If you haven’t read Part 1 (<—-click there to read it), you should probably do that before reading Part 2!
Finally I get back to my car about an hour after I pulled over. It’s not raining anymore. THANK GOD. There’s no ways I’m driving in the rain after seeing all that happened. I call my friend to tell her that I won’t make it to yoga class later because my energy will be all kinds of wrong to be teaching or assisting. She wisely tells me that I should probably go get a cup of coffee before I drive home.
So there I am inside the Red Rooster standing in the queue. The lady who hit the guy is still there with her friend who was the one standing over the guy with the umbrella. She must be traumatised as I saw her crying earlier while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. How awful she must feel though it’s not really her fault at all since the man had ran into her car (because he was trying to get out of the pouring rain).
When I ordered my coffee, the Red Rooster staff didn’t accept my money. Yay free coffee.
OMG did I just think YAY? Someone had to get hit by a car for you to get this free coffee, shame on you!
Oh the whole way home I couldn’t stopped thinking about how that it could have been me lying on the driveway if I had gotten out to get that coffee. And then no one would have been around to cover me up with a yoga mat. And my new lulu pants would be ruined. All this time whilst the smell of his blood from his head was still fresh in my brain… Then of course I was appalled at myself that I even considered for a second of leaving the scene while a man is lying bleeding on the floor!
I tried to remember the steps to first aid and emergencies and finally understood why it was so important to do a refresher course every 2 – 3 years. I did my course a year ago and I hardly remember anything anymore. Which is why I was reading this First Aid wikibook last night to refresh my memory. If it’s been a while since you did your first aid course, remember to refresh your memory every now and then, because you never know when it might come in handy.
Even if you don’t remember all the textbook steps during an emergency, it doesn’t matter. Just use your common sense. Don’t move people around if you think they might have broken something. Don’t dig around in their open wound. Don’t ask them to perform a shoulderstand if they have neck issues, oh wait, that’s for yoga class, but also applicable during an emergency!
Most importantly, do everything with Metta, loving kindness. Yes I’m kind of digging that word at the moment, so you might see it come up again and again in future posts. If you act with loving kindness and common sense, chances are you can’t go wrong. The victim will feel as comfortable and looked after as he possibly can given the circumstances. Reassure them that help is on the way and that they will be okay, with loving kindness. Picking them up and giving them a hug is NOT acceptable, not that kind of loving okay.
This incident also reminds me of how important it is to be mindful. Be mindful of how you are treating another human being’s body. Be mindful of your own body. Be mindful of your surroundings. Be mindful of how you cross the road.
Don’t be a mind fool, don’t be mind full, but mindful.
Namaste and be safe everybody,