Things an electrician's wife doesn't want to hear.

Ice called from the shop, like he almost always does, to see if I needed anything from the grocery store. I didn't so he said he'd be home soon. Before he got here, his boss called.

“Is [Ice] home yet?”
“No, not yet.”
“I really need to talk to him so I'll call back.”
“He just called from the shop so he shouldn't be long.”
“I have an extreme emergency and I really need to talk to him. I'll call back in 5 or 10 minutes.”

I went back to what I had been doing, wondering what the emergency was and whether or not it was going to mess up dinner. Less than 5 minutes later, the phone rang again.

“Is [Ice] home yet?”

He wasn't but while we were talking, he pulled in the driveway. His boss said he'd hold so I went outside and told Ice to hurry.

“[Your boss] is on the phone and he says he has an extreme emergency.”
“What? I just left there.”
“I know. He sounds... strange.”

Ice got on the phone and I heard “Oh no. Ohh no.” He got off the phone and said he had to leave immediately.

“[This guy] was electrocuted and the hospital he was working at is without power. A bunch of us are going down there.”
“Is he....?”
“[The boss] doesn't know.”

So he left. About 10pm, he called to let me know he would soon be heading home. He said that things weren't nearly as bad as the message had indicated, that the guy who was injured had 2nd degree burns on his hand but that he was still at the job when Ice got there, walking around but a bit dazed (found out later it was mostly the morphine). And the entire hospital wasn't without power, just one wing. The guy had gone home, they'd fixed the power and cleaned up, and things were ok. It was well after midnight before Ice finally got home.

Update

We talked to the injured guy at the Christmas party and he said that he wasn't allowed to make the phone call to his boss himself since it was long distance. He had to give the number to the hospital staff and they'd called and left the alarming message.

Ice's boss mentioned this incident during his speech at the Christmas party. How he'd called six of his foremen and they'd dropped everything and rushed to help. Just like the cavalry, he said.


Posted by Ripley on December 03, 2003