It was my usual lunchtime after ward work. I just have to use the stairs going down 8 floors, not much of effort and muscle groups for quick stairs workout.
About 100 meters distance from the car park over the hot sunny day where I parked my car. I’ve come across an old gentleman with a walking stick in his slow-paced walk across the opposite direction. It was not like walking under canopy trees, it’s directly under the scorching hot sun. I offered a ride to the hospital upon reaching my car, he quickly shifts direction with the most grateful gesture. He wiped his sweat with a small handkerchief followed by repositioning his walking stick.
I had a quick glimpse through the rear-view mirror, he sat at the back of my co-driver. While my friend asked for the nearest drop off point, he held out his appointment card:
T. Aspirin (antiplatelet)
T. Perindopril.. mentioning out loud over his medication list.
You can have a quick guess on his medical history by reviewing his meds. Probably previous/ high-risk blood clot? Stroke? Heart attack? Antidyslipidemic and on ACE-i.. antihypertensive medication.
He wanted to get his monthly medication supply and the only possible way by traveling alone to the hospital. He mentioned getting a free ride from anonymous just like me or taxi if possible, he just unfamiliar with online booking service ie. Grab or Uber
It’s a quick ride for sure, but I’m glad to help him out. I realized that there are good people that need help. Giving a ride to a total stranger surely an odd act, even I doubt at times to give help as we overthink too much about our safety. Terrified by many stories about scam trying to manipulate and take advantage.
Do you ever give a ride to a total stranger? Let me know your story😉