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999: True Stories of My Life as a Paramedic Paperback – 4 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546169
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'999' Wow! What a great read this was!

Having read pretty well every book written in the last decade on life in all areas of the UK ambulance service I approached Lysa Walder's offering with an open-mind but, to be honest, with relatively low expectations. Was I in for a great surprise! From the first chapter I was bowled over by '999'. Its insights into the realities of front-line ambulance work are effective and illuminating but not overly-dramatized. This is no 'Casualty' rip-off as it frequently includes the often-loose ends and unsatisfying outcomes that every Paramedic reluctantly leave behind them at the end of many of their shifts. Not every patient is saved and not every incident goes perfectly. This is, after all, real life. Lysa herself comes across as a no-nonsense, caring and highly-skilled paramedic and every incident she recounts builds up the reader's understanding of exactly what it is that Paramedics and EMT's actually do during their demanding 12 hour shifts. Next time you see them crouching over a collapsed patient in a supermarket you'll have a far better understanding of exactly what it is they're doing with that strange-looking see-through bag and you may even understand why they seem to be punching an unconscious old man in the chest!

But the main reason I'd recommend this excellent and heart-warming book to any member of the public fascinated by the gritty reality of life on the front-line of the ambulance service is that Lysa achieves something here far more important than merely presenting a string of interesting and/or touching anecdotes. Instead she actually educates the reader on a variety of basic first-aid procedures and facts that most non-medics rarely even think about but which, in reality, we'd all be far better off for knowing!
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I am an avid reader of first chapters. The reason being is that I find it very difficult to find a book that keeps me wanting more. As a reader, I'm pretty petulant. My view is that life is too short to waste on something that doesn't get me interested and entertained from the start.
That being said, I'm delighted to report that I read `999 - True Stories of My Life as a Paramedic' from cover to cover. The insight into the ambulance service and the role of a paramedic that it offers is fascinating.
As an author myself and a member of the emergency services to boot, I know how difficult it can be to get over to an interested public the sheer variety of tasks that all the emergency services encounter, let alone give justice to the urgent vignettes of life that make up each and every call.
Lysa Walder, however, manages to pull it off perfectly. This isn't some TV drama, this is real life. The heartache, the fun, the gore, the confusion, the pandemonium, the danger, the pointlessness, the timewasters, the desperation, the sheer joy of saving someone's life - it's all here. Moreover, her writing style is such that I felt that I was there with Lysa on every job.
On the back of the book, Lysa asks the question that many of us ask, `Maybe we made a difference'. After reading this book, I can definitely say, Yes, I truly think you do. After fifteen years in the role, Lysa seems to have encountered just about every sort of situation the job can offer and how she has coped with everything life (and death) could fling at her, is inspirational. If I have a stroke, I know which paramedic I would want to turn up!
And finally, to any reader who is looking for an insight into a world that is hidden away from most of us, I would thoroughly recommend this book. Five stars without a doubt.
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Excellent book, I could not put this down once i started to read it.A real eye opener as to what these dedicated people have to encounter every day, things i never imagined like having to wear a stab vest and putting up with abuse.I think everyone should read it.
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I enjoyed this book from start to finish.It is the kind of book that you don't want to put down and I didn't until I had read it!
Funny,sad and true to life. Really enjoyable and well written. An excellent read.
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I loved this book it was a great read and once i started i could not put it down. I hate reading books but i am a student Paramedic and when i went on placement recently i was given this book by another paramedic to read if i wanted. I read the first few pages and that was it i was stuck. Inbetween job i was reading and every chance i got i would read a couple more pages. Its such a true book and really reflects lots of the jobs acpects. i really enjoyed reading it and finished it in about 4 days, not bad for someone who hates reading. i would recomend and i now look forward to reading A Paramedic's Diary: Life and Death on the Streets: Life and Death in London
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Lysa Walder writes simply of her stories of life on the front line in the London Ambulance service. This book is not for the faint hearted. Nor is it for someone who is short of time. I spent a whole Saturday morning reading this book from cover to cover. I laughed and I cried. It makes for compelling reading; and paints a vivid, and not always pretty, picture of life in South London. However, I am sure you could take those stories and set them in any large town or city. Written with heart, Lysa's compassion and humour shine through. My only complaint? When I closed the book, I was left wanting more. I do hope she writes another book soon. **Highly recommended**
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