One of the paramedics told me that Enid Whiner, one of our sector’s most frequent callers, passed away in hospital some time in the last few weeks.
I hope this doesn’t make me sound cold-hearted, but my first reaction was one of relief. There were two scenarios involving Enid that I have been dreading since I moved to this section – one, that she’d be seriously ill at home and I wouldn’t take her call seriously and end up in Coroner’s Court explaining how my actions lead to her death, or two, that one day I’d send my last ambulance to her and contribute to someone else’s death and end up in Coroner’s Court explaining THAT decision.
On the other hand, I wish we’d found a better way of tackling Enid’s issues before she died. She may have died comfortably in hospital without causing any noticeable averse incidents, but there’s bound to be another Enid at some point, and what will we do then?
At least the pillow plumping services of our ambulance crews helped make a frail old woman’s last months a little more comfortable. That is a small consolation.