Steven "Kelly" Grayson
- Title: En Route: A Paramedic's Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between
- Author: Steven "Kelly" Grayson
- ISBN: 9781427799715
- Page: 361
- Format: Hardcover
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Stephen Kelly Grayson has seen the best of us at our worst When hearts stop working, when blood alcohol levels exceed limits we shouldn t contemplate, when bodies are extricated from car wrecks, he s been there to pick up the pieces, save our lives, and watch us slip away His touching stories of life and death and the hilarious ones of times in between are here to giveStephen Kelly Grayson has seen the best of us at our worst When hearts stop working, when blood alcohol levels exceed limits we shouldn t contemplate, when bodies are extricated from car wrecks, he s been there to pick up the pieces, save our lives, and watch us slip away His touching stories of life and death and the hilarious ones of times in between are here to give us an insight of what happens after we call 911, the ambulance doors close, or even what happens inside the ER when the nurse shows the family to the waiting room.
Recent Comments "En Route: A Paramedic's Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between"
Entertaining stories but the book has an identity crisis.The first responder stories that are told in this book are very entertaining, however there is little connection between them. The author works with different partners, changes jobs many times, meets a woman, gets married, gets divorced, etc. These are all mentioned as side notes within each story but there is no background explanation by the author as to how those events came to be. I feel like this book is stuck somewhere between an auto [...]
Another reminder of the racist misogyny macho crap I have to deal with every day as an EMT. Not a surprise that this jerk won the paramedic of the year in 2016.
I was mostly interested in this book because I used to be an EMT. If that's also your perspective, you will enjoy it, as long as you don't try to think of it as a larger story. Just appreciate it as a big list of some guy's war stories. I really enjoyed it- every chapter had me laughing or cringing or thinking "Oh man, so true!" or "I hate it when that happens." If you have some connection to emergency medicine, consider this a 5 star book for amusement alone. But for everyone else, I'd have to [...]
A free Kindle book. It was a little disjointed (as others have said, it's better to read it as a collection of stories, rather than as having an overarching narrative about his life), but overall enjoyable. He's a bit crass and misogynistic, but overall has a good sense of humor and is a pretty decent writer. A quick, interesting read.
I finished another paramedic book earlier today, and waffled between reading this one ot taking a break. Very glad I decided to keep with the theme. Grayson definitely has a knack for writing, as his descriptions made it feel like I was right there, riding along with him through northern Louisiana. While probably taken from his entire 10 year career (to that point, there were no indications he had ceased being a paramedic), Grayson wove the tales together quite well, so that it almost seemed to [...]
A lot of the stories Kelly tells are also on his blog (or at least the same types of stories), and he is a wonderful story-teller in person, as I've had the pleasure of discovering this past year, so I was fairly confident I would enjoy this bookI was completely correct, and am so happy I finally got the chance to read it.This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to depictions of life-and-death situations, nor should you read it if you don't have a sense of humor about illness.Throug [...]
It was really really good! It's different from what I normally read but it was better than I expected. The book is a true story. It has to do with Kelly Grayson and his life as a Paramedic. Each chapter was a different story of someone dying, involved in a wreak and so many more, my favorite part about each chapter is the titles - each title was funny and a few didn't make sense at first but once you read the chapter, you'll get it. It was based in Louisiana which is where I'm living at right no [...]
Steven Grayson’s book, A Paramedic’s Story was a great read for me. Obviously from the title of the book you can infer that this book is going to be about the things that a paramedic goes through on a daily basis. Steven or “Kelly” which is his nickname, shares stories about some of the craziest and most unusual calls he has responded to. Along with describing the calls he goes through, we also get to follow him through all the levels of his medical training. I like just about every aspe [...]
Life, death, and everything in-between. This is a collection of experiences from the perspective of a kick-ass paramedic who is also a very good author. The author is obviously dedicated, often jaded, but always full of compassion for those who depend on him.I read the blog way before the book came out, and although I got this book for free as an Kindle book, I would have gladly paid money to read this.Reading this gives you the idea that being a paramedic is not glamorous at all. But it is not [...]
It's been a little over a year since I've read this book, but it still pops into my mind sometimes. It's been a long time since I've read a book where I went from laughing hysterically in one chapter, and crying in the next. Don't take that to mean this is a horribly chaotic book - It's not. It's a collection of different stories, one per chapter, and yet still forms a cohesive long-term story.As a Paramedic, I'm able to relate to many of the stories in this book (good and bad.) It was easy to p [...]
This was good, but a couple of things kept it from being great. One, Grayson would use medical terms and not explain them or talk about using a piece of equipment and not say what is does. This was more irritating than anything, but I think I would have gotten more out of it if I understood better what was going on. Two, there was nothing to tie all of the stories together into one cohesive unit. I couldn't tell chronology at all. Personal details, like who he was working with or what company, h [...]
This book was good, but not great. It's available for free on the Kindle right now, which is how I heard of it. It's a pretty quick read, but many other readers here have it right: there is a disconnect between a lot of the stories.The medical aspects of the book are really interesting, but the personal aspects are only so-so. There isn't enough information given about many scenarios, but there are casual mentions of relationships/weddings/etc. etc.The final chapter of the book is, without a dou [...]
Responding to 911 calls, paramedics deal with things from heart attacks, potentially fatal wounds in victims of violent crimes, to people trapped in cars after an accident. They have to keep their heads in some gruesome situations, and to keep their humor in check during some hilarious situations. This one paramedic shares what he went through not just with the people he helped save, or sadly had to watch slip away, but also with the doctors and nurses he sometimes had to work with.There are som [...]
