cell phone rings and after a moment I realize it isn't the alarm but an incoming call. It is 4:45AM and the caller ID displays my parents cell phone number. I slide the phone open and hear Mom saying "K, can you hear me?" I reply yes only to hear the question again. I answer again only louder and her response is to ask the question a third time. I respond this time so loudly that I am sure my neighbors are going to be disturbed.
Mom: "I just wanted to call to apologize for inadvertantly dialing your number earlier."
Me: "Huh?. My phone didn't..."
Mom: "I had the phone open and must have mashed your button."
Me: "That's okay, the phone didn't..."
Mom: "And then the phone rang and I thought you might be calling. I just didn't want you to wake up and see that you had a missed call from me and worry".
Me: (trying to figure out if I can get back to sleep before the alarm will be going off at 5:15) "That's okay, my phone didn't..."
Mom: "Anyway, we're about to leave the emergency room and go back home."
Mom: "Your father wanted me to call you ealier but I thought we'd wait until we saw if it was necessary."
Me: (wide awake) "Is he okay? Are you okay to drive back home?"
Mom: "Oh yes, it's a beautiful night. I just was trying to get your phone number from the cell phone and thought I had hit the wrong button and didn't want you to worry."
Me: (worried) "Mom, what happened?"
Mom: "Your father was in a great deal of pain and had shortness of breath but they've given him some medicine now so we're heading home. Nothing serious, the pain was in his stomach not his chest and they say he pulled a muscle. I'll talk to you later. Love you."
I did call her back just before I boarded a much earlier bus than normal to work and they had made it home. Checked back tonight and she said they had rested all day.