Monday morning I had an early morning routine doctor’s appointment. Immediately following the appointment, I headed off to work.
Just under ten minutes away from my destination, I was hit very hard from behind on the interstate. You know the poor crash test dummies whose heads fly back and practically touch their backs? Today, that dummy was me.
I’m OK I’m OK I’m OK.
At first, there is shock. Then dizziness. Then shock. And as the day goes on, a little more pain and a little more pain and a little more pain.
At work. “You really need that checked out.” And then another. “You are going to hurt SO BAD in the morning!” And then, “I can’t believe you are here. Why aren’t you at the doctor!”
I’m fine! No, really! Just a bit sore! Well, a little more sore than before. But I don’t want to be a bother! I don’t want to spend the money. And then I would catch myself rubbing my neck.
On Facebook came the intervention.
Was slowing down on the interstate for traffic and person behind me wasn’t paying attention. She slammed in to me at 55-60 mph. I’m ok, but head went completely back. Now I am tight behind my neck and my head hurts. Happy Monday.
I am removing names to protect the innocent….
Sorry to hear that, I’m glad you ok make sure you get check the back pain.
OMG. You have to have yourself checked out, even if you think you’re OK. This is exactly the kind of thing that can have lasting effects. Promise us you will get a full workup done!
Do not mess around with this. I know all about neck injuries. Get yourself to your doctor today and demand an MRI.
I can’t stress it enough, and agree w/Jayne. I have two friends who were the victims of accidents just like this. One had serious problems after (requiring surgery). That’s a horrific speed to get hit from behind. Please, please promise you’ll get checked out.
Oh my goodness, Kathy. Glad you are OK. That’s a pretty hard hit at 55-60. You’ll be sore tomorrow. Someone needs to make Mom dinner and pamper her a little. Praying for you my friend!
Even if you think you feel fine you need to go to the doctor ASAP and get checked out. SERIOUSLY.
Wow…so glad to hear you are OK.
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Yeah we keep telling her to get checked out.
I just saw her and told her the same thing!!!!
Katherine Schulze Murray My range of motion is better…tight on one side but much better than this morning….
GO ANYWAY!!! get it on record. Stubborn red heads!!!
Katherine Schulze Murray My doc said go to patient first for xrays. And they told me TWICE “Get things HIGHLY DOCUMENTED.” BLAHHHHHHH
Duh! I’m a Doctor.
Everyone is right. I was rear ended at a low speed 15 years ago. C-spine injury. Thought I was fine, I was not. Pain, pain and more pain to this date. Get to an ER and do not sign anything or settle with anyone until you have had your health and rights protected.
Not “Doc in a Box” a real hospital with CT and MRI.
darn, I am already at a Patient First!
Better there than not being seen. I tell you, I wish I had been more persistent with my injuries at the time. I now take three different pain meds a day and have monthly steroid injections.
After a text or two from my amazing co-worker, I decided to bite the bullet and “be a bother.” Enter, Patient First.
My next status update read:
OK, I am at Patient First, no gym, no dinner and I will be late for bachelorette and even though my neck hurts I am sure I will be OK ….IS EVERYBODY HAPPY NOW!!!!? ;D
So the results. A neck is supposed to be curved. Mine is straight, showing injury from the accident. I have superman ibuprofen, guaranteed to upset my stomach. I have muscle relaxers, guaranteed to knock me out. And I have so many amazing friends who had my back – or neck – when I needed it the most. Thanks everyone for the intervention. I really did need to go!
*Wondering what happened in the accident? How PERFECT the next subject in this 30-day blog writing challenge happens to be “Side of the Road.” NO LIE. SIDE-OF-THE-ROAD. Nicky and Mike, HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS GOING TO BE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. Enter Twilight Music HERE. Why couldn’t you have chosen, “Winning the Lottery?”*