Sorry for the length of this post...I believe it to be the longest I've wrote here thus far.
You all give excelent advice, so I've come to get some.
Today I went to school to get my books, and when I came out, I was walked to the bus stop to wait for the bus back to my house. While I was waiting, I saw a man fall down, and someone near him asked if he was OK, which he said he was. He, who I am going to call Man 1, then came to the bus shelter and sit down. The bus then came, and he, this other man, who I am going to call Man 2, and I got on. A few stops later, a woman in a wheel gets on. To give her room to get into the wheelchair spot, the Man 1, who appears to be prone to falling, stands up and moves back. He is now standing nex to to an elderly gentlement in the seat next to me. While he is standing, he takes another fall and lands on the old man, who gets really mad, and shoves him, very rudely.
Man 1 goes to return to return to his seat, but first decides to say something to the elderly man. He said something to the effect of him not being empathetic to people with disabilities. The old man says something, which I didn't quite hear. At this point, Man 2 pipes up, and says "I didn't know drunk was a disability." Then Man 1 explains he is not drunk, but having problems with his meidication. At this point, things get quite interesting, and Man 2 tells Man 1 we just passed the hospital, and he should get off and go there if he is having problems. On a side note, it was the hospital my stepmom works at! w00t Man 1 says he is on his way to the doctor, and Man 2 then says that he has AIDS and goes to any hospital he wants. At this point Man 1 tells Man 2 not to touch him, which I thought was an ignorant statement. Don't people know you can't get AIDS from someone touching you? I wanted to say something, but there was major tension in the air, and I wasn't quite sure even what to say. Other than you can't get AIDS from someone touching you.
Then Man 1 gets up to look for his cigrettes, and goes near Man 2. As he is looking around, he scoots over Man 2's bag, which he is rudely told not to touch, as it is not his. He apologizes and returns to his seat, next to the lady in the wheelchair. Man 1, for some reason, reaches towards this woman, and Man 1 says for him not to touch her, or he will break his arm. At this point, the bus driver tells them to chill, and the rest of the ride home is uneventful.
How would you, as nurse, future nurse, decent person, whatever, have dealt with these people? I felt like telling them all to grow up. But I was just totally stunned, and left speechless by the whole situation. I kept watching this guy who fell, wondering if he was going to fall again, or pass out.
Anyone have similiar stoies, and your response to it?
I know it's really hard for you all to make a judgement about what possible could have been wrong with this man...but what kind of medications, and what kind of problems would cause such symptoms?
Advise me, so I am better prepared for such situations in the future.
If you read this all, you deserve a free coffee beverage of your choice. :P