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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EMS


I delivered a baby on the ambulance stretcher

I baptized a newborn who’s life ended before it began.


I hugged a frightened child.

I was kissed by an intoxicated old man.


I held the hand of a teenage girl while she delivered a 3 pound baby.

I listened to the mournful squeak of a stretcher being wheeled to the morgue.


I gently stroked the fragile hand of a 102 year old woman.

I hesitated at the outreached hand of a 300 pound prisoner in handcuffs.


I trudged for ten hours in my boots.

I had a teenager vomit on those same boots.


I rubbed the feverish body of a 14-year-old cancer patient.

I cradled the ice-cold hand of a child hit by a car.


I was referred to as "an angel of mercy".

I was called every four-letter word in the book.


I always see fear in people’s eyes.

I never see joy or relief.


I listened to a tormented voice pleading for the preservation of life.

I heard the threatening words of one bent on self destruction.


I spoke with a girl who was hoping she had the flu, not a pregnancy.

I see innocent people hurt by a drunk driver, and the drunk driver is never hurt.


I marveled at the genius of a cardiologist.

I saw a 12-year-old boy who shot himself in the head, and the gun was still loaded at his feet.


I talked in circles with a schizophrenic person.

I was horrified at the battered body of a child whose parents were incapable of love.


I gazed at a horribly burned body.

I shuddered at a cold water drowning.


I see women beaten up by their spouses, but they never press charges.

I walk into houses and do CPR with family watching over my shoulder in tears.


I arrive at serious auto accidents, and the first words I hear are, "Am I going to die?"

I find out hours later they did die.


I listen to the repeated question "Why?", from a family devastated by death.

I search my soul for the answers to their question.


This is just another day in EMS.


SOURCE: Derek Perry, EMT 1. Foothill Ambulance Co.

Sacramento, CA. http://www.members.cox.net/acurrence/

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