So; several new things today; first real c-spine stabilization, first real takedown, first real MVA. It all seemed to go like in training, though I did find that holding the patient's neck my hands got *very* crampy and started shaking. The poor patient didn't notice, though, and I'm sure he appreciated my not sticking my fat paws on his big scrapy patches. The patient's hands were roughly bandaged by the time I got there but the other EMT repackaged them before transport. I made myself watch it and I was okay with it, although I'm glad they weren't my hands.
Riding with the emergency lights on is a special thrill. I'd used the lights once before at a car fire I stumbled on in Lebanon but hadn't actually used them in motion before. I felt like I was breaking the law even though I wasn't. Sort of that "I've stolen the police cruiser now where do I go" feeling.