Continue or Not Continue? That is the Question.

Hell all. I hope life is treating you well. Yes….it has been quite a while since I have posted on here. School has taken up so much of my time that I do not know which way is up anymore. Sad thing is I am almost half way through to a degree in nursing. So much to do and so little time (sigh).

So, I have been thinking a lot about my Racing the Reaper Series, and I am trying to decide if I should add another book to the series. When I first signed with my publisher, the contract was four a three book series, but we added another to it. I love writing about Jacob Myers, but I do not want the content to become boring or predictable.

My question is do you think I should add another book to the series? Book four, Revenge of the Reaper, was my best book yet, I think anyway. For those of you that have read it, do you think I can top that one? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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

Responder Suicide

I recently wrote this paper for my college English Composition class and I thought I would share it with you all. I received an A on the paper. This is something that I think needs to be made more aware to people. It is a growing problem in the healthcare profession.

 

“Earlier Than Too Late: Stopping Stress and Suicide Among Emergency Personnel”

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide is a growing problem in the United States among EMS (Emergency Medical Service Service) providers. In 2014 there were 58 documented suicides by Fire/EMS personnel, but sources tracking these statistics believe that is only a fraction of the actual suicides. The Chicago Fire Department reported seven suicides in 18 months from 2008-2009, and four in 5 months in 2010. A 2012 report from the Chicago FD’s IAFF Local 2 counted 41 suicides of active and retired members between 1990–2010 and concluded its members had a suicide risk 25 times that of the wider population.

Why do so many people who spend their lives helping others end up committing suicide? Many experts believe the horrors that responders see on a daily basis begin to take their toll. That coupled with the physical/psychological stresses, and also the problems that are caused at home by the demands of the job are all contributing factors. Lack of sleep, exercise, and poor nutrition have also been found to add to the problem.

PTSD puts many responders at a higher risk of suicide. Many experts have associated PTSD more commonly with members of the Armed Forces, or those who suffer from domestic violence, but why not to responders? Take the 9/11 responders for instance. That tragic day ended many innocent lives, but it also had long lasting effects to the various responders that survived the attack. Images of the carnage they witnessed are forever burnt into their minds. And with no way of coping with stressors of that incident, many have turned to unhealthy avenues deal with their emotions. Drugs, alcohol, and ultimately suicide for those who aren’t able to find respite.

What can be done to help those responders? There are several resources available to them, but the most popular would be CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management). There are mental health professionals that are specifically trained to help responders deal with their emotions. Many departments across the country require a CISM session after a critical incident. This can range from an informal group meeting to discuss their emotions to one on one counseling sessions. Emphasizing the importance of proper diet and exercise can also help alleviate the stressors of the job as well as a strong support system. Many people in the EMS field feel that no one truly understands what they are going through, and that leaves them feeling alone with no hope of resolve.

I have been a paramedic for nearly twenty years, and I have dealt with a wide range of emotions in my career. I have responded to thousands upon thousands of calls over the years. Some had a positive outcome, but others did not. Have I ever had bouts of depression or thoughts of suicide? Depression yes, but not suicide. I have spent my career trying to help others in their time of need, and each call has left a mark within me. I can be driving down the road, or walking through a store, and a smell or sound will trigger a memory from a call that I have responded to.

There are a wide variety of resources that are not utilized. I personally believe that responders do not ask for the help they need out of fear of being thought of as weak. We think we should be able to handle anything that is thrown our way. But what many responders fail to realize that is even though we are trained to be at the top of our game in the most stressful situations dealing with life and death we are still human beings. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when we need it, and I wish more responders would do it. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Jerrid Edgington
February 2016

 

Exciting News!

I am happy to announce that I have just submitted the first draft for Revenge of the Reaper, the final book in the Reaper Series, to my publisher. The moment I hit the send button, excitement shot through me. It’s a wonderful feeling when I complete another novel.

This may be the end of the Reaper Series, but I have several more books planned. It’s my hope to continue writing and entertaining you all. I can’t thank you all enough for reading my books. It’s very humbling.

We’re shooting for a May release on Revenge of the Reaper. I will keep you all updated on the editing progress.

Cover Reveal

Resuscitation Print Cover

I’m proud to reveal the paperback cover for Resuscitation. The artwork is provided by Rebbekah White, the cover artist for Master Koda Select Publishing, the publisher for the Reaper Series. A release date for the paperback hasn’t been determined yet. The third book in the series, Reaper’s Requiem, will also have a paperback version released in the very near future.

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Title of Book Four in the Reaper Series

After discussing the title of book four with my publisher, we’ve decided to rename the final act in the Reaper Series. The new and final title is……Revenge of the Reaper.

I’m back to working on it and hopefully will have a May release. I will keep you all updated on the progress of the final book in the series. It has been a great voyage writing about Jacob Myers. Even though he’s a fictional character, I’ve come to enjoy the time we’ve spent together.

Read On!!!

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author

Reaper’s Requiem

I am proud to announce the release of Reaper’s Requiem, the third book in the Reaper Series, is available on Amazon for purchase. I also want to announce the release of The Reaper Returns, the final book in the Reaper Series, will be released in May 2015. It has been quite a ride for Jacob Myers, and I’ve enjoyed sharing his adventures, trials, and tribulations with you all. Thank you for reading my book and your continued support.

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