Joan’s Journey: 2015 Already Rocks

Welcome, Joan’s Journeyers. We’re full swing into January 2015. I hope your year has begun more smoothly than mine. Once again, my life at senior living in Santa Monica rocked and rolled. This time, not by an earthquake, but by the wheels of a Santa Monica ambulance on its way to the UCLA Hospital Emergency Room.

Before continuing my painful and true story, I feel compelled to say this: Please learn from my mishap and keep your healthcare provider contacts up to date.Joan enjoying a dental checkup

Since relocating to senior living, I rightfully concentrated on adjusting to my new residence and lifestyle. For the first 11 months of senior living, I neglected to identify or visit an eye doctor, gynecologist and other medical specialists in Santa Monica.

Prior to moving from Baltimore, my experienced counselor, Cindy Fox, recommended that I ask my current healthcare providers for references in the greater Los Angeles area. I followed through, sort-of, but downsizing and relocation details took precedence. Last Jan. 27, I moved to senior living at Holiday Villa East, and adapting to my new life got in the way of the arduous, not fun but necessary, task of identifying a new healthcare team.

A Frightening Reminder

One night in early January, I went to sleep feeling fine. Suddenly, with no warning, I awoke early Tuesday with a medical emergency—and I had no specialist to call for advice. What happened next, I will share in the next Joan’s Journey later this month. For now, as part of your life’s Journey, please learn from my innocent, but avoidable, omission and update your healthcare team.

Do you have an experience you would like to share? and I invite you to fill in the Comment Box below. Until the next Joan’s Journey, enjoy the trip, day by day.

Joan London, a former Houston Chronicle correspondent and noted magazine writer/editor. She specializes in freelance writing/editing of issues relating to seniors. London moved to a senior community in Southern California, where she has enhanced her quality of life and is close to her children and grandchildren.

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