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Tom Reynolds is an ambulance worker. On any given day he can be attacked by strangers, sworn at by motorists, puked on, covered in blood, and other much more unpleasant substances. He could help to deliver a baby in the morning and witness the last moments of a dying man in the afternoon. He deals with road accidents, knife attacks, domestic violence, drug overdoses, negleTom Reynolds is an ambulance worker. On any given day he can be attacked by strangers, sworn at by motorists, puked on, covered in blood, and other much more unpleasant substances. He could help to deliver a baby in the morning and witness the last moments of a dying man in the afternoon. He deals with road accidents, knife attacks, domestic violence, drug overdoses, neglect, and suffering. Tom blogs about his experiences at the end of each shift. His Random Acts of Reality website has a huge following with more than 30,000 visitors every day. Here, Tom charts the past two years of his life as an ambulance worker. He is tired, he is frustrated, and he is more pissed off than ever but he still manages to capture the more moving, heartwarming, and inspirational moments alongside the chaos....

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More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea Reviews

  • Angela Auten
    2019-01-24 07:14

    More Blood, More Sweat, and Another Cup of Tea ReviewBook Rating: 5 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed reading more of Brian Kellet's blog about working on the ambulance. I actually read this to get more information about what it's like. I always was interested in medical practices as my last review has stated. Sometimes people call for ridiculous things. Other times when ambulances are called they are for more serious cases. That was told throughout this whole book. I really enjoyed reading it. Some of the blogs were pretty humorous. I really needed that. Just learning about more medical terms is great. I knew what he was talking about most of the time. I really wish there was more to glean from this book series, but sadly he hasn't written anything else for this series. I'm glad that I was able to enjoy them. I would love for others to read this so you can understand what ambulance workers go through.

  • Emilia Jarzabek
    2019-01-24 07:19

    AmazingThis book went in-depth on the true life of an ambulance driver and I loved it. Definitely recommend it to anyone interested in medical stories.

  • Paul
    2019-02-18 11:20

    Having originally followed the authors, now defunct, blog for some years I was aware of his other literary endeavours but had long forgotten to pick up a copy until a recent recommendation. The book, a follow up to Blood, Sweat and Tea, is a collection of blog entries by Tom Reynolds charting his time as an EMT with London Ambulance Service. The former nurse holds no punches as he details the highs and lows of his time on the ambulance, in a job that can see him bringing a new life into the world at the start of a shift and seeing another leave this world at the end.Tom’s stories are often humorous, in a clear simple style you would expect of someone who works in the East End of London. However, you also experience a whole kaleidoscope emotions as the author shares details of his exposure to physical and verbal abuse, the critically ill, drug users and alcoholics who have become regular users of the service. If gore isn’t your thing don’t be put off, the book is far from graphic yet clearly describes each situation in layman’s terms whilst allowing the medical professional to share the experience in equal measure. As some of the stories are about those who are often deep within their darkest moments, perhaps to say it was an enjoyable read isn’t appropriate but that said it is a thoroughly good book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different to read, has an interest in medical matters, fly on the wall documentaries or sociology students as on a subconscious level I’m sure More Blood, More Sweat and Another cup of Tea charts the beginnings of societies downward spiral. Alas Tom’s blog, that this book is based, is no longer active and he no longer works for the Ambulance Service having returned to nursing.

  • Larissa Ione
    2019-01-29 08:38

    Reading now on my Kindle...it's free from Amazon. If you're interested in paramedicine, this is a fascinating book. It's a series of blog posts taken from his blog and put into a book, but it's still an interesting view of paramedics working in London.Update: Finished it! Really good...at times gritty, depressing, and infuriating (how people abuse the EMS system and get away with it,) and at times amusing and touching. I've always had a lot of respect for those in the medical field, but seriously, they aren't paid enough to deal with the things they see on a daily basis...

