{June 26, 2013}   I Am Blessed

Allow me to be weird and somewhat sappy for a minute.

It’s only Tuesday but it’s been a really long week already. I’ve been suffering an awful headache since last Thursday (this is day #5) and I’ve been right out straight. We had a twenty-two year old girl complete suicide last Thursday via hanging and it seemed to go South from there. I’ve been busting my ass cleaning houses to make some money and in return I’ve been aggravating my back, neck and shoulder injuries. We had a house struck by lighting, a woman fall asleep while driving and hit another vehicle, a boating accident, an elderly lady hallucinating and seeing spiders (my greatest fear, right up there with clowns) and I’ve been involved with a Police investigation (I didn’t do anything, I’m a witness). Between doctor appointments, work and life in general I’ve felt like I’ve been living in my own little hell. Poor, poor, pitiful me, right? Well, I reflect on all of my complaints and think to myself: what do I have to complain about?

I’m alive. My loved ones are alive and well. I can walk, can usually talk and I’m not facing anything life-threatening at the moment. I have a job, or two, when so many people can’t seem to find work with this economy. I have food in my refrigerator, a roof over my head and I don’t want for much. I’m lucky enough to have the “extras” in life: a swimming pool, a luxury car, friends and family who care about me… it really could be worse. I guess it’s a good day when I’m the medical provider and not the patient. That may just be my new favorite pick-me-up saying.

I’m realizing that I am blessed. It’s a good feeling to realize it, and I think I’m making good use of my blessings by helping people in crisis. Even on days when I’m feeling down and can’t help myself, I can help someone else. As we joke about in EMS- I’m one of the chosen few. 😀

{December 3, 2012}   I Am Blessed

Though many times I don’t realize it, I am blessed to have amazing people in my life.

Yesterday’s annual Family Christmas Party went great. I was surrounded by cousins and Aunts and Uncles who I only get to see a few times a year. We talked, we ate and we did our Yankee Swap. Fun was had by all. To add to the fun and festivities, my brother received a call from our Lieutenant at three o’clock and we were summoned to the station as planned. No one had any idea what was going on. To add to the mystery, our Lieutenant drove to my house in his Fire Department garb and summoned my brother’s girlfriend to the sidewalk out front. He called us on the radio and I led our little parade in: Me driving the ambulance, one of our fellow firefighters driving our Engine 1 with my brother riding on the cat walk and another of our fellow firefighters driving our Engine 4. Almost everyone congregated on our front lawn, which was still covered in snow, and my brother stepped off the cat walk when the engine stopped. HE went down on one knee before his girlfriend and proposed. It was amazing and of course… she said “yes”! We left my brother with his new fiance while we returned the apparatus, but not before we had pictures taken.

I am wearing the smiley face shirt, my brother's fiance is to my right and my brother is in the maroon shirt.

I am wearing the smiley face shirt, my brother’s fiance is to my left and my brother is in the maroon shirt.

My brother gave me a hug when I returned from the station and it was the first hug I can ever remember where I could feel that he really meant it. Of course, while he was proposing I was standing at the rear of the ambulance watching with one of my fellow firefighters and I cried a little. This wouldn’t have been possible without the other guys from the department, who are incredible people.

Once again, I am blessed to have such amazing people in my life!

et cetera