It's those landscaping boxes that will getcha...

Dear Unit #400,

First and foremost I want to thank you for being so good to me over the last two shifts. I know you're not my regular truck, and trucks can very temperamental. You've been good to me. You've accelerated when I've hit the gas, you've braked gently when I've stepped on the pedal. You've handled yourself well on the roads, even when they're a sheet of ice.

And how do I repay you for all of your kindness?

I make you wake up in the middle of the night when it's ten degrees outside, make you drive code three to a call, then unceremoniously almost rip your back drivers side bumper off of you.

I'm so very sorry that I hurt you. I thought I cleared that landscaping box! By the time I realized that not only had I NOT cleared it, but I had also gotten us stuck, it was too late. I hope your bumper is okay and doesn't fall off the next time someone steps down on it.

I filed an incident report, but considering the fact that you're 10k miles over on your oil change I doubt it'll be fixed soon.

Again, my deepest most sincere apologies.

Hugs and kisses and a big old BLS band aid for your ouchie.

PS... In case you were concerned the Medic did not kill me and the Chest Pain patient was just fine.


John-Michael said...

Bless your heart! I am sorry (truly!) that you had to endure this misery. Please know that I am faithfully "in your corner for you."

(and my best mechanical vibes to unit #400)

Epijunky said...

Thank you so much John-Michael.

You know, when it rains, it pours. And it's pouring as we speak.

david mcmahon said...

That is SO clever.!!!

And yes, you got all the questions right on the quiz!!

Fyremandoug said...

You were lucky it wasn't an Engine.
they wreck things

Mima said...

Hi I've arrived over via David's blog, and just spent a lovely morning browsing through some of your older posts, I love the way that you write, it really brings things to life. I hope that your truck has it through the next shift, and that you are in one piece too!

Terri said...

Love your blog! Definitely empathize with dangers of landscape equipment but hopefully unit 400 will take a lickin' and keep on tickin' :-)

Anonymous said...

To all ambulance/emergency vehicle drivers everywhere ... thank you for the jobs you do. I am amazed at your skill and ability to drive (usually) safely under such incredible pressure. Not only are you rushing to save the patient in your vehicle, you are also keenly aware of the need to not create more patients while driving in harrowing conditions.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for all the callous drivers and wayward landscaping you have to endure. Everytime I hear your siren I say a prayer for your saftey and ask the Lord to bless you.

Mrs Mac said...

Here from David's- what a lovely blog! I love the way you write!

Hope you're ok. Get some rest!

Daryl said...

I am sure you are forgiven.. now that landscapping box may hold a grudge .. but its full of dirt anyway so no one will listen.

David sent me

Cath said...

David sent me over - glad he did.

What a lovely perspective on your day! Well written, and to echo quilly - admiration for your work under pressure.
It's only a box. I'm sure the truck will forgive you.

Epijunky said...

Oh my goodness... after a long day at work I come home to comments!

Thank you to everyone who came from David's blog, and to David, who is one of my heroes.

Thank you all so much! I really needed the pick me up.