On February 8th my mom and dad were heading to pick up my 11 year old nephew from school when out of nowhere this car veered over into their lane and hit them head on. Both mom and dad suffered many broken ribs, fractured sternums, collapsed lungs and many cuts and bruises. Dad also suffered several fractured vertebrae and along with a collapsed lung, he had a small hole in one of his lungs creating fluid to build up around his heart. The first hospital they were rushed to could not handle dad’s injuries so they decided to ship them to UAB trauma center which in my opinion is one of the best hospitals in the southeast.
For nearly three weeks, both mom and dad were laid up in the hospital, mom in TBICU and dad in TBU. As of this past Saturday they went to stay with my brother until they can learn to do things for themselves. They are still on oxygen and having to use a walker to get around. They are doing much better but they have a long way to go.
For these three weeks my siblings and I have taken turns spending time with my parents trying to help them the best way we know how. Both my parents are in their late 70’s and even before the accident, were having difficulties getting around. Now, it’s doubtful that they will ever get back to where they were before the accident.