Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim
Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an over whelming situation – on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?
Last year in August 2012 after my husband died, I was left alone to fend for myself. My two children left for their own homes. I was totally on my own. My son did ask me to lock up my home and leave with him. He was worried as to how I was going to cope on my own.
I told him that I would join him later once I finished resolving the main issues I was facing, and they were quite a few. The big ones were the house transferred in my name, the court decision in my name, taxes to be paid and my Army widow pension.
There were so many things I had to do by myself. My husband had not exposed me to outside matters. I was leading a very sheltered life. He would accompany me to a doctor’s visit too.
The first day I went to CMH (Combined Military Hospital) on my own, my eyes were pools of tears when I entered the hospital. I had injured my right eye getting a scratch from a palm leaf when I was pulling out weeds.
It wasn’t an Out Patient Day so the doctor was not supposed to see me. It was surgery day. I waited outside one of the eye specialist’s door. When the doctor came out, (summoning my courage) I went up to him and told him my problem. He did the examination and prescribed eye drops and some tablets.
That’s how I got going and doing things on my own.