It’s been a very emotional two weeks. Let me say, off the top that my blogs tend to be more on the light side or News related but I thought, this time, I would talk about my personal/family experiences from the past few weeks.
Meet Doug and Mary Lou-my parents.
My 81 year old Dad had a heart attack almost two weeks ago. Mom had to call the ambulance in the middle of the night and he was taken to Listowel Hospital. (almost 2 hours from Barrie-straight down Highway 89) He was stabilized but Mom stayed with him most of the night and then all day Thursday.
My 72 year old Mom had come home Thursday evening after being with Dad all day. She was tired and worried and then just before bed, she had a horrible accident, and fell down the stairs to the basement. She broke both collar bones, five ribs and split open her head. (12 stitches) The neighbour found her the next day at around 11…yes, she spent 11 hours lying on the basement floor with a pretty bad/bleeding head wound. She is still in the hospital, 12 days later, but she’s on the mend and we’re hoping she’ll be home soon. Dad, by the way, spent ten days in the hospital (same floor) and he’s much better. His blood pressure has leveled off and he’s in a retirement home (respite care) till Mom can get home. (BIG shout out to the doctors and nurses at Listowel Memorial Hospital-my Mom can be grumpy sometimes)
Why am I telling you all this? I’d like to tell you the part of the story that might help other seniors. My parents had a deal or a pact with their next door neighbour. Let’s keep an eye on each other…in case anything ever happens. The “code” was to watch for each other’s kitchen blind. If you don’t see the kitchen blind go up in the morning then you know something is wrong.
I kid you not. My Mom’s neighbour saw that the kitchen blind was still down and she got her key and another neighbour and they went inside my parents house and found my Mom-and called 911.
They were smart enough to think about worst case scenarios and considered how they could help other.
That’s why I wanted to share this with you. If you are getting up in years, or you have parents who live alone then tell them this story. I’d like your parents to not have to go through what me and my parents just went through. Let’s take care of each other!