I sit here at the computer, tabs open to book sites, college sites, gear sites... I'm strongly considering getting back into the field of EMS. I first started classes to become an EMT in 2003, and then went on to study to be a paramedic from 2003-2005. I graduated with my AAS in Paramedic Technology in 2005 and held my EMT-Paramedic license until 2010 when a back injury precluded my recertification/re-licensure that year.
It has been 15 years since I went to school for EMS and 10 years since I worked in EMS! Wow, do I feel old! Ha!
I wound up discussing this at length with my husband yesterday, a conversation that happened a whole lot earlier than I had anticipated/wanted, lol. I think he will be supportive of the endeavor, although I think both of us are pragmatic enough to know that I probably won't have many years on the ambulance. My hope and goal is to build back enough experience once training is done that I could get a position as a tech in an ER or Urgent Care, or perhaps a health/occupational tech in one of the myriad factories in my area.
I'm looking at 2 1/2 years of schooling to get my paramedic license back. It seems kind of daunting in its own way, and I do worry that I might glaze over on some of the "easy" things. I have already begun studying cardiology/EKGs again, and plan to also study up on Respiratory and Prehospital Pharmacology by myself, as I know these were my weak areas before.
I'm also working to start exercising and losing weight. I know that, right this minute, I'm not physically where I would want to be to start working as an EMT-B/P, but I am making the changes with assistance from the VA to get into better shape, better health, better weight to do the job. This dream is a big motivator!
So fingers crossed!