FranEMTnurse, LPN, EMT-I Pro 50,014 Views
Joined Jun 7, '02.
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A doc once told me to Vaseline the inside of a straw, place it in the patients ear and suck out a foreign object with my mouth í ¾í´¢ ah-no, ill pass! He actually came in the next morning and carried out that procedure himself!! í ¾í´®
As an experienced past school bus driver, I was at a stop on a state highway to pick up children. My side stop sign with a strobe light was already flashing.An elderly gentleman driving his car approached my bus from the opposite direction. (mind you he was approaching my bus on the same side the strobe light was flashing) and he drove right past my bus. Had those children been crossing the road then one or several would have been killed.
I reported the incident to the police and the state trooper asked me to not press charges because he lives in a rural area. I refused, because I consider this extremely dangerous.
Another incident occurred just two days ago. I am currently living in a senior housing complex, and there is a grocery store located about 3 blocks away. A caregiver I currently have was driving into the store parking lot and a senior driver backed out of her parking spot right in front of the caregiver totaling the caregiver's car. She now is forced to purchase another car. THIS IS THE REASON I AM AGAINST HEAD - IN PARKING. Numerous people of all ages have been killed due to the blind spots behind the older cars, and most drivers cannot afford the newer cars with the rear view backup mirror.
There are numerous home care agencies around now, even in rural areas. The areas who are not equipped with them yet have visiting nurses who can go to the elderly people's homes. There have been several advancements in this area in the past few years.
I fully understand why elderly people want to keep their independence. I myself am 74 years old and desperately miss my own and have to rely on others or on public transportation now, and I was completely independent until 10 years ago when I no longer had my own transportation.
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