12384Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: First aid in the SCA?
- Feb 4, 2008On Monday 04 February 2008 09:59:38 David Roland wrote:
> Being a fencer myself I can not tell you howWith respect, I must dissent from this. Fighters and fencers are adults who
> many times I have been TOLD to go eat pretzels or pickles. Not asked
> if I wanted them, TOLD to have them.
have signed liability waivers. They are responsible for their own safety and
health, and we who are Chirurgeons and Water Bearers have no right to order
anyone to eat or drink anything.
In years past, the Chirurgeonate has had problems with some of its more
zealous members trying to _insist_ that someone needs first aid, and the Water
Bearers in some areas have had similar problems with _insisting_ that people
need to drink more water. We have worked hard, with lots of training and
mentoring, to soften the well-intentioned but inappropriate pushiness, and
in the process we have gradually earned more respect from the fighters we serve.
Offer, yes. Offer with vigor, if the person seems to be a bit "out of it".
But "no thank you" means "no thank you", and we owe the combatant the courtesy
and respect of accepting that they know what is best for their own body. If
you _really_ feel someone is far enough "around the bend" from heat exhaustion
or low blood sugar to be a danger to themselves or others, our course of action
should be to speak with a Marshal, not to take matters into our own hands, for
it is the Marshalls who are in charge of the list field, not us. Also, the
Marshal is a fighter as well, and so the same advice coming from a Marshal is
likely to be listened to more than coming from a non-fighter.
Ian, I understand that most of the people who "order" fighters to drink or
eat don't literally think they have authority to do so, and that there is some
humor involved -- that it's really meant to be more of a firm "nudge" than
literally an "order" in the legal or military sense. But the problem is that
some fighters don't see it that way, and thus we Chirurgeons and Water Bearers
get a reputation of being overbearing nannies rather than the service teams
we really need to be.
As one of my mentors taught me, "Adults have the right to make their own
choices, even if we think those choices are bad ones."
Maistor Justinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable and on a chief dovetailed Or two
keys fesswise reversed sable.
Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio) http://4th.com/sca/justin/
justin@... PGP Public Key at http://4th.com/keys/justin.pubkey
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