My name is Rick Frea. I have a wonderful wife and 4 of the best kids in the world. I have a great job as a respiratory therapist (RT) and I love to write. I have an education and have had many experiences, some inspiring, some inspirational, some downright ridiculous, and some funny. I cover just about any topic related to the airway with a blend of wit and wisdom. My mission is to help you learn about the lungs in a fun way.
I am an asthmatic and that puts me in a neat position regarding empathy for my short-of-breath patients. So many of my writings may focus on not just advice for the RT, but for the patient as well.
To learn why I became an RT click here. To read my interview with myself click here. To read frivolous poems I've written click here.
The following are also facts about me:
- Advertising Major from Shoreline University
- Marketing Major from Shoreline University
- Journalism Minor from Shoreline University
- Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Shoreline Community College
- Certificate in Advanced Ventolin Studies from the RATS association of America 2012
- Certificate of Bronhodilator Abuse in 2007
- Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1997/ Licensed RT since 2008
- Elected Commissioner on Shoreline Park's Commission since 2008
- Chairman of Shoreline Park's Commission 2010, secretary 2012
- Elected Commissioner of Shoreline County in 2012
- Voted for president in every election since 1988
- Member of the Shoreline Council of the Knights of Columbus
- Recorder for the Shoreline Council of the Knights of Columbus since July 2012
- Editor and writer for the Shoreline KofC Newsletter
- Editor and writer for COPDline, Shoreline hospital's lung magazine
- Neonatal Resuscitation Instructor (2008-2012)
- ACLS instructor (2004-2012)
- BLS instructor (1999-2012)
- Asthma Columnist and Expert for HealthCentral.com/Asthma
- Respiratory Therapy Writer for PutMeBackTogether.com
- Articles have been submitted in various medical websites, magazines
- BLS/ ACLS/ PALS/ NRP/ STABLE, RATS certified
- Member of NBRC and AARC since 1997
- Professor of Advanced B2 Agonist Studies since 2007
This blog contains a combination of satire, irreverent humor, facts and serious writings for a combination of audiences which include, but are not limited to, respiratory therapists, nurses, doctors, asthmatics, chronic lungers, parents and relatives of the above mentioned.Please note that while all posts on this blog are based on real incidences, names and places may be exaggerated so this blogger does not violate confidentiality of individuals and the workplace. Facetious posts are labeled as humor. This blog is meant to be educational in a fun way. Many posts represent ideas presented to the author from an amalgamate of respiratory therapists from the U.S. Europe, and Canada. Some posts are guest posts from other respiratory therapists. All scenarios, persons and businesses are generalizations. Names, characters, places and scenarios that resemble real life names, characters, places and scenarios is entirely coincidental. Under no circumstances are persons or situations dealt with at work placed on these pages except in those cases where permission is granted.
My posts are based on facts, as facts cannot lie. Yet I believe a good blog should provide an opinion where appropriate. There may be some who disagree with me on some topics, although keep in mind this is my place to share take on this profession.
I do not try to be politically correct, I try to provide an accurate picture of what it's like as an RT. When you worry about what others think you stop being who you are, and when you do that you start to tailor yourself to everybody so they like you. I don't want that, and therefore I write from the heart. What you read here is the truth and not a politically correct vision.
However, as with anything in the medical field, this is an art based on a science. If you so happen to have better wisdom, or disagree with my opinion, feel free to drop a comment, or email me at any time -- just click on the "contact me" tab to the right.
Can you quote me?
Feel free to quote the RT Cave at your will. However, this blog is meant to be a source to greater wisdom, and therefore I will, where appropriate and possible, provide links to my sources so you may do further reading. This should help if you're doing research for school or work and want to further your wisdom.
Instead of using space on this blog to alert you of the latest RT, COPD, asthma wisdom or cool opinions I've found on the Internet, I find that Twitter works well for this. You can see what I find interesting in the blogosphere by clicking on the "My Tweets" tab to the right. I do not use Twitter to promote my blog.
