In the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday I was awakened by a phone call that began with the words, "Mrs. Lime, this is Diana's friend. She is having a really bad asthma attack and just used her inhaler which made things worse. She thinks she is having an allergic reaction to the drug. What should I do?" Calls about flat tires on the New Jersey turnpike at midnight didn't cause my adrenal glands to fire nearly so powerfully and efficiently as that particular call did. In a nanosecond I was fully awake. I spoke to Diana very briefly and heard her labored breathing and that she could barely get enough air to gasp out a yes or no in response to my questions. "Get her to the hospital immediately. Take her phone. Call me."
May I just say Diana has some remarkably level headed friends who really impressed me with their care for her and their clear thinking. Diana fought being moved so her friend called in some guy pals who literally picked her up and deposited her in the car. They all went to the ER with her and stayed until she was released. They called me with periodic updates and proactively made sure I had alternate phone numbers because they were afraid Diana's phone battery was going to conk out. The girl who called me had the forethought to gather insurance information. When Diana was released they took her back to the dorms and made sure she wasn't alone. God bless each one of these kids because they were the most faithful of friends when Diana was in dire need and they did what I couldn't do for her since she is away at school. So a few days early and I am doing Da Count now because these kids are about as count-worthy as they come in my book.
As you can imagine I got very little sleep last night and now that the crisis is over and the adrenaline has faded after a day at work I'm about ready to crash. I got through the night and the day. I give sincere thanks for Diana's well being and her excellent friends. I plan to go to sleep as soon as I hit "publish." All I ask is for some laughs in names for the serial soap opera/medical drama I seem to be in for the last 6 months. I dunno...how does The Guiding Lime or House (of Lime) MD sound?