10 Long Seconds

You’re talking to the patient, carrying on a normal conversation whilst finishing some mundane task.  Abruptly in the middle of a sentence they stop talking to you.  You turn in time to see their eyes roll back in their head and them slump lifeless back into the bed.  What goes through your mind?

First, denial:  “Maybe they’re just messing with me.”

Sternal rub and nothing.

Second, more denial:   “Oh Hell no, they better not be playing with me now.  Wake the Hell up!”

Third, even more denial:  “That was a  twitch…ahhhh shiiiiit.”

Slam the head of the bed down, take one more attempt at noxious stimuli.  Nothing, nada, zip.

Finally, acceptance:  “Someone call a Code!!!!!”

All in less than 10 seconds, probably only 5.  The longest 10 seconds of the night.

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