  • Lör K.
    2019-02-19 11:38

    [Written on mobile; apologies for any mistakes]Tom Reynolds returns with another wonderful instalment in the Blood, Sweat and Tea series with More Blood, More Sweat, and Another Cup of Tea. I read this back in 2012, two years after release and haven't read it since due to it no longer being free on the Kindle Store. Reynolds is a paramedic, and he releases another book of cases he's seen, things that irk paramedics, and what to do in emergency situations. This is the exact same as the first book that Reynolds released, and from what memory serves, it's not as gripping. None of the cases in this are as memorable, and I can't remember any of them, unfortunately. The writing in this seemed simpler than the first book, which is strange for a series of any genre. It's a disappointment when this happens, truly, but this was still a good read for me. Why? Because it allowed me to look into the life of a paramedic, into what they go through and it's something I've always wanted, and always wanted more of since I read Blood, Sweat and Tea. I was able to further enhance my medical knowledge and also to understand more what to do in certain situations. Information from this book will stay with me for the rest of my life and, luckily I won't need it, but may just help someone to stay alive. A definite recommendation of medical non fiction from me.

  • Heidi Gonzalez
    2019-02-21 09:15

    Stories from his blog, Tom writes about his experiences working on an ambulance in London. He isn't too keen on General Practitioners (GP's) or those who don't seem to care about their patients after they have called the ambulance and his mood doesn't improve when he gets called to help people who are just too lazy to call for a cab. He is not thrilled with the state of the system he works within and believes (and I have to agree) that those who use the ambulance as a taxi service should have to pay instead of the taxpayers whose money supports the ambulance service. It sounds like he is very down on his job but its exactly the opposite. I think he loves what he does, and believes that the people deserve more. Ambulances that don't show up for way too long because there aren't enough, or are out on bogus calls, and equipment that just isn't available and should be are some of the things he hopes to remedy. Maybe the government should read his book and take a look at their system. Often written as humorous anecdotes, Reynolds short snippets inside the life of an ambulance worker are inspiring as well as sad.

  • Alison
    2019-02-19 08:33

    Quite an enjoyable read. Do note that the book is a collection of blog post-length chapters/sections that are lately unrelated. I've read the website for years but didn't feel like I was re-reading the same content, possibly these stories were unpublished or before my time subscribing the site.I found it interesting to see how a job totally unrelated to mine worked in a country totally unrelated to the one which I live. Would be fascinated to see what an Australian Paramedic would write about. Overall an enjoyable before bed book, short sections meant I was less likely to stop in the middle of a chapter or stay up much later than planned to finish a long chapter.

  • Russ
    2019-02-19 13:12

    The author is an ambulance driver in London and the book chronicles his day-to-day experiences. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's a little gruesome. Many of the events involve the very poor, or very old, people whose only contact with the outside world is with the ambulance service.If these stories happened in the United States, most of them would end with the patient being kicked out of the emergency room because they couldn't afford to pay for the care they required. Since they happen in England, there is a safety net and usually (not always) the chance for a happy ending.

  • Roberta
    2019-02-05 12:36

    Read the first one, couldn't wait to read the second. I do agree with all of Mr Reynolds opinions about drunk people and people who abuse of the ambulance service, and although I, too, watch some medical drama on tv I prefer his stories from real life.The anecdotes seem endless, but you'll soon discover a pattern of good jobs and bad jobs, with total idiots popping up every few pages. Whoever worked with the general public knows the feeling , but Reynolds and his partners have a really demanding job. And they're doing it quite well.

  • Teresa Mercer
    2019-02-16 08:31

    Another belting bookThis is the second book I have read by Tom. They are both brilliant. Each entry will make you laugh, cry and get a little bit angry, usually all at the same time.People like Tom aka Brian are a true credit to our health service.Very much from a British perspective and the dark humor reflects that.

  • Blake Petit
    2019-02-01 11:37

    Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, this collection of vignettes in the life of a London ambulance driver is a fast, entertaining and ultimately uplifting read. It's not like any other book I'm familiar with, but it's highly entertaining and well worth your time.

