This thread is something I have been thinking about for a while now, so here it is.
Some might know how it feels to be an onlooker when a sibling, or stranger, is being attended to by Paramedics. If you have been one of these
onlookers, then you might know the feeling of almost hopelessness and terror, but also the feeling of hope that the Paramedics can help, or even save
the life of the victim.
Standing there, red lights flashing in our eyes, not knowing what to do, being filled with fear for the worst, and placing all you trust into those
brave men and women. Or even if you were the victim of an accident or injury, you might have had this exact feeling rushing through your mind.
But I know that there is another side to this story. I have been both the onlooker the Paramedics scrambling to save a life, I have been the person
whose life was being saved, and also I have been the Paramedic saving a life.
I became a Paramedic when still in school as part of program a teacher had put in place to make sure there is always someone on the school grounds
with medic training if it was needed. I did my training and started working for Emergency Response Units in my area during weekends. I felt obligated
in a way because I would have been dead if not for the Paramedics that arrived on scene less than 5 minutes after the car accident. 5 minutes later
and I would have been dead due to the massive skull fracture I had sustained. So I know what Paramedics go through.
There are a few things that should be said about Paramedics. They work long hours during their training days. The amount of stress is unbelievable.
Each day they start a 72 hour shift, they don’t know what will happen during those 72 hours. For some of them, they start their shift in fear and
stress, knowing that if they make even one little mistake it could cause lasting damage of even death to other people. Even when they are back at base
for an hour or so, some of them cannot get themselves to sleep. They are constantly wondering what could have gone wrong in the previous hours, and
what can go wrong in the next hours.
Some of them will go home after their shifts not getting any rest because they are constantly thinking about the patients they have attended to. Most
of them do really care about their patients! Some of them are just frustrated because of relatives of the injured party getting in their way, trying
to help, but in fact just causing a greater stress in the Paramedics, which in turn makes the room for error even greater.
I believe that so many people take the work of these individuals for granted; never even following up with them, just to let them know what happened
afterwards. I have been the one forgetting out the Paramedic 10 minutes after they have left, and also the one forgotten.
What I am trying to say is this. We should have greater respect for these people! These people do not always get the acknowledgement that they
deserve. We should remember that some of these people are feeling used, only being called upon when they are needed, but after that, being
For every Paramedic out there, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO! You have my Gratitude!!