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Adventures in the McDonald's drive-through...

Specializes in Hospitalist.

Wow. Yesterday I started work before I went to work.

Didn't have anything for breakfast at home, so I decided to go to McDonald's on the way. I left my house early. Whe I got there, there were no other cars in line and only 1 little old man sitting at a table that I could see through the windows. I pulled up, ordered, and continued to the first window.

When I got there, the cashier girl took my money in a jerky fashion and closed the window. She seemed kind of slow mentally, but I didn't think anything of it cuz I know they hire "challenged" individuals and I didn't want to stare. As I was observing out of the corner of my eye, she seemed to become confused at the cash register. She stood staring for maybe 20 sec. Then, I leaned out of my window to ask if I had given her the wrong amount (b/c I still didn't want to ask if she was normally this way in case it embarassed her.) When I did, she turned and looked at me through the glass in a most peculiar fashion...

Then she began to shake, slowly at first, and then she violently rammed herself belly first into the register and began to fall. Well, I was screaming at this point, and as she fell I saw her manager come and see what was happening. So I burned major tire getting up to the door, threw it park and ran inside without closing my door.

Not all of the employees knew what had happened yet, so they all just saw some strange woman in scrubs come barging in the door and run through their cooking area to the back window. The girl was on the floor with her eyes open and her manager was beside her. As I ran, I grabbed the softest things I could find, which were the cook coats and a saints jacket and quickly stuffed them all around/under her and kicked everything else out of the way. I propped her slightly to the side and raised her legs up on some fry boxes. In the midst of this I had yelled at one fry girl to call 911, and amazingly, she did so right away. Also asked if they had an AED just in case. Nope. Oh well. Told them I was a nurse, and the manager told them to lock the store and posted someone to watch for the EMS.

The girl was nauseated, dizzy, and pale. And her hands had tremors, but otherwise she was just frightened. I asked if she was diabetic or had a history of seizures. Negative. Pregnant-yes.

Got off the phone and sat down with the girl and held her hand, comforted, calmed, etc. Asked her if I could call someone for her. She said yes. So I took her cell phone and dialed "mom." Told her mom that she had gotten dizzy and weak and that we were sending her to the hospital to get checked out. Had the other guy who was standing there go grab all of her things, purse, phone, wallet, etc. As I took off her hat and headset gear, the EMS guys arrived. I gave a quick report and got a free breakfast from the manager!

Whatta morning! I went to work afterwards and then noticed that I had grease all over the knees of my pants where I had slid down beside the girl. Whew! :lol2:

Edited by Bumashes
typed too fast and had many many typos...

Good for you! God wanted you to go there at that time. I'm sure that girl is thankful for your help.

Ev1987

Specializes in LTC/Rehab. Has 4 years experience.

A true hero. An angel.

LesMonsterRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 25 years experience.

Wow - good job! Talk about being in the right place at the right time. :)

Awesome story! Thanks for sharing. :yelclap:

Great job. You're definitely in the right profession and you make us proud.

Bumashes, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Hospitalist.

One of the things I have gained from being a nurse that I will always value is the ability to remain calm...no matter what. I've had non-healthcare emergencies, freakouts, accidents that I have been able to withstand because of this.

great job!! nurses are the best :")

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

Today had just been awful around here but this story made my day. I'm really glad you were there and able to help that poor girl. I wonder what happened to her? You should be proud of your awareness and quick thinking. :up::yeah:

nuangel1, BSN, RN

Specializes in CT ,ICU,CCU,Tele,ED,Hospice. Has 30 years experience.

glad you were there .good work.

Wow! What an exciting morning. Great job remaining calm and taking care of that poor girl. You were definitely in the right place at the right time! Nurses are the best! :p

Mike A. Fungin RN

Specializes in Trauma ICU, Peds ICU.

Also asked if they had an AED just in case.

If anyplace should have an AED, it's McDonalds :)

Good save.

Sparrowhawk

Specializes in LTC.

WHOO HOOO!!! Good job!!

ACaring&Sweet,Rn

Specializes in No specialities a this time.

Quick thinking and action on your part. You were in the right place at the right time for that girl. I am sure that girl would be very thankful to you. Nurses are wonderful!!

You must have been intended to be there at that time!!!! Way to go!!!! :yeah:

There's a reason for everything that happens!!!

ToucanRN

Has 6 years experience.

You were suppose to be at McDonald's at that time. Well done on your quick thinking and non hesitating. :yeah:

Orca, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC. Has 25 years experience.

"Ma'am, you forgot your hash browns." :)

Seriously - good thing you were there.

Dang...... you, go!

Seriously, though......Awesome job!

Wow. Yesterday I started work before I went to work.

Didn't have anything for breakfast at home, so I decided to go to McDonald's on the way. I left my house early. Whe I got there, there were no other cars in line and only 1 little old man sitting at a table that I could see through the windows. I pulled up, ordered, and continued to the first window.

When I got there, the cashier girl took my money in a jerky fashion and closed the window. She seemed kind of slow mentally, but I didn't think anything of it cuz I know they hire "challenged" individuals and I didn't want to stare. As I was observing out of the corner of my eye, she seemed to become confused at the cash register. She stood staring for maybe 20 sec. Then, I leaned out of my window to ask if I had given her the wrong amount (b/c I still didn't want to ask if she was normally this way in case it embarassed her.) When I did, she turned and looked at me through the glass in a most peculiar fashion...

Then she began to shake, slowly at first, and then she violently rammed herself belly first into the register and began to fall. Well, I was screaming at this point, and as she fell I saw her manager come and see what was happening. So I burned major tire getting up to the door, threw it park and ran inside without closing my door.

Not all of the employees knew what had happened yet, so they all just saw some strange woman in scrubs come barging in the door and run through their cooking area to the back window. The girl was on the floor with her eyes open and her manager was beside her. As I ran, I grabbed the softest things I could find, which were the cook coats and a saints jacket and quickly stuffed them all around/under her and kicked everything else out of the way. I propped her slightly to the side and raised her legs up on some fry boxes. In the midst of this I had yelled at one fry girl to call 911, and amazingly, she did so right away. Also asked if they had an AED just in case. Nope. Oh well. Told them I was a nurse, and the manager told them to lock the store and posted someone to watch for the EMS.

The girl was nauseated, dizzy, and pale. And her hands had tremors, but otherwise she was just frightened. I asked if she was diabetic or had a history of seizures. Negative. Pregnant-yes.

Got off the phone and sat down with the girl and held her hand, comforted, calmed, etc. Asked her if I could call someone for her. She said yes. So I took her cell phone and dialed "mom." Told her mom that she had gotten dizzy and weak and that we were sending her to the hospital to get checked out. Had the other guy who was standing there go grab all of her things, purse, phone, wallet, etc. As I took off her hat and headset gear, the EMS guys arrived. I gave a quick report and got a free breakfast from the manager!

Whatta morning! I went to work afterwards and then noticed that I had grease all over the knees of my pants where I had slid down beside the girl. Whew! :lol2:

luvltc

Specializes in long term care. Has 10 years experience.

See there was a reason you didn't have anything for breakfast in your house. God Bless You!!

hecallsmeDuchess

Specializes in LTC, Acute care. Has 6 years experience.

Wow! I'm glad you were there and knew what to do...

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