If I had a dollar for every doctor’s appointment our family will endure over the next stretch, I’d have a nice little stockpile of cash! There … That’s my complaint for the day. Now, that I’ve expressed my disdain for my suddenly busy schedule, I must add that I’m very happy that our family is on the road to recovery from our recent auto accident…however slow that recovery may seem at the moment.
This morning, I took my darling daughter to the ear, nose and throat Dr. as she’s had an ear infection (not related to the accident) and the antibiotic ear drops she was using were affecting her hearing. Thankfully, the Dr. said the infection has cleared up and he suctioned out some build up. (yuck!) The good news is that she can hear perfectly once again… especially when I tell her to do her school work! Haha. Yes, we’re attempting to get back on track with our school work this week to finish the school year strong! Last week, we all were in such pain and on meds that nothing got done.
This afternoon, my son, daughter and I have our first round of physical therapy. So, we’ll see how that goes. We met with the orthopedic Dr. on Tuesday and he referred us to physical therapy three times a week. I bought this gel called Biofreeze on Amazon and my husband and I used it for the first time last night. It works wonders!! It’s my new best friend! It is strong so you only need a dab. (We learned that the hard way! Haha!) It really helps sore muscles and joint pain. I also recently bought an all natural muscle relaxer called Formula 303. We haven’t tried it yet, but I plan on it soon. We all detest the way the prescription muscle relaxers make us feel so groggy and out of it. It feels like someone hit you over the head and then you’re supposed to be able to function? I don’t think so. 🙂
Yesterday, my husband and I went to see our primary care Dr. I am happy to say that she was compassionate and kind this time, which is my biggest complaint about her. I’ve had the worst experiences with female doctors. They just seem to either have a condescending attitude or no feelings at all. Just treat me like a human being, please. That’s all I ask. Not a number. Not a file. Just a fellow human being, please. Anyway, I digress… She’s sending me for three x-rays, plus a referral for my annual mammogram. Oh, joy! It is that time of year. (My mother died of breast cancer at age 53, so it is especially imperative. Of course, every woman over the age of 40 should have mammograms annually. Even the orthopedic Dr. reminded me of such, which I’m grateful he did. Because with everything else aching and such, it did slip my mind.)
Four out of five days next week will be consumed with medical appointments. I also have a follow-up appt. previously scheduled with the dermatologist about the precancerous cells they found on the mole I had removed from my cheek in March.
We’re all still very achy, especially our necks and backs from the auto accident. I’m very hopeful that the physical therapy will help a great deal with that.
The police report was finally available from the accident. It was an interesting read, for sure. The driver of the SUV, who plowed into a sedan that then hit our SUV and sent us into a mini van (and pushed it through the intersection), was, in fact, drunk, as we’d heard. He received five citations. He and his passenger were air lifted to a shock and trauma unit hospital. The remaining nine of us were carried by ambulance to a local hospital. Quite an ordeal. I’ve only had one other car accident in my life and it was nearly 20 years ago, with mere scratches on a bumper. But, back to those injured in this four car collision… I’ve been praying for their healing…even the drunk driver. I’ve been praying that they will accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, if they don’t already know Him.
I’ve also searched for the good that could possibly come out of something so devastating. So far, I’ve come up with three definites:
One – Twenty minutes before the accident, we stopped for some groceries after being away from home for nine days, and moved our daughter from the right side of the third row of the SUV to the second row. We put all the groceries in the third row where she was. Had our daughter still been riding in the third row seat at the time of impact, she would’ve been severely injured. (She’d been riding in the third row for nearly nine hours!) We were hit directly in the tail gate as well as the right corner bumper. It’s just one demonstration of the mercy of God and His hand over our lives concerning this accident!
Two – We were not hit directly by the drunk driver, even though the impact was still severe and at highway speed. The small car behind us was totaled and completely sandwiched. Thankfully, the driver and his passenger are okay. (at least as far as we know)
Three – We will recover from our injuries. We know that it could have been far worse. Despite the pain we feel today, we will move beyond our aches and pains. We definitely feel like God protected and shielded us from what could have been catastrophic injuries.
And, so, despite all of our appointments, we are grateful for good medical care and the beginning of the road to recovery. I’m thankful for the peace that surpasses all human understanding… that no matter how difficult the path, God still walks with us.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28