I should start carrying rubber gloves in my glove compartment. I am a veritable magnet for accidents and sudden serious illness. I’m posting this not to invade the privacy of the lady I helped yesterday but to alert you to the fact that you don’t have to feel helpless in the face of an accident or sudden illness, wishing in vain that there were a doctor or nurse present. There is something YOU can do to help.
Just yesterday I was returning to Linda’s house after going to the post office when I turned a corner in my car to see a horrible moped accident. A tourist, wearing just a bicycle helmet, careened at top speed (maybe 35 mph?) into the curb to avoid an oncoming car and crashed in a most spectacular way. Off came the helmet, with predictable results.
I was the second out of my car, handing my cell with 911 pre-dialed to a recent arrival who would otherwise have been a rubbernecker.
After assessing her condition and the degree of her consciousness and severity of her wounds, I was able to delegate tasks to her husband (a very cool customer considering) and others such as holding tourniquets and pressure, and get to work while we waited (ten minutes or more!) for the ambulance.
My nursing background enabled me to help in ways that a lot of people who want to help in situations like this dare not offer. But in the end, it was not education or specialized training that saved this woman’s life. Tellington TTouch Ear Work has been proven time and again to prevent accident victims and those suffering from severe sudden illness from going into shock. It did not let me down yesterday. I was able to prevent this gravely injured woman from going into shock and possibly dying from it before she received EMT assistance.
The ear has been used as a mirror of the whole body in the application of acupuncture for many centuries. Working the ear in many modalities is a time-proven method of affecting the autonomic nervous system.
Here is what to do:
If possible, sit at the head of the victim. If it’s not possible, get as close as you can to be able to grasp their ears, one in each hand. This sounds funny, but I assure you, it’s not.
Grasp the ears between thumb and fingers with enough contact or pressure to be able move them away from the head.
Make a TTouch Circle with one or two fingers (depending on the size of the ear and your access), sliding the finger to stroke the ear. You will be making a total of four circles and strokes per ear. Begin at the lobe with the thumb posterior and still. The index finger is anterior (in the front). Make the TTouch Circle with the index finger, folding the index finger as you stroke the ear in an upward direction. Repeat the motion a second time, beginning at the entrance to the ear canal, again making a gentle TTouch Circle with the index finger in motion and the thumb in back to stabilize. Make the third TTouch Circle about 1/4 inch higher now, again stroking upward and outward. The fourth TTouch Circle is identical, covering the rest of the ear, being very careful to complete the fold at the upper margin of the ear. *
NB: Depending on your angle you will have your thumb behind the ear and fingers in front, or vice versa. It does not matter.
In cases of shock, or to prevent imminent shock, move rapidly, so that the entire circle and stroke takes about 2 seconds.
Continue until and even after rescue has arrived. If you can, accompany the victim in the ambulance and into the ER until they are stabilized.
Most EMTs and ER doctors are unaware of this complementary care technique and you may be the one to save the victim’s life. As you may know, shock kills. Often it is shock that kills rather than the wounds or illness, which might not be life-threatening. This is the fourth time I have used this simple technique to either save a life or to intervene in a medical emergency. And I’m just one person. There are literally thousands of case histories of the application of this work from around the world.
I hope you don’t ever need it, but it’s a good skill to have.
There’s a lot more to the story, but suffice it to say that it was a long day, there was a lot of laundry to be done afterwards, and I have a bit of my own road rash to deal with. Ruby Beagle was very put out indeed after being asked to wait in the car during the incident and to accompany me as we followed up. She got a biscuit. I got a cup of tea. ANd I hope that the lady who had the accident will eventually get to go back on a cruise ship and go home without permanent injury.
* from TTouch for Healthcare: The Health Professional’s Guide to Tellington TTouch by M. Cecelia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN and Linda Tellington-Jones
© 2009 enlightened horsemanship through touch and Kim Cox Carneal