So anyway… today I helped save someone’s life.. and they’re probably going to hate me for it.
Anne, one of our neighbors, is an elderly woman. I’m not sure how old she is, but with near-crippling arthritis and osteoperosis, she shuffles about like she’s a hundred and fifty. Her health has been slowly failing her, and ever since the whole debacle with the train fence, she’s had a very hard time getting to the co-op to do her shopping (she refuses to shop at the mini-market just down the street, due to ‘brown people’ running it). She’s fallen a couple times, and generally is no longer able to take care of herself.
Thing is, she has that stubborn old-person pride, not wanting to ‘be a bother’, and generally giving up and waiting to die. She has resisted tooth and nail any sort of social workers, Meals on Wheels, and even friendly attempts at helping her out. Suicide by self-neglect, if you will.
Some time Friday, she fell and could not get up again.
Michelle, one of my housemates, is one of the few people she’ll tolerate having over for a visit, found her and was in a bit of a panic. Michelle isn’t very socially-adjusted herself, and was worried sick, but knew that Anne didn’t want help. I told her that there are times when the right thing to do isn’t necessarily what someone wants.
911 was called, and an anbulance whisked her away to the hospital, where presumably she is receiving the kind of care she hates. I’m hoping she makes it out of the hospital, perhaps with a few more years left, and is more willing to accept help in the future.