Quick trip: What could possibly go wrong?

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Escorted my elderly mother to her doctor's appointment. Routine short trip from home, made countless times. She calls an Ambulette service a week prior. They come and pick her up. Drop off right at the doctor's office building. Appointment over, they come and pick her up. Drop off at home. I'm with her the entire time. Usually, I don't grab a ton of gear. Just the absolute basics.

Yesterday we get an incompetent driver. Long story, short; mom ends up badly scratching up her lower leg while being helped out by the driver. I don't notice it. She's not in pain. Only mentions it once we're inside the building. I look, it's a bit of a bloody mess. We head upstairs immediately, I tell the receptionist she's checking in. And, that she needs a bandage. Receptionist, a young man, tells me he'll ask a nurse to look at it in a moment. Then he gets to the important part.... The co-pay. Yeah, that's what he was really concerned about. I clear up his confusion.

Waiting area thankfully has tissue boxes. I grab several tissues and help her clean up as best I can. Two minutes later she gets called in. I lead her in, and tell the nursing assistant about the blood. Looks like the receptionist forgot to say anything. We go into a room where a nurse finally comes in to look at her leg. Nurse did a good job. By that point it had stopped bleeding.

I decided this is never happening again. Went home, put together a Mini personal Med. kit. Used a zip-lock sandwich bag to keep it small and easily carried in a tiny purse or the leg pocket of a pair of cargo pants/shorts.

Contents:
2 Alcohol Prep. pads.
1 Sanitary wipe.
1 Small band-aid.
1 Regular sized band-aid.
1 Large Band-Aid.
1 XL sized Band-aid
1 "H" shaped band-aid.
1 small packet of Burn gel.

Everything fits neatly in the baggie and the top of it can be folded over easily almost in half. Ideal for a quick trip in which something like the above could happen. Ironically, had all of those items at home already in the medium-sized First-Aid kit. No gloves for a simple reason.... It's my mom. I know she doesn't have anything. So, not worried about catching anything from her. This thin kit is now going with us on every appointment she has.
 

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Escorted my elderly mother to her doctor's appointment. Routine short trip from home, made countless times. She calls an Ambulette service a week prior. They come and pick her up. Drop off right at the doctor's office building. Appointment over, they come and pick her up. Drop off at home. I'm with her the entire time. Usually, I don't grab a ton of gear. Just the absolute basics.

Yesterday we get an incompetent driver. Long story, short; mom ends up badly scratching up her lower leg while being helped out by the driver. I don't notice it. She's not in pain. Only mentions it once we're inside the building. I look, it's a bit of a bloody mess. We head upstairs immediately, I tell the receptionist she's checking in. And, that she needs a bandage. Receptionist, a young man, tells me he'll ask a nurse to look at it in a moment. Then he gets to the important part.... The co-pay. Yeah, that's what he was really concerned about. I clear up his confusion.

Waiting area thankfully has tissue boxes. I grab several tissues and help her clean up as best I can. Two minutes later she gets called in. I lead her in, and tell the nursing assistant about the blood. Looks like the receptionist forgot to say anything. We go into a room where a nurse finally comes in to look at her leg. Nurse did a good job. By that point it had stopped bleeding.

I decided this is never happening again. Went home, put together a Mini personal Med. kit. Used a zip-lock sandwich bag to keep it small and easily carried in a tiny purse or the leg pocket of a pair of cargo pants/shorts.

Contents:
2 Alcohol Prep. pads.
1 Sanitary wipe.
1 Small band-aid.
1 Regular sized band-aid.
1 Large Band-Aid.
1 XL sized Band-aid
1 "H" shaped band-aid.
1 small packet of Burn gel.

Everything fits neatly in the baggie and the top of it can be folded over easily almost in half. Ideal for a quick trip in which something like the above could happen. Ironically, had all of those items at home already in the medium-sized First-Aid kit. No gloves for a simple reason.... It's my mom. I know she doesn't have anything. So, not worried about catching anything from her. This thin kit is now going with us on every appointment she has.
I'm sorry this happened to your mom. Good move to make up a small emergency kit to keep with you for these trips.

That receptionist needs some remedial training asap.
 

