Wednesday, July 02, 2008


On Saturday I was at a popular nationwide-chain arcade/restaurant/bar and playing around trying to win enough tickets to get a stupid little trinket.

I heard a bit of a commotion. Apparently a young girl fell to the ground off a seat and her mom and little brother were screaming and crying (respectively). I rushed over because it didn't look like anyone was really helping (though there was a small crowd gathered). The girl seemed unresponsive.... I felt for a pulse and put my ear to her back to see if she was breathing... she was. I asked the mother what happened... she said it looked like she had a seizure, though she was a healthy kid and never been sick in her life. I made sure someone had called 911 and really didn't know what to do next. I'm pretty used to dealing with rough situations in the operating rooms, but in a restaurant I have no equipment, no IV, no drugs, not even any monitors other than my own senses....

The bartender came over and said he was also an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) I let him take over, some other doctor came over, but I didn't catch what kind of doctor she was. I let him step in because I figured he was used to those situations, and besides she was breathing and had a pulse so I really didn't think i would do anything different otherwise.

I hovered a bit until the ambulance arrived and she seemed to be waking up a bit.

The rest of the evening was uneventful, but I couldn't help but wonder if she was okay, and also knowing my own weaknesses outside my usual work environment.