Friday, 15 May 2020
'Scary or what?'
On my wrist I wear a Lifeline button. Many of those of pensionable age on our estate wear one and they are all connected to a central 'station'. If we fall, or feel ill we press the button and the lady in charge connects us to our designated person - in my case my son, who lives near. It is a sensible service to have and costs around £28 a month and that includes a visit from the warden once a month for a check up.
Now and again I am a very bad sleeper - perhaps about one night a month. Last night was the night. Nothing unusual about the evening, sandwiches and a pot of tea at 5pm and a mug of milk at bedtime. Could I sleep? Afraid not. At 2am I was still awake and decided to get up and make myself a cup of comforting cocoa with milk - a real treat. Then I took it to bed along with my book ( a superb one 'The Hired Man') and read for an hour. At 3am I put out the light, sure I could go to sleep.
I was just drifting off (bear in mind I do not wear my hearing aids in bed) when there was a loud knock on my bedroom door which opened (it was still dark bear in mind) and there was a man in a head torch!! Luckily I know my son has a head torch and at this point he put the light on.
The Lifeline service had rung him because I had pressed the red button. I had no idea i had pressed it, it had slipped round my wrist and I must have been laid awkwardly. They had first
of all rung me (without my hearing aids I am almost totally deaf) and getting no response had rung my son who had to get up, get dressed and come round to check that I was alright.
All's well that ends well as they say and as Dom said - now we have had a practice run and know that the system works. But that knock on the door gave me a bit of a shock!