“When you least expect it, you’re elected” – John Farnam
Last week, Fortress Staff Instructor Veronica “V” Newberg found herself called upon to treat a family member’s bleeding leg.
When I woke up Saturday morning I had no idea that I would be wearing a “First Responder” hat before day’s end! It was a typical busy Saturday with a family birthday party on the agenda. I left the house, like I do every day, with all of my “Gear” in tow. OC, blade, light, and pistol, as well as copies of our standard wound treatment kit.
Shortly after arriving to the celebration, a relative came from the back of the house and informed me that a family member was bleeding. I made my way to the scene and found my niece holding pressure with a rag to my uncle’s lower leg. Being familiar with his medical history I knew that he was on blood thinners, the large pool of blood at his feet confirming the severity of the situation.
Direct pressure seemed to get the bleeding under control, but my young niece on the ground administering it was not ideal. I reached into to my purse and retrieved my IBD