The electric company gave Eric a reasonable six hour window, instead of a five day power outage I feared. Eric knew I was still anxious at the potential loss of all of my equipment, and honestly I think he was too. The power came on about four hours later and gave Eric and I a good “what if…” conversation and planning we never considered before.
I later shared my concerns with my respiratory therapist. She said the protocol is when a patient is on life saving devices, such as a ventilator, they send a letter notifying the local electric company, fire department and EMS requesting the patient be served first in the event of a power outage or natural disaster. I didn’t know those letters were on file and honestly, I’m not confident they would be effective if I needed immediate rescuing.
We now have a generator in our garage that hopefully we won’t ever need to use, but I won’t fear my loss of life over an electrical issue.