Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Auto pilot...Engage!

Has life ever gotten so weird that you kind of auto pilot and coast? I feel like I'm doing that this week.

We had a really weird experience Sunday.

I stayed home and cleaned the better part of the day. At the end of the afternoon, I realized I needed several cleaning supplies/grocery-type items.

I started to call Rob at the shop and give him a list. I knew he was going to the store, anyway, and wouldn't mind picking up some extra stuff. Then I changed my mind, and opted to head up to the shop. I hadn't seen him all day, and it would give me a welcome break from the housework.

On the way there, I traveled the usual country roads, then merged on to the four lane highway that leads to the shop. I had Jo, Josh and John with me. John is Josh's friend...and Jess' boyfriend.

Right away I noticed that the highway was super busy for that time of day on a late Sunday afternoon. I got behind a semi going about 55 to 60. I wanted to go around, because the speed limit was 65, but there was so much traffic, I had to wait it out. So, I've traveled about a mile, and I look into my rearview mirror. At first I thought I was seeing things.

In the rearview, I can see a woman swerving all over the road. At first I thought she was impatient and trying to pass me. I thought maybe she couldn't see the cars to the left on her in the fast lane. I assumed they were in her blind spot. I just wasn't sure what to make of it.

Then I realized she was out of control. She swerved repeatedly into the left lane, while the cars swerved to avoid her. Some of them had to go off into the shoulder to get around her. At this point, I'm on high alert, not sure what I could do. I couldn't pass the semi in front of me. I didn't want to slow down and have her rear end me, but I didn't want to get too close to the semi, in case she DID rear end me and push us forward into the rig.

The kids are turning around, trying to keep an eye on her. Josh said she looked like she was falling asleep at the wheel. Trying to keep one eye on the road and one eye in my rear view mirror was tricky. Plus I was trying to keep the kids calm and remain calm myself. Every few minutes, she'd drive up on my bumper and then pull back and swerve.

Not 1/4 of a mile from our exit, I looked back, and her car careened off the road to the right and down this VERY steep enbankment. What amazed me about the whole thing, is she didn't flip the car at all. Her car came to a stop without a scratch. Josh says he saw a little kid peek its head up from the back seat after she stopped.

I got on my cel phone and called 9-1-1. I couldn't stop suddenly to see if she needed help. I couldn't even get off the exit and go back to make sure she was okay, because there was no way of crossing the highway to get to that side without traveling 4-5 miles down the road.

So, when I called 9-1-1, they said "Ma'am, we can't stay on the phone with you. We're aware of the situation, we're getting more calls about it than we can handle right now."

Wheh! That was scary. Truly. I'm praying that she and the child are both okay. That was more excitement than I bargained for that afternoon.

Continuing with dramatic events, my mother-in-law called last night and said that they had to fly her son (my brother-in-law) to Japan for medical intervention. He's in the service...an officer in the Navy. He's stationed somewhere overseas unbeknownst to us. It's all a hush-hush mission type thing. Anyway, they found two growths under the skin of his chest, and the closest hospital that has facilities for testing is in Japan. We're supposed to know more about what's going on this week. His name is Fred, and we'd appreciate prayers on this one.

Additionally, my sister-in-law, Kay, has had a history of cysts in her breasts. She gets them every couple of years. This time, they decided to remove the growths for testing. She had them removed yesterday. The doctors are supposed to have the results by tomorrow on whether or not they are the same benign growths she normally gets or if they are cancerous. Again, prayers are appreciated.

That's about it. I think that's enough, don't you? Geez!

School starts next week, and I haven't done much preparation to speak of. I do have most of the school supplies, and four shirts for Jo, but that's it. There's shoe shopping and clothes shopping and bookbag shopping to be done for all three. Plus, Jess' fourteenth birthday is coming up that week. Ugh! Talk about no breathing room!

Okay, that's it for now. I've got to find something lighthearted to post later in the day. Otherwise, I might get a reputation as a cranky blogger. ;)

On a positive note, the weather here is moderate, sunny, and fantastic! How's the weather your way?

Have a great day!


neicybelle said...

wow!! that was freaky! i've encountered drunk drivers before, but never one that drove like that...wow! i'm so glad you guys are ok!

auto-pilot isn't a bad thing...just don't stay there...ok?

Holli said...

Holy cow! That's alot of crapola to deal with!! Mercy girl, I'm praying for some peace in your life! So, who called A.C.? In all your rush did you get to pick up the report? I'll tell ya, God had his angels surrounding your car Sunday. Thank the Lord you are ok! I'll be in prayer for your family members health and for finances and for a good school year for you and your kids. I do have Tucker's shopping all done. My Dad took him last night and bought him shoes and a lunch box. I am sooo looking forward to Kindergarten! He starts tomorrow.

Elliemarie said...

Egads! No wonder you are functioning on auto-pilot! I had a drunk or sleepy driver in front of me last week on the highway but it was nothing as freaky as your experience. My thoughts go out to your brother-in-law and sister-in-law-hopefully all turns out well. It's hard to believe it's back to school time already-the summer just flew by! Make sure you take a time-out this week for yourself-you don't want to stay on auto-pilot for long!

Kristi K. said...


Haha! Crapola! I haven't heard that word used in awhile! :) But it's fitting! Crapola is right! ;)

I still haven't picked up the report yet. God's helping me, because at first I was chomping at the bit to get the report. Now I'm just waiting until the end of the day to find out.

I do believe we...including the woman and all the other drivers she DIDN'T hit were protected Sunday. It was amazing that it ended without a collision!

I am glad you're ready for Tucker to go to school! Awesome! It's such an exciting time! :)

Have a great day!

Kristi K. said...

Neicy and Ellie,

You know, I've had impaired drivers in front of me before, and it affords a person a bit more control of the situation. I've pulled back and called authorities on one or two occasions.

Speaking of drunk drivers, one of Rob's coworkers died this past Saturday night due to a drunk driving incident. The driver and passenger were both his coworkers. They were both drunk and the passenger wasn't wearing his seatbelt. When the driver ran down into a ditch (car wasn't really banged up) the passenger was thrown from the car and killed instantly. They were cousins; the driver was 20 and the passenger was 19. Rob said they'd only been working there about six months and worked on a different side of the building than him. He said it's still really weird not seeing either of them on a daily basis. He said that the driver is facing vehicular homicide, among many other charges. It's truly sad.

Anyway, I'm hoping auto pilot is temporary. Have either of you seen "Click"? That movie makes you think twice about wishing you could fast forward through tough patches in life! :)

Thinking of you both and hoping you both have better days REALLY soon!

PJ said...

yeah! leave the cranky blog entries to me!

ps i'm glad you're okay. :)