  • George Angus
    2019-02-11 11:13

    I loved it. I was a paramedic in LA for a number of years and I can tell you that the author's take is spot on

  • Marty
    2019-02-06 13:13

    i like real life things and i enjoyed this book of short pieces about his ambulance job from his blog. It is always nice to read about a professional and see things from their viewpoint.

  • E
    2019-02-02 14:24

    I really liked the first book by Reynolds, but felt that this sequel was a slightly different animal. While there was the same number of amusing and touching stories to keep me reading, it was much harder to keep going because of the constant through line about the failing NHS. It was like you could see the LAS falling apart more with every page and Reynolds growing increasingly despairing at it, a point that all the more hit home by his last comment of the book being along the lines of 'I don't know how much longer I can do this'. In the previous book, Reynolds humour manages to balance out the darker and sadder side of ambulance work but here the dire state of the NHS cast too heavy a shadow, which I think was sort of the point.

  • Robert Scott
    2019-02-22 11:25

    -A very interesting look at the healthcare system in England thru the eyes of an EMT driver of the London Ambulance System in the form of his internet blogs. I thought that it would be boring, but that definitely was not so. Exposed are large faults in the system, but also the joy of being to help people that really need it. If you are caught up with health insurance, aging, or one or more chronic diseases this is a must read. I might add family members of that type person or addicts.-

  • Mary Humphreys
    2019-02-08 08:18

    Experience of a nurse & retired midwifeHaving trained as a nurse at the London Hospital I am very familiar with the area Tom described & having been a midwife in Kent, have nothing but admiration for the ambulance service. Good & enjoyable read.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-07 08:15

    I think everyone should read these books by Tom! You learn so much about our ambulance service and the amazing things that they do in the UK, we are very lucky. Thanks Tom!

  • Christian Leonard Quale
    2019-01-25 07:25

    More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea is the followup to Blood, Sweat and a Cup of Tea, and has the same format: a collection of blog posts from the guy known on the internet as Tom Reynolds. Tom works in the London Ambulance Service, and through his blog posts he tells the stories of the dramatic, scary, funny, tragic, and silly things that happen during his work hours.As with the first book, this book gives a behind the scenes look at how the ambulance service works. In itself that makes the book worthwhile if you are a bit of a behind-the-scenes geek. One of the things that struck me with the first book, and stuck with me for some time after, was the increased awareness of mortality, accidents, death, tragedy, and so on. This book does have some heart-breaking and disturbing stories, but fewer than what can be found in the first book. What the book does have are more stories that are heart-breaking in a different way. In place of second-hand accounts recounting the pain of those who have lost their loved ones, we get the first-hand account of an ambulance worker who feels trapped in a system that doesn't allow for him to help people as much as he wishes he could. Quite a few of the blog posts make powerful political points which are made all the more poignant by the real-life stories that back them up. This probably makes the book harder to like, but in the best way possible. I wouldn't say it is more challenging than the first book, but it is challenging for different reasons.(Yes, I am implying that a handful of people will probably be more disgusted by views that differ from their own than they would be by stories about internal organs falling out of bodies.)In any case, I came away from the book feeling extremely thankful that people like the author care enough to do the underpaid, thankless and extremely important job that they do. I also came away from it feeling sorry for the author, appreciating his frustration at not being able to help as much as he would like to. However, having browsed over to his blog I found that he has since moved on to a different job where he gets to provide deeper care for society's most vulnerable, rather than having to perpetually save their lives due to a lack of proper care. He is probably still under-appreciated and underpaid, but hopefully he is happier, and an invaluable help to those fortunate enough to get it.Both the Blood, Sweat and Cup of Tea books are available for free in a bunch of e-reader formats (including through Amazon), and I recommend them both.

