Red lights and sirens, cars yielding.... Riding the center line. Thankful I am in the front seat of the ambulance. I am not the patient. I am riding with my neighbor. I realize there is so much I don't know about her... age, birthday, medications, Dr. emergency contact. She can't find her words she's having a stroke...How many of us can't be understood? Are you cold? My thoughts interrupted by the driver.. You're shaking.. Oh no I'm not cold, I just have Parkinson's... Oh crap did I forgot my meds? Nope took them, I'm good.
As I was sitting with her at the hospital I was thinking how fragile life is and how it changes in the blink of an eye.
Is it easier to become disabled suddenly and have to learn to adapt over night or is it easier to loose things slowly, to know what's coming... either way it's hard. It's a life changing process.
I am grateful everyday for every thing that I am still able to do. What ever the future holds I want to be prepared for small changes and huge changes. We never know.
I now have a list.... So someone else doesn't have to feel helpless like I did today.
Name, birthdate, contacts, doctor, medications, allergies, insurance.. I have a copy by my bed, in my purse and in every room in the house and in the car...
I used to be a girl scout LOL
Have a good day