Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 42 - Crunch!

I'm not sure if being unwillingly involved in something scary counts towards my fear conquering intended subject matter, but since I was pretty afraid and shaken up, I will allow it. After all, this is my blog so I can type whatever I want, right?

Heading home from a week long bout of work related chaos, all I could focus on was the errands ahead of me and hanging out with friends over margaritas, when it hit me. Literally, a car hit me, I had been rear ended. My immediate thought was, if I remember correctly, "What the hell?" and, "Are you kidding me?". Of course, I'm sure there were probably a few choice words in the thought process that I've left out in order to keep this post "G" rated. As I started to compute all that had happened in the mere seconds that proceeded my thought process, my neck began to hurt from being slammed against the seat's head rest. I then dialed 911 in quite a state of panic.

As I finished up the call, the driver of the offending vehicle came to my window and handed me his license and asked if I was okay. He told me there really wasn't any damage to the cars, and asked me how I wanted to proceed. I did get out of my car to inspect potential damage, and told him the cops were on their way. I couldn't see any visible damage to my vehicle, but my car was so loaded with salt and road grime, how could I tell if anything was wrong with it anyway? As the second driver apologized I climbed back towards my driver's seat in effort to stay warm and waited for the police to show up.

As I waited, the pain started to move from the base of my head over the back of it and towards the front as if I were slowly unrolling a knit hat over the top of it. I wanted to cry, more out of frustration then pain, but still, I wanted to cry. Instead, I held myself together like a big girl, and talked to the police officer once he arrived. After a few minutes of disappearing, he reappeared and handed me my copy of the police report and told me I was free to go and made sure to tell me, "Drive safely". I replied, "Ummm, yeahhh..." in the most sarcastic tone I could muster as I rolled up my window and drove away.

Over all, I'm safe and relatively fine minus a headache, so I am counting my blessings. My car, ehh, it's got a ding in the bumper (after closer inspection) that I'm not sure is even worth fixing, but we'll see. The one thing I can reflect on is, the fact that I have great friends that responded to my texts quickly to make sure I was okay, and that in fighting my fears daily, I feel like my life is being better lived should it ever come to an abrupt end. Don't get me wrong, I can't say I've lived a full life or feel prepared to cross over, but I'm happy I'm challenging myself and living my life! Thank you blog!


  1. Came across your blog via "grumpy Ken" I thought I would pick a random one of his followers... Your neck injury struck a cord, this has happened to me twice now, the last time the other driver hit me doing 30mph while I was stationary, boy did that hurt ! I still get twinges 12months on but that's life. Interesting blog :)

  2. Thanks John for following - sorry to hear about your accidents, I hope the twinges go away!