Bob makes fun of me sometimes because I never delete things. Which is true. It's 2013 and I still have an e-mail from 2005. Does this make me a creeper? If you think so, then stop reading because I also have the conversation saved (from AIM) that we had after our first date. Yep. I'm strange, but I am glad I saved it.
Anyways, our friendship was rather tumultuous. We went from dating, to being friends, to dating, to being friends, to dating...you get the picture. I loved him more than I had ever loved anybody. He taught me a lot about myself and about life in general. I loved him so much it made me CRAZY. He brought out the best in me, but also the worst. We fought ALL THE TIME. That's why it was better for us to just be friends. And we were. He quickly became my best friend. He understood me. He knew when I needed him and he knew when to back off. But he also knew how to push my buttons.
Brandon was an EMT and firefighter, working towards becoming a paramedic. He was constantly pushing me to work in the ER. I was scared. My first two jobs as an RN were NOT good ones. When I first started working at Covenant, I started on a cardiac floor and it was the first job that felt like home to me. I didn't want to leave but I did want to work in the ER. He pushed me and made me feel like I was good enough to move on.
That was our text conversation after I told him I got a job in the ER, in early 2008. Yikes, I'm getting old!
Anyways, I would see Brandon randomly bring patients in. I loved working in the ER. In 2008, our friendship finally found a good place. We loved each other but we couldn't be together in a relationship. We would have killed each other. Pretty sure. Neither one of us knew when to back off the other one.
July 12, 2008 changed my life forever. I was working in the ER. I had only been there since March, but I was doing good. Holding my own. It was a crazy night full of psych patients and drunks. It was also the wedding night of a mutual friend of Brandon and I. Since I was so new in the ER, I didn't try to get the night off. I just sucked it up and went to work. Well, that night a bad accident victim came in. I remember hearing "Trauma Alert Level 1" being paged. I remember hearing the radio call and thinking "Yikes, this doesn't sound good". But I kept doing my work, dealing with the drunks in my rooms. I was good friends with a couple of the nurses who went into the room. My preceptor knew Brandon. She wasn't an overly emotional person, so when I saw her run by me and out the ambulance doors I knew something was up.
However, nothing could have ever prepared me for what was actually happening.
|June 26, 2008...the last time we hung out before he died.|
I remember screaming. That's it. I screamed. I know both of them were hugging me. I don't remember much after that. I remember going in to see him. I remember everyone looking at me and not knowing what to say. For a long time, no one knew what to say. What could you say? My best friend, my first love just died. In the ER, where I work. I had to identify his body because he came in as a "John Doe".
How do you recover from that? Why did I go back to work in the same place that he died? Because I remember how excited he was to hear that I was working there. He would never forgive me if I quit. I don't believe in heaven or hell. I don't believe that he's watching me somewhere. I just remember what he was like when he was alive and if he was alive and I quit the ER, he would be PISSED.
|Brandon and Will, when Will was a kitty|
Anyways, what sparked this story? I found a video of him on my old phone. It's crappy quality, but it's him...playing guitar hero. And yelling at the TV, "God damn it! This is bullshit!" And me laughing in the background.
Brandon is my past. A past with happy memories, memories that make me laugh and cry. Bob is my current and my future. I mean, who can resist this?
|Yep, Bob is sleeping. Just like that. Adorable right?|
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