What to do when someone falls and cant remember
So literally two hours ago me and my friend Elsie went for a trail ride with our horses. We came to an open stretch of field and started cantering. All was well until her horse started bucking and she came off and hit her head. I asked her if she was okay and she said she thought so. She sat on the ground for a few minutes and said her head was a little sore. I got off and we started walking back to the barn. As we were walking she began to get confused about which way was home even though we regularly ride on that trail. She began asking me lots of questions about why we were riding at the powerlines, why she was riding Phil and not Norman, and kept saying she thought she was supposed to be somewhere in 15 minutes. I thought she was okay until she started asking the questions over and over again. She didnt remember that she was taking a calculus class, she didnt remember the guy she liked even after I reminded her his name, and she couldnt remember what she had done that day.
I figured the most important thing was to keep her calm and get her back to the barn. So I took the lead and kept talking to her. I told her everything I could think about. I told her about the boy she liked, I told her about the cute guys she played frisbee with the other day, basically I just kept talking to keep her calm. She didnt remember that and she didnt even remember where she went to college. She had no idea where she was as we were walking back to the barn. She kept asking if we were going the right direction. I literally told her the same things 20 times. I reminded her to breathe and told her she was okay and that we were almost back to the barn where I would get help. Elsie kept thanking me for being so calm because she was getting nervous. She gave me her cell and told me her password in case she passed out. I probably should have called the barn owner and told her we were on our way, but I was too focused on leading the horses and talking to Elsie. I didnt want to stop.
Anyways it took about 10 minutes but we made it back to the barn. The barn owner came out and had Elsie sit down and put her head between her legs. I took care of the horses while the barn owner asked Elsie questions and called her sister. Elsie slowly started remembering things, but the barn owner still drove her to the hospital to get her head checked out. And yes she was wearing a helmet. We ALWAYS ride with helmets.
So now my question is, what should you do when someone falls and hits their head and loses some of their memory? Did I do the right thing? Or should I have made her stay where she was and not moved her? I did what I thought best, and thankfully she was alright. Im still waiting to hear from the barn owner how she is, but I just want to know what to do if this happens again. I kind of just winged it.