After a busy day of work I needed to get outside. I logged off the computer, put on my shoes and was about to head out the door when Ben came home. He decided to join me and we were off to take a nice, de-stressing walk and talk
But, on the way back we saw two teenage boys on the bike path. One was leaning up against the other’s legs. He looked hurt so we walked toward them to offer help. The kid standing told us he was fine, didn’t need help, already called someone and they were on the way…
We hesitated, but decided to keep walking home. Before we turned the corner we glanced back and now the kid who was sitting was now laying down on the path. We turned back.
I figured he hurt his leg skateboarding or something and couldn’t walk. At the very least Ben should help him to the grass…
But when we got closer we realized he was unconscious. He was breathing, but wasn’t responding to his friend or us (I thanked God I know CPR in that moment). The friend said he had someone on the way to take him home. He didn’t want us to call 911 because the kid was
“just drunk”. He had a big gash on his forehead from falling and I thought it was worse than just being drunk.
Long story short… another good Samaritan stopped to help. He called 911 while Ben held the unconscious kid’s head the whole time (his friend was freaking out). When the ambulance came we found out they were both 14 years old. If it was my little brother I would have wanted someone to call 911 right away! I’m sorry we didn’t call immediately, but at first we didn’t realize it was that serious.
A few other people slowed or stopped to offer help, but a lot of them just passed us without a word too! I hope someone, anyone would help me or my brother or my kid. Don’t assume someone else called 911 already. Take initiative if it’s safe for you to do so.
After that “de-stressing” walk I RUSHED home to change and get to the gym to train one client.
On the way home I stopped to get the ingredients for Iowa Girl’s Butter Scotch bars. I’m self soothing with food tonight. I’m aware. No big.
Some real scotch might do me good now that I think about it…
Question: Are you good in scary situations like that? What would you have done?