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The most traumatic incident of my life, and rebuilding.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 4th my oldest daughter Jayme, my children, grandchildren and foster children went to see the fireworks about 30 minutes away. We left at the same time, my 12 year old Hannah deciding to ride home with Jayme and spend the night. We said our goodbyes and due to traffic, they left before me.

15 minutes later, I saw an awful accident, the car was upside down, dust was still in the air. No ambulance or police was there yet. A man was directing traffic. I slowed down to let the first ambulance around. I could hear a woman screaming "I have a baby and a boy's on the ground".

My heart stopped. Literally couldn't breathe. I began to attempt calling my daughters but nobody answered. My son began to sob and cry. I couldn't tell if it was my daughters car and I was frozen in that moment. I couldn't move. I could just scream into the phone "ANSWER THE PHONE". Later.. days later... Jayme had a voicemail where I forgot to hang up. I was screaming "my babies, that's my babies, that's my daughters". I didn't recognize myself.

I pulled onto the curb and continued to scream. I was frozen and afraid to run to the accident. A man came to me and I continued to scream I thought it was my babies. My world stopped in that moment. He told me to go identify my children and I thought he was saying they were gone. I couldn't do anything but scream.

I did not know I could be hysterical. I didn't know that I could scream the way I screamed. Somewhere from deep inside came panic, fear and absolute primal screams. I dropped to my knees and began to pray "no God, not my babies, spare my babies". My ten year old son had his hands folded and prayed so hard. He never prays outloud but I could hear him begging God to spare his sisters, niece and nephew.

It is a blur. I remember another man grabbing me and asking if they were mine. he said "we have a girl in the ambulance, a woman we are attempting to put on a stretcher and two small children". I could barely choke out "are they breathing". He said he thought so and I ran. I saw my sweet grandbaby covered in blood, the woman holding her said she was a nurse for 26 years and that she was ok. I saw my grandson next and he was crying. I told him he was going to the hospital and I would see him there. I could hear my 12 year old screaming "MOMMY" and I ran to the ambulance. She was dirty and bruised but breathing. She was in a neckbrace and held down. I just prayed for her and told her I would follow her. My oldest was then brought in the ambulance and I could see it was bad. She could only ask about her babies and say she was sorry.

The next hours are a blur of ambulance, police, racing between four rooms at a hospital to find out that everybody was going to be ok. Our pastors wife was working on my oldest daughter, which helped. The grandbabies dad showed up to help them. My 12 year old was admitted for a serious concussion. Somewhere I heard that a deer went in front of them, she swerved, lost control, plunged down an embankment and flipped from 4-5 times. The car is totaled... they had to be cut out of the car. My babies. Cut out of a smashed broken vehicle by people who cared enough to stop. Angels.

Life was turned upside down. Hannah was released the next day, and will recover but has significant bruising on her brain. Jayme is still in pain, but is beginning to be able to move and walk slowly. The grandkids came through remarkably well, with only some bruising, bloody noses and scrapes. Thank God for Carseats. For seatbelts. For paramedics and nurses who cared enough to stop.

Now it is time to rebuild. I have stayed with my oldest daughter and grandchildren since then. Have been afraid to let them out of my sight. They are all even more beautiful and perfect then ever before.

And, time to get back to the goal of health. To living a long time to laugh and play and hike and camp with my grandbabies. To cry at their weddings, to celebrate another fourth of July, to celebrate life. Life is so short, so quickly taken away. This has taught me so much.

I am looking forward to returning to my home this week, to beginning to rid my body of hospital food, comfort food (I have eaten more ice cream this week then the entire last two years) and to exercising again. I am grateful for this community and those of you that have emailed me, texted me, and posted on this page. I am part (or was part) of two BLC challenges and had to pull out. Next time...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MELJONES3478 7/22/2013 12:49PM

    Wow, it makes you want to hug the ones you love and thank God every day for the blessings and opportunities that he shares with us. I am glad your family is healing.

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ELFITZPA 7/15/2013 7:53PM

    Oh my goodness, what a terrifying story!! I'm sure it helped them all for you to show up at the scene like that - it probably helped calm them to some extent, knowing you'd be at the hospital when they got there. I hope you all continue to heal and love one another.

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KRZYKAT3 7/15/2013 4:47PM

    God does answer our prayers. THankfully your family is doing better and a few bad days will not break the life long journey of health and love you have in store for you.

I thanked God for all the wonderfulpeople he sent to help your family and you and for those he willsend you as you transitin back home.

The BLC will be here for you even if you have to pop in be on a part time baiss due to the many recoveries you are helping with!

Many hugs for you and yours.

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HBLACK5 7/15/2013 3:46PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you begin the road to recovery. I am so glad that everyone is going to be okay!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLAIRESGG 7/15/2013 3:17PM

    Praise God all are OK! Now is time to take care of yourself.

