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post #1 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't posted in a little while, because honestly, things have been going pretty good with my life. I was just thinking about how well Nell and I are doing, and how much better my job is getting, but then came tonight and my good mood all went to poop. I'll bring it all the way back to Thursday night when I was working. A volunteer asked my coach if she could ride in the arena during the last lesson. That was fine, it's a pretty big arena that would have only been occupied by two ponies. Despite her total lack of respect for arena rules, things went quite swimmingly. At the end of the lessons the two kids were allowed to ride bareback for a few minutes, so when we were finished, I had to go pick up the saddles to put back in the tack room. While I wasn't looking, this volunteer asked the horse to canter, he bucked and unsaddled her. From what I saw it looked like a pretty bad fall, and she didn't get up. So one of the moms and I ran over to assist her. She complained of blurry vision and pain in her hip. So we decided that it would be best to call an ambulance. The horses were removed from the arena, and the mom and I continued to apply first aid and evaluate her. She was lying on her side (that's how she landed) so we cushioned her head and back with blankets. She was breathing normally, head trauma seemed to be minimal as she was coherent enough to tell us what was wrong, ask us to get things for her to go to the hospital with her, was able to have a conversation with someone on the phone, and continued to form sentences until paramedics arrived, and there was no vomiting. So tonight, she went onto the barns facebook group and posted this long winded wall of text about how useful wilderness first aid practice was and how useless basic first aid is in a situation like that. She even went on to say that the only reason she wasn't hurt worse is that she was trained as a kid in how to tuck and roll while falling, and she knew what to do for her own spine and concussion symptoms, and that no one on-site "demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." Did anyone get any thanks for sticking around to make sure she was okay? No. I could have left, I had the option to go home, but I decided, out of the goodness of my heart, to stay and make sure she would be okay, and all she can say to that is "no one on-site demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." My first aid skills are pretty basic, sure, I could probably learn a lot more, but come on, you can't be the least bit grateful someone had the heart to call an ambulance for you and provide some help?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:41 PM
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I would have the same feelings as you about this. You did what should've been done- you stayed and called an ambulance rather than risk injuring her further. She should be grateful for that. I think maybe having someone there who knew more first aid would've been beneficial, but not everyone is well versed in what to do beyond calling an ambulance. You did what you should have done so I wouldn't stress over it!
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:45 PM
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I haven't posted in a little while, because honestly, things have been going pretty good with my life. I was just thinking about how well Nell and I are doing, and how much better my job is getting, but then came tonight and my good mood all went to poop. I'll bring it all the way back to Thursday night when I was working. A volunteer asked my coach if she could ride in the arena during the last lesson. That was fine, it's a pretty big arena that would have only been occupied by two ponies. Despite her total lack of respect for arena rules, things went quite swimmingly. At the end of the lessons the two kids were allowed to ride bareback for a few minutes, so when we were finished, I had to go pick up the saddles to put back in the tack room. While I wasn't looking, this volunteer asked the horse to canter, he bucked and unsaddled her. From what I saw it looked like a pretty bad fall, and she didn't get up. So one of the moms and I ran over to assist her. She complained of blurry vision and pain in her hip. So we decided that it would be best to call an ambulance. The horses were removed from the arena, and the mom and I continued to apply first aid and evaluate her. She was lying on her side (that's how she landed) so we cushioned her head and back with blankets. She was breathing normally, head trauma seemed to be minimal as she was coherent enough to tell us what was wrong, ask us to get things for her to go to the hospital with her, was able to have a conversation with someone on the phone, and continued to form sentences until paramedics arrived, and there was no vomiting. So tonight, she went onto the barns facebook group and posted this long winded wall of text about how useful wilderness first aid practice was and how useless basic first aid is in a situation like that. She even went on to say that the only reason she wasn't hurt worse is that she was trained as a kid in how to tuck and roll while falling, and she knew what to do for her own spine and concussion symptoms, and that no one on-site "demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." Did anyone get any thanks for sticking around to make sure she was okay? No. I could have left, I had the option to go home, but I decided, out of the goodness of my heart, to stay and make sure she would be okay, and all she can say to that is "no one on-site demonstrated they knew what to do beyond calling an ambulance." My first aid skills are pretty basic, sure, I could probably learn a lot more, but come on, you can't be the least bit grateful someone had the heart to call an ambulance for you and provide some help?

Some people are so rude. My goodness. It wasn't your obligation to help her, you did because you wanted to, and this is how she thanks you? I always learned that if you have any signs of a concussion you call an ambulance. In fact for Equestrian through school, right after you fall at the show, you must be looked over by the provided health professional for signs of a concussion. Any signs that you have a concussion, you are done competing for the day. She should be thankful, you did the right thing.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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In all honesty, I probably shouldn't even be this upset about it, but I'm just so offended that couldn't even say thanks to the people who stuck around for her.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:52 PM
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Well-- I am VERY skilled in medical emergencies, and you couldn't have done anything different. Not moving the patient and maintaining an airway are THE most important things to do.

What an ungrateful brat!!

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post #6 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:57 PM
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How ungrateful. Next time you see her, be sure to tell her, "You're welcome." No explaination necessary. Let her wonder what you mean.

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 10:58 PM
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Be proud of yourself for doing the right thing. I got into a similar situation once, but in the end know it's absolutely okay to call the experts, especially if someone is complaining of their vision being compromised and you didn't see the fall. Good on ya, anyone else would have been thankful and grateful that you were there to help.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-15-2013, 11:03 PM
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to help you get thought this remember this ANGELS NEVER GET A THANK YOU but they are always there for others and use
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-16-2013, 12:12 AM
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Facebook is a great place to go get your feelings hurt and for thoughtless people to let the whole world in on how they think (or don't). What goes around comes around.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-16-2013, 12:31 AM
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Well-- I am VERY skilled in medical emergencies, and you couldn't have done anything different. Not moving the patient and maintaining an airway are THE most important things to do.

What an ungrateful brat!!
That's exactly it. You are not to move someone with a possible head/neck/back injury. I guess some people just have to make themselves out to be smarter and better than others. Helping others can be a thankless job. Don't let her get you down.
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