This rather touching message from a paramedic to a colleague working in the Emergency Operations Centre is worthy of a share.
This short piece just goes to show how important the ‘voice’ at the other end of the radio is:
I’m road crew, and sometimes I need someone to talk to.
When my patient was deteriorating in front of me and I couldn’t move her, I needed someone.
When my family member was involved in an accident whilst I was at work, I needed someone.
When I fell ill at work and needed to recoup, I needed someone.
When I was fighting back the tears from the arrest we’d just lost, I needed someone.
When my childhood friend was brought into A&E right in front of me with life threatening problems, I needed someone.
When I was lost and unsure what to do, I needed someone.
When I couldn’t see the wood for the trees, I needed someone.
Every single time, there was someone there. You are always the first person I speak to when it’s all going wrong.
I wouldn’t know you if I saw you in the street.
I don’t know your name – though I know you know mine.
Your compassion and understanding, your promises to try to find me an answer despite the pressure you are under, your voice asking me if everyone is ok – your voice in the darkness.
Thank you. You probably don’t realise the impact you have.
I hope you have someone to talk to.
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