I’m back! More importantly so is my wife, sorta. He turned left right in front of her on a Wednesday afternoon last May. For some reason she was not examined by a specialist at the trauma center and was discharged with a brace and pain meds. When we finally got her to a neurosurgeon his initial Dx was a compression fracture and she was told it would heal itself. The pain and discomfort increased, but on her next visit he told her she would be completly healed in a week. Two weeks later the story changed, suddenly he said she was not healing and needed surgery.
Her red Ford Expedition’s front axle had been shreded at the point of impact when the pizza guy’s left front headlight struck her front left headlight near head on. The left side of her car ripped across the top of his hood and bounced across two lanes before stopping fifty or so yards away. Everyday we drive by that spot we can still see the gouges in the road where the bottom of the engine scraped the road. A witness following behind her said she was going about 40 in a 50 mph zone, was driving responsibly, and had no opportunity to miss the collision. Like the CFP Officer said ‘what was it about a giant red car with its lights on the guy didn’t see?’
We got a secord opinion in late August and she was diagnosed with a compression and a bursa or burst fracture. She had a ten hour surgery in September which was more extensive than originally thought. It went well except a fragment of bone had broken off during the procedure and a 3” screw penetrated into her back between the spine and heart. It could not be retrieved during surgery and it was determined to monitor it. We’re in the process of collecting opinions and CT scans to find out if it should or can come out.
My wife, Deborah, is a tough lady and has started physicial therapy with a combination of very painful massage/manipulation sessions and pool therapy. Afterward she comes home and sleeps the rest of the day.
I took many days off work over the summer and a 7 week FMLOA in the Fall so I have’nt had much time to work in the shop, but was able to complete a coulple of projects that might be of interest and will post them when I get a chance.
While I do not believe the other driver set out to run into someone that day, I do believe he didn’t set out not to run into someone that day, and that makes all the difference. Maybe it is my age, but it seems like it is getting more dangerous out there and we all have to pay extra attention. Pizza can wait a little longer.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com