„What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen?
Probably one of the most asked questions in emergency care. I know people are curious and like the excitement and the story, but it’s a bad and loaded question.
We’ve all had bad calls. We’ve all seen tragedy. We’ve all worked in blood and guts. But when someone asks “what’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen?” they don’t realize that they’re asking for you to replay a horror scene so they can hear a good story.
Rather than asking about my WORST call, consider asking about my BEST calls.
•I’ll tell you about the first time I used an epi-pen and watched the magic of medicine save a life.
•I’ll tell you about the time my patient was trapped in their car and I crawled in there to keep them calm and still as the Fire Department cut the car apart with the jaws.
•I’ll tell you about working with 8 different emergency services to safely complete a technical rescue, and how remarkable it is to watch all those departments work so seamlessly together.
•I’ll tell you about the elderly patient who just needed help after falling, and praised us for responding in the middle of the night to such a minor event.
Maybe these stories aren’t the most gory and don’t make you cringe. They aren’t all heroic and I didn’t single handedly save their life. But I remember each of these calls because I made a difference. Each one of these patients expressed immense gratitude for the people that responded to their emergency. Each one of these patients let me know that my presence was enough to help them breathe a little easier. And to me, that makes a much better story“. Credit: the inspiring @nursetobe_rei . Thank you so much dir sharing this 💚 .
Today I made a donation to the LA Fire Department Foundation. The wildfires happening there, some of which are blazing through many of my old stomping grounds, have had me concerned for people and places I love.
I made this donation in honor of my late father, who was a fireman for over 20 years. I have no doubts that he would be astounded to see how bad the fire seasons in CA (and the entire West Coast) have gotten since his passing in 2004. Words cannot say how much pride I had as a child, knowing that my daddy went out there to help save lives and be of service to others. I used to make him tell me stories of the things he saw on the job, just because I was so in awe of what he did for a living. Fires are just a part of what their job entails.
Please consider donating what you can to these brave people. City firefighters, Wildland firefighters and EMTs are out there every day, working to ensure our safety and putting themselves in harm’s way in the process. I’ve put a link in my bio, and there are plenty of other ways you can help, just by doing a little research. Let’s show our public employees the love and support they so desperately need right now.
In addition, I recently watched an informative and eye-opening documentary called Before the Flood, and I urge that you check it out ASAP. We need to be educating ourselves about climate change and the ways that we as individuals can help to make a difference. This does not have to be our new normal. Thanks so much. @losangelesfiredepartment @lafdfoundation @wildland_firefighters @torrancefiredepartment #firefighter#lafd#torrancefd#emtsofinstagram#campfire#hillfire#woolseyfire#firstresponders#donate#climatechange#beforetheflood#californialove#westcoast#bestcoast#firemansdaughter