Out of joint

I’m going to be going easy on the blogging for awhile. My neck is out of joint because a guy in a Jeep Cherokee smashed into my Acura Integra yesterday, as I was stopped at a red light. I hadn’t slammed on the brakes to stop; the light had been red for awhile. This guy hadn’t even slowed down. He just wasn’t looking. My car may be totaled. I’ll hear tomorrow.

My whiplash isn’t too bad yet, but I’m worried about a repeat of what I went through five years ago when my car was rear-ended. It took seven months to recover, and I’m not sure I ever got back my full range of motion. All the doctors and therapists told me never to get in that kind of accident again. They said my spine couldn’t take it. But I’ve been doing weight training since then, trying to build up my neck and shoulder muscles to protect myself.

My daughter was feeling OK till her father asked her a dozen times if her neck hurt. Now her neck hurts too.

It may say something about the economy, but five years ago I was hit by a dotcom millionaire, though he wasn’t a millionaire by the time the case settled. This time I was hit by an immigrant (from an unknown country with weird names) who said he didn’t know about insurance because it was his friend’s car. He did apologize.

I’m tired of this. I’m going to take the “hit me” sign off the car.

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  1. Joanne — I am so sorry to hear about your accident! Please take care and get well soon!!

    I love your blog!


  2. Mike in Texas says:


    I’m glad your and your daughter were not injured more seriously and I hope your recoveries go smoothly.

  3. “All the doctors and therapists told me never to get in that kind of accident again.”

    You will just have to drive backwards. Don’t you hate it when the best that doctors (and anyone else) can do is humor?

    I’m glad you two weren’t totaled. Don’t worry about us. We’ll survive … somehow.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    My sympathy. Work on that headrest setting and complain to Nader about the lack of air bags on rear bumpers.

  5. I am so sorry about this. Now rest, and recover. We need you at full strength, and we’ll wait patiently while you regain it.

    Glad to hear your daughter is okay.

    You know, I kind of hate cars.

  6. Sorry to hear about what happened.

    See how popular you are, though? *Everyone* who has commented here has offered sympathy!


  7. Please take it easy for awhile, Joanne. They make great pain killers these days, and I’ve never been one of those people that’s too proud or stubborn to pop a pill. Glad to hear that you and your daughter are okay. I was rear-ended last December in my brand-new Pontiac Grand Am GT. Not fun. I guess the only way to avoid being slammed from behind is to run all the red lights. Where I live, in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia, the massive numbers of Asian immigrants drive big Mercedes, BMWs, or SUVs. I’ve often wondered, if they’re going to spend that kind of money on a car, why they never get the optional turn-signal package. At least they drive 20 mph under the speed limit. Ciao, babe.

  8. Mr. Davis says:

    I hope you are feeling better soon.

  9. Sorry to hear about this. Take it easy, get better.

  10. greeneyeshade says:

    refuah shalema (full recovery). my wife was alone in our car about 4 weeks ago when some teenager w/a month-old license ran a stop sign and totaled it. now in physical therapy for knee and back, but it coulda been a lot worse.

  11. We are glad that you and your daughter seem to be OK. Cars can be replaced, mommies and daughters can’t.

  12. Ditto everyone else, belatedly.
    #$%&@* SUV’s.

  13. I know how you feel. The last 4 accidents I’ve had, have been when hit by people who failed to notice that I was stopped at lights or by traffic ahead. Do what I did, I changed my car for a Jeep Cherokee and the last person to ram my rear end wrecked their car and gave themselves whiplash. Afterwards the Cherokee was drivable and I had no injuries. Still I’m thinking of upgrading to something safer. Anyone got a tank for sale?

  14. Here ya go:


    While it’s not actually a tank – technically speaking – I doubt too many people would choose to dispute your right of way and it’s quite possible you wouldn’t notice if they did.