The other day I was talking to my friend on the phone. When he started talking he wasn’t making much sense. His words were blurring a lot and he couldn’t get his thoughts together to formulate sentences. It was clear to me the he was incoherent. At first I told him that he needed to get to a hospital “now.” He responded to me by saying that he didn’t have enough of something so he couldn’t go. I remember how it was for me a year and a half ago so I had some experience with this. I called 911 and asked them to go check on him. It was a good thing I did so because my friend was “having a stroke.” After a while I found out that he had been taken to the hospital and he is still there today. I went to visit him the other day and while he acted as though he knew me he couldn’t remember my name. He also couldn’t remember his own name. He showed me his phone and his bank accounts.I believe he wanted me to take care of his bills, but that information can only be done by someone else on his account or by him. He tried calling the institution but was clearly frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate with them. He was getting more frustrated. He remembered curse words very well and used them frequently but he could not get his thoughts together. He didn’t have anyone who could handle his account for him in case of emergency. He was a musician who also had gigs pending and some of the people he worked with still don’t know his situation. I am supposed to play a gig with him this weekend. I had no idea where the gig was supposed to take place but luckily I managed to discover the guy in charge. He gave me the details I needed. In case you are ever in this situation, please make sure that someone can handle your business for you. A stroke can leave you disabled and once that happens you may not remember your own passwords to your accounts. As long as someone else (that you trust) can handle your accounts for you then they shouldn’t be in jeopardy. This really happened and can easily happen to you. Be prepared for emergencies. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly