Sunday, March 14, 2010

A taste of mortality

For those who may not be aware (though, thanks to Facebook and my mother, I'm not sure anybody is left) I got into a bit of a pickle on Friday.

In less time than it takes to blink, I found myself not navigating an unexpected curve. I could feel my tires being pulled by the side gravel and as much as I wanted my tires to reconnect with the pavement, they did not. Next thing I knew I was upside down.

There are things I can vividly remember, like telling myself to bear down so as not to get my skull crushed and the fact that RuRu was playing on my speakers. But, there are other things I can't have the faintest idea of knowing, such as where I put my hands and feet during this briefest of nightmares.

I don't think I've ever felt so much adrenaline pumping through my body. And, I know there are so many other details to give, but right now, I'm at that stage when I really think about it I literally and instantly become nauseated.

Considering my car (with me inside) rolled twice, I feel beyond lucky that I walked away from that wreck with little more than some whiplash, a cut on my lip and a bruised and swollen left knee.

My car isn't pretty. Only two of my windows survived, and one windshield wiper. Neither of my side rear-view mirrors. But, the engine was still running. I think it may just be salvageable.

(These are the crappy pictures I took with my razor phone camera)

I am definitely shook up. And I am still trying to comprehend my little tete-a-tete with mortality. I'm not sure about you, but I think before this I never really realized how fragile life is. How in one glance downward your world can be literally and figuratively flipped upside down. Altered. Or even gone. It's surreal.

I definitely feel blessed and feel that there was divine protection with me during those few nightmarish seconds.

Love you all.


Spencer said...

geez! I had no idea what that whiplash status was referring to. I'm glad that you're okay and I'm sorry for your car! But mostly glad you're okay!

Can do mom said...

Wow Lexy. How sobering! I'm really sorry you had such a terrible accident but am thankful that while your car is damaged, YOU are okay.

We lost our beloved 15 year old niece in a similar sort of a car accident five years ago. Our hearts still ache for her. I'm so very, VERY glad that your story has a much happier ending.

Moments like this will change your life. Don't forget what you've learned and KEEP BUCKLING YOUR SEATBELT!!!

Love from a mom in WI,

Sandra said...

I have feared for all the years that you have been away at college that a phone call would come telling me you had been injured, or worse. The phone call came, thankfully from you, just seconds after the accident and I'm glad I answered the phone and was able to help you keep calm with my amazing insights, like "why would a farmer come investigate dust" and other such observations. Don't do that to me ever again!

Heather Lee said...

Glad you're okay! I had a similar accident a little over 4 years ago; a week after my 17th birthday. I rolled my car (but not a full revolution) down a hill. I totaled it. It was probably the scariest thing I've ever experienced. Luckily I was wearing my seatbelt (which I always do anyway), and came out of it with only a bruised shoulder. Just remember, it doesn't matter what happens to the car because it's replaceable. You aren't. =)

Brittney said...

wow i've been in a couple like that. one was when i was going back to the byu-i do in 05 and a girl merged into my lane without looking to see me right next to her. it was right after boise and before mt home so the really steep part. i went down that thing, thankfully didn't roll but my back is messed up still. the crazy thing is that right before i went off the hill i thought i wonder what those duke boys felt like going off jumps like this. i never want to experience that again :P

glad you are ok.

Carly said...

glad you are okay!!! don't do that again!!

I Am... said...

Thank the Lord that you are alright. Shaken, but still with us.

I Am... said...

Thank the Lord that you are alright. Shaken, but still with us.

AEJones said...

Alexa! I'm so sorry. I had no idea. I'm so glad you are okay.