• Ebony L. Robinson

Trained for Crisis

A few months back my husband and I took a trip to a couple’s destination wedding. We were headed to Puerto Rico which meant we had about a total of 6 hours or so in the air. We left Michigan and got to Florida then Florida to Puerto Rico. The first leg of the trip was fine – minimal bumps for the most part but it was smooth sailing. The second leg of the trip turned out to be very interesting. We board the plane with no problem. We take off with no problem. Thirty minutes in the air we heard a loud, bloody scream. I mean a scream that I can still feel in my soul. We turn around and there is a medical emergency happening on the plane. A man is having a seizure and it appears to be very concerning. Who I think is his mother has a look of pure terror on her face. Once the flight attendants were alerted of the emergency they flung into action. One got the medical bag, another got out paper to record what was happening, and another called the pilot to advise of the situation. They were able to calm the mother down and keep the entire plane of hundreds of people calm. There was a point in time when the young man needed more than they could do so they called for a medical professional on the plane and there was a physician and a nurse practitioner. Those two folks along with the flight attendants were able to assist the young man. During the entire ordeal not once did the flight attendants fall out, cry, need to take a break – NO – they stayed focus to handle the crisis. Flight attendants, albeit are not medical professionals, but they are trained for medical emergencies. They are trained to follow a procedure:

1. Discovery – made aware of emergency

2. Response – nature of the problem

3. Assessment – determine why the patient is in distress

4. Diagnosis – medical professional on board or via MedAire’s MedLink will make the call

5. Decision – based on diagnosis the pilot will determine to stay the course or divert

6. Diversion – numerous factors to consider during this time

7. On-board medical equipment – medication in the bag which can only be given by a medical professional

Flight attendants are trained to perform and make it through medical emergencies in addition to other emergencies. Those flight attendants that day showed they had paid attention in class, studied, and prepared themselves for the inevitable.

Let's think about us.

As a believer you will face many predicaments. But the question is are you trained to handle the trouble. How do you get trained? Meditate, Study, and Pray (these will get your started). Meditation is focused repetition of the scriptures, studying is cracking open the Word of God with intentionality, and praying is communing with God (Go to the Store tab and purchase my book as I break down meditate, study, and prayer in the first chapter of the book). When you experience an emergency, turbulence, unexpected bumps along the way the training that is on the inside of you should come out of you and you will spring into action. And not fall out, cry, take a break but follow the manual – the Word of God – which gives us the procedures to follow. Ask yourself these questions….

1. Have I put in the work to get trained?

2. Do I fall out when difficulties come my way?

3. Do I follow the manual (the Word of God) or do I follow my own ways?

4. When I am going through a crisis can I calm others around me down because of my faith in my training?

5. Am I able to accurately assess the situation and make a diagnosis?

6. Can I readily make a decision based on my training (the Word of God)?

Many times we can't handle situations because we are not fully trained to do so. Dig into the Word of God to be prepared for the storm. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” —Psalm 46:1

Crises will come your way so get trained to handle them.