Life update: Long (redacted) Week

Well, the last week has been busy. After my few weeks riding the wave of higher energy, my energy levels and moods have both been dropping. I've called my  Psychologist and Psychiatrist have appointments coming up with both in the coming weeks. To add to the stress of my moods dropping, I ended up getting … Continue reading Life update: Long (redacted) Week

The Darkness Within

First responders are a rare breed. They deal with tragedy everyday, and are expected to perform in the worst of circumstances. If you read this blog, you already know that. What people don't know is that it is impossible to do the job, and not be affected. It can be a challenge compartmentalize the emotion, … Continue reading The Darkness Within

Cracks in the foundation

I have been on an upswing for awhile now. I have been enjoying it. I've been exercising every day, and have lost ~5lbs in the last month. I'm doing 1.3-2.3 miles a day on the treadmill. I'm writing several times a week, be it on the blog, for the paper, or the story I am … Continue reading Cracks in the foundation

Life Update: I spend way too much time on the road.

This week has been busy. I had a road trip to see my psychologist on Tuesday, appointment with my GP on Wednesday, and my weekly road trip to Edmonton today. I am beat. The appointment I had with my psychologist was good. He is quite happy with where I am at mentally at the moment, … Continue reading Life Update: I spend way too much time on the road.

Keep Fighting: Task Force Dagger, its combat in Afghanistan,and how I relate to it with my mental health.

September 11, 2001 is a date forever etched into the history of the world. I remember the day clearly. I had been an Emergency Medical Responder in Alberta for just under a year, and several months out of hospital for my first mental health related admission. I remember getting the phone call telling me to … Continue reading Keep Fighting: Task Force Dagger, its combat in Afghanistan,and how I relate to it with my mental health.

Fast Cars and Mental Health recovery

Winter is reaching it's conclusion, and I for one, am grateful. This winter has been long, cold, and generally unpleasant. Add to the mix my mental health struggles in November and December, and my nagging shoulder injury due to a slip and fall on ice, I am more than ready to part ways with winter. … Continue reading Fast Cars and Mental Health recovery

Yourself, Your partner, everyone else, an EMT’s guide to mental health survival

Mental health issues are a struggle for both the people impacted, and the families that support them. They can be draining both financially and mentally. Many people lose hope. According to StatsCan, there were 11.5 suicides completed per 100,000 people in 2009, the last year I can find statistics on. I can only imagine that … Continue reading Yourself, Your partner, everyone else, an EMT’s guide to mental health survival

Grand Theft what the f…..? How old are you?

OPINION PIECE I love gaming.  My console of choice has been the Playstation, even though I have had an xbox in the past as well. Something about the Playstation has always drawn me to it though. There are a  number of different games for all the consoles out there. For the most part, all the … Continue reading Grand Theft what the f…..? How old are you?

Echoes Of The Past

It has often been said that "those who don't study history, are doomed to repeat it." I have had an interest in history stemming all the way back to when I was in high school. My high school history teacher was a grouchy old cuss, yet he somehow made the information interesting, and it was … Continue reading Echoes Of The Past