This isn’t what I had in mind.
Let’s back up for a moment, shall we? I told Grandmama earlier in the week that I’d like to take her out to Papa Dan’s grave to swap out the silk flowers for a more fall appropriate arrangement. Mama decided to come along too. After we replaced and arranged the flowers, we drove to the cemetary where my great-grandmother is buried to check on her flowers. They still looked pretty good so with a 2 for 1 coupon in hand (Grandmama never goes anywhere without a coupon) we headed toward Moe’s for lunch.
There wasn’t a whole lot of traffic out and it was only 11:30 so we were debating on whether we should run any more errands before eating. As we traveled up Highland Avenue and approached the intersection at Damascus Road, an industrial white van -who clearly did not see us- made a left turn in front of us. I knew it was going to happen. There was no stopping it. I jammed my foot on the brake as hard as I could but to no avail. Our passenger side front ends collided with the most force I’ve ever experienced in my life (and I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to wrecks.)
Airbags deployed, the windshield cracked, the front end was smashed, my glasses and headband were knocked off of my face. I’m pretty sure I screamed a cuss word in front of my sweet 85 year old grandmother. In short, it was awful. As soon as we came to a stop, Mama and I both checked on Grandmama who was in the front passenger seat. She was clutching her face in hands and moaning. I immediately started boohooing at that sight. Thankfully Mama got out of the backseat and ran to pry open Grandmama’s door. I opened my door and tried to get out. What’s wrong? Why can’t I move? Holy Crap! My foot hurts bad.
Where’s the other driver? Why isn’t anybody stopping to help us?! Mama handed me her touchscreen phone to call 911 while she tended to Grandmama. I couldn’t figure it out so I dug around and found my phone to make the call. The firemen showed up in a matter of seconds. By this time, a few bystanders had collected to see if we were alright. The police showed up next and finally the ambulances arrived. Grandmama and I both needed to be taken in. Since we were involved in a front end collision, we had to have neck braces and backboards. After what seemed like an eternity, we were loaded up in the ambulances and taken to University Hospital.
By this time, I was in so much pain I couldn’t stand it. I was hurting and I was so upset that poor Grandmama was so upset. Once we arrived at the hospital, the nurse came in and took my vital signs and then the doctor came in to remove me from the backboard. After what seemed like an eternity (but was probably only 20-30 minutes, a nurse returned with a shot for the pain. I needed x-rays on my foot and ankle.
Mama traveled back and forth between my room and Grandmama’s. She said Grandmama was getting hand x-rays because her thumb was black and blue and they wanted to make sure nothing had been broken in her chest when the airbag deployed. Her x-rays came back clean and the nurses cleaned the abrasions on her face and wrapped her hand with an Ace bandage.
I wasn’t so lucky. The doctor came in to report that I have a broken heel bone on my right (driving) foot. He said it’s a strong bone so it takes a huge amount of force to break it and it’s an injury they usually see in men who have fallen off of ladders. I was wrapped in approximately 100 feet of padding and told to call on Monday for an appointment with the Orthopedist. This type of injury takes a minimum of 6 weeks to heel heal.
On the way home, the pain was intolerable. Daddy got my prescriptions filled and Mama played nursemaid to both me and Grandmama.
I’m feeling much better today- the pain meds are really helping and I have an appointment for tomorrow to hopefully get a more permanent cast.
This is most inconvenient and I keep thinking of all the things I won’t be able to do- take a shower without sitting in a chair, go dancing in Nashville this weekend, go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, go upstairs to my bedroom,wear cute heels, drive or take Tater for much needed walks. However, through my complaining, I see blessings. I am so grateful that I was me who was driving and who got hurt and not Grandmama. I was also fully prepared to spend a great deal of money on cowgirl boots this weekend. Now I can save that money and afford to buy a few more Christmas presents.
Wow…. I didn’t realize how long this was. Kudos if you’ve reached this far. I’ll be pretty immobile for a while so hopefully I’ll have more time to stalk the internet and blog about the pretty things I find. How was your Halloween? ;)