76-"A Split Second", life changing

Starting a normal day.

A Split Second

It is strange how the life of a person can be changed so drastically in ‘A Split Second’.

One day you wake up to the sun shining and the chirping of birds, flowers blooming and butterflies fluttering about. You get dressed for another day at work putting your pants on one leg at a time. Like the butterflies fluttering outside you have the thought flutter through your mind that this would be such a wonderful day to call in sick and enjoy this beautiful day. After all there haven’t been very many nice days lately and you should be able to have some time to enjoy this wonderful life you have been handed.

But, because you are a responsible person, you decide to go ahead and take a shower, go to work and take care of the things that have helped to make your life so great.

You trudge through the first half of the day and actually make it all the way to lunch time. You use your lunch period to contact some family and friends. You text instead of calling so that you can touch base with more than one or two. One of your friends invite you over for that evening. You agree to be there around 6:30 for dinner but let them know that you can’t stay too late for you have to work the next day. And you think to yourself what good friends you have and how lonely life would be without them and your family.

You make it through the rest of the work day with almost no incidents, at least none that can’t wait until the next day. You arrive home and start getting ready to leave for your friend’s house. Since you live alone and don’t have to involve anyone else in your little dinner excursion you are ready in no time.

This is not business so it is casual dress. You arrive around 6:15, after all you don’t like being late for anything, and you feel everyone should be considerate of other people. Dinner is good and your friend’s wife and two children are very talkative but polite at the table. After the meal you have desert and pay a very well deserved compliment to his wife on the dinner and delicious desert.

After sitting and chatting about some old friends and some old times too, you let them know it is time to head home. It is about 9:30 and you bid your ado’s and head out to the car. Your friend’s wife yells out for you to be careful because there are a lot of idiots on the road. You naturally call back that it’s only about a 15 minute drive and that you are always careful.

With that you slip into your car, fasten your seat belt and start the engine. As you drive you start thinking about how much you wish your marriage had worked so you could be with your children. As a matter of fact you are going to make it a point to make a special trip to see them this weekend.

About 10 minutes into your drive you suddenly have lights blinding you. You realize that someone has crossed into your lane and is heading straight for your car. You try to swerve but it is too late. The next thing you know everything goes black.

Two weeks later.

You wake up in a hospital with a nurse taking your pulse and before you can even say anything she says to you, “Just a moment and I will get the doctor”. In the mean time you feel like there is something missing and when the doctor gets there the first thing you ask is, “Where the hell am I and what happened?” and you don’t know if you really want an answer. As the doctor begins to speak your mind starts racing and you barely hear him when he tells you that you were in a bad accident two weeks earlier and proceeds to explain to you that because you were pinned in the car and they had to use the “jaws of life” to remove

you from the car they had no choice but to amputate your left leg. When he said that it brought you to your senses and you sat straight up in the bed. Well, that is, as straight as you possibly could. With that you started having flashbacks to that night.

All of a sudden you remember the music on the radio and how happy you were at the time. Then the bright lights in your eyes and all of a sudden you are lying here.

Your first thought is, “was this my fault and who else did I hurt?” You find out later that the headlights were from a car being driven by a drunk driver that had crossed the line into your lane. The accident was not your fault at all.

You ask; “What happened to the driver of the other car?” That’s when you are told that he had a few cuts, bruises and a bump on the head. He is sitting in jail.

This is when you realize that your entire life was changed in “a split second”. You won’t be able to run and play with your kids anymore. You are going to be limited to the work you can do for a living. You have to change your whole life, and for what? All because some jerk had to have that drink and then get behind the wheel of his car, because according to him, he wasn’t drunk.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub gregas. Unfortunately this happens to much, and the victim could be any of us. The other car could be driven by someone under the influence or even by someone talking on their phone to texting while driving. Sad, but realistic. Voted up.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Jodah, thank you. That's true, I used the drunk driving for this story because it was influenced by something that happened to a family friend. And I do still see people on their cells every day. People seem to have lost common sense over the years. Greg


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I was glued to my chair through your entire story. I'm glad it was fiction. A drunk driver causes more accidents. Why can't they see that? Great story..Voted up...


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Ruby, thank you and as jodah pointed out there are a lot of distractions that can cause accidents but drunk driving seems to be the biggest single problem. Greg


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Oh what havoc and heartache drink drivers cause and this story covers it so well.

Great work Greg.

Eddy.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Eddy, thank you and yes drunk drivers especially can change so many things. Greg


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a story that is very well told. As you continue to read it, you forget that the person's life is headed for a drastic change. The ending is most apt. Great hub, with a great message.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Mona, thank you and I am glad the story worked the way I hoped it would. Greg


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Raising awareness! Good job, gregas and very touching. This is a story that happens all too often. I myself am a victim of a drunk driver - I was a pedestrian and a drunk driver swerved over and hit me. 35 years ago, it tore up my knee, lacerated my bladder and cracked my pelvis in three places. Now, all of that is healed and I have a knee replacement. Other than a little arthritis, you would never know I had the knee replacement. It works as well as my other knee. Other people have not been as fortunate. This is a good story and one that should be told. Voted up!


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Ann, thank you. I like that you shared your unfortunate experience. This does happen way too often. I wish there was a way I could get this to more people than just hubbers. Greg


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I’m so glad it was fiction because it just made me sick. I’ve had two split second incidents that have changed my life and disabled me. Neither was from a drunk driver but each could have easily been avoided. The first happened because a young man dropped his “sody” in his lap and rear-ended the car in which I was a passenger. This caused a lifetime of debilitating migraines.

The other occurred when a young woman ran a stop sign and hit the city bus on which I was a passenger. The bus overturned into a ditch, and the accident broke a vertebra in my back, my sternum and two ribs, plus it gave me a concussion. This resulted in a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy and chronic fatigued. I am now done in. I can barely load the dishwasher, much less do housework or work in the yard. I still hold a job because the most comfortable chair to me is an office chair. I’ve said I may as well get paid for sitting at a computer all day.

Peoples’ carelessness and irresponsibility behind the wheel never cease to amaze me.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Miz B, thank you for sharing. If people would just read these and realize that they HAVE to pay attention wile they are driving. As much as I hate the word, there are a lot of IDIOTS out there and every time we turn the key and start our cars we are putting our lives in their hands. Greg


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I have been a member of MADD for years and know the stories similar to what you write here. I also have seen what it does to a family. In just a split second the future can be changed -- something to think about.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Teaches, thank you for the visit and the comment. Greg


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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Very powerful! Yes, amazing how a life can so drastically change because of someone's carelessness.


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gregas 2 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi again Brenda. Thank you and there have sudden changes in my life but nothing so drastic. Greg.


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Freedom America 20 months ago

Incredibly Powerful! Your writing had me mesmerized with a firm grip on my heart. I believe that everyone at some point have experienced a life-changing experience in one way or another. Split-second tragedies that altars our lives forever are the hardest to comprehend. Yet Tragedies do not have to mean the end to our life or our dreams, sometimes they serve as a reminder that life is so much more than just our daily living and rituals and we should always take the time to enjoy the life we are given in any capacity. Thank you for writing such an eye-opening piece.


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gregas 20 months ago from Corona, California. Author

Thank you FA for the response. Greg


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Sulabha 2 months ago from Indore, India

Gripping! Thank God it's a story. I wish it had not happened to your friend either.

Drunken driving -it's always somebody else who pays for it.

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