Sometimes People Just Need Someone To Vouch For Them.
--by DrJoe, posted Aug 20, 2022
I came back from the restroom and sat down next to my wife who leaned in to me and whispered "something's wrong". The woman was slumping over more and more and quickly lost control of her body. I jumped up and crouched in front of her, asking if she was okay.
I introduced myself as Dr. Joe and asked her name (let's call her Jackie to protect her identity). I told Miss Jackie that I'm a chiropractor, not a medical doctor, but I'm here for her to help in any way she needs.
In one hand I held hers and with my other hand I supported her head, carefully asking what was happening. She revealed that she had a condition where, when her body is exposed to a lot of stress and stimulus, her body goes into a parasympathetic overdrive.
The parasympathetic nervous system is our "rest and digest" system, the one in which our body relaxes as we sleep and digest our food. The sympathetic nervous system is our "fight or flight" system, the one responsible for skeletal muscle contraction and responding to stress and stimulus.
Jackie explained to me that she's had this condition for thirty years and will be "perfectly fine in just a bit". She said she forgot her medical papers at home when she flew across the country to visit her daughter and grandkids.
I asked her if she needed help sitting up and needed a wheelchair to board the plane, to both of which she said yes. I asked my wife to fetch a gate agent and request a wheelchair. I stayed behind to ensure Jackie made it safely on board, but due to some miscommunication, the gate agent, and a manager, thought Jackie was having a stroke.
I advocated for Jackie, explaining that, despite her forgetting her papers, her condition will soon subside. The employees of the airline agreed to let her board with my assistance and, just like Jackie said, she was perfectly fine within about twenty minutes.
Fortunately, Jackie just needed someone to listen to her and fight for her. Don't be afraid to listen to strangers and help them out. Everyone has their own battles and struggles, sometimes we just need someone to care.