Thursday, March 29, 2007

Why I will never go anywhere without my pager ever again!

Why this experience had taught me not to leave anywhere without my pager device ever again!

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After reading your comments, here is my response:

Hello folks!

Thank you for wishing me well. I wore a neck brace for a week and an half and been feeling stiff ever since. Trying to get some massage therapy..ahhh!!

It is just something to think about how we are able to have access to communication when you encounter an incident that puts you in an emergency situation.

42 comments:

Oscar the Observer said...

Here is my response.

LaRonda said...

Oh my goodness! What a story! I hope you and the old many are ok. You look ok, but I can see how hard that was for you.

I had a situation where I had a flat tire at 11pm on the road to Reno. It was dark, no one around for miles and my pager was blocked! There were not radio towers around to send the waves through the mountains. Ugh! I had to wave down a driver and get help from AAA by asking them to call on their cell phone. Many hearing people feel the same way. They don't want to get caught without their cell phones.

It's amazing what deaf people have to go through sometimes!

Thanks for sharing that incredible story.

~ LaRonda
www.earofmyheart.com

Anonymous said...

Interesting, looks like you will be imprisoned by technology in the future? does that mean if your pager breaks, your life is at a standstill? I know your experience was awful and it's understanding..and that was probably an isolated incident. Doubt in future you will experience that again! Hope not!

but, I swore I would never let pagers or cell phone change the way I live. btw I dont have one! and i'm HOH so I get by w/o one. My hubby who is profoundly deaf does not have one either..we get by. We have tty. Our hearing kids have phones/cell phone and we can always ask someone to call them for us. So, I guess it never occurred to us to MUST have one like rest of my deaf siblings who all have SK or Blackberry. There's several ways to look at it I guess.

Poor you, I know what it feels like to see someone coming at you from behind when you are waiting for traffic light. Sheer terror!

Glad you're ok! :)

mochame said...

I do sometimes forgot to carry my sk to work because I had to visit many client's house, one time i got flat tire of my car and i forgot my sk left at home and i asked someone to fix my spare tire that i don't know how to change it. I hardly remind that my sk must carry all time with me.

todos la vie said...

Sometimes I let my pager die without charging it. Sigh. We store all of our important info on our pagers to reach people (via email, aim, or phone msg) or to fill out medical forms, check the calendar or write down notes, etc. It's a sidekick, but it does everything I need.

Barb - are you gonna a get new pager now that the glue is falling apart?

jwomick said...

OH YES. I have experince that way one time I was fell down by muddy hill somehow my ankle BROKEN AS POP I feel nothing when i move my leg oh gosh it's so painful! so i have to wait stay sit down and let leg stay as stiff not move if move will feel like something knife or sharp stab it. but at my old school (SCSDB). someone who work for sherif town but he work at scsdb sometime for protect and safety reason he saw me sit down with muddy and rain. * 2 days rains MAKE HILL SO MUDDY* anyway he come to me he know sign tiny! then he called ems and firefigters 2 guys come to me put case on my leg as not let it move and i get lay on slide bed. go to hostipal know what? i am only who go in there alone myself waiting for nurse and doctor come check me out and my school already called my parents and other family let them know that i am in hostipal. funny thing my parents just show up so fast! before they showed up i just talk to nurse with write paper that's time i don't have any sk or blackberry or cellphone JUST NOTHING! finally my parents just arrived they worried to me and take care of me asked what they said about my ankle i like relax i am fine i just RELAX and answer question for doctor and nurse about xray and blah blah i know what to do. after that somehow few years later i had car accident so badly i mean totally WRECKED by my side as driver door with 1979 chevy truck it's strong as rock but that car just totally hit all way stabbed by side door and front engine anyway i went hostipal as my mom was with me she sick worried if i need someone help i told her relax i am fine! i get nothing broke or pain nothing just stomach weak as nervous that's all i do relax lay down let nurse take care of me but again i never have sk, blackberry or cellphone! till few years ago finally i got sk somehow i lost it i can't live without it becaused my parents need me all time as make sure i am ok and where i am at blah blah blah so u know hearing parents always worring to their children which is deaf. but i am only deaf in my family ever! anyway i have sk for 2 years but now my sk2 worn out need get new one so time for me soon get new sk3 or blackberry i am not sure which one i want. AND NOW MY SK2 NOT WORK AT ALL i am stuck with it sometime my parents being worring because i don't have sk2 anymore it's worn out already. right now i know what to do i have experince do with car, police, ems, hostipal whatever u name it. so i know what to do. if i don't have any kind of cellphone or sk or blackberry or whatever is it. i will asked them bring me some paper and pen so i can write to them as understand what's going on. u know old fashion way :D but i glad u are ok. i was shocked that who fault accident hit ur back car oh no OLD MAN?! geeze. he must be suck driver hahahahahahahaha. next time be careful. keep up with vlogs!

Joshua Womick

NavyBeagle said...

That's Murphy's Law!

I always believe in Murphy's Law. Often, I am more than willing to turnaround for my sidekick. I rather to be late at work because of that.

