It was the summer of 2016.
My dad and I were on our way to camping in the woods of eastern Washington state when we got a call from a friend.
She was having trouble breathing.
She had a few gasping breaths.
A gasping, a sniffling, and a choking sound came from the woman.
She looked up and her eyes widened in shock.
I thought it was an episode of a horror movie.
I was about to say something like, “Oh my God, this is terrible,” when she said, “I don’t know what’s wrong.
I just woke up in a tent.”
It was just like she had been through a very traumatic event and she was trying to deal with it.
This is the kind of story my father and I want to tell every single time we get a call.
We have to get her checked out.
We do this every time a person comes in to get checked out, because it’s a lot of people that have that problem.
I think a lot more people are not getting checked out for what they have than people are getting checked in.
A lot of the people that come in are going through some type of trauma.
They’ve been through something that is traumatic, and they need help.
They need to be connected to a place where they can get help.
I mean, if you get a phone call saying, “Mommy and daddy are dying, I have to take them to a doctor,” you can’t just ignore it.
You need to take action.
The first thing you do is you go to the hospital.
I had been to the ER once, so I had my phone on me.
I called a couple of people and they came up and they said, I’ve got to take a call on that, because they’re going to take the woman to the emergency room, and we can’t go to a hospital for 24 hours.
They said, Mommy and Daddy are in the ER.
What do you mean they’re not?
They need help, but they’re being held in a hospital, in a room, for 24-hour periods.
What the heck are they supposed to do?
They have to be cared for.
So you go and you go out and you take the call, and then the next thing you know you’re in a bed in the hospital, and you have to come out and talk to a nurse and talk about it.
When you call someone in an emergency room to come and see a person in an ambulance, the person that’s in the ambulance has to be taken to the ambulance.
It’s the only time you’re going out to do that.
So, what we do is we call the ambulance and we call a hotline, and the person is going to be able to get help and be connected.
We talk to them about it, and if they want, we can take them out and they can have a phone chat, and that’s it.
Then we can get them to come back in.
That’s our process.
And we’ve seen a lot in the last two weeks.
Our friends who have campfires are going out and putting out fires.
We’re going in and putting firewood out, and some of our campfires have been burning for a long time.
There are campsites that we camp in where the people who are camping have to go and cut down trees, because the forest is too full to allow the trees to be cut down.
So people have to start putting out firewood on the ground because they can’t have it cut down there.
The most heartbreaking thing for me was watching my friend die, and I just felt so sorry for her.
She came from a life of love and adventure, and she didn’t have a life like this.
She didn’t live in a house with a family.
She lived in the forest.
And I saw that, and it just really brought me to tears.
I’m just glad that my friends, my family, are doing this.
I can’t tell you how many times my friends are saying, Mom, Dad, it’s my time.
And they’re right.
It is my time to go home.
It can’t be a nightmare.
It has to feel real.
I really don’t think people have a right to feel like this anymore.
I want them to be safe, and there are so many places you can go.
So this is something that we have to do.
This has to stop.
I know the world is going through a lot right now.
We can’t let it happen.
We need to get people out of the woods.