Escalon Community Ambulance has listed its calls for service for the period from Wednesday, March 23 through Wednesday, March 30.
Crews responded to:
Heart problems – 2
CVA/Stroke – 1
Breathing problems – 2
Traumatic injury –5
Other medical problems – 12
Total Patients – 22
San Joaquin General – 1
Doctor’s Hospital Manteca – 4
Doctor’s Hospital Modesto – 7
Memorial Medical Center – 2
Kaiser – Modesto – 3
Kaiser – Manteca – 0
Oak Valley Hospital – 0
Number of patients transported – 17
Number of patients without transport – 5
Given our recent local birth on the way to the hospital I thought it would be a good idea to cover some basics for the moms out there.
It doesn’t matter if this is your first or your fifth, there are some definite signs of impending delivery:
If you’re active, contractions get stronger instead of easing up
If you change position, contractions don’t go away
The contraction pain starts in your lower back and moves to your lower abdomen, and possibly your legs
Contractions progress: They get more frequent and more painful, and sometimes fall into a regular pattern
You have experienced a “rapid” delivery in the past and your drive to the hospital is not a short one!
Give 911 a jingle and someone on the other end will not only get our medics started your way but will give you instructions on how to prepare.
If you have a Doctor and have been getting good prenatal care you should be well versed on when to pack up and head for a hospital with plenty of time to spare, but for those times when Murphy is at work ECA is ready to fill in for the hospital!