I've had only one ambulance ride,and as exciting as it was, I really wouldn't want to do it again. I was feeling nauseous one morning a couple of summers ago, and got progressively worse over the next few hours along with cold sweats, a burning sensation in my throat and chest, and this feeling of somehow being outside my body. Then, when I went into the bathroom to try to get rid of it, I almost passed out. Since I had a silent MI some years ago, and I was feeling about the same as I did when that event occurred, I knew I'd better get checked.
Trouble was, my family is no good at emergency situations, and I knew they'd freak so I had to stay calm when I went into the living room to tell my husband, "I need to call 911 now". So here came the ambulance, and all the neighbors were standing around outside while the paramedics were running in and out and my family was going around in circles. Even the cats were confused. But by the time my IV was started and the heart monitor was hooked up, I was feeling better, and naturally as a nurse I was directing everybody ("I've got a good vein in the right AC, now don't forget the lidocaine" etc.)
The ride itself was a little disconcerting---you really get shaken around in the back of that rig!---but everything turned out to be OK; apparently I'd had a vasovagal response to straining on the toilet, and was just a bit dehydrated from vomiting. They gave me some Reglan in the ambulance, and that helped; in fact, a few hours after being checked out thoroughly in the ED I was home with some antiemetics and a good story to tell my grandkids someday. Not to mention a bill that came to about $1500 for the whole mission.....but that's a story for another day.