It is there, and I am here.

It is there, and I am here.

Getting from here to there is my only thought, my only hope, my salvation.  I've gotten close enough to smell what they offer twice, the pungent aroma of freshly ground French Roast spilling onto Wickenden Street, quickening the pace of passers-by, putting a skip in the pace of the elderly, filling children with laughter and boosting the spirits of their overburdened caretakers.

Salvation was within my grasp, but the radio had other plans. Twice redemption was near, and twice I was called away.  The further I traveled from the source, the further into despair I descended.

"It's just a coffee, man! Snap out of it!" my partner shouted, trying to break me from my lethargy.

"You have never experienced the Cafe Tobe'." I said, the weight of my head too much to hold as it fell forward continually, then snapped back.

There is such a thing as this, "just a coffee" he speaks of. What I seek is anything but. Twelve ounces of steaming hot Dark Roast enhanced with a double shot of Italian Espresso, consciousness in a cup for a weary soul is most definitely not, 'just a cup of coffee.'

"Rescue 5, Respond to 1 Kennedy Plaza for a man down."

Somehow, some way, I will make it back. I watch the Coffee Exchange fade from view from my rear view mirror as we change direction and cross the Point Street Bridge, toward the plaza.

It is there, and I am here.

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Michael Morse
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Thank you Renee! I was starting to think I was the only one. Stay safe out there.
2014-08-21 17:02:24
Renee
Adrenaline Junky
Ya know, I identify with everything you just said! But then I am a special kind of twisted, because I recently got back into EMS after having been out of it for 20 years... I'm not a nurse, I'm a MEDIC and damn proud of it! We in EMS are a special breed and not…
2014-08-21 16:43:47
John Corrigan
EMS Staffed by Nurses
Let us not forget who started this whole EMS / medic thing; Clara Barton, RN "Angel of the Battlefield" who founded the American Red Cross. My point is, this has always been a collaboration through the years. Only due to nursing shortages and the frequency of injury on our "highways and bi-ways" there was a…
2014-08-21 14:21:56
Ben Ploner
EMS Staffed by Nurses
Maybe i'm missing something, but what does a transfer truck have to do with community paramedicine? Regardless, i'm in Canada and there have been a number of successful projects here using blended RN/Paramedic staffing to fill physician shortages in rural communities, as well as both using both NP's and Paramedics to deliver hospital grade care…
2014-08-20 16:13:54
Andy Jason
EMS Staffed by Nurses
Reading these comments makes me laugh and be angry both. The rig you see pictured, is not used as a 911 ambulance. This rig is used for RN and CCT transfers. I work for this company, and yes we do have RNs that fill street shifts on the paramedic ambulances. When in these trucks there…
2014-08-20 15:25:11

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