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  • A paramedic story on a lighter note......

    It was a hot summer's day in Fulham. We were called to a person unconscious. Turns out this chap was a regular. He'd had a bit too much too drink and had passed out in the flowerbed. We managed to wake him and get him and his precious cargo of Special Brew up the stairs and into the truck. I asked him if he needed to pee before we headed off.

    No, he mumbled.
    Are you sure? I asked. He shook his head.

    We headed off down the road. I turned away for a split second; he grabbed his opportunity (with both hands), stood up and urinated all over the ambulance floor.

    This is our home! I raged, following up with a bellow; Would you do that in the front room of someone's house? The man looked sheepish then started to cry. Oh for goodness sake, stop that snivelling! I muttered.

    Even as I shouted at him, I knew I was being unfair and was wasting my breath. He wouldn't remember what had happened by tomorrow. Chances were that he'd repeat the same performance for the next crew.

    Some days were better than others. The trick was to chill, and see the funny side when it presented itself. Especially when hot and fed up and there was still four hours to go and then three days more, and you had to mop up a sea of smelly urine. Yet again.
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