April 13, 2018 Tragedy struck one night on a hazardous Arizona highway. A woman’s car was hit almost head-on by a SUV. She grabbed the steering wheel and braced for the impact when her car crashed into the mountainside. The SUV carrying a young family of five on their way to the Grand Canyon flipped on its side slid over the cliff and plunged more than 500 feet.
The woman couldn’t recall any of the events for several days. She didn’t remember the first responders who arrived in near-record time, the ambulance ride to the emergency room or being hospitalized for over a week with a severe concussion and broken bones. She had no idea who contacted her family or how they happened to be with her at the hospital. “Who were those responders?” she wept, then expressed her gratitude when told of their dedication to medical emergencies.
Medical Emergencies cover a lot of ground from bee stings to trauma cases, childbirth to cardiology. The emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics who are dispatched to answer 911 calls are an incredible breed.
These front-line people provide immediate care. They are capable of caring for and resuscitating patients going into cardiac arrest, saving people from burning buildings, car wrecks, terrorist attacks, shootings, stabbings, domestic assault, strokes, seizures, overdoses, immobilizing injured people and, yes, even dog bites. First responders deserve a medal for versatility, if nothing else.
Paramedic is the highest level of EMT certification. They perform advanced life support (ALS). They administer IV fluids, injections and medications, and perform advanced respiratory procedures. They are also skilled in basic EMT functions: treating wounds, performing CPR, delivering babies, performing patient assessments and inform hospitals of patients’ conditions.
Rescue teams usually have a paramedic as the lead member since they have the most training and decision making power. Their leadership skills include the ability to perform complex life-saving functions in extremely stressful crisis situations.
In many cases the team also sees if the spouse or children need assistance and notifies family members. In celebrity situations they protect the patient’s privacy.
First responders are physically fit. While EMTs don’t have to bench press a Chevrolet, they do have to lift and transfer patients to a stretcher and control defiant patients.
Today’s column is a thank you note to first responders who work day and night, weekends and holidays. Your proficiency and dedication, often times your anonymity, is warmly appreciated.
Reflections on Life
April 13, 2018 Do you ever feel like the world revolves around you? Are you the circus ringmaster reacting to a never-ending stream of clowns, acrobats and animals? When you are in the spotlight do you beam from ear-to-ear and tip your hat, but let a lion growl and you’re offended, you take it personally.
The truth is the world isn’t like that. American philosopher and self-help author Wayne Dyer said, “What other people say and do, is none of our business.”
Take that to heart. People react when they should respond. Our behavior reflects our perspective. Whether being treated like you are amazing or the pits, the other guy’s attitude is about them and how they view things. Their behavior is indicative of their relationship with the world at large. Keep that perspective, it will help you take things less personally.
Here’s a tip: when you meet somebody for the first time ask about the person’s worldview. It may seem a bit clumsy but it will give you insight so you can better understand how they feel about you and others.
That’s not to suggest you should ignore their feedback. Much of our emotional pain, disappointment and sadness stems from a tendency to take things too personally. In most cases, it’s better to let your own intuition and wisdom be your guide.
A woman in therapy told me that someone hung up repeatedly on her voice mail without leaving a message. She was sure it was meant as an insult. I told her about a philosopher who recorded a unique message on his voicemail: “This device is programmed to ask two simple questions: who are you and what do you want? Most people live their entire lives without answering either one.” Being unable to answer, the caller simply hung up.
Take a deep breath; give yourself some needed space. Weigh what you hear versus what you know to be true. Not overreacting or taking things personally keeps your mind clear and your heart at peace. Calmness is an absolute superpower in such situations. Detaching from other people’s behaviors gives you an incredible amount of power.
The way people treat you is their problem. The way you respond is yours.
Why is That?
TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY?
Terry Martin Ph.D
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