I can’t believe I am actually at the point where I have to write this but this is my note to all of you that Medic999 is closing down and this will be the last post.
I have had a truly amazing experience over the past 18months. I have made friends, travelled, shared experiences and have learned more from my peers than I could have ever imagined.
I hope you have gotten something out of reading my posts too!
A lot has happened in the past few weeks but the clincher has been the knowledge that there are some out to prove just how ‘dangerous’ blogging can be for those who write blogs.
More and more has been happening recently that has made me more nervous than I have been in the past about what I write. I know, 100%, that I have not broken any patient’s confidence, I have not brought my service into disrepute and that I have acted as a professional throughout the whole time I have been blogging.
I have written and published 483 posts. There have been over 3000 comments and I have had over 250,000 hits. I created ‘The Handover’ EMS Blog carnival which is still going strong as the only EMS related carnival That’s no mean feat!
As you know, I am a family man, and that is my prime responsibility. I cannot risk my livelihood and my ability to financially support my wife and children. That has been the final nail in the coffin of my blog.
I find it a shame that the reason for this blog ending is the general lack of understanding of blogging and social media. I feel that I have promoted best practice, shared my passion for the job that I do, and hopefully have shown all readers what it is that makes EMS and those that devote their lives to it so special. However, there still remains this general unease about social media and blogging in the Health Service. Some of the bloggers out here may want to continue the fight, and maybe I am being a coward, but I dont want to risk getting into a position where I cannot provide for my family and can no longer do the job that I love so much.
Maybe this is a bit of over reacting on my side, but I have never been wrong about my gut feelings in the past, so I am going with this one too.
I hope you have enjoyed my writing. As a final request, I would love it if you could leave a quick comment if this blog has touched you, made you think about your practice or how you do your job. I plan on sending all comments from this post to those who need to be persuaded that blogging can be a positive thing, in the hope that one day I can come back again, with more support and confidence in what I do.
If you have never commented, then this is your last chance. Let everyone know why blogging should be here to stay!
So with the blog gone, what about The Chronicles of EMS?
CoEMS continues to go from strength to strength. Ted and Justin are hatching bigger and better ideas all the time. I have decided to take an intentional back seat for a while. I have spent so much time away from my family that I have had to make the decision to put family first and step back from all the transatlantic travel for a while.
I am not leaving CoEMS; I will still be part of it, like all of you who follow it. I remain passionate about our goals and visions for the future of worldwide EMS and I am sure that you will see me again in some of the future episodes (they don’t get rid of me that easily)
I will remain active on Twitter as @UKMedic999, so hopefully we can still keep in touch there, and you know you can all drop me an email whenever you want at email@example.com.
I will also obviously still be reading everyone else’s blogs and commenting when the urge takes me and I will be downloading all of my posts and all of your comments from the past 18months so that when the time is right I can bring them all back.
One thing hasn’t changed though……..
I still work in the best profession in the world and I still feel lucky and privileged every time I step on my ambulance.
I hope that I have shared some of that passion with you and I really hope that you all realise how much you have helped me at times also.
Before I go, I want to commit once last thing to the interwebs.
There have been two men, with two families that have come to be so close in the last year that I truly feel as though they are an extension of my family.
Justin, you have become another brother to me over these last 10 months. Who would have thought that we would have clicked so well? You, Kim and the girls have opened your home to me and made me feel so welcome that it was that little bit easier being away from Sandra and my boys. We have shared some amazing times together and I will not forget them for as long as I live. From the ride on the ladder engine in San Francisco, to seeing your face as you stood on Hadrian’s Wall remembering your Grandma. The time that we stood together watching the pilot episode of The Chronicles in the Hotel Frank realising what we had achieved to bluffing our way into showing the Chronicles in the Ballroom of the Denver Downtown Sheraton. There are so many moments that I will cherish, but this isn’t the end my friend. There will be more memories to make and more goals to work towards. Plus, the families still need to meet. You have been Awesome, my partner in Bromance!!!!!
Ted, you took Justin’s and my little project and turned it into something that still continues to make people reassess what EMS can achieve. Your passion and commitment to your art of film making is truly awe inspiring. Many times, all Justin and I had to do was to just be ourselves whilst you made our everyday actions look far more. I don’t know how I will be able to cope without listening to you tell me how we are going to ‘change the world!!!’ Two of the many things I will never forget….. One – sitting outside of the Irish Bar on my first trip out, Justin doing his pitch to the camera “You can buy the whole seat….But your only gonna need the edge”, and you nearly falling of your chair as you were crying with laughter so much; and two, Coyote Ugly in Denver and your Kid rock dancing!! Dude, you ROCK!!!!
I have been blessed to work with Justin, Ted and so many more people than I could ever list. You know who you all are, and I hope you know how much you mean to me.
So that’s it guys.
So long and thanks for all the fish!
(hitchhikers guide to the galaxy reference for those that don’t know)”