Glennon Scott just got home from the hospital. She was there for exactly four weeks, being treated for multiple rib fractures, a spinal fracture, internal bleeding, a damaged spleen, a lacerated face, and a crushed foot.
These injuries all occurred in the space of about two seconds on December 18. Scott, blinded by the early Tuesday morning light, crashed her Jeep 4x4 into the rear end of a minivan on Scottsville Road.
At the time, the first responders were a group of TDOT workers doing roadwork nearby. They witnessed the accident, called 911, and talked Scott through some of the scariest moments of her life—waiting for the EMS ambulance.
Now Scott, age 60, is just arriving home (she got in on January 14) and is full of gratefulness and a zest for living.
“When I got home,” said Scott, “my family had built a ramp to my front door. My house was ready; they’d gotten all the handicap stuff ready for me.”
Scott’s daughter, Jordan Thuesen, has been able to take care of her during the day. “I’m 28 years old,” said Thuesen. “She took care of me for 28 years and now I can take care of her… Besides having my children sick a few times, it was the most heart rending thing I’ve ever seen. I was numb. And my heart broke when I saw her. Those pictures never get erased from your memory, when you see your mom laying there. And you wonder ‘what would I do without my mom?’”
Thuesen said that during this past month, she has hardly been able to take a trip to Walmart without some kind person stopping her and asking if there’s anything they can do for her family. “This experience,” said Thuesen, “has just really shown us that this community always comes together.”
Scott agrees. “It’s just been a life-altering incident for me. I’ll never forget the kindness. I’ll never forget that God was with me every step of the way, and my family was with me every step of the way… there were people who sent gift cards without names, I still don’t know who sent them… the doctors, the nurses, they all treated me with such dignity and respect. It was truly amazing.”
She also remembers the exceptional response of the TDOT workers.
“After the accident, the guys with TDOT came over to my car and just stood by and said ‘it’s all right; it’s gonna be okay,’” said Scott. “Even not being a medical person, I looked down and just thought ‘something is terribly wrong.’ Because my foot was just pointed to the side. And after EMS came, I don’t remember anything else till I woke up in the trauma unit.”
Originally, doctors thought they would have to amputate that foot. But eventually, they were able to reconstruct many of the damaged bones. She will get back full use of her limb, although she may lose some flexibility in the foot. And for now, she’s been sent home with lots of metal pins stuck into that foot, all stabilized by something called an external fixator.
She’s just thankful to be alive.
“I’m so happy to be home!” she said. “I was in the trauma unit three, four days, and then I went to ICU for another three, and then I was in rehab until yesterday. And I’m so thankful that I didn’t hurt anybody else. That was one of my big concerns when I finally came to in the trauma unit; I asked ‘were they hurt’?”
The other individuals involved in the accident were not seriously hurt; they were taken to Macon County General and released the same day.
“It’s like I told them in the hospital,” concluded Scott. “You know, you can live in a million dollar mansion and have all the best things, but if you don’t have God, and family and friends, you don’t have anything. You have nothing. And I thank God—the whole time I was in the trauma unit, I just knew that God was with me. And I think he and my family are what’s got me through this past month and helped me heal.
“I really think it was God’s way of telling me ‘you have to slow down, and you have to recognize what you have’, and what I have is my family.”