Thursday, March 22, 2007

So Scary

My Brother in Law was in a car accident yesterday. He is okay, which is honestly amazing. He was driving to work when he blacked out. he has diabetes and when his sugars get out of whack, this can happen. It is not something we ever think of, something that is just a far off possibility.

The story of what happened in long, and detailed and my sisters story to tell. He is fine. So fine that he didn't have to go to the hospital or anything. We had normal dinner last was not changed. But it could have been. It was so close. Isn't it amazing how one small thing can change everyones life around you. I have been so fortunate in life. I have lost one cousin, which was terrible, but I was so much younger when it happened that it was different that it would be now. Just this summer I lost my first grandparent, and although it was very difficult, it was easier knowing he had such a full and wonderful life.

The idea of losing someone now, someone like Nick, my sisters, my family, my friends...I cannot begin to imagine. As an adult you realize how important the people in your life are. You understand the astronomical absence that would occur within you if you lost a pillar in your life. I am not who I am on my own. I am supported by a very close knit group of people. They make me, me. Sometimes when there are close calls, like Chris's wreck, it reminds you of how fragile life is, and how fortunate we are.


  1. Well, it sounds like everything worked out if he didn't have to go to the hospital and you had dinner as usual. I'm glad he is OK!! He will have to watch his sugar more carefully. Tom checks his blood every single day.

  2. How did he let his sugar get so bad?! Gosh that's scary. Glad he's okay.

  3. He always checks his sugar, but this happened when he took his insulin and it bottomed out his sugar levals. he usually eats breakfast at work, but his drive is just a little farther to his new job...maybe 5 minutes. It made the difference. He drove a really far way blacked out...several miles...and the wreck was terrible. It is amazing he wasn't hurt. I am thinking it was like when they say people who are drinking are not hurt in wrecks because they don't get tense...crazy.

  4. Chris is responsible and knows that diabetes is serious. It is not something that he "let" happen. It was a change in his routine and now he can make the time adjustment needed. Sometimes things just out of get control very quickly. I'm so thankful that he's OK.


  5. It was really scary! His sugars just got really low really fast and he blacked-out. It was a crazy, weird thing that can happen. I feel sooo lucky that it was such a minor situation when it could have been so much worse.

  6. I'm glad he's okay. My sister in law is a critical diabetic, and I had to call EMS on her at least once a month when she lived with us, so I know how frightening it can be.