Friday, August 17, 2007
the good, the bad and the ugly
The good: I'm getting a new car!

The bad: My brakes failed on the 405 freeway at 35 miles per hour.

The ugly: I have an extremely bruised rib cage and can't take a deep breath. My car is totaled and my chest looks like it has been used as a punching bag.

Otherwise I'm ok and the person I ran into is ok as well. I'm so thankful. I just had my master brake cylinder replaced about 5 weeks ago and it completely failed. I actually had enough time before hitting the car in front of me to pull up on the emergency brake put the car in park and turn the car off. Yikes.

I'm on drugs and feeling a little pain. Just what I wanted to do with my Thursday. Spend half of it on the side of the 405 and the other half in the ER.

Lovely.

Labels:

Stumble It!


25 Comments:

Blogger Liz R. said...

Oh, Faith, I'm so sorry!! How are you feeling this morning?? I'm a loyal reader of Laurie's blog and read yours as well. I was an AIDS social worker in NYC in the late 80's and early 90's before I became a stay-at-home slave (oops, I mean MOTHER!!)

I hope that you're feeling better today!! Accidents are so scary and I'm so glad that you weren't more hurt. Please keep us updated. okay?? And the mechanic who fixed your brakes 5 weeks ago should be sued.

Blogger Allison said...

That is so scary, but I'm glad you're OK..relatively. 35 mph is very fast for no brakes but thank GOD you weren't going 70! LA traffic is finally good for something. Everyone at SNB was very concerned and we missed you last night. I will call you a little later this morning to see if we can bring you anything (blueberries? Fresca?) It's a tad on the early side right now. xo A

Blogger geogrrl said...

Oh, that is awful! Mind you, it could have been worse, but still.

Glad to hear the injuries aren't life-threatening.

Just, Holy crap.

Blogger Mam said...

I'm glad you are okay.

Blogger Annika said...

Oh, scary, scary, scary! I'm so glad you weren't more badly injured -- and I can bring over some arnica for your bruises.

Blogger Orangeblossoms said...

Oh Faith! I am so sorry. It is horrible to feel so out of control! You did the very best you could under the circumstances. Amazing that you got the thing turned off and emergency brake on.

Bruised ribs= ouch.

Healing and peace to you....

Blogger fleecyknits said...

I'm so glad you're okay!! That's just the stuff of nightmares (mine anyway.) Stay home and rest - I hope you feel better soon.

I need a new car too, but not that badly. ;-)

Blogger Frank said...

I'm glad to hear you're on the mend. Drugs and a new car; YAY!

Blogger K8 said...

I'm so sorry Faith! How scary - like Allison said, 35 mph is awfully fast for no brakes. Sorry to hear about the injuries, hope you mend well!

Blogger jenna! said...

I'm so glad you ok (in a at home and on the mend sort of way). How scary!

Blogger Dazed on 24th said...

Faith, I am so bummed to hear about your accident! I hope that you get feeling better soon. I was near your office yesterday (at Omer the dentist's) and almost stopped in - wish I had, now. Could have sent warm thoughts all day. Take good care, sweetie. Billie

Blogger Uccellina said...

Eeek, scary! I'm glad you're not badly hurt, and glad the other person wasn't either. If you need anything this weekend, please call me.

Blogger miss kendra said...

ACK!

lovelovelovelovelovelove


please let me know if you need ANYTHING.

Blogger Fluffycat said...

Crap! What a nightmare. I'm glad you were only going 35. Hope you are feeling better very soon.

Faith, I'm so glad you're ok! The days after a wreck are the worst in the aches and pain department. Take good care of yourself, this is a good time to be babied a little.

35 is fast for no brakes. :-( Glad everyone walked away.

Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Okay, this is just kinda weird... I just posted about all of my paranoid fears about driving, specifically on all the SoCal Freeways, just the other day.

I hope you are feeling much better soon. Arnica oil is a good one for bruises. Healing wishes for you.

Blogger Laurie Ann said...

I, too, am sending you Get Well wishes and soooo glad it wasn't more serious. But hey, silver lining--you can finally get that Prius you've been wanting. I hope you get some money from the repair shop that replaced the master cylinder. It should last more than five weeks.

Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Laurie Ann is an expert on car repairs...she should know.

So glad you thought quickly enough to cut the engine and put on the emergency brake! Yes, as Allison said, many of us at SnB last night were worried about you. Glad you're bloggin'. Take care...mend soon!

Hugs!

Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

HUNNY!!!! I'm so sorry!! Good thing you are a great driver and not following too closely. Dude. And thank the gods the traffic was characteristically bad. And BLESS whoever it was that taught you to drive because I'm pretty positive I would NOT have the presence of mind to cut the engine and put on the parking break if I suddenly found myself sans breaks.

Rest, let the hubby baby you, and let us know if you need anything!

Blogger WineGrrl said...

Ow.

Get/feel better soon!

Blogger dale-harriet said...

OY VEY! Second blogger-accident I've read in the last five minutes. Score: fatalites: 0; injuries: yeah, but none life-threatening (thank you Goddess); cars totalled: all. Whoooah....I'm sending you a virtual bowl of my Genuine Bubbeh's Chicken Soup with three worlds'best virtual matzoh balls. Now then: feet UPp; ply them needles. (Bubbeh has spoken)

Blogger Spinning Girl said...

Mmmmm, Vicodin. Mmmmm, morphine.

So glad you're OK. Mostly.

Blogger Jeanne said...

Oh, Faith!!! 8-O

That is incredibly frightening!! Please take care of yourself - sending lots of healing rays...

Blogger Jessie Mae said...

Ow ow ow!

Glad to hear you're okay. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Blogger Emily Jolie said...

You poor thing! I'm glad you're alright and hope you're feeling better! Glad you are determined to give your body the time it needs to rest, too.

big hug,

ej

Post a Comment

<< Home