Yesterday evening, the oddest thing happened. The doorbell rang and I found a woman standing on our stoop asking if she could come inside to use a bathroom. Kind of unusual, don't you think? In her sixties, she was holding a walker and seemed truly distressed. She told me she was from southern New Jersey, so I asked what brought her to Connecticut. It was then that she looked truly shocked. Connecticut? She had no idea how she could possibly be 150 miles from home!
Our house is located on a private road a couple of miles from the highway, so I couldn't imagine how she ended up at our door. I noted her car in the driveway with its New Jersey plates and handicapped sticker and decided to let her in. I helped her inside as she had quite a bit of trouble walking and guided her to the bathroom. Just then, John got home from work and I explained why we had a stranger in our powder room.
Once she emerged, we gave her some water and asked if there was someone at her house we should call. However, she was unable to remember her phone number. We asked if she would like us to call a friend, and once again, she could not recall the number. Based on her behavior, we began to wonder if she suffered from dementia. We certainly didn't feel comfortable letting her leave, so we called the police for assistance.
An officer arrived who gently asked her a series of questions. He soon determined that she needed a medical evaluation and called for an ambulance. Once it arrived, they took her inside to check her vitals. When they discovered that her blood glucose levels were off the chart, she mentioned she was diabetic. The officer asked her more questions and the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place.
The lady on our doorstep went to visit a friend in the hospital and upon leaving, had trouble finding her way home. Without a cell phone or GPS, she stopped to ask for directions but ended up getting even more lost. Two days later, she was ringing our doorbell. TWO DAYS!!! Plus, she didn't have her insulin medication with her and being without it for so long had caused the mental confusion. A tow truck arrived for her car, and she was taken by ambulance to the local hospital for the night.
Now I know it may have been foolish to let someone I didn't know into our home, but I'm certain it was the right thing to do. The officer said that if we would have sent her on her way, she very well may have gotten into a serious accident. I am grateful we were able to keep her, and others in her path, out of harm's way.