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My Personal I Survived Story
October 5, 2009
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Many, many times I had driven by an accident and seen one or more people still sitting in the wrecked vehicle awaiting the EMT’s. I wondered what they were going through or if I was seeing a dieing human being.
On September 17th at 7:00 in the morning, that person in the vehicle was me. I was scheduled to substitute for the same teacher for a third straight day at Highlands High School in San Antonio. As I drove 40 to 45 mph through Poteet in my Kia Rio the corner of my eye caught a car slowing to a stop as if to try to make a turn into my lane. Nothing unusual about that. But as I was almost next to them, I thought I saw that car swerve towards me as if they were aiming at me. I didn’t want to believe this and trusted that they would brake before hitting me. All this happened in a few seconds and I never decided to brake. Suddenly there was a loud bang and the biggest jolt to my body I had ever received. When my senses came back to me, the first thing I saw was the remnants of the air bag draped over the steering wheel. My first sensation was a terrible ache all over my body especially in my right abdomen. I was concerned about this because I had coincidently stuffed myself for breakfast. My drivers compartment was crunched up to where I barely fit. I looked at the other car and saw the rear passengers get out simultaneously and make a gasping noise as they saw me staring back at them. Maybe they thought I was taking my last breath. Steam or smoke was coming out of my engine so I started to prepare to bailout in case of a fire. I unsnapped my seat belt, tried to turn off the ignition, and tried to push the door open. It barely moved. In the meantime, I reached over to my right knee and tried to cup the knee. It felt gross. My knee cap was not there. It appeared to have slid over the top of the bent joint. But I felt no pain. So, I sat there awaiting the ambulance. They put a neck restraint on me, opened the jammed door, and put me on a stretcher. They had to keep my knee from bending to keep me from experiencing extreme pain. All they found was a broken knee cap. One third of it is still in the right place. The rest went over the top of the joint.
Just to show you the force of the jolt. A broadband jump drive that was plugged in to a laptop which was strapped down inside of laptop briefcase, broke off.

July 31, 2012
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I just realized I didn't finish my story. I was in the collision in September and the insurance company for the person who hit me paid me $18,000 the following Christmas day (without a lawyer). And I qualified for the county's Indigent Care. Indigent Care allowed me to pay $1800 for the $40,000 operation which I had immediately. After all this, my worst pain came during the 12 hours after the operation. The Morphine was not working good enough. If I had known that I would be in that much pain, I would have not gotten the operation.

August 2, 2012
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I remembered that because the operation to fix my kneecap was not done until 4 months later, the surgeon told me that he had trouble closing the incision due to scar tissue (developed during those four months). He also warned of possible complications needing plastic surgery, also due to scarring. Two and half years later I have none of those complications. I have since been able to jog and climb stairs. HOWEVER, just recently I have noticed what I call a "Wimpy Leg" syndrome. That is, my right leg with its knee, deteiorate rapidly such that it tends to look like an unused leg.
I now have Type Two Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Osteo-Arthritus, and Very Low Testosterone. I'm taking medications for everything but Osteo-Arthritus. Metaformin for Diabetes; Lisinopril, Carvadilol, 81 mg. aspirin, and Hydro-something (Diaretic) for Blood pressure; monthly testosterone shot for low Testosterone. Oh! And I'm 57 years old.

August 2, 2012
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but hey..alive and kicking, right?
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Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

August 2, 2012
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Life is mostly good.

October 6, 2009
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Hope you are on the mend Okay, sounds like a bad expericence.

Just curious, if you are from San Antonia, Texas, what is your connection with Barstow, Ca. and seeing the solar one station?

October 6, 2009
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Years ago, I took truck driver training from CR England in Salt Lake City. I trained with a truck driver from Los Angeles. His route went from LA to Pennsylvania and back. And he did it twice a week. We'ld drive by Barstow to or from LA. Incidentlly, even though my trainer had passed this many more times than me, he had not noticed the power station.

October 6, 2009
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Probably becasue he has his eyes on the road. Laugh I remember coming home from Vegas one time, I knew I was seeing the tower I built glowing white hot in the distance. I checked my odometer and when I got to it, I was seeing it for almost 20 miles out.

Those steam boiler panals had a lower and upper manifold. It was water in the bottom, and by the time the water traveled up the tube, it was steam in the top manifold where the steam was tapped into lines that went to the steam driven generators. Its possible you saw them release excessive pressure, out of a pressure relief valve. This manifold was about 18" in diameter about 30 inches wide. All 70 tubes were routed into the manifold, and a 3-4" line exited the manifold. I don't remember for sure, but the most logicl place on each panal for a pressure release valve would be there, where the steam would vent straight up out of the tower.

October 7, 2009
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I recalled that it did seem like a glowing cloud, perhaps made of steam. But it was doughnut shaped. Thats why I described it as a halo. The glow not the cloud looked like a halo.

October 7, 2009
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Glad you are ok boastonline and hope you heal very soon..

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