Hi, everyone. I am late putting the entry on the blog because I was in an accident today.
At 1:20 this afternoon, I was driving down 132nd Street near Dodge Street, just past HyVee, when a Dodge caravan coming from the south turned in front of me. I swerved to miss him, but he turned and we both headed to the guardrail, unable to stop. I think I hit the front right fender as we headed for the guardrail. Our Windstar is totaled. His Caravan is totaled, probably. The air bags deployed in my vehicle. It was bad. I didn’t know those things would have such a horrible smell! I thought my car was on fire. My right upper chest hurt and I couldn’t breath. I tried to get out of the car, but the door was jammed. I finally got out and was able to breathe then. All the witnesses were telling me to stay in the car, but I couldn’t breathe in the car. The EMTs came but I told them I didn’t think I needed an ambulance. I was shaking so bad, though, I wasn’t functioning very well. I had all these people asking me questions and telling me what to do. It was very confusing. Three witnesses told me they saw it happen and that I had the green light. Everyone was very helpful. The policewoman told me to call the tow track unless I wanted the police to impound my vehicle. I wanted to call Dennis. I did that as soon as I could and he left work, arriving at the scene of the accident about 30 minutes later. The policewoman stayed with us until the tow truck got there around 2:30 (an hour after the accident.) Then I told Dennis I thought we should go to the ER for some x-rays. My left shoulder was hurting quite a bit, plus my right hip (which probably hit the seatbelt buckle) and my chest. We were at the ER from 3:30 until 7:30. They were very busy at Methodist! All the x-rays came back OK. They gave me a sling to wear and a Rx for muscle relaxant. While waiting there, my pains changed and some got better, but new ones showed up. I guess that’s the way it’s going to be the next few days! I have a “strangulation” injury across my neck from the seatbelt riding high. I think that is why I have a sore throat. The injury looks like someone took a thin wire and tightened it across my neck. The ER doctor even described it as a strangulation injury. I have always hated those seatbelts and I remember telling Dennis that I thought I could be decapitated if we were ever in a real serious accident. Anyway, now we have to get a different car, so I plan to be absolutely sure that the seatbelt isn’t too high.