I went back to the thread my wife made and fully engulfed myself into reading each reply. What my wife told me about the replies did not do it
justice. Tears began to come to me while reading them. You all are incredible people. I have never felt so close to a group of people in which I have
never even met. The best I could do was star every reply I thought, but then I realized something else had to be done. I sent a message to
SkepticOverloader and I told him how amazing you all have been.
You all deserve some recognition in rising to the occasion when a fellow member needed the help. You all should be very proud of yourselves. There are
not alot of people in this world who would genuinely care for a complete stranger. I do not know how I will ever be able to thank you all enough, I
wish I had the energy to send each of a personalized message but I just dont have it in me at this time. Just know that if any of you need support of
anykind I will be here supporting you every step of the way.
It's Great To Hear Your HOME!!!!
The Prayers and Well Wishes Will Continue,,,,,,,, We are proud of you and all who do your very important and dangerous job.
I believe this,,,, There was a reason, you were there and you both lived.
Best Wishes For You and Your Family!
You help to restore much of my lost faith in humanity.
To you, it may just be a job, but to many others it is a blessing. You have touched the lives of more than just that little boy and his mother, as is
evidenced by the replies to the thread your wife made (I am sorry I missed it's inception) and tuo the ones here.
Rest ye well and let thy mind be soothed, much peace to you good sir.
I had a close call once years ago while working in an ER. We had a really old guy that as an ex combat marine with horrible PTSD. He was calm, and
smiling, and acting completely cordial. I leaned in to listen to his lungs, and heart to do a routine assessment, and out of no where he grabbed my
badge lanyard, and yanked hard, and I felt a thump on my clavicle. Luckily I had just thrown away my old solid cord lanyard for one with a safety
break in it about a month earlier. So the lanyard broke off as designed. The thump was his other hand with a knife in it! He cut my shirt collar, but
was aiming for more vital structures I'm sure. If the lanyard cord had not snapped I would have been right where he wanted me to be. I was phyically
unhurt. That was over 5 years ago, and to this day I still watch people's hands when I lean in to do an assessment.
Thank you, thank you for the job you do, and all the best in medical school. I'm sure you're going to make an awesome doctor. Now get off ATS, and go
hug that wife, and daughter.
AWESOME! Congrats on your making it through! Hero is the right word. Conduit for a miracle is another. Either way you've been blessed with a life
defining moment and maybe not your last being a paramedic.
If you've ever wondered what your purpose in life was... It could be that this kid will remember your actions and live life accordingly in a time when
inspiration is scarce. Who knows who this kid will become, especially now! You have something to live EVEN LONGER for now, waiting to see what becomes
of the kid!
Enjoy the rest of your days and the suspense that lay ahead!
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i didn't read your wife's original thread, i didn't spot it till now.
but like everyone else on ATS (is this something ATSers are actually ALL in agreement with? that'd be a first!) reading this, i have to send my
thanks for the job you do, my gratefulness that there ARE people like you out there, and although i'm an atheist my prayers for your full and speedy
a few other things... manuka honey will help heal the wound quicker than anything else on the planet. and if you're a little traumatised from it
please look into EFT to help with that, i've seen it miraculously help people who've been in similar situations.
Glad to hear you are alright!
I took a peak at the thread your wife posted, And i was genuinely worried,
Have a speedy recovery and know that you saved one, possible two lives by taking that bullet. If you hadn't, then the threats said man said against
his step-family, would have come true.
I believe the term is guardian angel, you saved a families life, and i applaud you. Relax and enjoy your time off work, Try not to spend too much time
on ATS , being around ATS too much can make one go crazy!
This is one of those events in your life that WAKES you up! I imagine you will have many survivor questions..dont think about the what you shoulda
coulda done.......you cant change any of that now. Focus on your family and getting well.
ONE QUESTION THOUGH:
How did you get out of the hospital so fast with a hemothorax??
Blessings for a speedy recovery!!
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This is the first i have heard as i am a new member your incident is a remarkable one. I show great respect for the shielding of the child. As you
state your a farther i am to so i understand the instinct to protect children. Not only have you chosen a career path that shows you are blessed with
a big heart. You have also shown that you have a strong protective nature as a father. With more people like you i would feel safer for my kids in
this world. Get well soon and my thoughts are with you and your family.
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