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Aug
24

Impact

Sorry the blog has been so quiet lately. The rest of the summer was a flurry of teaching, clinical and classes (not to mention continued recovery). I’ll have more news on all fronts very soon, I promise.

But the big news of the week is that I was in a very serious car accident last Wednesday. I was waiting at an intersection to turn onto a highway when someone decided it would be a good idea to turn left right in the path of oncoming traffic. They collided with said oncoming car so hard that they slid across the road, right into me, causing my car to spin and roll into a roadside ditch. It wasn’t pretty. I’ve been rear ended a couple times in my life, but nothing like this. It was terrifying and there was definitely a moment when I thought “This is it. This is how I’m going to die”.

Considering the damage that was done, I’m amazed everyone involved was not more seriously injured. I honestly believe that my side air bags saved me from a head injury. But the impact was pretty stunning. I was transported to the ER (in a C-collar … as soon as I said “My neck hurts”, the paramedics had that thing on me faster than you can snap your fingers), scanned and released the same night. I was told the next few days I’d feel like I was recovering from a really hard workout…they weren’t kidding. Ice and heat have become my best friends (not to mention pain meds and muscle relaxants). Fun fact: NSAIDs are often the medication of choice to take for musculoskeletal pain (no duh, right?), but guess what? As a bariatric post-op patient, I’m not allowed to take NSAIDs! Boo. Since the stronger stuff knocks me out and I can only take it at night, I’ve had to grin and bear it for the most part.

Unfortunately since I was hit on the driver’s side, the impact did some damage to my back and flank and the pain hasn’t dissipated with the the rest of my generalized aches and soreness. So tomorrow I meet with my PCP to talk about what’s next.

In the meantime, I wait for the insurance adjuster to tell me whether my poor car is totaled or not. I am praying it is fixable but I am not holding out hope…

The fallout

The fallout

Airbags may have saved my life...

Airbags may have saved my life…

The worst part of this whole thing is feeling like it’s a giant step backward. I was just starting to feel like I had a handle on things. At almost four months postop, my energy levels were better, I was able to eat more, and I had just signed up back at my gym to create a long-term workout plan. I felt like I was moving forward. Then some yahoo decides to turn into oncoming traffic and it all changes in the blink of an eye. Not to sound whiny because I know it could be MUCH worse (and I could have been much more seriously injured), but the past few months have been such a roller coaster that I was really looking forward to the idea of progress.

For now I guess it’s back to one day at a time.

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