I’ve never forgotten the moment you turned up, right when I needed you most.


I was at work and had just wolfed down a handful of cashews. I was going through a phase where I had decided to be healthy and not snack on chocolate; eating nuts seemed like a good idea. My dad questioned whether I was allergic to nuts, and I laughed and said, “no, but if anything is going to kill me, it will be the salt content on these.” You could say, I spoke too soon.

First Responder

You, my knight in shining armour (technically it was in your green uniform,) had raced over to my office to come and save me. My dad had called for an ambulance because all of a sudden I was struggling to breath. I was unexpectedly thrown into anaphylaxis; a severe allergic reaction. I couldn’t speak, I could barely breath, and I was struggling to stay awake. As bad reactions go, this is probably the most scared I’ve ever felt. I needed help urgently.

You came in, knelt down beside me, opened your bag up and asked my name. I looked at you, but couldn’t let any words out; all I could think was, “please hurry, help me.” It seemed like forever before you did anything to help, but time slows down in moments like this. I suppose it was your calm composure which worried me a bit. In that moment I wondered whether you were going to be able to help me at all. I wondered if you knew how bad I was, and how much I needed you to do something, anything. Of course you were already ten steps ahead. You knew exactly what to do and how to save me. I don’t remember exactly what you did. I just remember the moment I was able to breath again and smile.

Moments passed and the oxygen was helping. I still couldn’t say much beyond my name, but I was getting better by the second.

Two lovely paramedics turned up and took over. There wasn’t much for them to do, just watch and wait till I was able to talk again. I’d be heading to the hospital in the ambulance as soon as I was well enough to walk down the stairs.
You left before I could say thank you. You were already back out on the road ready to go again. A real hero, who never heard me express any gratitude.

Thank you

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You genuinely saved my life. If I hadn’t received your prompt care I would not be here.

You saved me.

Saying thank you just doesn’t seem enough. What’s even worse is I’m not even sure I know your name. Something tells me you’re called Tony, but in that haze I can’t be sure. So whilst I can’t direct my thanks to you. I want to say thank you to all the wonderful First Responders and Paramedics. You are true heros. Sometimes your patients might not say thanks in the moment; so on behalf of those who didn’t get that chance to say it, I say, Thank You.


10 November 2017



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