At least you are doing ok. You look fine with your ASL on current Vlog. Pray that you will not have "old injury" in the future.

A hard lesson is all done. Now, you know what to expect.

Susan said...

heheheh! I thought it was funny that you had to make a big decision to leave your pager for just 5 minutes! I don't have a pager, sidekick or blueberry (don't know what they are!) but here in Aus we have mobile phones with sms, which my family and I rarely used (they're kinda bulky).

I'm sorry you had a bad accident with sore neck, hope it heals well. Yes, in that situation a pager is handy...

Susan said...

not blueberry... blackberry I mean! :)

Mel said...

I have experince that way one time I was driving my car. Somehow I bumpin truck that front of me. My sidekick was so smashing because its hitting into window its damage it was new I got mail on that day. But I thank god that I have old sidekick with me in my car so I can text to my mom to show up at hospital.
Be sure to have personal book with you all the time in case if you dont bring pager with you or its already broke. Personal book have many info.

Deaf Niches said...

Oh my god.I am so glad you are all right...

You know what, now my husband is in hospital now for a series of tests and might need a surgery to fix one part of small intestine. I saw the sign forbidding the usage of cell phones and blackberry pagers were considered as cell phones. So we asked for a room with a window to get some reception (our blackberry pagers showed no reception at all, inside the building... ugh) and we explained to the staff that we used pagers for communicating since we did not use phones. The hospital was very nice (yes, it provided interpreters, no problem.)

Anonymous said...

oh my god!
first of all , i am so glad u r all right! whew!!!
yes, pager is ur best friend, spouse, or parther :)
yeah, we better never ever leave pagers even for one sec! kira

Jay said...

Jeez! What a story! Am glad you are alright, but what an experience!

Its not just pagers, and for the Deaf, its all those technology advances we ALL grow with. Its amazing when a computer dies, a person, Deaf or not, will feel their life is impacted in some way.

Domvera said...

Barbara,

What a great story you shared with us!
I was in the emergency room at Prince George's hospital in Maryland in January for my asthma problem. The doctor approached me and informed me that I have to stay in the hospital. In fact, I loathed to stay there and asked her to provide me some health and medical tips to take care of myself. She said that I have low oxygen. In case if I decide to go home, I might get worse or could die. Really frightening! Fortunately, I have SK2 pager with me but it does not receive enough reception. I asked the nurse to call my hearing roommate to bring me an adapter including my laptop and other DVD movies to entertain myself during my staying in the hospital.
When they moved me into the patient bedroom on 7th room, I finally use my pager to contact my family and friends. It's wonderful to commuicate with my family to share my health crisis.
I recommend anyone to bring your own pager in case if you got sick or in accident, it is best to contact your parents or friends to support you at the hospital.
I have no phsycial friends to visit me but SK2 is my best friend to share with.
Nick

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Lisa said...

I'm glad you were not seriously injured. I have always taken my SK II with me. Its my bedbuddy. One day I was able to call my doctor thru relay in my pager from the pharmacy when I was denied to have my drug refilled instead of having to go home to make a call and go back to the store. I was told by a friend that the heat from the sun causes the keyboard cover to peel so I don't use it in the sun.

Fookem said...

Life is full of surprises.

;) At least, you are ok.

Dianrez said...

Hoo boy, Barb...what an ordeal! It made me reflect on the changes that technology has made on our lives and now memorizing some phone numbers no longer works. Few ever use phones now...TTYs are dead...pagers/cell phones are IT now. And it takes an unexpected event to make it hit home for the first time! Today I'm buying another charger and making sure my SK stays charged!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are lucky, Yes we should have pager anywhere we go...Best bet if yo have a hearing child or teenager have them with their own cellephone.. my son has it already when i m on the road.. I am hearing imparied and disabled too my son is always wiht me bez he is very helpful with me to do shopping and lifting any thing for my favor.. Ive been pager all my life since Aol pagers were established now i love sidekick 2pagers with those emails and text messages i used it when i am in town or if anything happen btween accident or someone is hurtor somewhere i got lost... It help me to contact myfamily and friends too.. Keep ur pager with you all the time...

John Lestina --- said...

WOW! Thanks for the tips about the pager!

DCABlogs said...

I respond to your blog from my experience at www.deafaware.blogspot.com about how pager saved my life several times.

IamMine said...

Wow, glad you're ok!!

I can see the benefits of having a pager, no doubt about it!!

However, I've NEVER owned one.

Yeah, I'm one of those CAVE people. ;) :P

Judge said...

My response to your vlog....

Here is my video.

Be well! :)

Lisa said...

Its me again, I forgot to mention... Thank you for advise. I had been considering about leaving my pager home when I went to the fitness to workout but from now on I will take it with me.

Todd said...

Believe it or not, I have never owned a messaging pager until I visited Gallaudet during its recent UFG protest. The whole campus was freely untethered and fast communicating! I felt like a Neantherdhal walking amongst the advanced humans of the 30th century, ha!

Upon returning home, I went out and got a BB 8700G. So far, the experience of having the pager to 'own' my life has been pleasing and productive so far!

