Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis
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Elder Orphan

I read a blog post this morning about elder orphans and ... turns out ... I R one.

I have no husband, no kids, no close friends, and my one and only viable family member is 1,500 miles away. If I drop dead, no problembo. But, something short of that could be a real problem.

I have an ICE app on my phone. It's on the front screen and my phone is unlocked. When you click on it, you have two choices - ICE contacts or Medical notes. The contacts option is empty. So, hopefully, they will go there and see my note that says "DNR! Seriously, Do Not Resuscitate. Under any circumstances."

But, probably they won't.

If I get hit by a truck and end up in some hospital as a broccoli, there will be no one to speak up for me or, more importantly, no one to pull the plug.

I have no fear of being dead in my condo and no one finding me for days. I'm dead, what the hell do I care? I am not real excited about lying there not dead and in pain and not able to get help.

And what if I just kind of wear down over the years and/or lose my mind. I got no backup, no plans, no idea what I would do.

I am an elder orphan. But, honestly, I can't really come up with a solution or get real stressed about not having one so ... it is what it is and what it will be.
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