Just have to brag a little on my Sister in law. She's 19, and has just got a job cleaning an older widow's (84 - 85 yo) house. She was supposed to start Saturday. This involved picking the lady up, taking her to her hair appointment, going back to clean the house, then bringing her home. She has no family in this area.
Well, She got there about 9:30 Saturday AM, and there was no answer when she knocked, but the door was slightly open. After several attepmts, she opened the screen door and called out to see if she was OK. Thats when she saw the lady lying on the floor in the kitchen, unconscious, surrounded by mucous and vomit. She was breathing "very shallow and sounded all rattleyl", but didn't have a great Airway, so Amanda repositioned her, and called 911. Paramedics arrived, did their thing, but on the way to the hospital, the lady coded. She was intubated and was in ICU that night, out to the floor Sunday.
She had a cerebral hemorrhage, and they think that she was unconscious from Friday night 'during supper' because her food was half-eaten. The last time anyone had seen her was @1630 Friday.
Amanda had only met her about a week before, but she went to the hospital with her, stayed there and got in touch with some neighbors, etc., so she could get in touch with the lady's nieces & nephews all of whom live at least 2 states away. then she went back with another neighbor and cleaned up the kitchen. "I didn't want her family to walk in to find all that mess in the floor."
When I saw my Sis in law yesterday, She gave me a great big hug, and said, "I really wish you had been with me yesterday." I told her that it sounded like she did the right thing, and that she probably didn't need me, and that I thought she did a great job. Her dad is firefighter and paramedic, and he was about to burst with pride.
she never panicked, and remembered her ABC's. She has no medical training, and took CPR sometime in highschool.
Oh, she went back to the hospital yesterday to check on the lady, and meet the family. They tried to pay her for her time. She told them no. "I did it because it was the right thing to do, and I think that anyone would have done the same thing."
So this is for all those who think there is no hope for the next generation--- TAKE HEART!