I got a letter yesterday from an old using friend. I wrote him about four months ago telling him I had made the decision to be sober when I was released. He was happy for me, but sad to lose a friend.
The letter I got was very sad. The day before Easter, he fell asleep while driving (very common among meth users) and flipped his vehicle three times. He doesn’t remember any of it. He also didn’t remember being saved by the Jaws of Life, but that’s how he got out.
He was air lifted to the Mayo Clinic where he was in the Intensive Care Unit for 9 days.
His collar bone was spider-web fractured from far left to far right. Femur shattered at the hip socket. Three broken ribs, two punctured lungs. Staples and stiches to hold his fractured skull on.
He said the worst part was waking up several times upside down, stull strapped in his seat, and passing out from the pain. Ugh.
On the plus side, he says, “I have decided that the Good Lord saved me for a reson (sic). I will go to my grave straight and sober.” I hope he does. It’s amazing what a meth addict can survive and keep using.
About 9 years ago, I had left Winona after selling some meth and was nearing the town of St. Charles. It was early on a Monday morning, during what could be considered rush hour, heading toward the direction of Rochester.
When I woke up, the speedometer said 68 but the road was green. It took a split second to realize I was in the ditch. There was no time to react to what was ahead of me.
Out of the culvert I came at a quick pace, but a gradual incline. I went airborne and cleared the first driveway by about ten feet. I landed perfectly straight in the next ditch, and up ahead I saw trouble. I was headed straight toward a 3 foot cement drain pipe. Speed unknown, I smashed into it, destroyed it, and once again I became airborne, this time I landed on the driveway and stayed there.
During the impact, the airbag deployed which, in tandem with my seatbelt, surely saved me from death and/or serious injury. If you ever have the opportunity to see an airbag deploy in your face, pass that up. It’s so quick and loud, it’s like a glitch in an old black and white film. It wasn’t there, then it was.
To be continued….