Happy Holidays!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas as much as I did. Somehow, I ended up have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off. That hasn’t happened to me in over five years. I always seem to work on Christmas Day at least.

My daughter, who is three, had a wonderful day. Santa Claus was VERY good to her this year. It gives my heart such enjoyment seeing the excitement stretch across her face when she sees what present she received. And let me tell you, she played so hard all day with all of her toys that she crawled up in my lap and was snoring within two minutes. It is the simple things in life that keep us going.

Work has been insanely busy lately. We are running A LOT of 911 calls lately. And being a shift supervisor makes it that much more difficult at times. I am currently on break from school and start back on January 9th. I have been getting the itch to write and I really want to scratch it, but writing a book is a full-time job in itself. There will come a point when I have more time that I can do it. I have so many more novels planned that I want to write…wait….need to write.

I competed in my first Jiu-Jitsu tournament a few weeks ago. I won a silver medal (2nd place) in my division and a gold medal (1st place) in the absolute division. Not too shabby for my first tournament. I plan on competing again in June 2017.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and stay safe. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!!

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author

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Something To Think About

When I am on duty and the tones echo over the speakers in our station, I begin to mentally prepare for what the emergency has in store for me. Are all calls life or death? No. In fact, a small percentage of them are, but regardless, what a patient sees as an emergency in their eyes is treated as such by me. We are not all trained medical professionals, I say.

I sat in the station working on some homework for my anatomy class during some much-needed downtime when the tones dropped for our unit. The call…cardiac arrest of a woman. Immediately I know time is not on our side. How long was she down for? Did someone witness her going into cardiac arrest? And more importantly, did the bystanders perform CPR? With precious moments ticking away, my partner and I jumped into our unit, and sped toward the scene.

First responders arrived on scene just before us and had initiated CPR. I do not know where we would be without their help. Sometimes I feel they are very unappreciated. I on the other hand whole heartedly appreciate them. These are men and women in the community that drop what they are doing, leave their paying jobs or families to come and assist us. And yes, they volunteer, so this means they do it for free. That shows so much dedication in my opinion and a true love for helping those in need.

Despite all of our efforts, we are unable to resuscitate the woman. Her heart had suffered too much damage. As the family speaks to law enforcement to make arrangements for their loved one to be taken to a funeral home, we were assembling all of our gear, making sure we were response ready for the next emergency. Once our equipment was safely stowed away in our unit, my partner and I left the scene. Here is the part that I do not think most people give a second thought to. As we are driving down the road and heading back to our station, there are loved ones that are shocked, hurt, and having to deal with the loss of their family member. As responders, I think we sometimes forget that part. Someone’s family member had just passed away. They are hurting. While we are surrounded by sick, injured, and even people who die, and I hate to say this, but I think we sometimes become numb to those emotions. I believe that it may be a safety mechanism for us to have the capability of handling the things we see day in and day out. Once the call ends, our minds go into auto pilot, and we move onto the next call. But I believe we leave a little piece of us on every call. Call this jaded if you want, but I can’t help but to wonder if when that person who just passed away, when they crawled out of bed, thought this was a good day to die? And that is why I try to live every moment of my life as if it were going to be the last because we don’t know the answer to that question. There is only one person who does and that is God.

I have said this often in the past, but here it goes again. Make sure the people who you love know that each and every day. You do not know if it will be the last time you see them. This may be rambling, but I felt the need to write about it.

God Bless,

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author

 

It has been way too long….

When I decided to go back to school, I knew it would create a problem with writing books. I have to spend so much of my time studying, which does not allow me the time that is required to write a book. Lately, I have been fighting the urge to write. My current class load takes priority, and whatever time I have left, I try to spend with my family. So, I cannot ignore the urge any longer. I plan on writing a scene for a book I have in the works and posting on here. It won’t be a full length novel, but it will give you all a little taste of what I have in the works. I hope life is treating you all very well. I should have the scene posted in a week or so.

Jerrid Edgington
Author and Paramedic

Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!!!

This has been a great year for me. I had two books published bringing the series total to four novels. When I first began writing I had no idea how much work it is to put out a quality product. I couldn’t have done with without Master Koda Select Publishing. I thank them continually for believing in me and taking a chance on this novice writer.

What does 2016 have in store for me? I’m taking the pre requisite classes to gain acceptance into the paramedic to RN transition course. After nearly 20 years on the ambulance I believe it’s time to further my education. What does this mean for my writing? I still plan to continue writing, but with working a full time job and taking a full load of college courses it’s going to slow the production for my next book. But don’t fret, I plan to continue writing books. I have another series in the works as well as several other stand alone novels. I enjoy writing too much to walk away from it. Plus I feel like I’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg in my writing talents.

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you for believing me me and enjoying my books.

Until next year…..

 

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author

 

 

#ZerotoHero: Apology

Just wanted to write a quick apology note. Earlier in the month, I had posted about “taking over” Jerrid’s blog to do the Zero to Hero challenge. As you can see, there hasn’t been a lot posted in that regard…. That’s because there hasn’t been a lot to post on. Most of it has been “assignment” related, and I haven’t wanted to detract from the focus of this blog which is about Jerrid Edgington as an author and a paramedic. As an admin on this blog, I thank you for following & reading. We hope you enjoy reading Jerrid’s posts and his books 🙂

Update to Day 4: #ZerotoHero – Explore the Neighborhood

Something any good author does is to mention other great authors – right?!?

As promised in the original post for Day Four of the Zero to Hero challenge….  Here are some awesome authors:

 

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#ZerotoHero: Day 4 – Explore the Neighborhood

Today we are asked to “Explore the Neighborhood” and follow 5 new blogs.

Since I am only an admin and not the actual owner, I am going to decline from following any new blogs without first conferring with the actual owner….  Besides which, any blogs I followed would show up on my reader – not his.

I have asked if there are any blogs that he is aware of (either as an author and/or as a paramedic) and will update this blog should any come to mind.   I do want to mention Master Koda Select Publishing (why I  was thinking Master Yoda, I have no idea) as they have been instrumental in the editing & publishing of Jerrid’s “Racing the Reaper” books.

Here’s the link to the past Zero to Hero posts for this blog

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