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I'm sorry this happened to your mom. Good move to make up a small emergency kit to keep with you for these trips.

That receptionist needs some remedial training asap.
Thank you. I just honestly wish I hadn't been so complacent for so many years. Even a quick, routine trip comes with no guarantees of being boringly predictable.
 
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Last month I took my mom, Granny, as she's known to pretty much everyone, to the local Dollar General. While I was positioning her wheelchair on the sidewalk a "homeless" person was rummaging through a trashcan about 30 feet down the sidewalk. He was yelling/cussing up a storm when all of a sudden he retrieved a large glass bottle from the trash and threw it at the wall of the store. Many pieces, small and large, flew in my direction. Fortunately, Granny was still in my van and I wasn't hit by any of them. Inside, I informed the manager of what was still going on outside. She said, "We don't bother to call the police anymore. They never show up."

Even a quick, routine trip comes with no guarantees of being boringly predictable.

I told Mom that was out last trip to that store.
 

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Last month I took my mom, Granny, as she's known to pretty much everyone, to the local Dollar General. While I was positioning her wheelchair on the sidewalk a "homeless" person was rummaging through a trashcan about 30 feet down the sidewalk. He was yelling/cussing up a storm when all of a sudden he retrieved a large glass bottle from the trash and threw it at the wall of the store. Many pieces, small and large, flew in my direction. Fortunately, Granny was still in my van and I wasn't hit by any of them. Inside, I informed the manager of what was still going on outside. She said, "We don't bother to call the police anymore. They never show up."

Even a quick, routine trip comes with no guarantees of being boringly predictable.

I told Mom that was out last trip to that store.
Where are you? Portland? Seattle?
 

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Escorted my elderly mother to her doctor's appointment. Routine short trip from home, made countless times. She calls an Ambulette service a week prior. They come and pick her up. Drop off right at the doctor's office building. Appointment over, they come and pick her up. Drop off at home. I'm with her the entire time. Usually, I don't grab a ton of gear. Just the absolute basics.

Yesterday we get an incompetent driver. Long story, short; mom ends up badly scratching up her lower leg while being helped out by the driver. I don't notice it. She's not in pain. Only mentions it once we're inside the building. I look, it's a bit of a bloody mess. We head upstairs immediately, I tell the receptionist she's checking in. And, that she needs a bandage. Receptionist, a young man, tells me he'll ask a nurse to look at it in a moment. Then he gets to the important part.... The co-pay. Yeah, that's what he was really concerned about. I clear up his confusion.

Waiting area thankfully has tissue boxes. I grab several tissues and help her clean up as best I can. Two minutes later she gets called in. I lead her in, and tell the nursing assistant about the blood. Looks like the receptionist forgot to say anything. We go into a room where a nurse finally comes in to look at her leg. Nurse did a good job. By that point it had stopped bleeding.

I decided this is never happening again. Went home, put together a Mini personal Med. kit. Used a zip-lock sandwich bag to keep it small and easily carried in a tiny purse or the leg pocket of a pair of cargo pants/shorts.

Contents:
2 Alcohol Prep. pads.
1 Sanitary wipe.
1 Small band-aid.
1 Regular sized band-aid.
1 Large Band-Aid.
1 XL sized Band-aid
1 "H" shaped band-aid.
1 small packet of Burn gel.

Everything fits neatly in the baggie and the top of it can be folded over easily almost in half. Ideal for a quick trip in which something like the above could happen. Ironically, had all of those items at home already in the medium-sized First-Aid kit. No gloves for a simple reason.... It's my mom. I know she doesn't have anything. So, not worried about catching anything from her. This thin kit is now going with us on every appointment she has.
@Monocrom That's what I call a "boo-boo kit". You should always have one with you as EDC. And if you live in a big city, you should also have a trauma kit, or what is sometimes known as a blow-out kit, for serious wounds like knife or bullet wounds. North American Rescue is famous for their CAT tourniqet, if you want one, buy it direct from them or a reputable seller, because it is highly counterfeited, and the fakes are garbage you do not want to bet your life on. An easy way to carry a trauma kit is an ankle wrap kit. There are several companies that sell them.
 

