Category: Grand and otherwise



Yesterday, we had a comedy of error and overwhelming blessings.
What might have been a very ‘wasted day’ turned out well. God stepped in and moved our mountains, just like he has promised to do!
Grandson was scheduled for some tests at a hospital, some 60 miles from home.
When we arrived, there was a power outage (caused by squirrels getting in a transformer). Backup power was being supplied by the on-site generator. Only a few lights were on and procedures were being severely limited.
No computer access in the radiology department meant there was no record available of the order for his test. A technician found a battery powered computer and brought it up. Order found, registration completed!
After a number of minor glitches, his echocardiogram was begun, only to have the generator go down, sending everything into oblivion. A few minutes later, the generator was back up and running; test completed!
We still needed to complete a request for his old medical records from another state. All the medical offices were closed due to the power outage. A staff member heard us explaining this problem and came out with the needed forms which we were able to fill out. Assurances were given that everything would be on the proper desk on Monday morning

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I really hate to admit how behind the times I am. Apparently I still live in the past.
Technology and I are on a speaking basis. I can operate my computer and surf the internet. I have even progressed to using Skype, something I love, to chat with family and friends from time to time.
But I have no idea how to do more than run through the channel listings on the satellite box to find a TV channel. I have no idea what many of the options on the remote even do. I could manage quite well when we only had 3 channels and a dial.
I know the TV has buttons to make it do things or change functions for the DVD player. I do not know how to do those things. If I want to watch a movie, I require assistance, usually from a preteen. :\
My cell phone is prehistoric, it makes calls and I have managed to figure out texting, but not ‘test-speak’. It won’t even take a picture. It stays for the most art in the bottom of my purse and reminds me of its existence, most often in church, when it beeps (loudly) to let me know it needs to be charged.
My kids have asked on occasion, that I answer their phones – forget that! They have no buttons or keys, I can never figure out what to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate technology and many of the things it does.
Instant communication, social networking and millions of choices for entertainment are great, I think I will see if some of the little kids can teach me to use what I have.