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A Broken Neck + Prayer 
Dec. 13, 2012 1:09 pm 
Updated: Dec. 21, 2012 6:23 pm

 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! 
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Dec. 13, 2012 1:47 pm
What a horrid time you have had. I can't imagine being in that condition when Sandi hit. I'm so glad things weren't worse and that you have a good attitude about things. That will go a long way towards your recovery.
Dec. 13, 2012 1:50 pm
I am blessed because I was not paralyzed and I am on the mends. I thank you for your support. I'm cooking up a storm now, even with the neck brace on! :-)
Dec. 13, 2012 3:26 pm
Very glad to hear that you are doing better.What a rotten to have happened.Keep your positive attiude and keep cooking.
Dec. 13, 2012 3:37 pm
Luck or guardian angels, either can care for us at times of need. Glad to hear you are on the mend!
Dec. 13, 2012 4:10 pm
You could look at this as being very unlucky by being hit by a car or very lucky to be alive. I believe your mental state makes a big difference in how you recover from something like this, and staying in that positive zone should be your aim. There will be difficult days ahead as you go through physical therapy . . . stay positive and spiritually connected as you seem to be, and wrap your mind around making small incremental improvements. Slow & steady wins this type race.
Dec. 13, 2012 4:10 pm
Good luck for the future. Prayers are with you. Have a Merry Christmas from an AR friend Downunder.
Dec. 13, 2012 6:00 pm
What an awesome testimony you have! Thanks for sharing your faith through your tragedy. God is good, his guardian angels are with us, and are ready to help. Prayer, as you well know, is a powerful weapon. As a retired teacher, I well know the political games that are played. I pray you walk in His perfect will!
Dec. 13, 2012 7:17 pm
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Dec. 14, 2012 3:47 am
Stay strong and keep the faith. God will get you through. Give thanks that you are here. The outcome could have been much worse. Merry Christmas to you:)
Dec. 14, 2012 6:14 am
I am so happy to know you are on the mend. This will be a truly glorious Christmas for you and your family. Take care :)
Dec. 14, 2012 7:05 am
Chrissy-I hope you get better soon.
Dec. 14, 2012 8:58 am
11 years ago my husband also broke his neck at C2. When I arrived at the hospital the Dr told me that this break is called the "Hangman's" fracture! My husband did not require surgery on his spine but was put into a HALO contraption. He made a complete recovery. I send you wishes for the same.
Dec. 14, 2012 9:48 am
Thank you all for your well wishes! It's called a "Hangman's Fracture" because it is the bone that breaks when a hanging occurs! YIKES! Right? But thank goodness the doctor put me back together and I am on the mend!
LSU Crawfish 
Dec. 16, 2012 8:46 pm
I am usually a lurker, but this post moved me. I am so glad you're still with us - that sounded like one heck of an accident. Take things day by day, and do what the doctor and physical therapist tell you. Hope you're feeling much better very soon. :)
Dec. 17, 2012 5:13 am
My son (42) was in an accident last Tuesday and broke C3 and 4. Right now he's home with the J brace on, and we are hoping for no surgery. I know what you are going through. Please follow what the doctors tell you. BTW, this same kid broke his L4 and 5 and 6 is fused now---he's had seven (or is it eight?) surgeries on his back! I wish for you the very best.
Dec. 17, 2012 6:45 am
Chrissy - You have been through a very traumatic experience - praying each day will bring improvements - it will be slow but we are pulling for you :)
Dec. 17, 2012 7:01 am
Prayers, take care not to overdue! And do keep us posted.
J. Dub 
Dec. 17, 2012 11:17 am
Wow. What an amazing story. Thank God you are ok. He was definitely watching over you and protecting you not only in the accident but in the surgery as well. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Dec. 17, 2012 10:21 pm
Busted Backs have been in my year as well. I had to have C4-5-6 fused in April and was slowing getting on the mend when I fell on Thanksgiving and fractured 3 lumbar vertebrae. Rather than a brace around my neck again like yours, I had a body brace and now a lumbar splint that keeps me pulled together until my bones mend. I can totally feel for you. I long to be in the kitchen cooking and do as much as I can when I am able to be up and about. I was just browsing recipes for this week. While in the hospital, I was on a low salt diet. This seemed to really help my high blood pressure and water retention. I am now trying to cook the low-salt way and am having trouble identifying low-salt meals in the database and see that there seems to be no way to know the exact negative salt affect of the changes I am making to the recipes. Has anyone got any advice? Thanks.
Dec. 18, 2012 6:41 am
I am sorry to hear about your accident. Please take care so you can completely heal. Broken necks are very serious business. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Dec. 18, 2012 10:50 am
0h my!! So frightening. Very glad to read you are on the mend. Blessings, my friend...
Dec. 18, 2012 4:55 pm
God bless you. What a beautiful story to remind us we are all human, no matter our faith or polical views. Life is precious.
Dec. 19, 2012 4:38 pm
Wow! Sounds like you are on the road to healing. My husband broke his c2 about 6 years ago in a car accident. He did not have surgery but instead wore a HALO for 10 weeks and then a hard neck brace for 8. He is doing great now but it sure was a stressful time! Hugs and prayers for your complete healing - keep cooking!!
Dec. 20, 2012 3:51 am
Oh my gosh, I am not going to complain about anything after reading this! What a horrible time you've had:( Take good care of yourself and thank goodness it wasn't worse!
Dec. 20, 2012 4:46 am
God was watching over you. I'm so glad to hear everything went well with the surgery. Be thankful to God and for His grace!
Dec. 20, 2012 6:19 am
I am truly sorry for your situation. It sounds like you have the personal strength and faith to see you through this terrible turn of events. Since you have time on your hands and enjoy cooking, maybe you should consider joining the Allrecipe Allstars group. It's voluntary so if there is a time you aren't up to any tasks, it doesn''t really matter. It really is fun, though. Each month we are asked to participate in certain tasks and are sent products or coupons from one or two of the brand sponsors (advertisers) on the Allrecipes site. It's also a great group of people who share your passion for cooking and food. Here's a link with more information: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1113817/Allrecipes-Allstars-Brand-Ambassador-Program-2013 Join us!
Dec. 20, 2012 7:47 pm
I am so sorry for what you have been through. I can't imagine the pain. I am so happy that you are alive and recovering. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Prayers for you.
Dec. 21, 2012 6:23 pm
Thank you for all these kind well wishes. Janet7th I will look into the Allstars group. Blessings to you all!
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