Picture this. It was a lazy Sunday; the day after the start of the new year. Sure, 2011 was going to get into high gear soon after the relative calm and quiet of the last week of the holidays. But not yet. No, not yet. Mrs. Squirrel and I dozed off in the afternoon, intent to hibernate through that last day before the rude awakening of work life on Monday. For me, it was even better. I had no work assignment awaiting me on Monday either…….. zzzzzzzzzzzz.
Suddenly, the phone rang. Before, either Mrs. Squirrel and I could resurface into consciousness, it stopped ringing. Happy that the ringing stopped, I rolled over and pressed the restart on the dream I had on pause. But then, my wife’s handphone rang.
A friend who lived nearby called asking for help. Her elderly 81 year old aunt had suddenly passed out and was now shivering uncontrollably and unresponsive. Suddenly we jumped up into action, wiping away the cobwebs of sleep.
I called my friend back to confirm her address and to get more details while my wife found the ambulance telephone number and called them. We were in our car while I gave directions for the ambulance.
We arrived and helped the friend keep the aunt warm and waited for the ambulance. It arrived with lights and sirens blasting which attracted a crowd from the surrounding neighborhood. We then went with our friend to hospital and waited there for about 5 hours.
The emergency medical team acted quickly and managed to stabilise her condition and put her on a drip. After about an hour, the aunt was able to hold conversations but despite a number of tests and X-rays, the root problem remained unclear. A decision was made to ward her for a couple of days for further tests.
While this was happening, at about 9.30 pm, I got an email from the coordinator of a project I am involved in, informing me that he had booked me on a trip to Sepilok, Sabah on a flight leaving the next day! I spent this morning franctically getting all my equipment and documents ready for the trip.
And so, the lazy end to last year has disappeared in a wisp of smoke while the blazing pace of the new year finds me typing this post from the airport terminal………and horrors, it is only day 3.