Wow, what a weekend! I usually blog on Thursdays, but this week will be pretty crazy. This is blog #100. I really like blogging. At first I was doing it for others, but now it's become a journal and something to entertain my future kids.
So Friday night we were all ready to go except for Alex because he ended up taking Ben Gardner to the hospital because Ben had kidney stones. So we didn't end up leaving til like midnight. Me, Alex, Janae, and Troy were in one car and CoryAnn, Brent, Pdub, and Brady were in the other. Near mile marker 144 ish, at about 2:00 Alex saw a car pulled over and stopped to see if they needed help with anything. Alex comes back and says that this is looking pretty serious actually. So me and Troy go talk to the guy who was kind of panicky and unspecifically told us he hit a guy and the guy rolled into the median and is pretty sure he's dead. Me and Troy were looking all over the median, which was pretty big, looking for a body, yelling, etc. Troy spots a car on the other side of the interstate on the shoulder, so we thought that the guy must have gotten out or something. We go over there and looked in and there was a girl slouched over the passenger seat not moving or anything. Immediately I thought she was dead because there was blood all over her neck and shirt. We're talking to her and then she sits up and is panicky and tries to get out of the car through the driver seat window and is saying, 'look at my neck' and stuff. We go around the other side, open the passenger door and help her into the passenger seat. Looking back it was just so unreal and scary looking for a body, finding her and thinking that she was dead. I'll admit that I was kinda panicky and wasn't thinking that clearly. Troy was a stud, though. He was cool, calm and knew what to do. He told her to not move her head, stay sitting up and asked if she wanted a blessing (she responded that she wanted a cigarette). I ran over to Alex and Janae, they got their flashlight and ran over to Lindsey. I asked the guy if he had called 911, he said he had and that someone was on the way. So I went back to Lindsey, Alex helped her out, he used to be an EMT and then two nurses pulled over and took over. They were asking for something to put around her neck to stop the bleeding. There was a bra by Troy's feet and then I found a sweater in her backseat. The sheriff showed up and had a neck supporter and lots of first aid stuff. Me and Troy cleared the road of debris like the car battery and chunks of the car. Troy went all over the median looking for different things and came back several times with things like cd's, a blanket, her purse, etc. The sheriff thought it was funny and said, 'your friend has a death wish I think.' It seemed like it took forever until the ambulance and firetruck showed up. Lindsey started talking and it was one of the saddest stories I've ever heard. Basically, she was drunk and suicidal; she was looking to run into a semi truck. Because she was drunk she just kind of opened up and told everything. The nurses were so good at handling her, comforting her and just trying to give her hope and reason to keep on living. When the EMT's got there she was back to really panicky, crying and what not, mostly because of the questions they were asking. Alex is right that EMT's are more of scoop and go but nurses are more one on one, helping the person. I guess they don't give counseling services when alcohol is involved. That makes me mad because she really needs help and the state of Utah won't give it to her just because alcohol was involved. She is really lucky, somebody is really looking out for her. She was going really fast and clipped the guy's left corner of his car and rolled across the median, across the other lanes and luckily onto the shoulder. She wasn't wearing a seat belt and luckily only got cuts from the glass. She could have been a lot worse off. The car got beat up so much worse they she did. Lindsey really needs prayers right now.
We stopped in Beaver to taste the water (on Beaver's sign they claim to have the best tasting water in the world- and it really isn't that bad). Lindsey's blood got on me and Troy, so we cleaned that off and then headed to St. George. We didn't get to CoryAnn's cousin's place until 4:30. We were wanting to leave at 8:00 but decided to scratch that. So we slept and didn't leave until noon on Saturday. So we left for Zion's National Park! Brady's friend, Tim, who live in St. George, came along with us and had a year round pass so we all got in free. The others were way ahead of us and Alex got a ticket trying to catch up with them. It was pretty dumb actually. They were stopped at a light in a little town and Alex accelerated a little when we finally saw them and there just happened to be a sheriff watching. He said that Alex went 45 in a 25. It was dumb that it became 25 so fast and he was not going 20 over, maybe 10. We looked at the ticket and you can get a ticket for going the speed limit. It says on the ticket that the fine for going 0-10 mph over the limit is $82. Dumb, huh?!!! So yeah, that was bad, but the rest of the day was awesome! We hiked Angel's Landing, which is a strenuous 2.5 miles to the top. It is in the middle of Zion's Canyon and the views from the top are incredible. For the last .5 mile you have to pull yourself up with chains, it's pretty sweet. We wanted to do a hike after that but we were all so tired afterwards that we just took the shuttle the rest of the way around the park and then back to the car. Zion's Park is really cool, I want to plan like a weeklong trip there next year. On the way home Alex bought us frosties from Wendy's. That was probably the best 99 cent gift I've ever received! It was so good! So we went to CoryAnn's other cousin's home for a pool party/BBQ. They live in the half of the basement of this huge, gorgeous house. The pool was so nice and from it you could see all of St. George. It was such a sweet evening cooling down from the hot day, eating food after not eating the whole day and just having fun and playing games in the pool and then playing on the swing set. We then watched What About Bob and CoryAnn's grandma's house. The next day we slept in and then went to church at the new institute building and then went home, chilled, and came back.
Man it was such a sweet weekend, definitely one for the books. The experience with the accident changed me. For like 5 minutes I wanted to change my major and become a doctor. So it's not for me but I definitely need to refresh my first aid boy scout skills and be more prepared for the next time something like that happens. Lindey's not a bad person or anything but people can do really bad things when they're thinking irrationally. I need to be more sensitive to that. I haven't really gone through tramatic things. It was pretty bad when Skyler's head was cracked open but early Friday morning I was looking for a dead body and then when I saw her I really thought she was dead at first. It's just a little crazy for me right now to fully take it in.