Panic

Panicking was not encouraged in the house where I grew up.
Just as well really since there were so many critical situations to deal with along the way.

We were the ‘Come to’ house, yes, everyone assumed they had free passage to bring their troubles to our door.

Anything from cut knees
To falls from trees
Jobs lost
Pipes burst by frost…
Can we have some water

My son needs shoes
We have no food
Can I use your phone
‘I can’t go alone!’
Yes! Please, I’d love some tea.

It’s a broken hip
Martha fell and split her lip
John fell down stairs
Mary had a stroke
I’d love a drink, but I’m really broke.

Will you read this letter
She is not getting better
The baby died before it arrived
She will be looking for me
Can you feed the kids their tea

Screaming, shouting, ranting and railing, waste time, use energy and distract from the situation.
First responders at an accident will tell you: Those making noise are not critical, deal with the quiet ones first.

With advanced age people are more inclined to sweat the small stuff.
Noises in the night. Driving in busy traffic, or sometimes crossing the street can become like a task of major proportions.

The thought of falling, or dying while alone are often unspoken nightmares, but there is help at hand. A Personal Alarm can give reassurance that help is on hand when needed. With a Personal Alarm Service friends and family are only a button press away.

I found it amusing that the topic of Panic was chosen for us this week by the ever calm Ramana. I think you should move along in single file, with no panic, to see what he and the other active members of the Loose Blogging Consortium have to say on the subject: Anu, Delirious, Maxi, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox, OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, Shackman speaks, The Old Fossil, Will Knott.

18 thoughts on “Panic

  1. The come-to house eh? And I find the fight or flight response at my age is more of a duck and cover response as flight long ago left these gimpy knees.

    I too found it interesting Ramana brought this topic to the group. Ramana paniced is something of an oxymoron from the resident Mr Laid Back.

  2. I really like the idea of having a “panic button”. I think most people use their cell phone in this way, but I don’t carry a cell phone. Maybe this will encourage me to carry one!

  3. Shackman – ‘Come to house’ it was. We mopped brows, wiped tears, patched up wounds and put drops in eyes or ears. All the while we were making tea and baking bread or cake to with it! I suppose we were far to busy to have time to panic! :lol:

    Delores – I have recommended the panic button service to many frail elderly women who are living alone. It can work from a pendent around the neck or from a pull cord in every room in the house.

    Marianna – I have to admit that it is all my own work. Thanks for the link to the Medical Alert Review. I am sure some of my readers will appreciate it.

  4. You are right that I am not prone to panic Grannymar and I am flattered that you and Shackman both have noticed this. From January of 2011 I have seen a panicking old man constantly saying “I want to die” but panicking at the smallest discomfort. Eventually, we had to slip in medication to calm him down. I have seen that panic first hand and I can assure you that it was not pleasant.

  5. Those of who are only subject to mild panics are lucky. For someone who has serious panic attacks (maybe lasting for hours), it’s no joking matter. They feel utterly helpless and distraught. And the attacks come on for no apparent reason, right out of the blue, whether encouraged or discouraged.

  6. Ramana – It is not easy to watch anyone suffer and you have seen more than enough for one lifetime.

    Nick – I realise that I am indeed fortunate not to suffer from serious panic attacks of bouts of depression. Falling on my face is enough for me at the moment.

    WWW – Wise words, good job I didn’t do that for real a few weeks ago!

  7. BWT – Thank you. I wish I had thought of the pipes of pan, the music would have been more soothing than Ramana’s choice!! ;)

    paulo1 – Do you live in a ‘Come to’ house?

    Brighid – We didn’t quite have the chaos, but we had plenty of caring.

  8. Love your prose, GM. Sounds as if there was never boredom at your house. Two of our kids are firefighters; they would agree with you about first responders.

    Screaming, ranting, etc. waste time; had never thought of this but it’s true.

    Blessings to you ~ Maxi

  9. Maxi – Thank you. We had a lively household with a large extended family often visiting and neighbours who needed help in a variety of ways. We were taught from an early age, never to turn someone away in their hour of need.

  10. Tilly _ In our house mammy was the fixer person. I remember watching as she changed fuses, replaced washers in taps and even the element in our iron. She was a quiet wonder woman back then.

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