Practicing airport emergency Reiki was not in our itinerary. But then, neither was spending an entire day at the airport before departure.
Fog had reduced visibility to a quarter-mile, limiting the number of planes able to land. That meant fewer planes available for other flights, such as ours.
Seven hours past our scheduled departure, as we finally walked through the now empty airport to our gate, a woman walking alone just ahead suddenly fell on her back, cracking her skull on the hard floor.
I raced to comfort her, placing my hands on her torso to practice Reiki, watching her face for signs of response.
She lay still for a few moments, perhaps unconscious, before showing signs of struggle. Her eyes flew open, full of fear. Her face grew purple, then contorted in agony. Her wrists cocked sharply as she began to seize.
Keeping my hands gently on her, I called into the empty space around us for a doctor. Blood flowed in a widening pool off the left side of her head. When the convulsion stopped, her eyes opened again, and seemed less distressed.
A man of generous heart pulled off his shirt in the cool hall to wrap her head. He told me to help roll her on her side so fluids could drain from her mouth. I followed his lead and maintained hand contact to continue whatever airport emergency Reiki practice was possible.
Another man arrived from the right and moved in close to her face, calling to her to stay with us. When a doctor arrived, I slipped away to give him access.
A bit later, she was wheeled past as we sat waiting to board, the stretcher configured so she sat upright. I was happy to see she was conscious.
I caught up to the medics as they wheeled her into the elevator. As a stranger, I couldn’t ask her condition, and it didn’t seem helpful to launch into the whole airport emergency Reiki narrative, so I simply told one medic I’d been the first person to reach her, and asked if he had any questions about what happened. He said, no, she was all right, and kindly offered his thanks.
Evaluating airport emergency Reiki
Did my ersatz airport emergency Reiki practice help the woman? There’s no way to know for certain, but my experience says it likely did some good. Helping someone stay calmer than would be expected, and perhaps relieving some pain, can improve medical outcomes.
Following that evening, my heart burns with a fierce gratitude that I’m able to offer emergency Reiki service any time, anywhere, even on an airport floor.
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