After skipping several monthly tests, yesterday I finally remembered to make a routine check of the panic button I wear around my neck.
Remembering how loud the other alarm -- the door/window thingie -- is,
I scooted not too close to that little speaker box in the living-room, pressed my button, and was rewarded with an immediate “EMERGENCY EMERGENCY” from the little box.
Then I scooted up next to it, waiting for a human voice to come on and ask what was the matter. And just at the instant when that happened, I had – for the first time in more than a year –
a sudden spasm of the larynx.
Unable to breathe, unable to speak.
In the past there’s been instant panic thinking I’d die, but this time it was instant panic thinking I couldn't answer. I pictured firemen breaking down my front door. Thought if I did die at least they would find me.
Meanwhile for some reason the Voice went away, total silence. I struggled for air and then the Voice came back and asked again. By that time I was able to whisper “I’m okay”. Couldn’t believe the Voice would hear it, but It said something along the lines of “Have a nice day” and vanished. By which time I was breathing again.
Not all that much drama in life lately, but you’ve got to admit there’s excitement every now and then.