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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:56 PM

My mental state might get worse.

Due to being hit by a mini van. My therapist thinks I might have PTSD now... I'm a little bit afraid of cars now. As in cringing the whole time I was coming home from the hospital.

Then there's the physical recovery itself. It's going to be very frustrating. I can't get out of bed by myself.

Edit: I was on foot on a crosswalk by the way. Two hairline fractures on my right hip and a bruised finger. Full recovery expected.

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Reply My mental state might get worse. (Original post)
Neoma Mar 2013 OP
BainsBane Mar 2013 #1
get the red out Mar 2013 #2
polly7 Mar 2013 #3
elleng Mar 2013 #4
fizzgig Mar 2013 #5
HereSince1628 Mar 2013 #8
irisblue Mar 2013 #6
mopinko Mar 2013 #7
BainsBane Mar 2013 #9
polly7 Mar 2013 #10
Neoma Mar 2013 #11
Neoma Apr 2013 #12
BainsBane Apr 2013 #13
Neoma Apr 2013 #14
hunter Apr 2013 #15
Neoma Apr 2013 #16

Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 12:58 PM

1. Please look after yourself

and know that people here care about you.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:03 PM

2. Take care of yourself

If you have a therapist and can get to their office, go see them. Take care of mind and body.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:03 PM

3. Oh no!

How traumatic, I'm so sorry, Neoma! Treat yourself gently, and just concentrate on healing physically for now. What rotten luck, I hope you're not hurting too much.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:11 PM

4. Be well, and work with therapists,

physical, occupational, emotional and psychological.

We are with you, Neoma.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 01:44 PM

5. i think it's natural to feel this way

i was in a car accident when i was a teenager and for the longest time i would cringe and grab the 'oh shit' handle if i caught a car coming out of the corner of my eye. it's been 17 or 18 years since the accident and i'm still a bit uncomfortable in the car.

take care of yourself and give yourself plenty of time to heal.

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:39 PM

8. Me too. No reason to go straight to PTSD.

Rule of thumb in these things is the symptoms that distress you need to not be better associated with other causes--like the immediate shock of the accident, and they need to have some duration.

It may be something to watch, but I'm sort of surprised a therapist would go there. Usually they are pretty worried about laying the ground work that could lead to something factitious.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 03:20 PM

6. I'm having a similar issue

2 car related accidents and one near miss has really made it hard for me. I stopped driving for a year, took a bus or got a ride or walked or didn't go. Keep talking to your therapist. kind regards

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 04:37 PM

7. hang in there.

this too shall pass. in the meantime it will suck, but.....

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 07:14 AM

9. How are you doing Neoma?

Please check in from time to time.

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Thu Apr 4, 2013, 05:49 PM

12. Update:

Ow! Argh, eek!

Me: MOM! Is it pain med time yet?

I'm getting stronger, but jeez whiz is this a long slow process. Physical therapist exercises are challenging and takes a lot of time. I learned that magnesium is good for constipation problems (handy advice!) and oh well Duh, I need more calcium in me right now. And potassium... And maybe some B-12.

Did I mention I got a singing telegram for my birthday from the driver that hit me with her mini van? Yeah...that was interesting.

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Response to Neoma (Reply #12)

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 06:22 PM

13. I'm so glad you're feeling better

That singing telegraph sounds sweet. What a nice surprise. I know how hard pain can be. Keep getting better.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 03:39 PM

15. Hello.

An internet for whatever it's worth.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 02:03 PM

16. Update:

I can wear jeans, sleeping on my right side is okay, and I can sit in any chair now. The doctor said he'd let me put weight now, except 3 weeks is just a precaution, in case it'd crack more if it's not fully healed.

I'm getting strong muscles from basically lifting up my entire body when I use my walker to hop. Then there's the leg exercises I have to do twice a day. Only thing I'm worried about are my hamstrings.

Now it's just an annoying waiting game.

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