After a long drive over some passion tea, I finally pull into the driveway. Well, today’s the day! I hope I get signed off today so I can finally be done my probation. I pressed the door code, entered the station and trudged up to the working quarters to meet my preceptor.
Me: “Good morning!”
Preceptor: “Oh, you must be here for the driving.”
Me: “I sure am.”
We exchanged names and I greeted the Unit Chief as my preceptor started mopping the floor of the station.
Me: “Do you need help with anything?”
Preceptor: “No, no, you just sit down and watch the news and relax.”
I felt awkward sitting there on the couch, sipping my tea and watching the news while my preceptor mopped the floor. But since he insisted, I made myself at home. It seemed like a relaxing start to the shift.
Preceptor: “Okay, lets head downstairs and we’ll check the car.”
As I headed down, I ran into a tall gentleman with a goatee, apparently he’s my preceptor’s partner for the day. I felt kind of bad, because he’ll be stuck in the back of the ambulance since I’ll be driving the whole shift.
Dispatch: “99 Alpha 2, Code 3 for an MVA…”
I was just about to reverse the ambulance back into the proper bay….
Me: “99 Alpha 2, 10-4.”
My first call of the day and it’s a code 3! It’s looking like a good start.
(In order to get signed off for my code 3 (lights and sirens) driving, I have to do a precepting shift in the city where I have to drive at least three code 3 calls. The preceptor will then sign me off if he deems I pass.)
I flicked on the lights and sirens as I go wailing down the streets. I felt like Moses parting the sea as cars pulled over allowing me to pass. Alright! Common adrenaline rush!! It was a long drive. Common, where’s the rush? I flicked the sirens from wail to yelp and back as I rushed past an intersection. What the hell… I’m not feeling anything!! In fact, I felt utter calmness and relaxation. Argh! What’s wrong with you? Shouldn’t you be excited driving code 3?? I didn’t have much more time to contemplate about this as I arrived at the accident scene where two cars had collided and both cars were totaled. I was disappointed as I flicked the sirens off and the auto-theft on that I didn’t feel anything during the drive.
Me: “99 Alpha 2, we’re 7-on scene.”
Dispatch: “99 Alpha 2, 10-4”
My partners hopped out of the ambulance as I reached for the glove box to get some gloves before heading out. Thats when I noticed…
…my hand was shaking.
Huh…maybe I did get an adrenaline rush. But what good is an adrenaline rush if all it does is make my hands tremor?!?!? Unbelievable!
I shake my head and with a sigh, hopped out of the ambulance to attend to my patients.