The Wreck

Our Car after the Accident

Car accident

Feeling a little groggy from the pain medications; at least I’m pain free for awhile. Two days ago, my wife and I were in a terrible car accident. Susan was driving us south on Highway 199 heading from Cave Junction to our volunteer job (the local thrift store for the animal shelter) in Grants Pass.

It was a gorgeous fall day in Oregon. As we approached a small country store on our right, all of a sudden a LTD turned left from the opposite lane, head-on into our Hyundai Sonata. We collided at 55 miles per hour, and all hell broke loose.

We were wearing our seat belts and the air bags popped open. The impact of the vehicles made a horrible smacking sound; felt like a thousand, carnival bumper-cars crashing in on us all at the same time. Our bodies were jolted back and forth, but the seat belts and bags held us in place. There was alarming smoke from the engine too.

I sensed a terrible pressure on my chest like I had been kicked in the chest by a horse. I couldn’t breathe. I freed myself from the belts and rolled out of the passenger door on to the street. Susan had gotten out safely from the driver’s side with major bruises and contusions. She was trying to attend to me, and kept shouting for the bystanders at the store to help or “do something!” Somebody said they called for an ambulance.

As I sat on the street propped up on one arm, I was able to relax my lungs enough to get some air; but I had the terrifying thought that I might die today. I was dazed and probably in partial shock.

I just couldn’t remember my prayers. So I silently said my numbers: one, two, three. One meant I believe that all of us are at-one with the presence of God, our creator. Two meant I believe that our souls are made perfect in the image and likeness of God. Three invites the grace of God, what I call the Love-Light, to heal and protect us with rainbow-colors of gold, pink, blue, purple, orange, and green.

I told Susan I loved her. She was holding my head and praying too. The EMTs arrived quickly on the scene. They very professionally strapped us on sliding, transfer boards with neck braces and all. Then they lifted us both on to gurneys which were rolled into the ambulance.

Susan and I held hands in the ambulance as the emergency medical technicians worked on us with IV’s, oxygen masks, and heart monitoring devices. Once in a while they squeezed our hands to reassure us. But nobody helped us cope with our fears.

I kept praying one, two, three, over and over. I stared up at the white lights in the ambulance ceiling. I thought about the power of God’s Light.

Soon we were in the emergency room at the local hospital called Three Rivers in Grants Pass. I remember there were pictures of butterflies on the ceiling; their colors of orange, yellow, white, and pink comforted me. Doctors and nurses were introducing themselves as they worked on us. Susan sounded like she was doing pretty well; she was joking with the medical staff.

I told her I loved her and I was praying. Still felt the strong pressure on my chest from one side to the other. Didn’t know what that meant; wondered again if I was going to die today. But, I thought I heard a still, confident voice say, “don’t worry, today isn’t your time.”

The emergency doctor said the X-rays and Cat Scans revealed I had three cracked ribs on the left side and one on the right. Susan sustained bruises on her chest, arms, and stomach. She would be able to return home today. I needed to stay in the hospital for at least one night of observation.

A police officer arrived at the emergency room and explained that our car had been totaled. He was amazed that we seemed in such good shape after that monstrous wreck. He did give a citation to the lady of the other vehicle who was 92. She had broken her wrist from the accident and never saw us coming.

My pain level was about an 8 on a 10 point scale. Soon the pain medicines brought it down to a one. I remember feeling grateful about that as the nurses’ aid wheeled me into my hospital room with a beautiful view of the mountains in Grants Pass. I watched the sunset for awhile with my favorite Love-Light colors. Our friends had taken Susan home; she called to say the insurance company would cover the cost of a rental car.

I’m home today, grateful to be alive. Still shaken and considerably stressed that we could have died from the wreck. The doctors explained that my ribs might take three months or more to heal. I’m still praying.

Sometimes my mind flashes back to the scene of the accident. I see the LTD and I feel the force of the crash again. Then, I pray with my one, two, three system.

I’m also worried about a lot of things: my wife’s recovery, my pain levels that are up down, getting our life back to normal. I’m still counting one, two, three. I’m grateful for all that I have and all that I will continue to receive in this life.

And I still recall that still, reassuring voice inside. I think it was my first actual contact with the Divine. Miracles do happen even in devastating care wrecks.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I am glad that you are okay enough to be home and pray that you feel better soon...accidents are so scary!

