Maddog Medic is a blogger from way back in the day when there were just a handful of us ER types blogging. He’s still active and still tells the truth.
Here is a recent excerpt from a post about the awkwardness of knowing what it is that keeps people alive…
An earnest young student asks me a serious question:
“What’s the hardest part about being a paramedic?”
I look her right in the eye.
I say this with all seriousness.
She leans back in her chair, blinking her disbelief.
It’s the social that’s the most difficult.
I could substitute “Cocktail Parties” with “Family Gatherings”. It’s awkward. I am not a Doctor. It’s just something that I do. It’s a skill that can be learned and practiced just like many other skills i’ve learned in almost 40 years…tuning a piano, picking a lock, climbing a 5.10, kayaking a Class IV rapid, planning a season of Iron Man Triathlon Training, swimming from Alcatraz…all just things I do or have done. I am not defined by them. They are just things that I do.