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posted 7/14/2017 7:12:37 PM |
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I had a somewhat interesting Friday.

As some of you may know,I recently became a volunteer with the VA chapter of Cincinnati.
I have met many fine folks,mostly old timers from the Veitnam era.My job is to transport these great men and women who served our country to and from their homes to the VA hospital for whatever reason...sometimes it is for a check-up/follow-up.
This morning I was issued an assignment to pick up a fellow at his residence for a routine visit to the VA.After loading him into the specially equipped van for wheelchair/ handicapped, we proceeded north into Cincinnati.Along the way we exchanged talk and banter.Turns out that this man served in the Korean War and found the talk to be interesting.
Keep in mind that there is ALOT of freeway construction going on in my area,especially connecting Kentucky to Ohio.
As my focus was on driving,fighting traffic going across the river..I became stuck on the middle of the bridge,no where to go but wait it out like everyone else.Sitting in traffic all of a sudden I smell smoke..with windows up and the A/C blowing as it got to be 95° locally.
I peek in my rear view mirror at my valuable cargo has a lit ciggarette burning...right next to the oxygen tank sitting next to him which is plugged to his nose.
Folks I have to tell you that I truely panicked on the middle of the bridge.I asked the man to PLEASE extinguish the smoke which he replied..'no worry young man..i'll be careful'...haven't blown myself up yet'
I had to put the vehicle into park,get out and go open the side door of the van and remove the potentially explosive {email address removed} to report that my ass is intact,we made it to and from his appointment and I made it safely home.

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Jul 14 @ 7:22PM  
The first of many misadventures youy're going to have no doubt! The old soldiers think they are immortal sometimesl, having lived thru so much already. You're doing great and good things! Take care of them... and of you, as they can be stubborn, this I know

Jul 14 @ 8:09PM  
Yikes !!!

bet your heart got a great workout for a few minutes

glad all turned out okay ...

thanks for sharing .. .kudos

Jul 14 @ 8:09PM  
Good thing you didn't assume the smoke was from outside.
Otherwise, you might have given the term 'bang up job' a different meaning.

Jul 14 @ 8:23PM  
My momma God Bless her soul always told me you earn respect it isn't a given. Vet or not he put your life and possible other men women and children in danger. He needs to be turned in that he does not follow the rules of safety. If my dad had been you, he retired Army, was in WWII and Korea he would have jumped back there called him a SOB etc etc etc and took the smoke off of him and threatened him if he tried to light another one. He got off easy with you!!!!

Jul 14 @ 8:27PM  
lit ciggarette burning...right next to the oxygen tank
It amazes me that people smoke that close to oxygen tanks. When a person is on an oxygen tank, they have no business smoking. Either they have a death wish, or they don't know the risks.

Jul 14 @ 8:53PM  
Something to bear in mind...there are laws everywhere about smoking in public places. Given that you are providing a service for an organization, that makes that vehicle a public place, whether it's your vehicle or the organization's. If they don't already have no smoking signs posted in the van, you can carry your own. They would not allow you to smoke, and I'm sure your training covered that. Clients also cannot smoke in that van, any more than on any public transportation. You handled it magnificently! I know it's hard to take any kind of tough stand with someone you respect and admire so much. You'll work all that out. (But get the signs anyway!)

Jul 14 @ 9:50PM  
By the end of the day,I learned a protocal for future transportation of my clients.

More importantly what I have found and feel is helping other people.

The next time you see an elderly woman out in the parking lot of your local grocery, struggling to lift the gallon of milk,10lb sack of taters..go give a lending'll be surprised how gratifying the feeling can be

Thank's to everyone for your comments.

Jul 14 @ 10:05PM  
how gratifying the feeling can be
Funny, this made me think of a psychology professor I had in college that said gratification is a form of selfishness. I'm not saying that is, I agree with you, it is a great feeling helping people.

I think more people should help others. And if it is which can be debated, so what, both parties get something good and positive out of it, and it is a great feeling to know you did a great deed.

Jul 15 @ 2:51AM  
I love that kindness is important to you even when it comes with a price. I look forward to the adventure opportunities you may share. Not all vets served for honor, some to take advantage of the system hopefully most will earn your respect to receive your kindness, maybe even share some interesting history.

Jul 15 @ 6:09AM  
I bet he was telling the truth, but understand why you didn't feel comfortable, nor would I.

A story you will never forget, and will probably relay to your grandkids.

Jul 15 @ 6:09AM  
I asked the man to PLEASE extinguish the smoke which he replied..'no worry young man..i'll be careful'...haven't blown myself up yet'


Jul 15 @ 10:06AM  
I'm sure that's the first of many stories you will have in regards to helping your fellow military men and women. It is true that kindness is it's own reward.


Jul 15 @ 10:43AM  

Approximately 1 million persons in the United States receive long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) annually through the Medicare program, most often for smoking-related lung disease (1,2). At 2:10 a.m. on December 14, 2007, a fire occurred in a public housing project for the elderly in Westbrook, Maine. Approximately 60 residents were evacuated; six were transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. The fire was caused unintentionally by a woman aged 57 years who was an overnight guest of a relative who lived in the housing project. The visitor had ignited the fire while simultaneously smoking and using an oxygen concentrator.* After this incident, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with three other states, attempted to determine 1) how often this type of event results in fatalities and 2) factors common to these incidents that might be amenable to prevention. This report describes the results of that study, which found that, during 2000--2007, of the 38 deaths identified in the four states, 37 occurred in private residences, and the median age of the decedents was 67 years. Prevention of this type of fatality is dependent on smoking cessation, careful assessment of the need for LTOT, and strategies to prevent injuries from fires, such as smoke alarms and sprinklers.
Three other states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma) agreed to join Maine in the study. A case was defined as a fatality resulting from a fire caused by smoking during LTOT by a resident of one of the four states during 2000--2007. In Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, cases were identified by state fire marshals, based on information provided by immediate survivors and household members and investigation of the scene by fire officials. Supplementary information for certain cases was available from medical examiners, death certificates, and newspaper accounts. In Oklahoma, cases were identified using the state burn registry, which relies on multiple data sources, including medical examiner reports, burn center medical records, fire marshal and fire department reports, and media accounts (3). Burns and smoke inhalation injuries resulting in hospitalization or death have been a reportable condition in Oklahoma since 1986 but have not been reportable in the other three states.
A total of 38 cases were identified: five in Maine, three in New Hampshire, 11 in Massachusetts, and 19 in Oklahoma. All incidents involved a single fatality except for one fire that resulted in two deaths. The overall fatality rate for the four states was 3.8 deaths per 10 million population per year. The highest fatality rate was in Oklahoma (6.7 per 10 million population), followed by Maine (4.8), New Hampshire (2.9), and Massachusetts (2.1). Decedents ranged in age from 9 to 87 years (median: 67 years); the death of a child aged 9 years was the only fatality involving a minor. Twenty-four (63%) decedents were female. Thirty-four (89%) of the decedents were on LTOT and were smoking at the time the fire began; three (8%) were household members of smokers on LTOT who survived, and one (3%) was a nonsmoker on LTOT who was unintentionally ignited by a smoker who lived in the household and survived. Twenty-two (58%) decedents died on the day of the fire, and seven (18%) died the following day. The remaining nine (24%) decedents survived a median of 15 days (range: 3--41 days).
All 38 fatalities occurred in private residences except for one in a nursing home.


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