Author Archives: Tyler Johnston

About Tyler Johnston

I am from Lyndhurst, Ohio and went to Charles F. Brush High School where I played soccer, wrestled, played rugby and I played trombone in the band. My major is Athletic Training and I am on the wrestling team. I am also a Student Ambassador, member of SAAC, Preview Guide, Athletic Training Club and numerous intramural sports.

Saving Lives, It’s Their Job

Saving Lives, It’s Their Job

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Have you ever had to call 911 and you were relaxed about it? It’s not something the average person can do. In a medical emergency though, some of the calmest people are the paramedics. Their job is to expect the worst and to be able to help whoever may be injured. They are the every day heroes that most people forget about. For me, I was supposed to go on an ambulance during an emergency for class! We would have to go to the ambulance house in Alliance and wait for an emergency to happen. Now most people would say “You’re waiting on someone to get hurt so you can learn?” Well yes, experience is key in the medical field and injuries are happening every day. Whenever you watch the news, you always see an ambulance at some tragic accident, but with me, this wasn’t the case. Thank goodness.

The first time I went to the ambulance, I didn’t know what to expect. I was expecting everything you hear on television, and I was nervous and excited. I was there for 3 hours, and I simply watched television because there was no emergency. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to be able to experience what the EMT’s experience as a part of every day life. The next time I went, within 5 minutes there was a call. I wasn’t completely sure that we were leaving because the two paramedics I was with, just walked at a quick pace. They weren’t running like there was a fire. I just followed them, got in and heard the sirens.

I wasn’t nervous at all because I’m around athletes when they get injured so I know what an emergency situation is like. It’s not that I am becoming numb from it being an emergency, it’s just that I know that being calm is the best idea. Sometimes if you get overworked about it, you make a big deal out of something that really isn’t that bad. You have to be able to remain calm and deal with a serious injury when you have a job such as an athletic trainer or paramedic.

So what happened on that first emergency? An elderly woman fell off her wheel chair and hit her head. Before we arrived there were two fire and rescue men there already assisting the lady. She didn’t need any transportation and she would end up being OK. After I studied for an hour at the ambulance house, I decided it was time to go. But right before I walked out the door, there was another call. I didn’t mind riding along. We heard over the radio that a woman drove into Rite Aid. When we arrived, there was already firefighters and police officers on scene. The first thing I saw was a large dent in the brick wall of Rite Aid. She didn’t drive through, but she definitely hit it hard. Thankfully, the elderly woman would be OK and nobody was harmed. This was something that the paramedics and I laughed about. Nobody was harmed and there was a hole in the wall, but how can you not laugh?

These definitely aren’t the typical calls you expect to hear about but they happen nearly every day for the paramedics. Tragedies do happen and paramedics along with athletic trainers are trained for those scenarios. For me, I like that small rush of adrenaline when there is an emergency. Not knowing what you are going to see or if you are going to have to help save someone’s life is a nerve-wracking feeling, but if you do your part and do everything that you are capable of doing, then it is worth it. I remember saying to myself before I was even a teenager that if I stay out of everyone’s business, nothing bad will happen to me. That’s not the case anymore, I want to be able to help the injured and make them feel like better than they did before the injury.

Have you ever been in an ambulance? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

Seeing “Old” Friends

Seeing “Old” Friends

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Friends come and go. It’s the way life is.  The connections you make can last for a moment, a school year or even a lifetime.  You can go years without seeing a friend from high school and the next time you see them, it’s like you didn’t miss a beat and left off right where you were all those years ago.  Seeing friends from college is a little different since you’ve only known these people for a few months or a few years. But since you live with them, have class with them and see them around every day, it feels as if you grew up with them and it was meant to be.  I mean, we all chose the same school, right?

I have a friend from elementary school that moved to Florida in the sixth grade.  We never talked again until we were in high school.  My sophomore year in high school he was able to talk me into visiting him in Florida for a week.  I went the summer before my senior year and the year after that.  When I visited him and his family, there were obviously the “I missed you” hugs, but after that, it was as if we’ve seen each other every day.  We were able to talk and act as if we’ve seen each other every day although we haven’t seen each other in years.  This summer he moved to Los Angeles and I visited him with two of my friends that he never met before, and all of them immediately became best friends.  In the picture to the right is Ethan, Tyler (Me), Charbel and Tony.  Ethan and Charbel had never met Tony before this vacation, and now they are great friends. Friendship is able to travel far whether it is in distance or through time.

Today I saw someone I truly missed.  Her name is Caroline and she transferred after the first semester of our freshmen year.  She was easily one of my best friends during that time last year and when she transferred, it was sad seeing someone I wanted to know so much better just leave.  When I saw her today, I immediately was able to smell her large dose of perfume, which is something I weirdly missed, but it seemed as if I just saw her the other day.  I forgot I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year and I had so much to say but I just didn’t know what to say.  I was just caught up in the moment of seeing her.  I only knew her for a semester of college and I’m better friends with her than I am with some of my friends from high school.

For me and probably for everyone, friendships can begin so quickly and yet they feel like you’ve known them forever.  The point of this blog is to let everyone know that friendships can come and go, and some will never die.  I prefer to not let them get distant, although it does happen.  If you miss someone from home or even someone who transferred, give him or her a call, don’t text.  A call will truly say on its own that you wanted to talk and you want to stay in contact for a lot longer than just a few days.

The New Guy

The New Guy

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If you are reading this, thanks! I appreciate anyone that takes the time to read my blog and everyone’s blog. If you don’t already know, I am an athletic training major, wrestler, student ambassador, Preview and Orientation guide, member of SAAC and the Athletic Training Club and I still get the recommended 8 hours sleep (usually). Oh yeah, and I play intramurals.

I was born and raised in Lyndhurst, which is about 25 minutes east of Cleveland. I have 3 siblings – Kanani is 31, Derek is 25 and Layla is 17. I also have 2 nephews named Juni and TJ. Although I’ve lived in the same city my entire life, I still travel nearly every year.  I have family in Florida, California, Hawaii, New York and Oregon.  I visit them when it is convenient, and my friend just got a job in Los Angeles, where he works for Joke Productions. I actually visited him this summer. I love to travel, yet I continue to stay in Ohio and at Mount Union.  I don’t what it is about Mount Union, but it’s my kind of place. It is welcoming and nature loving, which is good since I was born on Earth Day (April 22).

I went to Charles F. Brush High School, where I played trombone in the band, soccer, wrestling and I even played rugby during my senior year. Sports have always been a part of my life and they continue to be at Mount Union. Poetry and writing make their way into my life occasionally too. For more than a year, I wrote a poem every day.  It was a new way for me to express myself that I’ve never felt before.  It’s probably the same with blogging as I am still having a conversation with myself except I let people read this and not my poems.

Now that you know nearly every major thing about my life, continue on with your life until my next blog.  I will make my blogs as interesting, random and easy to read as I can.  One last thing… if you see me on campus, say “Hi.” It always makes my day better and hopefully my giant smile will make yours better too.