If you want to know about heart break try EMS in a small town tight knit community. Our EMS in the area was a Community Ambulance service that was made up of three towns in the west end of Sanders county MT, the Ambulance was housed in the center town and every one was a home responder.
We never ran shifts, we would respond to the scene and if you started patient care it was kind of understood that you saw it out to the hospital. It worked for us? The two nearest Hospitals were 45 miles away but due to road conditions and seasonal influences (SNOW) it took an Hour to travel them even at a code three response. One summer day we get a call for a sick person (unknown Medical). It was a person Mrs. Fyreman went to school with. Lana Was Short and Bubbly You couldn’t help but laugh when you were around her. She had a miserable ex-husband who would cause her all sorts of grief. We get on scene and Lana Is grey, bad grey, and she coded right there in front of us, Now remember we are small town=only BLS, and we didn’t even have a lifepak. Anyway Mrs. Fyreman starts Compressions and someone else was bagging her. The Ambulance gets there we load her and Mrs. Fyreman did compressions all the way to the hospital…
I have never seen someone lose the skin from the palms of there hands from doing compressions….. Until that day.
There wasn’t a dry eye at Lana’s funeral, the community loved her and the tiny rural cemetery was crowded, Its hard to know your patients well, its hard to know that if you don’t do it ….Who will?
Epi I loved your Post it was really good, it made me think of this tale and this song