Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2012-09-17 08:33:28 -0500
Started 2012-08-31 21:26:05 -0500

Hubby had postponed getting our car's license renewed until the last day possible. In addition we needed to get change of addresses for his driver's license, my non driver ID, and our registration. This meant 5 hours and two government offices.
At stop 2 I randomly picked a seat after hubby picked a number from the little machine.
There was an elderly gentleman sitting directly behind me who was engaged in a discussion with a 30 something lady a few seats away I overheard random snippets of their conversation. They were discussion a shared medical problem. The younger urging the older to exercise as it would be the very best thing to help him. "Just start out walking a little each day."
"That's what my wife wants me to do, but …" he responded.
This back and forth continued for several minutes. She mentioned having been in a local hospital noted for work in respiration, so I assumed maybe they both had COPD or Asthma, as I tuned them in and out.
His phone rang ending their discussion. A few words of his conversation drifted around me. "I didn't eat breakfast… just came here after getting up…feeling dizzy and not too good…yeah…I should have eaten…no I don't no what my suger is.. I .
At that last sentence my purse was open and out came one of my need to adjust BG bars. Handed it over to Hubby, who handed it to the gentleman. He informed his concerned wife someone had just given him something to eat.
Turns out the elderly gentleman had recently been diagnosed with Diabetes, the young lady had been a PWD for several years. We chatted about exercise, eating, etc.
Made the long wait go a litle quicker.
I am sure many others here have had similar opportunities to help fellow PWD. Anyone care to share their random moments.

46 replies

Nana_anna 2012-09-16 13:24:25 -0500 Report

One day I was at Wal Mart in July, when I was walking and saw a lady in one of the motor chairs, she was having trouble getting the things she wanted off of the side bind areas. The boxes kept falling off as she grabbed one. So I went over to help her pick them up. She said she was a diabetic, and was here to get her snacks. We talked about the kind of snack she was getting, those cereal bars and stuff. But she didn't know for sure if they were safe. So we looked at the contents, info. and she said it was fine. She thanked me for helping her. I love to do that when I can.

pixsidust 2012-09-04 16:01:37 -0500 Report

Its lunch time, the sun is bright and I decided to go out to eat.
My place of choice was the grocery store salad bar.
I have loaded it with all kinds of good stuff including green olives
and the fake crab meat I enjoy.
Heading over to the check out lanes I have to pass the small
in store bank.
On the floor under the teller windows is a woman with her arm
twisted uncomfortably behind her and her cheek against the wall.
The teller is unaware that she is there and people are looking
but no one is approaching her.
I rushed over to her, positioned her arm so she could be rolled
over onto her back and helped her roll.
I asked her if she was Diabetic? She said yes.
Did she think her sugar was low and again she said yes.
She had some glucose gel packets in her purse which I got
and she ate while lying there.
We put her purse under her head for comfort
and the para medics soon arrived.
The tellers realizing it was a beloved regular customer all gathered
around her to give her comfort as she was rolled away.
I gathered my purse and lunch to pay for it.
I hoped inside that if something like this ever happens to me
another Diabetic would be the one to be there.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-06 23:04:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for helping a stranger in need. It is amazing how many people just freeze up and/or do not know what to do in so many situations. Most places should have a basic first aid course as part of annual staff training.

Tony5657 2012-09-03 11:02:52 -0500 Report

This is for all of you "angels" and I don't say that lightly.

Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Cross references:
Matthew 25:40 : S Mt 10:40, 42; Heb 13:2

This is heavy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again, you folks made my day. Tony

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-03 09:42:22 -0500 Report

Waiting to pick up prescriptions at Walgreens (for my brother in law), a woman steps up to counter has a prescription for strips. She tells them she doesn't see her meter up on the shelf, wants to make sure the strips prescribed are going to work and needs a new meter, since she lost hers. She was recently diagnosed. I look up and realize its my meter she seems to be looking for. I walk over open it up and say, "is this the same meter you may have lost?" She says yes, and thanks me telling them this is the meter she needs to buy!!! I am always ready and willing to help other PWD!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-03 14:50:42 -0500 Report

That was so sweet of you. I am sure you saved her a lot of trouble had she bought the incorrect meter. If I were an inventing person I would come up with universal strips and they would work with every meter on the market.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-04 09:29:08 -0500 Report

You know that I wish that when I was first diagnosed, that there would have been someone to even show what I was supposed to already know!!!! The sad part about D, is that WE are profitable to others, including the companies who are distributors of meters and strips. LOL!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-02 16:36:20 -0500 Report

