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It's around 90 degrees outside, in the shade. In a closed car in the sun, it's a death sentence.

Today a staff member came running into my office and said "call 911! Someone is passed out in their car". I grabbed my cell phone and ran outside. I saw a van, engine off, windows rolled up and doors closed, and a woman slumped over in the back seat.

I yanked open the car door and the woman moved a little. It was one of our patients. I ordered one of the staff to go get our wheelchair, and I quickly got her inside, and covered her with cool wet towels, while someone got the doctor. She was not entirely coherent.

During our questioning of her, it came out that she was severely depressed, bad situation at work, bad situation with husband. She couldn't explain what she was doing in the back seat of her van with the engine off. All she could tell us was that she came there because "it was a safe place."

Before she left in an ambulance, I got her to promise that next time she needed a safe place, she would come into the building. Come sit in my office, as long as necessary. I'm not entirely convinced she was not trying to end her suffering.

Any problems I'm dealing with right now are miniscule compared to what this person is dealing with.

I'm reminded to be grateful. And I am.

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I hope she gets the help she needs - and yes, we have so very much to be thankful for.

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Good gravy, Sharon!

That woman's angels were looking over her today!

After this weekend in Orlando, the daily dramas are meaningless.

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Thank you for saving her.

Life is so wonderful, I wish everyone could feel that way.

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You are a kind and considerate soul, Sharon.

And you are right.....we sometimes need reminders such as this that we are in a good place.

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