Thursday, May 31, 2012

Poem - EMT Prayer

Author Unknown


Grant me the wisdom so that I may treat
those of your children that lay at my feet.
Let my hands be gentle, sure and swift
to impart to them your sacred gift.
Let me see only a patient's need
not their color, race or creed.
Help me always to be my best
even when it's on my hours rest.
Grant me the insight to understand why
patients of mine are going to die.
Let me remember that when they do
there is a wonderful life in Heaven with You.
Lord, if in the time of duty I should fall
help my family to hold their heads tall.
For it was You who decided that I should be
one of your chosen few, an EMT.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Very Hurt.....

      So I made the cake you see below for Double D to take into work with him for EMS Week.  I wanted to do this to show MY appreciation for all that he and his co-workers do for the public.  I wasn't asking for anything in return, other than for them to know that what they do is appreciated.

      Instead, what I received was criticism for the cake!!  One person said it was the worst cake she had ever had!! and that it was dry (which it isn't). and no one ate hardly any of it until very much later in the day!.  

      I feel hurt because I took the time to make the cake and decorate it, in between working a full time job and my usual tasks at home, and it seemed like it wasn't even appreciated.  Yet, that is one complaint that the EMS crews bitch about....that they are never shown appreciation for what they do.  

      Needless to say, I won't be making a cake for next year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


This is the cake I made for Double D to take to work for all his co workers this week:

But this would be for ALL EMS workers out there!

Monday, May 14, 2012

EMS Week 2012 - May 20 - 26

      Starting Sunday, it will be EMS Appreciation Week. This comes once a year around this time.

      Every year the 3rd week in May is designated as National EMS Week. It is a time for America's EMS community to celebrate its history and look to what the future has to offer.

      It is also a time to honor those in the EMS profession who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the public. If you see someone who works in EMS this week, please take a moment to thank them for being there for you when you need them, even if you haven't needed their services yet.

I bet it will make their day.

      Or better yet, if you have a positive experience you would like to share with them regarding your need for their service, share it with them.

I bet it will make their day too.

      You may ask, why do I need to thank them for doing their job?  That's what they get paid for....No one ever thanks me for doing MY job...

      Well, what if someone DID thank you for doing your job?  Or if someone came up to you, knowing what your profession is, and told you that you made a difference in their life?

      I bet it would make your day too..... 

      Many of the men and women out there doing their "calling" could not see themselves doing any other thing in their career, even if that meant making more money.  And when they have that frame of mind, it means you will receive their best care and compassion when you need them. 

In the midst of the storm of human tragedy and panic, they are often the calming voice of reassurance.

      I'm not saying that everyone that is in the EMS profession thinks of their work as more than a "job".  You will have those out there, just like in any profession, that goes in to work, does their job and leaves and could care less about what happens in between shifts.  But knowing the pay and how much work goes into that pay, I would say there are more than 75% of the EMS professionals out there that look at their work as more of a calling than a job.  The ones that take their skills further than their shift and use it even when they are not on the clock.  

I know.  I've seen if first hand.  And even experienced it first hand.  

      I've seen it first hand by seeing how Double D reacts to someone being hurt, or needing his skills.  I've also seen it first hand with our friends that are Paramedics.  They recently had to use their skills, outside of their "job" to help some people in a horrible car accident.

      I've experienced it first hand when I needed the help when I passed out or "fell out" as Double D puts it.  I was at a trade show with my brother and felt lightheaded, I put my hand on a table and next thing I knew i was laying on the floor, wondering what happened.  Every time my brother tried to help me up, I went down again.  Finally an off duty Paramedic came over, identified herself as such and assisted my brother in getting me over to a chair.  Then she kinda gave me a quick assessment, the best she could without having anything with her, and went to find me something to eat, thinking it might have been my blood sugar dropping.  

I wish I knew where to find her to thank her for what she did for me that day.

      All I am asking is that you show your appreciation for all the EMS workers out there for all that they do and if by chance you see them taking a much needed lunch break, or stopping quickly to grab some refreshments at a gas station or convenience store, or maybe even if you are stopped beside them at a traffic light, just say.... 

Thank You.