I'm trying to stretch out my blogposts, I have a couple of jobs to write about but with my knee I'm not too sure how long I'll be off work – I'm writing this in the 'trauma clinic' waiting room, wondering what the doctor will say about my knee.
We were at the Royal London hospital, I was working with someone who is fairly new to the job. I like working with new people, they tend to not have any 'bad habits' and I can sound like the voice of experience. My crewmate was one of those steady guys, he'd been out of training school for some time and I could rely on him not to do anything daft on scene, or on the back of the ambulance.
As I mentioned, we were at the Royal London hospital having taken in the latest 'difficulty in breathing' that was, in reality, a runny nose. The whole shift had been like this, 'nothing' jobs that were simple walk-on, walk-off affairs.
“Attention all cars, attention all cars – ambulance required for a Bus vs Lorry RTA in Barking”.
I was driving, my crewmate was the one looking after patients, he looked a bit excited.
“Might be a good job”, he said.
“No mate”, I replied, “We'll turn up and it'll be a fender bender”.
So we offered up for the job, although it was miles away, and sped off.
During the drive there I could hear another crew getting sent to the same location, then the location of the accident changed – luckily I had planned this into my route to the scene, so we came across the accident first.
The bus has driven, at slow speed, into a JCB digger. The bus window was broken but there wasn't any other damage and as my crewmate jumped out he was just as quickly waved off – there were no injuries. We called Control and told them to cancel the other ambulance.
“Told you it would be nothing”, I said to my crewmate, “It's against the laws of the Universe for me to get an interesting job…”.
I got called to see the doctor halfway through writing this, essentially he is playing 'wait and see' and I have a repeat appointment in four weeks, which is fine by me as I don't want people cutting into my knee unless it's really necessary. I've been signed off work for two weeks which means one of two things – (a) I get loads of writing-type work done, or more likely (b) I get bored out of my skull. I have however learned why people who have canes on TV are always grumpy – it just flows naturally.