Sunday, September 13, 2009


Motor Vehicle Accident
That's what that stands for.
And that's what I was in last weekend.

I've been hinting at it on Facebook this past week with vague clues as my status.

Doctor visits.

You see, it was my BFF's birthday last Sunday, so on Saturday night I gave her the customary gift card to Starbucks (that's how we take care of each other on our birthday's) and took her out for NW Portland window-shopping and Fondue dinner. Wonderful!

Don't we look laffy!?

So far so good.

It was 10:00 pm and the night was over (remember in our 20's when the night BEGAN at 10?)and I was driving her back to her car.

There was a car in the middle of the highway (for you locals, it was I-405 SB) stopped with it's right blinker on! He had apparently missed his exit to head over to PDX or to OMSI or wherever he wanted to go and was trying to get over.

Isn't it in the top 10 rules of driving that if you make a mistake in your navigation and miss an exit, that you just have to pay the price and go down to the next one? I mean, stopping in the middle of the interstate when the cars around you are going 50 (or some people who don't realize it's slower at that stretch could be going the usual 55+) and you try to stop, blink and get over? Wow.

So the car directly in front of me slowed and actually had to swerve out of the way so as not to hit him. I was aware of the whole situation and with my hands on the wheel at 10&2 (for real, that's how I drive) I slowed my car waaaaaaaaay down. No screeching, no swerving, no fishtailing, no freaking out. Just slowed my car down to avoid crashing into the car in front of me.

The 20-some year old girl driving her dad's BMW behind me, however, did not slow down.

She crashed into my car so hard that the rear-view mirror came off.

The airbag did not deploy and I understand it's because it was a rear-end impact and not a head-on collision. Had I been pushed into anything, I'm sure I would have had my face in an airbag.

But the car in front of me proceeded forward and I never saw him again.

After calling 911, ODOT came-police did not. Since we were not obstructing traffic (we were pretty much on the side of the road at this point) and since no one needed to seek medical attention at the scene, cops weren't dispatched. This is mysterious to me because what if the girl who hit me was intoxicated!? (Or me, for that matter--I was not!). How would that be determined? It wouldn't be! We will never know if she was under the influence at the time of the accident.

So, after experiencing pain and dizziness and other accident-like symptoms, I went to the Doctor. So did my passenger. We both suffered a concussion and the affects of Shock.

I have other pains and issues related to my ribs and shoulders and neck and spine and head and am seeking care for those by a trusted doctor.

Acupuncture, Chiropractic adjustment and Homeopathic remedies are my friends right now.

One of my FB status updates was this: Claim numbers, case numbers, insurance companies, phone menus, tow truck companies, rental car companies, doctor appointments...I've been on the phone for a week!

My brother-in-law commented: I'm just glad you were not in the hospital for a week!

So true. Thank you, Rog, for reminding me that it could have been so much worse. I'm very thankful Angela and I were not hurt more than we were. Not to minimize our pain and suffering, because what we're going through really does hurt and it SUCKS. But thank you, God, we are alive.

My friend who has not (yet) given her life to God, recently asked me about Jesus and if I thought about Him during hard times. I told her YES, I couldn't even consider going through hard times without the peace and comfort He brings.

My running partner Donna wants us to do the Portland 5k Run Like Hell in October. Is it safe to train? Will I hurt my body to run? It's only 3 miles, but still. I have vertebrae issues now! I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday and will ask him.

Part of me says "oh, it wasn't really THAT bad of an accident."

But it's left me emotional about things, a smidgen scared about driving and a little crazy feeling. So that makes me think that yeah, it was bad.

My pastor pointed out 3 things about Mary today and how we should emulate our lives like her.

1) she went to the feet of Jesus for instruction-
Even though her sister Martha was busy making dinner, Mary knew where she should be.
2) she went to the feet of Jesus for comfort-
When her brother Lazarus died. Jesus wept! (even though He was to bring him back to life)
3) she went to the feet of Jesus for worship-
She poured expensive perfume over his feet (she gave her best to Him)

Just like I told my friend, I will sit at the feet of Jesus for instruction on how best to handle this accident, my health, my time, my healing.
I will sit at the feet of Jesus for comfort when I am hurting, frenzied, crazy feeling and when I think about my friend who is also hurt.
I will sit at the feet of Jesus for worship and thank Him that I am alive, that Angela is alive, that the driver of the vehicle is alive. That we can walk. That we didn't spend a week in the hospital!


Amanda P said...

Glad you're okay, and's very emotional for you to go through this.

Jesus knows. Keep finding Him.

Jeremiah 33:3

The Haiti Lady said...

So sorry to hear about your accident. While yes, it is wonderful you guys are alive and well, it is still serious the injuries you suffered.
When you have a concussion you need to be watched for long term effects or headaches and bleeds. The soreness will take a while to heal since your body was going and then suddenly stopped without warning...inertia is a hard lesson sometimes. The shock, Psychogenic shock, is quick to hit your body and will linger with you for a bit...shaking, surreal feelings and inability to process what is going on around you.
After years of Ambulance work, I have seen it many times...never under estimate the power of an accident, even when it seems small.


Anonymous said...

When I was in a 4-car accident, the man in the front car insisted on a police investigation and the police did one.I don't remember if the police appeared magically or who called. There were no cell phones then. I don't know if you could have pushed the issue or not. I hope that witnesses gave you their names and phone numbers. Mom

Molly W. said...

Oh Julie I'm so sorry!! I've been in an accident like that (rear view mirror flying off, etc.). You will be quite sore for a while but it will get better w/ time and treatment. Just take it easy for a while and relax. SO thankful everyone is okay and that Jesus kept you all safe. xo

christa jean said...

I witnessed a car rolling today and was praying out loud. People were rushing to the scene and all I could think of is how fragile life is.

Thank you God, that You were right there with my friends last Saturday! We do praise You for Your protection and mercy.

SuperDave said...

So are ya gunna run? Are there pix of the car? Who's the girl in the silhouette? I see home school ops. Inertia...momentum...friction...

Jenny said...

Praise God for guardian angels.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

So thankful you're okay! And so sorry this has taken a toll on you--physically and emotionally. Hang in there...I'll say a prayer today!

Tiffany said...

Because of the timing I was afraid it was on your way home from Jenny's. I had pictures in my head of the girls being in the accident too.

I am glad you are okay stranger friend;)

Amber Turner said...

Hi Julie,

I'm finally catching up on the details of your FB hints. I'm so grateful you are overall only minimally hurt. I'm scared of car accidents and always pray my friends and families are kept safe out on the road. We are at the mercy of other people's careless driving. Take all the time you need to heal.

Love you!