Great book! Took me back to my days as a medical First Responder.The only thing keeping me from giving this book the fifth star was the arrogant attitude the author was quick to display. I'm sure, based on the stories and other reviews of the book that he's one of the best, but the way he writes about patients, by-standers, and care-facility staff left a sour taste in my mouth; one that would probably go away if ever I met him in person. I guess it's too many years of watching sanitized stories [...]
I really enjoyed this book. I found myself laughing out loud at times at his sense of humor, at recognizing the familiarity of the situation/people and a sense of appreciation for all paramedics do. It made me miss and not miss the politics of medicine. It made me remember some of my most humorous and touching medical experiences. It was a book I enjoyed very much. For those of you without a medical background, you may find it fascinating and at times gruesome. But you will come away hoping that [...]
free kindle.i wish the title was 'i am a paramedic and i am WOnDERFUL' then perhaps i wouldnt have been as disgusted with his egotismd after reading it i 'get' that it doesnt follow any timeline-just wish i would have known that going into it. i didnt read any reviews here first(goes to show u to read reviews FIRST!) he goes from being a greenhorn to TEACHING in the very next chapter and of cOURSE he knows more than the physicians or other medical personnel.ad it was free
Cool book! As one who knows, and has worked a truck, where these fictional towns that are portrayed in the book are, I could easily envision the stories written. Kelly offers an easy, light read that provides a window into our world. I have read some reviews about a high level of ego, but hey, you don't last in this job without a certain higher level of ego than the normal populace. All in all this was an enjoyable book and I recommend it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is that I pref [...]
The stories seemed to jump around a lot, but once I realized this book is a collection of vignettes rather than a more comprehensive autobiography (of sorts) it made more sense. Some of the stories were very touching, others horrifying (*always* wear a seatbelt) and others edging toward the ridiculous. Through it all, though, Kelly managed a sense of perspective and humor at least for the most part.
I enjoyed these essays, though by the end of the book I didn't like Grayson very well. He struck me as arrogant, egotistical and condescending. However, he is clearly a good paramedic. The patients he described and his experiences were compelling and well written. I would have liked more in-depth reflection, more personal experience. The pieces sometimes felt disjointed in time and I wasn't sure who the secondary players were.
This guy is a great storyteller, and if you read this as a collection of those stories, you'll be quite happy. I was hoping for a little more, though there were hints of threads of story arcs through the whole book that were left hanging or too sketchy to be considered resolved, and time details were totally out the window. Remember James Herriot's books about being a veterinarian out in the English countryside? That's what I wanted this book to be close but not quite.
I actually really liked this, but I do agree with one of the other reviewers who said that this book has somewhat of an identity crisis. There were times when it jumped around in time and place, which was confusing to begin with. Once I decided to treat each chapter as a short, stand-alone, narrative, it was much better. I was easily able to picture the scenes Grayson was writing about. None of the dialogue felt stilted or threw me out of the story. All in all, well done.
Not found of a book with a depressing ending. I understand that sort of thing happens, but to end the book like that was just disappointing. Maybe in the middle and explain how it affected the profession in your eyes, butI dunno. Maybe I was expecting more, but the medic life in the Boonies, doesn't prepare you for city/suburb life. Maybe the blog is better.
Decently good read. Author is occasionally a royal jerk, but gets over it towards the end. Worthwhile fluff, and likely more interesting for those with experience and/or vested interest in the EMS field. I enjoyed it, but if I'd had brain space for something more complex, I probably would have stopped reading this about 2/3s of the way through.
At times, Kelly Grayson is a real asshole. But his stories are funny as hell most of the time, sometimes touching, and often disgusting. I enjoyed it, but it probably won't be one of those books I come back to. His writing is easy to read, though he does include a lot of medical/technical jargon, so if you're not versed in that, it might be a frustrating read.
Great book, awesome read for anyone considering becoming a 1st responder of any type. Lots of laughs, lots of lessons, very well written. "Kelly" did an amazing job showing himself as a hero, but also as a human who makes mistakes even while on the job and humanizes his failures in saving a life, or emotions arriving at an accident scene with no survivors.
Of course I loved this book. It was a one day read for me. I laughed all day and cried all night. It was also a great "fix" while I wait to take my NR skills tests. This is a must read for anyone interested in EMS. I will be highly recommending it to all of my nurse friends who had a million questions while I was in school.
I enjoyed this collection of stories from a Louisiana paramedic. However, I did want a bit more context to the stories. If he had tied all the stories together into a story of his life it would have been better. Characters and locations pop up and disappear with no explanation of who or where they are. Still an entertaining read, though.
Short chapters detailing Kelly Grayson's experiences as an EMT-Basic and then as a paramedic. Little glimpses into people's lives, this book is highly entertaining. You learn a lot about the author as well as some of the fun and crazy weirdos he meets up with while working in southern Louisiana. A must-read for anyone in the EMS.
Great collection of stories written by a paramedic who was egotistical and used many medical terms that I didn't understand but told these stories with LOTS of emotion. Some stories were very funny and others brought me to tears. His heart was definitely in his work.
**The call was dispatched as a generic "unknown medical emergency," which in Cloutier meant it would be a demonic possession, a toddler swallowed by an alligator, or some redneck with his penis caught in a bear trap.**Love it!
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