Thursday, August 14, 2008

Reflections from the ICU waiting Room

Yesterday morning started like a normal workday. I logged onto my computer, checked my e-mail, and then dialed into my scheduled conference call. I wrapped up the call about 10:00 and on a whim decided to check my cell phone. I had missed a call from "Hun".....the mother of my ex-boyfriend. I almost did not return her call. But on another whim, I did.

And that is when I learned that my Aunt Gail had been in a major car accident. Around 6:45 a.m. she was driving to a meeting in Tifton. It was dark, the roads were wet, and it was raining. While driving a route she knows by heart, she missed a stop sign. And was hit by an 18 wheeler.

It should be killed her - that's what the state trooper said, that's what the doctors said. But God had other plans. My Aunt was wearing her seat belt (something she does not always do) and all 6 of her car's airbags deployed. As a result, she has no head injuries. She is still banged up though. Her left arm was broken in 5 places - 2 breaks in the ulna and 3 breaks in the radius. It had to be surgically repaired last night. She has 6 broken ribs, some of which are broken in more than 1 place. But she is alive.....and that is a blessing.

Now, we wait - we wait for her to recover....and to go home.


Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt, praying she heals quickly without any long term effects.