Michael Morse, one of the best EMS bloggers out there, has written a humbling, haunting, heartfelt post as he hits twenty years on the front line, both in Fire and EMS. In it he speaks of the sights, sounds and smells of all those years, the ghosts and how he thought he could face them all, and how they have affected him over the years. Follow the link and read the post.
Dozens of people commented, offering support, strength and reassurance. Some even expressed their gratitude.
One response in particular stood out for me. This one from Ambulance Driver - another one of the big hitters in the EMS blogging world.
"You will never, ever be able to banish all the faces.
But you can, with a little time and perspective, make friends with the ghosts."
I'm nowhere near twenty years in. But I know exactly what they mean. Both of them.
And I'm still making friends.