5.21.2008

umm. target = calling 911

yes. are you confused?

well lets go back a month or so ago... i was on my way to my bridal shower & witnessed a car accident. i was the first one to stop that had a CELL PHONE. therefore...i had to call 911. i made it to my bridal shower with i think 10 min to spare.

today. i went to target. got some new shoes, and mike a shirt. and i'm on my way up to the front, through the baby section. and i hear this lady saying HELP HELP. i get on that baby isle & her baby boy 1 1/2 yrs old is seizuring. i ask if they want me to call 911, and then i did. this mother is histerical. her sister (i think) and twin nieces are with her. her sister is holding him...

they asked me where we were. cross roads. target, on gilbert & southern. age of the boy. one n a half. is he breathing?yes. is he alert? his eyes are open, but no. is he still seizing? yes. and he threw up. he needs t0 be on his side. make sure he is on his side. does he have a fever? yes he is hot. take off all his clothes. get a wet wash cloth (we are in the middle of target mind you.) and then is he still breathing? Yes. but his lips are turning blue now. (did i mention about 10 employees are surrounding us & the security lady(she got the wet paper towel. and other customers.) ok we really need to monitor his breathing. ok he is breathing fine. i know you guys are in the middle of the store, but do you have anything you can fan him with, paper or anything? i repeated this to all the people and a guy holds up his movie he is gonna buy & i said thats great. so the mom is fanning her son with a movie. is he alert? is he still seizing? his eyes are still open, he stopped seizing. ok, and he is just panting now. kind of wimpering. his eyes are closed now. ok just stay on the phone with me until they get there.

so this went on for a good 10 minutes before the paramedics got there. the mom was down on the ground wiping his forehead & crying. i am trying to communicate to the lady on the phone and the family of the boy. the paramedics got there and took over...and asked everyone to walk away but the family. i walked away and got a few other things & then went to pay & they were taking him out on a stretcher.

as i walked out & saw the ambulance & firetruck drive away... my eyes started to well up. i dont really like witnessing these stressful things. i imagined my own nephew. and i imagined the girl i have worked with at work- she actually has small seizures. i realized i need to be greatful for my health. for all i have. and what an amazing family i have. i do enjoy being a good citizen, and helping others. i felt good about being able to respond quickly to a scared mother in need of help.

11 comments:

Mom said...

Wow! What an amazing story! Good job! That would be so stressful though! You're right...we need to count our blessings! Love you!

jill s said...

good job lou!
that is SO scary!

Traci said...

WOW!! Insane!

Tim & Amy said...

craziness. way to be strong in the midst of it all! hopefully he is alright now. i'm sure the mom was a bit too frazzled to say thank you... so i will send you a HUGE THANK YOU for her! :o)

love ya,
amy

johnson family said...

that would be so scary....Thank the Lord for people like you who don't just stop and stare, though...Good job!

Madsen Family said...

Holy cow mindy! Great job! I worked as an interpreter in a special ed class and we had a student that had to wear a helmet all the time because she ahd seizures ALL the time. We had community day once a week and that would happen all the time in Target.... but not like yours. She would go down, we'd wait, then she'd snap out of it.

That is really scary. You did a great job though and that family was so lucky you were there to help!

Micah & J.D. said...

how scary! way to be there mindy! i'm sure the mom was so thankful:]

Landon and Kate said...

"ahhhhh"

-charlie brown.

and this story is still as crazy as i thought it was yesterday. yikes.

MARCUS AND TRACI said...

Hey Mindy... of course I remember you being my visiting teacher. Congrats on the recent marriage. Im sure you and Mike are a good match. Kate told me you guys were getting married a while back. Good luck with everything. And good to hear from you.

Traci said...

LOVE THE NEW HEADER!!! NICE JILL!!

katelines photography. said...

love the new look mindi!