The Other Guy

I'm feeling a little better recently, the side effects of the PEP seem to have subsided somewhat – and I'm getting bored, so I may be going back to work shortly.
I have my second date with occupational health on Friday, for a blood test to make sure that the PEP isn't battering my liver/kidneys/pancreas and that my white cell count hasn't lowered. Work have said they'll do everything they can to supply a vehicle to get me down to SE London.

I've been thinking a bit about the “donor”; I wonder how he feels – he's laying in bed after having a rather frightening collapse in the street, with a broken jaw and the reason for the collapse unknown. Then a couple of days later the medical team ask him to consent to some more blood tests because he may have infected the EMT who helped him out.

If it were me I'd be absolutely mortified.

So when I talk to the occupational health I'll ask them if they can get a message back to him, letting him know that I'm fine and that I don't blame him for anything. I know his name and address, but I don't think it'd be right to turn up on his doorstep to talk to him.

I hope he is alright and that the collapse was something simple – I suspect a TIA, which can be a precursor to a stroke, but with the right meds hopefully the threat of that can be controlled.

4 thoughts on “The Other Guy”

  1. Hi,I'm an ex-soldier who has just applied to do the LAS foundation degree course. I have read a lot of paramedic webpages out of interest and prepping for interviews and just wanted to say yours is one of the best I've seen. Your diary was a great insight into life in the service and, despite the negative side it has made me look forward to joining all the more. I was sorry to see what happenned on your last couple of posts. please keep up the diary as I am marking this page as a favourite.

    Regards

    Sean

  2. Sean, Cheers, despite my constant moaning it is a _great_ job, and to be honest it's not waht you'd call “hard work” (beats yomping over hills anyway). There a quite a few ex-army types here, and if you do get into Hertfordshire I suspect you'll be welcomed, as most of the degree entry people are _very_ young, and to be honest “life-experience” is the most important thing in this job.

    Good luck with your interviews, my fingers are crossed for you. Let me know how you do.

  3. Sean, Cheers, despite my constant moaning it is a _great_ job, and to be honest it's not waht you'd call “hard work” (beats yomping over hills anyway). There a quite a few ex-army types here, and if you do get into Hertfordshire I suspect you'll be welcomed, as most of the degree entry people are _very_ young, and to be honest “life-experience” is the most important thing in this job.

    Good luck with your interviews, my fingers are crossed for you. Let me know how you do.

  4. Wow–I can see why you're in the helping-out-your-fellow-man business. The fact that, under these circumstances, you're worried about how the Other Guy is dealing with this speaks volumes about your compassion and your clarity of mind under stressful circumstances. Keep up the good work (and the good writing), and hope you continue to feel better.Best,

    Jacob

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