Humpty Dumpty – The Rest of the Story

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

The king’s horses and the king’s men tried to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

However, poor Humpty Dumpty cracked his shell.

Humpty Dumpty was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and an insurance consultation.

A surgery was required to save Humpty Dumpty’s life.  However, with the insurance agent there was much strife.

The insurance company refused to pay, because the accident happened on a rainy day.

The surgery was performed and the doctor saved Humpty Dumpty’s life.  Then the doctor gave a bill to Humpty Dumpty’s wife.

The surgery cost was more than Humpty Dumpty could ever pay, even if he worked all night and day.

Humpty Dumpty called a lawyer in town.  He filed for bankruptcy, but refused to frown.

Humpty Dumpty’s credit score was shot, but at least he didn’t die.  He said, “I’ll become a politician and fight for better insurance regulations,” then let out a sigh.

Humpty Dumpty is now a leader in the Egg Head party, fighting for insurance parity and equality.

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Thankful to be Awake and Alert

Three weeks ago, I developed a massive ear infection.  The vertigo from the infection was so bad, I would actually get motion sickness while sitting in a chair.  Also, the pain was excruciating, so I ended up in the emergency room.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics, which seemed to be helping.

Unfortunately, there was still a ton of fluid built up behind my eardrum.  Last week, the pressure from the fluid caused my eardrum to rupture and the fluid starting running out of my ear.  It continued draining for three days.

All that nasty fluid caused the ear cannel to get infected.  My outer ear was red, inflamed, and extremely painful.  The ear cannel was almost swollen shut.

Once again, I ended up in the emergency room.  This time the doctor prescribed steroids and antibiotics to help fight the infection as well as the inflammation.

With all that infection running through my ears, I was not feeling up to par.  I would sleep all night and take long naps during the day.  I was always tired and a bit grumpy.

Today things are looking better.  I woke up at 4:00 in the morning and I am wide awake.  My ear is still a bit tinder, but this is the best I have felt in a long time.

I am thankful to be awake and alert.  I am also thankful for doctors, medication, hospitals, and for the fact I have insurance so I can access medical care whenever I need it.

I am extremely thankful for Mom and Gwen.  They spent time hanging out at the ER with me and were willing to help me in anyway they could.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

The Fire of 1987

In 1987, on Halloween, our house was destroyed by a fire.

I was 14 years old at the time.  My brother and I spent the day, just like every other day.  We goofed around and played games.  We talked about what we were going to do that night.  It was Halloween, so we had plans for some fun activities.

We just moved into the house a week prior and nobody knew about the electrical problems in the attic.  That afternoon, two hot wires touched and set off a spark.  That spark turned into a fire.  Since there were no smoke detectors in the attic, the fire went unnoticed by me and my family.

The neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from the roof, so he ran over to our house and was frantically banging on the door.  He was yelling for us to get out of the house, because it was on fire.

All of us ran out as quickly as possible.  The fire department was called and they responded in a matter of minutes.  My brother and I sat in the front yard and watched as the firefighters battled the blaze.

I remember feeling like it was a dream.  I wasn’t upset about the situation at that time, so I guess I was just in a state of shock.

The fire destroyed most of the house.  The roof over the living room and dining room area had caved in and there was a good bit of water damage to areas that were still standing.

We stayed with relatives for a few days and then moved into a rental house.  Luckily, my parents had purchased homeowners insurance, so the house was rebuilt and a couple months later we were able to move back into our home.

I always think about that fire on Halloween.  I think about how lucky we were, since nobody was hurt.  I think about how it felt to watch our home being destroyed by a fire and not being able to do anything about it.  I think about the firefighters that battled the blaze.   I think about the people that helped us salvage some of our belongings, allowed us to use their garage to store those items, gave us a place to sleep until we could move into the retail home, and even cooked a meal for us to eat that night.

A lot of people helped us during that time.  Some of them were friends and family, but some of those people were strangers.  I appreciate what everyone did for us.  It meant a lot to me and my family.

Humpty Dumpty – The Rest of the Story

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

The king’s men and horses tried to help, but since Humpty Dumpty fell he cracked his shell.

Humpty Dumpty was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and an insurance consultation.

A surgery was required to save Humpty Dumpty’s life.  However, with the insurance agent there was much strife.

The insurance company refused to pay, because the accident happened on a rainy day.

A surgery was performed and the doctor saved Humpty Dumpty’s life.  Then the doctor gave a bill to Humpty Dumpty’s wife.

The surgery cost was more than Humpty Dumpty could ever pay, even if he worked all night and day.

Humpty Dumpty called a lawyer in town.  He filed for bankruptcy, but refused to frown.

Humpty Dumpty’s credit score was shot, but at least he didn’t die.  He said, “I’ll become a politician and fight for better insurance regulations,” then let out a sigh.

Humpty Dumpty is now a leader in the Egg Head party, fighting for insurance parity and equality.