Gone are the dreams of sailing (the boom can pack a seeing-stars-punch when you're not looking!), riding horses, mountain biking, changing my own lightbulbs standing on a stool........ I had to avoid anything that could result in an accidental blow to the head.
So, I have been very careful. However, this week I came very close to being wiped out by an enormous articulated flatbed truck! Sometimes these things just happen to us and there is nothing you can do about it.....
I was driving to work, listening to Neil Diamond on the radio, when I became aware that the cab of the truck in the lane beside me was getting closer. I just pulled over a bit closer to the curb but the white and green door kept getting closer to my face. I tried to pull away out of danger but everything then went crazy! I gripped the steering wheel and just hung on for grim death.
The front bumper of the truck had clipped my rear wheel arch and I had been twirled into a pirouette so that my car was across the front of the lorry, sideways on! When my car stopped juddering and came to a halt I had the front of the truck cab within inches of my face pressed up against the side of my car. I had been spun round when he made contact with my car and then shunted more than 20ft up the road! I turned the radio off (!) and climbed over the passenger seat to get out as if I had deliberately parked in the middle of the road!
When I stood up though, my legs buckled underneath me. Then this amazing knight in shining armour (actually it was one of the construction workers from the Waterview construction site) called Gene, came over and assisted me to walk to the first aid room. I was shocked but completely uninjured - amazing!
Another guy, Glen, from the construction team made me strong sweet Yorkshire tea - the English answer to whatever ails you! I started to revive although the shock took 2 days to go completely. The truck driver was apologetic and visibly shaken. He hadn't seen my car as he moved over into my lane - although I was right alongside his cab I couldn't be seen in the mirrors and the roof of my car was a foot below the level of his window - yes, it was a very big truck!
There was CCTV footage of the incident and when I look at the still I was given, I have a fresh awareness of how close I came to being mangled inside my car. A very close shave!
I want to thank all the men from the Waterview construction site who were kind, attentive, and so generous with their time and Yorkshire tea (it's very expensive here!). Glen, Callum - thank you so much. But particularly, thank you to Gene who never left me from the moment I got out of my car to the moment he dropped me off at my door. My hero!
A link if you're interested - Waterview construction site