Before I explain the picture you see to your left, I have to give credit for my blog title to the awesome tour operator for 18-35 year olds…Contiki.
As some people may know already because I blasted it all over social media…I was in a pretty bad car accident yesterday. I was on my way to work when a guy decided to make an illegal left turn across 3 lanes of traffic and a double yellow line and smashed into me…in an Escalade. My little car was absolutely no match. You always see these things on TV and hear about them but it’s such a surreal experience when it happens to you. I didn’t see my life flash before my eyes, it just happened so fast. As I sat there after the airbags deployed, unable to move from the jolt and whiplash I took deep breaths and tried to absorb what had happened before calling 911.
I spent a good portion of the day in the ER yesterday (major shout out to the staff at the UCI Emergency Room…amazing people) in a neck brace. My dad came from home to be with me while my poor mom was flying back from another state after taking care of her mom for 2 weeks. I hated my poor dad having to see me in the ER with a neck brace on, not knowing how badly I’d been hurt and my mom on a flight wondering the same thing. I know that’s something no parent probably ever wants to see or feel.
It wasn’t until after I was released from the ER and went back to get my stuff out of the car that I fully realized just how bad the accident was, and just how lucky I was that I wasn’t hurt worse. My car didn’t have side airbags so if he had hit me on the passenger window side or on my side, I may not have fared so well. It’s scary anyway to get into any kind of accident but when you have MD, it can be even scarier. My body is automatically impacted more by any trauma it encounters. When the paramedics were trying to get me out of the car it was really hard because I couldn’t move my head from the pain but I couldn’t move my body well in general because of my MD. A lot of people may not know that people with MD run the risk of malignant hyperthermia (which can be fatal) from regular anesthesia too so I told every since person I encountered that day about it.
It sounds totally cliche but now that a day has passed I’ve really been able to reflect on everything and I feel so incredibly lucky. I remember lying on the bed in my room at the ER and thinking “I need to get back to Ireland. I need to travel” and that’s kind of just scraping the surface. Life is really short. I got up that day expecting it to be like any other day. I was gonna take my 15 minute drive to work and then spend my usual 8 hours there, run some errands and come back home. It’s amazing that in an instant, that can all change.
It’s made me so extremely grateful for all of the amazing people in my life. I’ve gotten such an outpouring of love (and two flower deliveries) from so many people, it’s made me cry on more than one occasion. I can’t even put into words how awesome my parents are either. From my dad sitting with me in the ER and cleaning out all the crap I’d accumulated in my car, to my mom coming straight from a plane to my house to stay with me overnight and take care of me today. I’m really just so incredibly lucky.
I hope that if I take anything away from this it’s to treat everyday as a miracle. Never be afraid to do something you want to do. Tell everyone close to you you love them. Leave nothing unsaid. #noregrets