My daughter got run over and not by a reindeer!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI

Good news is she is alive and well and back home.  Read her version of the exciting event!

Things I am Thankful for

1 :  daughters with a  sense of humor. 

2 : tall trees in the front yard so I don't really have to 'see' everything going on outside. 

3: 911 and all the professional responders. 

4: cell phones so I could be 'there' when I can't 'be there'. 

5: a belief system that provides comfort in time of distress. 

6:  family and friends to share the tale with.

Have a Merry Christmas! 

Here's her "story"

So today was probably not the best day ever.

I went to my family doctor this morning because I have had a UTI for the past four days (TMI? sorry), then swung by the pharmacy, picked up my prescription, and headed home.

We have had some snow and ice this week -- today was the third day in a row school was canceled for the kids -- so the roads were not great. They weren't too bad in town, but we live out in the country at the top of a hill that ices over pretty badly. So. Yeah.

I was almost home, literally within a few car-lengths of my driveway, when the driver in front of me (his name is Francisco, although I did not know that at the time) slid on the ice. Francisco was driving a pick-up truck and towing another truck (without a trailer), and he jackknifed and ended up blocking the whole road. I was able to stop safely behind him, so there was no collision.

For the sake of clarity (and because I am a massive child), here are some visual aids. 



 This is my house.

  This is me in my car.

 This is Francisco using his truck to tow another truck.




So first we were driving like this:




And then Francisco took up the whole stinking road like this:



So I was practically in front of my house, but I couldn't drive around the trucks and get home, so I was basically just stuck waiting while Francisco figured out how to get out of my way. There wasn't really any way for him to maneuver out of that position, especially since the road was so slick, so he got out of his truck and started unhooking the other truck, I guess so that he could pull his truck around and hook things back up. I don't really know exactly what his master plan was.

I rather stupidly figured that if I offered to help him, he could possibly get on his way more quickly and I could get home to my babies. So I got out and walked over to ask him if I could help. He said no, he could handle it, and sent me back to my car. The road was slippery enough that I walked over toward the ditch so I could walk in the grass instead of walking on the road, and I started back toward my car. So then we were like this:




Suddenly I heard Francisco yelling for me to get out of the way, and before I could even react, the truck he had been towing hit me. The road was so slick that I guess as soon as he got the thing unhooked the truck just started sliding.



So the truck hit me, and it wasn't moving all that fast but there was enough momentum to knock me down. The rear left tire came up over my shoulder and pinned me down in the ditch. And just by the way, if you have never been pinned down under a pick-up truck in a ditch, I don't really recommend it. It sucks. Just trust me on this one. And I'll spare you the graphic depictions here because frankly I couldn't get the truck to balance on the little princess chick.

So I was lying there in the freaking ditch with a truck on top of my shoulder. And mentally, I just kind of took inventory of all my body parts and made sure I could feel everything. I felt very calm although I was definitely a little scared. My mouth kind of took over on its own and I screamed and screamed for help without even meaning to. Francisco came running (or sliding?) over and tried to help me, but there was too much weight on my shoulder and arm, and he couldn't pull me out on his own. At this point my mom called my cell phone, and I asked Francisco to get my phone out of my coat pocket so I could tell my mother I was trapped under a truck in front of the house so she wouldn't wonder why I was taking so long to get home. She and the kids were actually already watching from the window to see if this Francisco fellow would be able to move his trucks, but there is this huge tree that was blocking the view of my car, so she had no idea I was out there. She was calling to warn me that the road was blocked and recommend that I come home from the other direction, and she was little surprised to hear that I was in fact trapped under the truck she had just watched slide across the ice.

Then, great timing, another truck full of strapping young men pulled up behind my car, and those guys got out to help. Francisco found his tire jack and jacked up the truck a little, and two of the other guys lifted the bumper and helped pull me out. My arm was still attached to me and nothing really hurt very much, so I figured I was probably fine. In reality I was probably in shock. But aside from being really cold and a bit sore in the shoulder, I thought I was ok, so I carefully walked back to my car so I could warm up and go home. Francisco came over and apologized to me about six hundred times and said an ambulance was on the way. I told him I wasn't sure I needed it, I felt sore but not too bad, and I really couldn't pay for the ambulance so I was probably just going to go home and take a nap. He called me crazy and said he had full coverage on his truck so I should not worry about the bills and go to the ER. So I said ok.



