March 24, 2011

I am a very careful person but …

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I bought a motorcycle a few of years ago … basically I wanted to use it to run around doing errands conveniently without having to worry about the traffic jams and parking spaces. It does move around conveniently but it also comes with higher risk of injury in the event of an accident.

While my family and many friends have no objection of me riding a motorbike, they however cautioned me seriously. They warned me to be careful and try not to use it on main roads and I told them “No worries, I am a very careful person”. Yes, they agreed that I am a very careful person but they told me it is the other drivers that are not careful.

And so it happened on 21st March 2011 … I was on the way going to run some errands and I have to use a main road from Subang heading to Shah Alam. As I was slowing down to turn into the motorcycle lane, a speeding driver (did not see me slowing down) ran right into me from behind. I was thrown about 15 meters away and landed on the side of the road. And I don’t have to tell you what happened next.

To cut the story short, I landed in the emergency ward of Subang Jaya Medical Centre pretty battered. I got a deep gash (that required 8 stitches) on the back of my head, a blue-black eye, sprained shoulder and a very bruised back plus bruises, lacerations and cuts all over the body. Not to mentioned a smashed up motorcycle and the trouble of going in and out of the police station making the accident report and the hassle of making insurance claims.

 

I thank those who were praying for me … the injuries were not permanent or long term and I should recover. I probably need several weeks to be up and running again. It was while resting at home that I felt really scared thinking about the accident. I could have been killed and that’s it. While I am lucky to be able to sit up and write about this, I had my loved one worried like hell. My mom cried when she saw me all patched up and I felt really bad seeing her in tears. My wife has to put in a lot of extra effort to take care of me while I recover and my two children were so worried when they heard that I was in the hospital. All my friends who knew about this were also very concerned ... I brought them unnecessary worries and concerns.

This is a painful lesson learnt … yes I may be a very careful person but that doesn’t mean I can avoid accidents. I don’t think I will ride my motorbike into main roads again … I am not risking it. Not so much of me going through the painful recovery … it is the thought of the distress and grief that my loved ones will go through should anything severe happens to me.

I want to say sorry to those whom I have given unnecessary worries and concerns and thank all, especially my great wife, who is making a hell of an effort to help me recover.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope you recover soon Shiek! you do not have to say sorry as it was not your fault and things just happen at times unexpectedly even though we try to be as careful as possible. i m relieved that you can type this article :) take care friend!

hl

Donna said...

Aiyoh, what a nasty gash and bruises! I am glad that you are ok and on the road to recovery. We must meet up when you are up and about again. I wish you well, take care.

samo said...

Sorry to hear about your accident brother. Get well soon..

Sam

Stone Shiek said...

Thank you all for your concerns ... it will take a few weeks to get me back to speed and it is slowly getting better already.

Hee Loong said...

Shiek,

You recovered & back to ship-shape?

How's a current photo to assuage all our concern. Wish you quick & full recovery and many many more trips to come.

Stone Shiek said...

Thanks ... am recovering well ... just some post whiplash injury pain and ache ... these need some time get back to normal.