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

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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!

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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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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Mike’s Cats …and T’s new Dog

As we depart 2018 and enter 2019 … lets do so on a positive note with Mike’s Cats .. and a dog now as well … :O

So I now present to you … Coco, Whiskey and  … Lili !

Such a cute little pup …. settling in so well thanks to T’s patience … and the cats discipline 🙂

The Whisk and Lili are fast becoming big mates … cuddle buddies on the horizon 🙂

May they continue to bring joy and peace to our lives … much love to all my followers and peace for the new year …

My Thoughts and Head Space

Some of you might have noticed I have been silent/absent for a few weeks from posting. I have been  processing a lot – 2018 has been a rough year; a love was lost, a few close friends/colleagues passed away (natural causes, in the line of duty and some took their own lives), work has been mentally & emotionally draining in The DRC with very little off time for rest and respite, plus writers block has hit me of late, although the writings that do emerge are filled with far to many dark thoughts & silent screams skirting the shadows of my mind. So I have withdrawn, not processing on social media, but in private, so many emotions & thoughts circle the shadows of my mind, trying to focus on the positive & write happy thoughts, but my writing is still skirting the dark.

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I do know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and the progression of healing takes time, and one must just learn to be patient with one’s self, and allow the healing to take place. I want to thank the few close friends who have been there for me … Thanks T, and a few others ….

Colours of the Congo – Part 3

Storm Clouds gather over the office … and then it all comes crashing down; thunder, lightening and torrential rapid downpours

The Plains of Africa … Big Sky

A small visitor and the road back to camp … with another approaching thunder storm, the horizon is alive with flashes of lightening.

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Colours of the Congo – Hills&Dales

Hills and Dales from my mountain bike cycling excursions on my off time in the Southern DRC …all work and no play is not good, rest time to clear the head is important.

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Colours of the Congo -Sun&Moon

Sunsets, Sunrises and Moon rises over the BIG African sky in the DRC … love these colours …

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Trauma

as the blood dries

beneath my nails

as the metallic smell

lingers in the air

as my boots

slip on the shit stained floor

as I wipe the vomit

from my shirt front



removing blood-stained glasses

ripping of blue blood gloves

gazing across

at what lies before

not a beep can be heard

lights fade to gray

ashen faces stare back

and the memory remains

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Last week in the DRC

Did some traveling around The DRC …Lubumbashi, Kinshasa and others ….

Planes and automobiles …no trains 🙂

Hotels and Dusty Roads

…and of course the odd cigar … or two …

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