"Dispatch on the air with a medical call for Sanford Central Station . . . 83 year old female awoke from sleep, difficulty breathing . . . time of call 0330."
I am a paramedic in Sanford, Maine. This is an actual call from my last shift. 3:30 AM calls are typically serious; the caller doesn't feel like she can wait to get help or go to the doctor. Difficulty breathing that wakes someone up is definitely serious.
This patient received an IV and albuterol nebulizer. Her respiratory status was rapidly deteriorating and she was placed on CPAP and a heart monitor before transport. She has COPD. She will have good days and bad days but will never get better. A simple cold can be devastating.
These are the patients I was thinking about when I decided to participate in the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine.
Please consider donating to the ALA in support of my ride - perhaps a $35 donation to commemorate 35 years of the Trek. Perhaps you can match my $50 donation. Or you can really stretch and match the $100 donation made by my shift lieutenant.