Variety is the spice of life, and the unknown is a big part of the allure of EMS. Never knowing what you are getting into keeps things fresh, keeps you alert and makes things interesting.
You have your "real" calls; diabetics, overdoses, panic attacks, asthmatics and the like, and you have your "unreal" calls, the ones that you never forget, be it a mass casualty, multiple shooting, cardiac arrest or trauma.
But the ones that test your resolve, challenge your wits and push your patience to the limit are the "surreal" calls.
Most shifts encompass a myriad of responses; some serious, and others mundane. Seldom is a shift complete without a surreal call or two.
Every now and then, the entire shift ends up in the nut house, and all we can do is go along for the ride, and try to enjoy the show.
Here's one recent shift's candidates for the Darwin Award…