Originally Posted by ChrisV
Wow. Just wow. I can't begin to imagine how much pain you must have been in for the last few months. Amazing that you survived that sort of accident, looking at where you had been sitting. Good luck on getting fully recovered. Just remember, as much as it is painful right after it happened, it'll soon be a bad memory fading fast. It'll sure give you a new perspective on living, though.
As for the big guy watching out for you? Where was he a couple moments before, when it could have been prevented? Wasn't watching that closely, apparently...
Seriously, there may be a reason for this pain. When I was burned in a car fire (I was a passenger in a car that almost literally exploded), and spent 6 months in a wheelchair, I was forced to sell my shop and change careers. Because if that, I'm probably better off in total. Never would have moved here and met my wife if I had stayed the way I was going. So...
Doc's been pretty generous with the happy pills, but let me tell ya, when I managed to get a few hours of sleep, and woke up with those worn off, yeah I was hurting like hell. It's not so bad anymore, it's mostly just my shoulder and knee that cause me pain, and as long as I'm careful with the shoulder, it doesn't bug me much at all.
There's one picture there that shows where the drivers seat ended up, pressed forward against the passenger side of the dash, because of the way the cab crumpled. I'm seriously lucky that the seatbelt failed and I got ejected, otherwise I would've been a smear that they would've had to scrape out of that cab.
Fortunately I have no recollection of that day at all, so to be honest, I have no idea of what it was like, and it's probably for the best, I'd hate to relive that accident, over and over.
I can't imagine having to have gone through what you did though, but at least some good came from your experience. I'm definitely changing my views on life a little, and taking the accident as a royal kick in the arse to get things in gear, seriously looking at UNM for Civil Engineering now, chances are I'll have to hold off until the fall of 2010 to start, because of the rehab process and whatnot, but at least it's a good place to start changing my life up. Hell, if things go well, I might end up relocating to there permanently, not like there's much going on here anymore, the only thing that we have going on here is the oilfield boom that's about to happen, and big deal, I don't want to work the patch again.