A bit of a scare / PSA12:25:00 PM
So last night I crashed the Anytime Fitness Conference -- not to cause any trouble, but to hang out with Stephen/@ WhoAteMyBlog and Tony/@...
So last night I crashed the Anytime Fitness Conference -- not to cause any trouble, but to hang out with Stephen/@WhoAteMyBlog and Tony/@TheAntiJared (very nice meeting you both!) in what Stephen called "a FatGirl sandwich":
I hung around to watch Stepehen get an Anytime Fitness "running man" tattoo. While we were standing in line (on a bit of a stage with lights and 3 tattoo artists) waiting, I took a moment to chat with Tony about various blog topics, when all of a sudden.... Stephen fainted.
I had my back to Stephen at the time (I had taken a knee on the floor in front of him to be able to talk to Tony standing on the conference room floor 3-4 feet below). According to some people who witness this happen, Stephen slid along a railing, slid off my back (I fell forward and into a table, but that slowed the fall), and then on to the floor face first. I'm thankful to have been there for two reasons -- one, he could have fallen 4 feet below if I hadn't been there, and two because of these:
Time and time again I will tell people to get these certifications.
Luckily Stephen didn't require these skills, but the training helps you stay clear minded and in control in a sometimes-chaotic situation. Unfortunately, people don't always listen to the young person there and did a few things that I wouldn't have recommended except that Stephen regained consciousness fairly quickly. But luckily all turned out okay, and Stephen is fine.
The bottom line is to go to your Red Cross -- get AED/CPR and First Aid certified. It's such a small fraction of your time to be able to help someone else if they need it.
(It has come in handy time and time again -- I have first responded a car accident where a friend's father hit a tree and was going into shock, been able to make a sling out of a t-shirt for someone that dislocated their arm (twice), helped a coworker through labor pains, helped a coworker having a cardiac situation, helped a boxing classmate splint a finger that had ruptured a tendon, etc. In other words, having the training gave me the confidence to step in and say "I can help" when other people just stood by not knowing what to do.)
PS: Please read this as well, as a reminder that (1) you can drink too much water and (2) giving water/a drink to someone that doesn't feel well isn't advisable.