Monday, April 28, 2008
Which One of Us is Weirdest?
Yesterday while we were sitting in church, a man in front of us keeled over in his seat. Several people jumped up and rushed to him. I over heard a man sitting with him say, "He has done this before". I was sitting only a couple of rows back, so could see him very clearly. I noticed that no one was actually doing anything to help him. I have had some first aid training in college, but I'm not a nurse or anything like that, so I felt like I should sit back and let those who are trained help him. But no one was doing what I thought they should be. I was just about to jump up and help. I heard someone say, "Is there a nurse in here?" I spoke up loudly, "A nurse?!" A woman two rows behind me jumped up and went to help. I know her, and knew she was a nurse, so I didn't get up. I watched her as she asked them, "Does he have a pulse?", and proceded to take his pulse. Thank you! I was wondering when they were going to get around to that! I make it sound like this happened over a long period of time, but in reality it was only a matter of a minute or less. But it felt like eternity. They carried him out in to the foyer and called paramedics. It turns out that this man has a history of some kind of seizure. All day my kids gave me a hard time about my wanting to jump up and help. But the way I look at it is, what if there wasn't a nurse there? I may not be trained like her, but I do know how to give CPR, and I'm not going to sit around and watch a person die if I can possibly help. I honestly don't understand why my kids think I am weird for wanting to get up and help. In fact, I think they are the weird ones for wanting to sit back and do nothing. What do you think? Which one of us is weird?