Saturday, May 2, 2015

It could have been worse….

It started out beautifully!

We drove to Canaveral National Seashore to spend the day and it was ‘picture perfect’!


This is one of the first photos I took.

And this is the last one on my camera for the day.


We spent 4 hours on the beach in the bright sun, walking for at least half of that time.

So when we were driving home and the clock said 5:30 pm, we knew we needed to stop and get our afternoon snacks out of the cooler because we were still an hour or more away from home.

We stopped at a beautiful park with the St. John’s river running alongside and while hubby got the snacks out, I went to the bathroom.

Walking back, I was tired from all the walking at the beach.

I still had my beach flip flops on.

My blood sugar was low and I needed to eat.

And I was distracted looking out at the river and didn’t pay attention to what I was walking on.

The sidewalk was buckled and uneven…

and I tripped.

When I stubbed the toe of my shoe, I took 2 long strides with my arms straight out. My body was trying to balance itself. But it couldn’t. And I took a swan dive…face first into the rough concrete sidewalk.

My right cheekbone and jaw took the brunt of the fall and blood started gushing. I’ve never seen so much blood come out of my nose and mouth ever.

And now we get to the good part. You know with my positive attitude there will be a good ending.

A beautiful lady named Emilia, her son and granddaughter, Tia ran over to help me. Emilia called 911 and she stayed with me the entire time. Her son rushed to get my scared hubby and then hubby stayed busy running back and forth to the bathroom to rinse the blood out of towels, get water, move the car closer, etc.

The EMS people came and they were great too.

I am battered and bruised today and I’ll be eating soft foods for awhile but nothing is broken.

My face looks like I was in a bad fight that I lost

and I have bruises up and down my right side…

hand, arm, hip, leg.

Please pray that I will heal completely. And when you say a prayer for me, ask God for an extra blessing for Emilia and her sweet family. I don’t know how I could have done it waiting for the EMS without her by my side, helping and encouraging me. A sweet Hispanic lady that took the time to care and be a loving Christian to a stranger.

Accidents happen.

I always think of the movie, ‘Love Comes Softly’ and how he describes how God works in our lives. He comforts us when we are hurt. I rode home with 2 ice packs on my face and a towel wrapped around my head. But we made it home finally at 7:30 pm. I bathed and drank chicken broth and slept on my left side all night.

It could have been worse.

I’m very thankful.


Anonymous said...

I am so terribly sorry about your fall. I will be praying for you to heal completely and for your soreness to subside. And, yes, thank the Lord for Emilia and her sweet family for comforting you. xoxo

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Diana, I'm so sorry you had such a terrible fall! Bless your heart. Thank God for such a sweet stranger to help you. I'll be praying for you, dear friend. Take it easy! No skipping on the sidewalk anymore! (a little humor helps!)


BeachGypsy said...

Diane how are you doing now? Is there anything you need or anything i can do?

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I'm so glad that your sweet angel was there with you- falls are just so scary anyway, and blood gushing makes it all the more traumatic. Prayers for a quick recovery.


Best wishes for a speedy recovery--I am praying for you and the others--
I worry alot about falling and breaking something--here the sidewalks are always uneven and I am always looking around for a good photo shot!!!
Smiles--unless it hurts to smile!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so scary! I know how quickly one can fall and I am so glad you aren't hurt worse! Oh Sis, I'm praying for fast healing! How wonderful that Emilia was there to help. God puts Angels in our lives everyday. Sweet and gentle hugs to you.


Vee said...

Oh how terrible for you! I am so sorry that you had this happen. Yes, it could have been worse...that's the sweetheart we know saying that, but I'd prefer that it not have happened at all. So glad that you had loving, helping hands when you needed them. What a shock for you all. Now, I'm praying that you heal quickly without too much discomfort.

Helen Philipps said...

Dear Diane so sorry to read about your fall and injuries. I hope you soon recover, and will be thinking of you.
Sending love.
Helen xox

Jane and Chris said...

I'm so happy that Emilia was sent to be your angel when you needed her.
Heal well,sending big hugs,'sis'.
Jane xxxx

Angela-catnipnjacks said...

