Tree Was Out to Get Me
I got married April 4th 2009. We have 100 acres in Appalachia. On April 8th. we went out for our usual hike through our woods with our 4 dogs and 4 goats. My 5 year old grandson was also visiting and went along too. We were all spread apart on the trail looking at different things. I heard a tree cracking noise very close to me so I started to run from the noise. Too late, the tree, a 30-40 foot tall, 10" diameter oak tree fell on my left shoulder and my back, knocking me down. I thought I was dying, I couldn't breathe. I was lying on my right side and luckily the path was lower in the middle where I was laying so the tree wasn't laying on top of me, it was supported up off me by both sides of the ground. My husband rushed to me and I said I think I'm dying, I can't breathe. He looked at my right foot and I could tell by the look on his face that it was bad. I was angry, I thought "damn it, I just got married to the best guy in the world, life is good!" My husband wanted to move me, I said "no, go call 911" He got my grandson and said "RUN" and they took off down a steep bank toward our house. I started counting out loud 1 thousand 1 etc, I didn't want to pass out. My husband had left his backpack and a pistol in case of snakes or animals that would want to eat me. He also had a space blanket and small pillow, that came in really handy. I always teased him about being a boyscout he is so prepared, no more!
In a short while he returned in a truck with one of the volunteer EM's. The EM had a thick coat and laid over me, even though it was about 65 outside I had started to shiver. After maybe another 15 minutes had passed the other EM's arrived on 4 wheelers. They got a neck brace on me and got me on a backboard. They had a small trailer on the back of the 4 wheelers and put me on that and took me to a nearby emergency helicopter landing site.
They took me to a hospital about 65 miles away. I ended up with a crushed right foot, 4 broken ribs, an air bubble between my lung and the surrounding sac, a stage 2 lacerated liver, L1, L2, L3,L4 vertebra fractured and L5 a transverse fracture.
They told me I was very lucky to be alive. I was in the hospital 2 weeks and a rehab center for 2 weeks. Am home now in a wheelchair but expect a full recovery, hopefully. They said the fractures especially the right foot will probably give me trouble with arthritis but I do feel lucky to be alive.