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anonymous asked:

I just love how much the b99 fandom loves Amy Santiago???? Like usually the fun lovable guy and nerdy rule following girl pairing the fandom obviously favors the guy but no one does that with Amy!!! we all love her and think she's the greatest human being ever invented and that's fabulous

honestly amy santiago is one of the greatest characters to exist in any medium ever bc she is the stereotypical nerd u see in all those 90′s high school movies except she has exactly none of those nerdy stereotypes if that makes any sense

like she shamelessly talks about all her dorky high school clubs and her nationally ranked trivia team (TRIVIA NEWTON JOHN ANYONE REMEMBER) and she probably would consider a night jammin’ on her planner in front of a rousing game of jeopardy on tv to be a Lit Friday Night but like. no one seriously makes fun of her for it. like yeah they poke fun at her a lot but no one ever takes it too far, no one ever makes her feel like she should be ashamed of liking all of those things

and like honestly the fact that jake is so endeared by all of it makes it that much better to see bc like omg he loves her so much and i love her so much and everYONE LOVES HER SO MUCH AMY SANTIAGO DESERVES THE WHOLE WORLD

anonymous asked:

Is being an emt traumatic? Like one must see so many awful accidents. Do people get flashbacks, nightmares or PTSD? If so how would someone minimalize these?

Hey there nonny! I’m going to talk about EMS in general and then

Yes, EMS workers suffer rather ridiculous rates of PTSD, though it’s worth noting that not all EMS employees have it. PTSD development isn’t my area of expertise – talk to @scriptshrink​ and particularly @scripttraumasurvivors​ about that one. But I’ll share my thoughts and observations from 10 years in the service:

PTSD is a significant issue in EMS. I’m fortunate enough not to have it, but the job scars us all in different ways. Dead kids, horrendous accidents and more. That said, a lot of it is in how you see things. For me, I think what increases my resilience is that I understand that I’m there to help. The awful thing that happened has happened – not my fault. But I can help, or at least try to help, or give someone the dignity of a sheet over their body. It’s an emergency, but it’s not my emergency. And the sense of being able to do something really helps.

PTSD is a problem, but it isn’t as big of an issue as burnout in our community. Compassion fatigue is a real thing. The job can be shockingly abusive to those attempting to work it.

PTSD is real and people get it. EMS has a particularly macho culture, with phrases like “suck it up, buttercup” getting thrown around a LOT. So once someone starts to struggle, they can run into significant problems trying to get support from their group. 

What’s interesting is this: one on one, we do pretty well. My friend Kelly Grayson calls this his Nachos And Beer therapy: take the coworker out, one on one, and talk, and eat nachos, and drink beer, and try to come to terms with what they’ve experienced.

If you want to read some stories from some real-life responders about their experiences and trauma, check out http://codegreencampaign.org/category/stories/ .

Also, if you can, send a little money their way. Code Green Campaign is literally trying to get us to call a metaphorical code on our mental health, because responders commit suicide in pretty drastic numbers.

It’s changing, but the culture around mental illness in EMS has been “repress, repress, it’s for the best.”

That said, my personal mental health issues don’t stem from work so much as they do from my natural disposition: I get depressed easily and often, and I’ve battled suicidal ideation from the time I was 6 years old. EMS isn’t responsible for that. In fact, it’s helped give me a sense of purpose and a sense that I get to do positive things in the world, that my contributions (and therefor my life) matter.

A terrible form of validation, but it helps me.

As for character construction, you’re dealing  with a group of characters that have Seen Some Shit™. Consider some coping mechanisms, like:

  • Swearing loudly and often
  • Very, very, very dark humor. I have been such a filter for you guys, you would not believe.
  • Lots of drinking, dancing, and partying, in order to “feel alive”
  • Talking things out quietly in corners
  • Partners making each other playlists to brighten their days
  • Finding someone outside of work to talk to in order to ground your character

One other note: things seem to actually get slightly better as medics  progress in their careers. That’s not saying us old-timers are jaded fucks (though some are), but rather, we have a different perspective. We see things less personally. We trade the crushing weight of individual tragedies for the crushing weight of The Broken System and our years of  clawing at the walls being unable to change it. As I said, it’s burnout, not PTSD (for a great many of us; your characters’ mileage may vary).

Good luck with your story!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

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anonymous asked:

Jan is clearly a good person and at the end of the day her heart is in the right place. Like any well rounded character, she has strengths and weaknesses. Stories would be boring if every character was a moral saint. Imo, yeah, she's aggressive & yes she wasn't nice to Sylas, but she also has her own worldview & reasons for doing things. From her POV, it's easy to understand why she reacted that way to him. She's also a teenager, so expecting her not to react like one is a reach imo. I like her.

yeah honestly like whenever people tell me how january is awful or whatever i’m like ‘so you’d rather a boring story where nothing happens’ or when i’m feeling especially feisty ‘so you want to tell me how to tell my story’

i just don’t get what people want from Me when they tell me how awful january is. esp when their only evidence is really obvious slapstick comedy and Oh No She Bullied An Older Stupid Rich Boy