Sep 8, 2006

Back From The Storm

On June 29, 2006, lightning struck the Harris household. Well, the large pine tree that's close to the house, but it did enough to knock out the power, phone lines, and cable. My computer, the one I JUST got for Christmas last year, was damaged. Sure, I had a surge protector (which is probably the only reason the actual computer is saveable), but the modem, the USB card, the CD-ROM drive, and my monitor were totally fried, which explains the almost three month absence from the outside world. And dealing with the insurance company hasn't been easy. In fact, they've done nothing. They didn't check the damage nor did much of anything else. So, instead of waiting for a claim check (which my family still is), my great-aunt gave me a computer to check up on what's going on out there. It's a little slower than my last computer (but still scores faster than the old Packard Bell POS I had for years), but it does the job.

Plus, in the middle of all of this, in the middle of the hottest week ever, my grandfather had a debilitating stroke that had him bedridden and virtually invalid for about a month. The doctors had said that he had liver cancer that had spread to his bones, so, basically, they gave up on him. I didn't. He's doing better, but he still lays down a lot more than he used to. At least he can eat on his own, which he couldn't do a month ago.

So, for the next couple of weeks, I got to get back in the groove of the whole interweb activity period, so bear with me. It's been a while, and I'm glad to be back.


Enoch Allen said...

Unbelievable. You are a superhero, Jeff.

Glad to read you again! In time, things just have to improve for you and your grandfather. I'll keep praying, as always.

Emperor Fred said...

I know what it's like dealing with insurance companies and elderly grandparents myself, so you have my sympathies.

Good to hear from you again!

Melon which rhymes with said...

Oh my goodness lightning!!! I'm glad nothing caught on fire. Try the library for free internet access while you wait. A lot of people use this resource even if they have a computer.

Doctors....are a strange kind of species. They have to tell it like it is and always seems to tell the patient the worse scenario. Doctors give up on people maybe to create emotional barriers. I'll never really understand doctors.

I'm glad your grandfather is eating on his own. That is a very good sign! Just take your time. The web can always wait.