The call was given as a 'chest pain'. Hopefully this is something that is going to change soon, I read about it on Nee Naw's blog, not that us road staff know anything about it because we are like mushrooms.
So, knowing little else, we whizzed along the empty night roads to get to this man in his forties having chest pain.
When we got to the house he was walking around the bedroom looking like he was about to go for a stroll, he wasn't sweaty, he wasn't distressed, in fact he looked healthier than me.
“I had a dream”, he told us, “about my family and it upset me, because sometimes my dreams come true”.
To be honest he didn't look upset.
“Erm… what would you like us to do about it?”, said my crewmate (because I was the one driving that day).
“I'd like to go to hospital”, he stated.
“Erm… you know they aren't going to be able to do anything for a nightmare”, my crewmate replied.
“It wasn't a nightmare, it was a dream, and it might become true. They do that sometimes.”
He didn't have the slightest whiff of chest pain, so where that came from we had no idea. Actually, that isn't true, I suspect that in a lot of occasions the person making the phone call just says 'Yes' to everything our Control ask. Add in the number of people in our area that don't speak English, and the number of people who we go to who are, frankly, a bit dim and you can see why our calls get over prioritised.
Well, there is no point arguing – 'patient' wants to go to hospital, we can't refuse, so off we went.
We left him sitting in the waiting room along with his concerned friend. I have no idea what the treatment is for 'patient thinks they have had a vision of the future', I don't think the psychiatrists would be too impressed to have him referred to them.
I'm sure its only a matter of time before I go to someone who has seen a ghost.
So, Monday's question. Tell me about a dream you've had. Extra 'woooo' points if it came true.