Episode 133 of the podcast features Kaylyn, a 9-1-1 dispatcher & content creator out of Northern California. She is the creator of the popular YouTube channel Youmarriedme. In this episode Kaylyn shares her 9-1-1 story along with her inspiration for Youmarriedme. One of her stories left me speechless. It’s a powerful one that you don’t want to miss! Below you will find links to her social media outlets.
As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com.
Episode topics –
- Kaylyn’s 911 story
- Kaylyn’s first high priority call
- Kaylyn’s closure, 5 years after a suicide call
- Inspiration for “Youmarriedme”
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Bro, today is a great day. It’s your birthday once again and I couldn’t be happier. For a long time I was the only one and when you were born I couldn’t help but jump off the walls. You were born pre-mature so you had to stay in the hospital a little longer but I got to see you as much as possible. I remember the first time I went to see you I thought you were so small. I wanted to hold you but you had to stay in your chamber a bit longer before anyone could hold you. I was very happy to see you and afterward I was given a stuffed Kermit The Frog that had a red argyle vest on. I was told that it was from you and that you were happy to have me as a big brother. I believe I have a picture of me somewhere holding onto it.
That was the beginning of our brotherhood and I’ll never forget it. We’ve had some great times and though we fought at times, we still managed to be great bro’s. We experienced a lot of things together and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. For example, our trip to Maryland, when we dropped Becky off at her sisters to visit. Do you remember what happened on our way back? I’m sure you do but for those reading this, we passed through a city named Cumberland and a song by Coldplay began to play on the radio. The setting was perfect. As Speed of Sound played over the radio it seemed as though we became one with our surroundings. Cumberland seemed like the city in the sky and we both shared a moment of silence. When the song ended we exhaled, turned and looked at each other and we nodded our heads in agreement. We didn’t say anything about it though; we knew we experienced the same thing.
We’ve been through a lot together bro. You and I have been there for each other through almost everything. I was there when you needed someone to teach you to dance, which we have a picture or two of that mess, and you were there for me when I needed someone to talk to in the wee hours of the morning after one of the most devastating 911 calls I have ever taken. I won’t go into detail here but others can find it within my blog. It was a crazy call that involved brothers and it messed me up for the rest of the night. As soon as I got out of work I had to call you. I knew talking to you would be the only thing to calm my nerves. Its moments like this that make me happy and I thank the big man upstairs, and our parents, to have you as my brother. I love you man, and Happy Birthday!
(To our moment in Cumberland. The city in the sky.)Post Views: 364
By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Being a father has got to be the best job in the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong here. I love being a 9-1-1 professional and all but being a dad? It’s awesome! I have three children and yes I said it, THREE children. If you know my story with my eldest son then you know what’s up and I will always be his dad. There are many adventures that come with being a father and hell, being a parent in general. In this post I want to share some stories with you that makes fatherhood a blast for me.
I have always enjoyed designing different things. There is something about sitting down and zoning on a project that appeals to me. Well my son Logan is the same way in that sense. He has always loved Lego’s and building blocks and when he builds something he zones in and creates the coolest things. For example there was a time when he was in his room building and he yelled for me. I went into his room to see what was up and he asked me if I could help him figure out how to make some blocks stand. I tried a couple times and told him it couldn’t be done. I saw the wheels turning in his head and he told me he was going to figure it out. Now, Logan was around five or six years old at the time and I figure he was going to remain stuck until he yelled for me again.
“I GOT IT, I GOT IT!”
I looked down and asked what it was and he replied with, “It’s a suspension bridge dad.” The boy built a suspension bridge out of building blocks. It was amazing! It made me proud to see that he didn’t give up. He has even built stuff from Star Wars just by looking at the box. He later modifies it to his liking but wow! Logan you are an amazing boy and I love you very much.
Now…have you ever heard the saying, “She has you wrapped around her little finger?” Well when I was told that this would happen to me when my daughter Lola was born I thought I would be able to stay strong and bypass it but I was wrong. Ever since she was born I have been wrapped around her little finger. She is clever, funny, and gets into everything. She’s one and a half and repeats everything we say. I find this to be awesome but when I slip up she catches it. For example, I have a bad habit of saying, “damn it.” So one time I said it after dropping something in the kitchen and Lola happened to be right there. I had hoped that she didn’t hear me but sure enough she did.
Yep she yelled it in her cute little baby girl voice and I chuckled but quickly told her not to say that. She looked confused and said it again as if testing it out. I told her again to stop and she smiled and walked off. I think I’m going to be in trouble later on with her but I love her to death.
As I mentioned above I have three children. My eldest is 13 and although we have not interacted we have had some run-ins. One of those run-ins was downtown Zeeland while I was recording some b-roll for a project I was working on. While recording we ended up face-to-face. We stared at each other for a moment before turning away. I wanted to say hi but I was following his mom’s wishes so I let it go. Believe me when I say it killed me inside to not say anything. As I walked away I looked back a few times and I noticed that he continued to watch me. Did you recognize me Richie? As time has gone on there have been more random run-ins and most recently my family and I were at one of the Tulip Time Festival parades and saw him marching in band. It was crazy to see him marching because I used to be in the band and I marched as well. I can’t explain how good it felt to see him doing that and Logan was excited as well.
I’m proud of my children and very happy to be their father. There is always an adventure that comes from them and I thank the good lord every day for allowing me the awesome privilege of being a father. I love you very much and although I am going to be out of town for father’s day the best gift is having all of you.Post Views: 255
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Office Space, “A comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss,” says IMDb.com. The movie is a classic but let’s look at one portion of the synopsis, “company workers who hate their jobs.” The characters in the movie indeed hate their jobs but what if deep down they hated it because they knew that is was slowly killing them? Interesting is it not? The characters are portrayed as stressed out, crazed, and manic yet it’s done with a sense of humor. All jokes aside, my career behind a desk has spanned over 13 years and the stress is real. There are many health risks that come from sitting for long hours but you don’t have to take my word for it.
Could sitting at my desk job be killing me softly?
According to CNN on a feature for Health.com, “Studies suggest that sitting for hours on end is harmful, regardless of a person’s overall calorie intake or physical activity.” How much more harmful can it be to our bodies? We’re just sitting there, right? In no way are we lifting anything heavy so what could go wrong? Within the same article featured on CNN,
“extended daily TV watching and time on the computer–which, like desk jobs, involve long periods of time sitting still–have been linked to a greater risk of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of health problems that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.”
The studies linking desk jobs or sitting for that matter and health problems are staggering. MSNBC featured an article by Men’s Health saying, “A 2006 University of Minnesota study found that from 1980 to 2000, the percentage of people who reported exercising regularly remained the same—but the amount of time people spent sitting rose by 8 percent.” So it appears that people are exercising but it doesn’t do a lot of good if we continue to sit on our rears. Now if that wasn’t enough, sitting for long periods can also affect our posture.
“For instance, if you spend a lot of time with your shoulders and upper back slumped over a keyboard, this eventually becomes your normal posture,” says Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a Men’s Health advisor and physical therapist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hartman continued to say, “That’s not just an issue in terms of how you look; it frequently leads to chronic neck and shoulder pain,”
Still want a cozy desk job? A desk job may seem like the way to go but if you fall into the land of inactivity then you may experience some health issues. Below is an infographic featured on Mashable.com, which shows the risks and what can be done to combat them.Post Views: 312