ER Volunteering: EMOTIONAL Effect

crushing in the ER

crushing in the ER



someone takes home a baby instead of a bill

an accident victim’s neck brace is removed

an old man flirts

I see newborn twins

a physician delivers good news

an elderly patient is treated with respect

the nurses gossip and laugh when they get caught

I bring a cake and the staff is appreciative

a certain doctor smiles (hugely) when he sees me

someone calls me an “angel”

I can make anyone in the ER laugh

there’s hope



a child comes in with a sick mommy

a mommy comes in with a very sick child

a battered woman has a miscarriage

a child accompanies a chemo parent

I make eye contact with the chemo patient

a patient loses his dignity

there’s no hope



a special needs patient rises above it

a patient with challenges finds out there are even more

I can feel someone’s fear

I can feel someone’s pain

I can feel someone’s happiness

a certain doctor flirts with me (even though he more unavailable than ER’s Dr. Doug Ross)

(What kinds of things make you smile, cry and gulp? Share in the comments.)

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  • Amy:

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    • Evie...:

      EMTs work SO hard. I have HUGE respect!

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    • Evie...:

      Yes, I do like your answer. Being on stage is all the colors of the rainbow of emotions. Have fun in Las Vegas with your mom (what a Nice Nico — ahhhhhh…)

  • Vic:

    I can only imagine the stuff you go through, the good, the bad, the sad…..makes my heart ache when I see pain, sadness, helplessness and it makes your heart melt when you witness new babies being born healthy, old men flirt and I think it would be tiggeriffic if I could walk out of the hospital with no bills but unfortunately that aint happening but my baby is alive and getting better so thankful, grateful and blessed I shall be:) xoxox
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    • Evie...:

      Soooo glad your baby is getting stronger and better. Your posts always show your braveness. I’m amazed by your ability to see the goodness through all of your challenges. XO!

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