“Let it be a lesson to you to be less busy in the future!”
– Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy
Calm down, minions, I’m not talking about me. Today we bring you a morality tale of A) staying out of other people’s business and B) not exaggerating.
We have an EMT internship program on campus and all of our kids are highly trained to assist in medical emergencies, often they are our first responders. But they, like us, are often dispatched to non-emergencies because of faulty (not to say completely false) information.
Yesterday we received a call that there was a pregnant woman with vaginal bleeding on the floor of a restroom and non-responsive.
Our valiant EMTs burst into the bathroom, surprising the poor girl (who was not unconscious but bent over the counter and probably wishing she was dead from both pain and embarrassment).
“You’ve had some vaginal bleeding?” an EMT asked professionally.
“Well, yes,” she answered, confused.
“How many months pregnant are you?”
There was a terrible pause. She paled and clutched at the sink.
It turns out she had been brought low by menstrual cramps, excused herself from her companions and went to the restroom. A concerned friend relayed this information in a rather garbled way to a another friend, who in turn relayed yet a more garbled version to another friend, who in turn called 911. Thankfully all was sorted out with some profuse apologies, pain killers, and a vigorous telling off for the person who called us without having a clue what was going on. And so, my likely-red-faced darlings, let that be a lesson to you: get your facts straight. Otherwise people end up hurt. Or pregnant.