Auto crash sends spouse to Maryland Shock Trauma

My husband.s blue mini cooper has bit the dust, it is now totaled and he was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma.  He sustained a bad concussion and  is pretty banged up.
I had a sense of deja vu having just been a patient at shock trauma 18 monthes ago. The same attentive staff is here in the trauma intake department with its alcoves, each with a patient surrounded by equipment and machines. There are many male nurses and my husband’s  nurse’s name was Harold. According to his colleagues, Harold has been working at Shock trauma since it opened. He is dedicated. He also seemed more knowledgeable than the neurologists who stopped by to ask questions and check reflexes and muscle strength.
Fortunately my son Christopher found out about the accident about the same time I got a call from the fire department and drove with me to the hospital.  I was scared and shaken. Peter was scared too, getting banged up and taken by ambulance is not fun stuff.
We’ve been waiting waiting. They’ve ordered a MRI. The catscan was cleared but with head trauma it is important to watch and wait.
Our evening nurse Carmen explained how a concussion is a microscopic injury and you can’t really see it but the flow of blood nourishing the brain is disrupted which can temporarily disrupt cognitive function.  Twelve hours later, he was cleared to go home but needs plenty of quiet and rest.
I am so thankful that he is home and safe with me on Valentine’s Day.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

7 thoughts on “Auto crash sends spouse to Maryland Shock Trauma

  1. Dear Nadja,
    So sorry to hear of Peter’s accident and very glad to hear he’s home today. I’ve been absolutely intrigued by those cute little Mini-Coopers but with all the hulking SUVs still on the road and now Peter’s accident, I’m not sure they’re safe. Do they have airbags, I wonder?
    Wishing you both a speedy and full recovery (Peter physically and Nadja from the shock of it all). We have fond memories of our trip to Cuba a year ago with you.
    Elizabeth Tenney


  2. Wow! So sorry to hear this about Peter. My thoughts are with you guys…not a great Valentine’s Day, but so glad he’s home. Keep a close watch. I just write an article about TBI and concussions are nothing to fool with.


  3. So glad you have Peter home. He’s going to be sore for a few weeks, I suspect. Good thing he is in such great shape. I’m so sorry you are going through this, but you will overcome it. You are survivors.


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