In the past 6 years with 3 First Aid, CPR and AED certifications – I have seen and treated cuts, directed children to hospital with blood on their heads.
Then, I stumble upon mental health – dysfunctional families, divorces, special needs and my own battle with anxiety.
But I never imagine I would have seen glimpses of CPR and AED performed in front of me.
Nor do I ever imagine assuring fellow young adult residents, emailing higher ed institutions and calling building management will be part of the package.
Throughout my Red Cross First Aid and CPR trainings, the most drastic I have seen would be children falling onto the ground playing soccer, somehow stumbled upon a tile and hit the spot that they needed stitches.
I am thankful to have a calm principal at that time who worked with me to get first aid equipment and called the parents and the ambulance. We had antiseptics and calmed the child. Parents are informed and all was well.
But this time it is about an adult. With a lot of alcohol involved.
I do not know the condition.
I only know said adult is intoxicated and after talking to the police on the phone about said adult being unresponsive they directed me to the ambulance. Within minutes, we were to give them privacy in this ad hoc rescue theatre.
Then..CPR commands..AED machine commands and off the adult went with the 5 paramedics.
I am thankful for paramedics to inform us and help, as with my own emergency room experience so I know what will go on. Then being so used to reassure fellow classmates and tiding loose ends, I explained the lingo of CPR/AED to concerned young adults, directed education institutions so they can provide the resources and now all left is my after shock.
My parents assure me I could have saved a life. I do not know. All I know is that I need a calming retreat and still remain thankful to Red Cross for all that training – from how to communicate clearly to police and paramedics, to knowing what happened with CPR – couldn’t have done it without these trainings.