I really wanted my first blog back from convention to be all about the Melaleuca convention that I just attended.. What an awesome convention it was, by the way. I will tell you about some of the highlights in a later post. Sorry in advance for this long post but I think this one deserves it.
Today I want to share my life changing experience with you that happened on my trip home. I woke up early yesterday morning, August 15, 2010, with the beginnings of a migraine. I knew I had a 7 hour drive home but I just wanted to sleep. I took a couple of CounterAct Pain Tablets and laid back down for a few minutes.
I woke up at 10 am, so much for an early start but I felt a little better. I headed out, stopped to get something to eat but didn’t have much of an appetite yet. After 3 hours on the road I was feeling sick and tired again. I pulled over at a rest stop to close my eyes for a few minutes. It started getting hot in the car so I got out, refreshed a little and got back on my way.
A half hour later I caught myself resting my eyes while driving. You can’t do that, I yelled at myself. Thought about getting off again but it had only been 1/2 hour so turned the air up full blast, put in a Buckcherry CD and continued on.
Next thing I know I’m feeling the rumble strips and CRASH!!!!! I’m now wide awake on the left side of the road, not sure what I hit but I’m spinning around and facing the car behind me. Holy Crap…. All I’m thinking about is getting the car under control and hoping that the guy behind me is paying attention and doesn’t hit me.
I’m not sure if I spun all the way around or back around the same way but I was able to face forward again, regain control and pulled over to the shoulder of I-80. The guy behind me kept on going. I’m trying to dial 911 to report and my hands were shaking so bad I was having a hard time with that.
A guy pulling a boat pulled off and came up and asked if I was all right. He couldn’t believe what he had seen and that I had pulled it out and not flipped off the road. I told him that it looked pretty scary from my vantage point too and that I couldn’t believe I was ok. I guess learning how to drive in Iowa winters paid off for me.
Now the moment of truth, what did I do to the car, since I didn’t kill myself, Mike is gonna kill me…. I was 1 mile from the Green River WY exit, still had 300 miles to go. I knew that my driver side mirror was gone and I figured I had hit the guard rail or something and my whole left side would be a mess. I figured I had to have at least a flat tire or two. I got out of the car and other than the smell of burning rubber and my broken mirror there was no other signs of what had happened, unbelievable.
A guy and his daughter, out for a ride on his Harley, had stopped on the frontage road and he yelled over to see if I needed help. I ran down to talk with him telling him that someone was watching out for me, He said he knew who. He was a youth minister at a local church there. We had a great conversation, he asked if he could say a prayer with me and I thought that under the circumstances, that sounded like a pretty good idea. What a meaningful prayer it was, I was so touched by the kindness of this stranger, I have tears running down my eyes now as I’m writing this. We exchanged contact information so that I could let him know that I arrived home safely.
After about 25 minutes the Highway Patrol showed up. I told him my story and he’s just shaking his head. We didn’t have to fill out a report because there were no injuries and less than $1000 in damage. He told me that not too many people can lose control of a car at 75 mile an hour (it was actually closer to 80) and live to tell about it, let alone so little damage.
My migraine was gone and I was wide awake the rest of the trip home. It was rather difficult changing lanes the rest of the way home but I made it home safe and sound. I broke out in tears when I pulled into my driveway. So thankful to be back. The theme at convention was Your Future Starts Now. I am taking that to heart because I was so close to losing my future yesterday.
I love each and every one of you reading this. No matter what you are doing in your life, just take a moment to reflect on how fast it can be taken away from you. I’m still trying to find what my purpose in life is but I know that I must be here for a reason. If you’re not making the most out of life you can begin today. Join me in the future, Our Futures Start Now ; )