Emergency Preparedness – Good Bedside Manners
“Oh goodness, he’s going to need a lot of stitches,” said the Provo nurse in a voice burdened with fear. Fished out of the municipal pool semi-conscience after my diving collision with a kid at age 9, I wasn’t even aware my scalp was split until I touched it and found blood. I started to cry, still not feeling any pain.
“Don’t ever tell someone how badly they are hurt, even if they are holding their insides in their hands,” a medic told me. You state: “You’re going to be alright and help is on the way right now!”
“We want to see where you had your operation,” the home teacher said. The recent kidney donor hurt from her giggle and said, “I’m too modest to show you, but I am happy you came to visit me.”
“We were just asking if you’d like to take a drive past your hospital,” was the quip.
In an emergency, you may only have band-aids, the priesthood, and a good sense of humor to help someone in need. Polish up on some one-liners. It’s okay to quote someone else if you aren’t spontaneous with jokes. Humor generates endorphins and can be a healing balm. Even if you have a good first aid kit, MAKE ‘EM LAUGH. It’s easier to find a pulse.
For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).
CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.