sharpchick_2011: (Caddo solar cross)
[personal profile] sharpchick_2011
I haven't been around here much lately - or anywhere else for that matter.

Late at night two weeks ago today, I made what could very easily have been a fatal mistake.

I emerged from it with a shattered left wrist, a whole bunch of bruises and scrapes, and a totaled car.
You know what "they" always say about what NOT to do when you feel the tires on one side of your car start to leave the pavement?

You're not supposed to jerk the steering wheel in the opposite direction.

I did, and my small Kia SUV and I rolled over. The 11 year old airbags deployed.

I landed upside down. It took a few seconds for me to figure out that I was not going to be able to unlatch my seatbelt with all my weight dangling from it. I had to find a foothold to raise my body up enough to unlatch the seatbelt and fall to the roof.

I reached up to try and get the keys - that's when I noticed my left wrist was at an odd angle, and hurt like a muthafucker. Couldn't get the keys out of the ignition, but found my purse. Crawled out the busted passenger side window.

And up the ditch to the road.

A car came up behind me shortly. The driver checked for oncoming traffic and went on his merry way.

I started searching my purse for my cellphone, because obviously, I was going to have to call 911 myself.

Couldn't find my phone, but did find my mini-flashlight, so I went back down in the ditch and searched with the light for my phone.

That's where the driver and two passengers of the next car found me.

They were absolute angels.

I regret that I didn't get their names.
So many silver linings...so many things for which I will be forever grateful.

My mistake only affected me and my stuff. I was alone, and didn't damage the person or property of anyone else.

My seatbelt and airbags did what they were designed to do. My injuries were amazingly minor when you consider the whole thing.

Although the Kia had been paid off for years, I still carried full coverage insurance on it, because - as I've told many incredulous folks when they asked - it's the only car I had, and if anything happened to it, I'd need to get another one.

It wasn't my dominant hand that was injured. (Surgery was last Friday - post-op check-up, removal of stitches, another x-ray, and orders for physical therapy scheduled for next Monday.)

I have - as many, many others do not - health insurance.
Now, for the lessons and musings...

I am living proof that this time, "they" were right.

You can shave your right armpit with your right hand.

Most jars and bottles can be opened with your right hand if you grip them with your knees.

If your bras have more than two hooks, just go ahead and buy some sports bras.

The cats' mournful wails will increase exponentially with the degree of difficulty you have getting the gawddamn ringtab top off the canned catfood.

Just go ahead and buy some Senokot-S when you are getting your scripts filled for whatever codone the doc gives you for pain - you're gonna need both...
The journey is good.

Sometimes you get a little wake-up call to understand just *how* good it is...

Namaste.

Date: 2012-03-07 06:11 pm (UTC)
dawntreader: (hugs love & gratitude)
From: [personal profile] dawntreader
holy crap. i have goosebumps after reading this. i'm so grateful it wasn't worse. what a thing to realize. all those other things that could have been. i wish much strength and speedy healing for you.

namaste indeed.

... i like your list, by the way. and i'm sure deep down your cats are sympathetic to your plight. really deep down.

Date: 2012-04-07 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I had no idea, sorry I was not around to read this when it all happened. I'm certainly glad your old Kia did what it was supposed to do, airbags and seat belts save lives.

I have a theory on the car refusing to stop, he had to be drinking and driving, unwilling to risk involvement. I can think of no other reason someone would not stop.

Those small SUVs roll easy, as you now know. They have a small wheel base and high center of gravity. I have one too, it's something I'm always aware of. So what are you going to do about another car?

I hope you're feeling better and the therapy is successful, healing takes time.

Date: 2012-03-07 06:47 pm (UTC)
dragonwolf: love ("Devotion") (love)
From: [personal profile] dragonwolf
Sucks that it happened, but glad to hear you're alright.

Date: 2012-03-07 07:29 pm (UTC)
ironjeff: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironjeff
Welcome back, and here's to a full and speedy recovery!

You were, indeed, fortunate to walk away with a (mostly) functioning body and with the losses (mostly) covered by insurance.

Date: 2012-03-07 08:16 pm (UTC)
captain_catgut: (Long John Silver)
From: [personal profile] captain_catgut
Good gods, I'm glad you survived and had relatively minor injuries. *hug* Best wishes for a complete and relatively quick recovery.

Date: 2012-03-07 08:20 pm (UTC)
oakmouse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oakmouse
What our piratical friend said. With knobs on.

Glad you are feeling better

Date: 2012-03-08 02:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I know you aren't feeling THAT much better, but so happy you are basically OK. Good story. Barbara

Date: 2012-03-08 06:18 am (UTC)
fire_my_spirit: (Owl: What the fuck even)
From: [personal profile] fire_my_spirit
Holy crap, that sounds terrible. I'm glad you came out of it as well as you did, and I hope your wrist is healed soon.

Date: 2012-04-07 07:00 pm (UTC)
dadadadio: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dadadadio
I had no idea, sorry I was not around to read this when it all happened. I'm certainly glad your old Kia did what it was supposed to do, airbags and seat belts save lives.

I have a theory on the car refusing to stop, he had to be drinking and driving, unwilling to risk involvement. I can think of no other reason someone would not stop.

Those small SUVs roll easy, as you now know. They have a small wheel base and high center of gravity. I have one too, it's something I'm always aware of. So what are you going to do about another car?

I hope you're feeling better and the therapy is successful, healing takes time.

Sorry for the double post, I failed to log in and can't seem to delete the anon-reply.

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