This past weekend one of our riders went down on Route 17 in Vermont. He was able to get back up and get his bike going, he said he was fine. (You know guys-they want to shake it off and keep going.) A little while later, he began not feeling well. We stopped, he got off his bike, his leg had been bleeding under his chaps, as well as a nasty bruise on his head. We also saw that he was white as a ghost. Since we took your class, we recognized that he was going into shock. The members worked together very fluidly to lay him down, support his head and neck, elevate his feet, do a compression bandage on the leg and keep him warm until it was determined that he could go to a hospital, he was now not in shock anymore.
You would have been so proud of your students. They each pulled out their trauma packs, without much discussion, each attended to the situation in different and complimenting ways. Some bandaged, some did ice, some kept him warm and supported, some moved his bike, some attended to his Full Member to help her stay hydrated and calm. One even went to the gas station to fill her bike so she could follow to the hospital, some found out where the closest hospital was and how to get there. Each person had a role, it all came together well.
He is home now, with a nasty cut on the front of his leg and lots of swelling, he has to keep it elevated. He has some neck and head issues that his personal physician will address this week. His bike is toast, however it could have been so much worse.
One of the things that was said many times that night was how glad we were that we had taken your class and how proud you would have been to see everyone take charge of the situation with the skills that you taught us.