Dec. 16th, 2007 05:30 pm
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My sister was in a car accident last night. The doctors and police say that she's lucky to be alive. From what the police can tell from the scene of the accident she skidded, then braked and hit a tree. At that point the car was wrecked anyway. But to make matters worse, the car flipped and landed on the other side of the road, where the car was then hit by an on-coming car. The only fortunate part of the whole accident was that the car hit the passenger side of the car (this most likely saved her life. Hate to think what would have happened if it had hit the drivers side).

She was unconscious when they got to her and it took them about half an hour to get her out of the car, then they airlifted her to a nearby hospital and was in their HDU (ICU) for the early hours of the morning (the morning of her birthday, no less!). Then early in the morning they rushed her off to another hospital because they felt she could be better cared for there to eliminate the chances of internal injuries. Naturally she's had lots of scans, x-rays and tests. But they haven't found any internal or head injuries. She does have the following though: lots of bruising, a broken jaw and swollen face, several broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade, and a broken hand/wrist. My Mum mentioned that she's going to need surgery for her broken hand and jaw. She also chipped a few nodules of her spine. But apparently the doctors say that they will heal themselves.

The poor girl also has a chest drain in right now, as she has some fluid/blood around her lungs. The doctors are a bit concerned about her left lung and are keeping a close eye on it. She's due to have another chest x-ray in the morning (UK time).

But my Mum says she's doing very well. She's talking (always a good sign, my sister is quite the talker) and making sense. But she's very drowsy as she has a self-controlled morphine drip, so that she can give herself more morphine when she's in pain.

But the important thing is that she's okay and stable. She's even saying she's hungry and has good leg movement because she's kicking off the covers when she feels too warm. Plus she's complaining that everyone is treating her like an invalid.

My parents have been there with her for the past day or so, my Mum has only had half an hour sleep in the past 48 hours and that was only because my brother and his girlfriend came to see Ellen and sent them home to eat, wash and get some sleep.

My Mum tried to give me a ring to let me know, but she couldn't get the US area code right, so wasn't able to contact me until I came to my laptop not long ago and she was logged into her messenger just sending me an email before turning in (she'd been waiting for me for about half an hour but we were out at the store).

I'm so glad that she's "okay", and I use that term loosely since with all her injuries she's not really. But it could have been much, much worse for her than it was. So that's something to be thankful for.

If you could send any prayers/good thoughts/good vibes my sisters way I'd really appreciate it.

She's gotten through the first 24-48 hours okay, which is usually the most crucial time for car accident victims, so that's of some comfort. I'm so glad we'll be seeing her soon. If we weren't due to fly over to England so soon, we would be on a plane as soon after Christmas as we could, I'm sure.

Date: 2007-12-17 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shansgrl.livejournal.com
Consider good thoughts and vibes sent. I'm so very glad she's alive, that's the main thing, and it sounds like she is a spunky little thing and that's always good. :) I'm also glad you are going to be able to see her again soon.

Date: 2007-12-17 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Yeah, she's certainly very tough. She takes after my Nan a lot. My Nan is a great talker and very tough and independent.

Things could have been much worse for her. But it seems like she had someone watching out for her when the second hit happened.

Date: 2007-12-17 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] h2ogirl.livejournal.com
Dear Gemma:
I send to you and yours the best of wishes for the speedy recovery of your dear sister. My thoughts and prayers will be with her, as well as you, Mark, and your family.

There's a good thing about the young: they are resilent (sp), heal fast and heal remarkably well. She's in the best of hands.

I imagine you are so glad you are going home this Christmas. Not only to see your family but during this time when your sister needs her family's support.

I send all my good wishes.
Take care.
Love, e

Date: 2007-12-17 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Thanks, Elaine.

She's very tough. But it worrying how it could have turned out. She's at a really good hospital though, and she's a very determined person. So hopefully she'll recover well. Although I'm sure she will be very frustrated about how long it's taking.

I am very, very glad to be going home for Christmas this year. I think my family will have a very close Christmas this year (it was going to be anyhow with Mark and I coming over and another event to which I'm sworn to secrecy ;) ), even more so now because of this accident.

I hope you and your family are all doing well!


Date: 2007-12-17 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allpurposegirl.livejournal.com
Dude! Prayers will be made. The fact that she is asking for food and complaining is good though. I knew my mom was okay when she started doing that. LOL. *HUGS*

Date: 2007-12-17 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
*hugs* Thanks.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure she's going to be okay. But it will take her a lot of time to recover. Hopefully she will be allowed home for Christmas, though. I don't really know when she'll be allowed out yet though because of the surgeries.
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Date: 2007-12-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
So are we. I don't even like to think about how much worse it could have been.

Date: 2007-12-17 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] natural-hero.livejournal.com
Oh my gosh! What scary news to receive on the internet. I'm so glad her injuries aren't worse. Still, having a few broken bones must be pretty painful.

Sending healing vibes an good thoughts her way in hopes you can all spend a happy Christmas together!

Date: 2007-12-17 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
It is scary news to receive that way, but in a way, I'm glad I got the news that way, rather than via a phone call. I'm pretty certain I would have broken down and cried, which would have made my Mum even more worried than she needs to be. I mean, I'm not the one in hospital.

I hope she can be home for Christmas, too. But we may have to wait and see there. But I'm sure if they can, they'll send her home for Christmas. I'm sure she'll want to be out of hospital and home ASAP as well.

Date: 2007-12-17 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sullivanlane.livejournal.com
That is insane! I am so glad she escaped that accident virtually unscathed. And she's talking and complaining! That's certainly a good sign. ;)

I will pray for your sister and your entire family as well. *hugs*

Date: 2007-12-17 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Thank you, Kat. I really appreciate it. Here's hoping she heals soon and isn't in too much pain.


Date: 2007-12-17 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smoonyc.livejournal.com
Oh god Gemma! I'm so glad that she seems to be doing better -- she seems to be a tough (and lucky) cookie. Good thoughts & vibes are being sent her way.

Date: 2007-12-17 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Thanks, Shar. I'm sure she doesn't feel very lucky right now, but she's probably thinking that she is, I'm sure. I just know how impatient she probably is being now that she's talking. She'll be eager to be out and home as soon as possible.

Date: 2007-12-17 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynseysarah22.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry to hear about your sister, I hope she makes a speedy recovery. I'm thinking of you :)

Date: 2007-12-17 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Thanks, it makes me even more glad than I was to be going back home for Christmas.

How is the weather in good ol' England? I'm guessing I will need to pack warm. :)

Date: 2007-12-18 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynseysarah22.livejournal.com
Yeah I bet you are so glad you decided to go back home.

The weather is cold yes! We've had frost on the ground most mornings for the last week, although my parents in East Anglia say it hasn't been quite as bad there. It's definitely colder than So Cal!!!!

Date: 2007-12-18 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
Hehe, yes. We don't have any frost here. But even here there's a nip in the air in the early morning and evenings. But hopefully that should only last a month or so longer. I will ensure to pack warmly, then. I'm sure to be cold!

Date: 2007-12-18 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigress35.livejournal.com
My thoughts will be with you both. I hope she is still doing okay.

Date: 2007-12-18 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huffytcs.livejournal.com
She wasn't doing too well yesterday morning. A lot more pain had set in and the chest x-ray wasn't as good as they were hoping it would be.

But she was scheduled for surgery on her hand (she broke her right hand so they wanted to make sure it would set as well as possible for her), so they also gave her an epidural there, which made her much more comfortable. She had a manageable level of pain then. My mum said after her operation she was a lot more like herself and doing well. My sister said she feels like she's turned a corner now. So hopefully things are getting better for her.
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