Hey there. I’ve been away from the blog world for a few days due to being in a pretty serious accident.
On Thursday, January 23, 2014, I was hit by a car. I was riding my bike to the gym. I was about 10 minutes into my bike ride when I came to a stop light. The sign on the crosswalk was go, so I just kept riding. I didn’t think any cars were coming until this car came speeding around the corner. In about a fraction of a second, she ran right into me. The impact flew me from my bike, to the top of her hood, and onto the street. When they say you see your life flashes right before your eyes when experiencing a traumatic experience, they are completely right. As I hit the car, I saw a bright light and all of these memories flashed before me.
I was dazed and confused crying on the ground in agonizing pain. A cop was on scene and saw the entire thing. What I do remember, is the lady came running from the car yelling for her daughter to call an ambulance. Somehow I ended up on the sidewalk. I couldn’t move my arms or legs. I was told I gave the cop my information, but all I remember is seeing blood on the ground and hearing sirens. The people from the ambulance strapped me onto the board and put a brace around my neck. All I could do was cry. My vision was blurry and I couldn’t move. I couldn’t even muster out a groan when going over the bumps. In my mind, all I did was pray to God that I was going to be okay.
My vision was blurry but I could hear everything going on around me. I heard the questions being asked, the beats from the monitor, and just so much commotion. They clipped off my clothes for x rays. I had full body x rays done and I had to get stitches on the major cuts on my face, arms, and legs. I couldn’t move at all due to the pain in my neck, back, head, and ankle. There was swelling in my legs and ankle. I was put on another brace for my neck and back. I was then taken to another room to get x rays on my neck done. SO. MUCH. PAIN. Before going in, all I did was cry. Cry because I wanted my parents. Cry from all of the pain. Cry from not knowing how things were going to turn out. Cry because I was praying to God. This lady saw me and comforted me. She didn’t even know me, but she stood there by me comforting me. It helped a lot. After the x-rays, I got a CAT-SCAN done.
After those x-rays, I got to see my parents. I just broke down there to see the looks on their faces. Being in their presence was all I wanted. We couldn’t get ahold of my sister at the time, but eventually we were able too. I wouldn’t let go of my mother’s hand. It was all I wanted. I had some more tests done and was eventually taken up to a room 3 hours later. It was a nice room with a tv, internet, a bathroom, and a space where my mom could sleep next to me. I wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink for 24 hours due to the neck brace. All I could do was stay hydrated from the fluids from an IV and swab my mouth with water. I had a lot of pain medication. I was scheduled for an MRI at 12 that night, but that changed until 7 yesterday morning, but I got it done at about 4:30 pm. I got no sleep that night. I watched Despicable Me and Brave that night with my mom. The nurses came in frequently to give me medication through my IV.
The next day, I was able to see my sister and dad. I couldn’t help but cry. I cried when they came in, but they were so supportive. I was told I had to get the MRI and I had the option to either wait to eat until it was over so I could be sedated or I could eat and drink without being sedated. I chose to eat and drink, because I thought I could handle being in the machine for a while. I was given ice cream, a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato, potato soup with crackers, peaches, a chocolate chip cookie, and water. It felt so good to have some food in my stomach. I left to get more x-rays done for my back. It was my first time walking, and was it painful.. My legs are all cut up and bruised. It was so painful to stand their for the x-rays, but the nurses were so sweet so that helped a bit.
I came back and then was given more pain medication and a muscle relaxer before I went for the MRI. I said bye to everyone and went on my way. I had to wait about half an hour before going in and I was praying to God for positive results. I was in the MRI machine for an hour and 20 minutes. I was scared, but I stayed strong. It was loud, but all I could do was think positively. I had to wait another 40 minutes before I could go upstairs. When I got to my room, my dad and sister were gone, but my aunt came. She brought me flowers and a balloon. It was the sweetest surprise. My dinner came up and I had to eat in my brace still. It was really uncomfortable, but it needed to be done. I got a salad with cherry tomatoes, enchiladas, fiesta rice, and steamed asparagus. My mom helped me drink my water and my aunt cut up the food for me. It was so nice to just be able to somewhat relax, eat, and be in the presence of the women I love.
My aunt had to leave as soon as my mom came back from the cafeteria, and about 30 minutes later, I found out everything that was wrong and that I was able to go home! 😀 I did have to get stitches, road burn, a lot of bruises and cuts, and I do have a fractured spine and neck. I am in a brace, but I am so happy to be home. I left the hospital around 9 pm. I got home and went right to sleep.
I am blessed that I am alive. I am beyond grateful for all of the support and prayers I received. I never thought this would happen, but it did. PLEASE be aware when driving. PLEASE be aware when being a pedestrian. PLEASE do what you love and live your life the best you can. Life is unexpected. I never thought this would happen to me, but it did. I am stay positive because I am alive. I had a guardian angel over me. I am blessed.
-Have you ever faced a traumatic experience happen to you?
-What are you grateful for?
-What are you blessed to have?