Maddog Medic is a blogger from way back in the day when there were just a handful of us ER types blogging. He’s still active and still tells the truth.

Here is a recent excerpt from a post about the awkwardness of knowing what it is that keeps people alive…

An earnest young student asks me a serious question:

“What’s the hardest part about being a paramedic?”

I look her right in the eye.

“Cocktail parties.”

I say this with all seriousness.

She leans back in her chair, blinking her disbelief.

It’s the social that’s the most difficult.

I could substitute “Cocktail Parties” with “Family Gatherings”. It’s awkward. I am not a Doctor. It’s just something that I do. It’s a skill that can be learned and practiced just like many other skills i’ve learned in almost 40 years…tuning a piano, picking a lock, climbing a 5.10, kayaking a Class IV rapid, planning a season of Iron Man Triathlon Training, swimming from Alcatraz…all just things I do or have done. I am not defined by them. They are just things that I do.

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