Reader has problem with county EMS

Published 6:32am Friday, April 26, 2013

Earlier this month, I woke up and wasn’t feeling well. I have a history of seizures and I felt like I was going to have a seizure.
Our electricity went out that morning, so I had to get up and hook my mom up to her portable oxygen machine.
I still felt like I was going to have a seizure, so I went and laid back down in my bed, and that’s the last thing that I remember. The lady that stays with me and my mom is the one that found me having the seizure. God was on my side because she had a doctor’s appointment at 10 a.m. that morning. She called to cancel the appointment at 9:38 a.m. and found me at 9:44 a.m. and called 911.
It took the ambulance 20 minutes to get to me. By the time the ambulance arrived I was awake. However, I was told that I was extremely confused and couldn’t even form a sentence. When I did say something, it didn’t make any sense and no one could understand what I was trying to say. I was very agitated and fighting, and I just didn’t want to cooperate with anyone.
The EMT asked the caregiver “Do you think we need to take her to the hospital?” The caregiver said, “Yes, and you need to call her brother also.” The EMT said, “I don’t think I have his number anymore.” The caretaker said, “Well I do,” and gave it to him. Then she said the EMT acted like he didn’t want to take me to the hospital until he finally talked with my brother. When he finally talked to my brother things started moving very quickly.
I left home and went to the hospital in Bainbridge. I was then transferred to Thomasville, and on the way to Thomasville I had two more seizures. After I got to Archbold, I had another seizure. That is how sick I was. Having four seizures in one day is a lot!
Just to think, there was a question by the paramedic of leaving me at home. If he would have done that I could have died. Now, you are talking about a major lawsuit.
This situation showed me just how much God was on my side.
Decatur County, please talk to your EMTs/paramedics because it could end up in a bad situation if someone died that could have been saved. The EMT should have never had to call my brother to see what to do with me. He should have learned that in his training.
Tinam Kendrick
Bainbridge

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