Text me from work.

Ever have "one of those days?" Where stupidity reigns supreme, inefficiency is the norm, and the only thing that can possibly quell your growing level of insanity is texting someone who you just know will laugh at your predicament?

That's right, boys and girls! It's time for a segment (that I've just made up) called "Text Me From Work," where we can all vent our ridiculous/frustrating/absolutely mind-boggling encounters with all whom we meet in the course of our job.

Nursing home giving you the run-around?

Text me from work, man!

Yet another million dollars of apparatus running up and down the street because Joe Moron turned on his dirty furnace for the winter and smelled a little bit of gas?

Ugh, I feel ya… text me from work.

Crazy, hammer-weilding PCP patient had you backed into a corner?

Cool story, bro—text me from work.

I suppose I was inspired in two parts by my love of "textsfromlastnight," a user-submitted content aggregation of funny (sometimes NSFW) stories told via 160 characters or less, and an absolutely ridiculous, ass-kicking day I spent on a medic unit two tours ago. The last few times I was detailed to this particular EMS unit, I had a relatively easy day. However, it appears that the gods were against me as I was repeatedly hammered with call after call. Them's the breaks, I guess.

Either way, I found myself notifying other like-minded souls who, while they couldn't stop the onslaught of inane situations, would completely understand my "FML" moment (UrbanDictionary, for the uninitiated—and no, it's not "fix my lighthouse").

I present to you the following verbatim texts that I sent while on a twenty-four hour medic unit detail. I hope you enjoy, and perhaps find a kindred spirit in the insane version of me.


Dear [nursing home]: a photocopied piece of paper with "DNR*" written on it in Sharpie does not count as an actual legal document. Just FYI, thought you should know.

*stands for "Do Not Resuscitate," a legal directive stating that the patient is not to be treated with certain resuscitative efforts, and is instead allowed to die without invasive measures.


Given recent events, maybe [Howard University Hospital] shouldn't have this displayed quite so prominently.

Plus, there's that whole Rosenbaum thing:


Holy shit, you hear all this VA Tech shooting stuff?


It might be one of those "grass is always greener" scenarios, but at least I know over here that all the grass is fucking dead.


Jesus, that's our second weird call of the day. Dude works for [government agency]. Says he went to visit the Czech Repub. two years ago, banged out some chick and ahd shows up on his doorstep two days ago, in full crazy mode off her meds. Now she's faking seizures and stuff in his current/real gf's apartment for attention. Seriously, I can't make this up.


(at 4:30pm:) I chugged coffee, drove home super quick when I was relieved, and woke up ten minutes ago. Yeah, it was one of *those* nights.


What do you think? Should I register "textmefromwork.com" so we can all share our most ridiculous venting moments with each other? I'd love to hear some of the SMS messages you guys have sent, I'm sure there's some comedy gold out there. Gotta love the profession…


  • Dee says:

    YES!! Register it!! Quick!! :-)
    Love the blog by the way! Not a firefighter or an EMT, but would love to be an EMT-B! :-) Love reading the day to day!

  • DO IT!!!  I could have sent you one from last night.  While popping the door off of a patient's foot at an MVA/Entrapment, the patient tells me, "Yo man, don't mess up my sneakers."  Guess he wasn't worried about the blood pouring from his face…

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