It is National EMS Week. At Deeley Insurance Group we are proud to protect and insure a number of great local volunteer fire and emergency service departments.
Personally, I am wowed by all the services EMS workers perform. I am wowed because I am “that Mom.” Any EMS worker knows me or a Mom just like me.
- I have called 911 from my cell phone while driving my car in to a ditch because my son is seizing in the back seat.
- I have called 911 because I don’t know where the nearest hospital is and my son spiked a fever of 104 in 3 minutes.
- I have waited at the ambulance bay of our local hospital (and inappropriately peeked in to other people’s ambulances) waiting for my son to arrive.
- I have been so focused on my son as we are getting in an ambulance, that I have left my keys, wallet and my cell phone in my unlocked car on the side of the road, and an EMS worker – brought them to me.
- EMS workers have arrived to my home to watch the end of a seizure – knowing that as long as it ended we would not transport to a local hospital. They stayed by my side until I was comfortable the crisis had passed.
- EMS workers have come when a friend’s child choked on a grape. (Yep, I am that Mom too!)
- I have witnessed my son leaving an ambulance with a butterfly stuffed animal, two pulsoxes and bandages galore. He is a mean negotiator and those EMS workers will do anything to keep people calm.
Knowing the frequency that I have called upon these EMS workers to help, and the consistency of service I have gotten every single time, how do I give back?
- I am the Mom who takes her kid to the local all you can eat pancake breakfast for the fire department.
- Local fire department is having a Spaghetti dinner, Bull & Oyster Roast, Pig Picking we are there.
- I work for a company who honored all local fire departments by gifting a night at the Shorebirds.
If you are thinking, that is not nearly enough, I couldn’t agree more. So to anyone that has or will serve as an EMS worker, this is my gift. My son made it. You may never get to know the outcome of a patient you transport or help. He is 13. He is thriving. He is seizure free. He is medicine free. He is smart and is still a mean negotiator. He back talks his mother. His future is bright. You or one of your coworkers has helped us get to where we needed to go or stood by us in our darkest moments. I will always honor the EMS profession and I will teach my son to show that same respect.
Thank you to those who serve. May we celebrate them this week and every week.