Ambulance Today – Spring Edition 2019

The Spring Edition for 2019, has hit the shelves, its live now on Ambulance Today. Click on the link below to download and read the magazine and my article on page 42.

From the Africa Desk of Ambulance Today:
Case Presentation – Electrical Alternans in the field

Ambulance Today Spring Ed 2019 .pdf

For this Africa quarterly, I am discussing a cardiac patient encountered on a remote site in Africa and the unique challenges faced by the paramedic and his support team.

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There is also a special feature in this edition, on interviews with  and I was both honoured and flattered to be included in this article as one – Joe interviewed persons he considers to be key in the regions/Continents of the Globe. You can read about my thoughts on EMS in Africa, the challenges, the way forward and some of my dreams. The Africa interview is on page 30.

GLOBAL CLINICAL EMS SPECIAL:

Around the World in 80 Questions – on pages 11 to 41

To all the followers of this page, if you want to see an article written about any specific aspect of Emergency Care on the African continent, or get me to interview a key role player, drop me a mail. Equally, if you have any news items you would like us to run either in our magazine or on our daily-updated global ambulance news website please make contact.

To my fellow passionate EMS friends across the world, I trust you are enjoying this journey, as we continue to explore this fascinating continent. Till then be safe out there and stay passionate – Enjoy!

Love Lingers

take the old, and make it new

paper over the pain

although the cracks

still let the love in



as the master said

the world changes

as we learn to make it new

I’ll still care for you



let’s use what we got

make do and make new

love is there for others too

but for you my love will always linger
© 2019 michael d emmerich
© 2019 mikesnexus

What to Do?

 what to do?

…….

when your heart turns to dust

all you want is just …

yet your blood becomes rust



when in flash

all turns to ash

as your life is slashed



as all you can feel

is cold steel

as you slowly reel



what do you do to survive?

when you only feel alive

after five
© 2019 michael d emmerich
© 2019 mikesnexus

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Standing Serene

in the waxing and waning of life

as the sea of tranquillity transforms

with the fast approaching misfortunes of poseidon

be that island of serenity in the raging storms

and pounding waves

of life's tempest

…..

just stand serenely

and be

 

© 2019 michael d emmerich
© 2019 mikesnexus

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Scenes from my Valley

Back from my travels in my gorgeous valley for awhile …enjoying the scenery with my morning run/walks with Lili and at times T 🙂 … and dragging my MTB for a cycle now and again

Lili in her element … gotta love the pup 🙂

Scenes across the valley in the early morning when we are running trails up the mountain

Love these forest trails …..

till next time …I trust you enjoyed these pictures as much I did taking them … 🙂

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Like Water

walk with me

in the woods

dig me a hole

just pour me into it

make me like water

filling every crevice and cranny

and then

…. 

leave me be
© 2019 michael d emmerich
© 2019 mikesnexus

Thought for the day …

be that island of serenity in the raging storms
and waves of life's tumultuous ocean
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I don’t know where I’m going ….

The gorgeous voice of Scottish singer Barbara Dickson from the iconic Mike Batt Album – Caravans, is spinning through my mind …with her haunting voice and thoughtful, searing soul searching lyrics.

Mike Batt wrote the score, for the 1978 movie – Caravans – which was a 1978 Iranian-American film directed by James Fargo and (loosely) based on the novel by James A. Michener. The soundtrack which I have on vinyl, was the most successful element of the film, remaining a bestseller for many years after the film’s release.

The core message of the Caravan Song resonates with me at this point in my life … and whilst listening to the album yesterday, precipitated a sole searching discussion with T

“I don’t know where I’m going
But I’m going”

My life at present (summed up in a sentence), moving forward, but with no definitive end point or goal at present, the horizon, or some vague mirage of one, is there, I think…  I am moving on, towards some end point (I hope) but not sure what awaits or where I am going, and how I will get there.

All I do know is that I am going, but to where or what awaits, remains a mystery…

The morning sun is waiting in the sky
And I think I’m gonna break away
And follow where the birds of freedom fly
I need you give
I need to live
For the world is slowly turning
And the light of love are burning
In my eyes

Caravans
Oh, my soul is on the run
Overland
I am flying

Caravans
Moving out into the sun
Oh, I don’t know where I’m going
But I’m going

Caravans
Oh, my soul is on the run
Overland
I am flying
Caravans
Moving out into the sun
Oh, I don’t know where I’m going
But I’m going

Caravan Song
Mike Batt ©

The Banality of Corporate Deceit

I wrote this during a difficult phase of my working life … and sadly, it is all to familiar once again … it seems that corporate machinations are not for me … not saying I am perfect, or the easiest person to manage, and yes I am a work in progress and have been through a lot these past 18 months .. oh well ..moving on then, to what lies ahead …

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values, ethics, morals are left in tatters

conveniently sacrificed on the alter of economic greed

moral responsibility is abdicated in fiscal matters

bruised and cast aside for their misdeeds



it's not me, just following orders

it's not my department

I was just the warder

its all in separate compartments



careers built on careerism and obedience

orders coming from persons above

no regard for others, expedience

non ideological, and no thought of the actions thereof



as good as saying the devil made me do it

its gods will

the cry of the uncaring hypocrite

is enough to give the victim a chill



as the the chorus beats its drum

and the new song cuts to the core

the new mantra now oft chanted has become

oh for a few dollars more

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Sunrise Across The Congo

Sunrise in the Southern DRC this week whilst driving to work …. stunning silhouettes ..

Thick mist at work, with the sun battling to shine through ….

Hopefully this all bodes well for peace and stability in this region …..

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