I should be in Milwaukee right now, hanging out with my high school girlfriends, getting ready for the Sugarland concert tonight. Instead, I'm sitting here on my couch with a concussion, a sore neck and a pounding headache.
All because I was rear ended by some dude who wasn't paying attention. Nope, not bitter.
My brother-in-law agreed to take me to the airport this morning, bright and early. Around 5:50 a.m., we were stopped in traffic on the interstate ... only to have the back of our truck plowed into by some guy going about 40 mph. You know those crash test videos (note the demonstration shown at 22 seconds) that you watch of the people whose seat belts don't do much for them*? That is how I recall the accident.
Didn't the guy know I was supposed to be on airplane in less than two hours?! Didn't he know I was meeting up with friends and that we were going to a concert that I had the tickets to?!
As we pulled over to the side of the road, I noticed that the coffee that my brother-in-law had been holding had ended up upside down in my purse as a result of the impact. Of course the first thing I wanted to know was how I was going to clean this coffee infested purse, as I had to get the airport! I didn't have the kids with me, so I had no baby wipes. No tissues. No napkins. Nothing. Ha.
I got out of the car, apparently with no shoes on. Not sure if the impact knocked my flip flops off my feet or what, but I was so scattered, I didn't even care that I was walking around the side of the highway with no shoes. My first thought was to call a cab, so that I could get to the airport in time.
Wait ... take a deep breath. My head hurts. My neck hurts. Maybe I am injured.
And now come the tears. What am I going to do? I don't have time for this! I need to be at the airport. I have the concert tickets, how will I get the tickets to my friends?!
So I finally realize that I need to go to the hospital to be checked out. By the time the ambulance arrived and everyone's adrenaline stopped rushing, my brother-in-law realized that his neck was bothering him as well. The medics took both of us into the same ambulance and boarded us up. Apparently it is mandatory when someone complains of neck pain. Fun times.
At the hospital, I had a CT scan and an xray ... both of which came out fine, although I was diagnosed with a concussion. All the pain I am feeling is muscle strain and the most tender spot is where the doctor told me the muscles connect to your skull. Strange. I have a bad headache and have been so confused ... the result of a concussion, I guess.
I am home now, dosed up on a large amount of motrin and muscle relaxers, if needed. Kyle was able to work his magic and get Ticketmaster to email us our concert tickets given the circumstances, so that I could have my friends print them out. I am just so glad I was able to get them the tickets ... otherwise I would feel so guilty. I'm so sad I won't be joining them, but I have a feeling this pain is going to get worse before it gets better. We shall see.
Stupid non-attentive drivers.
*My brother-in-law and I both had our seat belts on. The reason I said that they didn't do much for us was that we were hit from behind, while at a stand still. A seat belt is not locked when you are at a stand still, meaning when you have rear impact, you still fly forward.