Rule number one of EMS:
The likelihood of a patient apologising for calling the ambulance,
is diametrically opposed
to the patient's actual need to apologise
for calling the ambulance in the first place.
Examples from a recent shift:
The patient who was practically blue,
wheezing and gasping for breath,
who uses one of those precious breaths
to utter the words
"I'm sorry to bother you."
Or, the patient who, without a second thought
having had a sore throat for an hour
decides that they need to see a doctor now,
whatever the time of day,
and when asked if he realises that he's called
an emergency ambulance,
shrugs his shoulders,
looks down his nose,
and grunts: "Bovvered?"