Most surreal day of my life. Today I was part of one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through in a long time, and one of the greatest things I’ve seen in a long time. I am a zombie inside right now, just thinking about it.
This morning, I was photographing a home in Poway, CA … and as I left, approximately 11:49am, I crested the hill outside the neighborhood. I saw a truck up on an embankment so I pulled over real quick to make sure the driver was ok. As I got out, I noticed a woman sitting on the ground, with her head in her hands. She was hurt, very badly. Apparently I had just pulled up on a very fresh accident. There was one woman on scene already who had been jogging by, and a man who saw the accident happen in his rear-view mirror. Then me. The driver of the truck hadn’t even exited his car yet. As I approached closer, I could see someone was calling 911, and the jogger was standing there not knowing how to help. So I go into survival mode and approach the woman, who was sitting on the ground. I put my hand on her back and ask her if she knows what her name is. Understandably, she couldn’t articulate. I’ll spare you the complete details, but when she looked up at me, I could see that she had a serious injury above her right eye. I kept her sitting up until the paramedics arrived and let them take care of her from there. I was in shock, not necessarily because of the extent of her injuries, but because I was helpless in that situation. All I could do was rub her back and talk to her. Helpless.
This morning, 2 of my best friends had a baby! I was out working all day and didn’t think I’d get to swing by and see the new boy in their lives. As the day went on, I got a text that said, “You need to come to the hospital to make your bad day a little better, and hold my baby!” And with that, I couldn’t resist. I headed to the hospital and had a fantastic time meeting this new addition! The parents were so happy, and in such great spirits! I got a bunch of awesome photos, but will tease you with the image above since I want to let the parents introduce you all to him first.
Then as I was leaving, I remembered that the paramedics mentioned taking the woman from the first story to the same hospital I was in to visit this newborn baby. Wow, the day comes full circle. I know hospitals. They won’t let a stranger find anything out about a patient. So I got in the elevator, pressed “Parking Garage” and started down. In the elevator was 1 nurse, and her tag said “Critical Care Unit” on it. I knew this was my only hope of finding anything out. I mentioned that I witnessed an accident, and that the woman was taken to this hospital. She shook her head, and I said, “I understand, you can’t tell me anything. But she had an injury above her right eye.” She shook her head again, and quietly said, “We got her in this morning. I’m sorry, we don’t think she’s going to make it. But I didn’t tell you anything.”
And with that, my day had become surreal. Unique. Heartbreaking, yet heart-growing. I had met a woman, in her most critical moments. Then I met a boy, a small infant, in the first moments of his amazing life. My day started with sorrow, and ended in triumph and joy. I don’t even know how to process today. But I hope the nurse in the elevator was wrong. I am praying for a miracle for this woman.
Thank you Lord for each new day, and the adventures hidden in each new sunrise.