Undoubtedly She Speaks Geomet and That’s What Matters

Over at Rescuing Providence, as is his wont, EMT blogger Michael Morse reports on an interesting rescue call.

Called to the local high school for a female having difficulty breathing. Arrive on scene to find the female lying in the nurses office, on the couch hyperventilating. I learned that she is a Geometry teacher who had an argument then suffered an anxiety attack. Apparently, the principal and the teacher were discussing a language problem. The kids an this district are a mix of Black, Hispanic and white. Some of the kids couldn’t understand what the teacher was trying to teach.
“Well then,” I said under my breath, “How are we supposed to teach kids who can’t speak English?”
We put the teacher on the stretcher and wheeled her to the rescue. She had calmed down by this time but had difficulty answering simple questions.
Overdose? Stroke? Change of Mental Status?
0-3. She didn’t speak English. The Geometry didn’t speak English. THE GEOMETRY TEACHER DIDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH!
I think the world has gone mad.
No, not the world, The United States of America has gone mad.
I think I’m having an anxiety attack. Somebody better call 911.

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BobN
BobN
11 years ago

This is an excellent illustration of what Leftist “multiculturalism” combined with teachers union self-dealing has done to Rhode Island.
(Michael, my scorn for the NEA and AFT is specific to those corrupt, politicized unions, and is not meant to cast aspersions on the IAFF or any industrial union.)

AndyM
AndyM
11 years ago

… and compounding the situation is that we also had to incure the cost of the EMT response because of this ridiculous event! Unbelievable!

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Anxiety attacks aren’t life-threatening. You should have just left her on a couch.

Ragin' Rhode Islander
Ragin' Rhode Islander
11 years ago

Si se puede tenure!

michael
michael
11 years ago

We can’t leave her on the couch.
“Any person who calls 911 for any reason and wants to be taken to a an emergency room will be transported.”
Providence Fire Department policy.

Bob
Bob
11 years ago

Better have billed her insurance big time. And I mean bill for everything. Start a line so it can be an ALS transport and twice the cost. Use three non-rebreathers. Give her a bottle of water and charge her Disney prices for it…
On second thought – the taxpayers and the taxpayers only are going to pick up the cost for this loser so don’t do any of that…

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

“We can’t leave her on the couch.
“Any person who calls 911 for any reason and wants to be taken to a an emergency room will be transported.”
Providence Fire Department policy”
Damn. A good argument for private fire departments. I want to buy a plan where they leave people like that on the couch.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
11 years ago

The more “esl”. or similar, teachers we require, the more jobs. Why do I suspect the NEA cheers this.
“Leave her on the couch” A dangerous return to the past here. It wasn’t so long ago that patients brought by ambulance from impoversihed districts were turned away form hospitals because of “no room” and sent to another hospital. This continued until they died. Ah, the good old days. The reference I make is specific to Miami, I am sure they didn’t originate the idea.

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

Having a teacher in the classroom who doesn’t speak English is ridiculous.
Blame whoever hired her. And I don’t think the union is in charge of hiring.

michael
michael
11 years ago

Dan, that makes absolutely no sense at all.
Rhody, I thought the same thing. The city administration is so focused on “multiculturalism” they have lost sight of reality. The union didn’t hire this lady, the city did.
Warrington, our EMS system, and the ER’s as well are on the verge of collapse. If you ever get the urge to read more check out my musings, http://www.rescuingprovidence.com. I will warn you in advance, the blog is a bit bi-polar, I write when inspired by something, sometimes with little or no sleep and never rewrite or spend more than ten or twenty minutes writing a post.
And please, if anybody does visit, I try very hard to keep it a-political. Torture me here if you feel you must.

EMT
EMT
11 years ago

Leave her on the couch.
Damn. A good argument for private fire departments.
Private fire department, private ambulance company, it wouldn’t matter. No matter who I worked for, I’m not putting my medical license and career on the line on the ASSumption that there’s nothing wrong with this woman. If you’re hysterical, making no sense, and I can’t communicate with you, you’re going to the hospital.
And there’s not a private company anywhere that would accept the liability of doing otherwise.

Andrew
Editor
11 years ago

If you’re hysterical, making no sense, and I can’t communicate with you, you’re going to the hospital.

By that standard, there’s a few Anchor Rising commenters you may feel it necessary to transport…

BobN
BobN
11 years ago

Well put, Andrew.

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