{July 3, 2012}   The Doctor Said No, However…

So my Orthopedist (knowing me so well) told me to turn my pager off for the next seven to ten days until my shoulder has a chance to heal. She knows that I will go running if I get a call. So… I didn’t turn my pager off. I can’t. I can’t let myself skip out on calls. Fire/EMS is the one thing I have going right now. Without it I have nothing, nothing except moving, which I can’t do for at least a week. There haven’t been any calls since the accident that happened in front of me yesterday morning and the morbid side of me is praying for a call. Specifically a medical aid. I live for this job, I love it. I want to do it all day, every day and every night. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your view, the town I live in is pretty quiet. Sometimes we can go for a week without a single call, other times we have three or four in one day.

Strangely, it’s almost like I have to prove myself: I’m injured and recovering from a procedure that has rendered my right arm useless and left me in excruciating pain because I refused any pain meds , but I can still help people, I can still do my job! Or maybe I’m just rebelling against my orthopedist?

All I know is I’m itching for a call and a distraction.

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