O Diana ...I'm so glad it wasn't worse and that there were caring folks nearby to help...sending love and prayers of healing .. Hugs

Diane said...

Oops... yes, accidents happen. Heal up fast!

Jean Berryessa said...

Diane, my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. What a blessing that a kind stranger stopped to help. I know that you would have done the same for someone in need. Please rest and heal. Hugs.

Joyce Mayer said...

Dear friend, I thank God that you are okay, with no serious injuries.

On the lighter side,(don't laugh 'cause it will hurt) if you were in Vegas and walked away with all those bruises and cuts you could have won a zillion dollars - just for losing. (Talking about the fight tonight which we won't be watching).

Oh Miss Lavender Dreams, are you okay? Mom is mean, wanting to make you laugh - not me. Do I need to come 'n take care of you? Oh, Mom says you should say "you should see the other guy" she isn't very funny.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence ♥

Susie said...

Diane, I am sending hugs, soft ones and prayers to you. That is so scary. Sounded so frightening. God bless those that helped you too. Please take time to heal. xoxo,Susie

Arlene said...

So glad that there was a good Samaritan there to help you Diane. I face planted in the wall of my living room two years ago as I lost my balance and could not recapture it. I also looked like a had gone a round with a boxer but it healed quickly and no lasting damage so I am hoping you will be on the mend in no time. Hugs!!

acorn hollow said...

I am so sorry :( will keep you and your savior in my prayers your right could have been worse.

Ana said...

Oh Diane....ouch!!!! So sorry to hear about your accident. Will be praying for a speedy recovery and for all the people who helped you through it. Please take care and rest.

Hugs and kisses,

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Diana, that is so scary. It sounds very painful. How wonderful that you had such lovely people to help care for you. I am saying prayers all around. xo Laura

Patsy said...

You poor kid, so sorry. Same thing happened to me not long ago.
Broke my glasses and had a black eye.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I am so so sorry that you had to go through this, Diane. I am happy that it was not worse than it was---but it was still bad enough. I pray that you heal completely without scarring. Wish I lived closer- I would come help you! Gentle, sweet hugs- Diana

Shirley Hatfield said...

Not the best way to end a lovely day, but you met a lovely person who took the time to care. I am always uplifted by stories about the kindness of strangers. I hope you sleep a bit better tonight with less pain.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh sweetie - that is just awful - but how wonderful that an angel came to help you in your time of trouble. I am always so happy to hear of the angels around us who will take the time to take care of others.

Do take it easy and rest a lot. I wish I was closer - I'd bring you a cup of tea and a bowl of pudding.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

God always puts people in our lives at the most perfect times. I'm so sorry to hear you got hurt and pray for a speedy recovery.

Trace4J said...

Oh my goodness.
How great is God to send those sweeties to help.
Your very own Angels!
I'm praying for you my sweet friend from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes.
Soft hugs too.

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Bless your heart, I'm so sorry you fell and got hurt. But, I am glad that you had such nice people there to help you and your husband and get the EMT's to you. I'm praying you heal real fast, so you can go on another adventure!

Debby said...

You poor thing. I hate falls. They just happen out of no where. And like you said that your blood sugar was low and you were tired. I will pray that you heal quickly. I imagine you will be really sore for awhile. Take it slow and easy. Hugs

Linda H said...

Oh Diane, I'm so sorry this has happened. I hope you heal quickly and easily without much discomfort. Take it easy for a few days, lose yourself in a good book!

Linda Walker said...

Oh no Diane, so sorry to hear this! Sounds like you were blessed with the grace of an angel or two!!!! So glad nothing is broken but you may still be very sore in the morning. Praying for a fast healing from this nasty fall my friend!

Shug said...

Bless your sorry to hear this. Prayers for you my sweet friend and prayers for the angels that lent you a helping hand. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh Diane...I'm so sorry to hear this news. I hope you heal quickly. Keeping you in my prayers and thanking God for the angels that helped you until the Squad got there.
Sending lots of hugs to you.

doodles n daydreams said...

Oh that is a shame after such a nice day. Do take care of yourself over the next wee while - let hubby pamper you a little bit:) Praying for quick and complete healing.


Montanagirl said...

