My Accident

Saturday started off like a normal day.  I was up early with the kids and we were playing and watching some TV.  Eventually my wife got up and we all were just hanging out.  The plan for the day included my wife taking Baby Girl with her to the store to get some things that she needs for her new business while I was going to take The Boy with me to work to make some phone calls for the youth group.  I also needed to print some stuff out for my wife and for myself. 

After a quick lunch The Boy and I were headed off.  I was carrying a big bag of trash in one hand and my work folder in the other hand.  I turned to ask The Boy to close the door and when I started to head down the stairs I tripped and fell.  I really don’t remember how I tripped or actually falling.  The next thing I remember is waking up from the floor with The Boy looking down on me and yelling for me to wake up.  I eventually came to and I asked him to come down where I was at.  The first thing I needed to do was to call my wife and to get her there to help me.  I got my phone and called her.  Our connection was bad so I called again.  The next 10 min or so I don’t remember but apparently I called her again and then she told me to call a friend of ours to come and watch the kids because I needed to go to the hospital. 

The next thing I remember is thinking that I needed to get to the car, so I eventually got up and made my way to the car and sat there and waited.  I called my wife back and talked with her trying to figure out what was going on.  I knew she was going to be back shortly and it was going to be awhile for our friends to arrive to watch the kids so I made some phone calls to people from the church to help us out.  It was hard to find people in town and so the Pastor of the church where I currently work came over to help out.  It was a real blessing to have him do that.

We made our way to the hospital.  I was taking things one step at a time, I was still kinda out of it and I was taking my time.  Not only was my head in pain but my back was as well.  They got us to a room and the doctor came pretty quickly.  I had an abrasion on my head from when my head hit the wall but thank God I did not need any stitches.  I told her that my back was hurting and my right hip was hurting and so I got a CAT Scan for my head and some X-Rays for my back and hip.  She eventually came back and said that the CAT scan and my X-Rays all looked clear but it was obvious that I suffered a concussion.  She said that I should take it easy for a few days and to help with the pain she gave me some Oxycodone. 

This has been the first time that I have suffered from a concussion.  It is just amazing to me how my body feels right now from falling down the stairs.  I am in alot of pain but the medicine sure helps.  I can’t believe that this is happening during my last week of seminary.  I don’t have a HUGE pile of work but I have things that I need to get done.  The biggest is to read a 300 page book and every time I sit down to read it I get through 10 pages and then I wake up 20 min later trying to figure out where I left off. 

I have cancelled my regular shifts volunteering at the YMCA for the next two days and I am not going to class tomorrow which means I am clear until Thursday to get things done.  I need to kick it into high gear and work like a mad man. 

I would like to hand in quality work but more importantly I want to hand in finished work.  I want to at least finish all of my projects and papers and if there is time left over then the quality police will come out to play.  Otherwise as long as I pass I will be happy. 

Thank you to those of you who have shared your concerns the last day- I really appreciate the well wishes and the prayers.  The church sent over the flowers from the alter today which was very nice.  This has been the second time that I have received alter flowers, the first was when I had a ruptured appendix.

Most of my writing will be dedicated to papers, projects and presentations this week and not so much for blogging.  But after that I will be hopefully blogging more often with some reflections on the last four years of ministry/education.


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4 thoughts on “My Accident

  1. Rest easy Joe…there is a church out there waiting for you and you need to arrive in one piece!

    Get well soon!

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