DTragedy, Comedy, Blessing?

My o my…what an ordeal!!!

Yesterday my husband’s father suddenly passed away and he’s out of town with our one vehicle, so naturally I had an unexpected severe problem with my right leg that’s been casted for ten days due to ligament being torn from heel. The severe pain felt like fire and robbed me of sleep while I endured to call doctor in the morning.

Once the nurse returned my call in the morning, I called for Uber (like cab service) to get to specialist by 1:30. But I had a horrible time arranging the transportation.

Had to scan my card into Uber app to pay and ….sorry…you have a problem! Basically my bank card doesn’t work with Apple Pay which is what Uber requires (or PayPal) I called my bank & they said we are working on it but that’s correct no way to use my bank card to pay.   So I counted the cash I had on hand $14 and estimated fare was $18 🙁

 I would just call Uber. No such luck… number hard to find and phone tree even harder to use. So I used Help link but sending that email I knew  it may take too long to get response …AND TIME WAS TICKING. I simply cannot stand this another day.

Desperate I texted a friend who works for Uber..HELP! What can I do? She was on the way!! Praise God!

  She drove me to doc, & I called doctor’s office to let them know we would be about 10 min late as I stopped at ATM machine to pay for uber. I got out my wallet on way to ATM to pull out my card… WHERE’s my card? The slot in my wallet was empty!!

  Horrified, I remembered I took it out on the table AT HOME to scan it for Uber order and it didn’t get returned to my wallet.

  Ok. #Think.  I’ll have to go into the bank (a different company than my own) and showing my ID try to get them to process some money for me maybe using the card info I do know.  

  Walking in the door, I saw 2 tellers and ten people in line 🙁 THIS ISN’t happening!!

I returned to my Uber driver friend and explained my dilemma. I gave her all the money I had. My doctor’s office was a cross the road from this bank. She would drop me off, go to the fast food place and get herself something to eat while I was at my dr. appt and maybe get another Uber fare, then I’d call when doctor was done with me. She’d take me home to get my debit card, go to ATM and pay her & finally take me home.

Not ideal, but it’ll work.

I was so upset & she was so compassionate! “You are not yourself. You are upset by the sudden passing of your father-in-law, surprised by a sudden, pain & hustling to get transportation to get to doctor. It’ll be okay.”

“I know, but this is not right. I should have money ready for you,” I replied. “I don’t do things like this!”

She responded with how she was thankful for the work as she had been sick and so desperately needs the money because of lost income when not able to work. So my fare is a godsend. We will settle when I go home to get card and go for cash.

Foot specialist cut off cast, examined my foot and determined it was pressure of the cast causing my level 10 pain. It’s too soon for another anti-inflammatory injection. So new cast for two more weeks and she’ll call in Prednisone tablets to help reduce swelling.

“Okay,” I thought,”I can grab my card from home Uber drives me to the Kroger to pick up the RX and write the payment for $50 over which will allow me to pay Uber friend.”

BUT my card was hiding from me at home & my driver friend needed to go ASAP to another appointment.  I’ll just use the checkbook at Kroger And write over to pay her.

NOT SO FAST!   At Kroger, I was told they’d only allow checks with $20 over amount…instead of the up to $100 they used to allow. Give me a break. Alright, picked up a two-L cola and wrote check $20 over the 1.79 amount.

Now what?? You guessed it. The check wouldn’t process. What??! Teller said it had been so long since I had written them a check I would need to reesrablish credit w them. Teller said I need to write some checks with them to rebuild my credit standing(?) She ran the check for amount only and …wallah …I had some cola but not the money I really needed to get my meds and $ for uber driver.

This is NUTS!! Hundreds of dollars in the bank and I cannot pay my driver or get medicine…really?

Upset I go into back seat of Uber car and tell my waiting Uber driver, let’s go to a bank…any bank…I just wanna get money to pay you and go home.

The first bank we went to just happened to be same bank as my driver has an account… so bright Idea: I wrote check to her and she deposited it into her bank account. I didn’t have to pay out of network bank charge and friend got her money directly into her bank.

Can you believe it?!! 

Very valuable lesson. Set up a PayPal acct w enough funds for Tavel to pay for uber rides in the future and CASH. No less than $40 in my wallet from now on. $100 kept somewhere at home would be a good idea too.

FINALLY on my way home…My driver and I laughed at how the Lord used my misfortunes to get her some much needed income as she’s just recovering from flu and money flow dip that she was literally praying to God for ” a way when there seems to be no way.”

And she showed grace toward me as we encountered one hurdle after another. Together we overcame with the perspective of knowing that “it WILL all work out”. And boy o boy did we laugh at the comedy of errors. You just can’t make this stuff up. 

If it’s true that laughter is good medicine as the Good Book says, then she should be over her flu immediately and my pain is soon to subside. Lol.

For now, I am so happy to be back home with my newly casted foot high in the air and the promise of a very good night’s sleep forthcoming.

As exhausting and troublesome all of this fiasco was, I am sincere in saying “it could’ve been worse.”…. I think. ????????

Now. How was your day?