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Words from our Chaplain

Aroma

If you have been in emergency service anytime at all there are smells that trigger emotional feelings.   How do smells trigger such strong emotions and memories?

According to Psychology Today, “the answer is likely due to brain anatomy. Incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to two brain areas that are strongly implicated in emotion and memory:  the amygdala and hippocampus. Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.”

Some aromas from my career are the smell of a road ditch where antifreeze, oil, diesel, and mud have been mixed by the rescue crews as they extricate a patient with the smell of alcohol on their breath.  The smell of the GI Bleed that is calling for help bathed in a cold sweat in a small bathroom.  The smell after the house fire is extinguished and the firemen are doing rehab.  Those smells have very strong emotions tied to my career but I pray the strongest aroma in my life is the Aroma of Christ.  I hope my co-workers, my patients, my students and the world can smell His aroma on my life.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14, (NIV) “14 We thank God for the power Christ has given us. He leads us and makes us win in everything. He speaks through us wherever we go. The Good News is like a sweet smell to those who hear it. 15 We are a sweet smell of Christ that reaches up to God. It reaches out to those who are being saved from the punishment of sin and to those who are still lost in sin.”

What aroma are you emanating?

Stay safe!

KC

Words from the Chaplin

As we enter March 2018, if your year has been like mine, it has been a very busy time.  Most people started off their year with New Year’s resolutions to make them a better person.  The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago.  According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute in its January 2018 report, 42% of Americans make these resolutions.  Americans determine to lose weight, start saving more money, start college or study harder, quit smoking, stop drinking or other good intentions.   In the first week 72% are able to maintain our promise to yourself but by then end of January 58% of those good intentions have been broken.  So if you were one of those who made a resolution and now have broken it, you are in the majority. 

 I am so glad that God didn’t make resolutions, but made promises!  In 2 Corinthians 1:20 we read “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”

 I praise God for his promises!

 Stay Safe!

KC

The Christmas weeds

 The Christmas weeds

At this time of year we are all in a hurry, to get to parties, family gatherings or shopping for that perfect gift.  As EMS professionals, we are almost always in a hurry to get to the emergency, to eat our meal before the next call or finish our reports.  Things haven’t really changed much. When Jesus came the first time, everyone was in a hurry.  They were ordered by the Roman government to report to the town of their heritage for a census and pay their taxes.  The order had a date for them to be counted and pay.   I can just imagine that little town of Bethlehem packed with the descendants of King David.  I am sure when they arrived they were looking for this uncle or that aunt, searching for loved ones that they had not seen in years.   Gathering to discuss the census, purchasing food and securing lodging would have been high on the list of activities for these weary travelers.  It might have looked like a Black Friday of today!  Into this confusion came a young couple, not high on the social ladder, with a pregnant unwed woman.  Away from the resources that they needed, and no room, they settled for shelter in a stable.  Did the crowds notice?  I don’t think so, they were in the weeds.  Like the weeds that I have growing in my garden that blocks the beauty of the flowers, this crowd could not see the beauty in Jesus’ birth.  These weeds block our view of the people around us who are away from the resources they need for a good life.  Go to any store, watch the people and you can tell the ones hurting and rushing.  You can tell the ones who need your smile to brighten their day.  These people need what EMS provides every day, help for the hurting.  During this Christmas Season, get out of the weeds, look for the hurting and see the beauty that is around us.

God Bless and as always stay safe.

KC  

 

From the Desk of the Chaplain

Have you ever been in a situation when your EMS radio could not reach dispatch or your cell phone has no service? You feel kind of disconnected, vulnerable, and alone. You are cut off from your medical director, from backup and other means of support. You are as alone as if on a deserted island cut off from everyone. When you are out of touch fear can start building up and you start seeing trouble everywhere. The patient will appears to be in a worse condition, the ambulance motor will start to act up, and your confidence in your care will start to waver. You are truly in distress! I have been there when I felt as if I was all alone, on my own, facing my troubles and short comings. The good news is you are truly never alone. The Psalmist described it best when he stated we have a God that hears us in the middle of our trouble.

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Stay safe and be blessed!

K C Jones, NRP

A word from our Chaplain – K.C. Jones

KC PIC

As health care professionals, we see bodies that are old and worn out, broken by trauma, or the senseless actions of others. These can stay with us, lingering, hidden in our mind until a sight, a smell or something causes the feelings to flood back. These calls touch us in ways we don’t see until later and that is ok! We are taught not let these emotions restrict our actions on the scene or while we care for our patients, but when the call is over we need to take time to decompress, unwind, and relax. We need to find a confidant, someone with whom we can share our feelings without violating HIPAA. You can do this, we must do this. You always have one person in whom you can share and that is God. Some of us can take our feelings or emotions and bury them deep in our mind. Like cities that take trash and put into landfills covering it up; the trash is still there. Are we doing the same thing with our disturbing calls? We must seal the landfills of our mind with the gift we find in the solace of God’s strength. The bible states it this way…
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Stay safe and be blessed.