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.