Gee whiz, never thought I would be posting here.......
Disabilities? Whats that? I am fine - I can do ANYTHING!
Or can I???????
December 5, 2011, I am driving my minivan, slowing in traffic to get in line for an exit off the freeway when all of a sudden BOOM!!! I get hit from behind by a 5 ton truck. He is at highway speed, I am nearly stopped. I get LAUNCHED like a cannonball, off the road, over an embankment, and CRASH head on into a ditch, glancing sideways twice until I come to rest in a waterfilled ditch on an angle. I lay back in my seat, dazed, my head spinning, wondering what the heck happened.
Breathing hard and heavy I notice that there are 2 guys at my drivers side window. My head spinning, I try to roll the window down. It is jammed. They are asking me if I am OK, I nod yeah I think so.
Drivers side window won't roll down - crash has messed up something. Van is in the water, cannot get out the drivers side so I manage to get the passenger window down and I get my seatbelt undone and climb out the passenger window,
The guys that were there were awesome. My iphone got launched somewhere on impact. It was sitting in the cupholder on the console. One of them crawled back into the wreckage and somehow found it and gave it to me. I called my wife, told her of the crash and she dispatched my son in law to come rescue me.
OK, he shows up, we pull my personal effects from van, towtruck does the recovery salvage thing and away we go.
I walked away from the crash without a scratch. So I thought all was well.
Never mind the details of in between things. 5 months later, I am a mess. Diagnosed with double whiplash, a lot of soft tissue injury, lower back damage and more, I am still being the typical male with an ego and saying all is well......
So I am still trying to work my business, doing all the regular physical stuff and making like nothing has happened, but my body will not cooperate. I friggin hurt.
My knees buckle at the most inopportune time and I can't do my work. I have to take many breaks to try and function and my work has slowed to a crawl.
Gee whiz, I feel like I am a cripple! I am not used to this, I am accustomed to being self sufficient and doing everything for myself.
I tried to run across the street a couple days ago and nearly fell on my face, in traffic.
Dangit I am only 57 years old and I'm crippled up from some doinkus in a truck not paying attention......
Sure do hope I get better..........
2007 GMC 3500 dually ext. cab 4X4 LBZ
Duramax / Allison Fire Red
Have you seen a physical therapist? When I became unable to walk well after a fall 2 years earlier, I finally went to a physiatrist. . . a doctor specializing in muscles and pain. She sent me to a wonderful therapist who got me back on track. They were simple exercises and she taught me to do them at home. Not your regular stretches, etc., but moves that targeted the injured muscles.
Hope you get better.
Wife to Terry (Teacher's Pet)
Mom to Scotties, Butterscotch & Duchess
2006 Tiffin Phaeton 40'(Phaeton Place)
2003 Sport Trac Toad
2004 R-Vision Trail-lite 213 (MinnieMee)
Fulltiming since 2005
I hope you get better....., and get help for your injuries. I have watched and read your post over time and you sure are the Macho type.
Doing nothing, allowing yourself to heal is not smart (MHO) Get examined..., change thinking to make use of medical evaluation process you are entitled to (and maybe you have been all along ?) Talk to people ensuring you understand ALL options. Good Luck!
I'm so sorry to hear of this, Uncle Bob. A pox on that doinkus . . . but back to you. Please, please, please don't be a macho-man about getting help with this. You were injured: accept treatment. In fact, be aggressive in demanding it and following doctors' orders. You are only 57 and need to get back to good health.
I never thought I'd be in here writing either, but sure am glad it's here for us. I had a TKR, that's when I started. Listen to the folks, get to the doctor, get some physical therapy and take some time to unwind. You were in a horrible accident, thank goodness you weren't hurt worse. Your insides are talking to you, listen.