Easter 2015Wednesday 18th March, 2015
Dear Prayer Partners & Friends
We thought it was about time to write and bring you up to date with our situation since our accident on the 29th January.
It may be that some of you may have slipped through our communications net and didn’t know about our accident. We were on our way to visit Maureen’s mother in Minehead, she had not been well for some time. Then on the way home again we were to spend a couple of nights in a hotel to celebrate my birthday. We were caught in a sudden hailstorm near Bridgewater, and within a couple of minutes the roads turned white and cars started sliding. I estimate I was doing 20 – 30 at the time and I slid into the path of a large Merc sprinter Van. Maureen’s car was a total write off. People who saw the car have said we were lucky to get out alive. My airbag did not function properly and my chest had a fight with the steering wheel. Steering wheel won and gave me a total fracture of the Sternum! Maureen was very bruised and in pain too!
We were taken into Taunton hospital, but were released late at night as I think they thought it would be a bigger shock for Maureen’s mum if we were kept in. Maureen’s sister, Pam, came with a friend to take us to her bungalow in Minehead, where we stayed for two weeks, being looked after by her, until well enough to travel back home. As Maureen had no car and I was not allowed to drive, Anita and Rob very kindly came to Minehead and drove us back to Birmingham. I was told that I must not lift anything heavier than a kettle for TWELVE WEEKS; must wear a cushion between chest and seat belt when in a car; and should not drive again until I can do an emergency stop. How will I know if I can do an emergency stop, I thought? Should I practice?!
Well, this week I have started to drive [very gently] again, and yesterday visited my first couple of stations with my chaplaincy work. I did feel quite worn out , and in pain again at the end of the day and so I am taking it easier today. The enforced time of rest has, however, given me some time to do a little work on my Doctoral thesis.
Due to the situation after the accident I also had to cancel some of my engagements, including the most important one: the first Polish trip to Israel on March 3rd. Fortunately, the tour company obtained an excellent guide for them, and I sent a whole batch of emails to my Polish translator, Marta, who was to be my assistant tour leader, and trained her to do the whole job herself! Apparently she was excellent. Sadly one of the tour members had a stroke and was taken to hospital in Haifa, he had two operations and is still in an induced coma, some of his family have flown out to be with him and his wife who cannot speak English . Please pray for him; his name is Leszek. I also had to cancel the annual sports mission in Smethwick. I was given a lift last Saturday to a men’s breakfast to fulfil my first speaking engagement since the accident. Further speaking engagements in the coming weeks are: 22/3 Falcon Lodge Chapel; 24/3 Whitehouse Common School; 29/3 George Road Baptist; 11-25/4 Holiday, Sizewell, Suffolk
Also, since the accident, much to the hard work of Lynzi, Maureen has been able to replace the car I mangled! She has a second hand Toyota Aygo, it is automatic and she is gradually getting used to not changing gear!
Thank you all for your prayers
With Christian love, Peter & Maureen