I have been racing with my trusty old, souped up 1980 Volkswagen Caravelle every weekend with my buddies on the tracks. Lately, I’ve been hooked on racing in wet and muddy conditions because I love the challenge of taking control of my car even though it is slippery.  Last week when I was at the track, I had a freak accident when I was turning on the sharp curve, I suddenly lost control on the wheel and my brakes suddenly won’t function. I’m fortunate that there were many rubber tires there when I landed. My buddies were so worried that they ran across the track to see me if I was okay. I heard firetruck sirens closing in on me as they were expecting a fire due to a gas leak but luckily there was none. I couldn’t move at first because I was shaken up with the crash, but I can talk as I kept telling them that I’m okay. They rushed me to the hospital to have me looked up. I specifically instructed my buddies to tell my mom first and she’ll know how to handle my dad because he has hypertension and I don’t want anything to happen to him especially with his age. I also asked them to tell my mom on what hospital that they’re bringing me to and that I’m okay.

We arrived at the hospital in just minutes. The doctor checked my eyes for trauma and tapped my bones and muscles for soreness. I got a number of scratches and bruises, but there were no superficial bleeding. They have yet to check I have an internal bleeding. I also had pain between shoulder blades that the doctor told me to have it x-rayed to see if there are bone fractures because it was too tender and has some swelling. I also didn’t have a full range of motion on my shoulders so he was thinking that I have a fracture. After an hour, I got the results and he told me that I have shoulder subluxation. It is a condition wherein there is a partial dislocation of the shoulder due to a heavy blow on the shoulder, for instance, my car crash accident. The doctor asked me 1-10, 10 highest, on how much is the pain. I told him 6-7 so he just gave me a pill for pain relief. He told me that if it was 10, I’d be given a shot, but he feels that there was no need to do that.

I was advised to rest my shoulders for a couple of weeks with a sling. I was also instructed to ice the sore area within 24 hours of injury to reduce the swelling and to counter the pain. The doctor told me that I was so fortunate that I’m okay because usually, people die in a car crash. He also told me that I’d need the services of a good physical therapist to rehabilitate my shoulder to achieve full range of motion gradually. Minutes later, I saw my parents rushing in my room thanking God that I’m alright. They were so relieved that I was okay. They made me promise that I’ll never race on wet tracks again, but I just kept silent for no arguments. I’m just happy that I’m alive.