Monday, August 25, 2008

Off Topic - Me

When I started this blog I didn't want to talk about my personal life, unless it was to toot my own horn or to pat myself on the back!! I have tried to stay away from that. Today, for at least one post I feel compelled to write about the events in my life from last week. Oh what a week I had!!

It started on Sunday afternoon. Tropical Storm Fay was headed our way. It was a complete unknown at the time so we felt we should start to prepare. Our house has three levels to it and we wanted to get the storm shutters up on the third floor windows. I, my son, and my wife went outside to the garage to get started. Well, everyone made it down the outside stairs except my wife. She missed the very bottom step, rolled her ankle left and fell to the right breaking her left leg in three places. The next day (Monday) she had surgery, inserting two plates and 13 screws to help mend her broken leg bones.

While she was in the hospital, the doctors noticed she had an accelerated heart rate. She has been feeling bad since January when her father passed away from pancreatic cancer (yea, its been a bad year). By the way, her grandmother passed away about two weeks before her father. we thought she was sick from the stress.

Thursday she came home from the Hospital and had scheduled a doctors appointment on Friday to check out her heart rate, etc. Before I left work on Thursday to go take her home, my boss laid me off, as well as seven other employees, leaving only the engineers in the office. The really bad news is that at Heidt & Associates, Inc., your termination day is the last day you covered by health insurance! OUCH!! Perfect timing. My former boss felt bad though, so that helps.

On Friday (our last day of insurance-they gave me an extra day of insurance), my wife saw the doctor and he diagnosed her with Grave's Disease. Now she has a broken leg (that won't heal for at least 12 weeks), can't walk (she broke one leg and twisted the other) or do anything alone, she has Grave's Disease (means she has a hyperactive thyroid and her heart could fail because of it), I have no job and we have no insurance.

That's the bad news. The good news is that all of these issues can and will be resolved. My wife's thyroid can be treated, her leg will heal and i will find a job, eventually. These past events are but a minor bump in the road of life.
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