The news was not great. The doctor informed me that back problems were pretty common in rear-end crashes and that the muscles in my lower back had torn and I should not do anything strenuous for at least 2 weeks. Especially running! Which is devastating to me. I have been running since January 15, 2014. It is how I regulate my moods, it is how I relieve my stress, and it is my relaxing alone time. Running is how I am getting into shape, it makes me feel good about myself. I have made a lot of progress in the 7 months I've been running and now that progress will decline. When I am allowed to run again it will be like starting over. I am going to be losing days 19-32 of my New Health Journey for a Happy Life. It could even be more than that depending on what the doctor says.
It hurts to cough, sneeze, laugh, stand, sit, you name it. I have trouble falling asleep; last night it took me 3 hours to get comfortable enough that my body would allow me to fall asleep. All of this because some 20 year old girl couldn't watch where she was going. I believe she was texting and driving which is why in plain daylight she did not see my turning signal, my taps on the brake lights, and my full brake light as I sat there waiting to turn. I am an extremely safe driver, nicknamed "granny driver" by almost everyone I know. I have never caused an accident and do everything I can to avoid an accident. I do not talk or text on my cell phone while I am behind the wheel. It is my belief that when you are driving that is all you should do; drive. I think that there should be stricter laws and ways to enforce the laws when it comes to talking and sending text messages or looking at your phone when you are driving. I'm not really sure what could be implemented but it's not a safe situation. My children and I could have been severely hurt, luckily I was the only one injured in this scenario. There is an imprint of her bumper on the back of my car and her license plate flew off.
At any rate, I believe I owe an explanation for days 19-32 New Health Journey posts ceasing. I will begin posting my workouts again as soon as I can start running again, or any type of exercise really. The only thing I am allowed to do at the moment is stretch.
As for those of you reading this who do use your cell phone while behind the wheel, please stop! It is not only you who could be harmed by your actions, you put others in danger as well. When driving you should focus on driving. Is sending a text message, making a call, or looking at Facebook really worth your life or someone else's life? In my opinion all of that can wait until you arrive at your destination. If it is an emergency situation consider pulling over.