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Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:06 PM
There seems to be good cases for Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Jude and Saint Luke. It would seem to me that the most fitting would be a hybrid between the three.
And really it would all depend at what you think YOU do this job for.
I mean, to me, the whole Saint Michael thing is really drenched in hero worship and toughness. He seems much more suited to the battlefield medics during war time or something of the sort. I've seen a guy in the military with giant mural tattooed on his back showing Saint Michael with a machine gun shooting Osama Bin Laden with the phrase "SAINT MICHAEL, PROTECT US!" above it. He seems to be seen as the protector and/or avenger of what people believe are the rightous. Some may argue that he's been charged with offering salvation to the sick and dying, but this is a bit misleading considering that it's the reason he's often seen as the patron saint of EMS. He is merely offering the chance to accept the Lord as their God and in turn be sent to heaven instead of hell... which may or may not be the reason you yourself are a paramedic. Perhaps having him watch over you in a time of great danger might be comforting, because you know he did kick Satan's butt.
As far as Saint Jude goes, he's the patron saint of "lost causes." You know, long shots, miricales, unlikely outcomes, that sort of thing. Luck, chance. The impossible. Some people take this jokingly in terms of EMS, implying that usually we are ourselves "lost causes," while others seem to see it as more of a patient to patient kind of thing, where we may be doing CPR on a 99 year old woman that has no chance of making it. Others still, such as myself, see things from the "long shot" approach. So much of life is dependent on chance. Luck. Fate. You could have been in the world trade center the day before 9/11, or had been scheduled to be there the day after. Luck or fate or something seemed to have spared you. Or if you had taken ten extra minutes to get to work that day only to see a plane crash into the building. So many tiny variables add up to create some giant events.
Sometimes on ambulance calls, you arrive just in time to watch a person go into V-Fib and you defibrillate just in time and two days later hear the person walked out of the hospital no worse for the wear. Other times, which happens way more often than not, you arrive 6 minutes too late and all of your efforts are in vain. Other times still, things are right on the brink, where someone is rapidly worsening due to severe pulmonary edema, thrashing and coughing up sputum, things have to go perfect for them to make it out of this one. And on top of that, you brought your A-game. After a nasal intubation you're still struggling to get that IV because the patient is 300lbs and on dialysis. This is why Saint Jude is sometimes considered the patron saint of EMS, it might be that little bit of extra chance. That little bit of luck. A flash in the catheder when you least expect it.
Or that near drowning. Or the 7 year old little girl unconscious in the car after that huge roll-over pin-in. Just a little bit of luck, please! Make everything go as smoothly as possible! Everything seems to be stacked against this little girl and we're going to need all the help we can get to save just this one! Even if it seems impossible, this might be where we need a little help.
Saint Luke is usually regarded as the patron saint to phyiscians and surgeons. This is because he himself was supposedly a phyiscian. He loved the poor, was very compassionate and was apparently a great painter. He was a huge advocate for mercy and forgiveness. It seems to me that if you're in EMS for the medicine aspect, he might be the saint for you, as opposed to some of the folks that I know, who seem to be a paramedic soley to become full-time firemen and get off of the ambulance ASAP.
Eitherway, that's just my take on the situation.
All this pain is an illusion...
Edited: Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 2:09 PM by Badge226LMAAS