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@Monocrom That's what I call a "boo-boo kit". You should always have one with you as EDC. And if you live in a big city, you should also have a trauma kit, or what is sometimes known as a blow-out kit, for serious wounds like knife or bullet wounds. North American Rescue is famous for their CAT tourniqet, if you want one, buy it direct from them or a reputable seller, because it is highly counterfeited, and the fakes are garbage you do not want to bet your life on. An easy way to carry a trauma kit is an ankle wrap kit. There are several companies that sell them.
Yup, I always have some sort of bag on me filled with essential items. Usually my 3rd Shift work-bag. Among the contents, a certain tourniquet bought direct from a certain company. A basic First-Aid kit to ward away possible infection, along with a full-blown trauma kit.

It's just that I got complacent with mom's doctor visits. That's on me, I messed up. Short trip.... Everyone does it. "Just gonna run down to the convenience store for some smokes. Be back in 5. What's the worse that could happen?"

Head out the door, no phone, no anything. Just keys and some cash. Happens to everyone all the time.
 

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Yup, I always have some sort of bag on me filled with essential items. Usually my 3rd Shift work-bag. Among the contents, a certain tourniquet bought direct from a certain company. A basic First-Aid kit to ward away possible infection, along with a full-blown trauma kit.

It's just that I got complacent with mom's doctor visits. That's on me, I messed up. Short trip.... Everyone does it. "Just gonna run down to the convenience store for some smokes. Be back in 5. What's the worse that could happen?"

Head out the door, no phone, no anything. Just keys and some cash. Happens to everyone all the time.
You living in NYC, I would think you would never do that. I'm surprised.
 
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Yeah, If I were you, I'd take myself and my family and relocate to a small city in a red state, ASAP. It is going to get worse before it gets better.

I think you're wrong. I think it's going to get a whole lot worse before it all goes to hell. I don't see the quality of life pendulum ever swinging back in States like Washington.

I spent the Summer in Tribune back in 1975. A friend and I worked for the Tutttles driving trucks from their wheat fields to the grain elevator. One night my friend and I drove into town to have a beer. What could possibly go wrong?

We were sitting in the tavern for about two minutes when my friend said - "We have to go!" When I questioned why he told me to look around at the rest of the patrons. I did. None of them were smiling at us, but they were all staring at us. It was because of our long hair. Bunch of a$$hole rednecks.
 

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I think you're wrong. I think it's going to get a whole lot worse before it all goes to hell. I don't see the quality of life pendulum ever swinging back in States like Washington.

I spent the Summer in Tribune back in 1975. A friend and I worked for the Tutttles driving trucks from their wheat fields to the grain elevator. One night my friend and I drove into town to have a beer. What could possibly go wrong?

We were sitting in the tavern for about two minutes when my friend said - "We have to go!" When I questioned why he told me to look around at the rest of the patrons. I did. None of them were smiling at us, but they were all staring at us. It was because of our long hair. Bunch of a$$hole rednecks.
Those a$$hole rednecks probably fought and won WWII.

No you don't disagree with me, we are of the same mind as far as the way things are going--one only needs to pay attention to what is going on in this nation and the rest of the world to see where the wind is blowing. Good luck to you and your family, I hope you all "live long and prosper". :)
 

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I think you're wrong. I think it's going to get a whole lot worse before it all goes to hell. I don't see the quality of life pendulum ever swinging back in States like Washington.

I spent the Summer in Tribune back in 1975. A friend and I worked for the Tutttles driving trucks from their wheat fields to the grain elevator. One night my friend and I drove into town to have a beer. What could possibly go wrong?

We were sitting in the tavern for about two minutes when my friend said - "We have to go!" When I questioned why he told me to look around at the rest of the patrons. I did. None of them were smiling at us, but they were all staring at us. It was because of our long hair. Bunch of a$$hole rednecks.
Are you talking about Tribune, Kansas?
 

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It borders CO. According to Wikipedia, Greeley County, (Tribune is in Greeley Co.) is the least populated county in the state as of the 2020 census. Yeah, it should be flat. Maybe I'll move there some day, looks like a good place to live in the coming years.
 
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