Ms. Martyr commented that she found it strange we should find out about Cliff's brother's heart attack on Facebook, in this day of cell phones. Actually if you know the time-line, it isn't so strange.
Of course we would have eventually gotten a call from his wife or one of his kids after their whirlwind trip chasing the ambulance to a hospital forty miles away, followed by the emergency procedure to put the stints in place. I'm sure they did contact all four of their kids by cell phone on the way to the hospital. But what do you tell a man's siblings when you think your husband or father is dying, and what purpose would be served? They were more interested in getting Phil through this alive than in making a bunch of phone calls.
The message on Facebook was there as soon as Phil was in the ambulance, posted by a daughter-in-law who lives next door to them. She simply asked for prayers for her father-in-law who was on the way to the hospital with chest pains.
Cliff went to visit Phil yesterday, and he's doing great. Good Lord willing, he'll be going home today.
Phil said his energy level had been low for a couple of weeks; he'd practically had to force himself to get up and do anything.
Now we know why.