Signs of Life
Autumn to Winter leaves turning from vibrant green to darkened hues of orange and brown, signs of the cycle of life. Sadness would come to me with the lessening of light and warmth, until a mother described how she loved to birth at this time. She reminded me that this time is an opportunity to look at what I have as fleeting as that it is and to explore new possibilities. Looking for signs of life.
DRSABCD is the series of prompts used in a resuscitation. I extend these steps to my life with good intention but not always appropriately.
My education, work and life experiences have lead me to always consider the potential of possible DANGERS. This is not in a pessimistic way. I was able to enjoy this beautiful scene even though the forecast was for storms. I had a raincoat on hand and was capable of sprinting to cover. Besides very few die from getting wet. (My soggy doggy may disagree on this).
It is this forecasting of potential dangers that helps me adapt, the back of my car and handbag have those just in case objects. Is the possibility of danger a reality or just my distress?
As a child I was known for poking people in the belly to get a response. I possible have created sleep disorders in those that I babysat who were shallow breathers. One way I check in on my loved ones that they are not in danger is to text or call. When I don’t get a response or see no signs of life – my anxiety arcs. This is my drama with these questions:
- How long do you wait for a response?
- Are they in phone range?
- Are they trapped at school / the office in a very, very important meeting?
- Did I leave my invisibility cloak on ?
- Was I effective in my communication?
Then I laugh at the abundance of unwanted responses like the spam received on this blog and my email.
Send for Help
Timing in sending for help is crucial, particularly if you are living out of the C.B.D. The fear of what others may think can stop people from getting appropriate help. I may not always be the appropriate person to help; as I am a sister, daughter, friend which makes my thinking subjective and this is when I refer to external sources. Calling in the cavalry.
Airway the pathway for the breath and voice.
Is it obstructed can the blockage be removed?
Am I obstructing their life ?
Are they in a position where they can speak freely?
Is a whack on the back or a prompt to speak going to move that obstruction?
2 Breaths to give. Exhale let go of prana to give life. Two people involved one gives the other receives. At times people question this very act of giving- stating it is uneven in a relationship. It is the mystery of how relationships work.
30 Compressions in the middle of the chest. The squeeze action pumps blood carrying oxygen to organs.
Sometimes we are compressed by our very life circumstances and need someone to release the baggage by listening or offering to help. Hopefully you don’t have to get to a dire state to receive help.
In public spaces such as swimming pools and shopping centers there can be a found a defibrillator. A machine that can monitor the heart and if indicated deliver a 200kj shock to restart the heart rhythm. At an emergency in these settings a person may be sent to find this. Continue with resuscitation until the ambulance or Dr arrives.
Emotionally shocking moments can be likened to receiving a jolt to my reality altering the rhythm I was in.
Signs of life returning
With movement I can see sounds of life and the return of a phone call allays my fears. Then a shop sign reminds me..