Hi. I’m Kevin.
Most of you in the EMS arena know me as ‘DiverMedic’. I’ve gone by other handles over the past 30 years (yes, THIRTY YEARS) since the days of ARPANET, USENET, and IRC. My professional trade is in the world of computers, specifically, network security, but my passion is, and always has been, in prehospital medicine. I was first certified in CPR in the late 70’s, and my interest grew from there. I’m presently a NJ EMT-B, working up the courage to start the EMT-P program in August of 2011. I had planned on starting this month, but after doing a lot of thinking about it, decided that I’d wait the extra year to make sure I was really ready. I originally had planned on it back in 1995 when I finally left the service of Uncle Sam, but a number of factors made that impossible. I moved to Boston immediately after getting my discharge, and Northeastern University wanted more than the GI Bill would cover, so I went back into playing around on computers and networks to pay the bills.
Fast forward to the present. I’m still breaking into computers and networks for fun and profit, but I’m also trying to build up enough knowledge, credentials, and experience to transition into the medical profession. I’m currently working on attaining the required 450 clinical hours to sit for the CHT (Certified Hyperbaric Technologist) exam, in addition to spending too much time volunteering on the local BLS squad and studying everything I can to get ready for the Paramedic course next year. Oh, and I’m an active DiveMaster with plans to take the Assistant Intructor course next spring while simultaneously taking Anatomy & Physiology I, since I need that for the Paramedic course.
Luckily, I’m not married, and I don’t have any children, so all of this time spent away from home is not going to create any hardships on anyone except my dog (who’s still happy to see me when I come home, at least for now..)
Some people say I’m too busy. Some people say I’m going in too many different directions at once. Some people say I need to settle down and get married. Some people say I need to grow up and stop all this ‘dreaming’.
To those people, I say this: My life is my own. I’ve spent it helping others, in one way or another, and will continue to help others, in one way or another, until I am too old and broken to do so. If you have a problem with that, then you should probably re-evaluate our friendship. I’m not about to give up my dreams or passions just to make you happy by conforming to your ‘ideal’ on what my life should be about. Keep that in mind when you need someone in an emergency.
Oh, and keep this in mind, too: I’ll still be there to help you if and when you need help.