Tuesday, September 7, 2010


What a week.  It all started on Sunday when my Dad crashed his car - minivan actually. He was driving home from vacation in the Poconos in one car and my mom was following behind with their grandson and his friend. Two cars are needed for all the luggage.

About ten minutes after stopping for gas and coffee, my mom watched as his car veered to the right sideswiping a tree which caused the car tip over onto its side and slide across the road into a ditch, righting it and then finally crashing into a utility pole, breaking it and causing it to spray sparks on to the grass which caught fire. Fortunately, my dad was wearing his seat belt and the car had an airbag which deployed and he was able to get out of the car and walk away with some minor cuts and bruises.

The accident closed this main road for at least 5 hours and probably more because the utility pole was cracked and endanger of falling on the road and so it needed to be replaced. A cost of $20,000 that we're responsible for but is covered by insurance.

It took three hours to get to my family.  My nephew's friend's mom drove us up in her minivan so we could collect all the luggage that had flown out all over the road and had to be (My Wrangler is great but has no storage) removed from the car because it was totaled. I drove my mom's car back since my mom was too shaken to drive.

Of course my dad refused to go to the hospital. A 76 year old man goes through all that and refuses to go to the hospital. The EMT's cleared him but did recommend going to the hospital. We got him to his GP early Monday and the doctor felt he needed observation and some tests. At first it was thought that my dad had fallen asleep at the wheel but that didn't seem right. As I thought about it, there were many times my dad would sit down and go right to sleep - or so I thought. Falling asleep at the drop of the hat seemed a bit weird to me but maybe not so weird for a retired 76yo who thought he was napping too. The doctors said he wouldn't know the difference between falling asleep or having a cardiac event - very scary.

It looks like that his "naps" were really cardiac episodes caused by his arrhythmia. He had to have a little monitor implanted near his heart. This monitor will record everything and then every week or two, my dad holds a device against the implant which will transmit the info over a phone line and to the doctor's office. They will monitor him for 2-3 months (seems like a long time to me) and then see if he'll need a pacemaker (likely). Until then, he is not allowed to drive or ride his bike which really sucks because my dad is a very healthy and active man for any age but especially for 76. He does spin classes, lifts weights, runs on the treadmill and does the rowing machine. He also bikes for 3-5 hours 4-5 times a week weather permitting. He's not complaining now but I'm sure he will be in a few weeks.

As for me, I had to drive back PA to make arrangements for the car and to get the police report. Then I had to Earl proof the house and then we don't even get a drop of rain! This left little energy and even less motivation to blog (sorry) but one very strange thing did happen on the blog.

On Tuesday, my hits went through the roof, not the roof of a house but the roof of the Empire State building! I thought it must be a mistake but I have two different counters and they were counting the same number of hits. From what I could tell, I had referenced Professional Football player Troy Polamalu (the guy with all the hair) in a previous post and the big story on Tuesday was that he had had his hair insured for $1 million dollars! I got over 20,000 hits but no comments.

Thanks for reading, I'm sure things will be back to normal soon so please be patient.


  1. Wow...scary. I am glad your parents are ok...Im sending hugs and good thoughts your way....contact me if ya need a shoulder ;)


  2. Thank goodness your dad was not severely injured. Holy cow, what an active guy he is and puts my physical regimen to shame. Ahem. Hang in there.

  3. It's sad for the loss of property and the disturbance but good that everyone escaped unscathed. My Mom "conks out" and we think that they are mini strokes.

    It may be fortunate that it happened the way it did so now your Dad is under closer doctor care and something more physically harming can be averted!

  4. I'm so glad your dad came away from the accident unscratched. It's too bad it took a bad thing like this to discover his cardiac problem, but it could have been much worse.

    As far as the long hair in football goes, I think it's gotten way out of control. I wish the team owners would stand up to their players and impose rules against it before one of them gets their neck broken on live television. It is utterly foreseeable and preventable.

  5. Wannabe - my dad has worked out most of his life and but he likes his poptarts a little too much.

    Gavin - my cousin is a ER nurse and told us most people with this are more seriously hurt when it causes them the fall down stairs or out of chairs.

    Cubby - thanks. I wrote that post in response to a boy being kicked out of school for his long hair and because long hair was for girls. I thought it would be great if this guy showed up at the school and asked them what they thought of his hair!

  6. Glad your family is okay, Sean. Hope you are doing okay too.

  7. Scary events. Glad your father is doing ok though.

    My dad is 90 and I'm trying to get him to stop driving w/out having to physically take away his car.

    I can ALMOST deal w/him hurting or killing himself in a car that way, but not if he hurts or kills others. (besides that my parents would lose everything.)

  8. Best thoughts! Hope your week goes okay.

  9. So glad your dad's okay. I know all about scary parent events.

    Here's something to cheer you up:



  10. Goodness!
    I want to join the line and offer gladness things were no worse.
    Men refusing medical treatment. don't get me started !

  11. Very scary at their age, glad all are OK.

  12. That is some scary stuff. I'm glad your dad is okay. And in a way I'm not surprised with refusing treatment. My father is going to be 82 soon and he's just like that. He's been retired from active duty for over forty years and he's still a Marine.

    About Polamalu's hair... He's not the only one with hair like that. My Raiders drafted Jeremy Ware this season and he's got very long braided hair that covers the name and half the number on the back of his jersey.

  13. Sending my best wishes to you and your family - especially for your Dad and Mom. I hope the testing results will reveal that the resolution to your Dad's health concerns will be minimal.

    I am happy to hear that there were not more serious injuries to anyone in such a serious accident.

  14. Best wishes to all of you. ((((SEAN))))

  15. S...thinking of you..am doing long-term care for my dad. Sounds like he may do well. I wish you the same. Be strong. esielski@yahoo.com


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