Accident victim appreciates all the assistance
May 5, 2009
To the Editor:
Those that know me know I do not find myself speechless very often, but tonight thinking about how to say what I need to say, I’m finding it hard coming up with the words…
To the people who were first on the scene of my accident and asking me if I was OK, thank you. Your advice to stay where I was and keep breathing started my process of eventually being OK.
To the EMS, firefighters, police officers, and anyone else who assisted in getting me out of the vehicle and to Denver, thank you. A very special thanks to someone named Ryan. Your warm and comforting voice continuously telling me that I was in good hands and keeping me informed kept my mind focused on what was most important. Thanks to all of you for your professionalism and patience during one of the scariest moments of my life.
To my Mama, Libby and Bruce, thank you. I’m sorry I scared you. Thank you for coming to be with me. Once you were there, thank you for staying by my side. I know it seems simple and insignificant, but thank you for holding my hand and squeezing it when tears rolled down my face. Libby, thank you for being able to look at a gash in my side with your toes curling up and being able to tell me with a calm voice, “it’s not that bad, Jane.” while I was scared. Thank you all for stepping in as me with Skyler so that I could rest easy knowing she was well taken care of. Thank you for the tight hugs and for loving me. I’m the luckiest.
To my incredible daughter, Skyler Jane, Thank you. You are the first person that I thought of after the accident. I wanted to be OK so that I could make sure you were OK. Thank you for coming and being brave when you saw me in the hospital. Thank you for calling me in the hospital from school just to tell me you love me. You are the most on-purpose thing I’ve ever done and you continue to be my best friend. I love you.
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To my Malia Jane, thank you for not growing too much while I was gone. We will rock-a-bye again soon. “Love you whenever we’re together. Love you when we’re apart.”
To all the people I work with, thank you. Your compassion and generosity shown to my family and myself will not soon be forgotten. Glen, you are salt of the earth. Rachel, you are one tough girl and I’m still not sure how hard I actually squeezed your hand. Val and Annie, thank you for being the ones to tell my family and also for coming to see me. I can’t tell you in words how much it meant to me. Lynn, there are no words to say. Just thank you. I hope to be back to work soon.
To Teresa Hill, thank you for taking care of my daughter and for surrounding her with such positive energy while I was away.
To everyone who sent flowers and came to see me in the hospital, thank you.
To anyone who had to hear me tell a story twice or three times because I couldn’t remember if I’d already told you, thank you … both for listening and also for not reminding me you’d already heard it.
To those people who have asked, “what can I do?” or “can I get you anything?”…Thank you. I wish I had said that you could get me some Jell-O cups because then I would have lots of them lying around.
To Grand County, thank you. Thank you for the calls and messages left for me at the hospital. Thank you for passing along updates when you heard them and for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.
To everyone listed here and lots of people that are not, thank you from the bottom of my soul. I am fortunate to have such fantastic people in my life. I am home now and putting the pieces back together in my head.
Don’t forget to hug one another every single day.