In our first year at Friends for Life, we were asked to be the legal guardian for a man who had been found unconscious on a railroad track. He was living in a shed about the size of my office (which was pretty tiny). There was no electricity and no running water. He lost consciousness because he was sick – from exposure and poor nutrition. It turned out that he had quite a lot of money – hundreds of thousands of dollars in banks that he was saving for a ‘rainy day’. He just did not realize it was raining.
We became his guardian so he could get the care that he needed. What a delightful man he turned out to be. I remember that he asked us to take him to get new frames for his glasses. He was quite specific. He did not want new lenses. They were just fine. He had broken his frames when he fell onto the railroad track. He just needed new frames. He wanted to go back to his optometrist. He knew exactly where the office was, even though he had not been there in over fifty years! Fortunately, the son of his optometrist had taken over the practice and still had his records. He was right about the lenses. The prescription had not changed!