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Dad Hospital Visit

Yesterday I'm chugging along, keyboard pounding at my job and I get a call from my sister that she was notified by dispatch that our dad is being transported to the hospital via an ambulance.  Now my dad isn't a young man and he's considered overweight.  The information she has is that his nose is pouring blood and he can't get it to stop, dizziness, shortness of breath so he calls for an ambulance to get him to the hospital. What a scary feeling.  Of course my primary mode of transportation (2013 Dodge Ram 3500) is in the shop again but this time to service DEF fluid.  It has been negative temps here in Michigan but if the truck requires DEF fluid you have to know people in the south aren't the only one's buying the truck.  Of course when Service Engine light is on, remote start doesn't work in effort to protect the truck. So not sure if I should wait for my sister to let me know or find a way to get down to the hospital which is an hour away in the best case scenario only and hour.  I'm not able to concentrate on work at all so I go out to the garage and start checking fluids on my 91 K5 Blazer.  I didn't' want to drive it on the salty roads because I know it will rust quickly but it would be pretty stupid to worry about a replaceable truck when you may loose your one and only dad.  The truck has no working heat but I bundle up I added trans fluid and oil and headed out onto the salty roads.  I need gas so I fill up and it asks do you want the touchless car wash and I'm like, heck ya and in fact give me the fancy $9 wash and I'll get the truck washed on my way home.  When you are done pumping gas it spits a receipt out with the Wash Code, yea my mind was elsewhere so someone else got that wash since the second my truck was filled up and jumped in and started driving to the hospital. It took roughly an hour and I pull into St.Joseph Mercy Hospital and park in Visitors parking and find my way through the maze of hallways to a receptionist and have to patiently wait for them to get off the phone with there boyfriend/girlfriend to find out what room he's in.  She replies that he's in ER and to just go down this hallway and once you see so many lefts make the next one then a right then another right then a left then spin in a circle and hop on one foot and you should arrive at the Emergency Room where you can ask what POD your dad is in.  Thankfully several people along the way noticed my "lost look" and kept pointing me in the direction. Arrive at the emergency room and met with mrs. attitude which had no clue what she was doing but the guy next to her jumped in and told me what POD he was in and gave the best directions he could.  Every room (or POD) was full so they had people in hallways.  It was insane on how busy the ER was and how full it was.  I needed additional help from people in ER to find my dads room.  Once I arrived I found he was there with my sister and two of his close friends.  The doctors did several tests and found his medication wasn't correct.  In short, CVS messed up again and sent back a medication his doctor sent in for him.  So his blood pressure was really high which is the cause for the symptoms he was experiencing (except the shortness of breath). He's home now and doing better.  My coworkers were amazing and jumped in to help cover me so I could go check on my dad.  It was very touching to see how many people care.      

dennis

dennis

 

Help Victims of Hurricane Damage

Obviously there are a lot of places you can go to help the victims of the several Hurricane's the United States is being the target of. Some of you will remember the damage that Hurricane Andrew did to Florida What is the visual size difference between Andrew and Irma? Here is a good picture that helps show the difference Also Hurricane Andrew just caught the bottom of Florida.  Here is the path that Andrew followed Compared to the predicted path of Hurricane Irma which is hitting Florida head on and going through the entire state. If you didn't know the top right part of the hurricane is the most dangerous, most damaging part of the hurricane which means all the east coast of Florida is in for a serious can of whoop ass.  Please evacuate..  it just for a couple of days.  Remember people in this world need you and want you in there lives.  No need to gamble your with your life.  After all, we only get one life to live so please evacuate. Watch out for scamming Fund Raisers.  Here are some solid charities that are good to donate to Well-known groups taking donations specifically for Hurricane victims include the  American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation) - you can donate to which hurricane relief you want but know the CEO makes 646,000 a year as there annual salary Salvation Army (https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp) - general donation but one of my favorite charities, CEO take home 13,000 a year for annual salary. Catholic Charities If you plan on driving down to help with the after math, some of the supplies needed include: bottled water pasta tomato based sauce (canned or plastic jars) peanut butter (plastic jars) ramen noodles canned tuna macaroni and cheese boxed crackers granola bars cereal canned soup canned vegetables canned fruit baby food - of all varieties in plastic containers baby formula diapers - of all sizes, including adult wipes soap shampoo and conditioner toothpaste toothbrushes towels sheets blankets feminine hygiene products plastic forks, spoons, knives paper plates paper towels bleach Lysol Pine-Sol rubber gloves, disposable gloves toilet paper dog food cat food litter litter boxes treats newspaper towels crates for transportation collars and leashes

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

 

4Runner Power

So my wife was on her way to work and went to the ATM at the bank and its unfortunately across the street from a school.  She needs to turn left out of the parking lot to head towards work but a line of cars are blocking her as they are waiting to pull into the school to drop off there kids. Some nice person decides to let her out and she looks both ways and she starts to pull out and BAM!!  A late 90's Chevy Silverado plows into her.  He was tired of waiting in the left lane of cars so he decided he was going to try and pass them all on the right..  which is where my wife just pulled out into the that lane to get a wake up call. Luckily both parties walked away from the accident with no scratches or scrapes.  Not sure my wife would of been so lucky in any other vehicle now days with them built so cheap and 90% plastic. So we tried to find a more affordable vehicle for her but nothing was working so we found one that we couldn't afford and got it for her and she's super happy  

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

 

My RAM gots its ass ripped

So I had a "Perform Service" on the trucks display so I needed to get it to the shop to figure out whats wrong with it.  Last time they had it I didn't have a truck for a bit so if I needed to do anything with it I better use it before I drop the truck off for work. I wanted to mow under my fifth wheel so originally I wanted to back it up but without a spotter I was worried about the trees, tractor or whatever else that could go terribly wrong so I decided I'd move this monster forward instead.   It wasn't my first time hooking up the 41' long Fifth wheel and I was just moving it up a little so I could mow so no big deal.  I didn't put the pin in the handle to hold the hitch closed on the pin and when I pulled forward it was moving along just fine and BAM! I was very impressed that the sides help 13,500lbs of trailer without buckling.  I took pictures at the dealership to show no buckled sides So total damage repair is estimated at $2000 at the dealership because I was lazy and actually didn't realize this would happen.  It's like safety chains on a tag along. I wouldn't hook those up to pull forward a few feet. Just a bad day

wildweaselmi

wildweaselmi

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