The Paramedic Was Rushed to the Hospital

Photo of ambulance courtesy of morguefile.com
Laguna Woods, California
April 3, 2016 8:24pm CST
So much of what I have written lately has been serious, I thought it would be nice to share a funny family story. @jaboUK told a story about the first time she rode in an ambulance. I have never ridden in one, but one of our nephews has a memorable experience! Several of our nephews on both sides of our family are firefighters and paramedics. One of them lives in a small town where the paramedics are on stand-by at the high school football games in the fall. The paramedics park the ambulance on the sidelines and everyone in the stands can see it. One of our nephews was eating a hot dog at one of the local football games when he began to choke on it. The other paramedic used the Heimlich maneuver and other techniques to get our nephew's throat partially unblocked, but couldn't completely open his air passage. When he realized our nephew was still having trouble breathing, the other paramedic put our nephew in the back of the ambulance and rushed him to the hospital. Apparently, when the ambulance drove away, all the high school football fans in the stands started asking, "Where is the ambulance going?" Since it is a small town, news quickly spread that one of the paramedics had to be taken to the hospital for choking on a hot dog. Our nephew was sooo embarrassed. It was a long time before he lived down that story!
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@DWDavis (13010)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 Apr 16
I imagine it was a long time before he ate another hot dog as well. I'm glad everything turned out all right for him, other than a lifetime of hot dog jokes.
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Apr 16
Yes, it would not have been so funny if things had not turned out so well. I think he has gotten used to the hot dog jokes, by now! LOL
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
Oh my. It is quite embarassing for your nephew
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Our nephew was very embarrassed about the choking incident. I'm just glad he was OK!
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@Elizaby (3831)
• Pensacola, Florida
4 Apr 16
Better a little embarssment than to have lost your life over a hot dog
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
You are absolutely right! It is far better to be a little embarrassed than to lose your life over an incident like that!
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@Juliaacv (32445)
• Canada
4 Apr 16
Ooops, don't you just love small town gossip? Thankfully your nephew survived both the chocking as well as the embarrassment.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, small town gossip can be the worst! I am very glad that our nephew survived both the choking and the embarrassment!
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@Morleyhunt (20383)
• Canada
4 Apr 16
My son inlaw is a paramedic. On his way home from work a month ago he totalled his car. One of the vehicles he bounced into was an ambulance that was returning to base. No one was injured.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Oh my! I am glad that your son-in-law and the people in the ambulance were all OK. I'm sure he was embarrassed about hitting an ambulance! (At least an ambulance would have been handy, if someone had been hurt!)
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@jaboUK (54872)
• United Kingdom
4 Apr 16
Oh that's funny - at least I can say that as there were no serious consequences.. Thank you for the mention.
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Apr 16
Fortunately, there were no serious consequences ... just a bit of embarrassment!
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• United States
4 Apr 16
It's great to have funny stories to tell. It is also wonderful that you have never had to ride in an ambulance.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
I've made it almost to age 67 without ever riding in an ambulance. I hope my record holds for another 30 or 40 years! LOL
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• United States
6 Apr 16
@DeborahDiane I have ridden in one once or twice a year for the past five or six years. Annoying.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Apr 16
@ElizabethWallace - Wow! You have ridden in an ambulance once or twice a year for the past five or six years? I'm sure you have found that annoying. I hope you can put that behind you now!
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• United States
4 Apr 16
bless his heart, i'm purty sure he heard 'bout such fer some time. thankfully though, he's still 'round :D
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Oh, yes! I think my nephew was embarrassed by choking on that hot dog for a really long time. It would not have been so bad if it had not happened at a high school football game, which most of the people in the small town were attending!
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• United States
6 Apr 16
@DeborahDiane ya jest gotta love small towns :D prolly 'fore he e'en got to the hospital word'd already gotten 'round. i'm jest glad that they acted quickly 'n outside'f a bruised ego, he's alright :D
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@SIMPLYD (81507)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
At least there was an ambulance on stand by to take him to the hospital .
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Ha Ha! Yes, there was an ambulance on stand-by to take him to the hospital. Of course, he was supposed to be taking care of a patient and not becoming the patient himself! LOL
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@SIMPLYD (81507)
• Philippines
6 Apr 16
@DeborahDiane Yeah that was the funny thing indeed .
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@just4him (124272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Apr 16
That's funny, but I'm glad he was okay.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, it was funny, but I am also glad that my nephew was OK. Things could have turned out much worse!
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@just4him (124272)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Apr 16
@DeborahDiane Yes they could have.
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• United States
4 Apr 16
Hot dogs can be difficult to swallow if you don't chew them enough, especially for young children. Glad your nephew was ok!
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
I'm glad my nephew was OK, too. The incident would not have been so funny if something serious had happened.
@LadyDuck (171121)
• Switzerland
4 Apr 16
I can imagine the embarrassment, at least there were no consequences, he was lucky.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, my nephew is very lucky that nothing bad happened ... or the story would not have been so funny!
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@JudyEv (130490)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 16
Poor guy! I'm glad he made it safely to hospital. It could have been really serious.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, it could have been a very serious incident! I'm glad that he was OK after he choked on the hot dog ... just a little embarrassed.
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@Shavkat (65113)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
It was really a funny experience for your nephew, but still he is lucky to be alive. In a small town, it is inevitable to have the story. I hope he will not take it as a negative situation, he became an instant celebrity in town.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, I am glad that things turned out OK for my nephew. He did become an instant celebrity in town!
@sol_cee (16889)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
4 Apr 16
And nephew never ate a hotdog ever again.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Ha Ha! I haven't asked him if he still eats hot dogs. If he does, I bet he eats them much more slowly!
@ida123 (6242)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
4 Apr 16
We don't know when accidents happen, it does happen in different ways and time, good that there's no major consequences and thanks he passed that embarrassing moment of his life.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, accidents can happen at any time. I am glad there were no major consequences!
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@Platespinner (17047)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Apr 16
That would be an embarrassing scenario to live down! Glad he was okay, though!
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Apr 16
Yes, I think our nephew was very embarrassed about the incident for a long time ... especially around the fire department, where he worked! LOL
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• Eugene, Oregon
4 Apr 16
I can imagine that he took a lot of ribbing about that accident in a small town.
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Apr 16
Oh, yes! It happened several years ago and I think he was teased about it for several years! LOL
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@MarymargII (10410)
• Toronto, Ontario
12 Apr 16
Haha! Well maybe the paramedic had a hot dog too!
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