Saturday, March 28, 2009

Someday the bad luck streak will end. Someday.

Hopefully my bad luck streak ended with a bang yesterday. Literally, a bang.

I had to drive my dad to his doctor's appointment to get the catheter removed. It was such a surreal morning. I was up much earlier than usual, and it was so foggy out. The kind of fog that makes you think that you're dreaming. My dad was having a rough morning, and I came to terms with the fact that I'm going to be the one responsible for taking him to his appointments and treatments.

To be honest, it wasn't all that bad. The kids stayed home with my mom, so I got some quiet reading time in the waiting room. Considering the fact that Lexie talks nonstop from the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep, it was a welcome silence.

I finally got Lexie's final sample to the lab. I'm hoping that this is the last stool test that she has to have done. It's not much fun sitting in a waiting room with a poopsicle in your purse. Even worse digging in a nasty, smelly diaper. It's a relief that this test is over!

So, after a brief stop at the store and the bank for my dad, we headed back to his house.

I was at a stop sign, and had just turned onto a road and started heading up a steep hill. All of the sudden, a little sports car came flying over the top of the hill, obviously speeding, and lost control. It began zigzagging and spinning all over the road. I immediately pulled off the road as far as possible, but there was nowhere for me to go. I don't know how I did it, but a wave of calmness washed over me, and I waited for the perfect moment to act. The car came near, and at the precise moment that it veered back into it's own lane, I floored it. I almost made it, but they veered back towards us slid along the drivers side of our car.

It could have been worse. It could have been much, much worse. Had we been a few seconds earlier, we would have been further up the hill and slammed head on. Had I not reacted, and just stayed at the bottom of the hill, the car would have also slammed into us.

After the initial shock wore off, and I realized that my dad was fine, I got really pissed off! I jumped out of the car and just lost it. I let out a string of profanities, and then regained control.

The damage to my dad's minivan was not that bad. It was just badly scraped, the bumper was messed up, and the cover for the taillight had fallen off. It has already been looked at, and the damage was estimated to be about $1500.

There were 2 witnesses to the accident, and both gave statements to the police officers on the scene. The 16 year old kid admitted that he had been going about 50-60 mph on a dangerous road with a 35 mph speed limit. He was cited for speeding and reckless driving, and got a talking to by my dad, the witness, and then the cops.

Luckily the accident occurred just 2 houses down from where my dad's insurance agent lives, so he came down and finished up with the insurance stuff so I could get my dad home. The accident has been settled. The kid admitted that he was completely at fault, and since there were 2 witnesses who stated that fact, the settlement is moving quickly.

And there are good parents out there. The mother of the boy called both my dad and I to apologize for what happened.

I am so relieved that we are okay. I honestly spent the rest of the day laughing about it. It just seemed so funny that this happened after all the bad luck we've been having. I am so grateful that we are okay. One of the witnesses actually came up to me and told me that my driving got us out of a much worse accident. I thank God that the kids were not in the car. The first point of impact was right where Lexie would have been sitting.

We are okay, and that's all that matters.

Hopefully this is the last bit of bad luck that we have this year!

I am confident that I will have a good news post soon. There has to be something good coming soon, and hopefully in the very near future!!!!

7 comments:

  1. Yikes!

    Boy you are cool under pressure, way to think your way out of a bad situation.

    Glad no one was injured. :)

    BlogBaby

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  2. Wow - can't believe you managed to drive so defensively! Good job. Thank goodness no kids were in the car with you, that you were so proactive, that the kid had insurance, etc... Silly teenagers and their recklessness. Hope you and dad are both feeling well without any lingering soreness...

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  3. wow that sucks but thank goodness it wasn't worse

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  4. After reading this and your previous post, my heart goes out to you. it sometimes feels as though we get slammed from all sides, doesn't it? I am glad you both are okay physically, but I know these things affect you mentally as well. I pray you both feel better soon.

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  5. Ok so the poopsicle comment cracked me up, but I do hope all turns out well for poor Lexie. And so glad things were better than they could have been with the car. Great defensive driving!!!

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  6. Wow, great job! I am so thankful that no one was hurt and you didn't have the kids with you, what a blessing in disguise!

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  7. Shiny copper pennies and rainbows for all us. Better days have to be around the corner.

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