predicts poor health over time for this population.
We also hope to enroll trainees. They just have to be within their first 4 months of training. These participants complete a 1.5-2 hour survey and get $30 for completing it, as well as a chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes. In addition, we do shorter follow up surveys (45 min in length) and hold drawings for each of the subsequent time points that a trainee completes the survey. We hope that they will stay enrolled, even if they do not complete training or leave the job. The survey is looking at factors that predict adverse mental health and job attrition over time to help improve training efforts, hiring practices, and telecommunicator well-being.
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- Michelle’s intro and research interest
- What elements contribute to PTSD
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
It been 8 years since my wife and I got married. Today we celebrate our anniversary and our marriage has been great. We’ve hit our rough patches and at times we thought we should take a break but we continued to fight for each other and we’re together. We laugh together, argue together, and most importantly we are dorks together. I think that’s what keeps us going. No matter how mad we might get about something we are always able to laugh about it. On top of that we are straight up dorks like I previously stated. When a song comes on that we like we bust out our best, dorked out moves and jam. It doesn’t matter where we’re at either. We can be in the car, at the store, or just on a walk and we bust out our moves. It embarrasses our 7 year old but it’s cool. I’m sure he digs it…deep down he digs it.
My wife and I met like any normal couple. We met through a friend and our first meeting included an injured dog. Yep, you read that right. When Rebecca and our friend Leanne showed up I met them at the door. I was so nervous about meeting Rebecca that I had to wash my hair twice and do my hair a different way. Yeah, I was stupid but I wanted to look somewhat good. So there I was, so fresh and so clean, and the first thing Rebecca says is,
“There’s a dog that was hit down the road and we’re going to go check on it.”
I remember walking off with them and Leanne introduced us. It wasn’t the way I thought it was going to go and to be honest, I thought they were joking about the dog until I saw it in the middle of the road. As we walked towards it a car was coming and instead of moving out of the way the car purposely swerved into the dog and ran it over a second time. We yelled at them and as the car passed the teens inside just laughed and hollered. Had they stopped I’m sure we would have beat them and thrown them in a ditch before torching their car in an orange grove. The car continued on and we tried to help the dog out of the road. I called one of the officers I worked with and she called animal control to come pick it up. We spent the rest of the night talking and hanging out. At the end of the night Leanne had jokingly mentioned to give me a hug and kiss and I remember Rebecca saying,
“Uh…NO. I’ll give him a hug though.”
I was on cloud nine after that hug and I was hooked. I remember when we spoke on the phone before we met and saying that I was not looking for anything. Rebecca said the same but after I met her and talked to her, I realized that I was looking for someone. We have been together ever since. On this day 8 years ago we were married. I remember how nervous I was and my buela Jimenez kept telling me that she was happy for me and that everything would be fine. My mom was running late and she still had to get to the church to do Rebecca’s hair. I kept getting phone calls and I’m sure my blood pressure was through the roof. When my mom finally arrived to drop my brother off there was about 30 or 40 minutes left before the wedding started. My brother was going to jump into the shower and I remember yelling at him to hurry up.
“Dude, you have five minutes to shower and then we have to leave!”
“Alright man, but I have to shave too!”
“You have five minutes to do everything bro!”
“Man, how am I going to do that?”
“You need to take a County wash bro…you know, wash what counts and get out!”
Thank the lord that he was able to pull it off in record time and we were off. The church was about 15 or so minutes away so we jumped into the car and hauled butt. We were headed out and halfway there I began to smell something burning. The world around me froze as I thought about my vehicle. At that moment I remembered that there was a crack in the radiator and that I needed to fill it with water every other day or it would overheat. I snapped back to reality when I nearly ran a traffic light and I began to panic even more.
“What the hell are you doing Rich!?”
“I’m not thinking right! I completely forgot about the radiator and now the car is going to overheat and we have no time to stop.”
We kept going and I remembered that someone once told me that if I ran the heater that the car would cool down a little. I blasted the heater and it actually went down a little but it wasn’t enough. I passed up cars and took the last two corners like a stunt driver while pulling into the church. I parked and when I got out of the car I opened up the back door to get my jacket and all kinds of stuff fell out. I didn’t care, I left it and ran toward the door where my father was.
“Where the hell have you been?”
“I have five minutes to spare dad!”
“Alright well get your ass inside everyone is waiting!”
I walked in and Rebecca’s aunt walked me to the other end of the church for a few pictures. I was soaking with sweat and relieved that I made it.
“Alright, now I need you to sit here and pose like you’re out of it.”
“Well that won’t be too hard. I was panicking that I wasn’t going to make it here.”
She laughed and I took a few pictures. I went inside to wait and when it was time the nerves were gone. I turned to see her at the door and I was overwhelmed with emotion. My smile was stretched from ear to ear and Rebecca smiled back at me. After the ceremony we were announced as a married couple and the rest is history. My wife and I met like any couple…well maybe not like any couple but it’s been an adventure from the beginning. We have two kids together and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for us. There is nothing that can hold us back, bring on the adventure and happy anniversary Rebecca.Post Views: 43
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Hello all! This segment is simply a bonus cast we did after the live cast of episode 8 last night. Eddie wanted to give some info on Alpha Brain, a nutritional supplement from onnit.com. Now, instead of giving you the complete description of this awesome product, I’ll let Eddie take it from here.Post Views: 44