Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Traffic was light that morning. Usually the woman had to battle people diving in and out of the lanes traveling north, but that day there was no one swerving in and out of traffic. There was a good reason. It had been raining hard overnight and into the morning.
She gripped the steering wheel tighter and kept her eyes alert for danger. Then, out of the corning of her eye she saw him. His front tires almost looked like they were floating on top of the water and he wasn’t compensating for this hazard, but kept going faster than the speed limit.
“Perhaps he was late for work,” she’d thought. “Or perhaps he just isn’t paying attention to how hard the rain was falling.”
And then it happened – He lost control of his car and though the woman reacted by moving over to the lane to her left, it wasn’t enough.
It all happened in slow motion for her. His tires skidding. Then the sound of grinding mental and her car spun around in a circle then landed in the opposite lane of traffic.
She heard another crash. Then, nothing.
The woman didn’t remember much about the accident. She only remembered the sounds and feeling crushing pain shoot through her arm and leg.
When she had regained consciousness, she was in the recovery room of a hospital. Evidently, she learned later, surgery had been performed to piece together her arm with a plate and screws, and her leg had also received several screws to hold the bones in place.
Physical therapy lasted for months, as her body attempted to heal itself. But the doctors were optimistic that she would be able to use her arm and leg normally within the next six months after.
The pain was harsh and came in waves. She grabbed her leg and rubbed her hand over the area of her leg that had been damaged. The doctors had said she’d regain use of the leg, and they had been right, but they hadn’t been right about how long it would take for the pain to go away.
Time passed, and it had been over a year since the accident. Her pain was then diagnosed as a chronic pain condition. Something the doctors said that she would probably deal with the rest of her life.
Though this story is fictional, it is a story that has been repeated in many individuals’ lives. What starts out as a car accident or injury at work can turn into a chronic pain condition, as somewhere along the way the healing process does not include healing the pain.
Is there anything you can do after a car accident to speed up the healing process and perhaps avoid developing a chronic pain condition? Yes there is!
In the article, “The First 72 Hours: 10 Simple Things That can Help You Heal,” on drmaud.com, you will find what to do in the first seventy-two hours after a car accident to help you heal, such as a method to reduce pain and inflammation and what to do after the sudden shock of an accident.
And remember, God will be with you as you do the best you can to aid your healing process. With the right care, you will have a better chance of healing from an accident and reduce the risk of the injury turning into a chronic pain condition.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.