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!