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backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:07 PM Aug 2019

Well, I've survived another wreck

I don't want to drive or ride in a car ever again. I was hit headon last fall.

Yesterday I was driving my little ragtop and...yes it was a schizo squirrel in the road. I swerved to the right to miss the little fellow, not realizing how deep the drop off was.

I panicked and slammed on my brakes, making my car spin in the grass. When I tried to correct and get back on the road I lost control and flipped my car.

I'm lucky to be alive. My hand is broke, have a goose egg on my head, and some scrapes.

Luckily my neck and back are fine and I'm not decapitated.

Not sure what the Universe is trying to tell me. Wish She'd just call and let me know...

Looks like you all get to put up with me for a little longer.

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Well, I've survived another wreck (Original Post) backtoblue Aug 2019 OP
Yikes! Maybe you should avoid cars for awhile. I'm glad your injuries are not worse. nt tblue37 Aug 2019 #1
Yeah, I'm not on a hurry to get another car backtoblue Aug 2019 #3
Oh my goodness you poor thing LiberalLoner Aug 2019 #2
Thank you for the hug! backtoblue Aug 2019 #4
Oh, I'm so sorry. If I were your neighbor I'd come over and make you some LiberalLoner Aug 2019 #5
Yes! backtoblue Aug 2019 #6
That sounds like an awesome idea! But you wouldn't want to be my neighbor for real LiberalLoner Aug 2019 #7
Are you my soul mate? backtoblue Aug 2019 #8
Could be! I'm a loner too! I hope you heal up fast and get back to doing art! LiberalLoner Aug 2019 #9
P.s. I'm getting sleepy now, I will check in tomorrow to see how you are doing, hopefully LiberalLoner Aug 2019 #10
OMG you have MS too?! backtoblue Aug 2019 #11
Sad to hear about the MS diagnosis. Best wishes in that fight. grantcart Aug 2019 #14
It's gonna be ok backtoblue Aug 2019 #22
Oh honey. Big Hugs irisblue Aug 2019 #12
You've got the best hugs . backtoblue Aug 2019 #13
Hey Sister! You can't seem to catch a break, can you. Please keep us posted, especially when you alwaysinasnit Aug 2019 #15
Hey there! backtoblue Aug 2019 #17
I've got to hand it to you, you get knocked about and yet you get right back up. I read your OP and alwaysinasnit Aug 2019 #20
I hear Volvos are nice and safe. tclambert Aug 2019 #16
Like...a tank backtoblue Aug 2019 #18
An Abrams has a fuel capacity of 500 gallons. tclambert Aug 2019 #23
Driving is dangerous extvbroadcaster Aug 2019 #19
I worked over a decade as an embalmer/funeral director backtoblue Aug 2019 #24
So sorry, backtoblue. gademocrat7 Aug 2019 #21
Hugs received backtoblue Aug 2019 #25
A car wreck will leave its mark on your psyche! I still avoid left turns by making two right Karadeniz Aug 2019 #26
Was that you in the van with the blue tape??? backtoblue Sep 2019 #32
Well, actually I'm glad of that. Putting up with you a bit longer, I mean. PatrickforO Aug 2019 #27
I just hate hitting animals backtoblue Sep 2019 #33
Yeah, I do too. Thing is, hitting the animal is better than injuring yourself. I learned PatrickforO Sep 2019 #39
Perhaps you should change your moniker to "blackandblue" AJT Aug 2019 #28
blackandblue backtoblue Sep 2019 #34
Take good care of yourself my friend. AJT Sep 2019 #38
Sucks for sure. Last one has been a few years ago captain queeg Aug 2019 #29
Man I'm glad you survived that! backtoblue Sep 2019 #35
Glad you're OK..... paleotn Aug 2019 #30
Yeah it does! backtoblue Sep 2019 #36
You have a wicked sense of humor. Stick around secondwind Aug 2019 #31
It's either laugh, cry, or bang my head backtoblue Sep 2019 #37

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
3. Yeah, I'm not on a hurry to get another car
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:10 PM
Aug 2019

If I didn't live out in the boon docks, I'd just ride the bus.

LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)
2. Oh my goodness you poor thing
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:09 PM
Aug 2019

You must be really shaken up by that. I’m glad your injuries weren’t any worse.

Sending you hugs and wishes for the angels to protect you and heal you.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
4. Thank you for the hug!
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:12 PM
Aug 2019

I'm a little loopy from pain meds and crying on and off. I think I need to be wrapped in bubble wrap lol

LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)
5. Oh, I'm so sorry. If I were your neighbor I'd come over and make you some
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:14 PM
Aug 2019

Hot chocolate or hot tea or something that would comfort you. Maybe wrap up in a blanket and use a heating pad for whatever hurts. And watch some comforting, silly tv, maybe a kids movie or something funny.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
6. Yes!
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:16 PM
Aug 2019

I'm alone tonight, so I'm thinking a nice cup of chamomile tea and pajamas.

Might watch Finding Nemo

PS I wish you were my neighbor!

LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)
7. That sounds like an awesome idea! But you wouldn't want to be my neighbor for real
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:17 PM
Aug 2019

Because then I’d make you look at all my latest stupid paintings, LOL!

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
8. Are you my soul mate?
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:19 PM
Aug 2019


I love drawing and like to try to paint. It's soothing and kinda puts me in a trance.

No art for me for a while...

LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)
9. Could be! I'm a loner too! I hope you heal up fast and get back to doing art!
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:20 PM
Aug 2019

That’s why I do it too. One of the reasons. It’s like meditation for me.

LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)
10. P.s. I'm getting sleepy now, I will check in tomorrow to see how you are doing, hopefully
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:24 PM
Aug 2019

You will feel better tomorrow!

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
11. OMG you have MS too?!
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:29 PM
Aug 2019

I was given a "probable" diagnosis recently. It's relapse-remittant. I've actually had decent mobility for a while. I lost feeling in my right leg a year ago and had weird tingling/burning in my feet and hands.

No problems yet with my eyes, but brain fog, stuttering, and slurring are pretty annoying.

I'm sorry you have to deal with this disease. Please PM me anytime! I think we'll have alot to talk about!

Have a good, restful night.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
22. It's gonna be ok
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:13 PM
Aug 2019

I've had all the symptoms for about ten years. At first I was devastated to hear it was MS, but then I felt relieved to finally know what was wrong with me.

For a short period of time I was convinced that I had mad cow disease. I guess im lucky in that regard...

alwaysinasnit

(5,027 posts)
15. Hey Sister! You can't seem to catch a break, can you. Please keep us posted, especially when you
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 07:52 PM
Aug 2019

are loopy with meds.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
17. Hey there!
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:02 PM
Aug 2019

How have you been?

I think I've got the best *worst* luck on the planet. As bad as the awful things I've gone through, I always seem to get through them fairly well.

Maybe I really have good luck. (Considering how much is thrown at me) lol

I wrote an OP a few days ago about being angry. Guess the Universe decided I needed a distraction...

alwaysinasnit

(5,027 posts)
20. I've got to hand it to you, you get knocked about and yet you get right back up. I read your OP and
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:10 PM
Aug 2019

I felt myself constantly nodding my head in agreement. As for the distraction the Universe decided you needed, perhaps it was just a reminder to be kind to yourself.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
18. Like...a tank
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:05 PM
Aug 2019


It was a peculiar thing to be hanging upside down in my seatbelt. The strange things that I'll always remember from this wreck.

tclambert

(11,072 posts)
23. An Abrams has a fuel capacity of 500 gallons.
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:16 PM
Aug 2019

Around here, that's about $1200 for a fill-up. But you never have trouble finding a parking space. If there's a car where you want to park, just crush it.

extvbroadcaster

(343 posts)
19. Driving is dangerous
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:09 PM
Aug 2019

By far the most dangerous thing people do every day is driving. I have lived in Los Angeles and Atlanta. But freeways are bad everywhere. It is really insane, people going 80 mph, weaving in and out, motorcycles with people wearing no helmets, trucks, buses, you name it. I have had a couple of serious wrecks and it makes you think. I am more careful now driving than I have ever been. If I could drive around in a Sherman tank I would. Mostly I avoid heavy traffic, rush hours, and take trains when I can. It is amazing to me there are not more wrecks than there are. Glad you came out of your wreck with just minor injuries.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
24. I worked over a decade as an embalmer/funeral director
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:17 PM
Aug 2019

I buried so many car accident victims that I lost count. Being in my wrecks have definitely triggered my PTSD.

