17 November 2010

today at the beginning of my first class a boy had a seizure. his whole body went rigid and shaky and he looked dead behind his eyes. He looked like an animal. I couldn't find my cellphone to call 911 and got dizzy. I feel like I should know what to do in health emergency situations (like when a crazy person runs on to the subway tracks) but I never do. a girl who wants to be a doctor ran to the back of the class and turned him on his side, speaking softly and reassuringly. someone at 911 wanted to hear how often he was breathing and she called it out. I walked outside because that's where even the boy's roommates had gone, to wait for the ambulance. it was pouring rain.

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