Saturday, June 6, 2009

past 7 days feels like its only been 2 days.


First off you will have to excuse my typing. I can only type with 1 hand. Last Saturday morn the 4 girls and i were headed to Soldiers Memorial in downtown St Louis to meet my husband at a Welcome Home ceremony for the troops. My husband was supposed to get an award! Of course i found this out later! It was a big deal, rides, food, The Dave Glover Band was performing.....we were excited. The girls were all decked out in their red white and blue. They looked so cute. Wish I had taken a picture of them before we left. So we crossed over the Blanchette Bridge in St Charles and that is the last thing that I can remember. I can't remember driving into the city on hwy 70, I keep trying. But my next memory was in the SLU Hospital ER that afternoon. My girls, I was told were all OK. They were across the street at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital being treated for cuts and bruises. Sophie had a bump on her forehead, Kae had a scrape on her forehead, Emma has a bruise on her belly from her seat belt and Macy has a banged up elbow. It had been raining that morning and the roads were wet. The police report states i lost control of my Envoy XL and it slid across towards the middle of the highway, hit and tore off the top of a 7 foot section of the concrete median and then the SUV rolled over. Eye witness reports state that it rolled 3 times, but we have no idea. My girls say all that they remember was 'tumbling' in the car. And I was apparently ejected from the car but through the passengers side window. Miraculously Macy was able to get her siblings out of the car and ask a lady that stopped for help and she called Geoff on the phone. He was only 10 minutes away and got there about 2 minutes before the ambulances. My next memories were jaded and in the ER and the hospital. The orbital bone that holds my left eye is fractured and has produced a purplish/black eye, I have about 50 stitches in my left arm, some of my ribs are separated and my shoulder hurts like hell. I keep finding shards of glass in me. I even pulled a big hunk of window glass out of my purse last night! I have cuts, scrapes and bruises all over my whole body. Seeing a picture of my car was very hard for me since I do not remember any of the accident. I spent 2 days in SLU Hospital and its all a blur.
I can't even begin to think about how to start to thank the people at the scene of the accident. The lady that held Sophie and the other lady that let Macy use her phone and I am sure that there are countless others. These are just the ones that I have been told about. What about the EMT's & Police Officers? What about the countless people that may of just drove by but still said a prayer to themselves? How do I thank my husband for being so strong and holding it together for all of us? Angie, for getting on FaceBook and letting the word out so that my Church family could organize meals every night for 2 weeks for my family, so that my Pastor could come and Pray over Geoff and I. What about all of the hand written notes and flowers and plants that we have gotten? My mother-in-law for staying with us this past week and keeping the house from falling apart? She also brought me some kinda feather bed thing that I am sleeping wonderfully on many hours a day. Jennifer brought me her mp3 player and I was able to hear Chris Tomlin and Mark Roach sing me to sleep. Gail, washed my feet and hands for the first time the day after the accident at the hospital (that had to have been gross). Natalie & Michael brought me good reads. Geoff said that I am a bad patient so I must apologize to my nurses and Dr's. My girlfriends that have stopped by to check on me and make sure that I will still be at the gym in the next few weeks!!! Andrea, you are the best listener, thanks. All of the well wishes that I have been messaged on FaceBook.......

I could go on....the outpouring of support is amazing and nothing that I have ever experienced in my life. But by the grace of God I can sit here in a little bit of pain and type this with one hand and I am still alive, along with my 4 precious daughters. God, thank you for being there and keeping my babies safe and protected.

16 comments:

Amy said...

OMG sweetie. I am so glad you and the girls are alright! What a horrible thing to experience yet wonderful ending. I'll keep you in my prayers

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

HOLY COW... I'm so sorry and glad you guys are all alright! My prayers are with you!

musingsfromthemamabear said...

My goodness, Brooks. I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize it was ejected-from-the-vehicle bad.

I emailed Jennifer the other day, and she said there were already a slew of meals lined up and she didn't want you to be innundated with leftovers.

But can I help in any other way, getting the girls from A to B or taking them off your hands for a few hours throughout the week? Just let me know and I'll be there.

Martha said...

Oh Brooks - I never knew the details either so thank you for sharing what you could. You have continued to be in our prayers. I hope every day gets easier and would love to help out in anyway possible so if you need another meal or help please let me know! Blessings to you, Martha

Amy said...

By the looks of the car. . .it's only by the grace of God that the girls were ok. Happy to hear that you are ok too! I'll be praying for you!

Be Blessed,

Amy

Christee said...

Brooks,
We were driving to Texas when we heard about your accident. We prayed for you & the girls and THANKED GOD that you were all okay. This is the first time I saw a pic of your car. Wow. It is truly a miracle that you all came out with just a few stitches and bruises. You are all in our prayers for a quick recovery.

Jason, as himself said...

Terrifying. You are all so lucky to be alive! I can't even imagine. Thank God there have been so many people there supporting you and your family. It gives me hope for human kind!

I hope you recover quickly, Brooks! I'll be stopping by for updates.

♥georgie♥ said...

OMGosh I am so glad everyone is okay...I am just speechless after reading this post...

God Bless you all

Marla said...

wow... a blessing you are all ok... and how great that your community rallied around you and your family! stories like these renew hope for me in community! happy healing...

Annie said...

So glad you are ok! Wow.

I'm giving up on retirement-come back and see me!

Anonymous said...

brooks, call me if you need anything, i know you wont but i thought i would offer. you such a big girl. (lol), well anyway thanks for the cry just now while i was reading your blog shame on you to have put on such a sad story for me to read you know it breaks my heart when you all are hurting an things arent going well. but i really just like to cry when watching a movie on the boob tube an not when it deals with my own love ones. i love ya all. ani want to let you know i am so so so glad you all werent hurt anymore than you all were. reach up your arms an thank the good lord that you all were ok. becasue i sure did. love ya all
aunt cindy

Noah's Mommy said...

Oh my gosh....SO happy to hear everyone is okay...how absolutely scary....God was so with you that day.....I wish you smooth and fast recovery....

Hohni said...

OMG!!! You had an Angel watching over you and the girls!!!

Shannon said...

What a miracle y'all are OK... and thank God that you are! Keeping you in my prayers... hope you all get better soon!

Dee said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so glad that you're ok!

Angela Harris said...

I was SO scared when I read the E-mail that you had been in a car accident and it was bad enough to break you eye socket or something like that. Been when they said your kids were in the car. oh my goodness. It really is one of my worst nightmares. I can't believe how incredibly blessed you were that the girls all had bumps and bruises with the car being in what shape it was. this was a bad accident. Thank God for all of your lives! I hope you your healing will start going smooth a faster. I'm SO glad your okay Brooks!