Oh my goodness. I am so sorry about your fall. I'm glad nothing is broken, and pray you heal quickly! I've taken a swan dive or two in my life. Not so long ago, right in the living room. Got up from my computer desk and caught my foot on the open desk drawer - ended up out of control, and flat on my back somehow. I'm sure I did a cartwheel in the process! Get better soon, my friend.

Kathy said...

OH NO!!! I am so grateful a kind stranger was there to help you. Take good care and let the healing happen.

Sandra@Prairie Patch Quilts said...

So very sorry to read about your mishap. I pray you will heal up quickly. I am thankful for all the people who helped you. Take care, rest and recover. You will be in my prayers.

Freckled Hen said...

I hope you heal quickly, that sounds like a scary experience. I'm glad there was a caring person there to comfort you. Prayers ❤️ Kate

Barbara F. said...

God always uts the right people in our path! So glad Emilia was there to help you, Diane. I am praying for a complete healing for you.

Art and Sand said...

I love your attitude!

I am so glad that people were there to assist you and call for help.

handmade by amalia said...

Oh no, Diane! You must be so sore! I admire your outlook and glad that you find kind strangers to help! A virtual hug to you.

Ariadne said...

Oh sweetie I hope you are already feeling better. I am sorry this happened to you!Thank God there were good people near you at the time.Get well real soon!AriadnefromGreece!

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Get well soon! I'm happy someone was kind enough to help you.
Take good care of yourself and soon you will be hiking again.
Hugs, Arlette

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

There are good and helpful people everywhere, and thankfully they were there when you needed them so much. That's so traumatic of a fall, thank goodness you weren't hurt worse.

Heal fast.


Pondside said...

I'm certainly glad that it wasn't any worse, as it sounds bad enough! The lady who called for help and stayed with you is one of the earth's angels - and I believe there are a lot of them - they just need the opportunity to show themselves!

Carla from The River said...

Hello Dear Friend,
I am so glad someone came to your aid right away. It is so good to know we have good people that still want to love and help others.

I will be praying you will be hiking again soon.

Sending lots of HUGS

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I am so, so sorry that you have taken such a fall and I can only imagine how sore you are. Thankful for such good people in the world and yes they are everywhere! Sending hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Warm Hugs,

helen tilston said...

Hell Diane,
So sorry to hear about your fall. I hope the aches and pains are subsiding and I will certainly keep you in my prayers. How kind of Emilia who sounds like an angel.
There really are kind and wonderful people in this world, despite what our media would have us believe.
Take it easy and rest,

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

Poor Diane! I'm glad you had Emilia there to help you while you waited for the EMS guys. What a blessing! I prayed a blessing for her and I'll pray for your recovery, dear lady. I'm sure you want to get back on the road! You don't like to sit still, do you? ((hugs))

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh Diane, I am so sorry to hear about your nasty fall. I do hope you heal and feel better. Take it easy and rest.
Hugs, Julie xo

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh you poor darling - I'm sending prayers of healing your way Diane.
I can imagine how shakey you are after an experience like that.
I've had two bad falls now and the last one was similar to your one, I fell on my face as I tripped over a kerb.
My glasses broke and cut my face and her my knee.
I've recovered fully and I'm VERY careful now.
Get well soon
Much love
Shane x

Poppy said...

Dear Diane,

SO sorry to hear about your fall! I've been a little out of the loop lately, and missed this post! Glad to hear that you are on the mend, after scraping your face, and hurting in many parts of your body; it must have been very scary!

I took an awful fall about a month ago, too, although I landed on my hands, which acted as a buffer for my face, etc.

Thank goodness for the lovely people that ran to your side, waiting with you, until help arrived.

Get well, my friend!


Catherine Holman said...

I said a prayer for you and Emilia. May the good Lord comfort you and ease your pain as your body heals. Gentle hugs dear friend.

Musings from Kim K. said...

You definitely had some angels with you over the weekend. I am so sorry about your fall. Prayers for complete healing. Thank the Lord for Emilia and her family. Gentle hugs and kisses!!

Lorrie said...

Oh my goodness, Diane. I'm glad it wasn't any worse and so glad for Emilia's sweet attention.

Sending you hugs - very gently.

