Chapter 2: Work and home
Many paramedics don’t discuss work details with spouses, partners, family, or friends. Some say this is because:
- They want to protect their family and friends from the trauma they’re witnessing.
- Their family and friends don’t want to hear about tragedy and “gore.”
- The hardest situations can be the most
difficult to share. This may be true years after the event.
This desire to protect one’s family and oneself can take a toll. A tendency toward silence, for whatever reason, can lead to a breakdown in communication, which may leave everyone feeling isolated, confused, and misunderstood.