I was at the bowling alley when a man slipped on his right knee and most likely “popped” his knee laterally. I can also imagine a possible fracture with how tender he was and the appearance of his knee.
I saw the incident happen right at the lane next to me, and his family looked devastated and worried. I introduced myself to them as a fourth year medical student and asked if I could help. They were glad that I could.
I made sure that his head rested comfortably and asked someone to call the ambulance. I stabilized his knee with a sweater and got an ice pack to put on his knee to decrease the swelling. The ambulance came and the paramedics laid the fragile man on the stretcher and off he went.
The family was so thankful. I was so proud of myself that I could help, and it made me understand that all of the hard work that goes into medical school does pay off. Being able to be the “doctor” at the scene for the first time was truly rewarding.
The rest of the time, bowling was very fun, and I could not stop having a smile on my face. In the midst of the Christmas cheers, decorations, and egg nog, the additional feeling of being helpful made this holiday season very fulfilling.
Now, it is time for me to move on in 2014 and finish medical school. I wish all of you best of luck in this new year!