Friday, November 12, 2010

OH, PIGPEN, I FEEL YOUR PAIN!

Well, once again I'm very negligent in posting to my blog.
Honestly, as the title reflects, I'm developing a true empathy for the Charlie Brown character, Pigpen. I believe he's the one who walks around with a black cloud over his head all the time and things just don't seem to go his way.
On the day of Hallowe'en, I had an appointment with a local restaurant to bring in some of my decoupage plates. The owner had called and requested I bring in some of my Christmas plates as she had a very interested buyer. She asked I be there somewhere between five and six PM.
Without going into every little detail, I never made it as a man ran a red light and hit me while I was in the intersection attempting to make a left turn. The condensed version is my car as totalled, I've received some injuries which are causing me some ongoing problems. Today,I got out of the hospital after being in for two + days. This is my third visit since the accident.
This trip it was confirmed I have a fractured rib just along the breast area and my breathing is very difficult. I had fluid building up in my lung as I wasn't taking the full deep breaths because that really caused severe pain. However, I've been told I must take the full breaths or I'll end up with pneumonia. Unfortunately, when I take the deep breaths, it causes me to cough and sends me into spasms that affect my breathing. I think it's called being between a rock and a hard place. A few weeks of this they tell me, and then I can begin some therapy.
Aside from losing a car that was a great deal and suited my lifestyle and my budget it has complicated the two biggest shows I have had scheduled for months.
Thank goodness, my husband stepped up and offered to help me. If I hadn't had his help, I would have lost all my deposits and would not have made a dime. Instead, I made money last weekend and will make money this weekend. Sales aren't like last year, nevertheless there is sales.
The plus side of this whole scenario is, according to the police officer if I'd been driving even a few kms. of speed more, I probably would be dead as he would have T-boned me and the speed at which I'd have been hit would not have been a happy ending.
The down side is, this driver was driving with a suspended licence, no insurance, probably speeding and probably ran the red light. As a result, I must pay a $500 deductible off the top of my claim. That translates into $500 less to spend on finding a new car. State Farm insurance has been wonderful to deal with and told me they will go after him for monies. If they get some, I get paid back my $500 first and they will take the rest. That may or may not happen!
I doubt for $2100.00 I'll find a car that matched the one I had or even come close. My car was a 1999 Ford Escort wagon with only 38,000 KMS when I purchased it and only had 70,000 KMS when totalled. It was in mint condition. My mechanic had asked me just a few weeks ago if I wanted to sell it....No, was my answer.
I get my settlement cheque on Monday and begin the process of finding a car, IF I feel well enough. Sigh!!!




3 comments:

MEG MITCHELL said...

Oh my gosh Margaret ... enough is enough. You have had a very rough year. I can't believe that this has happened but I am grateful that is was not as bad as it could have been. Maybe, and I hope, that this is the last of the "little dark cloud" happenings for you for the next twenty years. It's time for some wonderful things to come your way to such a generous woman.
Take care of yourself as I'm sure you will and here's a big hug for you.
Meg

Marg Hamilton said...

Ahhh,Meg! Thank you so much for your kind words and your caring heart!
I won't lie, this has been a very tough year on SO many levels.
It's kind of sad to make your goal for the rest of the year to have NOTHING else bad happen.
They say this will take some time....time seems to be what I have a lot of these days...
I'm sure you are so busy planning your Christmas in Paris trip.....someday, maybe, someday!
I can only imaginie how beautiful that city is at Christmastime. I've been to New York City over the holiday season and it was magical...this will outweigh that experience, I'm sure.
Big hug back to you!

MEG MITCHELL said...

How are you doing? I keep checking back with your blog to see if you have written an update. My thoughts are with you.
Meg