Day 88: Lucky

3 Jul

After our morning walk I decided that instead of driving to church I would ride my bicycle. It was such a pretty day for a ride – sunny skies and not too warm. I don’t ride as often as I could, and knowing that my daughter (who lives in Copenhagen) rides her bike everywhere – in all kinds of weather – I felt there was no reason not to ride. With that decided, I got dressed, found my helmet and took off.

A short time later I was riding through downtown Ashland. I waited at a stop light and was feeling pretty good about my decision to ride. As the light changed, I took off and was riding in the right lane when all of a sudden a car came from behind and hit me and the next thing I knew I was on the pavement. Immediately several folks came to my assistance. They helped me get up from the road, called 911, and sat with me until help arrived. My heart is full of gratitude to them for all that they did – and I know one of the women told me her name but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was. You can bet that when I find them, I will be making them a pie.

The next few hours were spent answering the questions of Dana, the emergency responder, John, the police officer on the scene, and then the wonderful staff at the emergency room of Ashland Community Hospital. What I remember feeling – in addition to the obvious pain – was such a great sense of relief. Yes, I’d been injured but I knew that I was good hands – and soon I would be all right.

As far as we know now, I have a cracked rib (#6, left side, in case you are interested). When I came home from the hospital I was still too wired (adrenaline is an amazing thing) to lay down and so (do you know what is coming next?) I baked pies. One pie was for today and one is for tomorrow because I was told that tomorrow I might not feel so good – and I just couldn’t take any chances.

I know that I am very lucky – things could have gone much worse for me today. Knowing that, it was easy to pour my efforts into helping someone else. Tonight I brought an Apple Crumb Crust pie to some friends who have been experiencing a tough time. I want them to know that their friends care about them, that we’re ready to help, and that we’re keeping them in our prayers.

12 Responses to “Day 88: Lucky”

  1. Aimee Orr July 3, 2011 at 11:45 PM #

    So grateful you are OK. ❤

  2. Toni DiLeo July 4, 2011 at 3:25 AM #

    Karen, this happened yesterday? I’m so sorry. What a shock to your body and soul. And what a trooper you are to bake your pies.
    I hope you recover fast. All the best.

  3. Carrie Prechtel July 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM #

    I am so sorry that you had that happen. I’m sure you are feeling pretty sore today. Yes, you were lucky and the driver is lucky that you are okay, too. Drivers— LOOK OUT FOR CYCLISTS! Take care and speedy healing!

    • pieadaygiveaway July 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM #

      Thanks Carrie. It’ll be a while before I try to ride downtown again!

  4. Barbara Richard July 4, 2011 at 7:01 PM #

    OMG, Karen – hope you feel better soon. Glad the injuries were not any worse. You must have a Pie Angel looking after you. (BTW, if you don’t recognize my name, we met briefly at Paschal winery. I’m Evern’s friend, and I’ve been periodically checking your blog to see what’s new.)

  5. Amy Blossom July 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM #

    Karen, I am so glad you’re ok. And you still think of pies. I know Deb would be over to look after you and since she’s gone, feel free to call on me. (Even if she was in town.)

  6. J S July 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM #

    Ack! I drove through downtown yesterday, drivers were thoughtless, it was hairy – and I was in a car! I hope the driver stopped, and was appropriately concerned and helpful.

    Karen, I’ve been reading through your entries and haven’t found mention of people’s reactions to your pies. Are you focusing on your own choices, and thus not other people’s responses? I’m so curious to know how people respond – but of course that is not the point, when one chooses to give…

    • pieadaygiveaway July 5, 2011 at 7:39 AM #

      Jeanne, Almost everyone has been pleased to receive a pie… some folks are more demonstrative than others, but that’s to be expected. And you’re right, it’s not about the response – but more about the gift. Once we give, we let go. What happens next is out of my control!

  7. Sharon July 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM #

    So sorry to here of this crazy experience. I’m SO GLAD your O.K.
    You have a angel watching over you for sure dear.
    You are one of the strong women of the world to follow and i;m glad to be
    your friend. You inspire me..

    love you,


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