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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Motorcycle Driveby

You know that phone call that we all dread, with the other person screaming - hysterically crying on the other end that something horrible has happened? I got one Saturday morning.
One of my best friends was calling, as I was loading my truck up with groceries - I debated for a second, should I answer or should I just let it go to voicemail & I'll call her back? I picked up - we had plans later that night, so I wanted to make sure we were still on schedule. When I picked up, she was crying - screaming into the phone, I couldn't really make out what she was saying but when I was able to get her calmed down - she told me what happened: her husband was being rushed to the hospital, he was in an accident with his motorcycle - without a helmet. She didn't know what happened or in what kind of condition he was in, but she needed someone to stay with her kids so she could rush to the hospital. Of course I rushed over to be with them, the little peanuts were so scared, they didn't really understand what had happened they're only 3 & 4 - too little to process what was going on. I tried to comfort them as best I could, talking to them & explaining to them that their daddy was in an accident, he might have some "boo boos" and mommy would call in a little whille to keep us posted. Seriously, what do you tell little kids when something like this happens?

My friend called a few hours later - still in the ER - her husband was pretty banged up, he was having a hard time breathing which we would later find out was because he had 8 broken ribs (ouch!).

As of tonight he's still in ICU, he has a lot of broken bones (shoulder, collar bone, shoulder blade etc.), some bleeding internally in his lungs and stomach which hasn't really let up.
He's going to be ok, thank God. It could have been a lot worse, but he's gonna have a long recovery. I just talked to my friend, she thanked me for staying with the kids yesterday, she said her littlest one, who is 3 and seriously the sweetest thing IN THE WORLD - woke up last night screaming for me, she wanted to know where I was and why I wasn't "sleeping over". Girlfriend was attached to me ALL night, wouldn't go to anyone - only wanted me. What a sweetheart.

So if you could, if you pray or if you just throw a wish out into the universe and hope someone answers it - maybe you could throw a little thought out for them, in hopes that he comes home soon & he heals quickly. Cuz those little peanuts need their daddy.


kimmyk said...

sending prayers to your friend and her husband.

how scary.

jamie doesnt wear a helmet when he goes out riding. this will be the topic of conversation tonight.

thanks for the reminder as painful and hard as it is.

i hope your friend is okay.

Semicharmed said...

kimmy k - thanks, it is VERY scary, when you think of what could have happened - geez my mind can't even go there. I hope you are able to convince Jamie to put on a helmet - not to be preachy but it only takes a split second for an accident to happen.

Mel Heth said...

Oh my gosh this is heartbreaking. Motorcycles are really scary. I have a friend who's an orthopedic surgeon and he always says there are two kinds of riders: the ones who have crashed and the ones who are going to cash.

I hope he heals fast. I'll keep their family in my thoughts and prayers.

Semicharmed said...

Mel Heth - Your friend is so right, I feel like nothing good every comes out of being on a motorcycle. Maybe that's me being narrow minded, but it's always bad news. Thanks for your prayers.