As I have mentioned before, my lovely wife, Mrs Medic999 is also a paramedic in the same service as me. We have been together for over 5 years and we obviously share our experiences and support each other through the tough times.
I have noticed over the years that this is not an uncommon thing. New staff join the service and after a short while their relationships which they had prior to joining the service start to get into trouble and then eventually they begin relationships in the service. I know a good few married couples, who this happened to. I think this happens for a variety of reasons, one of which is that when you go home after a bad job or a tough day, sometimes you want to talk about it. I know many relationships and marriages, when one side is not in the job, can cope with this, but some cant. Some people don’t want to hear what we have been dealing with. Some people are quite happy to imagine that really bad things don’t happen on a daily basis to really nice people.
Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t been the best hubby recently, so I made sure that Mrs Medic999`s dinner was waiting on the table for her when she came in from work. We all sat down together and I proceeded to ask the usual question:
M999: So babe, how was your day?
MrsM999: Had a great job, really nasty one.
(If you aren’t medical or a paramedic, this may sound a bit crass, but if you are you know that this means that she had the opportunity to actually practice the advanced skills that she has instead of taxi`ing inappropriate callers to A&E)
We then proceeded to have an in-depth discussion about what she had dealt with, what she had seen, and how it made her feel…..whilst sitting having our meal, at the table.
As I said, what a strange bubble we live in, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Mrs Medic999 hasn’t been a Paramedic for very long (about 9 months!) but I am so proud of her and what a fab paramedic she already is!