PART 1... This line is a definite cliche, and has the potential to annoy the crap out of a person facing the crisis. HOW do you remain CALM in a CRISIS for heavens sake? its a CRISIS after all!
But the more we have faced medicial crsises, the more we have come to realise why this cliche exists. You need to control your internal panic, anyway that you can. You have to get your nerves to calm down so your brain can take over and think practically what you can do to get through the crisis. Obviously your still going to feel the adreline rush, your going to be pareshan, your going to be scared - and thats alright - dont equate all those feelings to panic. Panic in easier terms is - wangwela na machao (lol, somethings you can only describe in your mother language) - dont go haywire. if you need to quickly get things done, do coordination with alot of people and stuff - do that, just dont go into panic mode and blast out your heightened emotions DURING the crisis.
The story that I've related to our journey, is of when my dad vomitted the first time infront of me. As you all know by now, he could not swallow because his throat muscles no longer worked. Now, after he was given his milk (directly into his stomach through a peg tube) somehow he wasnt able to digest it. As he couldnt speak, we really couldnt tell he was not feeling too good, and I was sitting right next to his bed when I noticed soemthing was off but before I could analyse or ask him what was up, he vomitted!
I jumped out of my seat, pushed the button to make his bed bring him to a sitting position and then screamed our for help like a crazy person. Now that might look like panic, but it wasnt, it was what was needed.
My two hands would only be able to get tissues and put him in an upright position - I needed another pair of hands to get the suction machine on and start suction from his mouth so we could ensure no vomit went back inside - because that could potentially result in him - as difficult and as simple as it is - choking to death... Stay tuned for part 2!
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