Now You may be glad when I’m around In a “case of emergency”. Because yesterday I learned to spot the symptoms of heart attack, stroke & heat stroke, severe allergic reactions, shock, and how to react in such a case ; what is in a First Aid Kit and how to use it ; how to react if a person next to you suffers from an epileptic fit, and last not least, how take off the unconscious biker’s helmet (preferably without braking his neck).
I had to treat the course instructor, who fell dramatically in front of me on her stomach, while the group was discussing whether it would be a good idea to turn around a wounded person lying face down. I said it would be the correct thing, just to make sure that there are no front injuries, so she jumped to the ground, and I had to deliver turning, inspecting and the lateral recumbent position in one go. She wanted to test the lazy old sack …
Everybody had to pump the phantom and role play was included : Two guys were sent out of the room, while a grisly looking head wound was painted on a participant’s head – their first reaction was like “verdammte Sch***”, they expected to be confronted with a kind of heart attack or something.
I was selected to give an asthma attack, something I have a little bit of experience with, also to the severe surprise of the two aspiring Ersthelfer, first aiders. They finally decided to use a “Rettungsgriff” to place me on the floor – a bit of overkill : Pressing the left arm against the thorax of a person fighting for breath is no good. They did not know the so called “Kutschersitz” I took, a position people tent to use when breathing gets difficult (the legs are firmly put on the floor, the upper body is bent forward and rests on elbows and knees). They feared I might fall over, what can happen with a serious asthma attack, simply because lack of O². They felt helpless after I had thrown away the haler (they finally found in the pocket of my jacket) as useless because empty – yes, I allowed the drama queen out : But before I could die on stage the instructor intervened – my big scene, smashed !
Anyway, I received my certificate of participation. I was especially interested in “shock” and “epileptic fit”, simply because some of the kids I drive around can suffer from such a thing, and I do not want to be entirely helpless.
C[arl] P[ilipp] E[manuel] BACH (1714-1788) (Ger., Eng.), a son of “the” BACH, was an admired composer of keyboard music throughout the 18th century, especially in protestant Germany. Here is the Allegro assai ma pomposa of his sonata in C minor from 1757, sadly I could not find further notice about the performing artist or the location.
The forth month of this year is already close to its end, a short week ahead, let’s celebrate the “Tag der Arbeit” with Maibowle (Ger., Eng.) – Waldmeister (Ger., Eng.) is good for you !