I was so sorry to hear about the accident. My heart goes out to you and your family members. I've been hearing how awful your first medical team has been, so I’m glad you got a second opinion to make sure you get the care you need.
How can I help? I can write letters to people who know your medical team. But I’m also thinking about what I can do to help reduce the chances of this ever happening to you again. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
1. Vote for people who care about you.
2. Use less petroleum products - plastics.
a. Never accept plastic grocery bags. I have some stylin’ cloth bags I’ve been using 99.9% of the time I go to the grocery store. I got motivated after watching The Story of Stuff clip http://www.storyofstuff.com/ . At first I had to put the cloth bags in my lap when driving to the store so I’d be sure to bring them inside. If I ever forgot and left them in the car, I marched myself back out to the parking lot to get them. Once home, I put the emptied bags on the knob of the door leading to the garage so I remember to put them back in the car in a Bag-O-Cloth Bags. If I do end up with a plastic bag from some widget store, I save the bag in a Bag-O-Plastic Bags to re-use it as a waste basket liner. I confess that I do get little produce baggies to put wet produce in at the store, but I re-use them to keep leftovers in, rather than saran wrap. They slip nicely right over the plate or carton and I tie or clip the ends.
c. Never buy plastic water bottles and only accept one from someone else if I am very seriously dehydrated (not just thirsty!).
d. Try not to buy things wrapped once, twice, thrice in plastic.
3. Use less petroleum.
a. Only own a SUV or truck if I live on farm or need to pull boats or trailers.
b. Drive slowly, accelerate gradually, and coast into red lights.
c. Don’t carry extra weight in my car.
d. Think twice before driving anywhere: Do I need to go? Can I combine errands? Can I carpool? Can I ride the train or walk?
e. Buy local, when possible. Farmer’s Market!
Ocean, you are so dear to me. I hate to see you suffering. Please get better soon. What else can I do to help?
Causes Kate Marshall Supports
Project Second Chance, an adult literacy program run by the Contra Costa County Library system in California.