Thursday, July 27, 2006

In the Middle of a Book

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.

8 comments:

sybil said...

I am glad he is going to be ok. Scary stuff! How long will he be in the hospital? Do you know yet?

CindyS said...

Goodness, that is just too scary. I hope he is well very soon!

CindyS

Marg said...

Oh my goodness...that does sound very scary. Here's hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

Avid Reader said...

This is what makes us appreciate our family when we see them. You just never know what tomorrow will bring. Scary stuff but good to hear that he is going to be OK.

Look forward to those reviews.

Keishon

Mailyn said...

I hope he gets better soon and everything turns out ok. that's just scary.

romancelover said...

He's going to be in the hospital probably all weekend. My mom is there right now and I'm at my folks' house taking care of things. I was at work yesterday but decided to take today off. Yeah, he's lucky. My mom's been with him the whole time. I'm getting them a weekend bed/breakfast trip once my dad gets better. They both deserve a break from reality and some time for relaxation. Thanks everyone!!!

Kristie (J) said...

How frightening for you and your family. I'm glad your dad is doing better now and that you are close enough to be there with them. And what a wonderful gesture - the trip away for the two of them!!

Janet W. said...

Daniela, I'm just back from vacation and oh my gawd -- what can I do ... if you need some TLC, I'll meet you at a bookstore and buy you a beverage of your choice :)