Ya know, I deal with drunks almost every day I work. It’s part of being a 911 truck. And I usually enjoy them. They’re usually fun. And it’s usually just take them to the hospital and I’m done, never think about them again. But I can’t get the one that we picked up today out of my mind.
A 34 year old honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard. We’ve been picking him up almost every day or two for the past few weeks. Getting drunk off whatever he can get his hands on, whether it be vodka or mouthwash.
He usually winds up nasally intubated and cathed. Gets discharged and is back in the ER within 3 hours, shitfaced again.
When we picked him up today, I had to search his pockets for an ID or anything with his demographics on it. What I found instead of an ID was paperwork from the local VA hospital about his PCP discontinuing his medications for his depression and PTSD. And when I asked him about it, he admitted that that is the reason he was drinking like he was. I later found out he had a drinking problem in the past, and got sober for 11 months. Until the stopped prescribing his medication.
For some reason, I can’t get this guy out of my head. And for once, I truly feel bad for a “frequent flying drunk”.
Rule # 12: Only three types of people tell the truth: kids, drunk people, and anyone who is pissed the fuck off.
Overturned horse trailer with entrapment! Look who’s up on the top of the trailer! 😏
I didn’t become an EMT to get a front-row seat to other people’s tragedies. I did it because I knew the world was bleeding and so was I, and somewhere inside I knew the only way to stop my own bleeding was to learn how to stop someone else’s.
depression is when you don’t really care about anything
anxiety is when you care too much about everything
and having both is just like what
Having both is staying in bed because you don’t want to go to school and then panicking because you don’t want to fail. Having both is wanting to go see your friends so you don’t lose them all, then staying home in bed because you don’t want to make the effort. Having both is insanely hard and sucks to deal with.