The grandmother of thirteen children, of all ages, rarely missed an opportunity to volunteer and help someone. This day she was helping the foster parents and the disadvantaged select children’s Christmas presents at Helen’s Hope Chest of Mesa, Arizona. It was her third season volunteering and all felt blessed by her presence.
Anxious to be helpful, and save the desk clerk some effort, she stepped behind a table to deposit her completed forms. Her toe caught the edge of a platform and “BAM,” she slammed her face into the concrete floor.
As the pool of blood formed, and kept expanding, an off duty EMT, and a young lady who had just completed EMT training, came to her aid. As they worked to stop the bleeding the project coordinator called the fire department for assistance as a crowd gathered and watched curiously.
When the EMT’s arrived they determined that granny was of good health, excellent condition, and in good spirits. A quick check of the cement floor showed that it had not been damaged. Only the one-inch gash on her forehead needed medical attention. Oh, her nose could be broken, too.
The first EMT team called in another team to assist, because the physician’s assistant who rode with them was authorized to stitch granny’s wound. As eight EMT’s surrounded Granny the P.A. looked over the room filled with boxes of Christmas toys. She needed a place to lay Granny down and stabilize her head.
“How about out there?” A team member asked pointing to a picnic table in the church courtyard. It had to do, so the PA walked Granny to the table, laid her on the bench seat, and prepped the wound.
Just before sewing the wound, a lady from Helen’s Hope Chest placed a stuffed snowman on Granny’s chest as if she were a frightened child. Grinning as she clutched the snowman, Granny endured the stitches, the questions to complete the EMT report, and post treatment instructions.
Seeing no sense in scaring children with her puffy face, Granny rode home, got out of the car, and proceeded directly to her clothes line and began folding her dry clothes.