Health Care Visit Day

IMG_4193 (2)The day began with a reminder call that my portable oxygen tanks would be delivered between ten and twelve o’clock. “O.K.” is my standard answer.  I have learned that the delivery may happen at any time.  Sometimes the delivery time may be a different day.  These tanks are not an emergency.  They will be available for times when I leave the house.  I have a large concentrator that is to be used  around the clock at home.  I also have a large portable tank that will be available in case of a power outage.

I have needed these tanks for the past 1 1/2 years.  I smile as I remember the beginning of all this.  I cleaned the house to the best of my ability.  I wore clothes that would have been reserved for dress up.  Now days, the oxygen delivery finds me and the house “as is”.  What was once a big deal is now a casual occurrence.

The need for this delivery has not yet become a casual occurrence.  A huge part of me wants to say that this delivery person must have the wrong house.  This part of me finds it hard to believe that I am considered this ill.

For many years, when I worked for a family service agency, a large part of my job was to serve people via home visits.  I was the one who rang people’s bell and entered their homes.   I was the healthy one who climbed over drifting snow to get to the door.  They put the Christmas tree out for me.  Sometimes I would be the only visitor that season.

I still feel like that provider of services.  As I open the door and accept the oxygen, I tell the provider how I am doing.  The other part of me is also present.  That part says that the person must have the wrong house.  They better leave now because I have to go to work.

 

 

 

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