View Full Version : Holy Crap!

10-02-2007, 01:45 PM
My boyfriend and I went to church one town over on Sunday. He used to go there when he was little w/ his dad and wanted me to experience it. So we're sitting there, just finished some singing and praying and were getting ready for the preacher to deliver his sermon when there was a commotion at the back of the chapel. (We were sitting above the commotion, in the balcony.)

Apparently, a man had collapsed during the song and wasn't breathing. They carried him to the middle of is aisle, and of course someone yelled for a doctor. There were a large number of doc's in choir (I thought that was kind of cool.) and they all ran down to check him out. The next thing I hear is, "No pulse, no respiratory effort. Let's start CPR." I looked at my boyfriend and asked if I should head down to help out. I peeked over the edge of the balcony and there were five or six people working on him, so I stayed where I was. The ambulance showed up w/in like three minutes (I thought that was cool as well... but then again, there's a hospital two blocks away.) and by the time they arrived, the guy was alert and yelled, "Sorry everyone," on the way out. The preacher said a prayer and we sang another song.

This was when I started crying. I was totally freaked out at the thought of having to do CPR on someone outside of the hospital. I've done it on multiple occasions at work, but I have monitors, drugs, RT, etc. I think I was also feeling a little guilty for not heading down to help out.

Have any of you ever had to do CPR, emergency treatment in the field? How did it make you feel?

(oh yes, no pun intended w/ the title to the thread...)

10-02-2007, 02:49 PM
Wow I have to admit I have never had anything like that happen to me (always happens to someone else thankfully). I am not sure you need to worry about not rushing down. You would have if it had been necessary. :)

Mother Jones, RN
10-02-2007, 03:08 PM
I did CPR on an elderly gentleman many years ago while I shopping at a grocery store. A little 5-year-old boy in the store called 911 while all the adults stood around with their finger up their noses while I was performed CPR. I was pissed off that a kid had more sense than anyone else in the store. I didn’t start to feel shaky about what happened until later. I think it is normal to have a reaction like that after the adrenaline wears off. :bawling:


10-02-2007, 08:36 PM
I've never had that kind of experience but I could SEE me having that kind of experience.

I know that feeling of adreneline wearing off and I think I would cry too. Sounds like he's gonna be OK.

Nurse Stella
10-03-2007, 06:10 AM
About 5 years ago a van transporting veterans to and from the VA hospital in VT stopped in front of our house. We lived on a main road, but it was very rural. They dragged a man out of the back of the van and laid him on the ground. He was not breathing. My husband and I ran out, and got ready to start CPR. Fortunately a car stopped with 2 off duty EMTs in it. They took over while my husband called 911, and I stayed with the man's wife. The wife kept saying "the doctor just said he was fine!". Because we were so rural, it took almost 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. We took turns with CPR until they did get to us, but the man never had a chance. His implanted defibrilator, which had just been checked, never fired.


10-03-2007, 10:28 AM
Wow, I've never had that kind of experience before but it must have been quite scary. Don't worry about it too much, there were plenty of people helping him and if it was only 1 person, I'm pretty sure you would've jumped right in.

Burnout Hag RN
10-11-2007, 06:10 PM
Yeah, I had a guy collapse on a river bank in a wilderness area, pulse but not breathing. He also had a mouth full of snuff,,,,,,,,,,this was before cell phones too. He did find but I vomited oce it was through.