In 19 years of working EMS, I’ve worked with hundreds of people….some were horrible and down right dangerous to the patient, most are good at what they do but may or may not have my back in a situation turned bad, and a very select few are in the category of “favorite partner”.
Hannah is in this category of favorites. When I first started at this department, she didn’t assume I was quiet, like most everyone else, but got to know me. She knows some of the darkness I’ve been through and has been there for me when my sister was in the hospital.
She’s taught me to laugh at myself. Most people act as if they think I’m stoopid when something I do doesn’t go like it’s supposed to or I turn the wrong direction or the words come out weird. I don’t care what most people think about me, and as it turns out, I’m pretty hilarious. At least, I keep myself (and Hannah, at times) entertained.
Hannah has also helped me learn to stand up for myself by being that example and not allowing anybody to talk shit to her. You do teach people how to treat you. And they will take as much as one allows.
On a different subject, I really can’t stand people who are disrespectful, lazy, or who are liars. We all have moments, but step up and apologize. Treat others like you want to be treated. Talk to others like you want to be talked to. When you treat/talk to others poorly, it’s only a reflection of your own true character.