I'm not much of a social networker, yet I do tend to drop a facetious line now and again. I do not use Facebook to promote my blog. I do not use Facebook to make note of what I like or do not like about my job. I do not use Facebook to in any way promote my life. I do not use Facebook to make fun of my work, my place of work, nor the people I meet at work.
You can place a link on my blog to your product, webpage, or blog for the low, low cost of only $25 a month. If you pay for one year, I will give you three months for free. All money I make from Ads is absorbed back into this blog so I can keep it up and running. I will advertise charities relating to the topic of this blog for free, but only for one month at a time.
I will allow a guest posts from time to time but only if the content is related to the topics covered on this blog, i.e. respiratory therapy, asthma, COPD, etc. Guest writers can either be RTs, patients, or patient family. Guest posts must have both wisdom coupled with an opinion, and must be 4,000 characters or less. Guest posts must be based on your own personal experiences, expertise or opinion. I will not accept any guest posts for anyone trying to sell a product. However, if you're writing to promote a goodwill blog or website I will consider. Please email me your intent to write with a pithy description of yourself and what you want to write about, or send me a sample of your writing. Remember our mission here is to learn about the lungs in a fun way.
Promoting RT Cave:
I make no efforts to promote the RT Cave. All followers of this blog are people who found it on their own either through an Internet search or word of mouth advertising. The only advertising I do is simply to write the best I can and hope I touch a cord with someone or tickle a funny bone. If you enjoy the content of this blog, then YOU are my public relations.
My other writings:
A few years ago an editor for MyAsthmaCentral.com emailed me and said she loved my humor and style so much she thought I should be paid. She hired me as an asthma expert to answer asthma questions and write a weekly column about asthma. The only specification she gave me was this: "Do not write like everyone else."
My asthma column tends to be lighthearted and fun, with the goal of showing other asthmatics they are not alone in dealing with this disease. I also try to educate in a pithy and fun way, yet I'm not allowed to be boring and dry -- however I do slip up from time to time.
You can view these posts by clicking the "asthma wisdom" tab above.
I also have my own asthma blog called Hard luck Asthma. This is is where I write about my experiences living with asthma on a day to day basis.
RT Cave routine:
While I reserve the right to go out of sequence as an idea strikes me, I will try to stick with the following agenda:
- Monday: My answer to your questions
- Tuesday: Asthma wisdom
- Wednesday: RT wisdom
- Thursday: Patient wisdom
- Friday: RT History (Starting april 2013)
- Saturday: Open topic
- Sunday: Philosophical Wisdom
The Drawings in the header are compliments of Dash Shaw, who has also drawn the comics I've written for MyAsthmaCentral.com. You ought to check out his other cool stuff. The header was created by me thanks to Everyday Morgan.
I allow public comments on my blog, yet due to spam I've had to create a few extra steps to this process. Please feel free to comment at any time. Yet please be nice. I reserve the right to delete comments that are disrespectful. I also will try to respond to comments and emails in a timely manner, however keep in mind I work full time and my family always comes first. At the present time I am allowing anonymous comments, yet this may change in the future because it seems some people like to hide under the anonymous title when writing inappropriate comments or spam. Blogspot and I both make a Gallant Effort to block SPAM.
Please feel free to ask a question at any time. I like to post your questions and my answers on my blog, yet I will also respect the privacy of the person writing them. I enjoy answering your questions, so feel free to challenge me. You can view all my answered questions by clicking on the related tab above and clicking the FAQ tab for that topic.
Publishing and Editing:
The author of this blog -- yours truly -- is also the publisher and editor. I try to be accurate, I try to quote my sources, I try to do my own writing, I try to use good grammar and spelling, although from time to time I may screw up. I don't need emails about minor spelling and grammar errors, yet if you pick up on a critical error, or you think I'm getting lazy in my writings, please send me a pleasant email.
I do not have control over the format on Blogger. For this reason, at times, there will be gaps in some posts or other such errors. I choose to keep my blog on Blogger rather than purchasing a Domain because I would like this blog to stay available long after this author stops writing. Blogger offers this great service for free and Blogger also never deletes blogs. For this service we should all be thankful.
Public Acclaim for RT Cave:
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