Grieve (grieve) wrote,

Unsure of what to do.

I eat at Chili's a lot, since it is literally 2 minutes from my work, and the food is acceptably good. I eat there so often, that many of the waiters and waitresses know me by site if not by name. Normally it is just a routine outing, but today I had a very strange experience.

I walked in, and the hostess was in the process of seating a couple in front of me. While I waited for her to return I noticed a man clutching a chair at the bar and shaking. At first I thought he may suffer from cerebral palsy, and was using the chair for balance, but then I noticed he was slowly sinking to the floor. The shaking in his arms was getting more violent the lower he went.

For a moment I was dumbstruck, then I walked over to him, and asked him if he was ok. He looked scared and embarrassed, and said he thought he was just having a dizzy spell. I thought he must have been in his late thirties or early forties, and I was scared he was having a stroke or heart attack. He got back into his chair, and seemed ok. He tried to walk again, and started shaking and sinking again. Another man walked up, also to help. We look at each other for guidance, but really we were out of our league and just sort of stared at the ground dumbly for a moment. I asked the troubled man if he was there alone, and he said yes. The helpful man said we would stay with him for a while, and we just stood there for a moment. I motioned the bartender over, she had been tending to something in the kitchen, and had just walked back into the bar area. I asked her to get him a doctor. She ran to get the manager, and the manager called an ambulance. This whole process took about 45 seconds.

The EMT people checked the man over, and eventually let him go on his own, so I guess he was ok. The entire time I was thinking to myself that if something was seriously wrong with the man I would have no idea what to do.

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