The second half of last year was a bit bumpy, both physically and emotionally. In August, my mom and I were in a car accident as we were traveling along I-95 to North Carolina.
We were less than two miles away from our destination for our family reunion during Labor Day weekend when I overcorrected and ran into a guard rail. It was truly a scary experience.
My mom had a broken shoulder. She had to have a total shoulder replacement, but is continuing physical therapy. I’m grateful that she is mending well and is back to her normal routine. My mom is one of the strongest women I know.
I didn’t have any injuries and, fortunately, no other vehicles or people were involved in the accident.
The recovery was more manageable because our family was only a few minutes away. My grandmother, aunts and uncle rushed to see us at the scene of the accident before we were transported by EMS to the hospital.
The first responders and the medical staff at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, North Carolina took great care of us. We also have to thank Robin and Erick Hernandez of Mobility Supercenter who brought us a wheelchair-accessible rental van to get us back home.
As if the accident wasn’t enough to deal with, we had to evacuate from Charleston to Augusta because of the hurricane. I think with the stress of everything going on, I was also admitted to the hospital in Augusta for a UTI. Thankfully, I’ve recovered from those medical issues.
Fast forward to last week, I was able to begin driving again. The Mobility Supercenter team modified a new van for me to drive. I was anxious at the thought of driving, but knew I needed to overcome the fear.
I’m blessed to be behind the wheel again, but, more importantly, I’m grateful that my mom and I still have our life, health and strength.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, we must be driven with purpose. Don’t take things for granted and make the most of every opportunity.