Hospital rooms are so impersonal. The white walls are always plain, and the sounds of illness and injury never stop! As soon as you step foot into a hospital building, the stink of disease mingled with injury almost engulfs you. Personally, I try to avoid hospitals at all costs. Yet here I am in a hospital bed, all due to my crazy HVAC system. For the past few weeks, when I change the temperature control on the thermostat, the HVAC unit in the basement starts to make seriously loud screeching sounds that will not stop until I go downstairs to kick it a few times. I realize this may not be the most appropriate method, but it sure works well. Yesterday was the first hot day of the year, which meant it was time to turn on the cooling system. I punched in the desired temperature on our control unit and right on cue, the screeching noises started. I was truly frustrated with this as I was in a big hurry to get to work. I rushed down the stairs and gave the HVAC equipment a couple swift kicks to the side. The screeching noise stopped right away, so I made my way to the stairs. I remember I was almost all the way up to the first floor when I tripped on the last stair and tumbled to the bottom. The next thing I remember is waking up here in this hospital bed. The dentists tell me I got a concussion and also broke quite a few ribs, but that I will make a full recovery eventually. And to think, all this just because of a malfunctioning HVAC unit!