A sense of humor can prove vital
"The amount of people who get shot is astonishing. The unit I was assigned to for a decade in Providence, Rhode Island responds to shootings just about every day. Most never make the news. One day, just after lunch, we were dispatched to one of the roughest neighborhoods anywhere for a possible shooting. It didn't take long to find the victim.
"As my partner worked to establish an IV, and the police fanned out looking for the gunman, I searched his body for more bullet holes, the ground was littered with 9mm casings.
"'Buddy, how many times were you shot?' I asked him. He raised an eyebrow, considered this question, and furrowed his brow as he thought. Then he looked me in the eye, grinned, and said, 'This is my first time.'" -- Michael Morse, former medic and first responder, EMS1.com contributor
The leg is the least of your worries
"We responded to a 20-year-old male who was complaining of leg pain. Our patient, a nice enough guy, was in a rear bedroom when we arrived on the scene. The force of the kicks must have sent his pants below his hips, he gave sagging a whole new level of exposure. When I approached him, I asked him what was wrong. 'My leg hurts,' he answered. 'I took some vitamins, and then my leg started kicking, and it kept hitting the wall and it wouldn't stop.'