I'm back #1: Pizza man, he delivered all right.

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Blog entry by newTim posted 01-22-2012 11:21 AM 1981 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 01:26 PM

Sorry for you and your wife’s troubles Tim. My wife has chronic back issues so I understand (a very little) on what she must be going through. Too late to wish for a speedy recovery. I will wish, instead, for a steady one and that life goes back to normal for you two soon.


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#2 posted 01-22-2012 06:42 PM

So sorry to hear what happened. My prayers go out to you and your wife in her recovery.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 06:58 PM

glad you are both getting thru this ordeal

as we age it gets more complicated

but it sounds like you both have what it takes
to heal and move on

in these situations
all i can think of is

it’s whats for dinner

blessings to you both

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 07:05 PM

Wow Tim so sorry to hear about this terrible accident I hope your wife has a complete and quick recovery.

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 07:05 PM

Ouch…from the looks of that car….she was lucky to survive. Glad to hear that it sounds promising for a recovery…that is certainly better then no hope….like the officer….I wonder what the other driver was doing – texting perhaps? Hopefully time will heal the wounds…and reduce the pain…I wish you and her a full recovery…and better times ahead.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 06:47 AM

I’m sorry to read about this. I wish your wife, and you, the very best.

My life was drastically changed in March of 1999 because of a wreck that was not my fault. I now live every day with pain. I agree with you that things seem more dangerous than they used to. I tell everyone to be careful when they are leaving from where I’m at. It doesn’t matter how safe or how good a driver you are, it’s all in how many morons you come in close proximity to while on the road. No matter how careful you are, all it takes is a fraction of a second with the other dirver not paying attention, and one’s life can be changed forever.


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