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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....

Title : en route a paramedic s stories of life death and everything in between
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en route a paramedic s stories of life death and everything in between Reviews

  • Rich Grech
    2019-03-02 02:46

    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 autobiography and a first hand storybook. It would have been better as one or the other. I would have rather some details about what company he was working for or who is partner was be left out altogether, because without the backstory the reader is just left wondering how the author got from point a to point b and in what order these events happened.

  • Kisha
    2019-03-14 04:43

    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.

  • Laura
    2019-03-04 07:43

    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 drop it down to 3.The book is really disjointed and parts of it hardly make any sense. It seems to skip around chronologically, or at least the author skips over major events in his life story. That would be fine, except then he references them. One chapter he's working in one town for one ambulance service, the next he's working somewhere else. The chapter after that he's back in the first place...I think?Someone else mentioned that this was adapted from a blog, which I completely believe. Don't know why they couldn't have assigned an editor to it though, to help make a cohesive story. There are lots of details that are supposed to improve the stories (which hospital sucks, how far out into the sticks he is, which ER doc is an asshole) that are really hard to keep track of.He's also very inconsistent about explaining emergency medicine terms. In one chapter he quotes one paramedic asking another if they needed the "Kendrick Extrication Device." I, former EMT, stared at the page for like 15 seconds before realizing, "Ohhhhh, the KED." I guarantee you no paramedic in the history of the world has ever called it by its full name outside of a classroom. The next chapter he's rattling off a bunch of EKG terminology that I only vaguely recognized as...well, being EKG terminology. Anyway, even when he writes out "Kendrick Extrication Device," he doesn't actually tell you what it is, so prepare to be confused by medical terminology unless you have some background in it. (For the curious: A KED is basically a spine board that you can mold to someone who is seated in a car.) Also, the last chapter is a MAJOR downer. I have no idea why he chose the most depressing possible story in his repertoire to end the story with, but it just makes the whole book seem incredibly depressing in retrospect. I recommend pausing halfway through the book, reading the last chapter, then finishing. The book will make exactly as much sense and you won't feel so damn depressed right after you finish.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-18 08:57

    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.

  • Kristin
    2019-02-26 07:52

    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 be a continuous story.Unfortunately, there were a some big holes in there that kept it from being a seamless story. Grayson references a call he went on regarding a young man named Ricky in anecdotes about two subsequent visits to members of Ricky's family, but we never learn about that first call involving young Ricky except in a brief mention of his current condition in the second story. It felt like Ricky's story had been in the book, and cut out before publication. Likewise the 'old man' call that was the first of 3 calls in a row to a particular town, the same town Ricky's family lived in. Also, I lost track of who Grayson was driving for and where because he starts off the book saying that the large ambulance service in the area wouldn't take someone as green as him, so he starts off with a new company that is tight on funds but full of excited medics willing to work for free and live in the station house. The book feels chronologic, and up to the story about the 3 Martins, he is still working for this company. Eventually though, he mentions working for another ambulance corps, a rival of a 4th company, but we never find out when the change happens or why.What works so well about this book, but also makes these holes so glaring, is the small town feel of it all. No matter for whom he's working and in what town, Greyson transports people to the same hospitals, sees the same ER docs, responds to the same old age home, etc. By the time the book ends, I felt I had a good picture of his life and what it's like to do the job from his perspective.I'd certainly read a second book by Greyson, not to mention those chapters that feel like they should be in the book to fill in some of the gaps.

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-17 08:53

    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 book...I 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.Through his anecdotes, Kelly takes you through his life at the beginning of his career through his days as a bonafide veteran of the field, and along the way, you're treated to hysterical meanderings, thoughtful musings, and some left-field topics that you wouldn't even consider to be a "valid" part of an EMT's life...but then again, Kelly's life isn't all that ordinary in the first place.If you ever get a chance to meet him, attend a class or speech given by him, or if you want to read his blog and banter with him that way (, DO IT. I strongly urge you to have more of Kelly Grayson in your life. His personality is enormous, as is his heart, and his sense of fun comes out in his writing in a way that so few memoir authors are able to achieve.This review is not just from a friend - it's from a fan. I don't take memoirs lightly, even if they're supposed to be funny. If they're bad, I'm going to go out of my way to tell you how bad they are. On the inverse, I'm going to recommend the ones I feel are essential, and this book is on the latter list.As Travis said in Clueless: "Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Fine holiday fun!"

