On March 15, 2015 my husband and I were rear ended while stopped on our motorcycle. The woman who it us was going approximately 60 miles per hour. We were ejected from our bike; I don't remember anything else until I woke up with doctors and nurses all around me while one was stapling my head. Long story short, the next 24 hours were critical for my husband and I. I needed 3 blood transfusions, a foley for my ruptured bladder and stabilization for a shattered pelvis. Luckily we were in excellent care at Saint Louis University Hospital. After the trauma team stabilized me, it was determined that I needed to have an external fixator put in to hold it together for healing. Once the orthopedic surgeon got in he realized it was much worse than expected. My husband, George, asked him if I would walk again and the only way the doctor could respond was with "I don't know." At that moment, George decided that not walking was NOT an option for me. He was my biggest supporter during recovery.
Trying to keep this intro short is difficult! Let's jump ahead a little bit. I was released from SLU Hospital and transferred to St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation. While there, I went to Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. I was in a wheelchair for almost 4 months but as I continued my follow ups with the ortho it was determined that I would walk again. I was healing in a way that they were amazed. The next unknown.....would I run again. At this point, the ortho simply said "I am sure you will."
Soooooo....I am trying to keep this short. In a year and some change, I have been blessed with the opportunity to race in three sprint triathlons, three biathlons, my first Century Ride and just received a call from American Ninja Warrior on auditioning. I am not sure what to expect in the near future, but learning how to cope with all of the 'unknowns" from the accident has prepped me to just give it all to God. Because, he "knows" all of my "unknowns" and provides me with the resources to set out the path that I am supposed to take.
Follow me while I take this journey and learn what the next year of "unknowns" turn out to be. Just a little warning, there may be some falling, possibly some craziness with a hint of "hot mess".
PS....A reminder that a body in motion stays in motion.