Good morning and happy Friday! This has been an amazing week for me. I had the chance to attend the 2013 NENA conference in Lansing, Michigan for 9-1-1 professionals. I attended some excellent classes and met some great people doing great things. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dee Ann, assistant director of Tuscola county 9-1-1, an ENP and one of the founding board members of the 911 Wellness Foundation. Also sitting with us for this episode was Jim Marshall with the 911 Wellness Foundation and also the director of the 911 Training Institute.
This is an episode that you do not want to miss. The information in this episode is important for everyone and Jim even gets me with a Jedi Mind Trick by getting me to admit a few things. It definitely felt good to admit those items so thank you Jim and Dee Ann for helping me and those in our field. For more information on the 911 Wellness Foundation or the 911 Training Institute please follow the links below. Also if you would like to get a hold of them through the show or our Facebook fan page you can shoot us an email and we can make contact with them. As always you can email the show at email@example.com.
911 Wellness Foundation | Web
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Episode topics –
- The humor of the work spouse
- Dealing with stress and how it affects your family
- Stress and your health
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
*sigh* Well here we are Lex, the day before your last shift. I am writing this because I feel it is best to thank you this way and let others know what you mean to all of us at Central. But first I must say that it’s not going to be the same around dispatch. I, along with everyone else will be letting out a sigh as we go into work. Stories will be told and we will reflect on the past. It’s going to be hard.
We have been through a lot together and we went from being co-workers to something more. We’re family. We go into work for twelve hours and it can sometimes turn into a nice long sixteen-hour shift. No doubt we need someone to talk to and when you were working you were there to listen us. I know I can speak for everyone when I say we appreciated it more than you know.
No matter how you were feeling that day you brought a sense of humor to work that helped get passed the most gruesome calls. The humor included the random songs of your pets, to the slow 80’s clap that you, Meg, and I performed as a tribute to John Hughes. We played music trivia in the winter when people were actually being smart by staying off the roads and you and Trista, and Meg participated in my many school projects. I thank you for this.
We were on the same team for a long time and we were involved in the most intense of situations. Four of those calls will forever be branded within my memory. No one will ever know what it was like to go through it but our team. It’s an experience that is hard to describe but we got through it and excelled like we always do.
As you close this chapter and open a new one, remember to just be you. Keep on smiling and smother them with your humor. If they start out cold at first just offer them some fruit snacks or gum (inside joke). Thank you once again for doing everything you did in dispatch and thank you for being you, friend.Post Views: 217
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Bro, today is a great day. It’s your birthday once again and I couldn’t be happier. For a long time I was the only one and when you were born I couldn’t help but jump off the walls. You were born pre-mature so you had to stay in the hospital a little longer but I got to see you as much as possible. I remember the first time I went to see you I thought you were so small. I wanted to hold you but you had to stay in your chamber a bit longer before anyone could hold you. I was very happy to see you and afterward I was given a stuffed Kermit The Frog that had a red argyle vest on. I was told that it was from you and that you were happy to have me as a big brother. I believe I have a picture of me somewhere holding onto it.
That was the beginning of our brotherhood and I’ll never forget it. We’ve had some great times and though we fought at times, we still managed to be great bro’s. We experienced a lot of things together and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. For example, our trip to Maryland, when we dropped Becky off at her sisters to visit. Do you remember what happened on our way back? I’m sure you do but for those reading this, we passed through a city named Cumberland and a song by Coldplay began to play on the radio. The setting was perfect. As Speed of Sound played over the radio it seemed as though we became one with our surroundings. Cumberland seemed like the city in the sky and we both shared a moment of silence. When the song ended we exhaled, turned and looked at each other and we nodded our heads in agreement. We didn’t say anything about it though; we knew we experienced the same thing.
