Dave Stephenson and Heidi's horrific accident,
is the graphic display of our car wreck last Sunday in New Mexico. I believe if it had not been for our car being a Subaru, we would be dead. As it is, Heidi is severely injured and will be in a hospital for about six months with multiple fractured vertebra and a broken leg. I
was able to push the windshield and hood off of me and get out to try to
help Heidi, who was unconscious.
The EMTs and State police were there within five minutes but it
took an hour to get Heidi out. My injuries are much less severe, lots of stitches and cuts on face, broken nose, very lacerated hands and arms, and every part of my body is now black and blue.
But I am mobile.
What happened is that we had slowed
for a major dust storm debris crossing the highway and on entering the
cloud, the visibility immediately went to zero and within a fraction of
a second we hit this f$#@&*g semi that had stopped in the driving lane
with no lights on. Yes, I look forward to someday meeting this semi driver face to face. We were taken to a hospital in
Deming, NM, and
within hours they decided they were not good enough to handle Heidi's injuries. So, they took her to El
Paso by ambulance as planes or helicopters could
not fly due to the weather.
The next day, I was discharged from Deming. Daughter Maggie and her
boyfriend (from Denver) plus
my sister and husband (from Santa Fe) picked me up and we all went to El Paso to be with Heidi. She will undergo operations on Thursday and Friday to
try to repair her bones. Her head and neck will
be completely immobilized for about three months, after which rehab begins. Our plan is to bring her to a Denver area
hospital within weeks of her operations so we can more economically be
with her at all times. We tried to get her transferred to Denver
for the operations but neuro surgeons in both Denver
and El Paso said it was too dangerous.
I'm back home for two days to get
many chores taken care of, but will be back Saturday. [It is a 10.5 hour drive each way.] In the meantime, daughters Laura and Maggie are with Heidi, and her brother and another daughter (Kate) will drive back with me on Saturday.
Daughter Jenny will be coming over soon from Phoenix. Our plan is to have a family member
with her each day, whichever hospital.
If there was any blessing in this tragedy, my Blackberry got crushed in the wreck, so I don't get emails unless at home, where I won't be for the next several months. So, should I not respond to any email or call
to our home, that is why. Actually,
as I think of it, there are two blessings: we
are not following the political scene at all and barely following the news
that the Broncos got Payton.
Drive carefully everyone!!!