In Case of Emergency

Jonathan Silverman had a short-lived sitcom early in 2007 titled “In Case of Emergency”. According to IMDB, it started just after New Year’s Day.

The show was about people nearing 40 who don’t have any family due to either not being married or being divorced — and the central question comes up when filling out a hospital form: Who do you put as your emergency contact when you don’t have one?

Unfotunately, it seems that after the first episode, the show lost sight of this premise and drifted a bit, then got better, then got cancelled. Such is TV. It’s a shame because Jonathan Silverman comes across as such a nice person that it seems he’d have to be nice in real life as well.

I’m barely sleeping lately because I keep waking up in a panic and feeling like I can’t breathe. I fell asleep around 2am this morning and got up at 6am with another can’t breathe episode and my chest is pounding so much I can’t sleep.

I’m scheduled for a sleep study in two days to see if I have sleep apnea or something else.

The problems breathing started after the car accident on November 11, 2005 and I’ve had them on and off ever since. One of my ribs was broken in the accident and I’ve had X-rays since then in which they say I’ve healed fine. But during the whole time the rib was healing I had lots of problems breathing and trying to sleep despite the pain.

So I’m looking at the paperwork they want me to fill out for the sleep study, and I realize that I don’t have anyone to put as an emergency contact. I’m 40 and don’t want to deal with the problems of my mother being contacted — and that leaves no one that I know locally other than my ex-wife.

Back when I had all my Crohn’s problems and hospitalizations, I had my ex-wife to count on. Actually, she was the only person I had that I could count on, and I think it took a heavy toll on her. I didn’t want that, but physically I wasn’t in much condition to prevent it.

Now I’m having all sorts of medical problems again, and I don’t have anyone to put In Case of Emergency. In the TV show, the four friends from high school wound up living together so they could provide each other with support. In my case, I’m moving in with my mother — which isn’t a preferred option but I don’t have any other choices so it’s my only option. All my friends from high school left Long Island a long time ago.

It’s a shame the show was so short lived. Because the question is a good one: Who can you count on once you’re “an adult” and you’re supposed to be able to take care of yourself, but you find yourself too ill to be able to do so?