HandyMan took Kids One, Three and Four on the annual salmon fishing trip. All went well. They brought home 21 salmon. Kid One caught "Goliath," a 23 pound salmon that he struggled to bring in.
I wish I could have seen it...
Then ... the trip home...
They hit a buck on the highway...
(That white thing you see on the dash of the passenger side is an airbag)
They were an hour and a half north of where we live. I got the phone call from HandyMan a little before 7:00pm. They were on the side of the road, waiting for the ambulance, and Kid One may have a broken hand.
Talk about your heart dropping right out of your chest....
I made phone calls arranging transporation for all of us. And a small caravan drove north...
Before I go too much further, I'll answer the question we always get asked.... No, they didn't get to keep the buck. HandyMan was more concerned with the Kid.
And we went north the next day to retrieve all the fishing gear, clothes, and salmon from the truck.
Fortunately, Kid One's hand wasn't broken as bad as we thought. She had a small fracture in her thumb, which barely bothers her now. The major injury was an inch deep cut/tear between her index and middle fingers. That required 14 stitches to close up. There was no tendon damage. There appears to be no nerve damage. And she is slowly regaining use of the index finger.
We're both a little tired of traveling to doctors appointments. And fortunately, if she continues healing like she is, we won't have to go back. She's to the point where we only have to go back if there's a problem.
During this time, we received the estimate to fix the truck. And ultimately faced the insurance company's decision to catagorize it as a total loss.
Fortunately, we had full coverage. We will always maintain full coverage on our vehicles after our experience.
We also purchased a new-to-us truck.
Kid One has started crocheting a few days ago. A new skill for her.
She has started writing a little. And I'm hoping (and praying) that every day brings more and more movement and strength in her hand.
No, I'm not going to post pictures of her hand. That's for her to show.
The accident could have been far worse. And life is almost back to normal.
So hug your family tight. Everything could change in a moment...