I had 40 pages left of Hern's IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT on Monday when I received a call from my mother. My father had been involved in a serious work related injury to the neck (a cable had struck him full on). I dropped everything and rushed to meet her and we drove to Stanford Medical Center. My first thought was CHRISTOPHER REEVE. I didn't know what had happened to my father, what condition he was in, nothing! When we got to the hospital we found out his larynx box had been crushed; he had metal plates in his neck to repair the damage and he was given a traechotomy. It was scary to see my father in such a condition, with tubes coming out of and going into his body; the feeding tube didn't help. I remained calm because I knew he would be ok and that he was lucky to be alive. Today he is doing better; his voice is gone but doctors say it will eventually return; he might have broken a shoulder...he can't seem to move that area. I'm just happy he's ok. What a fright.
Something like this definitely puts things into perspective and made me all the more glad to have my family in my life....I'm even more happy today that I moved back to California after being in New York for six years. Friends are great and I love mine, but there's nothing like family.
I hope to write up some reviews of IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT and SCANDAL IN SPRING soon.