Tuesday, June 15, 2010

job-specific prayers

While you are praying we get there on time, praying we can help your loved one, praying that it's not as bad as it seems, we are saying prayers of our own. Here's the one I tend to start every shift with...

Dear Lord, please go with us today and keep us safe.
Please give me the wisdom to have sound judgment and make good decisions in the best interest of my best patient, my partner and myself.
Please go with me and help me to fulfill my duties with skill and compassion.
And please Lord, let my patients be skinny, and if they can't be skinny, please let the fire department be on scene to help me lift them.
Amen.


Of course I have a completely separate prayer said when it's necessary to drive at high rates of speed either to the scene or to the hospital. It goes something like this and is set on repeat throughout the trip...

Dear Lord, please help us get there safe, please help us get there on time.
Dear Lord, please don't let me do anything stupid to cause me to wreck this ambulance.
Dear Lord, please don't let anyone else do anything stupid to cause me to wreck this ambulance.
Dear Lord, if this ambulance does wreck please don't let my momma drive by and see it.