worst day, mass casualties

  1. Today was, quite honostly, the worst day I've ever had. Not because of management or the usual bull. A local factory exploded. It was a mass casualty incident.

    I've seen and smelled things today no one should ever have to. We got 30 patients, although the news is only saying 22, I know, I was in the ambulance bay triaging as they came off the trucks. We flew out 13 who had approx. 90% burns to their bodies, the only parts not burnt were their feet because of thick work boots that were melted.

    I am shell shocked right now, don't know whether to keep crying or get really drunk, and I am not even a drinker. For those of you who pray, I ask you put these people in your prayers, at least 7 will most likely die, these were good hardworking people, mothers, fathers, people just trying to make a living like us every day we clock in and go to work.

    God bless the EMS and firefighters, my sister is a medic and 8 months pregnant. Her truck was first on scene. She followed her first instinct as a medic and immediately went in with her partner and pulled critical patients out of a burning building. Thank God she is ok, didn't have any injuries, today was the start of her maternity leave, too.

    Again, I ask you pray for the many victims and their families, If you belong to a prayer chain, then put them and the emergency workers in it. These were images we will never get out of our heads , we just have to find a way to get through it.

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    RN IN ER


  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    OMG i am so sorry for this...for you, those victims, their families. WHAT a NIGHTMARE. I offer my warmest thoughts to you. Hang in there and get counseling if you feel this is overcoming you.
  4. by   WashYaHands
    Thoughts and prayers for you, your family, emergency workers, and families of the victims. Wow, I don't know what to say.

    Please Take Care,
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    ((((((defib queen)))))) I pray the Lord will comfort and uphold you and all the people who assisted the victims through this horrible tragedy, and I will keep the victims and their families in my prayers as well.
  6. by   CCL"Babe"
    defib queen,
    I'll pray for you and yours. No one should have to live through that kind of horror. Thank God for people like you. Hopefully they will have a debreifing for all of you invilved.
  7. by   frannybee
    Speechless but praying for them and for you.
  8. by   sanakruz
    My prayers for you and them.
    Did you get to debrief with anyone? A pastor, priest, rabbi?
    Dont drink- Cry instead and dont be alone now.
  9. by   MrsK1223
    Hi Defib queen...not sure if you're BRMC or MaryMount but my mom was at Marymount and just got off the phone with her and she said it was a nightmare today. I live in the South London area and am so sorry for your traumatic day. I knew it would be bad. I have friends that live in Corbin and have prayed for them today also. We have been glued to the tv today trying to hear what we could. I'll pray for the families and those in the explosion and for you and your coworkers who had such a horrific day. God Bless you.
  10. by   sjoe
    "Today was, quite honostly, the worst day I've ever had."

    So far.
  11. by   defib queen
    maia 1212, brmc.
  12. by   the taoist
    I can't even imagine.

    don't drink.
    I suggest going for a walk (in nature, pref.) and looking around.

    My thoughts are with them.

    counting my blessings,
  13. by   Dionysus
    I'm sorry to hear that this has happened. Everybody involved will be in my prayers tonight. May God smile upon you.
  14. by   MissdonditaBsn
    I haven't seen the news today, so forgive my ignorance but

    What part of Kentucky was this?

    I pray for you and all of the victims. I am sorry to hear of such tragedies. I have many family members there in Barbourville. I see mention of London and Corbin. Not so far from my family.