I've pretty much had the craziest experience ever today!! Joel and I were driving on the interstate on our way to a town about an hour away. As I was looking out the window, I noticed a green SUV pulled off to the side. The driver's side door was open, and something was laying on the ground right next to the car. As we got closer, I realized it was a woman!! So I yelled, "STOP THE CAR!!!!!" And Joel pulled over. As soon as the car stopped. I jumped out of the car and sprinted over to the green SUV. The woman was laying on the ground. Her eyes were closed. I called to her. She didn't respond. I gently shook her, and nothing happened. When Joel got to where I was, he was already on the phone with 911. Aparently we weren't the first to call 911. Several others had called 911 as they drove by her, yet nobody had stopped. We checked for a pulse, and we checked to see if she was breathing. She was breathing and had a pulse as well. We rolled the woman onto her side, and propped up her head. Then we prayed for her. She began shivering. So I climbed into her car, found a blanket, and covered her. Suddenly she cried out, "WAIT!!" We began talking to her, but she went back into the unconscience state that we had found her in. Joel had her head propped up against his knee. So I began to walk around check the area for any clues to what had happened. There were skid marks behind her car. Her hazard lights were on. The tires were all inflated. There was no body damage to the car. The car key was laying on the floorboard of the driver's side. Inside the car she had a couple bags of luggage. Everything was neatly arranged. Everything seemed to be normal. It looked like she had skidded to stop, opened the door, and fallen out of the car. Suddenly she opened her eyes, looked straight at me with a paniced look in her eyes, and cried out, "CALL MY HUSBAND!" and then returned to an unconcious state. Joel and I switched places. I took the woman's head on my lap. Joel searched her car and found a cell phone. He tried calling a number, but without any luck. No area codes were entered into her phone and she was from out of the state. So Joel ran to our car, pulled out a blanket from the trunk of our car, and placed it underneath the woman's head. Just then her cell phone rang. I answered it. It was her husband. I introduced myself, and informed him of what had happened. It was hard to do. On top of that, I had so much adrenaline rushing through me, I had a difficult time trying to get my thoughts out in a logical order, AND trying to keep the husband calm. I took his information and stayed on the phone with him, relaying all the information I knew. We asked for a medical history. She had none that he was aware of. While I was on the phone with him, another couple from our town had pulled over as well, and assited us. Finally the EMTs came. Joel and I relayed all the information we could. I gathered her bag, purse, and cell phone and loaded it into the ambulance. The EMTs loaded her onto the strecher and put her in the ambulance. I offered to drive the woman's SUV to the hospital, but someone else ended up driving it back since they were on their way back into town. The EMTs thanked us, and drove away. So Joel and I got back in our car, and continued on our way.
This was seriously one of the craziest situations I have ever experienced. I had so much adrenaline rushing through me I had a difficult time thinking things through. I am CPR certified, but I had a difficult time recalling what I had learned. After this incident, I am highly motivated to refresh my CPR knowledge now. I think that the woman will be fine. I'm going to try and see if I can visit her this evening if we get back in town in time. The strange thing about the story was that when I talked to her husband, I told him she was in a green SUV, but he said she was supposed to be driving a blue pickup. Weird.
***UPDATE***So Joel and I went to visit her in the hospital this evening. Two of her friends were there with her. Physically, nothing is wrong with her. She's ok. But emotionally she is not ok. They believe that she's had a mental breakdown. She's not able to speak anymore. Her eyes had a dead look in them; they displayed no emotion whatsoever. She was in a state of confusion. The more we began to talk to her two friends, the more the story began to unfold. This woman was in an abusive relationship (with her husband). Her husband was leaving for Europe today. She was supposed to be going to Sherman, TX, however when we found her, she was heading the opposite way, and for those of you who know where we live, it's quite far from Sherman. After we relayed all the information with her friends, her friends realized that she was running away from this relationship. And from what I understand, since she was running away, she was driving her own car, the green SUV, instead of driving her husband's blue pickup, like her husband thought she was driving. She must have been in the midst of a mental breakdown while she was driving, quickly pulled over, and fell out of the car, unconcious. Pray for her, you guys. My heart goes out to her.