Addicted to novelty since 2001


At the moment I’m reading an essay by the awesomely named Russell Wangersky about his time as a volunteer firefighter in this book (hey, Monique, check that URL). It’s appropriate, then, that Travis pointed me to Medic, a blog in which “a transplanted EMT family from California embarks on a new life”. From a recent entry:

We picked up an elderly patient from the hospital to transport to her nursing home (NH). She was “extremely demented” and unintelligible. I walked into her room and was greeted by the stuff of childrens nightmares…she had a 3inch ‘X’ lac right between her eyes with black sutures like barbed-wire. Her eyes were so sunken back in her head that you could stick a finger between her eyelid and eyebrow up to the first knuckle. She had ‘racoons-eyes’ (two black eyes which is common with head trauma) and, perhaps what made it most disturbing, a great big smile on her face and the soft restraints on her wrists.

That’s gripping (and visceral) stuff.

3 Responses to “Medic!”

  1. alexis

    Darren, what’s your opinion on that book? I’ve read mixed reviews of it, but I still think it would be an interesting book for my book club to do, especially since our book club has both male and female members.

  2. Darren

    Alexis: I’m only on the second story (and I thought the first one kind of sucked), so I don’t have much of an opinion.

    I wouldn’t normally have picked the book, but it was a gift. I may get all the way through it, I may not.

  3. Monique

    Wow, crappy job getting details on the Amazon site. No cover, no copy = no sale.

    Thomas Allen’s website has the details.

    Good job citing the .ca site, even though it has lousy content.

    I was thinking about the “manly set” yesterday, perhaps I’ll have a peak through the book.

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