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8.9.12

that day we crashed

Well, we've had an interesting few days over here.

Wednesday evening we had a hankering for some Jamba Juice and headed out that way on our little motorcycle. On our way back home we were heading straight through an intersection on main street and someone taking a left hand turn didn't see us and turned into us throwing us both off the bike. Me about 20 feet and Landon about 10. My goodness it was a surreal feeling. We both saw it coming a few seconds before it actually happened. I had enough time to think "they're going to hit us, this is happening" and close my eyes. I felt myself fly forward and slam into the ground head first. I don't know how else I flipped but I ended up sitting up with my legs out in front of me looking at my bloody and already bruised feet. We got hit so hard my sneakers literally flew off my feet. Landon was behind me but right next to me in a second to ask if I was okay and all I could say was "I think I broke my leg... where are my shoes?" I was pretty shocked and confused. We we're less than a block from the fire and police station and a pedestrian called 911 right when it happened so I was still sitting in the middle of the road when they arrived. I scooted over to the curb and waited for the cop to take our information. Landon must have had a huge adrenaline rush because he was just sort of pacing saying "I'm so sorry, Kate" over and over and trying to move the (totaled) motorcycle out of the road, all with a gaping head wound, mind you. An ambulance came and tried to take us to the hospital but we denied it because we were only about 2 blocks from it and we have a friend who lives right there and would come pick us up. They didn't get a statements from us because there were 4 or 5 pedestrians who saw the crash happen and the other driver was cited for failure to yield. A cop later came to the hospital to get our statements and have us fill out some paper work. Our good friend Dan was there within minutes and drove us to the emergency room. Initially it looked like a broken foot for me and leg for Landon but no broken bones, luckily. Landon needed staples in the back of his head and I needed a few stitches in my foot. They cleaned up all our road rash on our knees, elbows, hips, and shoulders and gave us some pain medication and sent us on our way. We fell asleep pretty quickly but the next morning was a little rough. I passed out trying to walk to the bathroom and then again trying to get my pain medication and Landon was so sick and throwing up all morning from the medication. We we're not feeling so hot. But we spent most of the day in bed and our wonderful friends brought us drinks, medicine, dinner and even took care of our dog for the day. Today was better. We are sore. Sore, sore, sore. You know that "I feel like I got hit by a car" joke? Well, now I can actually say "I feel like I got hit by a car." Watching us hobble around our house is quite a site to see. It'd be sad if it wasn't so funny. We are bruised and swollen and beat up and pretty traumatized but getting by and taking care of each other.

I can't count how many times I've said "I can't believe we're okay" A head on collison with a motorcyle and a car doesn't sound very good. Then when you add the no helmet thing in there........... no we didn't have our helmets on. We we're headed just about a mile from our house and decided to take the bike last minute, stupid we know. We feel so, so, so blessed that we are here and okay. I've cried too many times thinking about all the "what if's" of the crash. I've replayed it a hundred times and every time realize just how easily things could have been so much worse.

Now I'm lying here next to Landon with an ice pack on my swollen foot and crying again because I just can't really believe this happened. Life is scary. Things happen so quickly. And sometimes there is absolutely no choice you can make to avoid it. I'm so glad I have Landon next to me to help me navigate through it all.

Oh yeah, and we never did get to drink our Jamba Juice.

28 comments:

Brittany said...

Oh my gosh how scary! I'm glad you two are fine and that nothing serious happened! My Landon loves loves his motorcycle too, and reading this makes life come into perspective, and makes me realize, even if we're driving .1 mile away, to wear our helmets! Thanks for sharing this and I hope you two heal up quickly!!

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

I'm crying over all the "what ifs" too! What a scary experience.
We wish we were there to help nurse you back to health. Or at least give you both a big hug...or a small, super non-squeezy one anyway.
Love to you both!

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Brittany said...

Kate! I cannot believe this happened. The exact thing happened to my roommate/best friend (bike, intersection, left turn, no helmet) a few years ago in Provo and it was definitely traumatizing. I'm so happy you're both mostly okay though. It sounds like you have wonderful friends taking care of you. Just warn them not to make you laugh too hard--my friend said that was the most painful part of recovery :)

Graham said...

