Whoever came up with the idea of emergency-vehicle alarms was a genius. Whenever I hear one, I can feel my adrenaline ramp up, and I feel like I should be doing something. Oh yes.
Although I never had (nor currently have) any interest in the tediousness of medical school, if I could snap my fingers and find myself turned into an E.R. doc, I would do it (right now, right here). Actually, I would do it if it would turn me into any sort of medical first responder. I want to be the person who keeps her cool in an emergency, barking out a few terse orders and getting things under control. I’m not talking about everyday emergencies like heart attacks or broken legs. I’m talking about natural disasters, unexpected situations, and – yes – even battle fronts.
I’ve looked into Red Cross training, and they don’t offer much for “civilians” beyond CPR and babysitting training.* How do I re-set a bone after a fall in the mountains? How do I keep someone with a bullet wound from going septic if help is not immediately forthcoming? What about serious burns, or crushed limbs, or … ? Really, I have a strong survivalist streak in me (there isn’t such a large distance between the far left and the far right).
This desire is a combination of generational happenstance (as I’ve mentioned before, I was absolutely certain during my childhood and teen years spent under Reagan leadership that the Soviets were going to attack and turn our world upside-down) and my entertainment choices (although I could do without most of the interpersonal drama, I enjoy the LOST scenario**).
If the aliens attacked, a meteor hit the earth, the Day After Tomorrow arrived, or the terrorists try again, you’d want me on your team. And what a survival story we would live.
*They do offer special classes for first responders, but from my reading, it looks like it is for people who already have a job, not just interested bystanders like me.
**We’re only halfway through season 2, so don’t be commenting with info I wouldn’t know until season 4, you hear!