Imagine yourself in a space with someone who has sickle cell anemia. You could know this person personally or not at all but you find yourself in the same space with this person. All of a sudden you realize that this person seems to be in pain…to be fair, you may not always know. But let’s just assume that you either see them in pain, or they tell you that they are in pain…they say, “I am having a crisis. ”
You could either be saying, what is a crisis? Or you could be saying , oh no…how can I help? Hopefully, you are saying the latter. Well, here are some ways which you can help someone who is having a crisis.
1. First, ask them where they are having their crisis. Is it their hand? leg? where? Why do you need to know that? Well so you know not to move that part of their body. When you have a crisis, that part of the body is in pain and any movement can intensify the pain. So you want to know the location of the crisis so you don’t add to their pain by poking them or moving them around.
2. Depending on their level of pain, you could assist them to the hospital. Either call the ambulance or drive them but they will need help in grabbing their things. If it’s in their leg, they could be limping and may need your support to walk. If they do not want to go to the hospital, you can prepare a hot water bottle for them and place it on pained part. This can give them some temporary relief.
3. Keep them hydrated, give them as much liquids as possible. Water is great but other liquids work too but research shows that alcohol is not ideal.
4. Get them some pain killers. Once again depending on the pain level, you can give them some over the counter pain killers…they don’t always work and may need stronger ones but most of those can be obtained through a prescription …I guess they have to go to the hospital after all.
5. Get them to bed immediately. Stretch out the pained part and tuck them in bed and let them rest. Minimum activity is required
6. Support them with prayers and be there for them.
7. Listen to them and carry out the tasks they require of you.
Please take note that this may not always work for every situation you may find yourself in. With some people you need to take them to the hospital ASAP. For others, you can implement some of my tips stated above, but I think the most important tip is to listen to them because most often, we know what will work for us.
So, here you go…a short guide for immediate help that you can offer. This is not everything you can do, but it’s a start and hopefully we can build and adjust it, depending on whoever you are with! I hope this helps!