P A R T - T W O
You’ve called the ambulance and they are on the way.
But now what?
Listen to the call taker and take their directions. Sometimes they will need you to stay on the line until help arrives. Sometimes they don’t. Every situation is different.
If you need to intervene to help your child, they will talk you through it step by step. Listen, and focus. Try your best postpone the panic until later.
If you have extra hands at home, get someone to open the front door, unlock the front door, or wait on the street to wave them in. But when they get there, give them space to work. Offer help if they need it, but let the professionals take the lead.
Paramedics are brilliant at working in high stress situations. And as such, they are great at filtering out unnecessary ‘noise’ and redirecting you. Sometimes their communications styles are very direct. This doesn’t mean they don’t care. They care more than you can imagine. They are trying to save your child. Their priority is YOUR child. So please understand that if they are abrupt or curt, they are just trying to save your child.
Not everyone can ride in the ambulance with your child. Again, your child is their priority and there is only so much space in there. They will let you know who can come, and who can’t. Please don’t take this personally.
In emergency situations, you aren’t going to be able to pack for a week. Yes, they will let you put on pants (no one likes a naked parent in ED), but they aren’t going to wait around whilst you pack toiletries, favourite blankets, chargers, books etc. You can grab all that later.
Do we have any paramedics in the Sick Happens community? Is there anything you would like to add? I’ve worked with heaps of paramedics over the years when working ED, but I am not one — I’d love to hear your opinion, and I’m sure everyone else would too.
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