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Tuesday I was making dinner, had put it in the oven, taken my 6 pm meds and was sitting here at my PC.

Then my doorbell rang – The front door is closed between 6 pm- 5 am, so it had to be someone within here.
I opened and my upstairs neighbor Lottes son Andreas was sitting on my doormat mumbling with glassy eyes.

Luckily, I know that Andreas, 19 or so years old, taller and broader than me, suffers from epilepsies, and within seconds he had a full-blown attack in front of my door.
Starting trashing and having cramps and foaming from the mouth.

I went down on my knees to hold him and trying to calm him. When he stated to fall over I, couldn´t hold on to him anymore, so I got him on the floor, and leapt back in to get a pillow and my cell.

Placing the pillow under his head and trying to calm him, I called 112 (911) and called and ambulance. After giving name and address, I was transferred to a nurse that asked questions the next few minutes.
At one point, I had to put the phone down, to tend to Andreas, as he was getting back again crying and asking if he was dying and where he Mum was. Therefore, I hugged him and talked to him like “Ok Honey, It will be fine and I´ll get hold of your Mum”. Poor Andreas cried and clinging to my hand, asking me not to leave him. I promised that I would be in the ambulance and wait with him.

The ambulance arrived in no time, and the two people were great. Very professional, called Lotte, and tried to talk to Andreas. He was just clinging to me and crying so I tried to answer the questions as best I could. Name and medical condition and such.
My insisting that I´d go with him, the ambulance people wasn´t big on. Nevertheless, I can be rather stern if I have to so I went with him. I didn´t want to leave Andreas alone, I had promised to stay with him until his Mum arrived.

In the ambulance I had to call Mum and ask her to go to my flat and turn off the oven – I had forgotten about the dinner.

At the hospital, I went with into the room, sat, talked to Andreas, and just let him hold my hand and speak. I got him some lemonade as he was so thirsty and then we waited.

After around 30 min Lotte arrived and took over hugging the life out of me for helping her son and staying with him.
I went out and found a cap home; luckily, I had gotten my wallet before leaving. I went to Mums to talk for a while and tell what had happened.

Today Lotte came by with two bouquets of roses and cap money. She was so grateful that I had helped and stayed with Andreas, without freaking out from what happened….

We swapped cell numbers; just in case..




( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 8th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
Lot of adventures for you. Lot of hugs at you lovely lady
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much My Love♥
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well done. :)
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
THank you my darling♥♥
Jan. 8th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
That must have been so scary - for both you and Andreas. Good on you for staying calm and staying with him! *hugs*
Jan. 10th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much honey,
I think poor Andreas had it worst, I was just trying to help him the best I could.
I´m glad it worked out well...
Big hugs ♥
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Wow!! Cool under pressure! That was marvelous of you! I'm over here just smiling! Bless you, dear lady...

Jan. 10th, 2015 03:07 pm (UTC)
Awww thank you Babe,
I didn´t even think of being cool, just doing what I could to help.
But yeah, it feels good to know that I can handle pressure and help people that need me.
Love you hon
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oh my - you fantastic person, you are made of gold! I am so happy that it was your door he chose! Poor boy, how frightening.
You deserves the flowers and even more. I know you probably say that you only did what everyone is supposed to do, but the thing is.... not everyone does that!

Jan. 10th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words honey,
I am happy too, that he chose my door.

I would like to believe that everyone would help a person in need - but sadly you are probably right...at least I know now, that I am able to help in a crises, that helps me to know that.
Jan. 10th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
at least I know now, that I am able to help in a crises, that helps me to know that.

A couple of years ago (2 years tomorrow actually), when I realized that the house just across from my back yard was on fire, I grabbed my phone to call the fire department, and I ran out - not just to see - but to get information if anything needed to be done... and that too has been a relief to me later... to know that the instinct to do something was stronger than my fear of doing anything wrong.

Personally - it has helped me to read about bystander intervention in Sociology or social psycholgy (can't remember...har både sosiologi grunnfag og psykologi grunnfag som del av min cand.mag, og de er delevis overlappende) and learned there that if there are many bystanders (or believed to be many bystanders) people often doesn't help - everyone expect other people to do it. But if people are approached directly (like him ringing your door) people are much more likely to act. But research also show that if people learn about this phenomenon, they are more likely to act later, even if there are other bystanders around. (If you are interested, you can read more about it here... it is quite useful knowledge. :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_responsibility )
Jan. 12th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
wow, lots of excitement, I'm glad it all turned out okay. Imagine you hadn't known about his epilepsy, that could have gone so badly for him.

So glad you could help and he's okay :) And it's very nice of his mom to come thank you like that *hugs*
Jan. 13th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
I´m so pleased that I could help too, and I am glad I know he has epilepsy.
My brother had it when he was a child, but he never got cramps and such as Andreas, he just dropped like a sack of potatoes and was unconscious for a while.
Lotte was so grateful that I went to the hospital and stayed with him, as she know how frightened he gets after a seizure.
We´ve exchanged cell phone numbers now, just in case.
The roses was such a nice gesture, I and so pleased about them.
Jan. 14th, 2015 09:28 am (UTC)
They do look very lovely! *hugs*
Jan. 23rd, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You are such a caring neighbour! And what lovely flowers! I'd have been so grateful too in Lotte's place. She would have been so glad that Andreas didn't have to be alone.
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