  • Geraldine
    2019-01-26 13:21

    A member of London's Ambulance Service tells anecdotes of various scenes from his job.I read the first of these books a while back, having read the blog for a while. Disclosure: I have met the author socially at a blogmeet and liked him as a a person. We communicate occasionally on Twitter.I read this because it would be a 'decent read' but it was much more than that. and I now remember how good the first one was. I would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in public services in Britain, or has ever been curious about what ambulance staff do. Or, indeed, anyone curious about human nature and the different behaviours of 'ordinary' people.None of the stories is very long, little more than vignettes, so you could read it by dipping into and out of it, but it was also easy to read as a continuous book. A very good example of how something that appears to be easy reading can be more thought provoking than many texts tied up in convoluted syntax. In brief, 'Tom' tells of the highs and lows of ambulance work. The regular customers (drunks and drug abusers, with mental health problems that, IMO, are either the cause of or caused by the substance misuse), the elderly generally undemanding, people with no idea of what isn't an emergency. The sad stories where someone dies, despite the best efforts of ambulance and other health staff, and the uplifting stories where skilled intervention saves a life. He also illustrates aspects of where well-intentioned (?) administrative initiatives act as a hindrance not a help to front line providers, the scandal (IMO) of insufficient ambulances, or ambulances lacking basic equipment such as blankets. I particularly liked the chapter on blankets!Because he goes into people's homes, and gets to talk with patients, relatives and neighbours, he has knowledge and understanding of the lives behind closed doors many of us are in ignorance of. He sees the support networks but also the abuse and neglect. You can get angry at the people who abuse ambulance staff, or those that misuse the service. But overall, you are left with a feeling that human beings are generally quite decent, and many that aren't are to pitied. A very good book.

  • Anthony Eaton
    2019-02-10 11:28

    This is one of those books which has been lifted straight from a blog, and I'll admit from the get-go that I have a mixed relationship with them. It is, by the nature of the beast, not so much a story as a fragmented series of snippets, each individual one a glance into the life of the blogger and his world, and there's a part of me that quite likes the convenience of being able to just dip here and there into a book, without having to remain constantly engaged with the narrative.On the other hand, I also find myself asking, why does it need to be a book? Surely if people like it that much they can just read his blog? It's not like there's anything at all new here.Reynolds himself comes across as an odd character, a combination of compellingly human and sometimes irritatingly judgemental and detached. That said, he's doing one of the most difficult and soul-challenging jobs on the planet and there's no way you could be in his position and not have to make some serious emotional and mental adjustments to yourself. And yet, in terms of the way this book reads, it's sometimes very difficult to accept the idea that what you're reading hasn't been written for some higher agenda. And perhaps that's my problem with this (and other, similar blog-books): while the insight Reynolds provides into various aspects of life in England under the NHS is interesting, and the human elements of his stories are engaging and compelling, the moment that you bind all Reynold's disparate and often spur-of-the-moment thoughts together into a single volume, it's impossible not to start questioning his motivations for writing and publishing and that, for me at least, is the key difference between a blog and a book. Read as a series of sporadic blog entries in a feed-reader, I'm not sure I'd have nearly the same issues that I have with this when read 'as a book'.I dunno. Perhaps it's just me. Certainly Reynolds provides a glimpse into a life and a world that for most of us will remain a mystery, and certainly he and his colleagues are to be admired for the work they do and the manner in which they do it. But still, Why does it need to be a book?

  • Chris
    2019-02-11 12:24

    Really enjoyed this one and it helped me to understand the ambulance driver who had a go at me a couple of days ago. Let me explain... there was a man in our street who was collapsed or asleep in the road. I had no idea whether it was a scam or genuine and I shouted over to him and he did not respond. Now as a lone female I am not going to go up to him as he could be pretending and rob me or have a knife and as he didn't respond when I shouted over to him and made a lot of noise, I thought the sensible thing was to call the emergency services. They arrived and beeped their horns and shouted at him as they approached him. He awoke as they got to him and then staggered off - another drunk presumably? The crew let him stagger off - he looked very confused, and then one of the female crew had a go at me for calling them saying I could have done that! Yes I could, but as I have already explained why would I put myself in a vulnerable situation and maybe create a different casualty were it a scam.What did surprise me is in this book they check drunks blood sugars just to make sure they aren't diabetics. The crew did not do this. Now this man may have been 'known' to them and they may have spent all night picking drunks up, but I felt to have a go at me for doing what 'control' told me was the right thing, was out of order but I let is slip as they may well have had a rough night, been over worked and under paid and spent the night dealing with calls that have turned out to be a waste of time. The worrying thing is though, how many people just walk on by next time and it could be a heart attack or a diabetic because they don't want to be faced with an irritated ambulance crew making feel like they are in the wrong rather than the drunk person collapsed on the floor?A great book that does help you understand what NHS staff have to put up with on a daily basis and a sad reflection that many people call 999 for non-emergencies. Maybe everyone should read this book BEFORE dialling 999?

