The client at my desk hadn’t been by the Office for as long as I could remember. It was nice to spend a few minutes with her talking about all she was doing and her plans for the holidays. I was distracted from our conversation by the increasing chatter around me in the Office. There were more clients lining up at the front glass door. I thought, I have to finish with this client and bring our “catching up” to a close.
As I excused myself from the client, stood up from my desk and moved toward the operations area in the CDU, I noticed the ladder had been collapsed and moved into the corner. I didn’t see the Duo and kept focused on finishing the client’s request.
I am a fast walker. I always have been and although my frame does not tower 6 feet or more, I also have a long stride. And since moving to New York City, I’d only perfected my craft as I maneuvered through the masses on the city sidewalks. The average walking speed of a human being has been determined to be roughly 3.1 mph and in a given day, can travel an average distance of 30 miles. I would estimate that compared to the average, I’m at the top of the curve and estimate I am at a walking speed of 4 to 4.5 mph.
The first, the second, the third, the fourth step and gaining. I was winding up to create a New York minute. And, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh and I’m off as if I had been at the starting line at the shot of the starter pistol. I turn my head as my client calls out to me with one last thought and now sixteen, seventeen, eighteen steps as I walk forward almost at a half turn. Nineteen, twenty, twenty-one steps and as I turn forward, the lights go black with a thundering sound of impact and then silence.
Darkness to light, silence to sound, I am looking up at the ceiling and can feel warm liquid running through my hair and collecting in a pool on the carpet beneath my head. I know that only seconds have passed but I am frozen and can’t remember why I’m lying down.
“Someone help me. I need something for compression to stop the bleeding. You must have a first aid kit. Where is it? C’mon. Hey. Is anybody listening? Craig, just stay there. I’m going to help you!” It was my client.