Oh, hello. I’m back. There has been a good reason for my absense.
On June 17th, I was involved in a car accident. The simplified version is this:
I was travelling down the road, and saw the car in front turn left into a side road, I carried on, and the next thing I knew I heard a bang. I don’t remember being pushed to the other side of the road, but what I do remember is the car turning onto it’s side, with me in it, of course. The car had turned onto the passenger side, so I was suspended in my seat belt in the air.
I had to be cut out by the fire brigade, after being suspended for about an hour. My car of 11 months was a complete write-off. I spent 4 hours in hospital and thankfully got the all-clear. I had a visit from the police when I was in A&E, and they said to me the driver was driving by sat nav, and didn’t even think to stop, and that they’d only passed their driving test 2 months previously. I’ve since also found out that the police are sending the driver on a Driver Awareness Course, something I was told by the attending police officer they were not able to do, because of the driver’s experience in driving. I’m glad they changed their mind.
The next day was the worst. My neck and shoulder were in pain. I was supposed to be going into work that day, but I didn’t, hopefully taking it day by day. I was off for 4 days. I ended up going to the doctor the following Monday, and being signed off work for 2 weeks. I was given the choice, 2 weeks or 6 weeks. In hindsight, I should have taken 6 weeks.
I was lucky: the insurance company paid out within two weeks. I have a personal injury claim going through at the moment, and yesterday, I’d finished a course of physiotherapy, paid for by the other side’s insurance. I have to go to a specialist next week for my personal injury people.
I’m about 80 percent there, I think. I get occasional neck and shoulder pain, but only occasionally.
My own personal view about this all? I was lucky that I came out with only minor injuries. It makes me a bit more aware when I’m driving, no, a lot more aware. I maybe don’t like driving as much as I used to, but I was able to get into a car and drive a few days after the accident. My views on my work place have also changed, even though I can’t fault the people I work with. They were fantastic to me on my return. But the work I do every day? My views have definitely changed. I’m more cynical about what I’m doing, and don’t take crap from anybody as much as I used to.
There’s more to life. The hours I work mean I don’t get much of a life, but there’s more to life.