The mail carrier someone mentioned sounds like a good idea. Of course
he only comes once a day. 6 days a week (for now).
When I was about 62, I had an inguinal hernia which I did nothing about
for over a year. I felt fine the whole time. It caused a strangulated
bowel one night -- I felt fine that night too until the last moment.
I vomited about 9 times. throwing up so much liquid that I learned later
I was seriously dehydrated. That had caused me to faint on the way to
the toilet, twice each of the last 7 times. (Once half-way there, and
once just as I got there.) I forget the details but I fainted 14
times, when I never had before. I would wake up immediately after
fainting, even before I hit the floor iirc.
One of those times I landed on my back, between two pieces of furniture.
I couldn't seem to roll over partly because of the furniture. and partly
because i'm 50 pounds overweight, and lay there 10 or 15 minutes (I
didn't actually vomit that time because there was nothing left inside
me.) Finally I figured out how to twist around and get up. Instead of
calling an ambulance, I went to bed, woke up in the morning and listened
to the radio for a couple hours. . Then around noon I called a taxi
and took it to the hospital emergency room. Proud of myself that I
walked in, failed to notice how stupid I was.
The doctor said I lost 7" of large intestine, that couldn't be
used anymore, and it would have died at an increasing rate if I had
gotten there any later. Which implies to me if I'd gotten there right
away, I would have lost maybe nothing, or maybe 2 inches. Apparently
we have enought extra bowel that 7" isn't much, and I can't tell that
I'm missing any, but I'm still an idiot and I could have died.
I'm sure you're smart enough to get treated early on and this won't
happen to you.
By coincidence, I also broke my arm at the wrist that last time I
fainted. They fixed that too and my arm is perfect now, except my hand
doesn't bend back quite as far as the other hand does, but I never do
This might not be home repair, but it could save a life.
Last year, my friend Bill died. He lived alone. His
adult nephew and nephew's wife would stop by often. One
day no one answered phone or knock on the door. No surprise,
Bill was a night worker, and slept day time. The next
day, nephew went in with his key and found Bill dead on
the floor in the bedroom. Cordless phone in the rack,
"falling and can't get up" pendant neatly on the end
table near the bed. Cell phone on charge. Bill dead
on the floor out of reach of any of the phones.
The day before, if they had gone in and looked, might
saved his life. But no one knew until it was too late.
If you find such a service, I'd like to know. As I'm
over 50 and live alone. That could save * MY * life
Christopher A. Young
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In Oz the RedCross runs a program called Telecross where a volunteer
calls each client and escalates the problem if there is no respone.
All the details I am not sure about but it seems to be what is being
asked for here.
I live in the country so I contacted the Sheriff's department. They
provide a service but only for people home-bound due to a medical problem
(s). Must supply two close-by neighbors' addresses and phone numbers. You
and neighbors must have landline available, not cell. They call you, you
don't call them. Specific same time every day for all calls.
I don't think so.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
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