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September 28, 2008

Only a dumbkopf ignores the wake up calls.

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Our friend is in hospital recovering from quadruple heart by-pass surgery and in addition to keeping him and his attending medical team in your prayers ….. I’d like you to discover the positive and heed his predicament as a wake-up call to seek ideas for caring for your loved ones.

My neighbourhood is the internet and my neighbours are scattered across the world … There is no accumulating mail or milk bottles on the door step to alert neighbours that our habits have changed and nudge them to investigate.

Many of us are living alone and don’t know our neighbours and when misfortune comes knocking from a fall or stroke we can be stranded for days hoping that some-one will find us.     No one found my friend Herb and he died.

My neighbours are scattered across the world and if they don’t see my tracks across the internet they soon start jerking my chain to see if all is well.    As I was writing this; Lindy Asimus poked her nose in and checked on me.   (Thanks for caring Lindy).

Being a smoker and having my father and several friends felled by stroke;  I’m particularly sensitive to the possibility of being unexpectedly incapacitated and unable to summon help and am in the process of providing my scattered friends with a friend’s telephone number who will; After doing her investigation will alert local emergency services to the probability of my misfortune.

Reg was fortunate and able to summon timely help.     My father’s stroke caused immediate death.    and even though we were pushing him to take a few precautions and caring people were only steps away for my friend Herb;  He couldn’t summon help and was discovered too late.

As we’re eagerly anticipating Reg’s return.     Think about ideas for keeping an eye on friends living alone and a strategy for summoning help when their habits change.    Karen lives in California and her life was saved by her children checking on her from Norway and the Philippines.    More ideas and links to Karen and Herb’s story here

Hurry back Your Nerdiness . …. I’m running out of people to torment.


Bestest.



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2 Comments »

  1. Teddy,

    you are so right. As we are confirming our love to the computer and building relationships online, many benefits of direct and immediate environment friendships are falling by the wayside.
    Time is still a precious commodity, and there is only so much of it available for casual or more meaningful interaction with people.

    As with all areas of life, we must find the right balance. Good friends are so precious and dear, and we take for granted their presence whenever we need a dose of communication, advice, help or just a cup of tea.

    Is there a system to check on them? We can create our own by scheduling certain times to touch base with everybody.

    If that’s too big of a disruption of daily life, there still is technology to help us out: the alert buttons one can wear around the neck to be instantly connected to an operator or relative. There are other gadgets that help in certain situations.

    But wouldn’t it be nice to simply go next door and meet a neighbor whom we never have talked to? Grab a box of chocolates and all your courage and go chat for a bit. Or just get a feel for that neighbor’s habits and be part of the solution when he/she doesn’t go out to get the mail.

    It’s a good idea to be alert to your surroundings, and it works both ways.

    Thanks Teddy, for a thought provoking post.

    Here’s to Reg and his well being!

    Ingrid

    Comment by Ingrid Webster — September 28, 2008 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  2. So true Teddy. I would urge people who are socially active online, but not so much offline or live alone, to ensure that you have a contact phone number with some people who will notice any unplanned absenses. Can’t be too safe.

    Take care.

    Comment by Lindy Asimus — September 28, 2008 @ 7:10 pm | Reply


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