The phone in my pocket began to vibrate as I was working my night shift at the restaurant, I quickly wiped my hands with a clean towel and picked it up, immediately recognizing my mother’s voice on the other line, “Hey, mom?” I uttered a little surprised, it’s unusual hearing from her when she was at work.
“I need you to drop everything and come to the hospital.”
“Why what happened? Is Jason okay? Oh, my God. Is it dad, is he okay?” I hushed out quickly, trying to assume what happened.
“Your father just had a little fall out at work, but the doctors are running some test, that’s why I need you to leave everything and get here..” She sounded calm, but I could tell she was terrified.
“I’m leaving now, I should be at the hospital in about fifteen minutes...” I quickly pulled off my apron and grabbing my things I hurried out of the door and pulled up a taxi to the hospital. I would probably get fired after this, but I didn’t care.
“Please, be okay.” I prayed as I jumped out of the car and ran towards the hospital. I made towards the waiting area and spotted mother biting onto her nails and pacing around frantically, “Mom.” I called, and she turned her worried eyes to me, “What did the doctor say? Is he okay?” I rushed her for answers, while struggling to breathe.
“Calm down.” She said, pulling me to a chair. “The doctors are still running some tests.” She sat beside me and wrapped her arm around me, “He would be fine...” from the sound of her tone, I could tell it was more than she was letting on, “I would get you some coffee...” She got up and made it down the hall, I turned my eyes around the waiting room to see a room full of sick and injured people, sitting around their loved ones and that just made me sadder.
Mother returned a minute later with two cups of coffee, she handed me one, before taking back her place beside me. I slowly sipped to my coffee, bouncing my finger on the chair impatiently. Minutes become an hour, an hour become hours. I had lost track of time when the doctor appeared. “Joe Clark...” She called and mother and I jumped to our feet and approached her quickly,
“You must be Lucy Clark, his wife?” She asked, looking at mother and she nodded in agreement, “Please, follow me.” She said and mother and I trailed behind her, stepping into her office, “Please, seat...”
“What’s wrong with him?” I asked as we settled down. “I’m just going to go straight to the point and tell you that your father is sick and from our diagnosis it’s been a while, “She paused, “And from your reactions, I can tell you weren’t aware…”
I turned to mother, and she shook her head at me, clueless, “What’s wrong with him?” I turned my eyes back to the doctor. “Is he going to be okay?”
“Your father as renal failure.” The doctor said and mother gasped in shock, I just went dumb. The doctor went on, but I couldn’t hear anything, it was as if my mind had gone blank, “We need to move him quickly for surgery.’’
“How much?” Mother asked.
“For now the treatment would cost about a thousand for the first deposit...” She answered and mother gasped.
“We don’t have such money...”
“Then, I advise raise it, before it’s too late.” Suddenly, I jolted to my feet and busted out of the room, I held to my panting chest and began searching the room for his until I found him.
I didn’t give it a second, before barging into the room. I approached him to see him lying on the bed with white cotton sheets. There were even light tubes running into the veins on his arms and an oxygen mask over his face and mouth. I moved and sat next to his bed, “Father...” I whispered tearfully, and reached out for his pales hand, “I’m sorry, but I will get that money and get you better again, I promise…” Even if I have to take fate into my own hands.