Travel Nurse 1


The airport is crowded as usual, pushing my way towards the lane a group of Koreans were in front of me. Check in was fast and I requested a seat near the window. Exhausted but excited of the trip I concentrated on my itinerary for this visit. We were in midair and the atmosphere was serene, everybody looks tired and drifted on and off. I just finished listing my to do list when suddenly somebody cried! The staff went to the business class where the sound came from, then suddenly I hear an announcement for the need of medical staff who can come forward to help. I looked around, no doctor seem to be on board. Then the feeling of urgency was creeping inside me, a familiar fear of the unknown that something is wrong.I stood up and went to check what was going on. I introduced myself, I am a practicing cardiology nurse in one of the hospital in New York. The passenger was pale, unresponsive but breathing normal, skin moist and diaphoretic, He looks familiar but I couldn’t imagine where. I checked his pulse it’s weak and thready. Blood pressure was taken and it was normal low. I told myself to calm down and think. I asked for a glucometer on board and fortunately the first aid kit of the plane is equipped. I started looking for an alert wrist band or necklace and indeed the passenger is diabetic. The meter shows a CBG of 20. I administered glucagon shot, I followed with another shot then slowly the passenger woke up. He told me he took his insulin shot this morning and decided to eat while waiting to check in. But his morning was not smooth, he arrived late due to an accident on the way. Who knows he might be up all night preparing and thinking about his family back home, so upon boarding the plane he slumped and it did not took him a while to ride in his dream. The flight attendant was serving drinks when the passenger beside him noticed something unusual thus the sudden cry.He gave me his business card and everybody went back to their seat. He was then served a snack. Inside me I was happy and satisfied, I had dreamed of becoming an ER nurse and even became certified as emergency nurse by the BCEN instead I cannot seem to get away from the appeal of the heart. All the staff were giving me a warm smile, and I reassured myself I am covered by the Good Samaritan law. But wait.. we are in the plane will it be applicable then? Well, I will check on the planes policy and google it when I get to the hotel. For me, the 12 hour trip was cut short because of the event, we are now landing any minute. The international airport of Seoul is beautiful. as I follow the lane to the immigration the man who had hypoglycemia was met by a group of men in black suite. Wow, I told myself he must be a known personality here in Korea.

N.B. Exploring…,conceiving… and creating.. a story to captivate yourself and your readers is the art of the creative mind… by S.P.A

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