9010 is our code for 'Assist only, not transported'.
It's a grey, horrible day. There is a constant drizzle of rain and when I got in my car to come to work it was so humid everything I touched was sticky.
Our first call of the day was to an elderly female who was believed to have had a CVA, a CVA is another word for a stoke. It's never a nice job, so my heart sank*
We arrived to find the patient sitting in her living room chair, also present were her friends (who have a front door key) and a carer who was preparing breakfast. The patient was *lovely*, she was sorry to have called us out and was, as is common with our older patients, worried that she was wasting our time.
She hadn't had a stroke, instead she had been unable to get out of bed, and so had crawled onto her landing on hands and knees in order to get some help. Her bed had recently been changed after being discharged from hospital a week ago and the rails that she used to get out of bed had been left leaning against the wall.
So my crewmate and I fitted her bedrails. Then we made sure that she could get into and out of bed. I then checked her physically to make sure that she wasn't hurt in any way. We then had a nice little chat, flirted with each other a bit and then, because the patient didn't want to go back to hospital, left her with her carer.
Throughout this call the patient was really worried that she was wasting our time. Personally I think it has the chance of being our most worthwhile call all day – we turned up, fixed her bed (even though that isn't our job) therefore providing her with some more independence. We left her at home feeling happy and more confident about moving around the house. This wasn't a job where we save someone's life – but it was still hugely satisfying to help her out, even if it meant using common sense rather than following any protocol.
*This is also the day that 36% of the world think that torture is acceptable, that America decide that they will annex space and Blair demands more power for control orders and right minded people watch the funeral of 'habeus corpus'…