  • Kristin
    2019-01-27 07:18

    I got Reynolds' first book as a freebie on our Nook, and although I had to purchase this one from Amazon, it was well worth the investment. His stories are all culled from his blog which he writes in the downtime from serving as a medic in London, and they're short enough to be read in bits and pieces. Reynolds keeps the stories in order, so if he's complaining about something like mandated response times, the motivation behind it has been addressed in an earlier post.Certain themes keep coming up in the stories, particularly calls for old people who have fallen or are just lonely, drunks who did what people do when they are drunk, and poor people who use the ambulance and emergency room as the best way to treat even the most minor of complaints. Although the book is written about covering neighborhoods in London, I imagine these same themes ring true here in the US. Reynolds doesn't mince words, so if he thinks a call is a joke, is angry because someone stole the GPS from the ambulance, or finds it impossible to better serve the community on fewer and fewer resources, he tells his readers.Would certainly read another volume of Reynolds' ambulance stories, but in the meantime, there is his blog, if it still exists. When I looked at it after the last book, it seemed like he was burnt out, so I'm curious if he has moved on to a new career path or revived his love for helping others.

  • Dale
    2019-02-14 10:11

    An interesting look at the experiences of a London paramedicTom Reynolds (a pseudonym) is the writer of a blog about his experiences as a paramedic in London. There are 212 entries that read like they were lifted from his blog, perhaps given a little editing and some re-arranging and then printed. If you like the television show Cops than this format may be of particular interest to you. There are things to be gleaned from the book: You learn that a blanket is the most important tool in an ambulance. You learn that, like on the show COPS, alcohol creates a lot of trouble. You learn that Britain's NHS is seriously overburdened. Reynolds discusses hospitals filled to capacity, ambulance services that make people wait for over an hour (not always but it does happen), hospitals without basic supplies like pillows and blankets, a boy with a history of collapsing waiting for weeks for an MRI scan (I have had two on an emergency basis in the last 3 years for one I had to wait 15 minutes and for the other I had to wait 45 minutes). You also learn that some people are just nasty. Here's a quote from Reynolds. He is calling his dispatcher: " ' Control, I need to return to station to clean out the back of our motor - we've just transported one of our 'local legends'. Is there any infection control policy for patients who are infested with insects?' 'Erm...'" Gritty, disconnected, worth the read. http://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/

  • Wendy
    2019-02-11 09:34

    This book consists of extracts from Reynolds' blog, Random Acts of Reality, about his experiences as a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service. Like the blog, the book is compulsively readable, and full of that dark humor that medical professionals develop as a way of coping with the mix of life-and-death situations and plain idiocy that they deal with on a daily basis. One of the most surprising things about this book is the amount of time Reynolds and his colleagues spend dealing with things that are not medical emergencies. Not only are they regularly called upon to deal with passed-out drunks, but people sometimes phone them up for things like a bad cold. However, there are plenty of hair-raising and occasionally heartwarming tales of medical heroics. (Without too much in the way of graphic detail - unless you're very squeamish, you can safely read this book.)I would love to see Reynolds write something perhaps a bit more analytical and/or reflective. If this book has a flaw, it's that it betrays its origin as a set of blog posts by being very much a set of vignettes. The Kindle edition of this book is currently free, and Reynolds's blog is always freely available. So there's really no reason not to check out Reynolds's work.

