No matter what the cause of death; losing a colleague is devastating. Not only for those who knew & worked with them, but the Emergency Services 'family' as a whole. The effect can run really deep. Because they weren’t just a colleague, and they weren’t just a...read more
The first time I did compressions on a patient who was in cardiac arrest, was whilst I was a Patient Transport Officer (PTO). It was a regular patient of ours, whom we took to his dialysis appointment several times a week. We’d only just arrived at the hospital with...read more
Have you ever worked with someone for a long time; and they used to be all fun and laughs, …..but now they’re just ANGRY? Or maybe you’ve been married to someone for what seems like an eternity; and it was always so much love & respect & laughs for most...read more
So today I had the pleasure of running into a mate of mine whom is also a former Paramedic, – (and I think he was a bloody awesome one at that!). However, unlike him – I have never been diagnosed with PTSD, nor have I suffered like he has…but I can understand &...read more
I wrote a poem for all my Paramedic mates. Obviously it won’t resonate with all of you…but just a reminder that you need to care for yourself before you can care for others….so stick your hand up if you need. xx. – I see you – ‘When I see you through my eyes, I see a...read more
Caring for the ‘invisible wounds’: – A former Paramedic’s mission to help build Resilience in the lives of Emergency workers.
So, I have to admit – the last 3.5wks has been a bit like a rollercoaster. Highs, lows, still strapped in and wondering if someone’s going to come and let me off….and having several moments in my head of the "Oh Shit!!! Have I made the right choice?!!" But I knew...read more
(Original posting on my www.wordpress.com/dimcmath page - February 12th 2015) “I just don’t want to do it anymore…..I can’t do it anymore” I said as I stood across the kitchen bench from my father as he sat there confused with a look on his face like many that I have...read more