Sunday, September 13, 2015
24 Years in the Making!!
When I was 18 I joined our local fire department. I loved being in the fire department. I've been looking around for some pictures of me during that time. So far no luck. But anyway, in addition to being on the fire side of the department, I was also a member of the ambulance. I had completed my CFR (Certified First Responder). I was pretty much the extra set of hands on the ambulance. I loved it as well. In life you just know when something is your calling in life. I took my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course for the first time when I was 18. I did not pass it that first time. Honestly, I did not really apply myself in the coursework. I did not study like I should have. But I was only 18 years old after all.
Even though I had not passed the EMT exam I still had such a desire to one day become an EMT. Well then my children started making their appearance. I could not dedicate the amount of time needed and raise my children. So like most parents do I place my dream on the back burner. During this time I still would read anything I could about emergency medicine.
In 2001 I decided I was going to try it once again. My kids were 8, 5 and 2. I still had not given up my dream of becoming an EMT. I had just placed it on the back burner of life. So I registered for my class and was all set to begin. I went through the class and thought I was on my way to fulfilling that dream. Then on my way to one of my final classes (auto extrication of all things) I lost control of my car on slick roads and hit a tree after a deer jumped out in front of me. My instructor said she was not going to let me take the state exam because I missed class. I was heartbroken. I was starting to think that although this was my dream perhaps God did not want me in this position. So I went on raising my children. Do not get me wrong, I LOVED being a mom and raising my kids. But there was this "thing" missing from my life.
The written exam was what I was most worried about. I have never been very good at taking exams. I locked myself in my room nightly until the exam. I was SO nervous. My brother-in-law was at the testing center and really helped put my nerves in check. I decided I was going to take the full time allowed for the exam, which was 110 questions. Ten of the questions are pilot questions and do not count towards the grade. We had 2 hours (I think) to complete the exam. I took the whole time. I was one of the last out of the room. I wanted to really read the questions and take time to answer.