Some lady attempted suicide.
The MDT notes say she left her car running all night in her garage, and was found on the floor of the garage by a neighbor. It’s 6 o’clock in the morning, and she’s been there all night, and the car was still running when the neighbor found her.
The neighbor only found her because he thought the red light glow coming from her garage was strange. Apparently she left her headlights on. Neighbor broke into her house, opened all the doors and windows, turned the car off, and somehow dragged the lady outside into her driveway before calling us.
Somehow, she’s still breathing.
Brave man. Now he’s over in the bushes throwing up breakfast.
No, it wasn’t an accident. The note she left in her car removes all doubt of that.
Shaq and our supervisor are getting some stuff done while I gather information before we leave.
One of the fireman comes out of the garage and walks over to the ambulance. “Hey, do you know which hospital you’re going to go to?”
“Yeah, we’re gonna go to Saint Catholic’s. They have that hyperbaric chamber there they can put her in.”
“Cool. Good deal. Make sure you tell them the readings we got from our meter is six hunnert and fitty parts per million.”
This guy is speaking some language I don’t understand. But whatever. “Sure thing, dude. Six-fifty parts per million. Got it.”
He looks over my shoulder at my supervisor and nods “How is she doing? She gonna be alright?”
“I don’t know, man. She looks pretty sick. But her O2 sat is at one hundred percent, so at least that’s good.”
Fireman and I make eye contact and neither one of us have anything to say.
And Supervisor McDipshit wasn’t trying to crack a joke, either.
I looked it up later. At 400ppm, a normal adult will have headaches within 1-2 hours, and it is life-threatening after 3 hours. 800ppm is nausea, vomiting, and convulsions within 45 minutes, unconscious within 2 hours, then death. And this lady’s garage was over 600ppm, and she spent the better part of 9 hours in there.
Nobody could figure out how she survived. But she did.
The O2 sat of 100% is probably what saved her.