John_Cillis

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I will not be posting for a while.  Last night while in a crosswalk at the green cross light, I was run over by an SUV.   Two of its tires went over me and I hit the back of my head on its transmission, and I was thrown about 15 feet.  Wonderful civilian first responders were there in the blink of an eye, they told me I was in shock and not to move until help arrived, first the police in seconds, then the paramedics who rushed me to the hospital with sirens blaring.  I was first run over on my back but then instinct kicked in and I rolled on my stomach, the way I was taught when I was studying martial arts way back in high school, which is the only use I ever had for my training anway.

I am in intense pain, that is the bad news, the good news is I am intense pain with no broken bones or internal injuries, just deep cuts and a sprained right wrist and two sprained ankles but walkable.  My daughter contacted my ex wife for me and she was so wonderful in lifting my spirits for me this morning, and my daughter too.

I believe my Avsim and Facebook guardian angels were watching over me although I  resent the pain.  The driver who hit me was citied for failing to yield but the driver was not found to be under the influence.  Estimated speed at impact was 35 mph. 

These things do affect your psyche but at least it was only an overnight stay in observation after X Rays and a half hour long Cat Scan, the type where they inject the nice warm dye which I happen to like, it helped me relax.

See you soon when I am out of bed rest.

John

 

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Glad to hear it was not worse.  Speedy recovery John.

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All the best for a speedy recovery John!

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1 minute ago, rmeier said:

All the best for a speedy recovery John!

Thanks, despite the aches and pains I forced myself to walk to the store which is what my doctor recommended.  First female doctor I have had in long memory and the drugs they gave me made me want to marry her, lol, but a catch like that certainly has a significant other.

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1 hour ago, John_Cillis said:

 Estimated speed at impact was 35 mph. 

 

 

Glad to hear your doing ok and didn’t have any serious injuries.

If you think about it, that’s pretty impressive that your were able to survive getting hit at that speed and tossed 15 feet, all without wearing any protection and being an older fellow. Perhaps you should have been a Hollywood stunt man in your younger days.

I’ve been lucky to survive some bad accidents in my younger days when I rode bulls in the rodeo for 4 years and raced the  AMA Superbike and Supersport series for 3 years prior to rodeo. However I can’t claim to every having take a direct hit from a 35mph SUV.

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Hope you heal quickly. Reminder to all of us how life can be changed in one simple foot step.

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1 hour ago, cmpbellsjc said:

Glad to hear your doing ok and didn’t have any serious injuries.

If you think about it, that’s pretty impressive that your were able to survive getting hit at that speed and tossed 15 feet, all without wearing any protection and being an older fellow. Perhaps you should have been a Hollywood stunt man in your younger days.

I’ve been lucky to survive some bad accidents in my younger days when I rode bulls in the rodeo for 4 years and raced the  AMA Superbike and Supersport series for 3 years prior to rodeo. However I can’t claim to every having take a direct hit from a 35mph SUV.

Yeah, it saddens me there was another pedestrian accident on the same road yesterday which turned out to be fatal.  But I never imagined it would happen to me, so painfully, in the way it happened.  The body just seems to have this "curl up and take stock" reaction when hit with such a severe impact.  The hardest struggle I have right now is I always felt strong, and safely seen as a pedestrian.  I wear light clothes at night, and I walk briskly to cross the street quickly.  I will change my walking habits a bit, I will cross intersections against the traffic so I can see it coming, even if I have to go the long way around to make it to a bus stop.  Pedestrian accidents at night are so common, a poor former colleague of mine hit and killed someone jaywalking at night, he was hurting so bad even though he was found not to be at fault.  I do not jay walk and I won't even cross at unmarked crosswalks.  Since it took me 57 years to get hit so hard, and since albeit with the exception of a 24 hour stay in ICU, I guess I and my higher powers above came out of it alright.  It's on days like today that I like to say I have low friends in high places, lol...

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Nasty, get well soon, and watch out for word not allowed drivers. Unfortunately there are plenty of them around 

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Get well soon!

