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help! ive fallen and I can't get up

around 3am this morning i was trying to get to sleep and i keep hearing these muffled yelps coming from somewhere. i thought it was cats that sometimes fight outside but i kept hearing it. after a few more it started sounding like "help". there's an old lady who lives in the unit underneath mine and im like, ugh, im sleepy. but i dont want this lady to die below me. so i go lie down on the floor and put my ear to the ground for a few minutes so i could make sure.


and sure enough, another "HAAALP!" comes from underneath, so i start yelling into the carpet. im like, "hello?"




"are you ok? do you need help?"


"im on the floor!"


"do you want me to call an ambulance?"


"i cant understand you!"


so im like, ok fine, it's on now. i get up and go outside and walk downstairs and try to talk to her thru the window. she's like way past 80 years old and her son who lives with her usually leaves for work around 1:30am, so i know she's all alone. some neighbors are woken up by the commotion and we kinda talk thru the window. we cant see cuz of the blinds but in general it seems like she's not deathly hurt, just not totally coherent and in need of some assistance.


"are you ok?"


*no answer*


*knock on window* "hello?"


"come on in!"


"i can't, your door is locked. do you have someone we can call?"


*no answer*


"are you hurt? do you need help?"


"the light is on!"


so i'm like, fine. i call 911 and tell them whats up and call my apt manager (who never answers, this is no exception) and leave a message in case he can come by with a key.


911 sends police, ambulance and fire truck and the police dude takes it from there. he talks to the lady a little and then he takes the screen off the window to climb in. the window is a good 5 feet off the ground with an opening that's pretty small. the police dude is like 6'3" 250 so me and the neighbors are amused watching him try to squirm in.


apparently the lady fell trying to get to the bathroom and couldnt get up. the paramedics did their thing and decided to take her to the hospital as a precaution. i watched them wheel her into the back of the ambulance from my steps and i waved and she waved back and went "bye!" in her shrill old lady voice. it was kinda sweet. now i get to try to go back to sleep at 4:30am, secure in the knowledge that there will be no incapacitated old ladies trapped underneath my bedroom tonite. not on my watch.

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Taken on July 21, 2008