Well, THAT was an adventure.
I spent the last week doing a clinical rotation with the Georgetown Scott County (Kentucky) EMS and visiting with an old and dear friend. The clinical rotation was very good. We got some challenging calls, as well as the usual day-to-day stuff that allows me to practice skills that otherwise might become 'rusty' out on the pipeline. GSCEMS has some great medics, all well trained and most with many years experience. They also have excellent relationships with the two fire departments with which they frequently respond. I got to see those relationships in action in a pair of dramatic traffic accidents which taxed the skills of everyone in the system. Those guys really know their stuff, and they perform with a level of professionalism equal to any big-city emergency services system anywhere in the world.
The flight home was an ordeal. A mechanical malfunction delayed my flight from Minneapolis to Seattle, causing me to miss my connecting flight home. The airline put me up in a not-quite seedy hotel for the night, and got me home just before noon today.
As soon as I got to the house I fired up the truck and started bringing the dogs home. While walking over to one of my dogs my foot slipped in the mud and I ended up falling on my right hip. No major damage is done, but I do have another bruise to show for it.
Now I'm killing time for a bit before I feed the dogs. Then I'll unpack my suitcase, or at least most of it, fix myself something fast and marginally nutritious for supper, and then I'll probably crash early. I didn't get any sleep at all during the 5 hours I was in the hotel and I suspect that a full night of sound sleep in my own bed, shared with a dog or two, will do wonders for my attitude and probably cure this nagging headache as well.