I did it! I am officially an NREMT-Paramedic, and I have the card and patch to prove it!
I passed every one of my practical stations on the first try. I was still sick with mono, but I made it to the exam and passed every single station! I was proud of myself :)
I took the written exam 3 days later, and passed it with 82 questions in 45 minutes! The National Registry posted the results about 5 hours later on their web site. I wasn't expecting the results for several days, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it that day.
I received my card in the mail about 10 days later. I spent awhile jumping up and down and showing off my patch like an excited little kid :)
Now, I have sent off the stuff required to receive my state certification and am awaiting the card. I can't wait to start precepting at the rescue squad. I get so tired of sitting in the back and being unable to do the things I can do in the hospital. Last night, we joked about raiding the post office and grabbing the card so I could work a cardiac arrest that we were headed to. There were only 2 of us, and both were EMT-Basics, so it would have helped to be able to use my ACLS skills. Fortunately for the patient, the PD arrived before we did and found him merely intoxicated. He went to jail, and we were cancelled before we got to the scene.