Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 21st

Feeling better today. I almost didn't make my doctor's appointment after hitting snooze and proceeding to sleep for another hour after my alarm had gone off. That's what deodorant is for, right?

I did have a scary moment just before I got to my appointment, though. I was coming off of the cloverleaf exit ramp just in front of my doctor's office and for whatever reason, my car swerved. I'm not sure if there was ice or if I just started down the ramp going too fast, but I was going the direction you do not want to go as you're coming down an exit ramp, which is towards the 20-or-so foot drop off the side of the clover leaf. (This has always been a fear of mine.) So I tried to turn without doing so too aggressively, since I didn't want to overcorrect and totally lose control of the car. I did a 180 in the opposite direction, so I was now on the side of the ramp that was not next to, you know, a sheer drop off...but I was facing oncoming traffic. Thankfully, a car hadn't exited just after I did or anything like that, but once I was facing backwards I could see cars coming. Very luckily, I was slightly off to the side of the road, so cars could go around my backwards self. I was panicked though, thinking someone might come into the exit quickly or not paying attention and run into me head on. I started honking, to alert people that I was there, and in the vehicle. I got a few confused looks but people just drive by. What I didn't know was that just behind me, the first guy who had seen me veer off the road and passed me had actually pulled over and gotten out of his car. I noticed him in my peripheral vision, and he was actually stepping out into the road to stop traffic so I could turn myself around. He stood in the middle of the road while I nervously turned my car around and eventually got myself going again.

I don't know who he was. I wish I could have thanked him. I should have. I never thought to roll down my window and say anything because I was so shaken up. But to that man who helped me, thank you. Thank you so much. You made me feel safe. You allowed me to get to my appointment on time. And I won't ever forget that. Thank you.

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