Added: Theodora Meacham - Date: 23.12.2021 08:35 - Views: 48086 - Clicks: 3250
I was driving on my way home through Compton Dundon, after accompanying the school choir in a Christmas carol service in Somerton. The next thing I remember was being in the air ambulance and someone explaining that I was going to be ok, but I had been involved in an accident.
Evidently, I had driven down around the bend at the bottom of the slope coming down from the crossro; this is a notorious black spot for accidents. I obviously overshot the bend and overcompensated with my steering. This sent me off the road, scraping 15 metres along the nearside privet hedge, through a solid oak gatepost and then sideways into another gatepost and ading wall.
Fortunately, no one else was involved in the accident.
Moments later, a kind person who was driving the other way stopped to help me. After ringingthey stayed with me until the emergency services arrived. I believe an ambulance, fire engine, police and the air ambulance came to my aid. I was in and out of consciousness, but I do remember the team being very kind and I absolutely knew that I was in safe hands! I was incredibly lucky, escaping with only a broken shoulder blade, collar bone, a few ribs, a non-crucial vertebra in my neck and a pretty swollen head. All my injuries were on the right-hand side of my body and I had double vision for a while due to hitting my head.
I spent one week in hospital recovering and needed physiotherapy for my breathing due to my broken ribs.
I had to return to hospital a couple of weeks later, for an operation to have a titanium plate fitted to my collar bone. Fortunately, my recovery was very straightforward; I was even back playing the piano although tentatively and slightly restricted within one month. However, playing the violin took me a little longer.
As I had suffered such a whack to the head, it took a few months for my vision to reunify and I also had some sessions with an osteopath to help my shoulder. However, for all intents and purposes, I was pretty much fully functioning again within three months, which was amazing considering that several people had seen the aftermath of the accident and had predicted the worst. Every year, I always think about the accident in that first week of December.
This year, it coincided with me being in touch with the charity regarding their lottery, which I have taken part in for several years. I am amazed to know how much it costs every time the air ambulance is called out, so I have always wanted to give something back. The lottery is one way of doing that, but I also try to raise awareness of their life-saving work whenever I can. I have always been grateful to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for their help on that day, but when I saw a recent Facebook post asking people to share their experiences, I decided that I could make a difference even more, by sharing mine.
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