An image I can't get out of my head

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As I am leaving Fred Meyer today I see the usual homeless clan near the exit. I'm at the stop sign waiting to turn left and I see one of the men fall over and the lady is kneeling next to him panicked. I turn off the road and ask if they need an ambulance and the lady says yes. The man is seizing and making an awful noise. I call 911 and the operator is asking me questions, but I am so horrified at the image of this man I can't answer promptly. I finally tell her where we are. The lady is trying to tell me something, but she's not making much sense. I finally get she's trying to tell me his name, so I tell the 911 operator. She says "so he's not unconscious" I said "yes, he is and he's seizing." She snaps at me "well then how did he tell you his name?" I said "the lady told me, not him. He is unconscious." She asks if he is drunk... I don't know how she would think I would know that. I said "I haven't been hanging out with them, I have no idea."

But I digress because her rudeness isn't my point. I just can't get the image of this man out of my head. When I was leaving the ambulance was pulling up, so I know he got help. I just wonder if he's ok, what was wrong with him, etc.

The whole time I was in such a dilemma because the 3rd man was standing right by my car and my baby is in the back... there's a man on the ground in the bushes, a 911 operator being a jerk and a lady smacking this unconscious man across the face over and over...

Wonder how I will sleep tonight?

4 comments:

Cazier Craziness said...

oh my gosh! That is crazy. I have one question. What would it matter if he were drunk? He is seizing. Send the ambulance and they will decide what to do from there. Images like that stick with you. It sucks.

JamesHesch said...

ambulance dispatch are always jerks!! but wow that is way crazy!! maybe you saved his life by calling the ambulance. if you weren't there to call the ambulance, would someone have? yeah.. like you'd know if he was drunk haha. stupid dispatch. weird. well I'm sorry you went through that. hope you got to sleep that night haha. love you mist!

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Shanna Bundy said...

Misty,
That is great that you stopped. I think I would have stopped and called, but I probably would have been too scared to get out of my car. My grandpa died in his sleep at my mom's house. My mom found him when he was already stiff and the 911 dispatch made her put him on the floor on his side to see if he would start breathing. She tried to tell them he was stiff and wouldn't start breathing, but they still made her. I think that is so CRUEL!! I kind of always thought it was just our 911, but it must be like that everywhere. How do you like that novel of a comment!!