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Jenasaurus Sun 26-Apr-20 10:43:11

A message to the public: 20 reasons...from a paramedic.

1. to everyone slagging off the TikTok videos we do, bollocks. We are human, we have feelings and we get scared and upset too, the silly videos are morale boosting and team building, a crucial aspect when treating your loved ones in their time of need, without a way of letting off steam we would break, then who would care for your nearest and dearest?

2. We are not immune and are still at risk, yet we risk ourselves coming to treat you, paramedics get sick, paramedics die, and all to treat you, so please, don’t take the piss.

3. The freebies and incentives we get are ways to make us appreciated, it makes a change from being punched on a job or spat at, so just let us enjoy them.

4. We are not part of some government conspiracy theory. We are not selecting who gets sick, neither do we want to implant you for control. If we were going to be selective, we certainly wouldn’t be choosing ‘Karen or Susan , who attended the school of life’ and got her medical knowledge from fb. (Sorry Karen/Susan)

5. If you’ve called because you think you’ve got covid, chances are you probably have, as everyone is suspected now, there is always a transmission path, however; it doesn’t mean your going to die.

6. Please look after yourself! If you can google an array of other symptoms and watch the death toll avidly on a variety of sources I’m sure you can figure out to take paracetamol for a temperature, drink fluids, take immodium for diarrhoea, and rest. You don’t need us to tell you that.

7. We don’t do ‘check overs’. That’s what your gp does. We offer life saving treatment in situations beyond your control. Please choose wisely.

8. We don’t have amazing PPE, we have what the PHE has told us to wear, and be that right or wrong it’s all we’ve got. The same as nurses, gp’s, carers, porters, Dom staff and other key workers. Please don’t think we’re ‘ok’.

9. We like the clapping. It makes us emotional, even the hard faced staff, makes us feel proud to do our job, and yes, we probably are stood close to each other outside a hospital, but we also are inside when performing cpr and airway resuscitation, remember that when you have a moan that we don’t adhere to social distancing.

10. We are separated from our families too, just like you are, we miss our mums, dads, our sisters and brothers, our nieces and nephews, even our children, and we HATE it. But we do it to protect them. It’s not about us.

11. We are bored in lockdown too, on our few days off, we spend so much time seeing Poorly people, coming home to the same 4 walls it is driving us crazy, but we do it, to protect you. Please do the same, otherwise you will be doing it for longer.

12. We get angry at the news, at politicians, and at social unrest, however we keep our lips sealed, as much as we want to shout like you do, but we don’t, as when we see you, our issue at that moment in time, is reassuring you and helping you.

13. We are proud of the people who listen to advice, don’t break the rules, we thank you, and every Thursday, we clap for you too.

14. We don’t test for covid, shit, some of us aren’t even tested! Please stop asking us, that includes asking ‘if we think you’ve got it’ without a swab, we are clueless.

15. Enjoy the time with your family, we wish we could, everyday we go to work it makes us sad to be away from them, so make the most of it, have fun doing home school, but if you miss a day, who cares?! It’s the memories that count.

16. Please stop calling us ambulance drivers. It really does make us rage. We actually went to uni, have a degree, and some even more than that. Also, yes, women drive too.

17. If you think you need to be in hospital but we don’t, we will try to help as much as we can, however don’t be surprised if we don’t take you. Hospitals are a risky place at the minute, and we are trying to help you by not taking you.

18. Please stop wearing a mask when your in the car on your own. You look a right berk and can’t catch it if no one is there.

19. To the elderly: you break our hearts at the minute, it’s a scary place right now, and seeing us tower over you in masks, taking you away from what you know upsets us too, we just want to say sorry.

20. (Most of us) love our job. Please don’t make us hate it, by going against the rules and common sense, we are working to help you. Every patient that is sick, every patient who splatters us in sick,blood and poo, and every patient who puts us at risk, we are still there, if you need us don’t be sorry, medical care is what we do. But please, from all of us, stay indoors, wash your hands, and keep clapping

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FlibbertyGiblets Sun 26-Apr-20 10:49:21

Hi there. Is this you or a cut n paste, please?

pocketem Sun 26-Apr-20 10:56:22

Please stop sharing Facebook forwards. Most of the time they are not written by who they claim to be, juts some randomer looking for attention

MarthasGinYard Sun 26-Apr-20 10:58:03

Is this you Op

Jenasaurus Sun 26-Apr-20 10:58:23

Its written by a colleague not me.

