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First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« on: September 18, 2021, 05:12:49 AM »
    Yesterday afternoon a car blew through a stop sign in front of me and I T-boned him at 30-35 mph, the crash was more violent than I would have thought for that speed. The airbag smacked my chest and in the first moments I thought my chest was crushed so I dug my phone out of my pocket and called 911, I probably sounded like I was dying but settled down in a couple minutes. Later on the way to the hospital the chest pain eased a bit but my right knee started to swell and got very painful. X-rays show nothing broke but I feel like I lost a fight, chest still hurts a little all the time and a lot if I yawn or take a deep breath. All emergency personnel, hospital docs and nurses were wonderful and even the cop was nice!
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2021, 05:14:58 AM »
Too many firsts and good thing for the air bag!!
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2021, 05:48:54 AM »
Yikes, glad to hear that you're on the mend. 
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2021, 06:54:42 AM »
glad you are here to tell the tale.
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2021, 07:14:10 AM »
My experience has been that what pained me the most at the time of the incident, turned out to be the least of my problems 24 hours later. 

Glad you got help and thankful youíre okay. 
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2021, 07:25:12 AM »
Glad you are OK. Air bags and seat belts do work. Stop signs...not so much. I stopped trusting the latter when I started driving emergency vehicles. Lights and sirens make people do weird things like stopping in the middle of the road right in front of you 'to let you go by' or speeding up to get through an intersection before you, or tailgating you to get through traffic faster and some really dangerous stuff beyond that. Never trusted a stop sign to stop cross traffic, or red lights either. Ever since those days I have always read the traffic as far ahead as I could see and always looked for, and created escape paths for the vehicle I was driving. Easy to say, not always easy to do.
 On the other side I cut and dug a lot of folks out of wrecked cars. Seat belts and air bags meant we had something we could work with. Lacking those it was often a different story. I'll leave it at that because writing this just brought up a bad one in my mind that took me 5 years to get processed through my head.
 I am just glad you are OK and on the mend. The pains will take time to subside. Get a follow up in about a week to make sure there were no residual effects. The shock trauma to your musculo-skeletal system is a protective reaction and when it subsides new things can pop up. Sometimes things get missed on the first go-round because of that.
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2021, 07:33:30 AM »
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2021, 07:53:56 AM »
Glad to hear it wasnít worse.  
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2021, 08:16:19 AM »
Man, don't let that happen again, you have too much work to do and people waiting for you. There are sirens everyday here, mostly car wrecks caused by using phones and being distracted and inconsiderate people.  Glad you are ok, Doug

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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2021, 08:26:47 AM »
Plan on taking it easy for two weeks, adrenaline can thankfully mask an incredible amount of damage to help you survive.  Once upon a time i got jumped and pounded on for quite a while by a much bigger fellow without feeling a thing.  I bit the hell out of dudes thigh to get loose and landed one on his face and it was over.  I walked away just fine with no pain, just dark vision.

20 minutes later i can hardly breath and felt like i was truly being skewered with a pipe in the neck and out the opposite side rib cage.  Burning all over and can barely move.  I couldnt laugh or god forbid sneeze for about 2 weeks without intense pain from all those kicks that i never felt at all.  In the moment i could barely tell what was going on the first few seconds since i never saw it coming.   got punched in the face over and over and didnt feel any of them. I just saw flashes that didnt hurt. 
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2021, 08:57:37 AM »
Glad the airbag did its job!!!

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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2021, 09:39:02 AM »
  Glad you're OK.  I hope the other vehicle's occupants are OK as well.  I've been in two similar but less violent incidents in the last year.  I had a car turn in front of me into a private drive.  I saw what was going to happen and got on the brakes but still hit her.  It's on a hill and I didn't dare swerve into the oncoming lane and the shoulder and ditches were iced and full of snow.  I firmly believe that the anti-lock brakes were a detriment in this incident.  I was on the brakes and the truck wasn't slowing as fast I feel it should have.  The asphalt was clean and dry.  $3,500 damage to a 2020 Ram was the result.  No air bags were deployed.  I got it slowed up that much.  The Honda SUV thing that turned in front of me wasn't as lucky but the driver was fine.  Back in July I had a similar incident.  A SXS was in front of me on a gravel side road.  She slowed down and moved over to the shoulder.  I pulled out to go around and she turned directly in front of me to take a two track across the road.  I hit her.  Once again I think the anti-lock brakes kept me from getting the truck stopped.  I wasn't going that fast and stood on the pedal...  No one was hurt, the SXS fled the scene, and the very same repairs had to be made to the truck...  Glad you're OK.
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2021, 11:00:11 AM »
I'm glad you are ok .
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2021, 12:29:30 PM »
gspren-  Glad you are okay.
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2021, 03:12:47 PM »
I'm glad you're ok and that it wasn't worse.  A lot of people complain of chest pain from airbags, especially at relatively slow speeds.  That's why they're not supposed to deploy at slow speeds.  At slow speeds the bag will do more harm than good.  As with Tom, I've seen so many bad wrecks.  You can never tell when a wreck will produce bad injuries.  I've seen cars roll many times and have severe damage and the occupants walk away without a scratch and I've seen relatively minor damage lead to severe injuries.  I've ridden and driven ambulances hundreds of times, but never as a patient.  I hope I never do.
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2021, 05:55:15 PM »
I can tell you being the patient is not as entertaining as sitting in one of the seats!

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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2021, 07:06:09 PM »
Thanks for the well wishes! At first the chest pain was both intense and scary when you think it may be serious, after the docs said it's bruising with no breaks and my heart seemed ok I felt much better, it's easier to deal with pain if it isn't scary. Something this crowd can relate to is I was wearing high top red wing hunting boots so when they had me in a "gown" to demonstrate I could walk I only had my boots to wear, a hairy old man in a hospital gown and boots.
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2021, 08:03:58 PM »
 to demonstrate I could walk I only had my boots to wear, a hairy old man in a hospital gown and boots.
I hope that does not become a new fashion trend.  It does not conjure up a nice or positive picture in my mind.
Hope you get better quickly.
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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2021, 08:16:23 PM »
Like the others, glad to hear you're doing well.  Any idea how things turned out for the other car?

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Re: First ever ambulance ride and first air bag to the chest.
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2021, 08:19:17 PM »
to demonstrate I could walk I only had my boots to wear, a hairy old man in a hospital gown and boots.
I hope that does not become a new fashion trend.  It does not conjure up a nice or positive picture in my mind.
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