I Am a Paramedic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 97 People

    Burn Out

         For almost 10 years I have given my heart, soul, and sanity to a community and a service who couldn't care less.  I have been punched, slapped, spit on, kicked, cussed, and talked down to.  I have held dead babies, dead grannies, and every age...
    Malcontent Malcontent
    36-40
    6 Responses May 17, 2009

    Love the Job. Best decision ever.

    Although it's really tiring. If you ever become a Paramedic be sure you can lift stuff. EPing while on call right now 👍
    Solo1274MT Solo1274MT
    22-25, M
    Jan 16

    Burn Out

         For almost 10 years I have given my heart, soul, and sanity to a community and a service who couldn't care less.  I have been punched, slapped, spit on, kicked, cussed, and talked down to.  I have held dead babies, dead grannies, and every age...
    Malcontent Malcontent
    36-40
    6 Responses May 17, 2009

    Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    As promised, I am going to share some of my harrowing tales as a "ditch doc" so here goes... My absolute favorite partner Mike is a super cool guy and I adore him to this day. Picture a 6'5 bear of a man and me almost a foot shorter than him...What a pair! Mikey has a very...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Oct 7, 2012

    Plan To Be A Paramedic

    i need some good advice about a paramedic? i want to know how difficult it is to be a paramedic? and how much they make in hr?
    deny23 deny23
    36-40
    4 Responses Dec 25, 2011

    A Day In The Life...

    I didn't make this video, but I want to send a heartfelt thank you out to that special someone who did. To all my extended family in the EMS and public services, who put their life on the line each day....enjoy.
    smorrigan68 smorrigan68
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Oct 26, 2013

    I Am A Little Scared

    I got stuck by a dirty needle for the first time in my career a few days ago. Some dirty, drunk guy who we found on the street decided to get combative at the wrong moment. I got stuck with a needle that just came out of him. I am not pleased to say the least. I am a little...
    ThatOneGrl ThatOneGrl
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 27, 2010

    I am 1 year into my career

    as a paramedic in a rural fire department, I work with one other paramedic that is also my EMS capt. He has no idea what he is doing most of the time and makes bad decisions and does not keep up on protocols. I find it hard to work with him 53 hours a week and I find myself...
    PIC423 PIC423
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2014

    Greetings EMT/Paramedic Group

    I am a paramedic and have been one for 14 years. I was directed to this online forum by my therapist. It's hard to know where to start after close to 15 years of not really sharing ,so I will start with chapter one in every paramedic training book, Burnout. To all my...
    HeliosLos HeliosLos
    41-45
    Oct 31, 2013

    This is my office where I work,

    after a shooting trauma!!!!!!!!
    JennyTom JennyTom
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Dec 18, 2015

    All The Kings Horses And All The Kings Men...

    In my first post I talk about burnout. In this one I want to share my experience of PTSD. I have ran more 3 am psyc calls than I can remember. From the 21 year old with chest pain on Zoloft, Welbutrin, Xanax and Prozac to the 60 year old complaining of a bad dream and now having...
    HeliosLos HeliosLos
    41-45
    1 Response Nov 7, 2013

    My Dream

    my dream that i just realized is to become a paramedic. i have always wondered about the job and now i am getting into it and learning more and more. im doing good in school and im getting ready to be an EMT even though i still have 3 more years. i want to learn as much about...
    isabellehardy44 isabellehardy44
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 16, 2013

    After All These Years...

    When I started out as a paramedic, I remember being so optimistic and proud of my accomplishments. I was so excited! I felt like I had the TOOLS and the knowledge to do something so good, so pure.  And instead of becoming burned out, jaded and cynical, I mellowed. I didn't...
    mamadoc mamadoc
    56-60
    2 Responses Nov 15, 2010

    I am young. And I am scared.

    I have wanted to do this, be a paramedic, since I was 5. My life has been dedicated to achieving my goal and now I am three weeks away from that happening. But, in order for that to happen I need to move away. I am moving away from my family, from everything I grew up with...
    S1ren S1ren
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 15, 2014

    Yes I Am

    I am a paramedic. Have been for the last 15 years. Hard to believe it is that long now. I love this job.  Oh I have my days of complaining about it, feeling unappreciated and used, but than I have that call. You know the one, the baby that needs help or the older person...
    Percheron Percheron
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Aug 31, 2010
    HisBabyGirl64 HisBabyGirl64
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 13, 2015

    I can't wait until I fulfill my dream.

    :) Wish me luck for the future. ~
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Feb 5, 2015

    What's a typical scenario

    for a paramedic? I know not every day is typical and not every day is the same but what is the most popular call you get? E.g someone having a panic attack? Suicide? Or a woman giving birth? I'd like an answer form someone in the UK please, if you are not then I'd still like to...
    Emily97x Emily97x
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 31, 2014

    I have 32 yrs service

    as a paramedic in Australia would love to hear from other paramedics or any females out there who want a chat
    med54 med54
    56-60, M
    Dec 9, 2013

    I was a medic in Johannesburg South Africa in

    the 1990's Just recently rejoined here in New Zealand to work on a first response ambulance - loving being able to help again - looking forward to regaining my skills and learning new ones too
    roddy1969 roddy1969
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jan 7, 2014

    I'm married to a medic.

    Hard life for all, but proud of him I am very much.
    Behindmyhazeleyes13 Behindmyhazeleyes13
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 14, 2013

    Some Practical Advice From A "Ditch Doctor"

    If I could give you one piece of advice when you call us...it's be nice to the medics and please move everybody out of the way! I think I will share some of my more memorable experiences on here at a later time. Just remember this... 1. We don't get paid much but we can have a...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Aug 6, 2012

    I work for a rural EMS agency

    that does approximatly 10,000 calls a year, and covers a county in upstate New York. I work a midnight shift until 8am and have allot to say about it, some good, some bad, some funny, some down right miserable. Despite all of the bad parts, I still like my job, I like helping...
    Richdoe Richdoe
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jan 27, 2014

    Or i should say was. After my third child was

    born last year it all became a bit too much. I miss it tho. i now work as a hospital lab supervisor and that is enough medical stuff for me. :)
    Linsmile81 Linsmile81
    31-35, F
    11 Responses Apr 3, 2015
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