Living Life with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Let’s talk contacts. As in emergency contacts. We all need them. Here is why.

A gentleman, coworker by the name of Bill collapsed at my feet last Thursday. It looked like he had a stroke. He couldn’t move the left side of his body, his speech was slurred, and he had a sudden intense headache. We called the squad and he was whisked away to the hospital.

Then we went into his file to notify his emergency contact so they would know what happened and where he was. Bill wasn’t making any phone calls anytime soon. Only thing was, he had none.

We haven’t heard a word from Bill. As far as we know, no one knows where he is. Hopefully, I’m wrong there. I really hope I am. But for now, all we can do is wait and worry.

People, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have an emergency contact. And that contact needs to have or have access to all the important number like friends, family, and work. Even if that someone is just a friendly neighbor.

Let’s look at something Bill did do right. Bill is on a whole list of medications. Too many for a post-stroke Bill to list off. But Bill was lucky. Around his neck, on a string, he wore a thumb drive. And on that thumb drive was a document that listed all his meds.

I have a little notebook in my purse. In my notebook is a list of all the meds I’m on. I’m actually thinking I need to rip that page out of my notebook and keep it in the little wallet I now carry with me at all times. I don’t always have my purse, but I always have my wallet.

So let’s combine the two. Don’t just have an emergency contact, make sure your emergency contact has a list of all the meds you are on. And for the love of God, keep that list up to date!

Now, I’m going to go move my list to my wallet. Night all.

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