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Thread #55176   Message #857788
Posted By: GUEST,Tom
03-Jan-03 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: BS: working NewYears Eve
Subject: RE: BS: working NewYears Eve
I'm with Jenny. Though I have never personally been on the frontlines, I have a nephew who is a paramedic, and a mother who is an emergency room nurse. I never hear them talking flippantly and callous like that. I do, however, often hear how difficult some of their patients are, but the difficulty has nothing to do with criminality. Rather, it has to do with the patient/victim's inability to cope with the crisis situation they are in at the moment. I'm fully aware of the black humor of people who work in these professions, as I was raised with it. But that isn't the same thing as being callous, lacking compassion and empathy, and an inability to see how tragedy always weaves a web which extends far beyond one person.

I do, however, often hear them voice the sentiment "there but for the grace of god go I and mine..."