Day 14: Emergency

I often wonder how I would react in a true emergency–stay calm, run around like a chicken with my head cut off, or somewhere in the middle of those two.

Today I got the chance to find out. We had a half day today due to parent teacher conferences. Several teachers and aides had gathered in my room after the students had gone home. One of the aides was sitting on the top of the desk, and out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought was her trying to reach her feet to the floor to get off.

Within a blink of an eye, she crumbled to the ground. Someone shouted and asked if she was okay and she replied no. Here is where I come in–I ran out of my room yelling, ” Call 911, call 911.” and got the wheel chair from the work room.

The aide quickly responded that she did not want me to do that and she was fine. The school nurse was in my room lickety -split with water and an ice pack and asked her questions regarding her blood pressure and if she ate anything. The aide did let us put her in the wheelchair while she waited for her emergency contact to pick her up.

We have strep throat and a virus going around our school so she attributed her light-headedness (is this a word?) to that. She is resting at home and feeling better.

As for me, if you call running around screaming call 911 a good way to react to an emergency, then I’m your gal!


3 thoughts on “Day 14: Emergency

  1. Hahaha! I have nightmares about this! There are times when I’ve been proud of how I acted under stress and times when I look back and am totally embarrassed. My hope would be that I would, at least, react in a way that might help–the way you did. I fear I would be part of the problem rather than part of the solution. I hope I’m wrong. (Oh my gosh, I’m still laughing at your ending!!)


  2. I can really relate to your post. My own reactions to “emergencies” have ranged from paralyzed to helpful to ridiculous. I especially enjoyed the image of you racing out of the room yelling, “Call 911!” and your ending line. It’s so good to be able to laugh kindly at ourselves. Nice slice!


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