Friday, November 23, 2007

I would not have survived...

People who knows me may know that I met a terrible car accident 7 years ago, which almost took away my life...But people who are reading sharlydia's blog may not know this had happened to me before and so I decided to put my testimony down in my blog...And BTW please dont think that I'm trying to preach or something, haha!

4th July 2000

It was a fine morning, two days after my convocation when I was driving alone, heading to the kindergarten to pick my niece around 11am. That was all I could remember....

Something terrible happened a moment later…which until today I have no recollection of what had happened. Without knowing what had happened, I woke up in the hospital. I regained consciousness and felt the pain on my face, arms, legs, chest and almost every other parts of my body.

Then someone told me I met a terrible accident! I was shocked and could not really understand how this had happened. My family members were all around me. They looked sad, worried and anxious. They told me that I crashed into a lorry and that my tiny Kancil was totally damaged - beyond repair. Anyone who have seen the badly damaged car would not believe that I survived. No one knew how the accident happened, including myself. My memory got wiped away totally and I could not remember a single thing about the accident. I did not feel any fear or pain. Neither could I even recall what did I collide into nor where did the accident happened.

But whatever happened, I know that I was not driving alone at the time of the accident. God was with me, watching me. And He saved my life. He was in control of everything. Firstly, He arranged a good man to save me out from the car and subsequently contacted my family members. Not only sending me to the hospital, this man also kept all my valuable belongings. This man thought I was dead and that my right hand was broken!

Batch of miracles...
The first miracle that I experienced through this accident was on my wounds. God allowed every wound that happened only in the right places! It was as though they were perfectly measured somehow. Although they were serious wounds, they happened only at the places which otherwise could be a lot worse. The cut on the right side of my face caused my cheekbone to fracture. There was some bad internal bleeding. However, this cut was just few millimetres away from the main vein to my eye! The doctor said I was really fortunate that the cut did not reach the vein, which otherwise would have caused blindness. I also had a big cut on my right arm, which again was “perfectly measured.” The cut was just one or two centimetres away from the bone in my arm!

The internal bleeding caused by the injury on my face required an operation to fix my cheekbone. However, the doctors could not operate me because I had another injury in my lungs, which caused a great pain in my chest whenever I breathed.

According to the doctors, the punctures in my lungs must be closed before the operation on my cheekbone can be performed. Otherwise, another operation has to be performed to close the holes in my lungs first. The situation was crucial at that time as the internal bleeding was getting worse. A lot of church friends, including pastor came to visit me in the hospital and prayed for me. I prayed hard as well…asking God to heal me by closing the holes in my lungs. Again, another miracle happened! The holes miraculously got smaller until the operation on my cheek could be done and was successfully done too.

God strengthened my Faith
After two weeks in the hospital, it was finally time to remove all the bandages on my face. It was really tough for me to accept the fact that one side of my face is now full of large and small scars, reddish & swollen.

It took me a long time to learn how to control my emotions when I talk about the accident. It took me a long time to be brave enough to go out to start meeting people again. I blamed God, when I first saw myself. I asked Him why did this accident have to happen to me?

But soon, I found an answer to my question…God has a plan for me and my future. I know there must be a purpose for Him to allow this to happen to me, but as long as I trust in Him and continue to have faith in Him, He will bless me!

Many years had passed now and I realised I've really been blessed, being married to a man of my dream, having a healthy cute little baby boy, having a good job, living a happy life...My scars have faded alot too so they dont look as obvious as before...Thank God!

Before I end this post, I have to give credit to my hubby (who back then was my boyfriend) and my family members too, for taking good care of me, accompanying me, encouraging & supporting me during the most depressing & miserable time of my life. Thanx for loving me so much!

21 comments:

mumsgather said...

My sister had a near fatal accident too many years ago and same as you she could have been blinded but was not. She required many stitches over the eye but they are hardly visible now. I remember at the time, I was 21, I shared a room with my sister and when the doctors told us that they had done all they could and all we had left was to pray my heart sank and each night I felt the darkness in my room and in my heart and I jumped each time the phone rang. I am glad you are alright now and have moved on from the incident. :)

zewt said...

i was in UK... ghost was the one who told me the story.

