I am married to a NYC EMT... what does this mean for our family? I assume that you expect to hear tales of missed holidays, no sleep, long hours and thankless situations, and while all of this rings true, it's not the hardest part of my husband's career. The toughest part for him (and our family) is payday. Yes, payday because on that day, it's decision time. Do we pay rent or our other bills (because Lord knows there's not enough for both)? Do groceries have to wait a few days until I make some money, or can we shop? Heaven forbid we have an event coming up, a medical necessity, or unforeseen car trouble, as his income doesn't allow for the added bill of a car note, which would provide us with a reliable vehicle.