"All's well that ends well"
So, a few weeks ago I was sitting outside getting some sun.
Herman was just leaving for work. My aide, Dawn, was due here
in a matter of 20 minutes, so I was able to convince Herman
to just leave me sitting in
the driveway. He made certain to leave my brakes off on my
wheelchair just in case I got hot and needed to get into the
shade. I'm like "there is no way that I'm going to get
too hot. Don't even worry about
me." Nonetheless, he left my brakes off.
About what I guessed to be 20 minutes went by, and by this
time I was
roasting. The thing is, when I, or anyone with MS gets overheated,
is generally not a good thing. Whatever is wrong is made acutely
until the body cools down. OK. Now all I have to do is roll
shade. But, now I'm so hot and weak, that I'm barely able
myself into the shade. I eventually do, and at the very moment
land in the shade, the phone rings. And guess where I left
Yep, in the sun, which is now uphill from where I am now
in the shade.
This is not a good thing. I tried to hear what the message
was on the
answering machine, but as I was outside, I really couldn't
it was other than a woman's voice. I tried to wheel myself
the phone but couldn't make it, so I decided to continue to
aide in the shade. As I was traversing in and out of the sun,
to reach the phone, both my feet fell off the foot rests.
important to know is that I had no shoes on. To me, everything
somehow right in the world when I have suntan feet. So here
wearing a bathing suit and a sleeveless tee shirt, and no
By now, I'm pretty sure my aide is not coming. I'm guessing
message on the answering machine explains this. Be that as
it may, my
shady spot is now becoming sunny. One thing Herman did insist
wearing was my lifeline necklace. This is a direct line to
in case I ever get into a situation where I need help and
around. I've had this lifeline for approximately 5 years.
I've never had to use it. Anyway, as I tried to move myself
further into the shade, my
wheelchair started rolling down the driveway. Needless to
say, I began
to flip out. My feet were dragging on the gravel and I'm thinking
I might fly down the entire length of the driveway! Now, I'm
I'm in a "situation." Luckily, Herman had removed
the passenger seat in
our van, to allow room for my wheelchair. This is what prevented
from sailing down the entire driveway. It was at this point
pressed my lifeline button.
Within five minutes the Caroga Lake volunteer fire department
to help. Thanks to all you guys who saved the day! The cool
about it was, instead of strangers coming in an ambulance
lights and sirens, they came unobtrusively up my driveway
on foot and
just said, "Hey Kathryn, how are you doing?" See
in this small town, I
know most of these guys and they know me! I simply responded,
feeling kind of silly right now!" Yeah, I felt scared
and helpless and I
so appreciate your expedient help. And thanks to the lifeline
I hope I don't have to use it again. I gotta tell you, the
about a small town is having friendly caring faces be there
need them and treat the situation low key.
It turns out that my aide, Dawn, had two flat tires, which
message I had missed! But, all's well that ends well, as they