I’m Just An Ambulance Driver- you are not just

 

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Date: Jan 31, 2008
Poem: I’m Just An Ambulance Driver
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Someone sent this to me.

Standing in chest deep water, freezing rain falling and stinging as it hits the
exposed parts of my body. Holding her head above water to keep her from drowning until rescue can get here to cut her free—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Comforting an 89 year old woman who just watch me and my partner cover the face of her husband of 64 years as he lays dead on their bathroom floor–
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

On scene at an mva with a mother trapped upside down in her car, and her dead son’s body laying on top of her, and without a second thought for my own safety I crawl into the wreckage to take C-spine and calm the frantic lady—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Called away from my just-prepared meal to respond to a house with no numbers, no porch light on, nobody waiting to signal us in-and they bitch because we took too long, only to find out the patient left P.O.V ten minutes ago…so, we smile and walk away from the verbal lashing only because we are JUST AMBULANCE DRIVERS

Standing in the middle of the street at midnight, on the “wrong side” of town, trying to patch the holes and stop the bleeding of a 19 year old shooting victim, with the occasional bullet whizzing past our heads- we never break stride because this kid’s life is in our hands—
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Doing chest compressions on a 16 year old girl who decided this life was more than she could take. Her family screaming at us to help as though we are the ones who did this to her. Her lifeless body flailing about as the tube goes in and IV is started, my arms and back burning from the pain of 30 minutes of CPR, never once giving up, hoping she could make it through and over come whatever led her to this bad decision—-
BUT I’M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Death is all around me, and still I go home to live my life.
I get kicked, hit, spit on, bled on, puked on…
I look into the eyes of a lifeless child at 7AM and by 8AM I’m holding my child a little tighter, and they know nothing about what happened.
I have hundreds of hours of classroom time,
Years of in-the-field experience.
I have challenged death and won.
I’ve helped the helpless-
I’ve neglected my family for yours.
I find comfort in complete chaos…
I eat cold meals- if i eat at all!
I work with no sleep for days at a time.
I miss birthdays, holidays and school functions,
I put myself in harm’s way for a total stranger on a daily basis-

ALL BECAUSE I AM JUST AN “AMBULANCE DRIVER”.

I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE FAST THROUGH CONGESTED TRAFFIC, FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY, WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSILE, SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING, HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT, HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER. 

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