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Five years ago Jane Stern was a walking encyclopedia of panic attacks, depression, and hypochondria. Her marriage of more than thirty years was suffering, and she was virtually immobilized by fear and anxiety. As the daughter of parents who both died before she was thirty, Stern was terrified of illness and death, and despite the fact that her acclaimed career as a food and travel writer required her to spend a great deal of time on airplanes, she suffered from a persistent fear of flying and severe claustrophobia. But a strange thing happened one day on a plane that was grounded at the Minneapolis airport for six horrible, foodless, airless hours. A young man on a trip with his classmates suddenly became dizzy and pale because he hadn’t eaten in many hours, and there was no food left on the plane. Without thinking about it, Jane gave him the candy bar that she had in her purse. A short time later the color had returned to his cheeks, the boy was laughing again with his friends, and Jane realized that this one small act of kindness—helping another person who was suffering—had provided her with comfort and a sense of well-being.

It was shortly thereafter that this fifty-two-year-old writer decided to become an emergency medical technician, eventually coming to be known as Ambulance Girl. Stern tells her story with great humor and poignancy, creating a wonderful portrait of a middle-aged, Woody Allen–ish woman who was “deeply and neurotically terrified of sick and dead people,” but who went out into the world to save other people’s lives as a way of saving her own. Her story begins with the boot camp of EMT training: 140 hours at the hands of a dour ex-marine who took delight in presenting a veritable parade of amputations, hideous deformities, and gross disasters. Jane—overweight and badly out of shape—had to surmount physical challenges like carrying a 250-pound man seated in a chair down a dark flight of stairs. After class she did rounds in the emergency room of a local hospital, where she attended to a schizophrenic kickboxer who had tried to kill his mother that morning and a stockbroker who was taken off the commuter train to Manhattan with delirium tremens so bad it killed him.

Each call Stern describes is a vignette of human nature, often with a life in the balance. From an AIDS hospice to town drunks, yuppie wife beaters to psychopaths, Jane comes to see the true nature and underlying mysteries of a town she had called home for twenty years. Throughout the book we follow her as she gets her sea legs and finally bonds with the burly, handsome firefighters who become her colleagues. At the end, she is named the first woman officer of the department—a triumph we joyously share with her.

Ambulance Girl is an inspiring story by a woman who found, somewhat late in life, that “in helping others I learned to help myself.” It is a book to be treasured and shared.

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A successful writer describes how she survived a bout with severe depression by undergoing rigorous training as an EMT, describing her experiences in a classroom run by an ex-Marine, the confusion of her first calls as a rookie EMT, and her new vocation's eye-opening ability to reveal the secrets of human nature. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The author describes how she survived severe depression by becoming an EMT, describing her training under an ex-Marine, the confusion of her first calls, and her new vocation's ability to reveal the secrets of human nature.

About the Author

JANE STERN is a contributing editor and columnist at Gourmet. She is the author, with her husband, Michael, of more than twenty books, including Roadfood, and a winner of the James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Sterns are regular contributors to National Public Radio’s The Splendid Table. They live in West Redding, Connecticut.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307419774
Subtitle:
How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Author:
Stern, Jane
Author:
Jane Stern
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
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General
Subject:
General Biography
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Biography - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Biographies
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040427
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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"Synopsis" by , A successful writer describes how she survived a bout with severe depression by undergoing rigorous training as an EMT, describing her experiences in a classroom run by an ex-Marine, the confusion of her first calls as a rookie EMT, and her new vocation's eye-opening ability to reveal the secrets of human nature. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The author describes how she survived severe depression by becoming an EMT, describing her training under an ex-Marine, the confusion of her first calls, and her new vocation's ability to reveal the secrets of human nature.
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