Dio Brando said...

wow... surviving a bad car crash n still able to live to talk about it... Its really a blessing from God.
Just the other day I was reading the news paper about someone in KL met with and accident but escaped with only a few scratches. His car was totally smashed. The other case was about a man that drove his car into a ditch, survived but only to get killed by a truck climbing out of the ditch.

Alvin Lim said...

thats why ppl shld actually spend bit more on safer cars. true, SAFER cars might not survive a crash with a lorry...but...still better than kancil right?

well, at least u din manage to recall what happened.

some ppl could not let go of what had happened and started to hv phobia...bad dreams, etc.

sighs...reli need to drive slower n carefully....and if can, buy a big 4wd to drive :p safer. :D

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Sharlydia,

Am glad you shared this story, and even gladder (correct spelling ke?) that you're ok now...Most definitely God was with you! Whatever it is, thanks for sharing this one...Take care...*Hugs*

Sakura6267 said...

I remember you told me a little about your accident when we first met, but I didn't hear the whole story until now. I'm so glad that you made it through this terrible accident, and that your life is so wonderful now. It proves that you're a strong person who has overcome many obstacles, and now you are being rewarded for your bravery and dedication. :)

sharlydia said...

mumsgather - glad to hear that nothing major happened to your sis & she's alright now many years later...I hope she has got over the incident too, like me...

dio - YES, God has always been blessing me...

alvin - u think like my hubby, haha! Yeah now i'm driving a Ford Escape, feel much safer...I did enter the phobia stage but din last long, just few months din dare to drive thats all.

daphne - ya...thought it will be a good testimony to share...

sakura - THANX! I'm sure u'r a strong person too when it comes to facing obstacles :)

sharlydia said...

zewt - sorry, left out ur comment, hehe! so i'm sure ghost din tell u the details as in what i wrote right? anyway he was the one who went to my car while hubby (last time boyfriend) rushed to the hostpital...

Sakura6267 said...

It depends on the obstacles, but I don't think I would be nearly as strong as you were in your situation. :)

cbenc12 said...

geez.. lucky u or else it could be a lot worse!
i think it makes u more careful and appreciate ur life more.. :) and u can see who really care for u in time of need..

Daniel said...

ya, it's God's plan to give u a next chance. I just had an accident in the weekend, though minor but am glad that my wife, me and our baby are fine

evelyn said...

thats gory, lucky you survived!

sharlydia said...

sakura - I bet u wont wanna go thru what i've gone thru...

cbenc12 - I definitely appreciate life alot more now and i say "i love u" as often as i feel like saying it coz nobody knows what will happen to u next except God.

daniel - glad that u & ur family are fine now...just be alot more careful when u drive in the future.

evelyn - Yes, all Glory to God. BTW thx for dropping by...

hcfoo said...

Thanks for sharing this experience.

The worst time had passed and I'm glad that you have a happy and healthy family to support you and forget about depressing time you once went through.

sharlydia said...

hcfoo - ya, suffering time has passed and God is blessing me every day with more joy!

Sakura6267 said...

Of course, no one would want to go through what you've been through, but unfortunately we can't choose these things happening to us. I'm just glad you were strong enough to make it through. Not everyone is, so that really proves you are an exceptionally strong person.

sharlydia said...

sakura - I'll take that as a compliment from u...Thx

Akimette said...

I could write to you in english but I will do it in my owm language, french.. feel's better...

J'aime ton écriture, la simplicité et ta franchise. Je suis heuruese de t'avoir découvert.

Au plaisir de te lire et de te savoir lu par toi!

sharlydia said...

akimette - thx for dropping by! err..well u may find it more comfortable writing in french, but if i cant understand what comments u left there, it would be quite meaningless for me though...So could I ask for ur help to translate that into english please?

Akimette said...

J'aime ton éncriture, la simplicitéet ta franchise. Je suis heureuse de t'avoir découvert.

Au plaisir de te lire et de te savoir lu par toi!

translation:I love the way you write, your simplicity, and your transparence. I'm grateful to have discover you by luck..
Hope to be read (or seen ) by you and I'm anxious to follow you.. My transaltion is basic but it's saying what I want to say, I think, I hope..

sharlydia said...

akimette - THANX so much for the compliments...

went over to your blog & realised they were all in frech :( I really wish i could understand them...

saw some pregnancy & baby photos, guess u must be a new mum like me too?