Today October 28th, marks the 8 year anniversary of my car accident. Not many people know that 8 months after Ryan's snowmobile accident that left him paralyzed, I was also in an accident that left me out of work for 6 months. Most people wouldn't look forward to the anniversary that left them with a permanent injury and pretty large scar on their knee, but slowly over time God has show me how much my car accident was truly a blessing in disguise.
So lets take it back to that beautiful sunny October day. Ryan and I had headed up to Alexandria for some continuing education courses for his job. While Ryan was in class I was going to take the opportunity to hit the mall near by. I left around one in the afternoon, backed the truck up and I was off. The next thing I knew I woke up in the emergency room in pain, with nurses and doctors standing over me working and asking me questions. I remember feeling intense pain in my knee and tailbone and not being able to move being strapped down on the gurney. The doctors where telling me that I was in a car accident and would need surgery on my knee. Eventually Ryan got to the hospital and my parents and I was headed to surgery.
An older gentleman had fallen asleep and crossed the center line hitting me head on. Since I was driving Ryan's truck and he has hand control attachments to drive, when the dashboard got shoved into me the metal component that connects the break and the accelerator got shoved into my knee cap and tore my knee cap completely off. To make a long story short, my patellar tendon was severed, knee cap crushed, bone tore out of my femur bone, broken foot and big toe. I had surgery in Alexandria where they ran what was left of my patellar tendon through what was left of my knee cap and stitched it together, then reattached it. I would eventually start physical therapy and then later in January I would have my second surgery to break up all the scar tissue the thad formed in and around my knee and begin more physical therapy after that. The police officers told me due to the intensity of the impact of the car accident that I was lucky to be alive . My doctor also told me to expect tissue grafts and possible bone grafts done. But by the grace of God I survived and needed neither of these.
My accident and injuries are nothing compared to what my husband went through but they still had an effect on my life and still do to this day. Doctors told me that it would be important for me to stay active but that I would be very limited to what I would be able to do since I have limited range of motion. Basically they told me that I would never run, squat or basically do anything high impact. At first hearing some of these things was hard to hear but I knew that if I wanted to stay healthy, keep my knee healthy and be healthy for a husband in a wheelchair that staying fit would be necessary. Its taken a very very long time, a lot of physical therapy, a lot of trial and error and a lot of rebuilding muscle but I'm happy to say I have proven doctors wrong. Yes there are still many things I can't do and probably won't be able to do but my injury hasn't stopped me from staying active and fit. You are capable of doing anything as long as you put your mind to it.
Ive fallen in love with crossfit and lifting heavy things. My health has become a priority in my life because well its good for me physically, mentally, and emotionally. But another reason my health is a priority is because my health is a blessing. God has shown me through my hardship of my accident how to live a healthy life and how important exercise is. My accident is truly a blessing in disguise. Bad things happen in life but I believe that in every bad or hard circumstance that there are blessings in disguise. Sometimes those blessings are hard to see and sometimes they take a while to be noticed but they are there.
So today as I think about my car accident 8 years ago and how far I've come in my fitness journey I will celebrate this day and honor God and my body by heading to a crossfit class! Get out and get active, cherish your health and take care of that body!
Ahhh October, its something about this time of year that makes me fall in love with life even more. Leaves are changing colors, the air starts to feel crisp, combines and tractors are hard at work in the fields. Hunters are dressed in camo, trips to wineries, apple orchards and pumpkin patches are on the agenda. My oven gets fully utilized cooking all the yummy apple desserts and fall comfort foods. The list could go on and on about all my favorites of fall. This morning as I sat in my tree stand, I watched as the sun began to rise and melt the early morning frost off of the leaves, witnessing those leaves slowly drop to the earth and seeing the steam rise high above the trees. Before we know it all the leaves will have dropped and the trees will be barren. Snow will soon lay a fresh blanket of white on the ground and the holidays will be here before we know it. The last six months of the year always seem to fly by faster then the first six. Life in general keeps moving faster and Ryan and I don't even have kids yet. Life responsibilities overwhelm us sometimes and I think we forget to take a minute and just enjoy the seasons. I know I myself need to just chill and realize if the house doesn't get clean or laundry doesn't get done, its ok, because all of those chores can wait. Enjoying this season, enjoying those moments of fun and adventure, thats what is important.
We have been a little MIA on the blog and with the start of harvest you can understand why. This time of year tends to be hectic and a break from technology sometimes is a must. Soon we will have some posts about Ryan and how he farms including video of how he gets in and out of the tractor. As I write this post Ryan is in the field, and my senses feel overwhelmed by the smell of a pork roast simmering in my Le Creuset and two loafs of apple breading fresh out of the oven. Dinner will hopefully be one for the books for my hard working hubby and I got to enjoy the afternoon cooking for the man I love.
My mother is an amazing photographer and she always captures the essence of fall in her photos this time of year so take a minute and enjoy the beauty of autumn! I know I will!