So by the time the EMTs got there (which was really incredibly fast), the shock was starting to wear off, I was in a world of pain, and I was definitely glad I hadn't decided to just go home. They got me loaded into the ambulance and asked me five hundred questions and put an IV in me (which was possibly the worst part of the whole ordeal because needles make me cry). Oh and the guy who stuck the IV in me freaking dropped the needle and had to get out a new one. I mentioned that I didn't feel fantastic about having him stick me with a needle if his hands were so unsteady. He laughed and apologized and said his hands were a little cold. I told him to warm them the hell up before he came near my arm. He laughed some more.

In the ambulance there were, I think, three EMTs checking my vitals and doing who knows what to me, and one of them was like, "When's the last time you had this many guys paying so much attention to you?" I said, "Happens all the time." Laughs were had by all.

So we got to the ER and I signed a bunch of papers (totally easy to do when you are strapped to a board with your neck immobilized, let me tell you) and then the doctor released me from bondage and rubbed my neck a little to make sure it was ok (I told him he could do that as long as he wanted but he just laughed at me and stopped) (what a shame, too, because 1. it felt really good and 2. he was really hot). And then I sat and waited for the x-ray guy. I basically always have a book in my purse, and I was very happy to have Jon Stewart's Naked Pictures of Famous People to keep me company while I waited. See, you never know when you might get run over by a truck and have some time to kill in the hospital, so you should always keep a book with you. I'm just saying.

They took x-rays of my chest, my shoulder, and my hip. But first I had to use the bathroom, so the x-ray guy showed me where to go, and told me to take off my bra while I was in there so that it wouldn't interfere with the x-rays. I actually had to ask him to help me get it off all the way because I had the IV in my arm and I am just not that talented. Not exactly the circumstances under which I want some guy helping me remove my bra. I'm just saying.

So we took some pretty pictures, then I sat and waited some more, and my mom eventually showed up to keep me company (she had to find someone to keep the kids so she couldn't get there right away). My aunt and uncle and cousin also stopped by so we had quite the party up in there. Good times.

Anyway, the hot doctor came back with my x-ray results and said nothing was broken, even though I swear it feels like I have a cracked rib or three, and then we were out of there. Mom took me by the pharmacy on the way home and the pharmacist was like, "You're back already?" I said, "Yeah... I kind of got hit by a car on the way home last time." And he was like, "Well goodness, if you didn't have bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck at all, would you?" And I was like, "Haha, you're freaking hilarious, give me my pain pills please."

Andrew was very excited to have me home, and explained to me all about how Mommy got hurt and sat in the fire truck. Because ambulances = fire trucks. :) I showed him all my bruises and he was pretty impressed. Speaking of which: 


My left knee. 

 


My forearm. 


My shoulder/upper back. 

 


Andrew's belly, because Mommy can't get all of the attention.


These turned out pretty crappy. I promise the pictures do not do justice to the truly amazing quantities of pain I am experiencing. I'm sore all over and it hurts like a mother when I breathe deeply. And a little while ago I reached down to pick up Ben and my ribcage promptly reminded me what a bad idea that was. Oops.

Last picture, I promise. This is me in the coat I was wearing today:



Note the tire tracks. I also had mud from the tire on the side of my face, but no bruising or anything there. Thank FSM the truck stopped when it did and not a few inches later.

I don't want to be totally emo so here are a few positives from the day:
1. I have some incredible family members who love me and were happy to hang out at the stinky old hospital with me.
2. This was definitely more excitement than I have had in a while, and now I know I won't be complaining of boredom any time soon.
3. When I went to my family doctor this morning, I got weighed and measured and found out that I am actually an inch taller than I thought, which means my BMI is lower than I thought, which makes me feel thinner.
4. When we stopped at the pharmacy for my pain pills, my mom bought me Skittles. Which made me cry a little.
5. Did I mention the doctor was hot? Because rawr!

How was YOUR day?

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Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Merry Christmas...great post for the day...maybe my favorite today.

Dec 18, 2008 02:14 AM #1
Rainer
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Shawn Davis
Home Crossings, P.C. - Davison, MI
Homes For Sale, Genesee County, Michigan

I guess I missed the story...am so glad to hear she is OK...must have made you Christmas.

Hugs...Shawn

Dec 18, 2008 02:15 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Mike Klijanowicz
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Perry Hall, MD
Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors

Glad to hear she is ok and doing fine...

Dec 18, 2008 02:15 AM #3
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Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD
Bel Air, MD REALTOR

Hi Chery,

I'm off to read your daughter's account, but I did want to leave a quick message to say I'm very happy to hear she doing fine!

