20 years ago today, a car drove head-on into me at 100 mph. This sounds very matter of fact, but back then it was anything but!
At the time I spent a lot of time focusing on ME, getting ME better physically and mentally. But now I'd like to focus on EVERYONE ELSE who got me through it.
So, THANK YOU to...
The person who phoned 999 and the Emergency Operator who answered
The Fire Bridged who cut me out the car and for holding my hand while petrol spilled out the back
The Paramedics who resuscitated me in the ambulance
The ER team who stabilised me
The Nurses and Drs who worked out what needed mending and how to mend it all
All the NHS workers for arranging appointments, getting me to where I needed to be, encouraged me to walk again, and for getting me back in a car... without a panic attack!!
The GP and District Nurses for coming to the house when I was unable to leave it
The people who gave witness statements and the Police Officers who kept me updated on the court case
To my friends who stayed around even when I could give very little back for a long time
To my immediate awesome family, who flew from far off distances to be with me, converted the dining room into a bedroom so I could move in with them, and for continuing to be the best family ever
And last but not least to my husband who I met 8 years after the event, but understands that every time I flinch in the car, it's nothing to do with his driving, but others on the road driving without consideration
While this event may have derailed me for a while, it made me realise that with the right people around you, you have a much better chance of surviving.
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!