  • Christine Blachford
    2019-02-15 09:22

    I was determined to read this one, as the follow-up to the first book that I reviewed here previously. I got this book for free at the same time as the first, but it looks like the price has now gone up to a very reasonable £1.99. I’d say that comparatively speaking, the prices are very reflective of the source material. This second book was a lot less depressing than the first, and whilst still giving a lot of in insight to how idiotic both humankind, and the NHS bureaucracy, can be, it was a tiny bit more uplifting.It’s very telling that towards the very end of the book, Tom/Brian starts questioning why he continues to do the job. I think the last time I checked the site, he had transferred to a nursing unit somewhere, putting his skills to a less mobile use!Anyway, if you enjoyed the first, you will definitely like this one, and if you were a bit skeptical of the first, then you might like this one better. If you didn’t like, or weren’t interested in, the first one then steer clear, as this is very much more of the same. I have found another Kindle book about life inside hospitals, so look for a similar review coming soon!

  • Thermalsatsuma
    2019-02-21 12:25

    Tom Reynolds is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for the London Ambulance Service and writes an engaging blog about his working life at Random Acts of Reality. This book is a collection of posts, each giving a snapshot of the frustrations of life as an EMT working 12 hour shifts for low pay with no guarantee of even a half hour tea break. It seems half the jobs involve acting as a 'Maternitaxi' for pregnant women who could easily make their own way to hospital, or being assaulted and sworn at by ungrateful members of the public. These are balanced with the good jobs - picking up a pleasantly dotty old lady off the floor (a 'Nan Down') or saving a life by having the technical skills to diagnose and treat a heart attack. Fascinating reading, even if you are already a subscriber to the blog, and available as a free e-book as well as a paperback.

  • Eldon
    2019-02-16 08:15

    A somewhat gritty look at some of what it is like to be on the streets as a London cab, ah, sorry, ambulance driver/worker. With better humour than the reader has any right to expect from someone who deals with the _____ (insert your favourite term for fecal matter here) these unsung heroes endure daily. Mr. Reynolds has toned down not only the escaping fluids aspect but the verbal and even physical abuse that comes with the job. You will find quite enough though to get an idea of reality.A slice-of-life, daily blog style makes for a quick read on break or whatever but I found myself reading "just one more bit" until I found there were no more bits. I had finished all too quickly and was sorry to be done. This being a sequel however, I can look forward to reading the previous installment soon.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-13 07:20

    A cold? A headache? An ambulance for this? Come on People! Stop abusing the system! Someone could die while you are using the ambulance for a stupid hangnail! Grow up and pull that sliver out yourself!Something is sadly wrong with a system when a person with a corn on his foot or someone who has a bloody nose is allowed - even encouraged to take advantage of an ambulance and its EMTs while a cardiac patient or a stroke victim is made to wait. That seems to be the case on the streets of London. Kudos to you, Tom Reynolds, and your team(s) for keeping your cool when you are getting spit on and hit by the drunk or others who want a free ride. Hats off to you! Thank you for a job well done.

  • Emily
    2019-02-06 09:10

    I've been reading this author's blog for years, so when I saw his second book was available on my Kindle, I snatched it up. It's a terrific look at the life of an EMT in London, the kinds of jobs they do and the joys and frustrations they feel. Reynolds also writes at length about the problems he believed the ambulance service has, and his suggestions about the service could be improved. I hope someone in authority is paying attention, because his ideas are smart, informed, and practical. The aspect of the book I didn't like is that it basically reads like a printout of the blog. There was little effort to orient the reader or give a bigger-picture view of the setting. Still, I enjoyed it, as I always love to hear about the work of my fellow health-care providers.

  • Joy
    2019-02-11 13:19

    This is a book that was more directly taken from a blog than I was expecting - there are no long chapters here, most are just a page or two that sketch out a situation. I found the book to be interesting despite that, as each entry is more of a vignette of what happens in London that contributes to an overall picture of the whole situation. I would have liked a few more longer parts, perhaps introductions to sections organized by theme, but if nothing else this made the book very easy to pick up and put down as needed. I got this book for free on my Kindle and it was definitely worth the read for that price.