Dec 18, 2008 02:21 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Dean Akey
Saint Charles, IL

Thank God that things worked out ok.  Family always comes first.  You truly have something to be thankful for.

Dec 18, 2008 02:30 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD
Bel Air, MD REALTOR

Your daughter's account is friggin' hilarious and her 'visual aids' just add to the great read.

Dec 18, 2008 02:33 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Lanette- guess she is another satistic that accidents happen close to home.  It was a wierd experience, I was home watching the grandkids and couldn't leave to help (don't know how much help an old lady slipping on the ice would have been).  I did like her state of mind to get picture of what happened, you know in case we need them for a report.

Thanks everyone for your concern, she is sore today but hanging in there, can't drive for a week or so.-  glad to share a happy accident story for the holidays.  Oh yesterday was my mom's b-day, what a way to remember it.        be good  cheryl

Dec 18, 2008 02:57 AM #7
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Brooke Shepherd
Keller Williams Partners - Colorado Springs, CO
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Thank you so  much for that great story.  I was laughing so hard!  Her creativity w/ the toys was awesome!  I hope she is feeling better!

 

Brooke

Dec 18, 2008 05:56 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Cheryl - it is wonderful that soon this will be nothing more than a humorous story to tell around Christmas. We are thankful that this all worked out well. I read your daughters account, I liked her pictures of the mockup.

Dec 18, 2008 06:25 AM #9
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c m
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So I already know that your son inherited your wicked sense of humor, from previous posts,  but your daughter, too?  Your house must be laughing all the time!  glad to hear she is ok,  so much that she can joke about it!

Dec 18, 2008 08:11 AM #10
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Marantino, Sarah is a little liberal for me sometimes but for the most part a pretty good gal.  I know yesterdays events really shook her up.  Writing always seems to put things in perspective.  I know we will be love-in-ly teasing her about this for awhile.  Still trying to figure out how it is MY fault. (just kidding). 

Mike- a good story is all about the visual aids.

Livia- glad you got a chuckle- FYI- on ice - STAY in your veh, people tend to get hit by passing/skidding cars a lot in bad weather.

 

Dec 18, 2008 08:50 AM #11
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Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Oh my goodness! It was a year or two ago when my daughter ran over herself in her SUV! Didn't realize it took so long for a leg & foot to become "unflattened".  Loved the visual aid! Thank goodness our babies are safe!

Dec 18, 2008 10:46 AM #12
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Life is nothing if not exciting from time to time, and almost always unpredictable. Good story about a not so good incident.

Dec 18, 2008 10:42 PM #13
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Sherry, glad your outcome was good too.  It would be sad to be known as the flat footed favorite daughter.

 

Kevin-  I am thankful she didn't have the kids with her, not that I am glad she was alone that was scary but you know what I mean, the babies weren't out in the cold and confussion.  She is getting around pretty good today, can't drive for a few more days or lift anything but walking and talking so all is good. 

Dec 19, 2008 04:30 AM #14
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Now that I have week or so of recovery, I can tell you that three days before Christmas, one of my moms lifelong friends (who lived with her across the street from me) was tragically taken by a car in front of my house, as she was walking back across the street from hand delivering me a Christmas card. I was the last one to see her alive, so it affected me greatly, but not as much as it did my mom. Life has suddenly changed for her, and I am trying to be there to help, so I haven't been blogging much. Say a little prayer for her if you get the chance. I'll be back blooging soon, I hope.

Jan 01, 2009 03:19 AM #15
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Kevin, so very sorry for your loss.  My prayer is that your mom can find comfort in the good memories and forgive the driver.  I don't know all the details but that is another family that is dealing with a not so good Christmas.  There is so much we take for granted.  It is wonderful that you got to banter a bit of holiday cheer with her before she departed this life.  Very hard to wrap our brains around sometimes.  Hang with your mom, real people in real time, AR can wait.  The sharing of the story helps a lot in the recovery.  be good  love in Christ-  cw

Jan 01, 2009 04:44 AM #16
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
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Cheryl, Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

Jan 01, 2009 09:03 PM #17
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Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

WOW Cheryl W, that was quite an experience that your daughter had!  Thanks for sharing the link, even though her experience was quite traumatic, I enjoyed her story.  She is a good writer.

Jan 08, 2009 12:57 AM #18
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Cheryl Powell- wish I could get her to ghost write for me- she hates my mis-spellings and sentence structure- jk  things are getting back to normal- at least she can pick up her kids with out making faces.  cw

Jan 08, 2009 01:06 AM #19
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