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Jim Rossman: Keep a phone charger and long cable on hand for emergencies

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I have a family member who's had more than her share of hospital visits lately, and trying to communicate with her has been a challenge some days.

She's been in hospitals, rehab hospitals and nursing homes, and now she's back in a different hospital.

The places she's been usually have phones in the rooms, but nothing beats the convenience of talking to someone on their cellphone.

The first night she was taken to the hospital, my wife talked to her for several hours while she waited in the emergency room.

When I heard about it, I immediately thought, "Oh, I hope she has her phone charger, because her old cellphone is going to run out soon."

She did have the forethought to bring her phone charger and charging cable with her to the emergency room.

 

For this I am very proud.

Now that she's been in several different hospital and nursing home rooms over the last few months, I've come to appreciate that not all rooms are built alike, and power outlets may or may not be close by.

Sometimes we'd call and her cell would ring and ring and we'd hang up, only to have her call back and say her phone was across the room on the charger and she couldn't make it over there while the phone was ringing.

So I told her I'd be sending over a few USB chargers and some 10-foot phone charging cables.

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