This week, May 17th to 23rd, is National Emergency Medical Services Week. I have the privilege of working very closely with Paramedics in the Emergency Room and have made some good friends.
I don't think most people fully understand what these men and women do for us.
They work out in the rain, snow, heat, and wind. They don't get to duck under an awning or sit in their truck, they are out in the weather until what they are doing is done.
They go to a call when someone has been shot in the street, this is not nearly as sterile as they show on TV. These scenes are dangerous. They have people from the neighborhood standing around. The people are usually angry, keyed-up, often "medicated", and armed. The areas they have to go in are usually not good areas, to say the least.
They see gore and destruction that most of us can only imagine. I see a lot of stuff in the Emergency Room, some of it I won't even talk to people outside of work about. They wouldn't understand. Most of the stuff I see has been cleaned up before the patient gets to us though. The even worse stuff doesn't make it to us but they have to deal with it.
They check up on their patients later when they come in again to see how they did. They don't just drop them off and forget them.
They get calls in which it is an elderly person that just needs someone to talk to and they do it.
I had one case in which an elderly woman had fallen in her house and laid on the floor for over 24 hours. You can only imagine what kind of a mess a person is when they cannot get to the bathroom for that long. The crew washed her up and changed her clothes before they transported her to us.
This is only a small part of what they do and doesn't fully do them justice. These are good men and women. They are also all insane which does help. They are a blast to work with and make our job easier and more enjoyable in the Emergency Room.
Join me in saluting them this week, they deserve it.