On Fridays, I share my 5+1 posts – a culmination of things that I’ve seen and tucked away that I think you all will find interesting, along with one thing that I don’t like (lightbulbs, cereal boxes, clean clothes in my dirty laundry basket). This week, I’m still sharing it, but with the events that have transpired here over the past week, it’s really given me some perspective, so this week’s list will be a little different. Bear with me.
On Monday, my parents were involved in a horrible accident (out of state, no less), while we had just made our way to the beach for vacation. Long story short, they were rear ended by a semi, and were then pushed into the vehicle in front of them. On the interstate. Where cars and trucks move fast.
I received a phone call from a hospital social worker, informing me of this event, telling me that my parents were “ok”, but that my dad was being flown to a larger hospital, and that my mom needed a ride, so they needed the phone numbers of some family in the area to make arrangements to get her there (since they didn’t have their phones due to the accident). Yes, my mom was treated and released, thank goodness.
While social media can be exasperating at times (passive/aggressive posts or vague “poor me” posts, drive me crazy), I have to give snaps to social media, as putting a shout out on Facebook was the way that I was able to get the phone numbers of my aunts, uncles and cousins who were thankfully, in the area to help.
I don’t know about you, but I am a firm believer in guardian angels, and I believe they were out in full force, protecting my parents from what could have been the worst case scenario. Even the guy at the towing place couldn’t believe that the passengers in the car (which used to be a Honda Accord), survived. Angels are among us.
While we’re on the subject of the fact that this car was a Honda, my mom’s words sum it up – “That Honda saved our lives.” Indeed it did. Thank you Honda for building a car that saved my parents’ lives under horrifying circumstances. My dad was released from the hospital on Wednesday – still pretty beat up and in a significant amount of pain, but no broken bones or any life threatening injuries.
Being that I don’t work in the medical community and don’t know the protocol, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that they have procedures in place to reach out to family members during a time of crisis. I spoke with the social worker from one hospital, and the chaplain from the second hospital, and they were so calm and reassuring, walking me through what was happening. That’s especially helpful when you’re hours and hours away, and feeling completely helpless. Thank you for all that you do.
Family and Friends that RALLY
As horrible as this accident was, situations like this really bring out the best in people, which reinforces my fundamental belief that people are good. I can’t tell you how many people reached out to me with prayers, support, and offerings of help (some even offering to drive 5-6 hours out of state to pick up my parents and drive them home). It’s a true testament to who they are, as well as the people with whom they surround themselves. We have a great tribe of family and friends, and we have all been blown away at the outpouring of love and support that they brought forth in a time of crisis.
My +1 for the week – distracted drivers. I’ll leave it at that.
Drive SAFELY and have a wonderful weekend my friends.