Alot of people don't survive a convertible roll over. I walked away with my head and my life.

My son is close to driving age and that terrifies me. There seemed to be a much higher accident rate among young males.

Karadeniz

(21,972 posts)
26. A car wreck will leave its mark on your psyche! I still avoid left turns by making two right
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:35 PM
Aug 2019

Turns, then going straight!

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
32. Was that you in the van with the blue tape???
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:16 AM
Sep 2019

They made a left turn, then another left turn, ...

Sorry for your wreck. I've got silly pill brain and your post took me to a laughy place.

PatrickforO

(14,468 posts)
27. Well, actually I'm glad of that. Putting up with you a bit longer, I mean.
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:36 PM
Aug 2019

Sorry about your accident. I guess that's why they call them squirrels. Cause they are squirrely.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
33. I just hate hitting animals
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:21 AM
Sep 2019

I've always braked or tried to miss running over anyone from doggies, kitties, birds, turtles.

Never had time to miss a butterfly though. For some reason hitting those make me feel absolutely awful.

I wish squirrels could spontaneously evolve and learn to not dance in the road.

PatrickforO

(14,468 posts)
39. Yeah, I do too. Thing is, hitting the animal is better than injuring yourself. I learned
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:54 AM
Sep 2019

that lesson vicariously long ago, thankfully. Not one you want to learn the hard way.

I knew this lady named Evelyn. She and her husband were fairly wealthy and had some horses. Evelyn had a jeep and one day she was driving. A deer came out in the road. She veered away, rolled the jeep and ended up in a wheelchair, paralyzed.

Oh, she started a horseback therapy organization that helped handicapped kids, so she did some good stuff. But once, she and I were talking about the accident and how she'd made lemonade out of lemons, and she gazed out of their picture window at the stand of pine trees that blocked view of their house from the road.

In spite of the beauty of the day, a great sadness emanated from her. A tear ran down her cheek.

"I'm sick of pine trees," she said.

I've never forgotten that moment, or the vicarious lesson. So, I hit the brakes if an animal jumps out, but I don't swerve.

AJT

(5,240 posts)
28. Perhaps you should change your moniker to "blackandblue"
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:50 PM
Aug 2019


I am glad your injuries were fairly minor. It must have been very scary, I am so sorry you went through that.

captain queeg

(10,018 posts)
29. Sucks for sure. Last one has been a few years ago
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 09:06 PM
Aug 2019

No idea what happened. Woke with EMT trying to figure out how to get me out. Likely I fell asleep at the wheel, I hadn’t been sleeping well at that time. Broke my back again leading to my 3rd and 4th surgeries. Your first statement made me think; I had my dog in the back seat. He was shook up but ok, someone took him to the veterinary hospital. But for months after that he wouldn’t get in the car with me. His favorite thing to do was go out to a nearby public area where I could let him off the leash. It took him at least a couple months before that desire outweighed memory of the crash.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
35. Man I'm glad you survived that!
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:26 AM
Sep 2019

I usually have my teenager or my lab with me. I can't even imagine if they'd been with me..



paleotn

(17,695 posts)
30. Glad you're OK.....
Sat Aug 31, 2019, 09:22 PM
Aug 2019

Know how you feel. Scary stuff. Last accident I had, for some reason I had the presence of mind to actually notice that time does dilate. And the seat belt bruise. Ouch! That's still painful to think about.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
36. Yeah it does!
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:31 AM
Sep 2019

I just noticed a bruise going all the way from my should to my hip. My hand has been hurting so bad that I didn't even feel the huge bruise!

There's a sore spot across my collar bone that's likely from the seat belt.

backtoblue

(11,256 posts)
37. It's either laugh, cry, or bang my head
Sun Sep 1, 2019, 03:36 AM
Sep 2019

I'm only 39, so you guys have got a long time to put up with me! Suckers!


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