Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thankful Tuesday

I mentioned that yesterday was an important day in history for me. I know I have mentioned it before on my blog that I was in a car accident. 

18 years ago on May 26th, 1996 I was in a major car accident. A friend and I were hit by someone going over 70  miles and hour and lived. I would love to say we walked away but we didn't. We were both taken to a local hospital. She was treated there and released several days later. Her injuries were not as bad as mine. I however was airlifted to major Trauma Center in Seattle.
Once, there I had emergency exploratory surgery to determine where I was bleeding and determine my other injuries.  I was bleeding internally, my spleen had ruptured, my liver had a tear in it, my head was cut open and the worst my pelvic was broken in 6 places.  Over the course of a few days, I had several surgeries to put me back together. I was blessed that one of the top 3 orthopedic surgeons was located in Seattle and was able to come and put my pelvic back together.  I still remember my dad telling me the doctors told them "They only call me when its bad, but its not that bad."

I was fixed with external pins in my hips, which meant I was not allowed to walk. I was confined to my bed or a wheel chair for 6 weeks. I should add that this was my senior year, I was in the hospital on the day I should have been graduating from HS. It was tough.  I was released home to finish recovering. Early July, I had the external pins removed (internal pins stayed in) and I was told I could start PT to learn to walk again. Talk about a humbling experience, being 18 and having to use a walker and crutches to get around. Thankfully, I was young and I was able to recover quickly compared to other people who have a broken pelvic bone. The only restriction put on me was that if I was to have children, that I was to have C-sections.

I am thankful that even though I went through all of these I still have these two AMAZING beautiful girls!

What are you thankful for today?
Happy Tuesday!
- Jen


  1. Wow Jen, I didn't know that! Such a blessing that you survived and were able to have your 2 beautiful girls:)

  2. Wow! What an amazing journey. I'm so sorry that you had to go through that, but it truly speaks to your strength.

    Today I am grateful for my fiance and my dogs. I get down on myself sometimes for not having the mobility that I did before them, but nothing touches coming home to a house filled with love.