I had a new blog come across my desk the other day. I won’t mention the name quite yet, but it got me thinking.
This blog has seemed to take great pride in being “not your typical EMS blog.” The author, who remains nameless seemingly by choice, has chosen to post a list of 911 calls as the “pussyfication of America.” I get a kick out of the title because, hey, who hasn’t made a call like one of the ones listed. I think I have even used that exact phrase before.
That being said, I recognize that when using such terms, or others using such terms, that it is WHINING.Pure and simple, all he is doing is whining to the internet and expecting some sort of compassionate return. What isn’t being realized is that such a return never comes. Whining and crying into cyberspace is ridiculous, because you run into someone like me who will run 9 or 10 calls exactly like the ones listed in 12 hours and has grown so amused by their complaints (bit on the titty by your sister? Yeah, more like your “sistah”) that simply yawns at your screaming and tells you to build a freaking bridge.
Think the pay is lousy and the calls aren’t what you expected? Pound sand and apply for a job at Target, at least the hours are consistent. Maybe they can put you in the shoe aisle.
I’ve long realized there is no simple solution to the problems of ignorant and stupid people, and that as long as there are ignorant, stupid, clumsy, or just plain unlucky people in the world I’m always going to have a job.
It’s going to be a long road for you if you haven’t figured that one out (or an extremely short one with a sudden career change), no one goes into the business for transporting people to dialysis, back to the nursing home, or for the stubbed toe at 0300. But we all do it. There have been nights where I’ve just sat down on my bunk just to get toned out again for something dumb and curse all the way to the door.
My best advice: Embrace The Suck. It’s military slang we could easily apply for emergency services meaning “the situation sucks, so deal with it.”