I have been meaning to do this with Addie but after falling yesterday, I did it this morning. Using an index card, I wrote the following and stuck the card in the top drawer of the stand by the front door:
911 – and our address here
Grumps – his phone number
Mom – Nicole’s phone number
Dad – Chad’s phone number
Jeremy – The guy we bought the house from who only lives 5 minutes away – his number
Two Neighbors’ Numbers
I went over with her the importance of staying calm, speaking slowly and clearly, giving as much information to whomever she calls as she can – Is Granny bleeding? Is she breathing? Can she come to the phone?
I told her to turn the porch lights on but keep the door locked til someone arrives – that the 911 people will probably stay on the phone with her til help arrives.
I wrote down the number of two neighbors in case I should have to be taken away before Chad or Nicole could get here. I would feel fine about Addie staying with either neighbor.
I hope it’s something she never has to use but it is information that would be very nice to have if she ever needs it. I tried to explain it to her in a way that doesn’t cause panic. She seemed a bit excited because both neighbors she might call have pools. She wanted to know if they take me to the hospital, can she bring Boots home with her. Kids!!
Once Vince is here full time, this won’t be nearly so important but for now, we need a plan.