In one New Hampshire town, 140 or so elderly and wheelchair using residents are trapped on the upper floors of a building because the elevators aren’t working. No power real concern for wheelchair-bound on upper floors
In Pennsylvania, “A tractor motor turns the generator that powers the breathing machine …She has Lou Gehrig’s disease, and her tenuous lifeline has been in place since Saturday. That’s when a rare October snowstorm knocked out power to homes …” Power outages from Saturday's snowstorm are threat for people with medical problems
In New York, “Visiting Nurse Service aide rushed around the dark house looking for a flashlight to set up a backup device that does not need electricity … It was already too late.” Halloween weekend snowstorm outage claims Bronx great-granny; lost oxygen during power failure
Are home generators the answer if you live with medical needs?
In Connecticut, “It is the latest of three carbon monoxide deaths since Saturday's massive winter storm” Carbon Monoxide Claims Another Life
In Massachusetts, “The state fire marshal says two people are dead in Palmer in what is believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning” 5 people killed in Mass. after October storm
Think having a ‘medical certification of emergency’ on file with a power company means something? – A spokesman for First Energy, parent company of Met-Ed, said “medical declarations are noted by the company but the thousands of outages from the storm make prioritizing a specific customer impractical.”
Probably too often I use a phrase “the tip of the iceberg”. Media focuses on the most dramatic. Countless others, among the over 1.5 million still without power, challenged with living with disabilities, chronic illnesses and of course their caregivers are also facing their 5th day of almost stone age living and caregiving.
November is National Family Caregiver Month and I for one find these unsung efforts heroic.