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  1. #1
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    I might have saved a life...

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    Last Saturday, my DH was riding in a 95 mile event in Douglas, AZ. I didn't participate because it was mostly for faster cyclists than me. So I was out on the course with my car, passing out bottles to friends half way through. After they had all passed me, I started following the course back to the start/finish.

    As a drove along the course, I passed a cyclist sitting on the side of the road, with his bike on the ground. It looked odd, so I stopped, went back and asked him if was okay. Moments later, we were joined by one of the bike patrol on the route. The rider was a little slow in his responses, although he was coherent, and accepted a ride back. He answered questions, though he didn't really initiate much conversation, but he did tell me he had been in bike-car accident earlier in the week, which had destroyed his helmet.

    I brought him back to the finish and found an EMT from the Border Patrol to check him out. The EMT called an ambulance crew- although the guy seemed to check out okay physically, they encouraged him to go to a hospital for evaluation. After all was said and done, they airlifted him to Tucson. Sunday I was able to contact his friend who told me he had been checked in to the hospital and had undergone surgery for a subdeural hematoma on Sunday morning (from the accident earlier in the week). Fortunately, he will be okay. He called me yesterday to thank me, and he sounded much better, but he has 19 staples in his head.

    I was so glad
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    Woah...that is pretty intense. Good for you for following your instincts and checking on him, azfiddle. Sounds like he really needed the help!
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    Wow. Good for you. Hope he makes a full recovery.
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    One person taking the time to be concerned is the difference between life and death, congtrats to you for being a good Samaratian. I bet the patient is happy to have had you come along.
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  5. #5
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    Wow...he's so lucky you happened to be right there at the right time. I'm glad his story has a happy ending.
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    Whoah!! Well done, azfiddle, you did a good thing. Good for you for not letting him go.
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    Very well done! You did very well in listening to your instincts, and glad to hear that he is on the road to recovery.

  8. #8
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    Speaking as a former ER nurse, I have no doubt in my mind you saved this mans life. Often times when dealing with head trauma minutes can make the difference between life and death. You have made a huge positive difference in this mans life and played a huge role in preventing a disastrous outcome. You should feel really good about that. Thank you for checking on him. Glad to hear he's expected to make a full recovery.

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    Way to go! It must feel good to know you followed your gut and it helped someone.
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    Way to go! This world is in a much better place today because of your selfless actions. I am glad you went with your gut and helped him out.

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    Thanks for sharing. It's hard to know when something's wrong like that. I will definitely keep your experience in mind and try to be aware of things like that. Hopefully I never have to use the lesson but good to know about it.
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    Great Job! Sometimes we are all so self-involved that we might not stop to help like you took the time to do.
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  13. #13
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    Thanks for all the kind words. I was probably extra alert because I knew I was on the course of the event, but would have stopped if I was on my bike as well. He seems to be a very nice guy and when he called on Friday to thank me, he said that the neurologist had "cleared him for everything".
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  14. #14
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    Wow. Glad you were in the right place to help him.

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    Good on you!
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