What #NationalEMSWeek Means to Me

As #NationalEMSWeek comes to a close, I wanted to share what the week means to me.

National Emergency Medical Services Week was originally established by President Gerald Ford in 1974 and was reestablished as the 3rd week of May in 1992. For one week a year, the nation recognizes all of the blood, sweat, tears, missed meals, and lack of sleep that go into being an emergency medical provider. It is truly awesome that this week of appreciation was established because I believe that public service providers are the unsung heroes of this nation. No matter what any EMS provider will tell you, we all have a heart that’s as big as our bodies and we share a love for people that is as deep as the ocean. We wouldn’t be doing this job if we didn’t. Due to my graduate school aspirations, I have stepped away from the emergency medical profession. In doing this, I believe that I have gained a greater appreciation for the profession and all that EMS professionals do. Some days these amazing humans almost literally go to hell and back for total and complete strangers. This poem is for you. Know that my heart goes out to you every time the pager sounds.

 

It’s 10 pm, you’ve barely seen the station all day

No food, No rest,

All you wanna see is your body hit the bed.

One report to finish and then its time to sleep

Off in the distance you hear the pager go “beep, beep, beep”

 

Dispatcher said its gonna be a tough one

Mom called in said someone ran over her son

Your pulse goes up as the siren turns on

Someone is hurt and you are 911

Arrive on scene still trying to find

Your partner sees the son, he’s definitely in a bind

 

Grab the trauma bag, grab the O2,

Its time to go to work boys,

‘Cause that’s just what we do.

You get the kid into the truck

Tell the firefighter “its time to roll”

You are going to save the child’s life

But the call will take its toll.

 

2 hours later you make it back to the station

Its time to sleep, there are finally no more patients.

People outside the circle, they never know the right things to say

But for us in EMS, its just another day.

 

To all of my people in EMS

I want you to know,

You are the BEST!

You will always carry a special place in my heart

Thank You every day for doing your part!

 

 

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Reflections on a Month of Thankfulness

This original post is from a couple of years ago but it is still relevant today, so I am reposting it on my new blog!

I’ve seen so many people who embark on the challenge for the month of November to pick something they are thankful for everyday and to post about it because of the Thanksgiving holiday. I, myself have tried to do this a few times in the past but I always gave up a few days into the month. This year I decided to do something a little different. As I read everyone’s #IAmThankful posts during the month of November I couldn’t help but think, “Isn’t it just as important to be thankful every other month of the year?” This gave me an idea. December is a pretty crazy month. People are running around trying to accomplish Christmas shopping, the semester is coming to an end, it’s the last month of the year for tax purposes, college students are moving home for break, and the world seems to be moving an extra mile a minute. I wanted to do something to break up the craziness. I decided that for the entire month of December I would post something different that I am thankful for everyday. There were some days in the beginning where I forgot but instead of giving up, I pushed forward because I really wanted to see this to the end. The following pictures represent some of the posts I made over the last month.

Day 1: Small Handwriting 

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Sometimes you just have to be thankful for the smallest of things. Yes the pun was totally intended.

Day 8: The People in my Life

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Growing up I was fortunate enough that I was never told that someone in my high school had died in a car wreck or committed suicide. That was something we heard about at the public schools but it’s never something I had to deal with first hand. The day I posted this I found out that someone that went to my high school had committed suicide. I reflected on all of God’s blessings and for the fact that I have so many amazing people in my life that make every day worth living.

Day 12: Early Morning Bible Study and Light

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Sometimes it is really hard to get away from the darkness because it surrounds us every day. But at the same time God sends reminders that break through the darkness and spread His light all throughout our environment. All we have to do is look for His presence in our daily lives.

Day 15: Mornings and Goodmorning Texts from Friends

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I absolutely love mornings. Ever since I was young, mornings have always been my favorite time of the day. I love the fresh start and the sense of new beginnings that surrounds each sunrise. God brings hope and promise to each new day. Good morning texts are also my favorite. Just knowing that someone cares enough to think about you first thing in the morning and to send you a text saying that truly means the world.

Day 24: Family

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Christmas Eve. This has always been a night filled with extended family for me. Every year of my life my grandmother and my aunt have stayed at my parents’ house and my brothers and I have woken up on Christmas morning with them waiting with us at the top of the stairs. This was my first year where it was just my parents, my brothers and I on Christmas Eve. Even though it was smaller than previous years in terms of the number of people, I really enjoyed the quietness and the close time I was able to spend with my family.

Day 28: Heart and Love

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I’m a really sensitive person, I let things get to me. When someone I love is hurt I feel that hurt too. God has given me a heart for others and a love that reaches people far from Him. God reminded me of this heart on a day when I was hurting. He reminded me that the temporary pain is worth the reward in the end.

Day 30: A Gift from Heaven Above

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This is probably the most touching gift I have ever received from someone. My grandfather means so much to me and for him to leave this for me is so amazing. It is truly amazing how God puts little things in our lives and sends reminders from above that we are still being watched over everyday of our lives.

When I started this journey on December 1st, I had no idea where it would lead me. I didn’t have a plan for something specific I wanted to learn or what I wanted to gain from this experience. Of course God had His own plan that He intended for me. Each and everyday He showed me something new. He taught me to appreciate the little things and to take time each day to pause. Many times we forget to slow down even for a few minutes. There is so much to be thankful for in this life. In the past month God really taught me to pause each day and to reflect on all of life’s blessings.

Something else that I have noticed in the days since the end of the year, is that I really miss making those posts. I find myself still stopping each day to notice my blessings. I have read that it takes 28 days to form a habit. After this journey, I found this to really be true. I may not keep posting things that I am thankful for each day but I will continue to take time each day to thank God for my blessings.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I am revamping my blog and this will be my new site! I will repost the pages from my old blog to have an all encompassing new blog site! Welcome and join me to hear more about the human that is me!

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”  -Marie Curie

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