Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Intro & S.M. Minute
Intro & S.M. Minute
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 22:48:21 -0500
Well, like a few others, I've been a lurker for a while. Just reading the
good information on here. I am an ASM with Troop 460, just North of Kansas
City, Mo. Woodbadge C37-95 "A good old Eagle Too", member of the Tribe of
Mic-O-Say, and Ordeal Order of the Arrow. I'll be a Boy Scout until the
day I die, as I can never repay this Great organization for what it has
done for my Son and I. We have a relationship that until now I never
thought was possible for a Father & Son to have. I would like to share a
Scoutmaster's Minute with you all. It speaks for itself.
WHY DO WE TRAIN?
In Scouting, it seems like we are always practicing our Scout skills.
Tying knots, using a map & compass, first aid, or one of the other many
skills that we learn. There are many professions that also train, and they
practice their skills often, law enforcement and fire fighting are two good
examples. One of the reasons that this is done is that in an emergency, we
fall back on our training. We don't have to think, "how do I tie a bowline
knot, or how do I treat for shock, or severe bleeding?" We have trained
for these things, and it just comes "natural". Another thing that we train
for is CPR. If someone needed CPR, we wouldn't have the time to sit down,
and try to remember how to do CPR. Someone's life would depend on our
knowing how to do it immediately. Let me tell you a little story about
something like this happening.
One morning, a man and his wife were just starting their day at home. Both
were retired, like a lot of people we may know. One thing different was
that the husband was a volunteer fireman, and had been for several years.
He had trained, and practiced to prepare himself for a lot of different
types of emergencies. One of these was what to do if someone isn't
breathing, and their heart isn't beating.
They were in different rooms, and he heard something fall on the floor. He
decided to find out what had happened, and discovered his wife on the
floor, unconscious, and she wasn't breathing. He checked her vital signs,
and started giving her CPR, and then called 911. It was lucky that a
police officer wasn't too far away, and soon arrived, and called for
paramedics, and assisted with CPR. Soon another police officer arrived,
and took the husband's place. When the ambulance arrived, the paramedics
took over, and had to give the wife electric shocks, in an attempt to
revive her. They transported her to the hospital, where the family spent a
long day while the wife fought for her life.
The doctor talked to the family several times during the day, and things
weren't looking very good. The doctor did say that she had a few things
going for her. The main one is, that when she fell, someone was there to
call 911, and immediately started performing CPR, and that hopefully, there
wouldn't be any brain damage from lack of oxygen to her brain.
Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending. The doctor said
that there had been too much damage to the heart from this heart attack,
and previous ones that she'd had. After fighting for almost 12 hours, the
wife died, with her family by her side.
When we play a game, like baseball, or football, we don't always win. But
we do the best we can. It is the same in this story. Things were touch
and go all day, the team worked hard to win this life and death game.
Sometimes it seemed there was some hope, but the other team had too many
things going for them, and in the end, the good guys lost. But, the fact
remains, the husband had spent years of practicing CPR and First Aid, he
didn't have to think about what needed to be done. If there wasn't so much
damage done to her heart from the other heart attacks, and the heart attack
she had that day, chances are that she could have survived. The story I've
just told you is true, the husband is my father, and the wife was my Mother.
I would like to dedicate this Scoutmaster's Minute to my Mother, in the
hopes that we all learn what to do in case of an emergency, so that if and
when the time comes, maybe we can help save someone's life.