We drive by them. We see them on the news. We think they’ll never happen to us because we are very careful drivers. At least that’s what I thought.
So on the Thursday just before Mothers’ Day, as I finished a shopping trip at Costco and exited the parking lot to make my way to a foot doctor appointment, I encountered a less-than-careful driver at a four-way stop. To make a long story short, the other driver just didn’t stop and hit the car I was driving on the passenger side. It was probably 2 seconds before I fully realized what just happened, after which time I reached for my purse to get my phone and called 911.
When the police and ambulance came, I asked the paramedic what I should expect since this is my first ever involvement in an accident. She said this is fairly common, and the police will file a report, I’ll call car insurance, and that’s about it. “Really?“, I thought to myself.
This happened about four weeks ago.
Up to now, I have to wear an elbow support to brace my left arm and lessen the pain when I do simple daily tasks like cooking, grocery shopping, and caring for my little 3-year-old. I wake up in the middle of the night due to cramping from the elbow. It’s the same cramp that prevents me from typing properly on the keyboard. I cannot drive through intersections with four-way stops without feeling like all other cars will hit me. My usually packed daily schedule that I wrote a sample about here now has the added appointments for thrice weekly physiotherapy and kinesiology sessions.
I could go on complaining about the whole incident (which I did for MANY days after it happened), but after much prayer, it is by God’s grace that I now have come to realize and be thankful for things that I took for granted that day.
I’m thankful for not having any of my children in the car with me that time, which was unusual because they love going to Costco with me. So, so thankful.
I’m thankful for having a cell phone with me that allowed me to call for help right away. It might seem like a no-brainer to have a cell phone, but I’ve always rejected the offers for upgrading to the latest fancy gadget because in my mind, “I don’t really need a cell phone”. Thank you for your reliability, my little Nokia 3500 Classic.
I’m thankful for only the minor, albeit painful, injuries I sustained. It really could have been worse.
I’m thankful for being able to receive access to complete physiotherapy to help in gradually improving my condition.
And along with many more, I am thankful to be able to share this small experience with you, and be back to blog after some time off.