Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crash Course

On January 20, 2015, my husband was involved in a car accident that almost took his life. He had swerved into the left lane and a speeding red Dodge truck hit him from behind. The impact from the hit was so detrimental that it pushed him into the median on the highway and flipped over at least three times. At the time, I was at my cousins and he was on his way over for dinner. His dad knocked on the door and there he was standing there just covered in blood. At first, the only thing I could think of is what the heck happened? I was in shock that he could even be standing! It wasn't until when we got to the hospital that I broke down crying because I could see just how damaging the crash was.
The airbags did not deploy in the car so he hit his nose on the steering wheel and broke it. He also had multiple bruises on his legs and arm and chest from the seat beat. There were scratches all over his face and above his right eyelid. Both eyes were bruised as well. He said that he was fine and wasn't in too much pain, most of it was all in his nose and on his arm. As we were sitting there, waiting on his mom to get there he started to feel it coming about a little more and more.

They did a CT scan of his head, chest and arm just to make sure that nothing was too seriously broken. For sure, we knew that he had a broken nose. It was so crazy how swollen and big it was. When the doctor came back, he said that there were multiple fractures on the nose. Thankfully, nothing was moved out of place so they recommended that we go see an Ears, Nose and Throat Specialist to get a follow up and see what we needed to do after the swelling went down. They also saw that he had a little tiny crack on his skull, right were his neck and his spine met, they told us that there is nothing to worry about from it, they would just like to monitor it. Other than that, that said that his black eyes and bruises should all heal up on his own. They gave us some prescription medication for him and we ended up going home.

Flash forward to a week later, he goes in for his septoplasty which basically realigns the nose and then he put some weirdo plugs in there as well and gave him some pain medication to make everything better, but they gave him such a low dosage that two days later, we were in the hospital again because he almost OD'd from taking the medication too often than prescribed. The doctor ended up giving him a higher dosage as well as some anti-anxiety meds as well to calm him down because the doctor that performed the surgery did not tell him what they inserted into his nose. All day and night he was able to feel it, not breathe, and had a little pain from it. Because he didn't know what was in there, he was freaking out and it just increased the pain and anxiety that he was having on top of all the pain from the accident, it was just too much for him.

A week later, it was time for him to get the plugs taken out and man, those things were so HUGE! It was like an eel looking shape with plastic tubes towards the front and it was like 8" long! He almost died when the doctor was getting those out, they were in long enough that the skin almost started growing on it. Afterwards, he said that he could breathe better than before so I guess it was all worth it.

The meaning of this story is make sure that you are not recklessly driving, driving under the influence and just to look because you don't want something like this to happen to you. It was not a pleasant experience very stressful for both him and me. A lot of money out-of-pocket, and now we are out of a car since it was completely totaled and we only had liability insurance since the car was paid off.

Here are some pictures of my car so you can see the damage.

What are your scary experiences while driving? Have you been in an accident before? Let me know in the comments below!

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