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EMT launches blog to document on-the-job stress

The 10-year veteran's touching first post about reaching out to doctors for help with PTSD has gone viral

ONTARIO, Canada — An "ordinary" paramedic has seen an extraordinary reaction to his new blog.

Since it was posted Monday, Dan Fleury's touching entry about his struggle with on-the-job stress has been viewed more than 12,500 times in nearly four dozen countries. It has also been shared almost 600 times on Facebook.

"I never expected that this was the way it was going to go," the 39-year-old said. "It's just blown me away."

A 10-year veteran with Hamilton EMS, Fleury launched The Life and Times of an Ordinary Paramedic as a way to document the toll his often grim line of work has on his personal and professional life.

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Lynn Briggs Lynn Briggs Friday, January 03, 2014 3:06:34 PM How nice you can post your feelings and partner and I were assaulted on a 911 call and suffered broken bones, torn ligaments, bites, exposure to Hep B and C......ALL to have our 'fellow EMTS" tell us to "get over it", "why didn't you hit her with the 02 bottle?", what's the big deal.....suck it up....etc...... 4 yrs later and 14 surgeries with more to come.......GET OVER IT......just diagnosed with PTSD......good for you...kudos....hope more people listen
Chris Van Hoesen-Willis Chris Van Hoesen-Willis Friday, January 03, 2014 5:27:30 PM Lynn, Sorry your coworkers are a bunch of losers. You and your partner needed and deserved support from them.
Bruce A Mills Bruce A Mills Friday, January 03, 2014 5:35:44 PM The silent stalker no ems manager dare admit. Happy to see someone with the stones to bring this to the front. Weak Managers call this bad attitude or burn out . Let's hope this begins a real movement to help those that help others. Put and end once and for all to the JUST RUN THE CALL leadership
Teresa L. Dunnigan Teresa L. Dunnigan Friday, January 03, 2014 6:05:43 PM It's a sad proffession with some unexpected miracles
Danny-boy Flurry-ballz Danny-boy Flurry-ballz Friday, January 03, 2014 8:43:31 PM Thank-you for taking the time to read the article, and hopefully, read my blog as well.
Joseph Faaita Joseph Faaita Friday, January 03, 2014 11:28:02 PM Wow sorry to hear of your ordeal. Those same people telling you to suck it up are the ones who really need help. Hang in there and im sure there are more support groups out there that will actually help you move forward in your life.
Mike Markert-Green Mike Markert-Green Saturday, January 04, 2014 12:54:17 AM As someone who has provided CISD for my co-workers, I am told many times that they have been told to basically suck it up or if they can not handle the calls they run they need to get out of the field! I have been in the EMS field for over 20 years and have day and nightmares of many of the calls I have ran. I never had any outlet to deal with the bad calls over the years. This is why I decided to be proactive in CISM. I am currently looking to pursue a Masters degree in Trauma and Grief recovery with a focus on those in the field of EMS.
Kim Callaghan Kim Callaghan Saturday, January 04, 2014 2:07:29 AM Well done.... I was diagnosed in 03 and fought tooth and nail to stay on the job, however, my attempts to do so were unsuccessful...upside is I now get to spend more time with the youngest 2 of my 4 children, have a wonderful supportive and understanding partner and the excellent wealth of support and backup from my brothers! For the first time in over 25 years I feel like I am finally able to breathe and just be me. I also promote and support every aspect of educating people about PTSD and how to cope with it effectively (I have had a lot of practice and a good deal of success in recent years with myself, and some of the younger guys on the job).
Lynn Briggs Lynn Briggs Saturday, January 04, 2014 9:29:09 AM Joseph Faaita - thank you for your comments, in all honesty on Kip of Dt4EMS and a select few...under 10 people have supported us at all.....We are looking for a Federal lawyer to help us with 14th amendment and civil rights issue....if you know of one please help and have him/her contact us ASAP....Thank you and may 2014 be a great and safe year for you
Anne Edens Anne Edens Saturday, January 04, 2014 3:58:57 PM The Rite of Return: Coming Back from Duty-Induced PTSD : this is a great book that describes what duty-induced PTSD is and a specific, effective, evidence-based treatment method for treating PTSD.
Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Sunday, January 05, 2014 5:37:45 PM interesting. we're not on a island when it comes to job related stress
Ann Harris Ann Harris Sunday, January 05, 2014 6:47:43 PM Very Interesting....

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