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SherrieAnne 5 years ago

What an incredible blessing that you both survived! Praying that in the not too distant future you will be able to really rest from the emotion of such a severe incident.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

justateacher: Thank you for your support and prayers. You are more than "just a teacher!" Namaste....Gary.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

SherrieAnne: I appreciate your blessings and prayers. I'm resting and all is well. Sending you golden Light....Gary.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Let's hope it all works out for you soon. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

A speedy recovery to you and your wife. Such a shock, but a blessing you are here to tell the story. We all need to be reminded to enjoy each day! My prayers are with you both!

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Reynold Jay. So you live in Michigan? I grew up and Detroit and lived in Grand Rapids before moving to Cave Junction, Oregon. Here's to the power of the positive over all that is negative. Peace and Light...Gary.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Scribenet: Yes to "a speedy recovery." Appreciate your prayers and blessings. I believe all of have unconditional worth and value. Namaste....Gary.

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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am so sorry Glen about your car wreck It sounds like such a shock to your system. I hope your breathing is ok. It must be difficult to deep breathe. Telling the story as well as you did may help to heal the pain or lessen your stress level. Your brain is in good shape, as your organization in this story is excellent. We will pray for you and your wife. Regards, Audrey

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Not being able to breathe right is the scariest thing I have ever experienced. I appreciate your prayers and remember, I am comforted by my Faith. The greatest miracle for me is to realize that we are never alone, and we always have access to the power of the Light. Thanks for stopping over. Sending you purple and blue Light...Gary.

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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Thanks Gary

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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Thanks for sharing Gary and I pray that your recovery is quick and painless. Take care.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Hi Tony: I appreciate your support. Although there is some pain for me to cope with, I claim my right to healing today. Love-Light brings me much peace and comfort. Peace and have a wonderful week....Gary.

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! A really sad and fearful moment in one's life. I am glad you and your wife are doing fine. I have experienced car accident before, it was horrible. Am so happy you re ok. Be blessed

GG BaBa 5 years ago

Gary and Susan you two have a beautiful attitude and I know your recovery will be speedy. You have a wondeful way of expressing your experience. Love your writing style, direct and to the point. Hope to see you in Nov. Healing feathers, GG BaBa

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

ubanichijioke: Susan and I are doing fine; still a little rattled. My message of course is that Faith will get one through any form of trauma. Appreciate your visit to this Hub. Blessings back to you.....Gary.

GG Baba:

Thank you for your kind comments and for your support. What is Healing Feathers? Please let me know. Here's to the Power of the Positive that produces miracles in our lives. Sending you yellow and green Light....Gary.

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CuriousVagabond 5 years ago from Tennessee

What an incredible story-making me tear. Wrecks are terrifying; luckily I've only had the unfortunate moment of experiencing 1. I'm not sure if this will work for you but my Mom has brittle bones so she has actually re-broken her ribs a number of times. Whenever she does this sleep is next to impossible, so she slightly sleeps on the side that is broken whilst wedging a small pillow under her ribs. Whenever she coughs or laughs or sneezes she would also hold the pillow close to her. I know how terrifying it is to feel like you can't breath, I have hyperventilation syndrome that I'm just now beginning to overcome where I would constantly feel like I'm not in-taking enough oxygen. I use the 7-11 technique, which is inhaling 7 seconds through my nose and into my stomach and exhaling 11 seconds out of my nose. I'm not sure if that would hurt your ribs or not though, but it's a small suggestion. I'm sending you healing vibes for the very best and quickest recovery.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Really cool suggestions CuriousVagabound. I appreciate your ideas, concern and support. I believe in the power of breathing techniques and I'm using them. Also trying some Self-Reiki by placing my arm over my ribs and going through my 1,2,3 prayer system. It's working! Namaste....Gary.

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Very powerful and moving hub that shows just how great your faith is. You drew strength and comfort from some of the most powerful sources I know - holding your wife's hand as you went through this scary ordeal together, using your prayer system even though it was in the shortened version, appreciating the fact that you were alive to view an exquisite sunset. These are the kinds of things I draw on for stength and comfort, especially during the times when something life threatening for myself or someone I love has occured and I believe they are more powerful than any medication that is available (although when used in conjunction with medication the relief can be even more effective. Centering ourselves allows the medication to take full effect).

