Monday, 25 January 2010

My Dad was in a Car Accident

At 8pm last night my Mum gets a call from the Paramedics to say my dad has been in a car accident. 

They took him to Port Shepston Hospital for a head injury, cracked ribs and his knee has been torn open.  My mum doens't drive but even so, not having a second car, she had to get someone to take her to the hospital to see my dad.

By the time she got there, my dad was in the ER.  She said when she got there she got such a fright when she saw all the blood.  You bleed pretty bad with a head injury, so she wasn't prepared for all the blood.  She says his face looks terrible - all swollen and grazed.  Mum went with him to x-ray to make sure he has no fractures.  Everything looks clear but they need to keep him for observation with his head injury. 

He is in a normal ward for now and mum is going to see him again today after the doctor has been around to re-asses his situation.  She needs to take his eye-glasses because my dad's blind as a bat without them and they were completely smashed in the accident.  Mum is now stuck on her own with no car and unable to drive!  I wish I could be there for her - she is 700km away.

My dad says he was pulling out of a petrol station after filling up, when a mini-bus hit his car on the side.  It doesn't matter who's fault it was because the Paramedics took blood on the scene and my dad was well-over the blood alcohol limit.  I'm so glad he's okay but I'm angry that he was drinking and driving - again.  Perhaps, this will be a wake up call for him...

The car is a complete write-off and because of him being over the alcohol limit, the insurance won't cover him anyway.  So, he'll have to fork out money to buy a new car - another wake up call.

I know I sound harsh, but my dad has had a drinking problem for years and he has never admitted to it.  He could've had hurt or killed someone else in the other vehicle and then it would've been a lot more serious.  We're talking manslaughter then.  Luckily the little girl that was in the other car only sustained minor injuries and is at the same hospital as my dad is (so we can keep an eye on her situation too).

What a way to start a Monday morning!   When your phone rings at 5:45am - you know something is wrong and immediately you go all cold.

Will keep you posted.

15 comments:

Marcelle said...

Big Cyber Hug Gillian
This could not have been easy for you to write - as I know whatever in the end you love your father.

It's really sad how so many people with drinking problems won't admit it..I see it with some of my family members as well and it frustrates me as hell.
Thank goodness they refuse to drink and drive, but still...what must happen before they recognize it.

Love, light and prayers for recovery to your Dad, and strength to your mom and you.
Keep us updated.

Brenda said...

Oh my. Sorry to hear about your dad Gillian. And your poor mum. Hugs.

JessGiggles said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your bad news. I hope your Dad recovers quickly!
*hugs*

cat said...

Oh Gillian, I feel for you girl. Tough to be so far away. Your poor mom (and you) to deal with the injury but also the drunken driving. Ugh! Time to owe up for dad.

Spuds said...

Getting those phone calls is ROUGH! I'm glad things weren't worse for you dad and mom, not that it isn't a bad situation. First time by your blog!

Nicely done!

Pat said...

I'm so sorry you have had this happen and it's worse when you're out of reach. I really hope for everybody's sake that your father sees the light and things will get easier for all - especially your mother. Good wishes to you.

blueviolet said...

I am so sorry to hear this and I'm glad that he wasn't hurt worse than he was. I really hope it's his wake up call, as you said!

Brian Miller said...

i really do hate those phone calls. hope dad is alright! in more ways than one.

Anonymous said...

Oh no :( I hope he does get the message this time before its too late!

Scotsman said...

For a similar reason I am glad my dad never got round to sitting his test after the number of driving lessons he had.

I hope both recover well.

Ninnles said...

Sorry to hear! Hope everything turns out ok and your Dad does get his wake-up call even if you and your Mom have to hit him over the head with it. Some folk never get the wake-up call, they get the final call.

Blasé said...

He is fortunate, and so are you. Hope he gets the help he needs, maybe now he will.

otin said...

Sorry for this. He was very lucky, actually, that no one was killed. Maybe this can be a start of something for him to build on. Thank goodness he and everyone else will be okay.

KK said...

Wow, that is a rough start to the week. I'm glad everyone is somewhat ok. I do pray that is a wake up call to him!

angel said...

It makes me sad that "wake-up calls" like this are even necessary.

Hugs.

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