So I have decided to write about random acts of kindness. How would you describe this?
Random: Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.
Kindness: A Kind, considerate, or helpful act.
I work on an ambulance so I like to be kind to my patients all the time but does that qualify for random acts of kindness.
I am sitting in my ambulance with a fireman who works part time for my ambulance company. He walks talks and acts like he is better than anyone else including me. I don't understand that mentality. I sit in the ambulance with him, I have children like he does, I am a mother while he is a father.
I start day at QT for some coffee. I smile at everyone I meet. I am polite with please & thank you and I open doors for incoming guests. Would you call that random acts of kindness or is that just the way I am.
I am sitting in my ambulance crocheting an afghan for the kids across the street. He works with me at the ambulance company and I can call them kids since they are in there early 30's and I turn 60 this year. They are going to be blessed with their first child and I think it would be so cool to give them something hand made. I know that when I received a homemade afghan with my first child I was so excited so I like to pass this on. In fact I still have it sitting in a box in my garage. Would you call this a random act of kindness?
So you are probably wondering why I am crocheting. My partner does the driving and I take care of the patients and do the paper work. So while we drive around the city, I listen to the radio and either crochet or read a book. lol
Our first call was with a fire department who got called for a gentleman who was having difficulty breathing. Running lights and siren is not as much fun as you would think. Cars don’t hear you or see you coming so we have to be extra careful. Fire was on scene around this man with oxygen and ecg monitor and talk about a c-pap. Unfortunately in route to the hospital the pt coded (died) and we had to work a code. Is that random acts of kindness? It is our job after all.
After sitting around a while in the 911 system we decide it is after one pm and we have not eaten yet. This usually brings on a call but we are hungry and take the gamble. So far to good, got to use the bathroom, and order some food. As we sit to enjoy our meal about halfway through we get the code 3 call for shortness of breath. Running to our ambulance we try and gobble down the last of our burger and get back on the road.
This call is for a woman who is about 4 yrs older than me. These calls are hard, knowing I am the same age and I have been dealt a different set of cards. It breaks my heart to see someone who cannot move or breathe like I can. Yet on the other hand I thank God I am given the strength to help take care of them. The fire crew had the necessary things done before we transferred her to our gurney and in our ambulance. I took my hand and caressed her arm moving my fingers up and down in a soothing way, asking her gently how she is feeling. Asking her if the medication they have her breathing is helping her. Trying to help her forget why she is here and trying to have conversation about things like how long she has been married and telling her I like her hair cut. Yet would you call this random acts of kindness, after all I did go to school for just this reason, to help others.
So now on an ambulance we also do something called GT (general transport). This next call was for a 37 yr old male from a hospital who was complaining of chest pain. We are to bring him to a behavioral place. Was told the patient slept all day in the hospital bed and when it was time to eat he told them he wanted to sleep. We are told to get our patients and get in and out quickly. I asked the patient how he was feeling, making sure he had no pain before we loaded him on our gurney. Patient stated he felt great but was starving. So my EMT and I let him eat before loading him on to our gurney. Is that a random act of kindness?
As we drive through the city and the sun goes down with pretty pink and orange in the sky I can't get over the beauty of God's creation.
At the high way there is a man standing holding a cup, skinny, dirty and walks with a limp. I have some cup of soup in my lunch pail that I was going to eat for dinner. Yet I wonder if he has eaten today. So I make my partner yell to him and as he struggles to walk to our ambulance I can see the smile on his face as he notices the soup and pop waiting for him.
My next behavioral call is a man about ten years younger than me. When I met him, I held out my hand for him to shake and he had a firm hand shake for me. After we transferred this patient to my gurney and took vitals I could tell that he was sad. Why is it I have been married, a job and a home and yet this man is homeless and lonely. I talked politely and took his vitals but the only way I thought I could be kind was to not intrude and let him have his silence.
At the end of the day, I was given a box of blankets that were not being used that I brought to the church to give to the homeless.
My question is anything and everything that I have done is not really random acts of kindness but something I have done daily.
So again I ask what is Random Acts of Kindness.
I am the Author
a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &