Emergency at the Office

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It’s not every day that you get a scare at the office due to some emergency of sorts. This afternoon a little after lunch, one of my office-mate who was already eight months pregnant became unresponsive to calls made to her cubicle. Our office is arranged in such a way as to maintain each person’s privacy. Owing to the nature of our work, tall cubicles are placed in between each workplace to at least mute out calls made from adjacent tables, and are placed in a certain way to block the view to and from other work areas. The resulting isolation between cubicles inhibits employees from seeing each other during work hours, talking is made only through the phone, and any form of contact is almost none existent. Worried about her non response, we decided to go directly to her cubicle to see if there was a problem.

She was slumped on her table as if quietly sleeping, but when we tried to wake her up, her response was like that of waking a very drunk person. We immediately brought her to the nearby hospital for treatment, wasting no time as two lives were at stake. It was later learned that she was suffering from the effects of dehydration and was so lucky to have been brought to the hospital posthaste, as a couple of minutes more may eventually have put her into shock and other worse fates. It was also believed that she was suffering from diarrhea and that it was what caused her dehydration.

Diarrhea during pregnancy is not a very life threatening disease and is very common, it is just like what diarrhea is in a normal person, but if it is left untreated, as in the case of my co-worker, it may prove to be rather fatal because of its effects on the body. Diarrhea usually is caused by factors outside of the human body, it is never developed inside. Although diarrhea may be a symptom of some other disease, the main causes of diarrhea are food poisoning, stomach flu and also by intestinal parasites, other items which may cause diarrhea are diabetes, radiation therapy, excess alcohol consumption, fatigue, hyperthyroidism and some form of cancers.

Diarrhea in toddlers, pregnant mothers and the elderly are a concern, because of the fragile state of the body in each of these cases, it is vital that diarrhea be cured immediately and the threat of dehydration averted, to remove the chance of graver complications which range anywhere from seizures, coma and even death.

Alleviation of diarrhea oftentimes comes in the form of over the counter medicines such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate among other things, but it is usually recommended that it be just left to run its course naturally, only guarding against and being always wary of the threat of dehydration.

It was very lucky of our friend that she was discovered early and brought to the hospital, as I would have hate to imagine what would have happened otherwise.

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