Today’s View: the Murphy(s), Leg Room and Sunsets

Today definitely bordered on Bill Murray’s version of Groundhog Day.

Remember the movie?


Well, after digging out my piles . . .

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. . . we were sent after our first patient.

On our way out the ER door, patient on stretcher, I called our fair well over my shoulder.

“Thanks! See you later today guys!”

Marky, my partner for the shift, almost threw the RSI kit at me.

The ER staff started hollering at my slip. That was almost as bad as saying the ‘Q’ word to them.

I chuckled all the way to the helicopter as my crew chastised me. I am easily entertained.

The flight was uneventful, and lunch was waiting on us 3 hours after we originally ordered it. I got into the second bite of my monster sub when—

—Of course—

—the tones went off.

Minutes later, ass planted in my seat, helmet on my head, lifting to go back to the same hospital for another patient, I was still groaning at the non-prank irony.

And the Ground Hog’s Day movie references began.

Murphy (as in ‘Law’ not ‘Bill’) knew I had a lot I wanted to accomplish today. It just wasn’t meant to be. Apparently my pilot for the day was recently jinxed with being a mission magnet so we kept flying.

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Mark and the View from our Office Window

I can’t remember the last time I did three flights in one shift. Yeah Mark Thomas, I know, three flights aren’t much when you hot load cheap scenes in So. Cal. but the our first two patient pick ups were to a hospital 25 flight minutes away. Yup, ONE way. The third mission was to a hospital 45 minutes away.

That makes a three flight 12 hour shift long. And I loved every minute of this 13.5 hour day.

Shifts like this are so much better when you have an awesome crew.

As well as the chance to stretch your legs.

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Leg Room? Yup!

And views so incredible, they always leave you in awe.

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February Sunset

Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and we are doomed to 6 more weeks of winter, I think I can deal with it.

And I promise I won’t fly angry!

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  1. Emily, I think I hate you.


    It’s in that good way though. Glad you had a good day 🙂 The view alone has convinced me of it. When can I come fly with you?

  2. Hi Emily
    it´s good to read some flight stories again. Always interesting and fun to read.


    P.S.: I also want an office like that!

  3. @epi—we are taking requests for our ride along program for this summer! I will send you an email with the form.

    @Dr A—Why or WHY does WordPress think you are spam??? The song is awesome btw!

    @Sebastian—Thank you. It was amazing to realize I was making my blogging “too difficult” and to just write my life.

  4. Made me laugh!
    I think I may have ya beat so far as the “Ground Hog Day” reference is concerned though…
    We provide the helicopter to the Peds/Neonate team for a hospital that is 25 minutes away. I walked into work last week and was told the team was waiting for me as soon as I could get airborne.
    An hour later I picked the up the team and isolette and flew to the transferring hospital 30 minutes away. Upon return to my base I was again dispatched to pick up the team, this time going to the other hospital in this same little town. Loading them up, I was informed we were picking up the smallest of a set of twins. Completing that flight, we were told the other twin also needed to be transferred.
    Three flights. 6.3 hours flight time. Fifteen landings. And I did it all within the normal twelve hours.
    As you might imagine, sleep came easily.

  5. I think I already heard this story. You do have a cool job. I don’t think I can handle 6 more weeks of winter without going crazy……
    Kepp your head up!

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