I’m writing a series of posts about my childhood leading up to the accident that killed my brother and left me alone recovering in a hospital in another state. Many of my childhood memories are hard for me to conjure, blocked by the trauma of the accident. And, since my brother is gone and my […]
When I reflect upon my life, I see it in four parts: before the accident, after the accident, my struggle with infertility, and my life as a wife and mother.
Most of my pre-accident childhood memories surround our yearly summer trips to my great uncle’s ranch in Colorado. My grandmother’s brother was a real American […]
Author’s note: I have relived the events that unfolded this fateful day thousands of times in the three decades since it occurred. I have shared the story with countless friends along the way. I have written about it only one other time, in high school, when the essay assignment was to write about a life […]
As the truck was rolling over, I remember the sound of breaking glass and crushing metal…that sort of moan that metal can sometimes make when it is crumpling. I felt like I was being tossed around the cab like a rag doll. Neither of us were wearing a seat belt. I was propelled out the […]
The driver and occupants of the car that stopped to help lived well beyond my great uncle’s ranch, in a geodesic dome. There was an Indian witch doctor among them. While that seems odd to write now, it was very calming at the time. He stayed with me, along with someone else from the car, […]
I was situated inside the ambulance. I do not recall why (other than protocol, maybe) but neither my grandma nor great uncle were allowed to accompany me. Nor do I know how they got to the hospital since the truck we’d crashed in was the only vehicle available. Nonetheless, there I was, surrounded by emergency […]
I was literally tethered to my hospital bed. I did not get out of that bed or move from that room for one month. The nurses on the floor where I was confined were more than kind to me. Although I did have family coming and going (flying in from California, etc), I remember being […]