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I have been sick, officially, for eight weeks now. I believe that I was actually sick for at least a week before that, but shingles are hard to diagnose until the actual rash shows. Since my shingles were almost all on my scalp, it was hard to see what was happening. Through this experience I have learned a lot that I would like to share with you. The first concept is to have a plan.
On March 23, my husband had to call an ambulance for me at 10:00 pm. I had already been in bed, and he was in the living room watching television. My children, or course, were already in bed. Life got a little hectic in those few moments before the paramedics arrived, but that is to be expected. What shouldn't happen, however, is the chaos that occurred AFTER we found out I would be taken to the hospital to be treated.
Because my daughters were in bed, my husband decided he was going to stay home with them. I would be going to the emergency room by myself, which I completely agreed with. We didn't want to wake up friends and family and bother them since we didn't yet know what was going on. Everyone says they have friends they can call at 4 AM. Do you really? In the face of an emergency, do you know who you would call immediately?
In our case, we were able to have my husband stay home and watch the children. He would call my parents after we heard a little more information about what was happening. There was no use worrying people in the middle of the night if we didn't have to. What would we have done if the situation was more serious, though, and my husband had to be with me to make important decisions? Fortunately my parents DO live close to us, and we could have called them. What plan do you have in place for emergencies? Do you feel comfortable calling people late at night? Early in the morning? Do you even WANT people to know you are sick? Who do you want called in the case of a serious injury, illness, or hospitalization?
These questions all need to be answered BEFORE an emergency happens. I cannot stress enough how important having a medical plan is. As I look back at my own situation I realize how much we were really running on adrenaline. As a tight-knit family we didn't have any doubts that my parents would help care for my children while my husband cared for me. I suppose that was plan enough for us. What is YOUR plan?