Although greatly shaken up, God kept me from loosing consciousness, even amidst severe head trauma. Amazingly, I was able to get out of the vehicle and call 911. It was still dark and very cold, and I tried to keep warm, and prevent myself from slipping into a state of shock. My head was bleeding profusely, and I had to apply much pressure to suppress it.
The 911 dispatch said the ambulance wouldn’t arrive for another 30-40 minutes. During the wait, my wrist began to swell and really hurt. I was quite convinced it was broken.
Law enforcement arrived on scene roughly 25 minutes after the incident, the ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later. I’ve been giving care as an EMT in our town for the past 3 years, so I'm used to being in an ambulance, but being in the ambulance as a patient was a new experience... I'll have to say I prefer to be on the giving side rather then the receiving!!
My wrist was broken in two places, dislocated, 3 tendons were torn apart, and there was some nerve damage.
I had surgery on the top of my wrist to repair the bone and to relocate the joint. I also had carpal tunnel surgery on the palm of my hand to fix the nerve damage.
A 7 inch long gash ran from my midline to the top of my head --16 staples, 10 stitches.
I was able to climb out of the flipped car even with my severely injured wrist.
Despite being in a remote area with very sketchy cell phone service, I was able to call 911.
Even after large amounts of blood loss, I never lost consciousness, and even in the cold temperatures I didn’t slip into severe shock.
My medical training helped me treat for shock and keep my whit’s about me.
|One week later...|
|Removing staples and stitches|
It's amazing how our life can change so suddenly… as a culture, we too often say, “I'll start that tomorrow or next week” (meaning that good something that ‘always’ seems inconvenient). Why do we procrastinate?? In Hebrews 3 it says, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” Simply neglecting or procrastinating to take hold of the salvation that Jesus has provided can cause us to be lost for eternity! Life is fragile, lets be careful not to neglect what Christ has given us!
Thank you all for your prayers!