Here’s How MY Day Ended

Driving back from the VIP tornado damage tour earlier this afternoon, a truck pulled out in front of me as I was driving on the way back to Little Rock. We hit my driver side front fender to his passenger side front fender and spun around on the 2 lane highway until we were both facing the same direction crossways of the highway.

I had some cuts on my left hand, but nothing that required stitches. My left arm and right knee were banged up and bruised and the impact of the airbag has left me feeling like I’ve been heart-punched by the legendary Ox Baker. However, that is preferable to fracturing my sternum or having arteries ripped off my heart by impact with the steering wheel. A very nice lady who identified herself as a nurse who was passing by stayed with me until the paramedics arrived. I thanked her, but wish I had gotten her name.

The driver of the other vehicle was ok, but his wife had a shoulder injury that required her to be taken to the hospital. When I was finished with being treated, filling out reports and thanking all the first responders and shaking their hands, I went over to the driver and asked him how he was. He said he was ok and that he was sorry that he “…just didn’t see you man.” As I told him, the important thing is we all walked away from it.

I’m back at the hotel room, sore and resting.

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14 Responses to Here’s How MY Day Ended

  1. Desiree says:

    Holy Crap Jeff! I’m so glad you’re ok. I’m sure your family is freaking out! You may want to visit a dr just in case. Sometimes you’ll notice some other hurts in a fee days. Take care and feel better soon.

  2. J.M. Wetherington Sr. says:

    Thanks Dez 🙂

  3. Cindy says:

    I am so glad that you walked away from this. I wish I was there to take care of you. Be safe my love.

  4. I agree, if you feel anything requires a longer look, don’t hesitate to get with a Dr. I have a feeling tomorrow will be a very painful day for you. So glad it wasn’t worse!!

  5. Jean Riendeau says:

    Am sooooo thankful you are OK!!!! Have had some experience with airbags and ‘feel’ for ya regarding chest impact! Car looks scarry!!!

  6. Alan Cross says:

    Glad you are okay, Big Guy (bonus points if you can name the sitcom where one of the employees kept calling his boss “Big Guy”). Probably the most painful thing you will have to go through is all the FEMA paperwork. (;0)

    • J.M. Wetherington Sr. says:

      “WKRP in Cincinnati” The BEST sitcom ever!

      Yeah, I’m feeling less sore today, but still have 3 days of paperwork to finish. 🙂

  7. Alan Cross says:

    “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” HAHAHA! You are right, Jeff about the answer and WKRP in Cincinnati being one of the best sitcoms ever.

    I was always told that the reason a person feels so stiff after an accident isn’t because of the impact. It’s because for a split second on impact, all of your muscles tighten and stiffen — a protective measure, if you will. I don’t know if that is true, but it sounds plausible.

    Anyway, stay safe. I don’t want to hear about you getting into another car wreck. (;0) Who is the EA lead there?

  8. J.M. Wetherington Sr. says:

    That is the absolute best scene/line I have ever seen on WKRP.

    My second favorite scene/line is when Carlson’s son comes home from military academy and says to Venus, “You’re black.” and Venus starts freaking out like he never realized he was black until the kid told him. 🙂

    EAO right now is Julie Bradford, but she will probably be heading back to her CORE job in LA at the end of next week and then her deputy Ross Fredenburg will assume the EAO duties.

  9. Jim Parker says:

    Jeff, whether you feel it is necessary or not it is very important that you get everything checked out. You never know in a week or two or even a month you will have something come up that needs to be documented and needs to have attention .

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  11. Yikes! Yeah the airbag soreness is much preferable to the alternatives. Glad you’re ok!

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