Friday, October 10, 2008

The Phone Call

This morning the phone rang at 1:30am. Pat was on duty and it was his Battalion Chief. My heart sank, this couldn't be good. Turns out Pat had slipped on a metal roof during a structure fire and fell about 10 feet to the ground. He landed on his head and shoulder and being in full structure gear with SCBA (breathing apparatus) adds quite a bit of weight and makes for quite a landing. Fortunately, as his BC was quick to say, he's all right. He escaped with a laceration to his head and a painful shoulder. No loss of consciousness.

I loaded the girls into the truck and we headed for the hospital. You have to love a small town and the firefighter/EMS community. The lady on the ambulance is a friend of mine and watched the girls for a bit while I got my first visit with Pat. Seeing him bandaged up with doctors and nurses attending him made it finally sink in that he really did get hurt and I was so thankful that it wasn't worse.

I eventually took the girls to a friends house so I could focus my attention on Pat. He got staples in his head to close the laceration and an x-ray on his shoulder which came back negative so it's probably a muscular injury and hopefully isn't too serious. This morning I asked how he was feeling and he chuckled sheepishly and said he feels like he fell off a roof, his humor still intact.

On top of all this I had to take the truck in for new brakes and rotors, an expensive fix. It makes me realize how quickly a nice, comfortable life can be turned upside down. We're lucky and will get through this fine with the help of some very good friends that I'm extremely thankful to have.

I know it's so easy to get caught up in the business of life and forget to appreciate what we have. This "middle of the night" phone call reinforces what's most important in life: family.


Peter Lubbers said...

What a scare! A 10-foot drop in full gear. I am very glad that it turned out relatively OK.
All the best, Catherine.

Darrell said...

I'm thankful for people like your husband. I hope is recovery goes well and that you don't get anymore of those middle of the night phone calls.

Vic said...

It's good to hear it wasn't worse, but that's a phone call you never want to get! Tell Pat we're pulling for him to get better quickly.

Catherine said...

Thanks everyone for your nice thoughts. Pat's feeling better each day but the shoulder is still questionable. Time will tell with that.

Anonymous said...

You know we have been thinking of you all. Glad we can talk everyday. Makes us feel better. Love you all. Mom

Donald said...

Yikes! Very scary. I hope he heals up soon.