Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Semi meets SUV: I'm still standing (thankfully)

What a day, what day! I'll spare you the nitty gritty, but suffice to say yesterday was a bad day. Onstar sent me to a parking lot by the airport for my 1st appointment. Uh...no, I am going to a HOUSE - not a car. Knew there was a problem when I had to turn on a street they identified as "Rental Car". Not even Rental Car Boulevard or Lane, just Rental Car. "This just isn't right. Double check that please." Turn by turn took me right into a parking lot - long term for the airport. THENNNNN....listening to the advice of a Chicago neighborhood guy - confident as confident could be that Keating was just a block shy of Kedzie. Confidence is not always correct.

Geezzzz...I finally made it to that evaluation. Literally finished & was in my car in 15 minutes. Another 15 mintues later found me in the back of an ambulance after my intimate enounter with a semi tractor trailer. He didn't budge. Not a scratch on that dirty old truck. Earlier so irritatingly incompetent, Onstar had dispatched emergency services before I could reach for the button to call them.
So my 1st ambulance ride. Thankfully, I was coherent & alert to get the full experience. No, my head did not bust that windshield. I don't think so. Right? There would be more blood, right? Seriously...they were great! The ER...ummm, not a comforting experience. Actually, it's just as chaotic as on TV. Lots of people, lots of drama...trauma. Thankfully, I was "general care" with my superficial wounds & moved to the other side of the ER to wait for hours - X ray & such. Released to Enterprise Rent-A-Car with this advice: You will feel worse tomorrow. Take plenty of Motrin. Don't worry, your skin will grow over those tiny shards of glass we can't see.

Got the rental, drove to the tow yard for a look at the car from outside. Wow! God is good - I can't believe I walked away with only scratches, scrapes & bruises. The force of the airbag shattered the windshield. No wonder my chest hurts. Thank God for the airbag & seatbelts.

Really, I'm thankful. Made it back to pick Gracie up from swim lessons. Thanks to Natalie & Ana for taking such good care of my baby while I was a work & various appointments throughout the day. Thanks to Bob for getting the prayer going before I even got to the hospital. Thanks to all those who've called or checked in to see how I'm doing. Ya'll are the best!

Grace. Lots of 'splaining to do about my wounds and the new car. She cried & hugged & cried & hugged. I sat in the back seat with her for about 30 minutes. She's so senstive. Lots of Grace loving last night. Holding on tight...you never know what can happen in a moment. God is good.

So, still trying to catch up here at Grace FULL Days. These are pics from the 4th of July weekend. Nice time...parade with friends & a little festival-ing. Another parade...just as nice, though in the rain. Community band & fireworks - great fireworks display in our little village.

4 comments:

Dutchnic said...

Oh my, that must have been quite a scare! Glad to hear you're ok. Make sure to take it easy, okay?

Girly Muse said...

So thankful you're alright! That is so scary. It really makes you stop and think, doesn't it.

Love the pictures! Glad you're back.

Jennifer Connell said...

Wow, Thank God you're ok! Car accidents are real scary!

tomek GLINKA said...

I remember your car accident from the past when I was in States. You just take care. I mean it is great that you, we have such a great Dad in heaven who cares about us. Thank you GOD....all the best and take care. PICS are just great