When my brother got the call in the middle of the night last week, it changed his life forever! His daughter had been in a horrible accident and had been taken to the local emergency room.
He called me up to see if I would go with him as he felt it was unsafe for him to drive in his current state.
I rushed over to pick him up and we headed to the hospital. Road conditions were horrible as we were in the middle of a big snowstorm but we made it to the hospital rather quickly. He ran to check on my niece while I spoke with the officer waiting for us. Apparently, my niece’s car had slid off the road and down an embankment. The officer said that if it hadn’t been for another vehicle seeing the accident, she may not have been found until morning. This was a terrifying thought as she would have frozen to death without heat in the car. I thanked the officer and then waited for my brother to return with news. The waiting area was practically empty so I settled in and watched the news on television. I noticed quickly that the area was really warm and wondered if that was normal for a hospital. It had always been my thought that they kept these areas rather cool to avoid the spread of germs. When I inquired about the temperature the nurse said that they were trying to compensate for the frigid temperatures and make people feel better while waiting. I was glad when my brother finally came out to say that my niece was banged up but would be fine. I was also glad when he said he was going to stay but that I could head home because I didn’t want to hang out in that hot waiting room anymore.