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  That you are even here to tell the tale is nothing less than a true miracle - Indeed. there must have been an angel there as your co-pilot...  

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My heart was in my mouth as I read the Topic Title and then  what you even managed to write about and inform us, John, which in itself is truly amazing.

A speedy rapid recovery wish to you from distant shores. May God be with you.

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With that kind of luck John, you really should buy some lottery tickets, or at least ask that doctor for a date!

Congratulations on surviving what sounds like a pretty horrific incident and  best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Being hit by an SUV at 35mph sounds like an accident with the potential for a much worse outcome! Very glad that you are at least able to write about it and hope you make a steady and fast recovery John.

Bill

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Very sorry to hear this, John.  Take all the time you need to recover. I'm sure the thoughts of all your friends here at Avsim will be with you.

Prayers for your speedy and complete recovery.

 

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Wow, you can consider yourself lucky after all! Wish you a speedy recovery.

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Get well soon John, will be interested hearing about your recovery. Quite possibly you have had more good luck than bad so far regarding this incident. I hope it continues. 

30 years motorcycling has instilled in me the instinct that anything with 4 wheels on it is potentially my executioner. Especially at lights. People who slam the gas pedal down when they see amber are potential murderers. 

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35 minutes ago, sloppysmusic said:

30 years motorcycling has instilled in me the instinct that anything with 4 wheels on it is potentially my executioner. Especially at lights. People who slam the gas pedal down when they see amber are potential murderers. 

Yeah, that's pretty much how it is, and that's considering I drive something with 18 rather than 4.

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Buy a lottery ticket quick !  Good luck to come out that well,  get well soon.

 Sue

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God's with you John. I know all of us here are thinking of you and I wish you a really speedy recovery. You must be one tough dude...........😊

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Glad you're ok, a speedy recovery, John.

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5 hours ago, pedrotrindade said:

Glad you're ok, a speedy recovery, John.

I am hanging in there but the pain medicine has kept me well asleep and oblivious to all those things we cannot discuss, like politics, religion, sex, etc....  But when I hear an interesting jet fly out of nearby Sky Harbor, I am at full attention, my ex wife would always complain that when I looked at Barnstormers .com, I was looking at pilot porn, lol....

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Looks like you have the right attitude John which, in most cases is of primary importance to recovery.

Hang in there,

 

Vic

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7 hours ago, vgbaron said:

Looks like you have the right attitude John which, in most cases is of primary importance to recovery.

Hang in there,

 

Vic

My attitude is OK but the past 24 hours has been tough, only my ex wife's emails have been enough to get me out of bed.  I have not simmed, and when I do not sim I get depressed as it aside from travel is my most passionate hobby.  My deceased father came to me in my dreams last night and helped me thru my pain, I for one believe an afterlife exists, he was with me until I was able to overcome my pain long enough to get a less strong pain medicine I prefer to take--food and water being a good example, plus chocolate.  As they say in Harry Potter the place my friends across the pond tried to show me when I was in London in 2017, chocolate keeps the dementors away, lol.  My one fault in the car accident is I wanted to go to my apartment over Phoenix's Diagon Alley and the thought "Diagonally" popped into my head like the movie and SLAM I was underneath and SUV then bouncing and rolling diagonally across the road.  However as a man, I was really only worried about one thing at the time--castration, either from paralysis or something else, lol.  So at least I did not experience that but at my age why worry anyway, no woman wants a man glued to a simulator! 

How have I been fighting this pain?  By posting a bit less, and telling myself jokes and writing jokes and innuendo that only I probably understand, I poke fun at myself in other words.  I learned about that at age eleven, the other great trauma in my life, my appendectomy in 1972 when the brothers who I absolutely hated until that time became demi-Gods by making me laugh my pain from my surgery away.  And I will swear on the Holy Bible or anyone else's holy book out of respect for all faiths that their most loved ones will be there for them after they have passed, when they have to endure the pain of death, which there is no other way to describe my accident.  I literally had one of those out of body experiences that tells me that all my life's misjudgements are forgiven.  For me on a personal note, that is what sin is, judging others.  I have to watch that movie Solaris again, to me it answers so many of life's questions including those of travel beyond this earth, which is what we see as the living when we see someone pass away.  That is the only way I can express religion, by saying writing our thoughts is our religion and needs to be cultivated in places like here.