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ScarletFever Sun 26-Apr-20 10:59:29

A colleague? Of yours or a facebook friend of a friend?

DameXanaduBramble Sun 26-Apr-20 11:02:18

A little bit attention seeking. And i hate it when these things speak for everyone in the same profession.

Kokeshi123 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:02:35

Do trained paramedics really have such poor punctuation and grammar?

Kokeshi123 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:03:58

Please stop wearing a mask when your in the car on your own.

Er, people are generally advised that if you are wearing a mask, you should leave it in place if possible and avoid pulling it up and down as this causes unnecessary face touching. I would leave mine where it was to drive.

Lifeisabeach09 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:05:14

Obviously this is a forward but, having worked with paramedics, I am very sure this is a legit one.

HavenDilemma Sun 26-Apr-20 11:05:52

You can't speak for all Paramedics saying you ALL Paramedics like the clapping. I know 3 who hate it and cringe at the mention of it!

YinMnBlue Sun 26-Apr-20 11:07:30

However....

It all makes sense.

teqcar Sun 26-Apr-20 11:08:37

Just share it on Facebook where you got it.

HavenDilemma Sun 26-Apr-20 11:08:47

@YinMnBlue In your opinion. Some of it I personally disagree with; which is ok. We're all entitled to our own opinions smile

HavenDilemma Sun 26-Apr-20 11:12:05

However, I have to point out, I do have HUGE respect for Paramedics and I feel they have one of, if not THE most important job in the country. They're amazing and whilst I don't participate in the clapping, I have and will continue to, tell all NHS staff that I appreciate them; as & when I come across them

thesesocksaretootight Sun 26-Apr-20 11:12:39

Where it came from is irrelevant.

Speaking as somebody who is married to one, I agree with the whole thing.

teqcar Sun 26-Apr-20 11:16:10

Where it came from is irrelevant.

It is relevant. People post things on here as if it is their own. OP didn't say until asked that it wasn't their original post. They then said it was a colleague. It's actually just another crappy post doing the rounds on Facebook. It should stay there. Discussion boards are not really for pasting thing onto so much as having discussions. If people are just going to make threads like the we may as well all be on Facebook.

LilacTree1 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:17:24

"Enjoy the time with your family,"

how? I'm not allowed to visit my 82 year old mother.

Re the videos, do what you like for yourself, but don't put it on social media. That's not complicated.

user1497873278 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:18:02

I’m feeling guilty after reading that would never call use any emergency services unless I or my family were seriously in need and anyone with a ounce of common sense nows this. I have donated money online to the nhs but have not been clapping outside with my very upper class neibourghs i do it inside they are the biggest bunch of hypocrites ever in and out all day in their cars Erving up the Porsche’s and Tartarus then racing of in them stupidity over and over then they have the bare faced check to stand chatting and clapping together every Thursday sorry it just really gets to me. My thoughts everyday are with the front line workers, really hope you all get the pay you deserve for the jobs you do so amazingly I was in an ambulance a few years back after a bad accident couldn’t believe the young girl holding my hand was on such a pathetic wage when I looked into it afterwards paramedics are grossly underpaid and I have helped since trying to raise awareness and money for them so the post really touched a nerve just sorry I’m not clapping outside but my heart is full of admiration for you all and I can only imagine how emotionally hard every day must be for you sending my prayers that you can keep as safe as possible and that the selfish in society stay at home and really help everyone

Mrsmorton Sun 26-Apr-20 11:18:27

Agree @teqcar. Instantly loses credibility when it's fifteenth hand via a "cut and paste this or you hate paramedics and want them to die" Facebook bollocks.

LilacTree1 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:18:37

user guilty because....?

raviolidreaming Sun 26-Apr-20 11:18:51

Please stop wearing a mask when your in the car on your own. You look a right berk and can’t catch it if no one is there

Community nurses I know doing home visits get one mask per shift due to the PPE shortages, so they are safer to keep it on. Whoever wrote this tripe probably isn't a paramedic or they would likely have that insight.

user1497873278 Sun 26-Apr-20 11:19:53

Sorry so many typos meant Ferrari’s

pocketem Sun 26-Apr-20 11:20:19

I don't know any paramedics who would recommend Imodium for diarrhoea

AlanBrazil Sun 26-Apr-20 11:20:26

God spare us from any more Facebook ‘Messages from’ that claim to speak for everybody in the profession ffs.

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