I've often wondered why I write about my experiences as an EMS provider. It is seldom easy, these stories I write down, and not without a fair amount of risk. I focus on the patients that cross my path, always finding something fascinating about them, or their condition. I am fortunate to work in a city that is diverse and vibrant, four major colleges are interspersed with a thriving nightclub district, world class restaurants, a burgeoning art community, and a population consisting of people from every demographic imaginable.
I've done this for twenty years, and always keep up on the latest protocols and procedures, but without the people i treat would have become bored with this years ago. It really is all about them, in more ways that I ever imagined. They make the job fun, bearable and always an educational experience. Without them, there would be no need for me!
If you want to write about your experiences, I suggest that you get to it, but remember to switch things around enough to avoid any future problems. I always change times, addresses, sex of the patients, dates and settings. The story remains the same, but people's identity is always protected, not just for my own good, but because it is the right thing to do. We are given a privileged most people will never know, that being the opportunity to help our fellow human beings, and be part of their lives, their suffering, and their healing. It is not something to be taken lightly, nor is writing about the experience.
The most important thing I can say about writing about your experiences is this, write for yourself. A person who writes for the public loses his self, and the person who writes for himself doesn't need the public's approval.www.rescuingprovidence.com