It was hot and muggy. We were in the home stretch - a couple hundred yards or so from the finish. It had rained just before the race, but during the race, the rain stopped and the temperature went up while the humidity stayed high. I was coming up on this guy. He looked to be relatively young and fit, but I noticed he was running rather slowly and was soaked with sweat. As I passed him, he sorta twisted toward me a bit. I saw his face as it tilted upward and in my direction. I saw his eyes roll to the back of his head.
Then he was down. Didn't fall violently, just sort of crumpled.
This was years ago. A 4-mile race at the place I used to work in upstate New York where it can get quite humid. "Innovation Run" as part of "Innovation Days". Our company took up a large amount of area, and the race ran around the complex. It was just a bit of fun, not heavy competition.
Luckily, the guy collapsed right near the finish, so plenty of responders were right there. He just overdid it, and the humidity got to him.
The other night, I went to the healthy grocery store to get some healthy things. In that same shopping center is a fitness club / gym / whatever they're called these days. The place has big windows out front so, after dark, you can look in and see people doing their gym things.
So as I was heading out to my car, I noticed lots of activity outside the gym. An ambulance and fire paramedics. Personnel going in and out. I was very tempted to do the rubber-necked drive by, but instead did the responsible thing to give the emergency crews their space.
I assume someone overdid it at the gym. Heart attack? Stroke? Dropped dumbbell on the foot?
Not too long ago, Wolfgang and some friends were at a climbing center. One of his friends was on the slack line and did a bit of a hurkey doo and ended up with his kneecap on the side of his leg. *CRINGE!* But he was young and durable and healed up quickly enough. Still, the paramedics were called.
So I don't know what happened at the gym. Older person have a heart attack? Younger guy twist something the wrong way?
It got me thinking about these public emergency medical situations, arising from over exertion and such. I'm glad to say that, other than sweaty Innovation Run guy and a few barfers at the top of The Incline, I haven't witnessed many such situations.
Have you ever had to help a stranger in a medical situation arising from having too much "fun"?