As I walk upstairs to The COB’s office to consult about a deal, my cell phone rings. It is a California number. I am suspicious; I assume that it is a spam call. At the same time, I get an email that I have voicemail on my office phone.
After some confusion, I ascertain that the “dispatch center” calling from California is Life Alert. Oh, no. Dad has Life Alert and Life Alert is on the phone. My heart is now in my throat.
The dispatcher advised that the fire alarm went off in Dad’s house and he did not answer the Life Alert intercom, his house phone and his cell phone. The dispatcher already called the fire department. I get off the phone with Life Alert and retrieve my voice mail from SOB. Cool as a cucumber, she says, “hey, [Blogger], it’s [SOB]. Hope all is good with you and the family. [Pause] Listen, Life Alert called me and told me [and she recounted the above]. Anyway, call when you can. Bye.”
Wow, SOB could describe the horrors of war and make it sound like a bedtime story. But even before I could call her back, she called again. Because SOB panics gracefully. Even from across the Pond in London.
Dad’s cell is useless; he can’t hear it and, if he does, has no idea what the beeping is for. His attendant doesn’t answer her cell. So, I keep hitting redial until she answers.
I reached the attendant just as Dad and she were rounding the corner and seeing the firetrucks.
SIDEBAR They were at the library. Before they left, the attendant put fabric softener in water and heated it on the stove, to freshen the air. Then Dad wanted to leave and she forgot.
The pot was burning on the stove and made a lot of smoke and a noxious smell. The firemen opened the windows and all was good. While I was talking to the fireman, I hear Dad’s attendant in the background, repeating: “He didn’t do it. It is MY fault.” I love her for making sure that everyone knew that it wasn’t Dad’s fault.
So, I spoke with the fireman who was lovely, with Dad’s attendant who was so upset, and with Dad who had no clue.
Since we love Dad’s attendants, I told her that I would be happy to get an attendant for her as well so the attendant could watch her minding Dad, but we just can’t afford it right now. For now, she, like Dad, is not allowed to operate any electrical equipment until further notice.
SOB spoke to the attendant and reassured her as she was feeling so badly about it all. I called later and she was feeling better. Dad? Still confused. A typical day.
So, everyone was safe at all times, except for SOB and me. Both of us were out on the ledge.
At least I have blog material.