Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Ducks v's 5 cars = Ducks win!

It was quite an unusual day today. There was a 5 car pile up outside work (major road), and as a first aider I was asked (along with 4 others) to go and assist.

Apparently some ducks were crossing the road (we have a lake at work), and a learner driver saw the ducks and scared of hitting them, hit the brakes instead.

The 5 cars immediately behind swerved to avoid the stopped vehicle and rammed into each other. 4 cars were written off, 1 person was seriously hurt (was pinned in the car at her leg area for quite a while), 1 elderly lady had some minor chest pains (ambulance man said it was most likely just the seatbelt), 1 builder had whiplash and everyone else seemed okay, just a bit sore.

You will be glad to know that the learner driver never got hit, nor did any of the ducks.

Our job as first aiders, was to keep out of the way of the ambulance guys (I am a firm believer that if you cannot be of help at an accident, then you should bugger off), and just offer comfort, support, cups of tea, water, somewhere to sit, and some boxes to put personal items from their cars (before the cars were towed).

I think we managed all that really well and everyone seemed happy with our input. I just hope everyone is okay, especially the lady that was pinned in the car for so long. Cars can easily be replaced, people can't.

On another important note, a lady I know is going through a really tough time at the moment.

She is one of the nicest people I have ever met - always thinking of others. She is in her early thirties and was absolutely blessed with natural triplets! Three of the most adorable boys you ever met - beautiful eyes and curly dark hair. They must be about 2.5 now I think.

Anyhow for the last 10 months she has been bleeding on an off - 40 days on, a couple of days off, 30 more days on etc. Her doctor said things like "what do you expect, you have had triplets...." , "It is just a heavy period.." and "...the stress of looking after three active boys".

Finally after 10 months they decided to do a D&C to see if that would settle down her cycles. During the procedure they discovered she had Cancer in her Uterus.

It is at the second stage. Tomorrow she goes in for a hysterectomy. She has no choice - not if she wants the chance to see her boys grow. But she is mourning the loss of more children. She always thought when the boys were a little bigger they might consider having another child, now that choice has been completely taken away from her, and it hurts.

I just hope and pray that tomorrow is the end of all the badness for her. After tomorrow I want to hear the news that they got it all; that it hasn't spread anywhere. Please let her be okay. Her boys need her so much.

For her - please - Let there be light!


At 12:03 pm, Blogger Burnt Karma said...

OMG, how horrible for her.
Sending love and good vibes.


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