No pictures of knitting today. I was in a car accident today. We were on our way to the Buick Invitational this morning after a breakfast at Panera. For those non-golf fans, the Buick Invitational is a golf tournament and of course the star is Tiger Woods. We were on our way to Qualcomm stadium to park and take the shuttle. It was of course forecasted to rain. And rain it did. We were on the I15 at Miramar Road when we noticed that cars were on the side of the road. Now for those of you with no knowledge of Southern California drivers, we freak out when it rains. Tons of accidents occur and today was no exception. I’m not a rubbernecker and Matt commented that there were several accidents. I kept on going at a reasonable speed when I see a tan or white Suburban pulling away from the side of the road. It goes from lane 1 to 2, then it happened very quickly but hopped in my lane. I was trying to be proactive, pumping the brakes, and preparing to change lanes. But it did no good and I slammed into the rear end. The car in back of us rear ended us and poor Jake (my celica) slammed into the freeway divide. In the end, 4 cars were involved with this portion of the accident. I later found out that the Suburban was the victim of another accident. The family vacated the car and was rearended by another car. The ended in the car being pushed into the freeway and into my lane.
The airbags deployed and saved us from launching into the windshield. But I ended up hitting my head and getting a 2 inch laceration and a huge bruise. I also have a shiner on the eye. The laceration on my head bled profusely and 911 was called by another victim of the accident. I was crying because my chest hurt really bad. So bad I couldn’t breathe. The poor EMT’s. I was hysterical because of the pain of breathing. They didn’t know if my neck was hurt so I was strapped to a board and transported to the hospital.
Turns out, I needed some stitches to the head. No internal injuries to my abdomen and I didn’t lose consciousness so no concussion yet. I did get a chest x-ray for the breathing pain and it turns out I have a fracture on my sternum. No treatment is available for that other than rest and pain meds. I left the hospital with some pain meds, stitches in the back of my head, and an order to see a primary care physician which is another story.
So… here I sit, chest still hurting but very grateful than neither I or Matt have life threatening injuries. We’re both sore and going to have to stay home from work but we’ll live and we have each other. He took very good care of me while I was so hurt and I think this incident proved our love for each other. Poor guy, he was very sore and had the wind knocked out of him but he got out of the car to take care of me.
As for Jake, the 1996 red Toyota Celica, he’s dead. As in totaled. I am very sentimental about this car. I got this car in college and it took me on many trips between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. It got me safely to Michigan for nursing school and I drove him to Canada. Many fond memories of Jake. I didn’t expect him to go this way. I always expected him to just stop running one day after 20 years of service. What a violent way for him to go.
Here’s a picture of Jake in happier times.
Here’s poor Jake after the accident.
I’ll be resting up this week. Hopefully knitting won’t be too painful. Take care and drive defensively. You’ll never know when a rogue car will come up and make you ram into the rear end.