Posted by: medicblog999 | January 27, 2011

A reminder….

(I apologise if this reads like a pat on the back to myself – maybe it is, but I think I need it at the minute!)

It’s no secret that over the past few weeks I have been reconsidering my future and where I want to be in the next part of career. I have been looking at a variety of opportunities both inside and outside of the Ambulance Service.

Something has changed, and I am not sure what it is, but since I wrote my ‘Itchy Feet’ post, things just haven’t been the same.

Maybe it is just the run of stupidly busy shifts; the constant barrage of ‘patients’ with no apparent illness or injury that warrants going to hospital, never mind calling an emergency ambulance, or just that I am feeling very tired.

I’m sure some of it has to do with Mrs999s injury, and the concerns I now have of coming to work and having a split second incident which could jeapordise my career and earning potential.

Who knows??

However, as I sit here at my laptop at 05:11 in the morning, I have that familiar feeling of satisfaction.

That feeling of knowing that I have just made a difference. I have done what I have been trained to do, but more than that, I did it my way. (no not like that!)

My way is to work quickly, effectively and efficiently; caring for the family as well as the patient; looking at the bigger picture, and taking all the information in to make quick and decisive decisions.

Assessing and re-assessing.

Cannulating, administering medication, interpreting subtle ECG changes at a glance and feeling confident in my diagnosis.

Deciding on the destination of my patient based on my provisional diagnosis.

Holding a hand, and reassuring a patient and their loved one.

14 minutes on scene.

A hug from a grateful son and a thank you from a patient who is a long way from being out of the woods, but who I had real concerns about even getting to the hospital alive.

It feels good.

It reminds me why I love this job.

Is it enough??

I don’t know……..


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  2. Mark, take it from me, when the time comes to leave the field you will always miss it. There will be a lot of things you won’t miss, but those special calls where you really made a difference will be. You you have options for disaster medicine there? That’s one thing that’s very difficult but where you really do make a difference for just about everyone you come in contact with. You have a great heart and will be an asset no matter what you do!

  3. Good post, it didn’t come off as patting your self on the back, but you know what? I think it is ok to pat your self on the back. We need to know when we did a great job, and we need to step back and smile and let our self be happy and proud. We need to learn what we did right, and what we could have maybe done a bit better. A good pat on the back is needed once in a while, and those great calls happen so rarely it’s good to enjoy them when they happen. We all know how some people view EMS, so I wouldn’t count on anyone else to give you the pat on the back.

  4. Didn’t know the missus was injured – get well soon.

    Good job Mark, a good call like that evens up the scales for the rubbish jobs, and gives us all a much needed boost.

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