27 March 2007

A Civil Servant's Wish

27 March 2007

"A Civil Servant's Wish"

Okay, my back is WAY sore... Had to go pick up Jabba off the floor this morning....That AFLAC duck looks like a new friend now...

Anyways, someone sent this to me via myspace so I thought that I would repost this as an entry for those who don't have my profile or Myspace to begin with.

I will tell you about Jabba later....

"A Civil Servant's Wish"

I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6 in the morning as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everything possible was done to try and save his life.

I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too familiar with.

I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a call, Is a this false alarm or a working fire? How is the building constructed? What Hazards await me? Is anyone trapped?" Or to call and ask what is wrong with the patient? Is it minor or life threatening? Is the caller really in distress or is he waiting for us with a 2x4 or a gun?

I wish you could be in the emergency room, as a doctor pronounces dead, the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save during the past 25 minutes, knowing she will never go on her first date or say the words, "I love you Mommy", ever again.

I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the ambulance or engine or cruiser, the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain, as you fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, "It took you forever to get here!"

I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains of her automobile. What if this was my daughter, sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What were her parent's reaction going to be when they opened the door to find a
police officer with hat in hand?

I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not come back from the last call.

I wish you could know how it feels dispatching officers, firefighters and Paramedics out and when we call for them and our heart drops because no one answers back or to here a bone chilling 911 call of a child or wife needing assistance.

I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally and sometimes physically abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of "It will never happen to me". I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain of missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to all the tragedy my eyes have seen.

I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of helping save a life or preserving someone's property, or being able to be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.

I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy tugging at your arm and asking, "Is my Mommy okay?" not even being able to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say. Or to have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having CPR done on him as they take him away in the Medic Unit. You know all along he did not have his seat belt on. A sensation that I have become too familiar with.

Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to us...I wish you could though.

It's okay love, I am being careful...

Rounding Third and Heading Home,


08 March 2007

You Might Be An EMT if...

08 March 2007

"You Might Be An EMT If..."

Alright, campers...

I REALLY wish I had something to share with you but I am in a streak of absolutely NOTHING at work right now and the calls that I DO get are really rather boring and would probably put you to sleep in mid sentence.

So I thought that I would do my version of "You might be a redneck..." with my own kinda style....

Also, I dedicate this entry to my great friend, Danielle, who needs a little "pick me up" right now...

1. You might be an EMT if....when the phone rings at your house, you jump up, throw your pants on, grab a pen and paper and answer y our phone with your unit number.

2. You might be an EMT if...when shopping for a new car, you ask the salesperson what the width of the roof is so you can place your lightbar on it.

3. You might be an EMT if...when you meet someone for the first time, you look at their arms instead of their eyes and determine what gauge needle you could successfully stick into their arm.

4. You might be an EMT if...your version of a three course meal consist of a 20 oz. Pepsi, a small bag of Doritos, at least two bites of a Subway sandwich, and a piece of Doublemint gum afterwards.

5. You might be an EMT if...your idea of multi-tasking is writing your run report while sitting on the throne and texting your mom who seems to keep calling you while you are doing compressions on the full arrest that you had six hours ago.

6. You might be an EMT if...you have ever walked into a house for a call and the only thing you are carrying in is your coffee cup.

7. You might be an EMT if...you have ever ran lights and sirens to get to the nearest bathroom before your partner really does test to see if the front seats have been scotchgarded.

8. You might be an EMT if...your idea of a good time is breaking a glass window of a car and entering it upside down on a Friday night to get to a patient.

9. You might be an EMT if...you have seen "Backdraft", "Bringing Out the Dead", "Mother, Jugs, and Speed", or every episode of "Third Watch"  more than 3 times.

10. You might be an EMT if...You play Paramedic Bingo. (Don't ask).

11. You might be an EMT if...you have ever had the same patient multiple times in one day...for the same complaint.

12. You might be an EMT if...you own three or more EMS shirts of any sort and wear them on your days off.

13. You might be an EMT if...you have ever acted crazier than the psych patient to scare them and shut them up.

14. You might be an EMT if...Dr. House on television is your hero.

15. You might be an EMT if...you critique the medics on the Discovery Channel.

16. You might be an EMT if...you have ever noticed that the heavier the patient, the less clothes they are wearing.

17. You might be an EMT if...you have ever had mail forwarded to your station.

18. You might be an EMT if...you have ever let the rookie go first because you knew what you were getting into.

19. You might be an EMT if...you realize that the newer you are, the more crap you have on your belt.

and finally....

20. You might be an EMT if...You thought ANY of these were the least bit funny.

Okay..so I was pressed for time...

Stay safe.

Rounding Third and Heading Home,