Thursday, January 15, 2009
What Doesn't Kill You
A telephone call in the middle of the night is seldom good news. As our phone rang early last Thursday morning, I said a few quick prayers for the wellbeing of family and friends. It’s amazing how much bargaining with God one can do between ring tones.
My husband answered to hear, “… police calling… small furnace fire… parents taken to hospital… smoke inhalation… but they’re okay!”
During the night while my parents slept, their furnace caught fire, sending acrid black smoke throughout the house. What woke my mom was the carbon monoxide detector (GET ONE). Dad proved harder to awaken since he is hard of hearing. They managed to call 911 (on the portable phone we recently installed , so they’d always have one within reach). In spite of Mom’s physical disabilities and Dad’s disorientation because of the smoke, the firemen got them out of the house in record time.
We are blessed that they managed to escape with only smoke inhalation. Restoration of their home, their self confidence and their day to day routine will take time. For now, much of the coordination between insurance company and contractors is falling on us "kids." Let’s hope the adage is true, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”