My oldest son had some money burning a hole in his pocket, so we agreed to go to a toy store. Before that, my wife and I, along with our two youngest children, would head over to a book store and peruse while my parents got ready and took our remaining three kids out.
This was the first time I'd driven without having my Droid X on in GPS mode. I was giving the road my undivided attention, and was trying to figure out where it came out. It was a 35, but I was doing more like 25.
I came up on an intersection that looked like this:
I remember hearing Cindy say, "Look out", and then I noticed the stop sign, but it looked as if I had plenty of distance to stop. I also remember glancing left and seeing something blue.
The next thing I knew, I was talking to someone I'd never met before standing at the driver's door. I looked down and saw that my airbag had deployed, and that the passenger seat bag had as well. I saw Cindy standing outside of the car with the babies.
We'd gotten hit pretty hard:
I got my first ambulance ride, followed by some cat scans and x rays.
My shoulder was giving me quite a lot of pain, and I felt disoriented. Turns out I had a hematoma (blood in the brain) and a broken left clavicle (collar bone).
So here's how it all pans out; I don't have a vehicle in which I can fit my entire family right now, and I can't drive, so I'll be relying on the kindness of others for a while while I heal. However, while I thought, after we paid off the car, that we'd cancelled full coverage and only kept liability insurance, we hadn't, which will be a great help in the face of the coming hospital bills and auto costs.
I still have my health, and I still have a job. I feel terrible physically, but I've seen my God's hand at work in keeping my family safe, in saving me from even worse obstacles than those which my family and I face.
We really did have a great time, aside from this incident.