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MOMMYTOMY2GURLS 7/15/2013 11:37AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your encounter was heart wrenching and I'm very thankful that your family is ok.

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ROCKPORT9 7/15/2013 9:08AM

    My prayers and hugs to you and your family. What a terrifying experience for all. Bless you for sharing and reaching out. Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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CHERYLN 7/15/2013 8:03AM

    I am so sorry to read of the accident of your children. The terror you felt could be felt through your words. My prayers and hugs go out to you as you go through this time of healing. Thank God all has turned out well.

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GRACIEC 7/14/2013 11:55PM

    Katrina, I am so thankful that your family survived and that they had so many angels come forward to help them. What a blessing! I'll keep you all in my prayers!
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GOING-STRONG 7/14/2013 11:40PM

    emoticon Life can sure change in an instant. Your experience just sent chills up my neck. Stay strong.

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GIVWIG 7/14/2013 11:20PM

    Prayers for you and your family!! What a traumatic experience to go through. I'm so glad they are alright! I'm also glad to see you are ready to get back on track. Just remember you can't help them if you don't take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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MUVFASTA 7/14/2013 11:18PM

    What a terrifying experience! Know that you and yours are in my thoughts. Wishing all a quick and complete recovery. Take care of yourself as well. emoticon

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TATTER3 7/14/2013 10:52PM

    I felt like I was there as I read this. Thank God for mercy! Praise HIm for healing. Be blessed.

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JENNIW29 7/14/2013 10:46PM

    What a terrifying experience! Glad to hear all are OK. Praying for quick healing!

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AQUAGIRL423 7/14/2013 10:23PM

    A few years ago I watched my dad roll his truck while towing our camper, and I was involved in a roll over a few years before that. My dad's was the worst, but we were both okay. Since our accidents, we have a new appreciation for family time. I'm glad to hear everyone survived. Stay strong and keep your head up.

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FORGIVENDOTK 7/14/2013 9:48PM

    Thank God everyone was alright! I pray that everyone will heal quickly and wholly emoticon

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LOREN009 7/14/2013 9:27PM

    You are so strong to be able to share this... It sounds so terrifying. I'm glad the results weren't worse. My thoughts will be with you through the recovery!

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BECKYSKEL 7/14/2013 8:45PM

    Praise God that everyone will be okay. God was truly watching over your family! emoticon and many prayers for complete healing.

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_BACK2BASICS_ 7/14/2013 8:06PM

    So very happy for you that all will be well in due time. So very sorry you thought the worse had happened and experienced every parent's nightmare. I will continue to pray for healing for you and your family, physically, emotionally and mentally. May God continue to bless all of you so you may share many happy years of celebrations. emoticon

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SINGER73 7/14/2013 7:48PM

    Praise God that everyone is alive. It will take time but things will get better emoticon

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KATYDID412 7/14/2013 5:21PM

    So glad everyone will be OK. How terrifying. God bless.

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CARIOLA 7/14/2013 4:58PM

    How terrifying! So glad that everyone will be OK. emoticon

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/14/2013 4:38PM

    Gods protection can be so amazing. So glad that everyone is okay. And proud of you for using this as a reminder that if you're here god is not done with u. Use each day to the fullest so you can enjoy your future with your family.

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NEVADAPP 7/14/2013 4:16PM

    What a HORRIFIC event! I am so glad everyone survived! Life is so short that we never know when a loved one will be taken from us. Cherish every waking moment with each other! You and your family will get thru this but it's going to take time and a little faith.
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SUSANELAINE1956 7/14/2013 3:59PM

    Wow - what a traumatic thing you have gone through. I hope all of your family recovers totally from their injuries, and will keep them in my thoughts.

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LALATIDAH 7/14/2013 3:56PM

    Thank God everyone survived! emoticon

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LITTLEDEBI 7/14/2013 3:44PM

    Katrina, every mother's nightmare is what you had gone through. Thank god everyone is and going to be fine. Will keep sending out good wishes and prayers for your family.
Yes life is so short enjoy every moment with your loved ones and take care of yourself also.


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ALLIEALLIE2 7/14/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon Glad everyone is ok, hope everyone heals ASAP.

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NURSEJEN16323 7/14/2013 3:26PM

    There were Angels riding with your family that night.

Prayers to all!

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BLUENOSE63 7/14/2013 3:12PM

  Thank goodness no one was killed! I will say an extra prayer for your family tonight and keep good thoughts.

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TRYJESUS2DAY 7/14/2013 3:09PM

    God is STILL on the throne! Thank God for mercy and grace! I will say a special prayer for you and your little miracles. God will never leave nor forsake us. I pray for strength for you and your family. Your Spark family's here to support you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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