I have always been concerned that the patient would vomit and aspirate something nasty, which would cause a much bigger problem than we had before…
Ok, I have to tell the story now. In college, a girl attempted suicide. She didn’t live in the room next to me, but she thought she did, much to the chagrin of the Korean exchange student who lived in the room next to me… Of course, the exchange student knocked on my door immediately after I thought, “I am so bored…”
So, the girl was obviously altered, and I couldn’t get anything out of the exchange student, who had lost all powers of English at that point because some strange girl was freaking out in her room…
I managed to find out that she had taken a bunch of bad pills (can’t remember what, anymore, but she took a lot). So I sent a bystander to call 911. I sat the patient on the bed and tried to explain to the exchange student what was happening…
The patient passed out, at that moment, and I thought, “ohshitohshitohshit,” and sent another girl to get some nail polish remover (because I watch soap operas, damnit!) and I held it under her nose to revive her. Just then, the ambulance crew showed up, and they were totally pissed at me, in spite of my explanation (that I was afraid she’d hurl and choke if I let her stay passed out) that I used nail polish remover to wake her up. But WTF? Who had smelling salts handy in 1994?
We found the very large, nearly empty bottle of vodka in her bag after they took her into protective custody, put her in a straight jacket, and took her to the hospital.
Now this is getting into MPSIMS, but I ran into the girl later, and she said, “Don’t I know you?” hello, awkward, so I reminded her what had happened… She didn’t have any memory of that night (no wonder, with all the vodka) but she remembered me from kindergarten - and we were there 13 years later, at a school with 35000 students, and I happened to be in the room next to the room she tried to kill herself in.
L & k,