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A Paramedics Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between by Steven Grayson is a compelling story of his life experiences as a paramedic, and how he handles emergency calls. The story covers his life from when he first starts being an EMT, all the way through to when h...
A Paramedics Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between by Steven Grayson is a compelling story of his life experiences as a paramedic, and how he handles emergency calls. The story covers his life from when he first starts being an EMT, all the way through to when he has become quite successful in his field. The book manly discusses how Kelly (Steven’s middle name) handles the patients at the scene, and on the way to the hospitals. I liked the humor of the book, I found myself laughing at the end of the chapters on numerous occasions. The tone of the book is cocky, and comedic, and the author presents the information is a clear context. I disliked how the book focused so much on talking about exactly what medical techniques he was using to save the patients, because at times it became a little confusing to follow. The major themes in this book are excessive pride, and tragedy. Excessive pride is a dominant theme because Kelly finds himself, on many occasions getting in fights with ER doctors about if what he was doing was appropriate, or within his limits as a paramedic. Also, Kelly finds he intimidates many of the nurses, and other paramedics with his cocky attitude, and even gets sent to different hospitals because of this. Tragedy is a prominent theme simply because as a paramedic one sees things that others can’t fathom; Kelly’s attitude toward these tragedies changes as the book progresses. From this book I learned that paramedics really do most of the dirty, and brutal work on their patients, and the doctors are more focused on finding the underlying problem with the patient. The paramedics must stabilize the victim enough to ensure he/she/they will make the journey to the hospital, which gives them a lot of authority to administer drugs, and perform other medical practices that I was not aware they had the permission to do. Overall, I felt this way a great read, the book lured me in, and made me laugh several times!

posted by 11182089 on March 2, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It's not just about EMS.. it's about US.

As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But...
As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But what about the rest of the world? Why would someone outside of "the job" want to read this? Because you're in here too. You're the patients, the families, the friends and the very grounding factor in the lives of first responders, "Ambulance Drivers", EMT's and Paramedics et al. It's a great read and I enjoyed it immensely because it's not just a collection of war stories; it's about the human condition and all of the emotions and trials that combine to make common experience an uncommon thing. See the world through Kelly's rose colored emergency lights, see EMS for what it really is and see who we (and you) really are.

posted by RockyD on August 24, 2011

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