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Posted by on July 16, 2020 at 2:10 AM

The ambulance arrives. They check his vitals. Heartrate 169. Too fast, too hard. They give him oxygen and cover questions rapidly. Meds? Pain? Prognosis? Events? History? Allergies? 

I answer efficiently. God, I hope each answer is correct. Here, we have paperwork. This is his home medical journal, check it. This is what he's had, what he's on. I am relieved that we are such excellent record-keepers. I pass more papers to paramedic one and say, 'Here, this is for you, too.' 

'What is your wish?' paramedic one asks me, 'What would you like us to do?'

What do you mean? Take him to the hospital! You can't leave him here with me in this crisis. He can't breathe. I don't understand the question. 

Okay, we will transport him to the hospital. Don't worry. 


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