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#MedicLife: Natural Hair Probs

Working as a medic means working outside. It means checking off my truck outside, treating patients outside, walking to facilities…outside… Do you get my point? In the south the weather rarely ever knows that it wants to do, and working from morning to night means that I get all the weather changes. It starts off humid and dewy in the morning, gets really hot in the afternoons, and then starts to cool off again. My hair just can’t take it some days!!
I start off my day with beautiful curls, and then an hour into shift they are falling, and frizzing up, to turn into nothing. Thank you Georgia humidity, and moist mornings! I found these wonderful things on Instagram, and after contemplating how I would wear them, I finally got them!
Kurly Klips Hair Extension! They are the best! They are also really awesome because they match natural hair textures. The price did not really phase me because it was the same I would spend on the hair for a sew-in. Also I get to take them out as I please, and wash my hair and do what ever. They are also completely versatile, which is even better. I’ll add some pictures below, but definitely check these out as a low maintenance, protective style!
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It comes in this beautiful box protecting your new hair!
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Here you have the one section where you can feel and touch the hair with one of the two clip wefts, just in case you don’t like it you can return it.
The hair comes in 1 – 3 clip weft, start with that one on the bottom, 1 – 4clip weft, put that one along the widest part of your head, and then there are 5 – 2 clip wefts that help to add shape, and can help make parts in your hair.
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So excuse my hair, but this was me the day I got my clip ins. I had done curlformers a few days before, and some areas still had some soft curls in them other areas not so much, and were pretty straight. I think I had put a headband on earlier to just push everything back and out of my face. I worked a lot that week, didn’t have time to fix my hair hahahaha
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I was so excited about them I just threw them in my hair without doing anything to my hair! I watched so many YouTube videos before buying them it was ridiculous. I did exactly what the video said to do, section and clip, section and clip, and WAH-LA! Big hair! I already loved how easy was, how much it didn’t hurt, and how much I had already transformed
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Next up was trying them without my hair out at all, like how I would do for work. I flat twisted my hair real quick, and knotted the ends with the thought of letting the ends out just in case I wanted to wear a pony tail. Then I put the clips on top of the twists and used the reverse clip method at my part, so you can’t see the actual clips.
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I kept the front twists visible just so it looks like I twisted down the front. I pulled the right (my left side) forward a little bit so you can see how long the “Shoulder Chic Fro Collection” is on me.
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A few days later I let out my hair from the flat twists, fluffed it out and added some of the 2-clip wefts to my hair around the top. Make by Brittany Hervey in this last picture, check out her website http://www.bellanoel.com! Turns out my hair isn’t as long as I thought it is for these things. I would buy the “Bobcat Fro Collection” if I wanted to wear my hair out when it is really curly and tight. I would purchase another “Shoulder Chic Fro Collection” if I were going to hide my hair completely so that I would have more volume.
The cool things about the clips is that they come in and out super easy, and wash super easy. They also can do whatever your hair can do. For the last picture I actually washed and then two strand twisted them to give them a define curl. They can also be placed in curlformers as well, and straightened. You have all the options!! I definitely plan on buying more! Did I mention shipping was free and incredibly fast?! Until next time,
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90s Born Reader
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#MedicLife: IFT/NET

What a lot of people don’t know about EMS is that there is a part that is not strictly 911, emergency, go lights and sirens, SOMEONE IS DYING!
There is another part that is strictly what we call “non-emergency transport”, or “interfacility transport”.
These transports happen when patients, most of the time critical, ventilator dependent, or can’t otherwise walk or get to the hospital themselves, have to go from one hospital to another for specialty care or a doctors appointment. Sometimes these happens from home to hospital, or from assisted living to hospital because these people cannot be safely transported in a car, and therefore have to go by ambulance.
For the time being this is what I do. I like it because it is steady, and you know what you’re getting into. I also get to learn a lot more about medical problems, and not just more skills, and a whole bunch of trauma. I really like what I do so it makes it easier to go to work every day. Until next time,
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#MedicLife: Partners