Deaf Kitchen said...

Wow! Very riveting! Sure hope you're ok! Technology--love it or hate it but we are stuck with it, for better or for worse!

Lantana said...

I still do not have a pager myself! Your story has inspired me to work harder to find one appropriate for an older woman with arthritis in her fingers.

Thankyou for your post, very enlightening!

Lantana

Anonymous said...

Hey Barb,
WHEW! You're okay now. I suggest you to buy new pager. SK or Blackberry or Tero whatever. White glue doesn't do anything. I heard that SK 3 sucks so Blackberry or Tero or PPC6700 which I currently use it and I LOVE it.

mule435 said...

Well i am glad that you admited that u never go anywhere without ur pager and From now on u would take care it anyway Police seem nothing new and Hospital suppose to provide tty, interpeter avaiable etc as well.

Pager is life for DEAF/HOH

Glad that u are allright

Jessica said...

Never know what can happen in 5 minutes. Actually a friend told me that the most accidents happen within a few miles radius from your home.

Anyway, about pagers, I once was without a pager for about a week. I went to Hawaii last October for my grandmother's funeral. I left my charger there when I got home so I had to wait for my dad to mail it back to me. My pager ran out of power until the charger arrived. Ironically, I didn't feel like I missed it too much. I felt somewhat a peace of mind for a while, heh. I had the computer right here and I am home most of the time anyway.

Want to say something for Lantana who is thinking of a pager for her friend who has arthritis. FYI, I have arthritis in my hands too (I know, pretty young to have it and it is not so bad now) but anyway I prefer to keep my messages as short as possible on my pager and for long detailed messages, to save it for the computer.

ASL Risen said...

Wow thanks so much for sharing your recently experience! Hope you are feeling better! Thanks for your warning never leave without pager!

mishkazena said...

I never had a pager. The only time I regretted not having one was on 9/11 when my husband was late arriving home from his work, near Pentagon.

Other than that, I don't miss having one.

Jana Bielfeldt said...

Wow. I often left my pager at home but was always willing to come back to get it. Only thing I have communicate with my son and friends via pager and email. I cannot image to go on without a pager all day! Im so sorry you had an accident. Will your car be replaced or repaired? Take good care of yourself

Lisa said...

My first pager is a red Motorola Talkabout900 and it was very handy when I was stranded at one of the airports after landing during the 9/11 attack. My brother emailed me asking me ,"WHERE ARE YOU???? PLEASE TELL ME NOW!!!" Then he explained to me what was going on.

Toby Welch said...

Wow! What a story! I am attending to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. It is about 1 hr and 30-40 mins each way from Houston to Beaumont (around 100 miles) to obtain degree in teacher certification. One time, I forgot my pager at home when I was in about 45 mins away from home. I decided to survive without. However, never know something happen on road. Thanks for tip!

Toby Welch said...

Ohhh. I forgot to add my previous email. I am glad that you are okay. Are you getting better from ill? I hope you get well soon.

Aidan Mack said...

Oh my gosh... It was scary... I am so glad you are ok... Whew!! Sometimes I forgot to bring my pager with me to NYC. It can be frustrating not to have communication access. But Thank God, you are ok...

Aidan

W.F.T. said...

I hope you will fully recover.

Off-topic: I would love to add your v/blog to my RSS reader but I do not see a RSS button on your v/blog. I only see an email subscription option. Do you think you could look into getting RSS capability for your v/blog, pretty please? In the meantime, I am subscribed by email. :)

Michele said...

that is definitely an experience you will never forget! hope you feel better with no complications!

Anonymous said...

It happened to me last year fall. I have breast cancer. I go to dr ever one week regular time check the blood test. I did left my sidekick pager at home. (never bring with me for blood test cuz go home right away after result) but not realize the nurse say bad news my blood is very low rush me to the hospital to use IV. I was complete shock what happened to me. The interpter was there. I did told her I did not bring my pager with me. I was all helpless to call my husband and friend while I was in the hospital. I even not think what will happened to me. How am I let my husband know where I am. I look the time while I am in hospital room with IV. Keep on think think how to get in touch my husband or friend. Thought have to wait after midnite to call my husband at work. He work 3rd shift. The nurse ask me to call any family. I told her family live far over one hour drive. I didn't want to bother family to worry. I thought to call my sister after dinner. It work, she came right less one hour. She stay with me whole hours. She call my husband's work where am I plus bring pager. The next day he came to see me at the hospital along bring pager. I had to stay in hospital for 3 days to make sure my blood bring up. I am telling you people please bring your pager anywhere to go. This very important Deaf Must Have Pager to get help.
Sandra

Anonymous said...

Not only that you have to have pager with you all the time there is another thing you have to have with you all the time - the American Express

Anonymous said...

I honestly feel for you, I am an American deafie living in Europe, SK, are not really the RAGE,, I have a very small cell phone( not bulky at all ) and I use it to SMS hubby and my friends.
I never go any where with out my cell phone,, BTW isn't it terrible that DEAF people are chained to this technology.
I am glad u have recovered from your ordeal .......