Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving defined

Thanksgiving is being thankful for all you have. We are thankful to be alive and relatively alright!

Thanksgiving evening a little before 9 pm, my son T, my friend C. and I were driving up Chippenham Pkwy. north toward our exit. All of a sudden there was a loud boom and the car started skidding then flipped over and skidded some more (I'm told we flipped over several times)! T kicked out the back window of the Blazer and got out of the vehicle - he ran around to my side to see how I was - all the glass was smashed and Chris and I were strapped in by way of our seat belts upside down. Chris called 911 and T wanted to get me out. When some good Samaritans stopped to help, T and some men caught me as I released the seat belt and pulled me gently out of the car and aside so they could see if they could get Chris out. His side was too smushed to get him out the passenger side of the car. They waited for the emergency folks so they could get him out.

We were all taken to VCU hospital (hospital formerly known as MCV) ER / trauma center and they did their thing. Chris and I were checked out, x-rayed, ct scanned and he got an MRI too. I was released after about 15 hours observation (bruised but no broken bones) but they have kept Chris and put him in a room. He was hit pretty hard on the head and has some numbness to his face and some hearing issues too. I am told the tests came back not showing any blockages or that kind of thing, which is good. T. is bruised and sore, but otherwise great - not to even mention brave and strong! Our kids show us what they are made of in dire circumstances, don't they? I am very proud of mine and how he handled himself.

I don't know any details yet regarding who hit us, what his 'status' was when he hit us, etc., but am waiting for the Trooper to call me and provide the report.

Anyone got a good line on a good car to buy? I am hearing there are some good deals to be had with the state of the economy and all....

Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers being sent to and fro - we three very much appreciate them. Keep 'em coming so we can get Chris out of the hospital soon.

Thankfully and fondly, Cathy


Grace said...

Hope all will be well soon, you are in my thoughts and prayers, Grace

Monet said...

Well, as you know, I'm thinking of you and your family and sending prayers your way. I hope that Chris gets out of the hospital soon!

What a horrible way to end Thanksgiving Day but I guess it really does make you stop and think about all you truly are thankful for.

Alison said...

Wow. Wow. And Wow. I'm glad you all came out of that! And if it helps any, one of my children once had a nasty concussion that cost him about half his hearing in one ear for about two weeks. Then it went away on its own. There is hope. And if it doesn't turn out that well for your friend, I use the best and most musically perfect hearing aids on the market, Sonic Innovations. Which also means I know what it's like to cope with losing a chunk of hearing (and I'm a musician); it's okay!

Heal well. I'm glad your son responded so well!

--AlisonH at

soulbrush said...

omg look at the car, i am in shock. and so very glad you are okay. what a truly thankful thanksgiving you must have had.

soulbrush said...

aren't sons the greatest???

Your Love Life is Like Casablanca
"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

For you, love is never finished. If you've loved someone once, you'll always love them.
You're an old fashioned romantic... even if your relationships don't end up as romantic as you'd like.

Your love style: Traditional and understated

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Complicated and ambiguous