On the day of the Great East Coast Earthquake, our office closed instantly. We had just sat down for lunch and I had finished my sandwich. When the earthquake hit, I grabbed my purse, phone, keys, and lunch bag and was the first one out of the building (don't ask me how I did it). After we were told the building was closed, I walked to the bus stop. Not knowing how long I would have to wait I settled in. A lady sat on the bench beside me on the phone talking to someone. When she got off she said she didn't get to eat lunch because the earthquake hit. Her building was closed and people were only allowed to go in and get their purses. She had walked two blocks to the bus stop when she remembered she didn't have her lunch bag. She told me she was diabetic and hoped the bus would be on schedule so she could get to the subway. With no bus in sight, I gave her my snack pack with string cheese, crackers, and baby carrots. She didn't want to take it but I told her we don't know how long we have to wait. We don't know how long you will have to wait for the subway so please take this. I told her I was diabetic but would be home long before her. Thankfully she took it and ate the cheese and crackers and said she would save the carrots for her wait for the subway. My city has a subway that is only one line going from the northern end of the city the the eastern end.

Tony5657 2012-09-02 08:39:05 -0500 Report

Graylin Bee, Jo, Jayabee & Gabby,

You folks just made my day. I thank God for people like you. You're not afraid to go as your heart leads you and help/encourage/bless others. That is a trait most don't seem to have or want but you WILL get your rewards for it!! What goes around, comes around. So … back at 'cha friends!!!!!!!!!! Love ya…Tony

GabbyPA 2012-09-02 21:20:43 -0500 Report

You are so sweet. You never know what small thing you might say or do that will encourage someone or touch a heart. The best things done for others are things we never know about.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-03 20:38:45 -0500 Report

How true. Several years ago I met someone who related somethig he had seen me do years before we met. I barely remembered that moment that had left a lasting impression on him. How thankful I was it was a good gesture he remembered. observing me do.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-02 17:08:18 -0500 Report

Tony, our community held its first Day of Hope, last month. The reasoning behind it was people not only need help, they also need hope. To that end several ministers formed a collaborative that involved churches, the police department and community leaders to put this event together and I am proud to have been a part of it. On that day, over 1700 people came and got resources that would help them, the opportunity to have prayer with others or privately, food to carry home, a safe place for kids to play, legal assistance, infant and child care information, the fire department came with an engine and gave kids the opportunity to climb all over it and coloring books. People needing help came on walkers, in wheelchairs, motorized scooters and on crutches they ranged in age from birth to 90 years old. People shared information with others. When you find a way to bring resources together in one place for people, give them a meal and the opportunity to talk to police officers as people not as cops, to have a private prayer and to meet or make new friends, this can change a persons life. When you reach out and lend a hand, you never know what a hand will reach out and help you. I am looking forward to working with the group to plan next years event.

Tony5657 2012-09-04 15:52:36 -0500 Report

WOW Joyce,
You made and ARE still making a difference in helping others. Like the old movie, "Miracle on 34th St.", you've earned your wings!!!!!!!!!! Tony

MAYS 2012-09-04 15:58:07 -0500 Report

Golden wings, a halo and a harp!
And all the thanks and praise that she deserves for helping others!
Joyce, you have a heart of gold!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-02 14:15:48 -0500 Report

Thanks, Tony.
There are so very many helpers/encouragers/blessers around. It is wonderful to observe and learn from how others help people in their path. The times hubby and I have thanked someone for doing a kindness for a stranger provide interesting conversations as we learn why they could not ignore or do nothing.
One day, while dealing with a grumby negative attitude a stranger stopped me on my mile walk to the post office. He thanked me for having a lovely smile on my face every time he saw me. He added " Seeing you always cheers my day."Wow, how wonderful that made me feel, suddenly the fight to smile rather than glare and frown was over.

GabbyPA 2012-08-31 21:32:17 -0500 Report

I was in the grocery store checking out with my load, coupons and all. I know most of the cashiers there and as I was chatting with Barb, she said how she was still waiting to go to lunch and was getting worried because of her diabetes. I offered her some assistance with glucose tabs, and she said she had already taken a hard candy. I was her last order before her lunch, so that was good, but to know things like that can happen, can really mess up everyone's day.

Another one of the cashiers (my favorite one) often runs into me in the store and we get going on reading labels and such. We labored over yogurt one day for at least 5 minutes. She is shopping for her diabetic husband, and so we get little lessons along the way.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-09-02 14:27:48 -0500 Report

Isn't it great to have a label reading buddy. I've had unexpected bonding moments that way myself. At various times I'm either the helper or the helpee.
About a month ago I met a lady struggling with being the caregiver for her hubby who has Alzheimer's. She came to help us move a heavy box from the shelf out to our van on a busy day at the store she works at. We thanked her for being so patient and kind while we waited at the long check out. She saw my name tag (it was an early morning stop after work), then started asking questions about where I work. This led to sharing about her hubby. We were an encouragement to each other.