Delayed shock.

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   Posted 2/13/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
On Monday, we arrived directly after a car accident involving an elderly couple and a truck. I was the first to go to the couple (Who at first I thought were dead). I stayed with them and kept an eye on their health while we waited for ambulances to arrive and helped organise traffic.

Later that day it was pouring rain and in all my time here we've never had water across the road. With the rain so heavy I couldn't see a large patch and lost control of my car sliding into the oncoming lane (luckily it was empty) for about 60metres I struggled to gain control of the car again. I was on the way to pick up my youngest from school and know she would have been destroyed if mummy wasn't there let alone mummy wrapped around a tree.

Since yesterday (Tuesday) I've been in tears, nervous and my OCD when I'm in the car is having a field day with my mind.

Do you think it could be delayed shock as I have been travelling ok in the last week until all this happpened?

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   Posted 2/13/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that's a pretty normal response, for anyone really. Sometimes it takes a few days for things to really register and have an effect on us. Seeing a serious accident and being involved (by staying with the injured in your case) is pretty scary in itself. Losing control of your car later that same day, especially while on the way to pick up your child, makes the whole event even more traumatic.

Hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 2/14/2007 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   

  That had to be very scary for you having to deal with that and then losing control of your car as well just glad that you are allright though and you my just be feeling a part of post traumatic shock from it so try to keep it slow when travelling till you get over it and take care

  Cowboy up

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   Posted 2/14/2007 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies, it's always nice to have others agree with what your thinking. (You know that rotten anxiety)

Hopefully things will settle down shortly.

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   Posted 2/14/2007 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Most definitely! Give yourself a little time to deal with the aftershock. Just remember that you did a wonderful thing for that couple despite your anxiety and it shows just how strong you can be when the time calls for it! You will be okay. Try to relax and be proud of yourself!
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   Posted 2/14/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Janet, I'm feeling a bit calmer today but when I was in the car or think of the car i start to get nervous and my mind runs away with silly thoughts.

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   Posted 2/14/2007 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Aussie this sounds very normal to me.  I seem to handle crisis really well at the time but then totally fall apart later in the comfort of my own home.  Its ironic that people always describe as calm and patient when inside I'm a mess.  Hope you feel better real soon.

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   Posted 2/14/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I can understand how you can feel anxious about being in the car or even thinking about it right now.  You went through something very traumatic and it's bound to have an effect on you.  Just give it some time and let the impact wear off a little bit.  I'm glad that you are okay and didn't get yourself in an accident.  It's only a temporary feeling...hang in there!
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