1 April 2015
Oli reflects on his first Paramedic Science placement with a short poem.
Easter holidays have arrived, so there is no time like the present to look back on what I have experienced so far in placement.
Because I lack imagination, I have borrowed this format from the book Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds, a book well worth a read if you are interested in the work of the ambulance service. I can assure you it is probably more interesting than my blog!
Have kept my feet warm and protected every day
Have walked across a motorway roundabout
Have scaled a garden fence
Have been coated in goodness knows how many bodily fluids
Have been in through a landfill site
Have been in the cab of a digger
Have been on the scene of car crashes
Have entered both the most wealthy and most impoverished homes
Have walked through a prison
Have been stared at by a lady when we have told her that her flatmate has passed away
Have been complimented on their cleanliness by elderly patients
Have provided support to me when carrying patients down stairs
Have crouched down next to many patients who have fallen over
Have cycled to and from the ambulance station every day of placement
Have just managed to make it to my third-floor flat before I fell asleep on my feet after a 12-hour shift overran to 14.5 hours.
As you can see, I have already experienced many of the highs and lows of the life of an ambulance service employee. I have done things that a year ago I would never have imagined doing.
While some days have been harder than others, I have not been dissuaded from the fact that this is the career for me, and I cannot wait to get back on the road after Easter!
Oliver studies Paramedic Science at ARU in Cambridge. Find out more about this and other degree courses at one of our Open Days.