A Day on the Boo Boo Bus

There are times in my career that I’m thankful I chose to become a paramedic. More often than not, we take people to the hospital in the ambulance that really don’t need it. But that’s what we you. You call, we haul. On a recent shift, I had a call forĀ a diabetic patient. Her blood sugar was low, but she was still coherent, and able to drink. We had her family prepare several glasses of orange juice, loaded with sugar. After a few glasses, he blood sugar rose to an appropriate level. As it always happens with diabetics, she didn’t want to go to the hospital. I explained to her the need to see her primary care physician, and then she began to apologize for bothering us.

I couldn’t believe my ears. This woman apologized for bothering us? She had a true medical emergency, and she’s apologizing for calling 911? She was genuinely apologetic. I assured her that there was no need to apologize. Had we not come to her house, who knows what would have happened?

People like her affirm to me why I do what I do. The job can be difficult. Long hours, time away from my family, and sleep deprivation. But I get a sense of fulfillment when I’m able to help someone in their time of need, no matter how simple of a task it is. I’ve been at it for 20 years now, and I still love it as much as when I first started, if not more. I’ve often thought about going back to school to become an RN, but I think I’m where God wants me.

Each time we walk through someone’s door, or approach a vehicle mangled from an accident, we have the chance to touch someone’s life. I’m thankful and blessed for the career I have. We try to save everyone, one patient at a time.

Jerrid Edgington
Paramedic & Author

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Exciting News!

I am happy to announce that I have just submitted the first draft for Revenge of the Reaper, the final book in the Reaper Series, to my publisher. The moment I hit the send button, excitement shot through me. It’s a wonderful feeling when I complete another novel.

This may be the end of the Reaper Series, but I have several more books planned. It’s my hope to continue writing and entertaining you all. I can’t thank you all enough for reading my books. It’s very humbling.

We’re shooting for a May release on Revenge of the Reaper. I will keep you all updated on the editing progress.