I was in a head on car accident

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A lot has changed for me in the past three weeks. On July 25th I was driving my friend and i home from a week long camping trip and were in a car accident when a drunk driver took a wide corner and hit us head on on highway 12 near Napa CA. It took the fire dept and hour to extract us from the crumpled car and I was air lifted to Queen of the Valley Medical center (one of the best trauma hospitals in Northern CA). I was there for 2 weeks with a long list of injuries that included broken femur, compound fracture of both tib and fib, broken collar bone, fractured ribs and sternum and bruised lung. Needless to say I am grateful to be alive. My friend has similar injuries minus the broken legs. here is what my left femur looks like now

Here is what my right lower leg looks like now

Here is what my collar bone looks like now

So my fitness goals have changed a bit. I will be in a wheelchair for the next 2 months, my right arm is getting really strong :-)
Hoping to be at least using a walker by Christmas. Prob won't get to much skiing in this winter but you never know! I am working hard at physical therapy everyday. I see my surgeon tomorrow to get my 36 staples removed and see if they want to do anything with my collar bone. Also really really hoping I don't need to have anymore surgeries to remove the pins. The staff at the hospital was amazing but truth be told I'm sick of that place.
So now I just try really hard to eat healthy (I did before) and do my little leg exercises every day. I'm so grateful I am still here to be with my friends and family but I have such a long road ahead and it's depressing at times. Most days I just want to go work in my garden or take a walk with my husband. Someday I will but for now I do a lot of coloring, goofing on the computer, and resting. I can't wait till the day I can cuddle up next to the hubby and sleep in a position other than on my back with pillows propping me up everywhere. I'm going to look for a group here on spark for injured folks and hope to find some friends there that "get it"
Count your blessing everyday and ALWAYS tell your loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life. Things can happen and your whole life changes in the blink of an eye. All that really matters in this life is friends, family and kindness to others. Not money, not material goods and there is not enough time in this life for grudges and negativity. OK I'm off my soap box, thanks for reading, I'll update in a few days.
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    Oh wow! Just saw the title of this blog, and had to stop and read it. Hope you are recovering well, and making progress as expected (or even better).
    3257 days ago
  • ATHOMAS1128
    YOu attitude is awesome. I am a firm beleiver in that mental acuity adn attitude play the biggest roles in recovery.

    Keep you chin up, you are going to continue to do great things! emoticon
    3429 days ago
    I am so glad you didn't have it worse. So much of what you said is true, and I hope others will reflect on the truth of what really matters in life. I'm praying for a smooth recovery for you, and patience for your husband as you go through this. Hopefully it will be something that brings out the best in both of you.
    3441 days ago
    You're so right! In the blink of an eye the world as you know it changes! I too appreciate the positive attitude you're hanging onto. Don't let go of it! At times, it'll hide in the shadows, but seek it out and make it bask in the sunshine. This too will pass.
    To help pass the time away, join us on the "Happy hour on the deck" thread. It's all really good outdoor people there that have found friendship and support.
    Life is good! (Believe it!)
    Wood (founder of Outdoor People)
    3442 days ago
    Wow, you are in good spirits after all that...wishing you the speediest recovery possible under the circumstances, it's good to know you are in good hands and being takes so well cared for. Heal well, and you'll be strapping those skis on in no time!
    3443 days ago
    Healing prayers, gentle hugs, positive energy all being sent you way!
    Come hang out on the deck...really...
    Thanks for letting us know!!!!!!!!!!
    You sound like you are doing a great job considering...
    LOVED your soap box!
    3444 days ago
    Thank goodness you are still here. It gives a whole new meaning to setting goals! You obviously have a wonderful perspective of all this and we are blessed to know you! I know the therapy is hard, but well worth it. Take care!
    3444 days ago
    OH MY GOODNESS! Sending lots of healing thoughts your way... emoticon I'm so glad the outcome wasn't even worse...
    3444 days ago
    Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way... keep a positive attitude and know that things will get better.
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    3444 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Sending even more positive and healing thoughts your way. Keep the attitude as positive as you can, and the healing will be all the quicker. Thank you for sharing emoticon
    3444 days ago
    Oh my. I wish you a speedy recovery! If you want to ski this winter, you will do it if you make it happen. emoticon

    PS I just cannot imagine how much that hurts, physically.
    3444 days ago
    Your attitude is amazing. I'm so sorry this happened to you, but really glad you survived. Recovery is hard both mentally and physically. Keep blogging and let us know how you are doing. emoticon
    3444 days ago
    I am so glad it wasn't worse. Hang in there and it will get better. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3444 days ago
    Oh wow, thank goodness you and your friend will recover. emoticon
    3444 days ago
  • NCOX25
    Awesome blog! You're a real inspiration and I wish you the best on your recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    3444 days ago
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