I got a frightening phone call today from Carrie. It was 1:20 this afternoon and I hear Carrie on the other end of the phone saying in a quivering and teary voice, “Mom, I have to tell you something and don’t get upset.” Of course, I blurt out, “WHAT’S WRONG!!!”
Nicky was in a car accident. She got the call at work telling her that Nicky was at Shands Hospital and that she was on her way there. I was screaming, NO!!! Carrie was screaming. Her boss was driving her to the hospital. Carrie couldn’t give me any information on Nicky or any details about the accident. She didn’t know herself. I screamed, “IS HE DEAD!” Carrie was wailing, “I don’t know.” Apparently, Nicky was with the babysitter and the babysitter got into a car accident on the interstate. Oh, my dear God. I was so scared and so shaken. I could barely use the phone to call Tom. I thought I was going to pass out. All along I was screaming. It was awful. I didn’t know if Nicky was ok or not. On the way to the hospital she got through to the hospital by cell phone and they told her that Nicky had some cuts, scrapes and bruises on his face and that he was doing good. Carrie called me back to give me that much information at least. I thought I was going to die not knowing. In the meantime, Tom comes through the door and you could see the fright on his face. It was terrible here. Just terrible. Carrie called again to tell me that she got to the hospital and that she would call me soon. I just couldn’t stop my head from spinning. I was hyperventilating. I was panic stricken.
It took Carrie one hour to get to the damn hospital. About a half an hour later she called back and said that she signed him out to triage and that she was waiting for the doctor to see him. She told me that there was a four car pile-up involved and that the babysitter was in surgery with a crushed leg and chest. The car is totaled. In the car was the babysitter, the baby sitter’s daughter and the daughter’s two children plus Nicky and another child that she watches. They were on their way back from a doctor’s appointment that one of her grandchild had. They took the babysitter to the hospital and left the daughter and four children, including Nicky, on the side of the highway. The police and all emergency vehicles left and left them on the side of the highway. Oh, my God! The accident happened at 10:00 this morning and they didn’t pick up the Nicky and the rest until later on. Carrie said that Nicky and some of the kids were bleeding.
I had another good cry after all was said and done. The babysitter came through surgery ok-Thank God. Carrie called and she broke down again. We are so stunned. This was too close for comfort. Nicky has a large bump on his forehead and some cuts to his brow and face, but he is ok. Dear, Lord. Thank you. Every time I think about it I just break down and cry. I can’t believe that he went through this.