Blood, Sweat and Tea 2 by Tom Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tom Reynolds is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for the London Ambulance Service and writes an engaging blog about his working life at Random Acts of Reality. This book is a collection of posts, each giving a snapshot of the frustrations of life as an EMT working 12 hour shifts for low pay with no guarantee of even a half hour tea break. It seems half the jobs involve acting as a 'Maternitaxi' for pregnant women who could easily make their own way to hospital, or being assaulted and sworn at by ungrateful members of the public. These are balanced with the good jobs - picking up a pleasantly dotty old lady off the floor (a 'Nan Down') or saving a life by having the technical skills to diagnose and treat a heart attack.
Fascinating reading, even if you are already a subscriber to the blog, and available as a free e-book as well as a paperback.
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