It was a sunny Thursday morning last week in our beautiful little city of Oxford, MS. As I sat in one of our local restaurants enjoying a late breakfast around mid morning, I noticed two ladies walk through the front door. Both ladies were dressed in spring clothing, as the weather was warming up on this pretty spring day. Observing the two of them, the older of the two ladies was using a T-handle cane to assist her as she made her way to her table. My thoughts, as they often do when I see an elder lady utilizing assistance aids to help stabilize her as she makes her way, drifted back to my grandmother. As my Maw Maw began to age, she required more and more medical equipment to help get her thorough the day. The ladies could be any number of our own mothers and grandmothers just stopping off for breakfast after a routine trip to the doctor, and with the mercy and grace of the good Lord above, one day it will be each of us.
While most of us still retain the physical gifts and abilities that we were all blessed with at birth, I encourage each of you to take the time to observe the family, neighbors and friends in your life that we interact with throughout our daily activities. As the old saying goes, “Put yourself in their shoes.” It goes without saying that when abilities become unavailable to us, our lives change drastically. In many cases, only one interruption in any of these abilities can completely derail our lives, and disrupt our basic activities of daily living. Any derailment will lead us to seek immediate help aids in an effort to resume normal life functions as soon as possible. With the help of a caring physician, a dependable medical supplier, and sometimes a caring family member, this help will ultimately come in the form of Durable Medical Equipment designed specifically to assist the patient in leading as much of a normal life as possible.
Our company has the great privilege of providing our patients with the latest and the most appropriate medical equipment possible. Quality products, coupled with skilled and experienced service personal, afford our patients the ability to return to a level of normal productive life as soon as possible.
Sipping on my coffee, the words of my Maw Maw echoed in my mind, as she spoke of how her new lift chair dramatically gave her the security and the peace to stay in her own house of many years, because her simple fear of not being able to stand was no longer a concern. That T-handle cane gives the security to continue to do what many of us take for granted every day, to simply take a each step. The family member that can no longer even utilize a cane, must depend on a wheelchair to not feel burdensome on the other family members, that sweet elderly person, that we all see in church on Sunday, was only able to bath that morning with the assistance of bathroom safety aids and finally the couple who has been married for so many years and the wife is no longer able to assist her husband out of the bed must relies on the basic hospital bed, These are the faces of our industry and the services that we provide.
Durable medical equipment can take many forms, from a simple brace to the most complex of wheelchairs. The next time you see one of your friends or neighbors, that depends on equipment such as these, just remember, “And one day that will be me.”