I started Paramedic school the Fall of 2003. It was 13 month program, but that doesn’t count the year I took off in the middle so that we could get married and enjoy our first year together. I began Working at an Emergency Room in downtown Ft. Worth while I was in school. Man do I have some stories from there. I worked there for 3 years. My Grandmother passed away 3 weeks before we were to get hitched. That unfortunately gave me a reason to buy a suit to wear on our cruise. We enjoyed our first year. We were living in Grapevine, TX. On a side note AWESOME place to live. The historic downtown was quaint and close by good restaurants. Esparza’s go there is you get the chance. I don’t know what street it’s on but ask anyone from there they can tell you.
So after I finished Medic school and simultaneously got my lovely wife pregnant (no she was no accident), I began job hunting. I was reluctant to move out of the DFW metroplex but I don’t think I was going to be happy working as a medic up there. So in my asking around some FF from some department in the area said “have you looked at Austin, I hear they are hiring.” I got on the web and applied almost the same day. Sure enough they would wait until we are in the delivery room at the hospital to call and offer me the job. The conversation went like this:
Michelle: Hi Rob, this is Michelle calling from Austin Travis County EMS.
Me: Oh hi.
Michelle: Is this a good time for you?
Me: Not really, Why?
Michelle: Well is there a better time I can call back.
Me: No not for a while. Can this be quick?
Michelle: well I guess so, I was calling about your application. It has been through all of the review and approval processes and we would like to offer you a paramedic position with us.
Me (delirious at this point): I’ll take it, but can I call you back? I’m in the delivery room with my wife, and she is about to start pushing.
Michelle (very confused): oh… oh, OOOHHHHH, Congratulations, you are having a baby today?
Me: well I’m not. My wife is.
Michelle: Ok well you got the job. Call us back after things settle down.
The rest of the conversation is trivial and I really don’t remember much of it. Oh the important stuff:
Born: Sept 6, 2006
Weight: 8 lbs 2.4 oz
Length: 20 inches
We moved to Austin in October when I began work. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed quitting my job at the ER. While the excitement was high the morale was low and it eventually became a chore to go to work. I am still working for ATCEMS. I work night on the weekends for the last year and will until October. Well as I mentioned before, we are looking to move and that the latest from our side of the world.
To those of you who read about my life story and have gotten this far I owe you a beer. If you began to read and didn’t get this far, wait what am I saying you stopped reading at “I grew up in…” Well thanks for listening. This blog is a test for me. I would like to keep up with it, and I am promising myself I will because this is something I have been wanting to do and finally ran out of excuses. So good luck to me and thanks to you.