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An Update: George 'Goose' Guzman, Spring 2011.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, May 27, 2011

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A paramedic/EMT updates us on what has been going on in his world.

Image of scary storm-filled skies (c) 2010, by Karla Dorman.

You probably thought I dropped off the planet (or died), didn't you? Well, I didn't: I'm alive.  Very much so!

Work has been crazy; now that the warmer weather has finally arrived after a long and cold winter, the crazies are giving us paramedics/EMT's a run for our money.  They are making our job mighty interesting!

I am still doing my thing, paramedic-ing and rescuing injured or sick people.  It's a job I have come to love, even with all the drama and/or heartbreak that's involved.  I love the feeling I get whenever we pull someone from the brink of death or when people who you took care of acknowledge you for the work you do.  It's what makes being a paramedic/EMT so worthwhile!

We have a lot of the same crew here: Wendell.  Angela.  Kendall.  Eileen.  Myself.  We also have new faces:  Enrique'.  Carlos.  Tina.  Cedric.  Moishe.  Itzhak.  Seems we lose some and gain new faces every month.  We have become a family, a team: that's what makes our job so worthwhile: in times of trouble or crisis, we stick together like glue.

I am still married to my wife and have three adorable children, who are the lights of my world.  Whenever I come home after a hard day (or night, depending on when I am called in to work), I am so happy to see my family, and I try to spend as much time with them as I can because I don't get to see them when I am working (12 hours on, 12 hours off, oftentimes more often than that).

I also go to my church (Christ Community Assembly of God) whenver I am off (that is, if I am not sleeping).  My church family is the glue that holds me together: no, GOD is the glue that holds me together.  I owe Him all the praise for the wonderful blessings that He's bestowed upon me and my life!  I cannot imagine my life without God or my church home/family!

Last year we had terrible floods that killed 12 people; it could have easily been a lot worse, but by God's grace, it wasn't.  My home had some damage, but I was back in it within 2/3 months.  When we were displaced, I stayed at my brother Gio's house.  He was kind enough to let our family hole up with him and his crew.  Very much appreciated during such a hard time!

Now this year it's bad weather.  Tornadoes.  Destruction.  Death.  So many people have died: Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Crowley, Louisiana.  Little Rock, Arkansas.  And now Joplin, Missouri, where over 120 people perished in an EF-5 tornado, the baddest of the bad.  One wonders why we keep getting slammed by storms so often this year, and one wonders what we could have done to anger Mother Nature so much.  She is not happy, and we are all at her mercy!

We've had storms here in Nashville, but thankfully, other than some minor flooding issues, we haven't had the tornadoes or the heavy flooding like we had last year!  I call our area very blessed: so many have had it far worse!

We have been summoned to go to Joplin, Missouri, for relief efforts.  I am thinking about going; don't know yet.  Have to get back to Kendall, my supervisor, on that sometime next week; then I will be off to Missouri if I decide to go.  Will keep you posted.  They need a lot of help down there!

Well, I have to go: the tones are going off; have to get cracking!  I will write in here again soon; untiil later, this is George "Goose" Guzman saying so long; may God bless you mightily!

~George.  :) 


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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/29/2011
I'm liking this George "Goose" Guzman. It's good to know that people like him and his "family" are here to help those that need help. I don't remember the first part of this story, but did enjoy George's update.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/28/2011
Nicely updated as usual, Karen.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/27/2011
A bad year for bad weather, even in Cali, a sign of the times perhaps? A great write though thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/27/2011
It HAS been a bad year. Hopefully, things will calm down soon, weather-wise. In paramedic-ing, no rest for the weary. :) Well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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