THE REPTILE SHOW THAT ENDED IN AN EMERGENCY.
So it’s school holidays and The Mr had the kids last week while I worked. I suggested he take the kids to the reptile show being held at one of the local shopping centres. It was free, something to do and Miss 3 loved it last year (thats her in the photo above, she was 2 in that photo!). Sure why not he thought, not much else to do.
So they pop into my work on their way down to say hi. The kids were that excited. You know how kids get about these things. Mr 5 can’t wait to see the crocodile and Miss 3 wants to hold it again. See? She is nuts this kid.
They leave and make their way down to the shopping centre.
And the show starts.
The reptile man pulls out a blue tongue lizard from one of the many cages for all the kids to see, and the kids in crowd fall silent as they watch in awe. The reptile man begins to tell his captivated audience about his little blue tongue friend when all of a sudden there is a huge commotion in the food court behind the crowd.
A man had gone into cardiac arrest and was on the floor.
The reptile show stops. Everyone is looking at this poor man and his frantic wife.
Now you may or may not know that my Mr is a Paramedic. Not only is he a Paramedic, but he is also level 5 and that is the highest level in NSW Ambulance. He knew he had to go help the man, but with 2 kids and a frantic scene, he didn’t want to put his kids into danger so quietly watched on while a young student nurse started CPR. Before too long a Paramedic arrived on scene. Noticing that there was only one Paramedic, he decided that now was the time he would spring into action.
The Mr asks the reptile man if he would watch the kids for a minute while he goes and helps the man. So while The Mr is saving this mans life, the kids are getting a private viewing of the reptiles. Their very own show! Everyone else is too busy watching the poor man on the floor.
The Mr looks up to check on the kids.
They’re gone! He frantically looks around for them while doing whatever it is his does to save this mans life.
He spots them in the crowd, ice-creams in hand chatting to the security guards. We have no idea who bought them ice creams but we assume it was the security guards. Thanks guys!! And not just your regular old soft serve ice-cream. Oh no. The kids have the works; sprinkles, flakes and little fancy umbrellas!
When the time comes to transport this guy to hospital, The Mr has to ride in the ambulance with him, so the kids are taken to the hospital in another Ambulance. They are strapped into the seats in the back. They have never ridden in a ambulance before. I imagine they would have been asking for the lights and sirens to be turned on. Once at the hospital the head ED nurse comes out to get them and takes them to the nurses station where they are given chocolate and their own little tour around the department.
Once the man was handed over to the hospital, they all get a ride back to the shopping centre in the ambulance to get the car.
All three of them bounce back into work. The kids buzzing from a sugar high and all the commotion of the afternoon. The poor Mr is on a adrenaline high because the last thing he expected was for that to happen while at the reptile show.
Kids verdict – THE BEST DAY EVER!!!! Ice-cream, ambulance rides, lizards, sick people and chocolate all in one day! They think its awesome.
Hubbys verdict – I NEED A BEER. STAT!!!!
The man lived and is back home with his family. The man and his family contacted The Mr to thank him for saving his life and it made the local paper. I’m so proud of him, but The Mr is all like “its just what I do.”
Oh and did you notice how adoringly Miss 3 is looking at that snake in the first photo? Its like she is in love with it. *shiver*. And her brother in the background? Looking through his binoculars? Ha!!
Have you ever come across an emergency like that? Have you ever had to perform CPR? Do you know CPR?
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