Friday, August 15, 2008

That was pretty much a big suck

So said one of the ambulance crew members to me after everything had slowed down.

I got a call from home as I was getting ready for the monthly fire department meeting. "You need to get up to the hospital -- there's been an accident."

I swung by home, picked up a shirt & collar and headed to the hospital.

One of my parishioners and her husband were in an accident. A deer jumped out in front of their motorcycle.

Yeah . . . it was as bad as it sounds.

He was doa -- she was life flighted to the big city.

One of the dynamics you don't learn about as a chaplain at the big hospitals is that in a community this size, everyone is related to everyone in some way. There is no such thing as a nameless patient. The people we work on here -- from the First Responders ambulance crew to the volunteer firefighters to the nurses, PA's, doctors, clergy and cops -- all know each other. And the line that says, "Only family members allowed," becomes very blurry, if not non-existent.

Yeah . . . that was pretty much a big suck.

3 comments:

Father John | 10:24 AM, August 15, 2008  

Definitely a big suck. Prayers for the family and you are headed up.

ultraspy | 3:15 AM, August 16, 2008  

Man, what a perfect description for this week. I'm sorry for the tragedy, but at the same time it is GOOD that there are nameless patients. Prayers from Oregon coming your way!

Songbird | 8:58 AM, August 16, 2008  

Oh, I am so sorry about this; how awful!

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