This can be a lonely profession. Fortunate are they who have a friend or partner to count on to listen when things go badly, or celebrate when things go well. We have established a community of people willing to listen and share our experiences. It is something I am extremely proud and protective of. Every one of you owns a piece of my heart. I’m sure I am not the only person here prone to isolation, writers generally are. It is imperritive we break out of our self imposed exile and share our thoughts and experiences with those who understand and have what it takes to thrive in a hazardous and stressful enviornment. Those of us fortunate enough have a partner to share their world with. It doesn’t matter if that partner is somebody you work with, talk with on the phone or live your life with. Somebody once wrote a book called “God is my Co-pilot.” Whatever works. A partner makes an unbearable burden less so.
For those of you who read my book you already know how important a good partner is to me. I’ve had a number of partners over the years, all good, some better than others, some acquaintances that have moved on, others friends for life.
This edition is all about Partners. (Some of the pictures of famous partners don’t really make sense, I just thought they looked cool)
Lumo , My Life in A&E
has had a few different role models in his paramedic or nursing quest, reading his blog it is obvious who he emulates.
Adrenaline and Cyanide
Ah, the joy of the regulars, explored on Adrenaline and Cyanide perfectly!
Medic 7’s partner does seem to have a strange way of looking at things, like chicken.
A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver
Holy Moses! AD takes a nice long ride, a bit longer than it needed to be!
Walt, Life in Manch Vegas had the great fortune of working with his true partner, great job!
Mark, Medic999 who started this whole carnival learns a little from everybody he is partnered with. If you read his blog regularly, you will find it is a strategey worth keeping!
Peter, from Streetwatch, Notes of a Paramedic sends this homage to good partners, nothing like having a good sidekick on board.
Jen, Cabin Fever and her company are keeping things safe in the green Mountains. Congratulations, all!
If you havent had the pleasure of reading Spence Kennedy’s Siren Voices, you are in for a treat. These partners could use a little work!
The Rhythm of Life
I loved this one, the day I was asked to host this edition and decided on the “Partners” theme it magically appeared. Karma? Think so.
I recently found The EMT Spot and am glad I did. The posts have a way of sticking with you and making you think hard about just what it is we are doing, or supposed to be doing out there. Well done!
Another new blog to me, Not Trained but we Try Hard. Posts like these make my day, putting a human aspect on who we are.
Your Happy Medic takes a ride with an unresponsive partner. Strong stuff.
Life Under the Lights Makes a frighteningly accurate comparison here. I have walked in his shoes and can relate!
Epi, from Pink Warm and Dry makes my proud to be part of this proffession. This post is a must read for anybody serving time on an EMS rig. We need to know how important each of us is to the other. At the end of the day, knowing your partner stands by you is all you need.
Bernice captures the world around us so eloquently you cannot help but be drawn into each of her stories. This was one of my favorites, I thought I was riding along with her.
Bernice always Calls it as I See It
One night, alone in my office, probably around 0300 I felt compelled to sign onto my blog, click on the Verve Earth link, point my mouse randomly and open the first blog that appeared. If there is such a thing as divine intervention, it was with me this night. I never thought much of poetry, except maybe as good lyrics to heavy metal songs, but Susie Hemingway’s words captured me and haven’t let me go.
Says Susie on her blog, Susie Hemingway, a Power Within, “This poem is dedicated to the Men and Woman of EMS/ Fire Services, Providence, Rhode Island. USA. and to all Medical Personnel and Fire Fighters World-wide who have partners and love ones waiting for them at home.”
Thank you, Susie and Hamada, and everybody who we have helped in any way, even for the little things, for it is you whose partnership matters most. It is our honor and priveledge to answer your calls for help.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of The Handover. The fifth edition will be hosted by A Life in the day of a Basics Doc. http://basicsdoc.blogspot.com/
I’m not sure what the theme will be but, check the doctor’s site for more information.
What with all of this preperation for the Fourth edition I haven’t had the opportunity to visit with the Doctor. I’m looking forward to the experience!