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Murphy Strikes

August 15th, 2009 at 10:53 pm


Thanks to LuxLiving for checking on me. We are alive and well. Last month was a bit of a strain, mostly emotionally.

On July 2nd our middle son (19), who is an EMT in a city 2.5 hours from us, was cleaning some basement walls in his fiance's house and ended up spilling ammonia in both eyes. He had set the bottle up on a pillar above him and when he grabbed the bottle it tilted and poured in his face. He was alone but managed to flush his eyes and dial 911. The ER sent him to a specialist who assured him that the vision would return in 48 hours. 48 hours later the vision was worse. The vision in the right eye was totally gone and the left eye could only see vague shapes. He was referred to a 2nd specialist who also could not find any reason that the vision had not returned.

Finally, on the 3rd week the vision did start to come back slowly. They still wanted to know why it was taking so long to heal so we made a trip to the Cleveland Clinic to be seen at the Vision Clinic. By the time we made that trip the vision was back to 20/20 and only some cloudiness remained on the cornea, which we were told would clear up. I'm thrilled to say that it is all totally clear now. Some of you may remember the accident this same son had a month before his high school graduation when he fell asleep at the wheel, rolled his vehicle 5 times and was lifeflighted to a major trauma center. If anything is going to happen in our family, it will be this child to whom it will happen.

The funny thing is that at the time of the accident he already had an interview set up with the ambulance service that took him to the ER for the following week. He went to the interview BLIND and they HIRED HIM to drive ambulance! I told him that he is the only person I know who could pull that off! By the time he was scheduled to begin work his sight was back.

Now for our 2nd Murphy visit: On July 8th someone hacked into my email and from there, got into my Paypal and Ebay accounts which I haven't used in years. They proceeded to order an iphone and a Louis Vuitton wallet for a combined total of $1500. The Paypal account was hooked directly to both of our checking accounts, but I found out just in time to put freezes on them so that no money was ever removed from our accounts. The crazy thing is that the Louis Vuitton wallet was actually mailed to me from Australia! I refused the package and sent it right back on its way to Australia. I filed a police report but hear that they seldom actually ever do anything. We had the address where they requested the iphone be delivered. It was a medical building in Memphis, TN.

I am happy to report that, besides the mortgage, we are working on our last debt. We owe just a bit over $7,000 and hope to have it paid off early next year, if not before. I am working 2 nights a week and applying all of that income toward this debt. I can't wait to start on a fully-funded emergency fund.

9 Responses to “Murphy Strikes”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the update! It's great to hear from you. I'm glad that you son regained his vision. That is awesome!

  2. LuxLiving Says:

    Wow! What a story he'll have to tell - hired blind to drive an ambulance }}}}shakes head!{{{{{. He must be one smooth talker!!

    Glad that he's okay. I do remember that roll-over.

    Good catch on the identity thefty whatchadoodle! Good grief. I do wish people could just tend to their own cheese-doodle pie and keep their sticky fingers out of other people's stuff. So grade-school!

  3. rduell Says:

    He said that it was a very difficult interview because he couldn't see the expressions on the panel's faces to judge how he was doing. Obviously, he said something right!

  4. fern Says:

    All i can say is "Wow," and "wow."

    That must've been incredibly scary with your son's vision. So glad it's better now.

    And the thing about the paypal account, geez. That is considered ID theft, since they pretended to be you when they bought the wallet. It IS very important to go ahead and file a police report anyway, and to get a copy of it, becus if you have any future problems with this shyster, you will want to send copies of the police report to whatever other accounts they might try to hijack, as proof that it's really not just you! It demonstrates that you took the appropriate steps to respond.

  5. lizajane Says:

    Glad things worked out for your son. Kudos to him for proceeding with the interview. I think I would have rescheduled because I would have been too worried about whether or not things would clear up.

  6. Jerry Says:

    That is something else, I'm glad that your son has made a great recovery and hope that it leads to no further ill effects. Eyes are precious! He sounds like a very squared-away guy. Did your health insurance cover all the additional visits? Our insurance at my last place of employment (ironically enough, a hospital) wouldn't cover additional appointments like that!
    Jerry

  7. rduell Says:

    Jerry,

    We haven't gotten all of the EOBs in yet, but it looks like the insurance is covering just about everything but our deductibles. My husband has pretty good insurance through work and I am extremely thankful that this son is still covered until he is 21. Hopefully by then he'll have his own medical coverage, because if history is an indicator, he will need it.

  8. Jerry Says:

    Sorry about your paypal getting hacked into. My paypal was hacked into but they took care of it right away. My only insurance that it didn't happen again was that I change my passwords often. I hope that the extra work leads to a heftier emergency fund!
    Jerry

  9. LuxLiving Says:

    Okay, time for a monthly update - how you doing over there????? This inquiring mind wants to know. How did son's eyes get? How's his new job working out? How are you?????????????

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