I don't like writing about too much personal stuff in this blog. I usually save it for my anonymous blogspot entries where I usually free style write. I wanted to throw out a good reason why I don't post as often as I would like. My dad has been having a really hard time the past few months.
A month ago I got this really bizarre call from my mom that entailed her speaking with an EMT and not directly at the voicemail. I gave her a call on her cell, but she didn't answer. Finally my dad answers, but he's shaking. He was giving a speech in front an Interfaith Dialogue Group in front of his friends and he started shaking. I was really worried. Luckily it turned out to be a urinary tract infection that was caught in enough time. Apparently, this is the same problem that killed Jim Henson, but he was in front of a group of friends (some who happened to be doctors), so he was quickly rushed to the Emergency Room. That was an incredible miracle.
About a month earlier he was having some other issues financially and emotionally related to my mom. She has been Bipolar since I was 3 years old. She was going out and wracking up huge debt. It had finally gotten to the point where he could no longer handle the situation financially and emotionally. Eventually my brother, myself, and other family members helped him get her into a program and start on a path that would help him out a little better.
Now coming upon about a week ago...I wasn't paying attention to my phone. I checked my voice mail and I find out my parents car was totaled, but they are fine health wise. When I called up my dad he told me the story of what happened. He was coming off the highway onto Kingshighway South in St. Louis and he got into the right hand lane to turn. There is a no right turn on red sign, so he came to a full stop. In the middle lane a huge semi with a trailer came up on him and decided to ignore the sign and turn right. The entire side that my dad was sitting on was side swiped by the trailer of the truck. There were no people willing to stop and take witness, so the cops just wrote a report. I guess the truck driver decided he wanted to lie about the accident, because honestly who could do anything if there were no witnesses? So the insurance company called the 2000 Outback that my dad owned totaled and they gave him half of what a compact car might cost. Well if you were paying attention you have to realize that my dad can barely afford a moving vehicle. I had a really nice 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX, which I never quite felt suited me. My dad had helped me pick it out a few years ago, so I told him if he bought me a 2006/2007 Focus with the money he got from the settlement and my grandmother that I would give him my car. We finished the transaction this weekend. I'm glad I could finally do something for my dad and I will continue to help him as much as I can give back. He doesn't ask for much, but I feel like he deserves a lot more than he has received in the past few months. He is a great man and I hope that his 54th birthday this weekend goes off without a hitch. I am going to try and get into town and hook him up with a really nice dinner. For the past 25 birthdays he has never once missed a phone call or buying me a cake. Happy 54st Birthday Boingy! (don't bother asking...it's a ridiculous story as to why we call him this name and it involves Animaniacs way too much)
Note this blog post took place the week of February 1st...My dad's birthday was February 1st...
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