  • Shelby
    2019-03-19 05:08

    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 now and that was probably one of the reason why I read it. The book had some funny moments and a few sad moments. I can't really tell you much because anything I say about this book, will pretty much spoil it! So I'll post the passage from of the product description of the book. "Welcome to the life-and-death world of an EMT—sometimes bloody, sometimes even funny, but always compelling.When someone dials 911, Emergency Medical Technician Kelly Grayson is there—to restart the heart that has stopped beating, deal with dangerously high blood alcohol levels, or pull a body from a mangled car wreck. As an EMT, Grayson sees people at their best and worst, in situations that can be gruesome, moving, and heart-breaking. Regardless of the emergency, Grayson is the first line of defense, picking up the pieces and saving lives—or, sadly, watching them slip away.A Paramedic's Story is bursting with stories that run the gamut from lighthearted to heart-wrenching. With his brutally candid style, Grayson gives readers his special insight into the human condition, and shows us what it feels like to hold lives in his hands every day.".

  • Tyler
    2019-02-22 06:58

    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 aspect of this book for many reasons. Kelly was very talented in the ways he put a visual representation of each scene he responded to into the mind of his reader. There were multiple occasions where I felt like I was in the rig and right there on the calls with him. With him doing that, it made reading this book almost like a learning experience. Personally I couldn't find anything wrong with this book, all the aspects of a great book were here. I most definitely would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading a book that will give you an in-depth look at would some people go through on a daily basis. Also it would be a good book for those interested in the medical field because I will show them just how unpredictable things can be and how strange as well. Already I have a friend who wants to read the book so we will see if they feel the same way about it as I did once they’re done with it.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-03 10:54

    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 Amazon 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 without great reward, despite the moments that have you scratching your head and wondering how anyone can put up with the bogus or hysterical or not-worth-a-call to 911 kinds of things. You get a look at the experience of the author, and there's everything from wickedly good humor, to stories that will bring you to tears of laughter, and stories that will move you beyond anything you expected. Oh, and you'll laugh, too, many times, and for very good reasons. My mother used to say, "Laugh, cry, or go crazy... I'd prefer to laugh." This book made me laugh and cry, and made me appreciate how crazy being a paramedic can be. I'm glad people like this author are out there doing what they do best.

  • Brandon Warr
    2019-02-22 06:54

    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 put myself on that truck or at that scene with Kelly, and feel like I was the partner for that call. Obviously, Emergency Services personnel will enjoy this book on one level, but I'm confident that the "Average Citizen" with no Emergency Services ties will enjoy it just as much, even if for different reasons.This is definitely worth the read. It's easy to pick up and put down regularly (so, for reading in between calls at the base, for example).

  • liirogue
    2019-02-18 08:46

    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, his marital status, etc was just randomly sprinkled in. In one story he talks about working for company A, then a couple of stories later he off-handidly mentions another company or district. It gave me the feeling that I was missing the parts of the book that explained these transitions.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-19 10:11

    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 doubt, the best story in the collection. Some of the stories fall flat, while others shine. But the final one stands miles above the rest.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-18 06:12

    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 some funny stories and some heart-wrenching stories, but they all showcase humans at the very best and their worst.

  • Jeff Schmitt
    2019-02-22 07:10

    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 of FD rescue teams on "Emergency!", "Chicago Fire", "Trauma", and shows of that nature.Still highly recommended for those in or thinking of joining the profession and curious fans like me.

  • Sheila Good
    2019-02-16 06:05

    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 if you ever need a paramedic, you hope it's someone like this guy!

  • Mich
    2019-03-04 03:01

    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 egotism.and 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 goodreads 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 it was free

  • Craig Walker
    2019-03-07 10:04

    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 prefer a grittier story.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-03 02:57

    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.

  • Aubrey
    2019-03-09 09:52

    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.

  • Katje
    2019-03-02 03:53

    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.

  • Carole
    2019-03-10 04:43

    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.

  • Marielle
    2019-02-24 05:04

    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, but...I 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.

  • Chaynyth
    2019-03-18 03:50

    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.

  • Kay
    2019-02-24 03:54

    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.

  • Jonn
    2019-03-01 10:47

    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.

  • Felecia
    2019-03-08 08:45

    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.

  • Dave
    2019-03-16 11:05

    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.

  • Jessi
    2019-03-10 10:50

    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.

  • Gayle
    2019-03-19 07:52

    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.

  • Elizabeth Zwynenburg
    2019-03-03 09:49

    **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!