I don't think I can ever enjoy snow again.(Pictures-not for the faint of heart)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saturday March 26th my husband drove out to my parents house. Earlier in the week we noticed that we had some snowy weather in the forecast. We had plans to go and I didn't want to break them since I hadn't been able to see them since Christmas. While we were at lunch the snow was really coming down. After finishing lunch we dropped them off but then decided to leave so that it wouldn't take us 3 hours to drive home. The fastest way home is through some backroads. Not too bad if you drive them carefully. I gave Bryan the keys and we left.
About halfway home apparently someone was tailgating us.(I didn't know this until after the fact) We got to a bit of a curve in the road and that was it... we started to slip. And we were going about 45-50 miles an hour. It all happened so fast. He tried not to hit a mailbox so we went a bit off to the right. Luckily we were just on our way into a field... this won't be so bad. There were about 3 or 4 hard bumps and jerks and all of a sudden the windshield is broken and we are upside down.
Bryan already undid his seatbelt while I was sitting there nearly having a panic attack.
I've never been in an accident before. I start to panic even more because I can't get my seatbelt off. I had to put my feet on the windshield to push myself back and Bryan helped me undo it. Only a moment later he was out of the car and telling me what to do... pull the leaver to push your seat back.... crawl to the backdoor... give me your hand.
We both got out just fine and I called 911. I talked with the cops when they got there and after getting what we could out of the car the firefighters took us to the nearest station so that we didn't have to stand in the cold.
I know it's only been less than a week... but I'm still shaky. What if he hadn't been wearing his seatbelt. What if that field wasn't a field and it was actually a drop off (like other parts of that road are) We normally take our dog to my parents... what if he was in the car? What if I would have said to my brother... Hey... come on out with us for the rest of the weekend?

I'm glad that the worst thing that happend in that accident was the explorer. We found out yesterday that it was totaled out.
In the past week, between the accident, work craziness, and absolutely HAVING to learn how to drive a stick shift(I don't know why this has frightened me so much, but it has) I have felt like I needed to puke 24/7. Constant butterflies in your stomach are awful. But I'm trying not to let everything get to me... because I'm alive... and so are those I love.
I'm so thankful for everything I have.
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    OMG! I'm glad you're ok!! Hope you're feeling better!
    3419 days ago
    Thanks for the support guys... I think the hardest part is getting used to driving a manual car. But I'm just taking it one day at a time... and trying to calm my nerves in the process.
    3419 days ago
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    Oh my goodness, that is terrifying! I'm SO glad that you are both okay. Praise God! Feel better soon, but don't feel bad if it takes a little while--you've been through a lot!
    3421 days ago
    OMG! Those first couple photos look like a scene from "Fargo"!! YIKES! I can completely understand why you'd be totally off-kilter right now, and anxious...you probably have some post-traumatic stress going on! Try to breathe, and be gentle with yourself...and ask for help in whatever way you need it! emoticon
    3421 days ago
    Wow... I really sorry to hear that this happened to you(as if life is not stressful enough.) I glad to know that you and your husband are ok. I'm really surprised that the car behind you didn't stop and call 911.

    I really understand what you mean when you talk about the "constant butterflies in your stomach" I've been in 2 car accident (but the car never flipped over) and when I learned to drive I would get physically sick and shake because of the fear that I would be in another one. But it fades over time. I really look forward to a time when we won't have to worry about things like this anymore. I know we are strangers but if you need someone to talk to I'm here to listen.

    3421 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2011 8:58:47 PM
    Frozen ground can be like a brick wall, it's bad! It looks like your truck took a serious beating your lucky you guys walked away! You had a pretty bad time of it, hope you start feeling better soon!

    3422 days ago
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