My "Tour of India"
I had mentioned that I had been invited to submit an abstract for a meeting on climate change in Pune, India. The entire exchange was by email, using my day job email system. It seems that submitting the abstract ran afoul of some regulation that such things had to cleared with some office of public affairs, so the email of my abstract was never delivered!
Instead I stayed home over the winter break. On Jan.6, I drove to Peoria, about 80 miles (130 km) away. As soon as I got out of my town limits, I found the weather was not following the forecast of clear, sunny skies. I made it to ¸Peoria, consulted with my neurosurgeon, picked up my repaired wheelchair and did all the other things i intended. I was within 12 miles (19 km) of home when it happened. Just after dark (5:45 PM local time) the roads were very icy and slippery. My car had an estimated range based on remaining gas, and it was about 15 miles (24 km) so I was easing up early, accelerating gradually. staying just under the speed limit, etc. There is T junction where I was on the vertical part of the T. As usual, I let off the gas about a km (0.6 mile) before the junction and coasted down to the slowest speed my car would go in coasting mode. I then applied the brakes. Instead of stopping, the antilock brakes locke up and my car slid through the intersection, across a 2 m wide, 1 m deep ditch and came to rest with a large tree beside the driver's door. The airbags did not deploy, so the stop was not sudden. The car was totaled. When the first responders arrived, their big, heavy vehicles were also sliding around!
They talked me into going to the emergency room to get checked out, and my thoughts were confirmed: I was not significantly injured. The first responders were right in sending me to the ER because absnce of pain below upper abdomen is not meaningful for me. I am recovering from second degree burns on my abdomen and right leg that I discovered by inspection hours after the fact.
I now have no car that I can drive; even as I write this long-winded opus, hand controls are being installed in my replacement car.
This accident took place ten years to the day of the icy road accident that eventually made me a paraplegic in the first place. One of the first responders to my recent accident was also a first responder to the 1999 accident, and he told me things about that accident I did not know. That accidnet had me in the hospital for 35 days. I did manage to lose 35 pounds during that time, something I had intended to do anyway, but over a six month, not five week, period of time.
I apologize for taking up so much time of anyone who reads through all this post, but that is where I have been and what I have been living with.
I Hope to Be the Person My Poodles Believe I Am The RouterForums member formerly known as mftha or th-alton
"Teach your children what we have taught ours, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
-attributed to Chief Seattle of the Native American Suquamish Tribe
- Wood working, especially router work is too much fun to let "disabilities" get in the way.
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Last edited by TWheels; 02-14-2009 at 12:58 PM.