Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Woe Be Gone

Well, last week was rough, as I've already indicated, but this week is even rougher.

Last night my wife and I were in an auto accident, rear-ended by a truck at a high rate of speed. We weren't seriously injured, but bad enough that we're both a bit loopy from pain meds. Our bodies took a full whiplash effect and our car was totaled. Thank God our daughter was not with us in the rear seat.

We had just come from the library and were just going to the post office to mail a letter. We were sitting at a light when in the rear-view mirror I saw the truck coming full speed, 2 seconds before impact. I watched glass fly by me in slow motion speed, just like in the movies.

I love paramedics, firemen and policemen—they are magnificent at what they do.

We own two cars, but the other one died last week, the transmission giving out at 65 miles an hour in the left lane of 5 lanes in evening heavy traffic, 25 miles from home. Who knows if the other guy's insurance will pay for a rental (ours doesn't because we had two cars in the family). Nothing is within walking distance of here, so here we are.

Below is a little scribble I made this morning, in my loopiness.

Mergie left a comment that reminds us:

Keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin on
Keep pushin, keep pushin, you know you have got to be so strong
Keep pushin, keep pushin, well even if you think your strength is gone
Keep pushin on
—Reo Speedwagon


mergie said...

REO Speedwagon---Keep Pushing! Love your blog!

Jay said...

Glad to hear that you and your wife are okay. At least a car is replaceable!

Hope things look up for you soon. And I echo what mergie says!


Will Shetterly said...

Glad you're okay. And keep choosing to blog!

Booksteve said...

Nightmarish! Hang in there sir!

joe ackerman said...

chin up, mate.

RahneFan said...

Awful! Glad y'all are gonna be OK.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Thanks folks. Bloggerdom has such great people!

Tim Graedon said...

What a drag, glad to hear you guys are well. Thank you for this great blog, it's a constant stream of inspiration.

E.G.Palmer said...

Yow! I'm glad you're both ok, Thom!

Mr. Door Tree said...


It sounds like your wife and you survived a very close call! Even though your cars are gone the important thing is you still live! I'll keep a positive thought going for you both! Best wishes!

Annie said...


I'm so glad you are both okay, and you have a lot to be thankful for, especially since your daughter was not in the car.

Hang in there- It's difficult when things get rough, and it will take a little time to recover your sense of control, but it will come.

Gerben Valkema said...

Keep pushing, Thom.
And all the best while recovering from the accident and shock.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

I'm very sorry to read of this accident!

From personal experience, I would strongly suggest that you avoid full settlement until you determine whether you're going to heal completely. Specifically, be aware that you may retain strength and freedom-of-motion, but have issued of chronic discomfort.

JM said...

All the best from Spain! Love your blog!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Praise God that you both were not killed in this horrid moment!!!
Take time to heal and count your blessings...
thank you for pressing on...I adore your images!

Bob said...

Thom -- I am very, very sorry to hear about the accident. I don't know you, but feel as if I do, and you are both in my thoughts.

I know losing a car is hard when times are tough, but you and your wife are still alive and your daughter missed it all. I'd say that it could be a lot worse.

I'm thinking of you.

gcourage said...

Sorry to hear about your accident, but glad that you and your wife are OK. I really enjoy your blog and visit it regularly. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

A bad time of year for this to happen--we need our cars for nearly everything-glad you suffered only a little--memories of it will come back at times--I am so glad you were not hurt worse--charlie

Glen Story said...


I'm sorry to hear about your accident. I'm very glad that you're both okay!
Car accidents are pretty scary... I've been in a couple. Isn't it strange when suddenly everything is in slow motion? You almost feel like you could use that to your advantage... but you're in slow motion, too!


buzz said...

Glas you're okay. We were rear ended 1.5 months ago, a friend was rear ended last month. Don't make any medical settlements with the other company until at least 4 months have passed; too many injuries aren't obvious at first but manifest themselves later.