Cactus521

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John, 

Touched by your intimate story. I really can sympathize having been damaged myself by the vilest tragedies in my life, with recurring nightmares and a common release in my joy of simming that takes me far away from all the pain for hours on end. Will msg you tomorrow if you like I don't want to be diverting this thread from your hour of need. 

The truth will free you brother simmer, I believe you will find much sympathy and help here. 

Rest well 

Russ

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30 minutes ago, sloppysmusic said:

John, 

Touched by your intimate story. I really can sympathize having been damaged myself by the vilest tragedies in my life, with recurring nightmares and a common release in my joy of simming that takes me far away from all the pain for hours on end. Will msg you tomorrow if you like I don't want to be diverting this thread from your hour of need. 

The truth will free you brother simmer, I believe you will find much sympathy and help here. 

Rest well 

Russ

I appreciate this.  I am a flaming heterosexual I have to admit but I have always felt I have had to love men to learn to accept heaven.  It was a group of men who first came to my aid in that intersection a few nights ago, holding my hands with their warmth, hugging my shoulders, lifting me up like angels into the one thousand dollar ambulance ride written down to 90 dollars by Medicare, lol, then taking me to those beautiful women doctors and male doctors and women nurses and male nurses that if not by drugs, healed me with their crying. 

I heard the women nurses crying by my bedside but to this hour do not know why they got so attached to me, I said some bad things in my pain that I regret but they kept telling me--say them, let it out now, then you won't let it out later.  And that is exactly what happens.  I still hurt, but my pain is a wound of understanding and I would rather have that hurt so I can understand other's when they hurt. 

I am not a doctor but if I can help heal by my writing, so be it.  I may feel the other way around when I run out of pain meds but I have been able to drag them out with the help of plain old over the counter meds beyond their prescription length.  They do not renew opiates now, and gladly so, I learned from my hero pilot, Eddie Rickenbacker, what opiates are good for and what they are not.  They are to get you over your peak pain, but do not let them drag you out of life too soon. 

I am not a politician and I know our poor President has his challenges, but every President I have known in my lifetime has brought some new advice or perspectives on life which I appreciate, and ours has found allies across party lines in his efforts to curb opiate addiction in our society.  There are better pain drugs, like ketamine, that remove you from pain but do not kill you in an emergency that first responders are now using in car and air crashes, I was given something like that during my accident that gave me accident awareness, which is so important to get your system out of the shock that the accident has caused. 

Our bodies have natural pain killers, endorphins, and because I was not using opiates mine worked like champs and immediately after I was run over, otherwise the intensity of the pain, and it was so intense, would have stopped my heart.  The endorphins got their first.

At 57 I was physically fit and just thanked a pilot friend, the first man who took me up in a Cessna, for teaching me to be a jock and use endorphins for pain relief if I needed them, and OTC meds vs. prescription drugs.  That is the only way we can keep our longevity in the air, as I learned from John Glenn and that man who broke the speed of sound, Chuck Yeager, connections to WWII--the past to the future we live in today, with John the God of all of us dreamers...  JG  -- John God, lol  I loved Chuck Yeager's name in his search to break those barriers, it kind of rhymes with cya later, which means in a gentle terminator's way "I'll Be Back"

In case you wonder how I write, I post using what I was taught as a poet in high school and college creative writing--"Stream of Consciousness"  It releases me from the lock peculiar lock that English Grammar puts on readers by throwing away rules of acceptance we force on our readers, and just given them what they wish which is words to pick and choose from.  As a parent I learned that that is what our children want from us, thoughts to pick and choose from, our children naturally understand we have seen things before and naturally know they can grow with us, that is the way I have always felt about our world and the generations that enter it....

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