A nurse who knits…

January 28, 2008

Jake… RIP

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 2:31 am

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.



  1. Goodness, Gail, how terrifying for you!! Heal quickly…I’ll be thinking about you.

    Comment by Sharon — January 28, 2008 @ 4:39 am | Reply

  2. Jake kept you safe all those places and gave his all to keep you safe to the end. A much more fitting way to go don’t you think, than just sputtering to death or being replaced by another.

    Glad you have no injuries that time won’t fix. FYI, if they didn’t tell you, you will feel worse before you feel better. Tomarrow AM you will wake up barely able to move. Should get better as the day goes on. Morning Day 3 will probably be the worse and they you should start feeling better.

    You are the 3rd person I’ve heard having an accident. My brother last Wed, my cousin-in-law (in CA) Fri, now you. That’s 3.

    Hopefully you’ll feel well enough to take advantage of the time home and get lots of knitting done.

    Very happy you’re both well – Karrie

    Comment by Karrie — January 28, 2008 @ 4:44 am | Reply

  3. My god. How absolutely terrifying. So glad you and future Mr. are okay.

    Comment by Elizabeth — January 28, 2008 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  4. I am glad to hear that you are ok despite “minor” injuries. Get plenty of rest. You can always get another car — its people that are irreplaceable.

    Comment by Cole — January 28, 2008 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  5. I’m sooo sorry to hear you were in an accident. I agree with Karrie about Jake. You were protected to the end. Rest up, get well, and keep safe. I know I’ll be driving as defensively as I can with all of the rain.

    Comment by Susan — January 28, 2008 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  6. Oh, Gail. So scary. Glad that you will be alright eventually.

    Comment by Karla — January 28, 2008 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  7. OMG, I am so glad to hear that you are both ok. Sorry about Jake! I hope that you will be feeling better soon.

    Comment by corinne — January 28, 2008 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  8. Hope you are feeling better, though sometimes it takes a few days. Glad you both are ok- (sorry about Jake). It’s so scary how your life can change in a fraction of a second!

    Comment by Cindy — January 28, 2008 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  9. i’m so sorry for you and matt and glad you are going to be ok.

    i understand your feelings for jake, our (the ex and i) first car was a 1971 olds cutlass and when we bought a new car in 1978, i cried cuz i felt like a traitor. of course, the pregnancy hormones didn’t help!

    Comment by nittingram — January 28, 2008 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  10. I’m so glad you’re going to be ok! I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.

    Comment by Bobbi — January 29, 2008 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  11. Oh, geez, Gail! I’ve got shivers running down my whole body. I”m so, so glad you’re okay, but how terrifying! And there probably wasn’t a darned thing you could have done to prevent it. I’m sorry about Jake, and of course your injuries, but god it could have been so much worse! Please take care of yourself.

    Comment by Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) — January 29, 2008 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  12. OH sweetie. I am so sorry. I’ve had fractured ribs and so I can sympathize with the pain of breathing. Take it easy. Just when you feel better and think you can ‘do more’ you’ll end up hurting yourself once again. Think about this, we tell our CABG patients that it takes a full 6 -8 weeks for their sternums to heal post-op. Make sure you let yourself heal EVEN IF you feel better.

    I’m so sorry that Jake is gone but I must agree with one of the previous comments in that he gave his ‘life’ to keep you and Matt safe and isn’t that the way a car would want to go?

    Comment by knittingnurse — January 29, 2008 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  13. I know where all that stuff is, and the freeways are horrible in the rain. Thank Heavens that you two were not seriously injured, though the injuries were bad enough. Sending good healing thoughts for you and Matt.

    Comment by Lella — January 30, 2008 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  14. I’m glad you came out of that OK. I’ll be thinking of you and sending my thoughts for a speedy recovery.

    Comment by sarah-hope — January 30, 2008 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  15. Oh my! I’m glad you guys are (generally) OK! That is a scary situation…. I hope you heal up quickly. That cracked sternum really doesn’t sound like fun : (

    Comment by Octopus Knits — February 2, 2008 @ 12:26 am | Reply

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