     One of the interesting things about working in EMS is having partners. Some places you have the same partner every time you come in to work, other places it switches up. I’m in a place where I have the same partner every week, so we get to know how each other work, and what we like and dislike. Sometimes I want to have different partners to switch it up, and to meet new people as well, but keeping it the same makes it easier for emergency calls.
     Learning how to work with people is a serious life skill. Especially when you’re in a truck with someone for 12 hours. You have to learn how to not get on each others nerves, and how to compromise on some things. For the first few shifts it might be difficult, but it gets better. If you’re really lucky you will get a partner that you hit it off with immediately, and it will make for an easier day.
     The way I go about partners is to not judge quickly, and see what they bring to the table, and how I can better the partnership. As the paramedic in the truck I am technically in charge, so technically it is what I say goes, but no one likes anyone who tries to take over, and sometimes, or really most of the time right now, my partners have more experience than me, and can teach me some things as well. I also like to learn about my partners, so I ask a lot of questions to “bond”, and that opens the doors to conversation, making the shift more fun. All in all working with people never gets easier, but it has to be learned. Find ways to connect with your partner, and everything will be okay. Until next time,
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#MedicLife: First Day Jitters

     Starting my first day at my first big girl job made me nervous, excited, and a little anxious. Sure I had first days of school, first day at Michaels, Cold Stone, and jobs at work, but there was something different about this. I worked really hard to get my medic, and I hadn’t worked in a year. Did I remember everything I learned? Do I still have the basic medical knowledge needed to complete my job? Were my coworkers going to like me? What was it going to be like getting to work by 5am? There were so many emotions and questions that were going through my head.
     As I got up at 4am to go to my first day of third riding, riding with an already staffed crew to learn the ropes, I just had to tell myself to be confident. Pack your stethoscope, some pens, and a notebook, most importantly a lunch, and get ready to learn what people are willing to teach you. Being on the NET/Interfacility side it gives me time to truly figure out the medicine aspect, and not just the trauma aspect of EMS.
     When I got to work it was different because I knew no one, did not know who I was going to be riding with it, where to go, what to do, I just had to smile and wait to figure it out. As soon as I figured out who I was working with the day got a little less stressful. It turns out I like my coworkers a lot, and it did not matter what questions I had even if I thought they were really dumb, they were willing to answer, and I wanted to ask because as soon as I got my own truck I didn’t want to get caught with my pants at my ankles.
     When it comes to first days the best thing to do is to take a deep breath, and remember that others have had first days as well, and they know that you are nervous. No one is going to make fun of you, but you will look silly if you do something wrong, and you didn’t ask about it. Ask questions about everything!  Until next time,
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90s Born Reader
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#MedicLife

Yes, I’m a paramedic.

Yes, I’m 22.

Yes, I’m female.

Yes, I have a bachelors degree in Emergency Medicine.

imageBecoming a paramedic is one of the best things that have happened to me. At first I thought I wanted to be in Athletic Training. I absolutely love the field, and I love sports, but that wasn’t in the cards for me. I stumbled into the EMS field after taking an EMT class at the University of Pittsburgh. From there I learned more about the Emergency Medicine program Pitt has through the Center for Emergency Medicine from one of my favorite teachers. I decided that I need to apply because it couldn’t hurt. At Pitt people say that the EM major is for people who can’t cut it as a bio or chemistry major, and they’re right. I can’t be a bio or chemistry major, but I didn’t want to be. When I graduated, I wanted to leave with a skill that I could get a job in. I also knew that if I wanted to pursue other healthcare options, I needed something that taught me how to deal with patients.

So, joining the EM program was what I decided. Through a whirlwind of Junior year classes, crying, and still trying to be a typical college student I made it through paramedic school, and passed the National Registry. For all of you nursing students out there paramedic school and nursing school are no where near the same thing even at a great program like at the University of Pittsburgh.

Being a “baby Medic” as I like to say has shown me a lot. I’ve learned it’s rare to be this young and a paramedic, even though I graduated with a whole class of them, and I’ve also learned it’s possible to look decent and be a medic. One of the hardest things I had to get used to becoming a paramedic, was not the long hours, the weekend shifts, the overnights, and the no holidays, it was realizing I was back to being in a uniform.

For all of my schooling before college I was in a uniform, and I loved them, and then in college I got to dress however I wanted to. Through that time I got to learn my personal style, my makeup likes, and my shoe likes. Being a paramedic I don’t get to wear nice clothes, and make my hair all pretty. I do try not to look like a slob though, put on a touch of makeup, and try to control the mane that is my natural hair. This is only the beginning on what I want to talk about being a new medic because when I was trying to figure out what to do when I was starting and pressing google wasn’t working, I at least had a lot of friends to help. So this one though frivolous was something that I needed to remember. Make yourself look decent, even in uniform. Until next time,

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