I was in working whilst studying in college. I was in the ER as an intermediate level EMT and had focuses in trauma and orthopedics. I also did some triage as well. I was three weeks away from graduation.
On December 2, 2002, I left work to go home for lunch then go to class, but never made it there. I lived in Youngstown Ohio then; my mom had already moved to Phoenix for her new job and left me here to finish school. Whilst driving on the way home, I either blacked out or hit a block of ice. After that happened, my car jack knifed and I wound up on the opposite side of the street, and then skipped over the curb and hit a tree head on. I totalled the car. I moved the engine block back six inches, if that gives you an idea of how hard I hit the tree! The front bumper was completely folded almost in half as well.
After that, I was taken to the same ER where I worked. They ran a battery of tests. I had had a coup-contra-coup head injury. Meaning my head first went forward then snapped back and went forward again. On the return smack, I hit it on the steering wheel which almost knocked me out.
I broke my left ankle and the left side of the collar bone; I needed surgery on both things. However, my group insurance had run out with the school in Oct that year and I was never notified. And I wasn’t covered under either parent then because the college had picked me up. So they put my ankle in a boot and did nothing to the collar bone.