Sorry for my absence from the Litterbox these last few days, but we’ve been out-of-town since early Saturday morning when we got awakened with the terrible news that Carolyn’s sister Sandra and her two kids were involved in a really nasty automobile accident that morning. Naturally we both rushed right down to be with them all and stayed until just this afternoon before coming home.
Icy roads, early morning trip to skating and hockey practice and a deer contributed to a crash that left Sandra pretty smashed up. Maddie and Adam escaped better but all of them got hospitalized for the weekend.
But… everything seems to be fine now. They are all out of danger and the kids went home today, Sandra in a few more, thank goodness. I’m just back home now, and wanted to let all my Gentle Visitors know where we’ve been. Tomorrow I’ll be back to update everything, but for now we just need our cozy bed… Till then.
**UPDATE** After a good night’s rest I can let you all in on exactly what happened. We definitely had a big scare.
Saturday morning we both got awakened by the telephone and when we groggily answered it turned out to be Sandra’s husband Allan with the terrible news. Sandra had been driving Maddie and Adam to figure skating and hockey practice at their local rink when a deer jumped out in the road ahead of them in a light snowstorm. The roads hadn’t been properly plowed or sanded and when she panicked and tried to swerve they shot off the road and rolled the car into some trees at the bottom of an embankment.
Thank goodness they were all wearing their seatbelts, but even so they got hurt really badly. Maddie broke her right wrist and dislocated her knee along with lots of bruising and cuts, Adam got a broken leg and nasty head laceration, but poor Sandra was the worst. Her side of the car hit the trees and she broke both her left arm and leg and smashed her head badly along with some internal injuries. The police said she probably would have died right there if the airbags hadn’t deployed and cushioned her like they did.
Of course that meant we both were going to rush down to be there just in case the worse happened. That was not a pleasant trip… my sweetie was a wreck and it took everything I could do to keep her calm enough to actually drive down safely.
Sandra was in surgery by the time we arrived, in critical condition but lucky for us she had an excellent team of doctors and she pulled through just fine. It was touch and go for most of that day while we waited for her to come out of recovery but I think the worst for Carolyn was actually when we got the chance to look in on her in CCU. She looked horrible!! Her face was bloody and swollen with all the tubes and wires that were hooked up…. Now I know why they hadn’t wanted to tell the kids how badly hurt she was.
Allan and I had quite the time keeping Carolyn from losing it. After that we didn’t leave the hospital until we were assured she was stable and out of any real danger.
Mr & Mrs Simms showed up too. That’s only natural and I expected it. I glad to say that given the circumstances they chose to basically ignore the unpleasantness we’ve been experiencing and focus on making sure Sandra was going to be alright. I did get the feeling they were a bit unhappy to find me there but thankfully they just plain ignored me, choosing instead to deal with Allan and spend time with the kids in their rooms.
The kids stayed overnight and got to go home the next day. We stayed over at the house in the spare room for the next couple of days till Sandra woke up and the doctors decieded she was stable. My goodness, was my Sweetie happy when she finally woke up and recognized everybody! Until then, I know she’d had that nagging feeling she might have suffered some serious brain damage.
She’s going to be in hospital for at least another couple weeks, I’m thinking, so like as not we’ll have a couple more visits down there this month till she goes home. But… the doctors say she ought to have a complete recovery and be fine once everything heals. Thank goodness!!
Well. That’s pretty much all I can tell you right now. Till I have more news, I thank all my Gentle Visitors and blogging friends in advance for thier warm thoughts and well wishes.