YOU’RE stressed out?

Hey anxiety/hypervent people,

Do you really think you’re going to get any sympathy from emergency crews and doctors and nurses when you tell them that you’re having a panic attack because you’re “stressed out”? That’s like complaining to a homeless person that your rent is too high or whining to a cop that someone was rude to you.

I’m sorry that you had a fight with your boyfriend or your girlfriend or your mother or your child, but in the decades that we have been responding to these calls, someone has yet to convincingly explain to us exactly what the hell we’re doing at your home or why you’re in our ED.

Since you obviously are taking a lot of spare breaths with your tachypnea, consider donating some of them to some unfortunate soul who is prematurely apneic. I believe many of us have met a lot of these poor people whose family wished they took a breath or two.

Thank you.

Medic

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