Saturday, June 4, 2011

Another Power Outage

     For the second time in five days we've lost all power for several hours.  This first time was in the daytime and, while it did get hot, Boo managed the disruption quite well.  Because Boo is listed as disabled with the electric company, someone from the company calls with regular updates on the outage, someone comes to the house if the outage is more than an hour and a half to make physical contact and offer appropriate services (use of a generator, an ice chest with water and transportation to the emergency room or an air conditioned shelter).  I was impressed with their diligence.
      Last night the power went out again.  Once again, the electric company made repeated contact and offered services.  I thought everything was going well.  Boo had eaten dinner, bathed, was dressed for bed and very calm.  He went to bed with no problem and slept---at least I thought he was sleeping.  I stepped out on the back stoop to give one of our elderly neighbors batteries for their flashlight.  Boo got out of bed and walked out the front door with his rolling walker.  (How did he manage to open the front door?  It isn't easy.  How did he manage to get out the door so quietly?)  However he did it, he was out alone in the dark and I panicked!  Boo was safely found four doors from our house sitting on his rolling walker beside the Methodist church---by a utility worker who stayed with him until I got there.  Boo was on his way to Mom's house because he thought she had power.  We were given a ride to Mom's house where  Boo was checked by EMTs.  He was fine.  (That made one of us, I was a basketcase.)  Boo ate a snack and went to sleep in a recliner.  I have had enough power outages to last the rest of the summer. 
     Today Boo is calm, alert and happy.  He doesn't have clear memories of last night.  Some days and nights are more interesting than others.  I'm voting for less interesting days and nights for a while!

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