Not as a patient. I'm an EMT student and part of getting my cert' requires me to go on a few ride alongs. I was there from 9 in the morning and I left at 5 at night.
we got a call today about a lady having a heart attack and when we got there she was uncontious wasn't breathing and had no heart beat. we imeadiatly started CPR. I was doing the chest compressions while an EMT was doing artificial resperations with a BVM. one Medic was giving meds and another was starting an IV. the whole time the lady daughter was running around saying that her mom had a DNR, we still had to work on her though 'cause the daughter couldn't find the DNR.
All of it did no good though the lady still died.
it's a strange feeling having someone die pretty much in your arms. it kind of gets you thinking about things..
this lady was a compleat stranger but it still had an impact, I think it was mostly because of her family breaking down and crying. I felt so helpless. it was hard to look them in the face and still be profesional. I was able to do it but I when i got home I broke down myself... man what a job to get into....