Covid-19 making cowards?

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by MericanMade, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. MericanMade

    MericanMade Medium Load Member

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    Insane backup of trucks trying to get into the county landfill today. The line to get out was even longer. Looks like people are catching up on yard work and other projects.

    Sitting at almost a standstill in a very long line waiting to get to the scales to pay and leave, I saw a pickup truck to my right race on the grass toward a row of white PVC floppy poles, then skid to a stop. I figured he got fed up with the crazy long wait and decided to bypass everything, and realizing at the last second that it wasn’t a good idea.

    He sat there for a couple of minutes, and I thought he was trying to find a way to get back in line. Heck no I’m not letting him in! Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a kid holding a cell phone to his ear and waving at us. Then I noticed the driver flopping around and his head banging against the window.

    Holy crap! The driver was in trouble! I put my truck in park, jumped out, and ran over to his truck to see what was going on. The kid, 15 years old, told me his granddaddy was having a seizure. I asked him if he had called 911. He was already on the phone with them.

    I opened the door and the old man almost rolled out, but I caught him and pushed him back in. I looked at his eyes and thought he was dead! But I felt for a pulse, and he had one. I lifted his chin up and he started breathing heavily, and drooling all over my hand. Gross!

    Anyway, the ambulance finally arrived. By that time, gramps was somewhat coherent and answered ‘yes‘ to the paramedic’s question about having diabetes. I made sure the boy had other family on the way, praised him for being so level-headed, gave him a pat on the back, got back into my truck, and bathed in hand sanitizer.:p

    Three takeaways for me: 1) Thank God gramps (79 years old) didn’t have that seizure on the interstate. 2) The kid had great poise for such a young age. 3) And why was I the only one who offered assistance?

    One lady rolled down her window and suggested that we recline his seat back, but the rest just slowly rolled by, gawking. Are we that scared now? Normally there would be a half dozen people offering some sort of help.

    It’s disappointing to me.
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i can't say, what the underling reasons are for no other help. how many people stop at an accident on a city street or highway, out of the hundreds that slow down, gawk, and drive off?

    granddad knows he's a diabetic. maybe he skipped his meds?

    i can't say, why he had his near diabetic shock, but i'll suspect a very low sugar count, which could put a diabetic into a coma.

    i can't say if granddad takes care of himself, or his wife helps him (if he is married, and she is still living)

    i can't say if granddad lives with the grandson and his mom/dad, and someone forgot to help him with his meds or food that day.

    there's a lot............i can't say.
     
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  4. FLtoOKBound

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    It may or may not have been cowardice. It might have also have been people seeing that someone had it in hand. As someone was already on with 911 and someone was already helping the man. Too many people and they "could" infect him. Or just be too many cooks spoil the broth. I mean how many other people besides you and his grandson did it really take? Zero. So we can't assume either way.
     
  5. AModelCat

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    I've come across a situation or 2 like OPs and if its handled, why get involved? Too many people getting involved in a situation is just as bad or worse than nobody stepping up.

    Came onto a scene where a biker had just crashed in a construction zone (I'm assuming he died, cross was erected at the site a week later). I'm the 2nd vehicle on scene. Rural BC highway, no cell service. 2 construction workers looked like they were just starting to give first aid/CPR. Traffic controller for the crew was waving us over to the shoulder so there'd be room for the first responders to access the scene. I asked the flagger if anyone had managed to contact an ambulance since there was no cell service and I had OnStar in my pickup. Flagger said they got a hold of them on the repeater. Nothing else to do aside from have a BS session with the family behind me while we waited for the road to open.
     
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  6. FLtoOKBound

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    yeah same. At the most I'll usually ask, "you need a hand?" And let them say if they need help.
     
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  7. Chubby Fly

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    Good for you. You are a good man. No im not afraid of the covid 19 nonsense and would have done the same a you. Shame on ALL those nitwits
     
  8. MericanMade

    MericanMade Medium Load Member

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    Would have been nice if someone watched for the ambulance to wave it over, and make sure the line of trucks left a hole. My arms were getting tired restraining the man, who was trying to get out of the truck, so someone could have spelled me. Wouldn’t have minded some moral support either, because it’s been a few decades since my last first aid class.

    But for probably 15 minutes it was just me holding the granddad, the kid on the phone, and a slowly moving line of gawkers twenty feet away. Not a single person even asked if things were in okay, or if there was anything they could do.

    IDK, maybe I expect too much.
     
  9. FLtoOKBound

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    True, help is always appreciated. But could have been cowardice or apathy. Some people don't help because, "It's not my problem." It's the same type on here that say. If they die they die. We lose more to the flu." It's basically not them or their family, so it doesn't matter.
     
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  10. HoneyBadger67

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    They were already cowards, 19 just made you notice them
     
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  11. okiedokie

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    This pu rolled twice in front of us yesterday. Guess who got out and was the first 1 to the car. A driver! Good on him. There were 2 other men stopped and helping so no need for me to get involved. There are good folks out there and then the rest of society.
     
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