When I was a kid, I wanted to be a paramedic. Almost every year in my school books I said I wanted to be a firefighter, EMT, or paramedic. The evolution was easy. Once I realized that I was afraid of things that were on fire, paramedic was it.
There is little I am more passionate about than a good education. "Think education is expensive? Try ignorance." As those elitist say.
I went to college, followed the path I was 'supposed to', and no one
ever talked about money. How much money will you make in your career of
choice? Everyone knows the careers that would technically make a lot
of money, and it's all but guaranteed that without a college education
you will have no hope (so the guidance counselors would have you believe). Equally passionate about education, my parents saved and scrimped to send me to
college. Other paramedic students have long term loans, crippling debt,
or second mortgages. No matter how they arrived at being a medic, it was …
Midnight: Flank pain. Been seen in the ER three times already. "It just hurts."
0330: Woman thinks temp is 108 due to using a 50 year old unreadable mercury thermometer.
Midnight: 30 year old with pain. Was in the ER this afternoon, left against medical advice with a diagnosed problem. Didn't fill prescription,
didn't make follow up appointment, pain worsens.
0520: Shortness of breath that "just started" according to facility staff, been going all night according to patient.
Midnight: 20 year old throwing up for 1 hour. Doesn't know what to do.
0400: 40 year old with weakness for two days. Why now? It just didn't get better.
Midnight: 22 year old male with a fever.
2310: 29 year old with anxiety.
0230: 24 year old. Supposed leg infection. Just left er waiting room against medical advice. Walked to payphone, Called 911
0100: Short of breath. Just needed a chat
0245: 55 year old with blood in urine since noon.
0445: 26 year old with a…
I didn't mention it before, but I have been planning a trip to Greece for the last few months. It has taken some time to plan as half of the time I am here, I'll be volunteering on a refugee camp which I now know houses Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Two dear friends and I are here now and I just wanted to check in. We will be spending about 9 days on camp (though we are living in an apartment in a nearby town) doing whatever needs to be done. So far we have helped arrange some storage, sort clothing, distribute bicycles, set up a clothes shop, and teach some first aid (with help of forgiving translators).
This may all sound very mundane, but it feels important. Important to help these people (read: people) to feel safe, comfortable, and normal. There is just so much going on politically, I have barely a meager grasp of the details. But what matters is that these are people in a terrible situation that could happen to any of us.
Anyway, there will, I'm sure, but a f…