|Country singers entertain in the lobby. Annie's leg is in the foreground.|
|Carlotta Wheeler sings as her husband Bob works the music.|
They wheeled the lady into the room about early afternoon and she looked in bad shape. She had a big cut on her forehead, a big neck brace and a very swollen left arm. She was in a lot of pain for sure! We ended up hearing her story a lot because she had a lot of company plus a lot of doctors who wanted to know what happened.
Her 26 year old son was driving her to work in his pickup. They were on I-17 just after getting on from the 101. She unhooked her seat belt to reach in her purse on the floor. She saw her son look back to his right and as he turned back she saw his eyes rolled up in his head! He was having a seizure. The car crossed two lanes of traffic and she was yelling at him. At the last minute he jerked the wheel so it hit the cement median at a glancing blow instead of head on. They did not roll and they were not hit by any cars. A miracle on the interstate during rush hour on a Friday morning! They were lucky to be alive.
She ended up with a shattered L-1 disc in her spine with pieces floating around, a broken ball part of her shoulder, broken arm bones, broken wrist and broken fingers. She has a long "Frankenstein" (her word) cut on her forehead that took 10 stitches. She was bruised and whip lashed all over and her chest was very sore from the airbag. She had spine surgery yesterday and was supposed to have shoulder and hand surgery today. Ohhhhh, when they moved her to take her down for the MRI my shoulder ached for her. She was in great pain.
Meanwhile, her son was across the hall with a shattered eye socket, broken cheekbone, and some other bones in the face. I guess his face was hugely swollen according to the friends that stopped in to visit. He also had some spine injuries. Many of his friends came to visit him and then dropped in to see his mother.
Remember this room was crowded to begin with and then the parade of doctors, nurses, and visitors was never ending. We had been up since 4 AM and Annie had been through a 2 hour surgery so she needed rest. I'm sure the poor woman did too. She was in extreme pain and the medication was not touching it so they were trying ice packs and whatever. She counted the minutes until her next pills! It wasn't until 10:30 that night that the last 4 visitors left! By then Annie was exhausted and knew the whole story word for word.
Needless to say, Annie begged her doctor to let her come back to the rehab center the next day and he finally relented so we made it back to the relatively peaceful quiet of the weekend here at the rehab center.
I hope that Tracie has a quick and uneventful recovery and they can relieve her pain. I also hope her son,Travis, has a quick recovery and a good plastic surgeon working on his face. They are so lucky to be alive and to be receiving great care at the hospital.
This event got me to thinking about how quickly our lives can change and makes me feel grateful for how my life is going!
|Bob and Carlotta Wheeler|