It was supposed to be a quiet night with no plans, no obligations, and no work the next day. Because of my bathroom reno, I was staying at my brother’s place, and he was away for the weekend. It was the ideal time for a relaxing, indulgent night-o-beauty. The stage was set: charcoal mask treatment for my face, lavender scented Epsom salt for a soak in the tub, and all the implements needed for a professional-style mani-pedi were neatly arranged on the bathroom countertop. Draw the bath and cue up Enya’s “Paint the Sky with Stars,” for I had created the perfect home spa!
Then something went terribly wrong…
I cut my foot using the type of callus remover that looks like a miniature cheese slicer. At first I didn’t realize how deep the blade went, all I felt was a stinging sensation. But a moment later, my foot was bloody. I grabbed a wad of tissues and reached for the Band-Aids. When that didn’t work, I stuck my foot back in the tub, under running water, and soon enough the bathtub looked like the shower scene in the movie “Psycho.” I tried to save my brother’s gleaming white bathroom: watch out for the shower curtain, protect the grout, don’t ruin any of the good towels… I didn’t comprehend the severity of my injury until 45 minutes had passed, the bathroom was in shambles, and I still couldn’t control the bleeding. It was after midnight on a Saturday night, and I was home alone, stranded with no mode of transportation to get to a medical facility. I can’t do this by myself – I need help. I picked up the phone and called 911.
Within moments, my doorbell rang and two Emergency Service providers were lifting me onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. I’d never been in an ambulance before, nor called upon a first responder for help of any kind. The young man and woman who came to my aid wrapped my foot more securely, checked my vitals, and kept me calm during the long ride to the hospital.
I thought all I needed was a hand – for my foot – but they treated my injury with the same level of care afforded a life-and-death situation. First responders are real-life super heroes who work in the most difficult circumstances, at warp speed, on a daily basis. When they dropped me off at the hospital, I thanked them, but it hardly seemed enough. It’s been two months since that night, and my foot has completely healed. I wish I could remember the names of my super heroes so I could thank them again.