Sunday, December 9, 2012

FAQs: My Accident Site

One of my readers recently asked me a few questions that I thought I'd take the time to answer.

When I made my note to self post last month, one of my classmates that I went to nursing school with made a comment that she thinks of me any time she passes my accident site. One of my readers read that comment and asked me if I go by my accident site often, or if I purposely avoid it because of the memories. She also asked if it brings back memories if/when I pass it.

I don't pass the accident site all that regularly; probably only a handful of times each year. I don't go out of my way to avoid it, it's just not on my normal route to/from the places I usually go. It definitely doesn't bother me to pass it – I actually enjoy it because it brings back good memories of the time in my life when I was independent and going to nursing school – and when I do pass it I definitely think of my accident every single time. I always picture the accident happening, especially when I'm driving the direction that the girl who hit me was driving. I imagine the same scenario; running a red light at 50 mph and I try to think exactly what the collision would've been like. (I don't remember the accident at all, so that's why I'm very curious to know exactly what it was like, and everything I went through.)

[For those of you who live in my area, my accident happened at the intersection of 141 and 21 near Fenton, MO.] I was in the left turn lane preparing to turn left onto 141. I was stopped at a red light and was the first car in line and when the light turned green I started to go. That's when a driver going the direction perpendicular to me ran a red light and t-boned my car on the driver's side. Whenever my mom is driving and we get off at that exit she ALWAYS gets into the right turning lane (I was in the left lane), no matter what. It's not that she thinks lightning is going to strike twice, or anything, it's just something she started doing after my accident.

As always, I'm open to questions about anything that anyone might be curious about.

2 comments:

Laura said...

I think of your accident every time I go through that intersection, and I also think of the first time Mom went through that intersection after your accident.

I also get in the right-hand turn lane there. Superstition.

Tina said...

Heather,

You are such an amazing woman! I hope you know that! I love reading your blog and seeing your testimony! One of these days I am going to visit you! My niece lives in Chicago. It is still far away from you, but so much closer than Utah!

I have a few questions for you.

I would love to hear the adoption story of your sister. Have you ever shared it or do you consider that her story to share?

Love,

Your Utah Friend

Tina

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