Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Can Play Nice

So this is the wackiest thang that has happened to me in quite some time. The phone rings with the area code from my home town. I have learned from past experience that this is NEVAH a good thang, unless it's a personal friend. The caller identifies herself from the nursing home where my Dad spent some time back in 2013. I should mention that my Dad was less than a stellar patient, was quite combative, and if you think I cuss like a sailor, I can only say I learned it from a true navy man!  This nursing home overdosed my Dad as a way to settle him down, and thank GAWD his dialysis transport driver noticed he was unresponsive and called 911. My Dad passed away months later from unrelated issues in another nursing home 'cause we were never goin' back to that joint.

Anywho, this lady asked if I remembered that my Dad was in this establishment back in 2013? I replied, "how could I forget.". Then she proceeds to say that she is trying to locate my Mom because my Mom was making monthly payments on my Dad's bill, but the payments abruptly stopped. She tried calling but my Mom's number was disconnected and she wondered if she moved.

As I'm seriously staring at my parent's cremated remains on the shelf beside me, there were so many things I wanted to say, could have said, and should have said,  but instead I decided to play nice. Shocking I know! I simply replied that my Mom is difficult to find these days as she passed away in September of 2015.

There was silence on the other end for a few seconds before she said she was sorry and she would zero out the balance. I looked at my Mom's urn, gave a little fist pump, and said, "there ya go Mom, one less bill to pay."

21 comments:

  1. That is just insane. They were both gone. You handled it well.

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    1. Trying to track my Mom down 8 months after she died is really insane. Yea, given my quick temper, I thought I did handle it well.

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  2. You were most gracious - a dignified way to honor your Mom and Dad. Plus a zero balance is good for everyone, alive or dead. PS You look gorgeous in the pictures below. Glad you rocked your book launch.

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    1. I'm ALL about a zero balance. Thank you so much for the compliment. I think a good time was had by all.

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  3. You did handle that so gracefully, I am not sure I would of done the same. It really is amazing to me that they were still working on payments at this point.

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    1. Grace is not normally a word people use to describe me. I must have been on my very best behavior.

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    1. Yea, I wonder how long it took for someone to figure out maybe we should call the next of kin?

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  5. That was a good way to handle it. I'm not so sure I would have gave such a nice response. So pathetic how many of these places don't have a clue.

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    1. Clueless for sure! I wish I would have said, "My Mom is permanently living with me now on a shelf."

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  6. By handling it that way you get the wonderful satisfaction of 'stunned silence'. Can't get any better than that :)

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  7. Wow, good for you for keeping your cool!! I may have told her she owed me that money becausent Im in the process of suing them!

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  8. I think the coolest part about being dead is that you finally have no responsibility. Even if someone thinks you do you won't be around to laugh at them (the sad part). I'm almost surprised they didn't go after your mom's estate, such as it were.

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  9. Like others have said, you were gracious.

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  10. And those people still expect things to get paid on time

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  11. I've always thought they keep billing us even after we die...

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  12. Wow. That is horrible. You handled it well. And I say that as someone who, as a 15 year old, worked for an insurance agent. One of my jobs was to call people who stopped paying to see what was going on. One call went like this:
    Man: Hello?
    Me: Hi. My name is Christine and I work for State Farm. I am looking for Mrs...
    Man: Um, she died four months ago.
    Me: Ummm... *hang up*

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  13. As irritating as that call probably was, you handled it the best possible way!

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  14. God, some people just don't get it.

    We have those kind of issues here in Australia with phone companies, constantly hearing how they're sending bills to dead people even though death certificates have been provided. Jesus!

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