This morning I was called to administer first aid to a senior that was not feeling well.
When I got there, she was sitting and quite dizzy. She was clammy.
She of course did not want to go to the hospital, she said she just wanted to sit for a bit…
I got her talking.. and yes her speech was slurred, her hands were freezing and she was very dizzy. I couldn’t feel her pulse in her arms which I expected when I felt her hands, so i knew it must be very weak. I whispered 911 to a coworker and nodded quickly, off she went.
But wanted it to be her decision, to help keep her calm. I can be very persuasive. Speaking softly and calmly to her, I made her realize it would be the best thing to do, to go to the hospital. She agreed.
you don’t have much time, the faster you get treatment the best.
She wanted to use the washroom.. nope, mean amber asked her to wait.. it won’t be long before they are here…. but I really have to go… holding her hand, quietly asking her if she can hold on…. She said yes. good, lets just sit quietly and talk while we wait.
seconds later she asked again.. once again I convinced her to wait, she was reluctant and fading fast, but agreed to wait.
Now if this happens to someone and you are helping, you don’t leave them sit quietly.. keep talking to them please.. it comforts them, hold on to their hands, or keep your hand on their forehead. A hand on a forehead is a very comforting thing. Ask them if they have any belongings with them, gather them up so they won’t worry about that.. and no not you, ask someone else to do it, you are busy. Perhaps they have a car.. it should be locked. Anyone you can call for them?
And talk to them, keep them talking, even if they are slurring. Ask them questions too… have you had any heart problems, are you on any meds, did you take them today, do you have them with you. Are you a diabetic…
Ask these questions now, so you can tell the paramedics when they arrive, they will want to know this, and your patient… yes yours.. may not be able to tell them when they arrive, and it will speed things up.
STAY CALM.. you can freak out later.
Then the paramedics came in. She asked again if she could go to the washroom, the paramedic said lets wait until we hook you up and take a look….
In seconds she was on the nice rolling bed and hooked up to the machines. She had almost no pulse, it was so weak. He told her if she had gone, she would bear down, as we do when we go… and with her low blood pressure, she would promptly faint and fall off.
sometimes you have to be mean. no moving around.
sometimes you have to insist if someone doesn’t want to go to the hospital that they will go. be a nice mean.. just friendly.. but call even if they say no.. you won’t get in trouble.
and don’t take them yourself. Call 911.. have the ambulance take them, no matter how fast you can go.. things happen quickly, they are prepared for this.
*crosses my fingers she will be okies* and shhhh, am * freaking out now*