There are some experiences in life that put everything into perspective.
You know those moments when your entire life flashes before your eyes and you are at a loss? We experienced one of those this weekend when our neighbor knocked on our door to tell us that our 17 year old daughter had been struck by a minivan while riding her bicycle a few blocks from our house.
We rushed down the street to the scene of the accident grateful to find that she was at least alive but lying on the pavement immobile – every parent’s worst nightmare unfolding before our eyes. Thankfully we have incredible neighbors. One kind woman was holding her hand. Another had called 911, others stood around her talking soothingly.
I sat on the ground to hold her head and talk to her and then I saw it – the minivan which had hit her had a huge dent in the front and the windshield was shattered where her body had made impact.
Within a few minutes we were whisked away by ambulance to the emergency room and after a CT scan and X-rays we discovered the extent of the physical damage: a broken and protruding collar bone and a broken ankle along with abrasions and bruising. Emotional trauma cannot be measured by modern medical technology.
After surgery to fix the collarbone and ankle she is now recovering and after a few months of healing she will probably be as good as new, with the addition of a few pieces of metal holding her together in certain spots.
We are so grateful. Seeing the damage to the bicycle and the minivan so many alternative outcomes run through my mind as I am caring for her: brain damage, spinal cord injury or even death. I am so aware of the fragility of life, the preciousness of each moment we have with our loved ones.
My posts will probably be a little sporadic for the next couple of weeks. I am sure that you understand.
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