Two jobs, both of which revolve partly around the inability for my patients to keep their blood on the inside. I can go weeks without seeing a drop of blood, on this day there were two patients. One after the other.
Two patients – one who had just had her wisdom tooth removed, the other had his arm sliced open to the bone when caught between two lumps of machinery.
Both patients stressed out by their injuries, both trying to be brave and both being nice to me in their own particular way.
One patient bleeding at least half a litre of their blood over my ambulance, needing me to blue them into A&E
One patient, a few drops of blood at the scene, the dressing that was applied caught a small amount of blood.
She was sped into hospital after trying not to cough blood over me.
He took a more leisurely ride in where his arm would almost certainly require surgery.
Her problem would be solved by her bleeding stopping, the work of a few people.
His problem would be solved over months of work by a complete team of people.
Two patients – different but alike.