For those not familiar with my story, I am also a Nurse Anesthetist and my husband is a Urologist who also is a trained Flight Surgeon trained in field emergency medicine.
Yesterday, my husband and I were called upon to provide emergency medical care to a mountain biker who had fallen. He had been unconscious at a point and his friend was desperately looking for some help when he happened upon some children hiking from my daughters school barbeque. The kids ran to get help and luckily we had not left the area yet. (We had just gotten ready to go home). It was at least a 1/2 mile hike up and down the rocky trail to find his friend.
His friend was lucky fo be alive! He had lost his teeth, bitten THROUGH his tongue that was now totally lacerated and completely had his lower lip cut through and through in half. The blood was pouring from his mouth and from his nose that was also broken. His head was also bleeding profusely. He was already so swollen he could not talk well. We could not really see what was going on as the blood was so thick and kept on coming. He was also holding onto this leg and we weren't sure what was going on there.
First things first. We checked for consciousness. My husband carries a light on his keychain and checked his pupils. I asked him his name which he knew but he thought it was 1998. Obviously, some head trauma going on. Ken checked his pulses on his legs and they were fine. His leg was not broken. His injuries where all to his head area. He was starting to have trouble breathing yet we couldn't apply a compress ( a t-shirt from his friend) to stop the blood from inside his mouth because he was not able to exchange any air through his nose (His nose was very swollen and bleeding still).
Hypnosis to the rescue! I told him I could help him if he wanted me to. Get that agreement!
I included in my induction information about the power of the mind. Some "true isms" about him knowing that Yogi's could lower their pulse, and lower their blood pressure and even lie on broken glass and not bleed. I quickly had his confidence and we then went on to do some visualizing of his capillaries closing. The blood did what it was supposed to do and clean the wounds now it was time to shut down the blood. I reaffirmed that he was going to be okay. His friend had gone to make sure some help would find where we were. Help would come and his job now was to relax and stop his bleeding. I also told him that his bleeding would stop because eventually all bleeding will clot (Giving him confidence in his ability!). The bleeding was slowing down!! Now it was time for a little glove anesthesia because he was starting to feel his pain. Somewhat successful here but he was needing to relax even more. He did go in and out of cooperation as he was at times very restless. Perhaps some shock?
Finally help came (about 30 minutes or more)! Getting him strapped on the board so they could carry him out was interesting. We had to get him standing and then I had him imagine himself rigid and stiff, they put the board behind him and then I had him just imagine falling backwards onto the board. Six paramedics had to hike 1/2 mile out up and down the rocky trail to the ambulance.
My husband told me what a great job I did. (What a guy!) My only response was "I did ?"