I am used to them. Or rather, I have developed somewhat of a tolerance to them. My children have gone through their challenging moments and I have learned the best way to deal with them is to be calm and remain cool and the eye of the storm and they spin about me.......
So it is without question my children have been good practice for me in dealing with some of the more difficult 'customers' I come across in my work.
There was the combative 85-year-old male who kept trying to hit, bite, kick, and scratch us. Believe it or not, it took four of us firefighters to hold him down in a manner so he wouldn't be a danger to himself or us.
There was the woman who would not stop yelling obscenities and spitting and us.
There was another woman who was faking her symptoms so poorly we didn't know whether to laugh or roll our eyes. When my children do the 'fakies' I have to do my best to stifle a big giggle while act concerned.
Some days at work I feel like I should win an Oscar for the roles I have to play with patients. But maybe it's the patients who are vying for the trophy as they put on quite the production. Minute fender benders often produce the most comical efforts in pretend neck and back injury. We just package them up and breathe a sigh of relief when the ambulance arrives to take them off our hands.
The other night I had some huge dude scream at me as I tried to pick him off the floor. He was yelling to 'get this broad outta here!'. So I did what any good broad was supposed to do:
I picked him up from under the armpits and strapped him to the stretcher. If I had a muzzle I might have decided to use it as well. But I am too much of a lady to do such a thing. Booyah.