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Fifth day of lunar cycle
Waxing moon in Aquarius

"When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." - Humpty Dumpty (Lewis Carroll)

Music of the Day:
-- No music today

Days meditating: 10

Drinking: Water; pumpkin soup

Around 7:30 a.m. Mary and I were called to our civic duty. A man came into the center saying a man was down on the ground by the library.

I dialed 9-1-1 and Mary talked to them. Later as we were heading to where the man was lying down, I had a call back from the 9-1-1 operator requesting more information. So I filled them in on what I could see as I walked towards the man. I noted he was wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a green T-shirt. After that I was told an ambulance was on the way.

I learned the man's name was Andrew. Mary knew him from a long time ago when he was in a better place. Now he is homeless and living day to day.

Andrew had fallen down and could not stand. He was shaky and looked to be sweaty. He said he had become very hot. Don, a friend, had gotten Andrew some water which Andrew drank. After a few minutes Andrew vomited that up.

So, as I am talking to the 9-1-1 operator who is asking me questions to ask Andrew such as what is Andrew's name, age, any known medical conditions and the like.

The county's finest, a sheriff, appeared. He didn't seem to be in much of a rush to get to us. By the conversation, the sheriff knew Andrew because he then asked him was the last time he had a drink. Andrew said yesterday and that he had had two beers. He said tilts but I don't know what that means. The officer said that Andrew was having the DTs. Only Andrew did not seem delirious to me.

The officer made a couple of more calls to someone and not long the paramedics came and began checking blood pressure, heart rate, and I think even took some blood.

Andrew was worried about the expense but we told him for now he needed to concentrate on getting better and the money thing could be dealt with later.

Andrew had four paramedics taking care of him.

Anyway, Mary and I introduced ourselves to Andrew's friends, Jeet and Don. I don't know that I will ever see them again. But it is nice to know who you are dealing with.

Mary gave Andrew her phone number for him to call her when he was able and to let her know how he was doing.

After that we walked backed to the center. Whew. That's enough excitement for one day for me. I am just glad I had my cell phone and could be of some help to one who needed it.

mz. em

Currently reading:
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-- "The Daily Book of Art/356 readings that teach, inspire & entertain" - day 65

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