My Photo

Your email address:


Powered by FeedBlitz

January 2014

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Blog powered by Typepad

Become a Fan

« Algorithms At Dead-End: Cannot Squeeze Knowledge Out Of A Pixel | Main | Photosynth / Infosynth »

February 29, 2008

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83452946769e200e550a0adce8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference My Broken Neck: A 20 Year Anniversary:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Francis Shanahan

Jeff, that's an amazing story. Your recent Ironman swings the pendulum appropriately in the other direction. Kudos. Through my wife's illness am also learning to squeeze more out of and into life. It is not easy, but living on the edge of uncertainty makes living that much more remarkable.

Pegggggy

Wow - quite a story, Jonas. perhaps that guy was from another world or dimension.

The coolest thing? The link to your mom's blog. :-)

Pegggggy Z.

Stephanie Heuer

jeff. your story always moves me. i remember that young man, and to this day i am inspired by your recovery, integrity, and general lust for life. by the way, what happened to the guy who was driving?

i'll think of you on every leap day.

stef

Tom in Maryland

You are simultaneously very lucky and very blessed. I've been reading your blog for the technology, but I now have a better perspective of you, the person. Thanks for sharing a very personal event.

Mark Cathcart

Wow, who'd have thought, you never mentioned it. My 30th anniversary of a similar but not quite as serious accident is this year. I was in an medically induced coma for 4-days over my 21st birthday.

Nice to learn you were as ambitious then as you are now, 23 and looking to buy a BMW... sweet, personally I'm a Merc man.

Good luck at IMSA, I'm not aiming nearly as high this year... IM 70.3 Austin for me.

James

Hi. I read your story. I know what it's like to go through all that. I'm having probblems from about 17yrs.ago.1991 I was in a back seat also that crashed and hit a tree. I broke my neck c-2 and sustained a head injury. I was in ancomma for about a week and spent almost a year in the hospital.I have sizures from the acciddent,lost some of my memory from before the acciddent.Now have short term memory and sizures.Came out of coma I was told ther was a war going on and I was back in the Nation Guard.I'm happy that you're doing well and happy.

James

Hi. I read your story. I know what it's like to go through all that. I'm having probblems from about 17yrs.ago.1991 I was in a back seat also that crashed and hit a tree. I broke my neck c-2 and sustained a head injury. I was in ancomma for about a week and spent almost a year in the hospital.I have sizures from the acciddent,lost some of my memory from before the acciddent.Now have short term memory and sizures.Came out of coma I was told ther was a war going on and I was back in the Nation Guard.I'm happy that you're doing well and happy.

Laura McClure (used to be Martin)

Jeff - I am glad you wrote about your story. I was just telling my husbands dad about your blog last night and how interesting it is.. and how interesting you are so I "dropped by" to read it... and I see you have recalled this amazing story. Unreal. You were undoubtedly a very lucky man that day... and the stranger... wow... maybe someday he will stumble on your blog... stranger things have happened!

Wobbler

Wow, what an amazing story. Truly inspiring. Moments like these make you think about how precious life is. Also makes you wonder what was going through the mind of your savior at the time.

It could be positive:
"Alright, I am saving a person's life here!"

It could be neutral, given his possible medical background: "Another poor guy in an unfortunate accident that might be helped."

In the worst case scenario (for a "success" story like yours), it could be negative, like:
"OK, I am saving this person's life, who, at worst, will die in the nearby future. At best, some recovery possible by miracle, he might be able to move a bit and somewhat get his life back. Most likely: be paralyzed and bedridden for his entire life, unable to eat, pee, poop, do ANYTHING but lie in bed involuntarily. Am I really doing him a favor? Does he really understand what he is asking me to do by helping him here?"

Imagine him making contact with you after a few months/years and go:
"Hey, remember me? I was the guy that helped you out in that car accident, so how are you doing?

The difference between going:
"Hello sir! Great, I have recovered quite well and can largely life my normal life again, but appreciating it a lot more! And it is all because of you!"

and
"Hello sir. Well, I am still paralyzed from the neck down and...."

…is huge, of course.

However, I do not want to get overly analytical, especially considering I found this blog through Nature.com because I was interested in your IT views. Yet, I think it must have, psychologically speaking, been a difficult moment for him, too.

Course, as long as you live your life to the fullest, and it seems like you have, still do and always will continue to, it is all good :)

Linda

That was a very emotional story. Congratulations on an extra 20 years. Thank goodness for people who train in first aid and medicine. Thankyou to everyone who does, you're safeguarding us all.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.