Being the First Responder

You see someone sitting on the ground obviously in need of medical attention in a crowded room of bystanders. What is your response?

To me, confidence is a huge part of being an effective leader when it comes to my own style. In order to be able to lead a group of people over time, I have learned that I need to be completely confident that I am the right person to be in charge. Going through wilderness first aid training these past few days has made me wonder what this obstacle of needing to be sure of my own capabilities will impact what I do with this new information later in life. I can picture myself being in a situation where I am the only one with even a little bit of the first-aid background and still struggling with being able to step up to be the first responder. This is important for me to reflect on now before it becomes an issue. The way that I can cope with this and encourage myself to be more confident is to remind myself that it is worse to be a bystander to a problem than to only be able to help with the little information I now have. Such a small act such as taking a victim’s vitals or checking their ABC’s could be the difference between life and death and motivates me to move beyond my insecurities.

Shoutout to Elise and Samantha for this make-shift splint

Something that has been extremely different here in India is the animals present. Back at home when I see a cute puppy all I want to do is run up to it and say hello. In Mussoorie, the dog population here and their relationship to humans is extremely different than back home. I had to work very hard to resist my urge to run up to all of the big and fluffy dogs as we passed them on a walk we did around the village. On this same walk, we passed a young boy probably around nine years old herding a pack of four cows down the road by himself. In the United States, I have never seen a young child be put in charge of animals four times their size. The culture and the way the people here interact with animals is so different than back home. It is important to be aware of how your presence disrupts a country that is so different than your own to not only respect the environment you are in but preserve your own safety as well.

It was really exciting learning all about first-aid and I wish that I had capitalized on an opportunity like this earlier in life. While I appreciate everything I have learned about first-aid I am looking forward to getting back out in the mountains and prepping for our trek that is in just under a week.