Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Momma got run over by a reindeer

So, an elk hit our van.

No. Not the other way around.

Last night, as we were driving down a dark stretch of road on our way home from the flu clinic, a suicidal elk leaped out of the bushes, raced to the road, and slammed its preposterously large form into the side of our van. I really didn't know they moved that quickly.

It survived. We survived. The van, I think, survived.

Initially concerned for the welfare of the animal, J became angry when he saw the damage to the van. "Reindeer!" J shouted sternly, "Why did you hit our van?!"

H swerved to avoid the elk. Thankfully there was no oncoming traffic. Because of H's evasive driving, we did not hit the beast head-on. And for that, we are thankful. Also, the antlers did not come through our windshield or my window. And, while the front end and passenger side of the vehicle are pretty messed up, damage appears to be contained to the front of the van. The back door doesn't appear to have even been hit. We are happy to all be alright. 'Cause the van is just metal, and doesn't matter as much as the rest of us.

But just to recap 2008 to date:

High risk pregnancy;
Abrupted placenta;
Prolonged bed rest;
Grumpy disability provider;
Kidney stones;
Hospital stays;
Precipitous birth;
Complications immediately post-birth;
Birth mom with cancer;
Financial constraints;
Broken knee (tibial plateau fracture);
Surgery and another hospital stay;
Block fire;
Suicidal elk slams into van.

You ever have one of those years? I seriously can't wait for 2009!!

Later this week, we will be having elk burgers. Just you wait. I'll get him yet.


Captain Dumbass said...

Are you buying 649's? Cause you deserve something back. Seriously. Good thing you didn't hit that thing head on, I've seen some nasty accidents with those. Glad you're all ok.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

WOW...you serioulsy HAVE had one of those years! Crazy girl! Well, 2009 can't get any worse right?

I'm curious to see the damage on your VAN...that is one of my worst nightmares!

Momma Trish said...

CDA - We were pretty grateful to have not hit it head-on. And we'll start buying 649's in 2009, when our streak of bad luck will (hopefully) be behind us.

Shelle - You know, every time I think it can't get worse, something else happens. I think we need an exorcism. It's only about $3,000 of damage to the van, as it turns out, if we go with used parts. And we will. Could've been much worse.

iMommy said...

Holy crap, that is definitely a rough year... I think you may be set for life on bad luck, huh?

Momma Trish said...

iMommy - It's actually not that bad. If you think about it right, I'm actually having pretty good luck. 'Cause even with everything that's happened, we've all survived thus far. And it often could have been a lot worse. But still ... it's an awful lot of stuff, and it's sometimes a little hard to stay positive.

Hannah Noel said...

Wow. My friend had something like that happen before with two deer! It was bad!
Glad everyone was okay!

Momma Trish said...

Hannah Noel - I hope your friend and anyone else who was in her vehicle is okay too. Sure is scary when it happens.