We’ve been through a lot together bro. You and I have been there for each other through almost everything. I was there when you needed someone to teach you to dance, which we have a picture or two of that mess, and you were there for me when I needed someone to talk to in the wee hours of the morning after one of the most devastating 911 calls I have ever taken. I won’t go into detail here but others can find it within my blog. It was a crazy call that involved brothers and it messed me up for the rest of the night. As soon as I got out of work I had to call you. I knew talking to you would be the only thing to calm my nerves. Its moments like this that make me happy and I thank the big man upstairs, and our parents, to have you as my brother. I love you man, and Happy Birthday!
(To our moment in Cumberland. The city in the sky.)Post Views: 106
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Good morning to all! I hope you had a happy and safe St. Patricks Day last night. It’s been a while since my last post on Diaper Wars but it’s back and today’s episode is a Florida Edition. My family and I recently returned from vacation but while I was there and on break a few things that involved our cloth adventure occurred. It was interesting enough that I had to write about it.
Before we headed out to Florida I began to worry that it was going to be rather hard to use cloth diapers while traveling by car. To be honest the cloth diapers should have been the least of my worries since my 6 month old daughter Lola hates being in her carseat for X amount of time. I should have been wondering about how my wife and I were going to deal with Lola getting uncomfortable in her seat and possibly screaming over an 18 hour road trip. In the end I did what I always do; think too much about the situation and worry for nothing. The cloth diapers were a snap! It was no problem at all so if you’re worried about cloth on a long road trip and think you might use disposables, DON’T DO IT!. Stick with cloth, it’s simple and better for your child.
The entire time we’ve used cloth diapers we have heard that sun drying takes out the stains better than anything else. Every time I’ve heard this I thought,
“Does it really make that much of a difference?”
I figured it would fade it a little and not much else but man was I wrong! While in Florida, my wife bought some rope and set up a line in her parents yard. Once they were completely dry I was shocked to see that they looked as though we had just bought them! That alone made me want to move back. I couldn’t believe how good they looked and on that note I apologize to my wife Rebecca and my friend Candis of EcoBuns. I stand corrected and from now on, and when we can, the sun will be drying all of our cloth diapers.
Using cloth has been awesome and while on our vacation I got the chance to change Lola’s diaper at Legoland. Yep! You read that right, I changed her diaper at Legoland. Now, it might not seem like much because people change diapers all the time but this was in public. Oh yeah! In public and around a lot of people. What makes this even more awesome was that my wife was feeding her at the time. After all this you’re probably wondering why we didn’t take her to the bathroom to change her right? Well I have an answer for that! The changing tables within the bathroom were set next to the sinks and out in the open. They looked rather dirty to begin with so we did it out in the open. Here, let me set the scene for you. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my wife and I are sitting on a bench waiting for the rest of our family to come off a roller coaster. There are tons of people walking around us and others taking pictures with a dinosaur made out of Lego’s to the right of us. My wife has a cover over her while feeding Lola and she leans in to ask me a question.
“Hey can you change Lola’s diaper?”
“WHAT!? RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE?”
“Why not? I’m covered right now and you can use it to cover her.”
Believe me when I say that I was completely freaked out and uncomfortable. My wife looked at me like I was being a fool and she had every reason to because I was being a fool. So there we are, on the bench, my wife is feeding Lola, and I’m waiting for my moment to change her diaper. As I’m getting the pre-fold and cover ready, my wife slips off the diaper.
“What are you doing? I’m not ready!”
We began to laugh and I was trying to hurry. In my mind it took forever and everyone was staring at us and giving us dirty looks but in reality we were ninja’s because we actually changed her diaper with a quickness without anyone knowing what was going on. I think at the end of it I belted out,
“Yeah! That’s how we do it!”
And my wife responded with,
“You’re a dork.”
I am a dork and all in all the trip was a success and I was worried for nothing. The Diaper Wars Saga continues and going strong. GroVia seems to be leading the pack but we always go back to Pre-folds. My wife has developed a few folding techniques for our Pre-folds and I swear I have to watch her do it several times before I can get it right. It’s been pretty interesting. I’m glad we got the opportunity to use cloth diapers with Lola and stay tuned for more adventures. Cheers and may the cloth be with you!Post Views: 81