Ah Kate... and now I'm teary eyed over this too (hello pregnancy hormones!) I know I've told you through all other media outlets, but I'll say it here.. "SO GLAD YOU"RE OKAY!"

Does Jamba deliver? I'd be all over order you two a drink. You guys deserve at least that!

communikate. said...

blerg..

though I'm sure Graham wishes you two all the best that was me.. ^^

The Webbs said...

im so so so so so beyond happy you two are "okay." really makes me think about how much i love ya!!


get better kate and lando, wish i could come nurse you guys back to life!

Scotty said...

I was heading to the gym Wednesday night and saw the lights! I even thought, "I hope that's not anyone I know!" Although in retrospect that sounds kinda mean to everyone I don't know... Feel better! I should bring you some Arnica and see if it helps ;)

laurice. said...

Not knowing what was going on only that you guys had been hit head on with no helmets was beyond stressful! We're so grateful you guys are ok. Love you both.

Valerie said...

Listen, I'm not your mother, so I'll skip the "I can't believe you weren't wearing helmets" speech and just say that I'm glad you and the mister are okay. Relatively speaking.

holly & anthony said...

aww kate! so scary! I am so glad you and landon are okay! I'll send prayers your way for a quick recovery, mentally and physically! ps sorry about your bike too.

Emily said...

Oh Kate. I'm so very glad you guys are okay!! Life really is scary, especially when you don't get your jamba juice! Kidding, but really, we'll be praying that you feel in tip-top shape soon.

Jenny B said...

Kate, I got all teary-eyed reading this. I'm so sorry!!! I'm so relieved you are okay.

robin said...

I am so sorry this happened. Something like that can really shake you. You realize just how fragile life is and sometimes you just don't want to be reminded of that!

So so so so glad you guys are okay...

Bekah said...

I've cried about it too many times. I cried when I called Pops and heard the worry in his voice when he said "Kate and Landon just got in a Motorcycle crash, I'll call you right back." I cried when I heard what happened, I cried when I knew you were alive and had been protected. I've cried about all the what ifs too. I've cried because I really wish I could come and help you. And I laughed/cried when loopy Landon talked to me on the phone.

I love you so much and to say I'm thankful is an understatement. There are no words for how thankful I am.

mad white woman said...

Interesting is an understatement - right? That's crazy! So glad you're okay and here's to a speedy recovery. Life is so precious.

Kathryn said...

Kate - you guys must have a great work to do yet! Angels I tell you, angels! All those future kidlets of yours.

Glad you guys are still around. You are needed here. Hope you recover quickly.

Kathryn said...

And this reminds me that I really should go back to my old habits of buckling my kids, even if we are just going less than a mile. I started being a little more relaxed about it.

Sandi said...

How scary! Motorcycles have always scared me, too many times I have not seen one til the last minute. I hope you guys heal up quickly and I, like everyone else, is so glad you are okay.

ashley mikell said...

I'm so glad you are ok. What a huge blessing!

Brittany said...

that is so horrible! i can't imagine what it felt like to see what was about to happen and not be able to do anything. reading through all of that and then realizing that you didn't have helmets. scary! i'm so glad you guys are okay and that you're being taken care of.

carla thorup said...

oh bless you guys. so terrifying. hope recovery is speedy and don't you dare not wear a helmet again. woof.

lauren said...

oh, kate! i am SO glad you two are okay. you are blessed.

you are right. life is scary and it all happens so fast. i am so happy you are here to tell the tale. really really.

also, if i was there, i would be bringing you dinner. hope you heal up fast, sweet friend.

Mandy said...

I'm so happy you are both okay. This post terrified me. Prayers for you both.

whitney johnson said...

Oh my gosh, Kate, so so sorry to hear about this, but glad to hear you guys are doing okay. Hope yours & Landon's recovery is quick!

Jules said...

Holy cow, I step away from my computer for a month and the things I find when I come back. Kate, I'm so glad you and Lando are okay!

Alison said...

I know this is late in coming but yikes and you deserve like 10 jamba juices for that!

abby said...

I'm a month late on this but...Kate!!! I'm so so glad you're okay. Wow. What a blessing. I hope you are feeling much better by now.