Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm Back And Still Kicking!

Howdy, friends and family!

I'm so sorry about taking so long to blog.  I've had so much happen to me and needed some time to myself to sort out what happened.  As you know from my last post, I was involved in a roll-over call accident that completely totaled our car and I had to go to the hospital in an ambulance.  My first time ever!  I had never even been stopped by the cops before since getting my license at 16.

That accident scared me so bad, I've been having nightmares about it.  I believe strongly that I fell asleep at the wheel while going to my early morning doctor appointment.  My mother-in-law Carol kept having to wake me up and she thought I shouldn't go, but strong willed and stubborn me just didn't listen.  I was up until 2:30 am the previous night with my husband in the ER with a bad case of pneumonia.  He looked so bad and couldn't breathe, the doctor thought he might have collapsed a lung.  They had him on a face mask and still his oxygen levels were very low.  I was scared witless!!  I finally had to leave him at 2:30am and got home and in bed by 3am.  I remember rushing out the door, getting into the car and then BOOM....all of sudden I'm laying on my left side, the air bag popped out, and I was hanging upside down by the seat belt.  I will NEVER forget waking up like that.  I could have killed not only myself, but somebody else!  I remember undoing the seat belt and falling down to the roof of the car (as it had flipped over.)  I remember panicking because I couldn't get the door open and then I heard a bystander say something about "gas."  I was so afraid my car would start on fire on top of everything else!!  The ambulance came and put me in full C--Spine precautions and on a back board.  I couldn't even move my neck.  My ribs hurt.  I was scared I had hurt someone else.  They reassured me that all I bumped into was a brick wall and nothing but me, the car and the wall had sustained damage.  I spent a very long day at the ER getting MRI and CT scans to make sure everything was OK.  All it showed was a bone spur on my back. more thing wrong with my back!  But I was very lucky that nothing else was wrong.  Thank God!!!  And I do thank God each and every day!!  He watched over me and saved my life.  I am so glad that I was wearing my seat belt, too.  I didn't always when I was growing up, but now I always do.  So my ultimate message is this:  PLEASE ALWAYS BUCKLE UP.....WHETHER YOU ARE THE DRIVER OR PASSENGER.  They DO save lives.

I just finished my mandatory traffic school so my fine should be waived. The lady's wall I creamed has long since been repaired.  It took a month to heal my ribs and bruises. I'm sure my insurance will go up.  I feel so stupid doing what I did.  Another lesson learned.....BEING EXHAUSTED IS ALMOST LIKE BEING DRUNK.  DON'T DRIVE!!

OK, lecture over.  :0)  I lost another 12 pounds!!!  Yeah!  I'm now 257 (with my shoes on. We all know that shoes add at least 5 pounds! Hehehe.....)  I have lost 100 pounds since having my surgery in April.  Here is a most recent picture of me in my new nightie....
Pretty soon I am going to start applying for work as a nurse again.  That will feel so good to get back to normal again.  I haven't worked since my mom died.  I think it's time to face the music.  I know she would be very proud of me.  I am proud of me for the weight I have lost.  It hasn't been easy....I still have cravings for the foods I used to eat, but now I just don't have room inside my tiny stomach for them!!  I'm not having as much pain, either.  My doctor and I are going down slowly on the morphine so when I'm ready to work, I won't need it at all.  So I think with God's help, things are looking up.  My dad has found a very nice woman to love and Frankie and I are ready to be on our own soon.  So life is finally turning the right way!!  Frankie is all healed up from his bad bout of pneumonia and was only in the hospital for about 4 days. 

I hope all my blog friends are doing well.  And to my family, I hope you all are doing well and I love you all. I've changed email addresses, so please get my new one off my profile if you want to email me.  I got rid of gmail because of all the hundreds of spam I kept getting.  I'm only giving my new one out to my friends and family.

Hope you all have a great day and I'll blog again soon!!


  1. Glad to see you back!
    We missed you! Your dad and I are having a wonderful time being together.

    We will call you on Monday
    We love you

    Gina n dad

  2. I am so glad you are doing okay!!

  3. Well done on your weight loss, it is always great to see it disappear. Glad you are not too bad after your accident.  Keep your chin up!

    Best wishes,


  4. You look great ! Put the accident behind you and move on! I know it has freaked you out, just get backmin the car and drive. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get behind the wheel. You Can Do It!!

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