Woke up this morning and after feeding the cats, took a look out the window. Across the street in front of the shoe model's house, on the strip of grass between sidewalk and street, something sizeable was heaped up -- leftover from Friday's trash pickup? Then it moved and I realized it was a young woman, laying curled up on her side, hands tucked between knees, sleeping rough.
I wondered if something had gone seriously wrong over there; went to get my phone to call our neighbor, The Democrat, and took another look out a different window. Yep, still there.
She was gone by the time I had my phone out and went to take a third look.
Someone sleeping off a night of excessive revelry? Roseholme Cottage is a fair walk (and longer stagger) from the bright lights and ready libations of "downtown" Broad Ripple, but it's possible. Homeless? Also not impossible. Runaway? Maybe.
Odd. And a bit worrying. I hope she's all right.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
3 years ago
Strange to put it mildly...
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE:
WITH SOMEONE PROVIDING DISCREET EFFECTIVE BACK UP AND OBSERVATION OF THE SITUATION FOR YOU
IN A LOUD COMMANDING VOICE CALL OUT "ARE YOU OK ?" SEVERAL TIMES
LOOK ABOUT THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR ANY UNUSUAL ACTIVITY THAT MAY POSE A THREAT TO YOU (INCLUDING THE PROPERTY OWNER WHO TELLS YOU TO GET OFF THEIR LAWN AND TAKE YOUR "FRIEND" WITH YOU)
LOOK ABOUT THE SUBJECT LOOK FOR ANY OBVIOUS MECHANISMS OF INJURY OR HAZARDS TO YOU
IF THE SUBJECT DOES NOT RESPOND TO YOUR VERBAL PROMPTS AND IT APPEARS SAFE FOR YOU TO APPROACH
A GENTLE NUDGE TO THE SUBJECT WHILE ASKING "ARE YOU OK ?" IF THAT GETS NO RESPONSE
CHECK FOR BREATHING AND CAROTID PULSE
NOW IT GETS INTERESTING
IF ANYWHERE ALONG THE LINE THERE IS A THREAT TO YOUR SAFETY RETREAT
TO A PLACE OF SAFETY FORTHWITH WITHOUT FURTHER DISCUSSION
YOUR BACKUP HAS ALREADY CALLED THE AUTHORITIES BEFORE YOU WENT TO ASSIST RIGHT ? AND IS READY TO COVER YOUR ESCAPE ? OK
LETS SAY THE SUBJECT ACTUALLY RESPONDS TO YOU VERBALLY THAT IMPLY S THEY ARE BREATHING ALIVE
IF THEY TELL YOU "GO WAY" "LEAVE ME ALONE" DO SO AT ONCE! DONT ARGUE
LETS SAY THEIR IS NO RESPONSE TO YOUR VERBALS OR GENTLE NUDGES THE SUBJECT IS APPARENTLY UNCONSCIOUS WHICH IN MOST JURISDICTIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES GIVES THE GOOD SAMARITAN IMPLIED CONSENT TO RENDERED ASSISTANCE
DO NO HARM
DO NOT EXCEED THE LEVEL OF YOUR TRAINING
YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO EMPLOY HEROIC MEASURES UNDER THE LAW
IN A HOSPITAL SETTING WITH QUALIFIED PERSONNEL AND ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENTS AND MEDICATIONS AT HAND THEY ARE ONLY ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY RESTORE A PATIENT TO A WALKING/TALKING STATE LESS THAN A THIRD OF THE TIME
FOR RESUSCITATION S IN THE FIELD UNDER LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES THE RESULTS ARE NOT IMPROVED
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE TAKE THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION CPR COURSE ITS A MUCH BETTER COURSE THAN THE RED CROSS CPR
IMHO BIG CITY RULES APPLY TO BROAD RIPPLE NOW A DAYS
MAY THE DENIZENS OF ROSEHOLME COTTAGE BE WELL AND STAY SAFE
I didn't have any backup at that time. That's why I was fixing to call the neighbor. Next step would be to call the cops.
We have that problem in my neighborhood, too. In a sweet, not-threatening voice I call out "Puppy, Puppy, Puppy, or Kitty, Kitty, Kitty." Welding gloves are often called for, sometimes force, but that is rare. I've only been bit twice, and only almost died once.
Good luck with your two-legged drop-offs.
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