I Got that Call

I’m typing this from Brigid’s hospital room. Early Sunday morning, she was in a car going back to her friend’s house from a run to McDonalds. A drunk driver blew through a 4 way stop and t-boned the car. Brigid was in the back seat on the driver’s side and took the bulk of the impact. She has a fractured pelvis which we still don’t know if she will need surgery to stabilize it. In the big picture, she is fine.

She had on her seat belt and because of that, we are in the hospital and not the morgue.

The drunk driver went to jail. I don’t know much other than that. There are no skid marks on the road so he never even thought to stop. Brigid’s friend’s (the driver of the car) mom has pictures of the car that Brigid was in as well as the drunk’s car. I don’t want to see them but I have heard they aren’t pretty.

Please make sure you and everyone you know and love wears a seat belt at all times, front seat or back. Every damn time you are in the car.


40 thoughts on “I Got that Call

  1. Oh, how scary. So sorry to hear the news. I hope your daughter recuperates smoothly, though I suspect the emotional wounds will be just as painful as the physical. My thoughts are with you.

    (I felt weird clicking the ‘like’ button for this, but consider it another plea to always get people to wear their seatbelts. And to not drive after consuming alcohol.)

  2. Every parent’s worst nightmare. Hope that driver gets a chance to repent at leisure from a prison cell, then do community work with paraplegics caused by this kind of ignorant, selfish behavior. Stay strong and best wishes to your daughter for a speedy recovery.

  3. …praying with you for a full recovery. I can totally imagine the anxiety that you experienced with ‘ that call’. It is great that Brigid wore her seatbelt even as a backseat passenger. Perhaps after she recovers, she’d consider sharing her experience with other teens which may also be therapeutic for the healing process. Thanks for sharing your story that highlights both the results of irresponsible action of an adult and safe behaviors of a teenager. Stay encouraged and Hang tight!

  4. Those calls are terrifying. What an awful experience. Glad to hear it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Sending healing thoughts to you and yours.

  5. Oh my goodness, how terrifying. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.

    One of the earliest lessons my mother imparted on us was how crucial it was to always wear our seat belts. When I got my driver’s license, she made it unequivocally clear that if she ever found out I had been driving without my seat belt, or let any one ride in the car with me without theirs, my driving privileges would be revoked. Immediately and indefinitely. Your girl is proof that they truly do save lives.

  6. Just saw this Mags and I am sending good thoughts and Blessings to you and Brigid and your ENTIRE family.
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  7. I think I was a teen when I asked some ‘authority figure’ if it was just around the corner, did you really need to wear your seat belt. You know, if it was ‘close enough’. The answer: “If it’s THAT close, you can walk. Otherwise, wear your seat belt.”

  8. Anonymous

    Magatha…you don’t really want to know!
    But, I’m probably one of the last of your admirers who has known you since you were eleven.

  9. MamTshawe

    Thank you for the reminder.
    I have 2 toddlers, and I used to be strict about them being buckled up in their car seats. The matter has slightly changed of late, I’m just lazy.
    Getting home and putting the car seats back in the car; and they shall forever be buckled in. It is not a matter up for negotiation.

  10. vanmich2010

    I never, ever allow people to drive after they’ve been drinking. So much bad things can happen, but for people who are that ridiculous to make such a decision, everyone SHOULD wear seat belts!

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