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Monday, May 12, 2008

Weekend from Hell


This painting, Edvard Munch's "The Scream," pretty much sums up how I feel this morning.

I did not finish Untamed because Friday afternoon, when the words were flowing, my son got into a severe car accident. Thank God he wasn't seriously injured. He got out of it with blunt chest trauma, a bad laceration on his leg that needed stitches, a bunch of cuts and contusions and a neck injury, which still has to be seen by a specialist.

The car is utterly and completely totaled. The front end was smashed up beneath the windshield, which was shattered. The dashboard was pushed so far forward by the collision that it snapped Ben's keys off the steering column. There was very little space left for passengers, and how my 6-foot-tall son managed to get out with both legs and no serious chest injuries or head injuries is beyond me. The collision was violent enough that the seatbelt tore skin off his clavicle — just tore it off.

So...

Instead of writing I was trying to keep my frayed nerves from snapping while dealing with an injured kid. I got "the call" Friday at about 6 p.m. that he was in the ER and had been in an accident. I couldn't even figure out how to work my own phone. Fortunately, my mom's number is autodial. Unfortunately, she lives 300 miles away. However, she was able to call my brother, who got a friend of his to drive me to the hospital and then who came to the hospital himself with his old SUV, which he's letting me borrow for the time being.

It was surreal seeing my son strapped to a board. It was just was surreal to see large blotches of his blood on the sheets beneath him and his blankets. He had two IVs and electrodes monitoring his heartbeat. Not really what I want to see...

We are so lucky to have him with us still. But dealing with the aftermath — no car, insurance hassles, medical bills, etc. — is not going to be fun. A part of me wants to throttle him now that I know he's going to be okay.

My new goal is to finish Untamed next weekend. I'm mid-way through the second-to-last scene and then have the epilogue.

16 comments:

Sue Z said...

Damn it!!! I had written you a really long comment but got an error and blew away everthing that I just wrote! Crap!

So I will just say that I am so releived that Ben is OK and going to recover. I pray that your lives will retun to "normal" ASAP.

Love ya!
Sue

Sue Z said...

BTW - "The Scream" is one of my favorites!

Tracy said...

I'm so sorry your son was injured, but really glad he's going to be okay!

Cheryle said...

OMG that is awful, as a mom that is one of those calls you just fear! So glad that he is okay!

Debbie_D said...

So sorry about the accidnet but glad your son's going to be ok. I understand about wanting to throttle him now, have a teenage daughter that's scared the bejeezus out of me before and felt the same way after.
Good luck dealing with the insurance company and things, let us know how Benji is doing as he recovers

Ronlyn said...

Much love to you and Ben. You know where to find me if you need anything.
(((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))

Casee said...

I can't even imagine it. I'm so glad Ben is going to be okay!

xoxo

Debbie H said...

Pamela, that is so scary! It will turn your hair white so fast. {{{{HUGS}}}} I hope Ben recovers quickly. I am so glad to read that you have another mode of transportation to tide you over until you can get it all sorted out. Give Ben a gentle hug for me and tell him I'm glad he's still with us.

Sin said...

I'm so glad that Ben is relatively okay. And I hope that he doesn't scare you like this any more. Everything will work itself out in the long run.

Christi said...

My heart and thoughts are with you both. His guardian angel definitely had his hands around your son, sparing him fatal injury. I am a firm believer in miracles and divine intervention and i think Ben is living proof, just like how you survived the potentially fatal fall. It is a terrible thing to have to experience, but i super glad to hear he is on the road to recovery. ((((hugs)))) from me too.
Christi

Lori said...

Oh goodness! I'm SO glad that he will be ok! Thinking of you both!!

Liza said...

I'll keep both you and Ben in my prayers.

JennJ said...

Honey I can't even imagine what that must have been like for you. As a mom myself that is truly a worst nightmare come to life. I am praying for Benjy and you as well. I wish him a speedy recovery and I hope everything works out and that you both feel better very very soon.

BIG HUGS and Love,
JennJ

Pamela,
Just saw your note about your son. I'm so glad he's all right. I can only imagine how you must have felt to learn he'd been hurt! Sending good thoughts that all will return to normal for you soon.

All the best,
Denise A. Agnew

Sue, Tracy, Cheryle, Debbie D, Ronlyn, Casee, Debbie H., Christie, Christi, Lori, Liza, Jenn and Denise — Thanks SO MUCH for your prayers this past week and your thoughts and good wishes. It really made a difference knowing you were out there thinking of us. I wish I had time right now to email you each separately. But I did want you to know that I read your posts and appreciated them and past your kind thoughts on to Ben, who was very touched.

((((THANK YOU)))!!!!

Oh, honey, I hope that everything is alright. Call me if you need anything.

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