Monday, July 15, 2013

A Date to Remember

Saturday, July 13th, started out like any summer Saturday might. We were visiting Dan's parents and spent a relaxing morning with them. We arrived home early afternoon and got a few things done around the house (more on that tomorrow), ate supper and headed out for our date night.

Our local city hosts a summer music festival and there are live bands playing at the local park every Wednesday and Saturday all summer long. We always ride our motorcycle in since it's so much easier to park and summer evenings are usually quite pleasant for a ride. Saturday was no exception. We hopped on the bike and went to see Deric Ruttan perform.

We curled up on a blanket and enjoyed some good ol' country music.

We bought some chips and a slurpee and enjoyed our date that cost less than $10. After it ended, we rode around the city a bit, just enjoying the beautiful July night. Shortly after 10:00pm, we decided it was time to head home.

And this is when the date took a bad turn. We were happily riding down a long stretch of road, about 10 minutes from home, when a deer jumped out in front of us. I was relaxed on the back, with my eyes closed, thinking of my pumpkin muffin I planned on eating when I got home when all of a sudden I was rolling down the highway screaming.

When I finally stopped rolling, I called out for Dan and he thankfully answered right away. We both kind of stumbled up and moved off the road onto the shoulder while he kept repeating that he didn't have his phone. He always carries his phone on a belt clip but it had been ripped off during the accident. But I had my phone. I never ever ever take my phone on the bike with us but for some weird reason, I did that night. I handed Dan my phone and he called 911 while flagging down the next car that drove by. They stopped and came over to help. Although I don't remember much, they were awesome. They took the phone from Dan and finished the 911 call while Dan and I lay on the gravel shoulder, holding hands and moaning. They made sure we kept talking and stayed awake but didn't move.

Finally the emergency crews arrived and we were strapped onto boards with neck braces and belts and taken off to the hospital via ambulance. It was so scary because I didn't know how Dan was and he didn't know how I was. I knew I was fine since the only thing that really hurt was my lower leg and ankle. My right shoe had been torn off in the accident and it had somehow twisted my ankle in the process. But I just kept praying that Dan would be fine because I honestly didn't know how I would go on living if I lost him.

I won't bore you with all the details of getting to the hospital and examined, partly because I don't want this post to be miles long and partly because its still kind of fuzzy in my mind. The doctors and nurses were amazing and got me examined really quickly. They were also good at giving me updates on Dan, so I knew he was okay.

Another amazing blessing was having a familiar face at the hospital. Glenda, a lady from our church, works in x-ray and she saw our names pop up on the list and immediately got worried. She performed both our x-rays and even did mine after her shift was over. She then stayed with us both until we were discharged and then drove us home at 2:00am. She was perfect to have around and helped calm us both down.

Our injuries are very minor and we are thanking God for his protection. We were going between 90-100 km/h when we hit the deer and we ended up 150-200 ft further down the road from the collision. It could have been so much worse. We both have minor road rash and are bruised and stiff. Dan has a broken thumb on his right hand and my right ankle is sprained. But that is it. A miracle, isn't it?

Here is a picture of the motorcycle after the crash and our crash site.

It's hard to see in the picture but the front fender is all smashed up, the headlight is broken, we are missing the right signal and mirror, there are some dents in the gas tank and some of the back seat is torn. But overall, it looks way better than we expected.

You can see the marks on the road from where the bike skidded on the asphalt.
Now I'm going to show some pictures of our equipment just to show you how lucky we really were. The pictures don't quite do it justice as it is a little worse than it looks but still pretty good.

My helmet is on the left, Dan's on the right. His has more marks that this picture doesn't show.

Dan's left shoulder of his jacket

My left shoulder

The back of my jacket, you can see all the scuff marks.

Dan's right hand glove

My right hand glove, you can see the holes in it.

My running shoes, you can barely tell they were in an accident!

My ring that I wore on my right hand. You can see that it got scuffed down. I only have a small scratch on my finger.

My amazing jeans! You can't even tell that they skidded along almost 200 ft of asphalt!
And now I'm going to give you some fair warning in case you wanted to stop reading now. I am going to post some pictures of our minor road rash. If you don't want to see it, feel free to stop reading now. Although honestly, it's not that gross. We were very lucky.

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My right hip.

My legs and sprained ankle. You can see the road rash on my right knee area and my left shin. I also have some on my left ankle and a big bruise on my lower right leg.

Dan's left knee

Dan's broken thumb and a little bit of road rash. (The shiny part is a band-aid)

Dan's left forearm
So there you have it. The night we hit a deer on the motorcycle. It kind of feels like a bad dream and that it didn't really happen to us. Although we are feeling sore and stiff, we are also feeling blessed that we got out so unscathed. Thank you God.

15 comments:

  1. OMG! My heart was in my throat reading this post. I'm so glad you are both ok.

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  2. That is so scary! I am so glad you guys are ok!!

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  3. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm so thankful you had those Good Samaritans to help you, especially the people on the road and your sweet friend Glenda. And thank God that He was watching over you and your injuries were only minor! Like you said, it could have been so much worse. (((hugs)))

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  4. Oh my gosh!! I'm so glad you both are ok!! You were definitely being watched from above!

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  5. Wow! Amazing! Thank God for the way everything turned out. What a change from your relaxing time at the concert. Hoping and praying that you both recover from your injuries and the trauma of it all.

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  6. Jenn, oh my gosh! I am so glad you and Dan are okay, what a bad ending to what sounded like a great night.

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  7. Thank you everyone. It was definitely the scariest night of my life to date and I would like to never have it repeated. We are definitely thanking God for his protection.

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  8. OMG Jenn! Your blog posts never show up in my blogger newsfeed anymore! I had no idea!!!!

    I am so so so glad you both are okay. How incredibly scary. I'm practically in tears over here thinking about you both. And am just so relieved that it wasn't worse. ((((HUGS)))))

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  9. Katharine - Thank you. It was so scary but we are okay and for that we are so thankful.

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  10. We haven't been to a single concert this year yet
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    THANK GOD you are all right! We sometimes see Moose along Hwy 28 (or 29 I think it is now) north of Burleigh falls. I'm terrified of going through that stretch at night anymore.

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  11. Karen - This was the first concert we went to and probably the last for a while. I'm definitely thankful it was a deer and not a moose. And it will be a long while yet before we go out on the bike at night again.

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  12. Just read this. I am so glad you two are ok. x

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  13. I just now read this. I am so glad you are ok! I hope you are both healing nicely!

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  14. Heidi - Thank you. I too am so glad we're okay.

    DCWJes - Thank you! We are definitely on the mend and feeling better each day.

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