Last night I referenced a lesson from my work on the ambulance involving who's caught up in the drama-cane, and who's sitting in the eye. Tonight, another lesson from my work on the ambulance. Again, it's something I think we all know, but the ambulance has really driven it home (so to speak): who the important players in a scene are really depends on your POV.
Last night we had an ambulance run for a diabetic patient suffering from complications after smoking K2. We are a basic life support unit. Because the patient had symptoms of chest pain and showed signs of an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, we called for advance life support assistance.
We're all involved in what could be written as one scene. However, who the principal players in that scene are vary dramatically with whose perspective you're in. See this cast of characters, and who they would see as the principal characters during the transport to the hospital:
Patient: EMT, paramedic, and assistant, whom he called guardian angels
Paramedic: Patient and self; the paramedic is in charge of the situation and focused on patient care
EMT: Patient and paramedic; the EMT is trying to watch the patient and respond to the paramedic
Assistant: EMT and paramedic; the patient is essentially invisible as all attention is on the two leads
Driver: self, driving the vehicle and interacting with the outside world; the back of the ambulance is invisible
The patient's attention is really, apart from his own pain and discomfort, focused on all of us and what we're doing -- or, more accurately, what he thinks we're doing. The driver is focused on getting us to the hospital. The EMT is concerned with the paramedic's instructions, and possible with the patient's airway. The paramedic is concerned with airway and breathing and her own role in making sure the pieces are all operating together. I'm just watching the EMT and the paramedic, trying to anticipate their needs and respond to their requests.
So just a reminder: POV changes more who's telling the story and what they think is important about it. It can even change big things like who is really moving the action of a scene.
p.s. Apologies to the blogosphere that my work is keeping me from being quite as active reading your blogs the past few days, but I promise that I'm catching up as best I can!