This was a special Facebook™ that is close to my heart for all my fellow medics and the mentor’s ive had help me get to where I am today.
To you I say,
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In honor of EMS week I want to share a bit of why I love EMS so much.
First, like most medics , I’m wired to help.
It’s just in my nature, so a few years ago I made the tough choice to do a complete 180 in life and pursue medical field.
My plan was to become a medic, get some experience, then go to PA school.
But things didn’t work out that way…
I decided to stay inside of EMS and level up as much as possible.
Because I started off working nights w a cool dude ,Justin Alleman
His leadership showed me how to perform under pressure without breaking and I saw the need for more medics like him.
He told me from day one
“Tommy, unless I’m freaking out you have nothin to worry about”
As a complete newbie to the field this helped a lot to stay calm myself. especially because no matter the call Justin never got rattled, and we had some interesting calls….
Today I want to say:
I am grateful for your leadership and introducing me to what it means to be a medic.
Every new medic should have a mentor like you to bring them into the field the right way.
Eventually I decided to advance my career as a medic and get my gold patch
I wanted to do more inside the field like Justin has done, mentoring , planning events, and helping out my fellow medics in whatever way I could.
Along the way, the thrill of the job has become a addiction and a calling.
This profession is like no other:
When most people are shook w terror,medics are called on to step in and ease fear, give instructions and help stabilize chaos in unique environments
I’ll admit the emotions are tough in this profession, I’m not talking about the trauma, that’s the easy part.
The tough stuff is walking into the homes of the neglected, watching people allow their health to slip away when they have total control of their actions, and then there are the kids……
But there are also moments of great joy in the profession as well….
The husband that shouts to us “hold up!” as he slowly works his way over in his wheelchair , we lower the stretcher so he can give his bedridden wife of 60+ years, a kiss as his was of saying “I love you” (a stroke took his speech but not his love n affection for his wife) after they embrace for that short moment you can feel the love they have and I can only imagine all they have been through together, then we get back to the job to bring the wife to a DR visit.
The 94 year old lady living at home on her own, fully with it and giving us strict instructions on how to lock up the home before we leave for the Er visit.
The WWII veteran and his stories of the war n proudest moments (one of my fav patients but rare)
But we don’t always have the opportunity to chat and connect w our patients like this even tho it is more the norm than what people think we do every call
Sure, we are called to race the reaper…..
Flirt w life n death…
In these moments medics can’t crumble , we gotta show up, adapt quickly, be resourceful, and keep calm while everyone has their eyes on us to advise on what to do next…
I wish I could be on every call , because disaster happens everyday and I want to be there to help….
Help pull them from the wreckage….
Help stabilize the injuries….
Help ease the anxiety….
Help stop the seizure…..
Help consul the hurting….
I can’t help it , I’m wired to help.
I am a medic.
But I’m only able to step into this role because of the mentorship I was given from my first partner, Justin Alleman.
I say all that to get to this point.
Medics, you never know the impact you can have on a patient or your partner.
Always be willing to teach,instruct, and set the bar high.
We have all been the “new medic” let’s make them feel like the hero they are for making the decision to get into this crazy career. (But of course pull the occasional prank on em hehehehe)
Love my medic family , cheers to EMS week!
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