Pamela Gordon said...

Thank you for letting me know about this Diana. Now that I've read about your 'episode' I feel even more sorry for you and what happened. How nice the Emelia was there for you and could help out. God is with us even in every situation. Praying for your complete recovery!

Debby Ray said...

Well, I totally miss this post, Diane! I am SO sorry this happened to you! I can only imagine the pain and hope you are healing quickly. What a sweet, sweet woman Emilia is..and her son. There are always blessings that come from misfortune and they certainly were there for you! God bless you, sweet friend, as you continue to heal! Hugs...oops...sorry if I squeezed you too hard! :)

Debbie said...

oooooo no, and of course you had an audience!!! why is it we can never fall without an audience!!

i know you are mending, i enjoyed the lil positive spin!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, I am playing catch up and I am sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you are healing and feeling better now.. Thank God for the nice strangers that helped you! Take care! Sending my prayers and hugs.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh no Diane. What a fright that must have been. You were so lucky and so blessed to have a perfect stranger help you out like that. There is a lot of good in this world. Sending prayers and well wishes your way for a speedy recovery.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm glad you were surrounding by caring people at such a painful and frightening time!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Diane, Oh my word, you poor thing it must have been so awful for you.
Do you know, I am writing a post at the moment, about a lady who did exactly the same thing as you.... but her injuries were nothing like yours.
I am thinking of you and I sincerely hope you get well very soon.
Best Wishes to you.

Benita Roberts said...

Bless your heart! I am so sorry, what a horrible accident!! I am so glad nothing was broken, but I know you are in a tremendous amount of pain! We will pray for a quick recovery for you! BTW...Love Comes Softly is one of my most favorite movies! HUGS!!!

vivian said...

OH no! thats awful! but God is good and he uses lots of people to care for us and meet our needs at any given moment! Im glad youre ok.. it could happen to anyone!
rest and be well!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, a terrible situation that could have been so much worse! so sorry, though!

Ida said...

Oh my gosh that is just awful. I was off the blog for a few days last week so I missed this post. I'm so thankful you weren't injured worse and that God sent the perfect people to help you out. Praying for quick healing.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Diane I had to scroll down to see what ailed you. Oh goodness...I'm so glad that you had help! May God bless and keep you and shine His joy upon you and heal you completely to while He is at it! Even in your trouble you also bring comfort and courage to others! Thanks bunches!

Diane Writes said...

Namemate! How could I miss this post :( Anyway, I'm glad that you are recovering and that some good hearted souls helped you along the way.

Blame everything on the beauty of the river :) You have angels who saved you. You are indeed blessed.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You gave me goose bumps reading about your fall!
Thank goodness you are OK and with nothing broken - hopefully, you will heal fully!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Dear Diane, I missed this post and didn't know you were badly hurt. I am sorry you had to experience such pain. Thank God for your kind new friends. I am glad you are feeling better now. I am going back to read your latest post now. Christa

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ouch! I'm so sorry. It is usually such a joy catching up on your blog ... Because of your positive attitude and love of life ... And the posts between this one and the latest one (where I came in this morning) were no exception. I am in awe that you cam maintain this attitude and hope some of that may rub off on me when I need it. And again, I hope that your recovery is complete soonest! And what lovely person Elena was to stay with you in that way. And also thanks to the good EMT service!

Stacey said...

Oh Diane, bless your sweet heart. I just backtracked so I could see what happened to you. That must have really hurt! I'm so glad there was a nice person there to be with you. There are always nice people around the corner, thankfully. I hope you are healing.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Diane, I'm so sorry to hear this! I've been away from my computer for a little while and had to go back through your posts to see what happened. It sounds like you are healing, very thankful for that. And what a sweet thing that lady did for you! Blessings to you.

Karen Ann said...

UGH, so glad you are OK, what an ordeal, and what a lovely person to have stayed by your side - an angel indeed.

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

Diane, I am so sorry to read that you 'also fell' and thankful that your didn't break anything - you could have gotten a concussion - or broken your jaw...lost some teeth....:( Your guardian angel was watching over you and sent that wonderful woman and her family to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you have a full and speedy recovery. Hugs, Denise xxx