After that quick bite, we get another call and head out.

On scene, we enter a private residence and enter the first room on the left. In it is an older woman complaining of pain and vomiting. She asks us to close the door behind ourselves to secure the home. Part of an EMT’s responsibility is to, within reason, secure the patient’s home and belongings. If we cannot, officers can be called on scene to lock up behind us.

Once on the truck, the patient asks for an emesis bag (emesis means to vomit). Upon receiving one (*gross alert*) she promptly and continually fills it with a somewhat deep and bright green bile. She was sick due to radiation treatments used to cure her pancreatic cancer. Yes, the pancreas has lots to do with bile. While the liver produces bile and the pancreas other digestive juices, they share a duct that takes these enzymes to the stomach to aid digestion. The patient also had diabetes.

In between emesis moments, Kimberly asked question to fill out the PCR and the patient was quite compliant to answer them. However, on the ride to the hospital, she did stop answering questions with words, due to fatigue, and just laid quietly.

Kimberly and I also performed a finger stick to get a BGL (blood glucose level). Kimberly gets two readings when she checks BGL and records the second reading. This is a difference of style, not of substance. Sometimes the patient doesn’t have enough blood to give you two readings.

Captain Holland, when lecturing on the ins and outs of getting BGLs on patients said: “The proper acronym for blood sugar is BGL. We were going to use BS but that was taken for something else.”

This lady reminded me of my Grandma. My Grandma had a cancer that was removed completely by surgery, no other interventions needed or used. This call made me thank God for sparing her from radiation therapy. However, it also made me thank God for allowing healing in this way as well. How worthy the God I serve. To allow healing in many ways, though He owes and guarantees us nothing in the way healthy, easy lives. Praise Him.