To My EMS Partner

To My EMS Partner

Sometimes, you're all I have.
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To my fellow EMS providers: if you’ve ever walked into a station wondering if you were going to make it home, or crawled into a car thinking this might be your last call, this is for you. More importantly, this is also to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty while upholding “first, do no harm."

To those not in EMS reading this: EMS providers take a sacred oath to protect and aid the public. Sometimes this asks more of us than we can pay. This is to those that gave it all.

To my partner,

“He’s pre-arrest, get back here!” “I need you to pull over, now!” “Start a medic assist, tell them to expedite!” “Get police here, now!” “Stay behind me.” “Medic down!” “I’ve got your six.” Who says these things? Through clenched teeth, static-filled radios, and pounding pulses, who has the courage to help the helpers? When I, an EMT, need help, who’s there? The answer: you are, my partner. I see your car when I walk in the station door. I ask how the kids are, when the wife’s due, and if your mom ever had that surgery she needed. I joke about you putting on a few pounds while I toss donuts on the table and think about lunch before I’ve even made coffee. I grab my coat, and yours, and I put it in the cramped, overloaded and overworked truck we call home. I put your coat the way you prefer it, on the floor, not on the seat, because it’s “harder to reach that way.” Why? Because I know you. We not only work together, but we talk, we kid, we cry, mourn, and question our calls together. You are my partner.

Sometimes you’re my partner-in-crime, sometimes you’re my frank wisdom. For 24 long, grueling, punishing hours, we will be together in this truck, thrown out into the dark and vile place we call our service area. Anything that can happen, will happen. And if Murphy’s Law is true, it will get a hell of a lot worse. At the end of the day, for this day, you are all I have. Through damp alleys, dark hallways, moldy structures, mangled cars, below-freezing waters, and bustling malls, we will work side by side. You are my partner.

We hold a line, sketched by an oath, “first, do no harm”. That line can not waiver, it cannot fail. For if it fails, if we fail, the consequences are permeant. That’s why I’ve got your back. That’s why I am your second set of eyes. That’s why I promise to protect you, at any cost. For 24 arduous hours, you are my dad/sister/brother/mother/loved one. You are my family. And as I put on my badge, and my stethoscope settles on my neck, I acknowledge that we are a team, and your family has trusted me with the privilege of making sure you make it home to them. So that you may see your daughter’s next birthday, watch your brother hit his career winning hit, hear your mother sing. You are my partner.

I promise to lift you up when you’re down, challenge you when you’re wrong, teach you when you do not understand, and to protect you from a world that wishes you harm. Call out, and I will be there. Together, and only as one, do we hold back death, disease, injury, and suffering from a public that neither cares nor acknowledges the sacrifices we make. Yet in the night, when the lights are flashing, the siren is wailing, the tones are dropping, and my heart is racing, you will be the most important thing to me. And when it all stops, when the lights fade, the sirens quiet, the last call drops and I carry you up marble steps with 5 others, I will be there. Because I am your partner. I can’t always succeed, and if I could change that, I would. If there was a way I could have known the scene wasn’t safe, that the car was leaking fuel, that your heart was being deprived of oxygen while you slept in the next room, I would have prevented them all. For you, I’d die because we hold the line. You are my partner.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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