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The Tragedy That Wasn't

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I was driving my dad's pickup to work yesterday morning because I wanted to ride my bike on my lunch break and it's so easy to throw the bike into the back of the pickup. DH and I are planning to buy my sister's half of the pickup because DH's current truck has 177,000 miles on it and we feel it's time for a change. Dad's truck, though 5 years old, only has 35,000 miles and is shiny and new-looking.

Or, WAS shiny and new-looking. As I was driving down the 4-lane expressway on the edge of our town, a car pulled across right in front of me. This happened so fast I couldn't even swerve; I slammed on my brakes but still crashed right into the side of the other car. I was able to get off the highway, and determined that the other driver wasn't hurt. Both vehicles had serious damage.

It took a bit for the reaction to set in and then I couldn't stop shaking. Either one of us could so easily have been killed. The other driver is a well-known and respected retired doctor in town. In fact, he was our doctor until he retired. He's in his 80s now and since the accident I've heard from many people that there is no way he should be driving anymore. I feel sorry for him and yet a little angry that his kids have been letting him drive. This could have been a tragedy.

But thanks be to God, neither of us was hurt. I did go see the PA yesterday afternoon because my back and neck were pretty sore. She gave me pain killers and muscle relaxers and they are keeping me pretty comfortable.

I still went for the bike ride at lunch because I thought, "Well, my dad's truck has been ruined in order that I could ride, so I'd better ride!" I also went for my run this morning. I planned to go 3 miles instead of my usual 4, but I was feeling fine so I went ahead and did 4. I took it slow; more like a long, slow run pace, and it felt pretty good. The PA said that exercise would actually help keep me from getting more stiff and sore.

I am so thankful to God that this didn't turn out to be a tragedy. I'm really sorry about Dad's lovely pickup, but it is just an object, and I know that's what he would say if he were still here.
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    emoticon So glad that you and the retired doctor are OK! Hopefully, after this, his kids will see that he is dangerous on the roads and take his keys away. I see this so much in my business, the families realize that their loved ones are dangerous on the roads but each one refuses to be the one who takes Dad's (or Mom's) keys away.

    So sorry about your Dad's truck..........was it too bad to be fixed? And you are so right, if your Dad were here, the damage to the truck wouldn't have mattered at all, only that his baby girl was OK! Praise the Lord!
    1955 days ago
    WOW doll, I am so sorry to hear about this accident you had. Praise the Lord nobody was hurt.

    I will be praying for you and your recovery.
    1972 days ago
  • CARLA-216
    Oh my, so glad neither of you were seriously hurt. I hope the man's children press the issue now and make him realize he must stop driving.
    I would also think that the exercise would keep you from being so sore. Being in good shape helps as well I assume.
    1973 days ago
    So thankful that neither of you were injured! Driving seems to be an act of independence that aging drivers are not willing to let go of. I hope that I will be able to set aside my pride when I reach that point and that my kids will say what needs to be said. I hope this man's family will have a heart-to-heart with him.
    1973 days ago
    Wow.... so happy you are OK! Praise God!
    1974 days ago
    Wow so glad you are ok and what a great attitude. Thinking of you.
    1974 days ago
    OMG...I am so thankful that you are okay! Car accidents are so hard to deal with. I'm still a nervous rider. I'm okay when I'm driving and in control; but when someone else is driving, it's hard not to react when anything the least bit risky takes place. I think it's awesome that you went ahead with your ride...and then your run! I hope you continue to feel better and better. I'm glad you had your PA check you out. Take care! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    1974 days ago
    I am so glad that you were not hurt. I hope that you continue to feel well. emoticon and emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Wow that was quite a trauma! Hope you recover physically and psychologically
    1974 days ago
    emoticon I'm so glad no one got hurt that sounds awful! I TOTALLY get the shaking. Can't believe you didn't take a days rest. Good for you. Take care.
    1974 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Sheila said it best, you definitely have a guardian angel. Thank goodness neither of you was hurt and Congrats on keeping up with your fitness plan.
    1974 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I told my dad yrs ago that he should no longer be driving - he's 86. He still thinks he's a good driver. I just mention this because things aren't really so simple - unless there's a real medical condition, just how to you get someone to stop driving?

    You have every right to be angry - I know I would be. And I'm so glad it wasn't more serious.
    1974 days ago
  • DONNA5281

    So scary, but thank God that everyone is ok.
    You have such a positive person.
    Just don't over do when you are exercising.

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    1974 days ago
    Oh my...how scary!!!! I love your positive attitude....if you could bottle it up and sell it you could be rich!!!!:-)
    1974 days ago
    I am thankful that this wasn't the tragedy that it could have been! We have already had that difficult talk about driving with both my father and my father-in-law. Hope you feel better soon; I'm glad that exercise seems to be helping!
    1974 days ago
    Thanking God that everyone is ok! Can't believe you did a run and a bike ride still! Great stuff!
    1974 days ago
    In a way, your dad protected you when you needed it most. You are truly blessed :o)
    1974 days ago
    I'm so glad that no one got hurt. It's amazing that you still went for a bike ride at lunch and a run this morning. Hopefully they helped to alleviate some stress in addition to reducing the likelihood of soreness!
    1974 days ago
    I am so glad you weren't badly hurt... and so proud of you for your attitude and your courage!
    1974 days ago
    I'm so glad that nobody was seriously injured!! So scary!!
    1974 days ago
    Glad you are ok - AND impressed that you didn't let it stop you from getting in your workout! You are a strong woman indeed.

    1974 days ago
    You have a great attitude about this and it does sound like it could have been so much worse. I'm glad that neither of you was hurt seriously.
    1974 days ago
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