|Cohousing and social support||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bitner/Stevenson (lilbertearthlink.net)|
|Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 11:09:12 -0500|
Here's a good cohousing story for those of you who may need a little inspiration. Last week, my family and I went to Las Vegas for a short holiday and to meet up with my in-laws. We had a fun time, but on the last night, Friday, I sprained my ankle. It was pretty embarrassing being rolled to my room by a rent-a-cop. We were leaving the next day, so I decided not to seek medical attention in Vegas. The airport-and-rental-car-return fiasco that followed is another story, but suffice it to say that I was extremely glad to get home. The real story starts here, as we pulled into the driveway. Meg was washing her car with Laurisa's kids, with whom she had just been camping. She asked what happened, and I told her she'd better get Laurisa for me, since it was pretty bad. Laurisa is a Physicians Assistant, and a gifted one at that. She was at my house within minutes, examined my ankle, and gave me a wonderful appliance to stabilize my ankle that had been given to her by another cohouser who had had a sprained ankle last year. (Laurisa's house is a sort of repository for medical supplies, and is another way cohousing is very useful.) She told me I needed an x-ray. Bummer, since it was Saturday and I just got a new insurance plan and didn't have a regular doctor yet. But no problem, since her office took my kind of insurance and had in-house x-ray and is open on Saturdays. They normally don't take any new patients on Saturday, but a call from Laurisa got me in. I was home within two hours. Both the doctor and Laurisa were surprised that my ankle was not broken, which gives you an idea of the severity of the sprain. Another friend, sister of the aforementioned former sprained ankle sufferer, brought flowers from her garden, and another brought dinner for my family that night! I should emphasize that , while not an everyday occurrence, this is not in any way unusual, and it only occurred to me to write about it after reading my coho email. I am now going off to work, which I honestly don't think I would be able to face if I didn't have cohousing to come home to. -- Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing
Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.