Thursday, June 30, 2005

My Thursday night off from work

Nearly a hundred New Yorkers all went home with the same story tonight: Some woman had a seizure while I was watching War of the Worlds! It was the scene right before the aliens rose out of the ground. So it was quiet, the tension was building. Then a moan. I was a little confused. That didn't sound like it came from the movie. Then two men jumped up. One ran back calling for someone to get an ambulance. Another yelled for a doctor - the woman sitting beside him began to have a seizure. A woman two rows behind me was a nurse and ran over. There was a small crowd that began to build around her, but I stayed put. I was the last person they needed over there. A few people pulled out their cell phones. No one seemed to remember what movie theater we were in or the location. I think we were all a bit flustered. I talked to the woman beside me who seemed concerned but her husband pulled out a newspaper and began reading segments out loud, trying to decipher it's meaning. His wife and I wondered why they weren't shutting off the movie. Finally they did and finally, the police and ambulances came. By that point, she wasn't very coherent and kept vomitting. It wasn't pretty. It was actually a little scary. They put her in a wheel chair and took her out.

Then the movie came back on and about sixty five of us jumped out of our chairs as a car came crashing down on the screen. It was the loudest bang. The other thrity five laughed at the rest of us. I jumped, then laughed. It didn't take long though before we were all engrossed in Spielburg's latest film. The movie was actually quite good.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was flying back from Hawaii to SF last year the pregnant lady across from me threw up, had trouble breathing and then passed out. Apperently she had taken some valium or something and had a glass of wine or three. Anyway, they started giving oxygen to her and and asked around for a doctor or a nurse. There was a nurse sitting right behind her, so they moved the lady so she they could sit next to each other so she could watch her. Then the nurse, who was pregnant, started having pains... there was a whole - she's gonna have a baby on the plane - moment. They moved her back to her seat. Time for another doctor call. There just so happened to be an obstentrics nurse. Then the turbulance started. it was pretty rough and you could tell the flight crew was thinking - wow, all that stupid training we had to do that was oh so lame... it's actually for something. It was so rough that while the flight att. was giving the lady oxygen she asked me to hold her down by her shoulders so she wouldn't get thrown into the ceiling. Then there was another moment - this one was a - not sure the baby is going to be okay - moment. then we just sat - the pregnant lady lying on the isle floor, a couple of crew members hovering and the nurse and the people sitting around them trying to keep them on the floor as we bounced around. Only 2 more hours to SF.

Shit happens

P-

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was flying back from Hawaii to SF last year the lady across from me threw up, had trouble breathing and then passed out. Apperently she had taken some valium or something and had a glass of wine or three. Anyway, they started giving oxygen to her and and asked around for a doctor or a nurse. There was a nurse sitting right behind her, so they moved the lady so she they could sit next to each other so she could watch her. Then the nurse, who was pregnant, started having pains... there was a whole - she's gonna have a baby on the plane - moment. They moved her back to her seat. Time for another doctor call. There just so happened to be an obstentrics nurse. Then the turbulance started. it was pretty rough and you could tell the flight crew was thinking - wow, all that stupid training we had to do that was oh so lame... it's actually for something. It was so rough that while the flight att. was giving the lady oxygen she asked me to hold her down by her shoulders so she wouldn't get thrown into the ceiling. Then there was another moment - this one was a - not sure the baby is going to be okay - moment. then we just sat - the pregnant lady lying on the isle floor, a couple of crew members hovering and the nurse and the people sitting around them trying to keep them on the floor as we bounced around. Only 2 more hours to SF.

Shit happens

P-

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