“By helping them, I can forget about some of my own problems.” -Patch Adams
By now, it’s no secret that I have problems… A lot of them in fact. Between my deafness, CRPS, joint hypermobility, dystonia, dysautonomia, and several other problems, I spend every minute of every day battle pain, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, joint subluxations and more. It’s a constant stream of non-stop symptoms. While I don’t let it affect my life and the way I live it, it doesn’t change the fact that my symptoms are still there and I feel and deal with them everyday.
Enter the part of my life where I am a lifeguard and EMT. Both are giant passions of mine because I have the opportunity to help people in their moment of greatest need. Sometimes the situation could be as simple as a nosebleed or a bandaid. Other times, it is much more serious. If I make the wrong move, this person will die. If this person’s spine gets moved, they may never walk again. It is serious business. However, it is my passion. It allows me to help other people in the medical sense. I get to forget about my own problems and help others through theirs. Not many people get to say that have saved someone’s life or that someone is alive because of their actions. I’m thankful to be one of the few that can.
Medicine is not just a passion. It is a place I find solace in.