I shall pray for your continued recovery and comfort and am relieved to hear that your wife is doing well.

As you are well aware, we don't always have control over the events that happen to us, but we do have control over our response to those events which is what ultimately determines the outcome. I am in awe of the fact that in the immediate wake of the serious accident you are already using your experience to teach others a powerful and effective response.

Voted useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

God Bless,


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Gail, I really appreciate your insight regarding my purpose in writing this Hub. You are right on target. Thanks for your prayers and support. Today, let's all choose to walk in the Light, breathe in the Light, move in the Light. Peace....Gary.

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C Michael Croston 5 years ago from Blacklick, Ohio, USA

Well, I'm thankful you're ok, Gary. I've been in my share of car accidents and my share of "wonder if I'm going to die" experiences. They give you a different perspective , don't they? If anything you come to appreciate how fragile life is and how it can be snuffed out so quickly. It's taught me to be prepared for anything and take nothing for granted. I don't exactly understand why we are here or what God's plan is, but I accept it and use these things to be a better servant, hopefully to warn others so they don't fall prey to complacency. I know you will use this event to make others lives better. You and your wife are definitely in my prayers.


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

C Michael Croston Thank you so much for your prayers and your support. This is the fist car accident I've been in and I hope I never have to experience another one. Here's to the power of the positive over all that is negative. Peace and Light...Gary

Gail Stone 5 years ago


Thanks for Sharing this,

I am glad you survived. This is a very powerful message about having a constant contact with your higher power! 1,2,3.. and yes there was someone there to help you with your fears and that one was GOD! Keep counting your blessings and watch out for the pain meds.. for me they can be a separation form god.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Gail Stone: Thank you for your comments and for your understanding that my faith is in God. I'm grateful to be alive and I count my blessings. Yes, I'm being careful with the pain meds too. Peace and Light...Gary.

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Gary, votes up and all across but funny. Judging from the comments, I believe this recently happened. I am glad to know you are doing better there pal. 1,2,3 prayer, that is very interesting. It would be a lie if I said I am a Christian, but I do believe in God and I stand by living right. I do pray and I feel that connection. The connection hasn't been with me that long, just a month or two, so I am still new to this. I believe God gave me many gifts to use on Earth. My songs and poetry is one and the other is very special. I sense the emotions of people around me and I can feel it. I feel what they feel. I am just curious of what your perception is on that, if you wish. I was in a car wreck in 97. It was tore up pretty bad, physically and emotionally. I was afraid to ride with others for years. I weighs heavy on your for awhile, especially in bad wrecks like you have experienced. But once again, I am glad you are ok and that I have had the chance to begin knowing you. It is a pleasure Gary learning from you. Best wishes and I will talk to you soon. Take care.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

thelyricwriter: Appreciate your comments. For me spirituality is more important than religion. I think all of us have the capacity to connect to our Positive Power in our own special ways. Sounds like you are becoming more aware of your special strengths, talents, and abilities. Empathy is a key attribute to all of these qualities. Thanks for staying in touch. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs too. Peace and Light...Gary.

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Lola1929 5 years ago from Oregon

A truly terrifying story, but with a positive bent. I'll remember 1, 2, 3 when I find myself in a challenging situation. Easy, yet so powerful. Thank you.

Love from Lola.

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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Lola: Accepting the Love and sending it back to you. Yes to the power of prayer and 1,2,3. Peace, Light, Love: Gary.

Candice 4 years ago

I'm so happy you both are ok!

My husband and I were in a severe car accident a few years ago

It took 4 hours to get us out of the car. I sustained 4 broken ribs broken teeth and a head injury!! My husband wasn't as fortunate, he had a broken leg broken tail bone and a shattered pelvis and hip and internal bleeding. It was an 18 hour operation for him, they said he would never walk! He not only can walk.. but went over seas for a year!

I have Faith!!

I'm glad you and your wife survived!!!!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow...I hope you and your wife are doing fine, Gary.

Sending you positive vibes to wishes!

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qlcoach 4 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon Author

Yes we are doing great. Everything worked out with more blessings than we could have imagined. Again, I appreciate your interest in my work. I'll be stopping by at your Hubs soon. Sending you purple Light today....Gary.

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