. On October 19, Friday evening driving home from work, I was in Huntington just 10 minutes from my home, headed north on Round Swamp Rd, a rainy evening, when around the corner I see a car coming at me out of control.
I could do nothing, absolutely, nothing, the car hit me head on at a high speed. My car after being hit, went into a pole. My neck was hurt badly, I was in tremendous pain. Thank the Lord, a paramedic who was on a jog, happened by the accident at the exact
time of the collision, he helped me lay down on a driveway, keeping my head straight as he knew my neck was hurt and held my hand as I cried and prayed to the Lord for His dear help. The ambulance rushed me to the hospital, where they called my husband, who
rushed to the hospital. I cried and could not move. They gave me a CAT scan and the surgeon came in to tell us the news. "Well, the reason why your neck hurts so badly is because C2 is badly broken. I'm so sorry." "We will have to operate, unfortunately
after the procedure you will only have about 50% use of your neck. You will be able to drive and do everything you could before though."
The news was not shocking because it hurt so much, but it was very, scary. C2 and slipped down and was broken in half, there was also something with C1 I believe. Those are the bones right
below your scull. (I've learned more than I've ever wanted to know about this part of our bodies!)
They operated on Monday, it was a 4 hour procedure and very, very delicate. They told me I could die from the surgery. I was scared. When I awoke from the surgery, the surgeon said it went amazingly well and he couldn't have asked
for more. He was very pleased and confident that healing would be forthcoming. The pain was excruciating. I stayed in the hospital a week, on round the clock pain killers. I came home on Sunday, the next day Sandy hit.
Our power went out that Monday that Sandy hit and there I sat, in the cold, in pain, praying that the heat would return. My husband was able to buy a generator and have it hooked up about 7 days into the cold.
The neighbors all tried to comfort me, bringing me soup and talking with me in the street as I went out for short walks with a walker and neck brace. Actually it was warmer in the sunshine outside than in the house. I was on pain killers for about 10 days
at home, but one day I tried to sleep without them and was successful. Since then I've been off the heavy pain killers. I simply don't know how people get addicted to those things, they do make you feel better BUT not without weird side effects, I was crying
TOO much and so emotional on them and they made me vomit. Now I'm much better. I still have a pain here and there but I'm learning why and how to deal with it.
Our house was NOT damaged at all, a big tree fell on our property but it did not hit our house, I saw it fall and prayed SO much that it would miss our house! It did!
I am home now, out of work for this entire year, I probably will not go back until next September. Wish I could just retire, really, that commute is bad, obviously! And I've really had it with teaching, really
it's so political and such a pain. One year you're a great teacher, the next year you're the worst. Really, that's how it goes! They change like the wind and it's doesn't matter how well your kids perform, it's not about that, it's about politics.
Anyway, so many miracles occurred, I cannot believe I am not paralyzed or dead, I had been praying the Rosary everyday in that car on the way to work, I have CD's with it so it's easy, I just recite it with the
people praying, I believe this is why I am alive and not paralyzed today, I received so much grace to get through this. http://holysouls.com/sar/rosarymiracle.htm<
So now I'm cooking, creating recipes and doing lots of praying. I find much solace in prayer and cooking. The two odd as it seems, go together quite nicely! More to come!