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The life of a STARS flight nurse

Jun 04, 2021
This is how the patient gets the patient in and out of here. Pat Jeffrey is a

nurse

who has been with the

stars

almost since the beginning. The first one was white and had a big deck of lions on the side, so we used it for quite a while. a while as white and then there's a big story with the pilots about how it actually turned red apparently I think the bottom line was that they got a great deal on the red aviation pâté and they took advantage of it and you don't really see red helicopters. in the air, although we like to tell the Saskatchewan base that it's in Stampeder colors and then they always make fun of us saying they want to paint it green, so the back of this hair craft when I started oh god mine, about 26 years ago.
the life of a stars flight nurse
It was practically empty there was a stretcher in the seats but none of this existed the roof supports I don't mean you have to remember it was almost 30 years ago it was cutting edge medicine at that time it has a small interior and I can physically touch everything in my world of which I am responsible and I always say that the ideal

flight

nurse

would be four feet tall and have arms that were six feet long, which would be perfect. I'm right next to the patient and it also gives you a real opportunity to sometimes hold their hand because they're scared.
the life of a stars flight nurse

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I mean, knowing that you're going to be on this plane means that you're probably having the worst day of your

life

and they're scared and oftentimes it's the little one. things that people remember, aren't, they don't come back and say oh I'm so happy you surprised me and made my heart race or straightened my legs so they were the same length as each other, they'll say I don't remember much, but I can remember that someone held my hand and it was a comfort, they are little things that people remember in a disaster, she has spent more than half her

life

flying with

stars

, her husband even proposed to her. a star helicopter my boyfriend at the time he is a pilot here we stopped in the hills and he said to me would you like to go ahead with me? and I thought, oh yeah, that's great, no, we can't do that very Often and just as we fly back, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a little box with a big blue ribbon and he hands it to me and there was a ring.
the life of a stars flight nurse
It's also a nice commitment, you know you have to do it. It was official, so he had to say: will you marry me? I think the co-pilot I was with was a little angry, he got kicked in the back, but then when he found out why, it was very exciting and then we did another trip that night and I was so excited I was showing everyone my ring 911 where is your emergency? on a mission after she had already been sent Pat found out that she was actually flying to rescue her own brother this was the first time for the stars the date is uh it's it's forever on As I remember, it's the 2nd of January 2010, around 2:30 in the afternoon, but I want to say that it is one of those dates that you will never forget.
the life of a stars flight nurse
My little brother had died unexpectedly on November 4th and that was a huge shock to our family. Our mother died on December 17th and in fact we couldn't even, it was very difficult for us to even tell her that Bryan had died. We had to wait a day because we were so distraught and she was a very vibrant farmer. she was off the farm until the end and uh and then for Wayne, I mean, it was like my family was getting smaller and smaller and I remember meeting with Wayne on January 1st and I said, "You know our family It is gone".
For many reasons, his son had died of cancer, but that was before and he had gone through losing a brother, a mother and a son, and I say: you know that 2010 will be a better year for us and the next day this happened . and honestly to God, I just thought this can't happen, this can't be happening. I kept thinking it couldn't get any worse and I was wrong. I thought you know something. I'm good to go. on this journey is how you know if at least in that way I will know that everything that could have been done for him was done and if he still passed away from that moment I at least in my own heart would know that everything was over, it was a surreal moment.
We had gotten Wayne out of the bedroom and he was actually lying on the living room rug and we were putting in a breathing tube. I remember just pausing and looking up at my

flight

helmet. sitting on Wayne's couch and everything stopped. I'm looking at this helmet and I'm leaving. Pat, your helmet should never be on Wayne's couch, it should be on a stranger's couch, or it should be in my locker. but it shouldn't be right there, that was like a little split second thing, okay you have to come back to reality now, so I went back and finished it, but it was just this weird fragment of time like This is not where it should be being, we took him to Foothills hospital and yeah, I just broke down and cried like this couldn't be happening.
How much worse can this be? I was just sitting here two months ago thank the stars. action Pat's brother Wayne survived his medical emergency every time I drive to the farm now. I drive across the grass or the helicopter sat down and I can still see him sitting there, you know, it's uh, it's me. I don't wish it on anyone, I know exactly. how my family members are feeling and I know exactly when they told me I probably wouldn't be able to come back from the flight. I know how my family members feel when I have to go up to him and say hey, you can't come with us and I know how devastating that would be, so I mean, I just want to say, I thought he was pretty good before that, but now you know, I actually stood up and looked the mother in the eyes and said, you know, you can't come. with us even though I'm flying with your son, but I'll treat him like he's my own and I mean it because I'm there

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