It has been an eventful day, and the bad weather has played a major part. We had more snow overnight, and the roads crunched as soon as you looked at them.
None around us had been gritted so we thought we would follow the main bus route to Hubby’s INR appointment this morning, but that hadn’t been gritted either.
We were in a line of about five cars with a motor bike leading the way when he suddenly lost control and slid, so what happened next was extremely lucky.
The BMW immediately behind him hit the brake and swerved, ending up nose first in a shallow ditch almost against someone’s wall. The car behind him pulled away and stopped a little way ahead and Hubby was frantically trying to control the car and avoid the two in front of us plus the bus and car coming the other way. We ended up on the same patch of grass as the BMW, but parallel to the road and facing the right way. I was so glad he was driving, as I would have hit everything like a pinball.
Hubby got out and directed traffic as he went to check on the rider who was on his feet. The bike was more or less OK with just a few scratches and a bent windshield, and the driver of the BMW was relieved he hadn’t hit him or anything else. The old lady in the house where it happened said the lad could leave his bike in her garage until the weather improved and he could come back and collect it. He was extremely grateful as he wasn’t happy to ride it in the current conditions.
Everyone was OK, Hubby and the biker helped push the BMW out onto the road as he couldn’t get enough traction to do so, then we gave the biker a lift home as he lived in the same village as our GP surgery, so it wasn’t out of our way, though we would have offered anyway.
While Hubby was having his INR, I made a couple of phone calls: one to the diabetes screening clinic to ask if I could move my appointment due to the bad weather as we had to go out anyway this morning, and the other to our garage of choice to arrange the fitting of two new front tyres.
Hubby’s INR is back in range but he has to go back next week, the screening lady said to turn up at the hospital and she would let the guy know I was attending early, and the garage had a choice of tyres in stock and could fit them after 11am.
My screening went OK and he could not see anything that was sounding alarm bells, though obviously I would get the official results in due course. He said I was lucky that after being diagnosed 10 years ago, I was still controlling my diabetes with diet as most people he knew were on medication.
The garage fit the tyres OK at a reasonable cost, and we will be taking the car there for its MOT and a service early next year. They have always seen us OK, aren’t pushy for sales, and always given us the benefit of their expertise and good advice. We will also save about £100 on what we paid last year for the Hyundai locally!
So far, I am feeling fine after the booster yesterday. Hubby has a niggly headache and a sore arm, but is otherwise OK.
The cold weather looks like being here for a while, but we have no other appointments this week so won’t have to go out. The car was like a white buffalo this morning so it is now tucked under a large tarp and secured around the wheel hubs. We were going to buy a proper car cover for it today, but at £60 plus, that stayed in the shop.