The only reason I am thinking about this life-changing moment is that I am feeling it right now. It was August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the southern portion of our country. I wasn't down there, but the police chief's son was, so that is how I remember what was going on.
I had asked my husband to buy diapers to bring home on his way home from work. During this period in my life, I had two babies in diapers. They were 1 and 2 years-old. He was too tired to stop, so I ended up needing to go out and get them. It was a Saturday morning. I got the diapers and then decided that I also wanted donuts. My little fellow that decided to ride with me wanted donuts too, so we ran through the Tim Hortons drive thru. I had also bought him animal crackers while I was in WalMart.
I headed out down Constitution. When I got to the light at the intersection of Constitution and Wayne, the light turned red. So, in all my obedience to the law, I stopped. Apparently, the old man driving behind me (he was 84), doesn't always stop at red lights, and doesn't think that others should either. I had been stopped long enough to have had my left hand securely on the steering wheel, and turn around to talk to check on my son, whom I had handed an animal cracker. Well, the man hit the back of my car. My shoulder has hurt ever since.
The man told the police officer that I had "stopped abruptly" at the red light. I told the officer, that although I don't know about the gentleman that hit me, I have always stopped at red lights. I also told him that I had been stopped long enough that I had time to turn around and check on my son. I believe that if I hadn't been turned in that position with my hand on the steering wheel, I may have not injured my shoulder. It is hard to know for sure though.
I have come to understand that I will always have pain in my shoulder and my back. My back had been injured in 1999 when someone backed into the front of a car I was exiting. Getting rear-ended certainly didn't help that pain. I have a baseline for the pain. I just know that it will hurt, but it is bearable. I guess the best way to explain it, is since I have to live with it, I should bear it and not complain about it. I think everyone, including myself, would get tired of hearing about it.
Well, today, for some reason, my shoulder is in immense pain. I am not sure if it due to one activity over the past few days, or several, but whatever it is, I have not hurt this bad in a long time. I still have pain medicine from when I had my c-section after my baby was born. I took one of those. It helped, but didn't completely remove the pain.
I am hoping that I will be able to get some sleep tonight. It is my plan. It is 1 am and I am still hurting. I don't want to take another pain killer because my husband is sleeping and I need to be alert if the little one wakes up. Oh well, I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!