A friend of mine, Stacy Gregory, who is a flight nurse and paramedic was asked "What is the worst thing you have ever seen." She gave a very good answer on Facebook basically stating that is impossible to name one thing that was the "worst" she had ever seen. I responded to her comments, which I admired. Here is my response:
Well, I have been in EMS for 28 years and applaud Stacy's response. We have all felt the same way throughout out careers. I remember that I was in the back of an ambulance beginning to start an IV on a female adult who had been in a bad auto accident. As I was kneeling beside her, someone open the side door of the ambulance and yelled, "You need to work on her very hard. She is one of our police officer's wife." My jaws tightened. My face turned red. I was pissed! I never looked to see who said that because I probably would have said something I shouldn't have. In my mind I was thinking, "I worked hard on EVERY patient, be they red, yellow, black, or white. It makes no difference. My job is to attempt to save a life or make the life better. That is what I do with all of my patients." And, I know that is what all EMS providers do or they would not choose that profession. Now I will get down off of my soapbox. Love you Lori and Stacy, and all of the other EMS personnel in the world.