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We Would Have Lost Him That Day

September 22, 2011
Any Which Way

Image by The Loopweaver via Flickr

It was 7:30 in the morning when I came out to the kitchen.  I thought that Dad was still sleeping, but suddenly realized that his car was gone.  Dad had come from out of town for a visit. His live in caregiver had driven him and I hadn’t realized that he still had keys. By 9 am, I hadn’t heard from him and was really worried.

After a lot of thought, I remembered that he had OnStar in his car.  On Star is a wonderful program that you can use to locate your car, get directions or to get roadside assistance.   I called OnStar and explained my concerns.  They agreed to call him on his OnStar connection to see if he needed help.  An hour later when I called OnStar back they advised me that Dad said he was lost and they gave him directions to our house.

Unfortunately, there was more than one family with our name in town and they gave him directions to someone elses’ house. He was miles in the wrong direction.

Sadly, OnStar wouldn’t tell me where he was – confidentiality you know.  They said they could call the police and have them pick him up but I didn’t want to scare him.  I was sure he was already very frightened.

OnStar finally arranged for me to talk to Dad through their system.  With some coaching he was able to pull off the road near a big intersection and read the street signs to me.  It was 12:30 when my husband and I finally picked him up about 15 miles from our house.

He never did find the coffee shop, less than a mile from our home.  It was a scary morning for all of us and the final proof I needed that he shouldn’t be driving.

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