Disclaimer: Not for my younger readers. Graphic material is talked about.
I’m sharing this as a means of trying to decompress from this event.
I got to be the old Rob for a little while tonight. Someone was stabbed right outside of my house about 45 minutes ago. I didn’t even think about it, I just ran out, right into the middle of it. It’s funny, well not really funny, especially if you ask Lizze (who isn’t to happy with me right now) but I didn’t miss a beat or hesitate. I was always the guy running into the places everyone else was running out of.
I got a pair of gloves from the one of the cops and did what I trained to do….be a paramedic.
I identified the stab wounds and assessed the severity of each wound. I could get a hold of any scissors to cut his shirt off, so I had to work around it. I covered the largest wound with a non-occlusive dressing and did what I could to keep it from getting worse. The man in the road was agitated and starting to fight back, which made it difficult to help him.
I’m still shaking from the adrenalin rush. Normally, there a process to this that helps to sorta complete the experience. You get the call, arrive on scene, assess the patient and transport. There is something about completing these steps that helps you to process everything and physically cope with what you have just witnessed. This guy was in really bad shape. It was kinda strange because it’s been years since I managed a trauma but it was like I never quit. This guy was stabbed 2 times. Once in the chest, right above his heart and the other was in the lower abdomen. I was actually holding his part of his lower bowel that had come through the 4 or 5 inch wound in lower abdomen.
When the medics arrived on scene, I helped package him up and told them what I had found. Then they were off to the hospital and I was standing there shaking from the sudden rush of adrenalin. By this time Lizze had come outside and was trying to find me cause she didn’t know what had happened. Elliott was awake and starting to freak out as well.
It really wasn’t very smart of me to do this. I had no idea what I was running into and I should have been thinking about my family instead. However, I was like something was triggered inside me and I just reacted. I thought I had gotten this all out of my system but clearly that’s not the case. I realize now, just how much I miss doing this. It was never about the money cause the money sucked but instead it was about helping people and making a difference..
I’m not sure what we are going to do now. I know this could happen anywhere but this is getting worse. One witness told me that there was a party and people started exchanging gun fire. I know that there was another serious injury at that location as well.
I have got to get my family to a safer place. This happened way to close to home and I fell like I need to address this issue and ensure all of our safety.
This is not what I expected to have happen this evening and now I’m going to try to go to bed and get some sleep.
I wish there were more people like you in the world – selfless and helping out whenever they can. I'm one of those people that's always trying to help out others too. It's just part of our nature; it's not something we can help. I like to think that that helps make the world a better place, Rob.
Onyx, thanks for the support once again. I hope you\’re it through the storm unscathed. 😉
You're very welcome. 🙂 I'm out on Long Island so we got hit pretty hard. A lot of trees came down and a LOT of people lost power. Lost mine early Sun at 3:15am and just got it back this past sat at 1:30pm or so; there are still a few pockets of people without power too. My boyfriend reads meters for LIPA and they called them in to do damage assessments; he was pulling 16 hour shifts from Sun to just yesterday.
An interesting observation tho – 6 days without power makes you realize just how connected you are to the grid. It was actually nice having the neighbors come outside to hang out and socialize on the porches and stuff rather than be cooped up indoors all night. Reminded me of when I was younger (not that I'm that old!!!).
If everyone thought of their familys, loved ones, etc. Then nobody would actually help. Be proud you went and did so!
Get some rest do-gooder! I know where you’re coming from; sometimes I really miss working in a hospital and helping people. Glad you didn’t get hurt =)
I'm NREMT-I… and have had to have this discussion with Nicole a few times, usually when we come upon an accident scene before aid arrives.
It's just something that we do… something that we've always done. There is no thinking, just everything kicks into gear and you get to work.
I have however learned how to stop trying to break up fights (I was in law enforcement for a number of years as well) after I had a hammer pulled out on me and I responded with my firearm.
Yeah, Nicole didn't like that.
Good on you Mr. Gorski… it's selfless helpers like yourself that keep faith in humanity alive.
I was a medic for many years and it\’s part of who I am at my core. I dropped my card a few years ago because I couldn\’t use it anymore with everything else going on. Not a day goes by that I don\’t miss it though. I could challenge the rest and get my card back. I may actually do that at some point.
I know exactly what you mean. Thanks once again for your support. 😉
Marc and I just read this!! So glad you didnt become one of the victims Rob!! God bless you for stepping in! Make sure Liz smacks you upside the head too tho!! J/K
I'm not sure it's something you can get out of your system Rob…it's just you! You were a paramedic because you like helping people and you'll probably always have that inside you. It's the same with most people in health care..I was always the one looking after my drunk friends, or strangers for that matter. I once arrived at a hotel to someone having a grand mal seizure and ended up managing him until the paramedics arrived, you don't think you just step up. It's just instinct and it's very hard to fight!
Very well said. Thank you once again Julia
Bless your heart!! Hope you can calm down and rest tonight.