At work, at 3:31 PM, Misty left me a voicemail, and another one at 3:32 PM. I called her back a few minutes later, and she had been in a car accident. I arrived on the scene to find the intersection of Trabuco and Alicia controlled by a police officer, because the traffic lights were blinking. The 2001 Saturn was wrecked, in the middle of the street, facing Eastward. I parked at the McDonald’s, and got to Misty, who was sitting dazed on the Northwest corner. Next to her was a blue car that had taken out the signal. There were car parts everywhere. It was a mess.
I asked Misty if she had run a red light, and she said that she thought the light was green. Later, we learned that two witnesses said that the other driver had run a red light. The other driver had already been carted off by an ambulance.
I drove Misty over to Kaiser, in Mission Viejo. She was checked out there, and then driven by ambulance to the Saddleback Hospital Emergency Room. They performed a couple of CT Scans on her bruised abdomen, and sore head and neck, and x-rayed her sprained ankle. Everything came out good. She just was really sore, and had a scratched right eyeball from the air bags.
We went to In-N-Out for a late dinner, at 9:30 PM, and then went for medicine at Kaiser at Sand Canyon. We finally got to bed at midnight, after both calling in to work that we were not going to work the next day.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 9:54 PM
We spent the day recuperating, and talking about the previous day’s ordeal, and what we were going to do. I called both insurance companies, and a friend who is a Personal Injury Lawyer for some advice. We also got all of our belongings out of the wrecked car and said our goodbyes to it. It served us faithfully, and we are so very thankful that it protected Misty from harm.
She started off last night and today, very slowly hopping on her one good leg. Now, after much rest and relaxation, she is moving faster. Although, she is still in a great deal of pain, and is taking 1000 mg of acetaminophen three times a day, along with the antibiotics for her eye. Things are improving, slowly.
We are also very thankful that the other driver is insured, and that we have the savings to pay for our expenses, as we wait to be reimbursed for them. I am making sure that she is as comfortable as possible, and we are taking the time to make sure that we make the best of this opportunity.
A few weeks later, on November 17th, it came to me: on November 5th, 12 years ago, my Grandpa Reisman passed away. I think the Lord is trying to tell me something. All is according to His plan. Misty could be taken from this earth. Something could happen to me. Anything could happen. Be thankful for today. Love with greater compassion. Dance like there is no tomorrow. Enjoy the moments with loved ones.