Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chicken in peanut sauce (EMT cookbook)

Do you know what's for Dinner? Are you looking for a new chicken breast recipe. I love taking this to work and sharing it with fellow EMT and Paramedics. The Chicken recipe works really well when you put the recipe on skewers. Our family is always looking for new healthy recipes for dinner. The chicken in spicy peanut sauce is a mixture of the classic chicken breast and Indonesian spicy peanut sauce. 

What you will need to make this chicken breast recipe:
1 TBSP dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1/4 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
4-6 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts

Preheat broiler, Line a sheet pan with foil

Whisk together the brown sugar, peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, vinegar, water and lime juice. Set aside 1/4 cup of the peanut sauce.

Brush chicken with remaining sauce so that the chicken is coated. Place on the waiting pan. Broil until the chicken is just cooked through. This will usually take 10 to 12 minutes. 

From Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert. You can purchase this great recipe and 120 others

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Keep your chin up Louisiana

I may be miles apart from you! My prayers go out to you brothers and sisters Paramedics! Keep your chin up Louisiana!

Should bilingual be mandatory?

Since we are on the topic of EMT salaries, I'm sure this question has come up a lot. Should EMT, Paramedics, and EMS be forced to know another language

How much of a salary increase should an employee receive for knowing another language. Or do you believe that knowing another language is just the way life should be.

I have been on several calls where the patient isn't very fluent in English. There have been times when the client doesn't speak a word of English. I have to say that it frustrates me to no end. I'm not frustrated because the other person has decided to not learn a major language. I'm frustrated because there is a road block. I'm unable to give a patient the help that they need in the time that they need it.

I've decided to learn Spanish and Chinese because they are the two largest languages spoken in the United States. Unfortunately, there are no pay bonuses for speaking other languages at work. In truth, I'm learning them so that I can do my job better. Perhaps I can offer tutoring classes in the future for extra money on the side.

After a little research, most companies like Fort Worth Fire Department and Fort Worth Police Department offer $1200 a year to it's bilingual EMS personnel. In truth, that's a nice chunk of change for being an Paramedic and knowing another language. As for being forced to know another language. I would hope that people in this field would want to take the steps to be the best they can be in their career as an EMT and Paramedic.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Medic munching on moon cheese

As I move along my weight loss journey, I'm always looking for new snack to get me along my way. Today I decided to try NutraDried Natural Crunchy Gouda Moon Cheese. The claims of a high protein, natural, gluten free product is an enticement to someone who's fighting Diabetes.

I love the fact  that the Moon Cheese is created from nothing but Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, and Annatto (Vegetable Coloring). Is it the perfect on the go snack from NutraDried? 5 grams of fat, 21 mg of Cholesterol, 
190 mg of Sodium. Is it the healthiest snack out there?

I have to admit that the first bite is pretty tasty. You may have to get use to the crunchiness. NutraDried Natural Crunchy Gouda Moon Cheese is firmer than most cheese snacks. It also seems to be a little more greasier than most natural cheese snacks.

The unfortunate thing is that the Gouda Moon Cheese is only tasty for a few bites. After a while the product takes on a strange taste. I can't tell if it's due to the fact that it's a Gouda flavor or the fact that it's a dried product.

Will I be buying this food product again? That would be a definite "NO" The Gouda Moon Cheese is a product full of flavor but not worth the $5 price tag at Starbucks.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Life inspirations from the universe

I try to take inspiration from God in all kinds of forms. I received a little email this morning. I'm really tired and a little burned out on the job. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever become a Paramedic. The state test seems so far away. There is so much to learn. How can I remember it all. 

Then the message read like this:
You can secure an important victory and achieve a long-held aspiration today. This obviously is not an overnight achievement but probably something you've been intermittently pursuing for a long time. Some dreams refuse to die, and this may be the day for one of those dreams to begin to see the light of day in the real world. Be heartened and don't let up now.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Don't touch me EMT

It's not my goal to scare the EMT's and Paramedics that are reading this. In reality, I think that one of the toughest thing for someone who works in the EMS field is obtaining a directive that they don't like. The job is so geared at saving a persons life that when there is a legal document saying "NO!" it's like getting slapped in the face by a client.

Or if you are a family member of someone who is unresponsive but you know their wishes is to die peacefully. Or you are a member of a religion that does not allow resuscitation. An EMT and Paramedic will do everything they
can to respect your wishes but a person is going to receive
medical treatment if there is not a legal document present at
the scene of the accident or illness.

There are four different types of Advance Directives. They are:
  • DNR Order
  • A living will
  • A health care durable power of attorney
  • A physicians orders for life sustaining treatment
A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) is a legal document or order that covers resuscitation issues only. A DNR will not stop an EMT or Paramedic from providing other types of medical care in the event of trauma or illness.

A living will covers resuscitation and more general health care issues including the use of life support or not.

A Health care durable power of attorney. This is also known as a Health Care Proxy. This document legally allows someone to make medical decision for a Pt. If the Pt. is unable to make that decision for himself/Herself. Many hospitals or long term care facilities will have the Pt. sign this legal document so that decisions can be made on the Pt. behalf.

A Physicians orders for life sustaining treatment (POIST) is usually created if the Pt. is not expected to live more than a year. The legal document allows the Pt. to decide what level of care he wants to receive before resuscitation is needed.

There are times when a Pt or family member of the Pt will say that they have an advance directive but it is not present at that very moment. Until the Pt or family member produces that advance directive consider initiating treatment immediately.

Contact medical direction for instructions on how to proceed.
Continue treatment until the problem has been resolved
Be sure to communicate to the Pt all the risks that may come with not obtaining medical care.

For the EMT and Paramedic, it is important to follow local protocol to keep from obtaining legal action against you. For the patient, it's important to know what you rights are. Ultimately unless a patient can prove that he/she is oriented enough to answer the classic "Person, Place and Time" questions then local EMT and Paramedics will begin medical care.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fort Worth King Wok San Sien Frangrance

As I'm getting my health together, I'm always looking for meals to benefit my weight loss. With over sixty menu items King Wok of Fort Worth Texas has a lot to offer the taste buds. My friends and I have tried several other Chinese menu items with much success. So we decided to try King Wok San Sien Fragrance.

So how was the ratio of meat to vegetables. How were the side items? Was the hot garlic sauce just too much for the taste buds? This was a major concern for all of us.

King Wok is never cheap on the portions. A person could make three meals out of one item from the menu. The problem with the menu items is the lack of meat and fish. There is never enough shrimp, chicken, and beef. This is a great menu item if a person loves pepper flakes, bell peppers, and onions. Ultimately we felt that we spent one dollar for meat and eight dollars on vegetables.

Was King Wok San Sien heat to much for us? The flavor started out sweet and ended with a high amount of heat. The garlic sauce was so hot that it caused one of my friends to choke on her food. The bland fried rice didn't offer enough comfort to calm the taste buds. I guess we shouldn't have dived in when we saw the red pepper flakes.

Ultimately, King Wok San Sien Fragrance was the wrong choice for our crew of healthy foodies. The sauce and vegetables were a poor cover up for bad portions, bad options, and no flavor.