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ATV accident

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 19, 2011

This is a photo of me, my son Tennyson, and Citori and Jordan, the children of my friend Brent who is taking the photo. We were at the top of a mountain we had just climbed near Ephraim, Utah.

The picture was taken just a few minutes before I flipped the ATV I was driving with Tori on the back. I was taken off the mountain in a jeep and seen at the E.R. for a bruised kidney, sacral bone bruise, and concussion. I am very thankful to have no broken bones, because I remain in a tremendous amount of pain and spent the past 36 hours in bed after getting home from the hospital.

I tell you this story in the hopes that you WEAR A HELMET. I’m the one in the photo with the yellow helmet. You’ll notice that Brent’s family doesn’t wear helmets and I’m so thankful that Tori walked away from the accident with just a sore leg and foot where the 4-wheeler landed on her. (Jordan and Brent quickly got the machine off, which was spilling gasoline onto us.)

Brent took Tennyson to his games, took me to the hospital, sent flowers, and texted me this morning that he went home and cried because he couldn’t get the image out of his mind of me flying off the 4-wheeler, and lying in the dirt, and he felt responsible. Of course I could have said no to the proposal we go down a steep little ravine, and maybe things might have gone better if I didn’t run over that 4′ pine tree.

But if I got a concussion wearing a helmet, what would have happened if I didn’t?

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who provide for and love their children.

Tomorrow I’ll have some great recipes to use your early garden produce, from Michelle.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    So glad you are ok… Hope u will soon be all healed up and feeling 100%. We do need you… Thank God you had your helmet on and you didn’t get hurt worse… I hope that your friends who didn’t wear their helmets got a wake up call and saw how different things could have been for you if you hadn’t been wearing yours. I pray they too will wear theirs next time… Be blessed for all the ways that you bless others… : )

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Robin,

    only now I read about your accident. I am so glad it is not worse, although bad enough. I wish you a quick recovery! When in America I always think these ATV are a dangerous toy, specially when really small children race around. We do not have these in Switzerland.

    I am still desperately waiting for my Bledtech to arrive from the US. My fault: the firm here offered me a white or a black one—-but I wanted RED. Cant wait to start with the green smoothies.

    All the best and thanks for your work and mails.


  3. Hi Robyn, I am sorry to hear about your adventure going a little off track.

    It is glad to hear you and the children are ok.

    I hope all hear your message about helmets and wear them as you know they are a life saver.

    All The Best for a speedy recovery.

    Regards NeilB

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear of your accident. Godspeed sister.

  5. wow! Glad you are okay. Get some rest, and heal up soon!

    I can’t believe you went and taught classes after this, your a trooper.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sending healing thoughts your way, Robyn. I appreciate all that you do for this community! ~Blessings~

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully Robin, you are open to energy healing of some kind (as guided). Whenever there is trauma the energy body holds the muscles they were at the time of the trauma and so you can do PTherapy, etc. forever, but unless you release the trauma from the energy body (the body we have before we are in a physical Earth suit), the problems can continue on and on. Lots of different modalities. I use Reconnective Healing (which I personally love). Hope you will use / consider / find one you resonate with and send lots of love and blessings to you for continued healing. xxoo

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s a good thing that you are soo healthy. You should heal quickly. I’m praying for you smoothie girl. Take care and thanks for all that you do. You are amazing. Hugs to you! Terry

  9. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, Happy to hear you’ve sworn off ATV’s. About 5-6 years ago, my grand nephew was thrown off an ATV when driving on a paved highway while vacationing in Cyprus. He and 2 friends had just graduated from Highschool in Israel. Before starting the army after highschool there, it is now a rite of passage to travel outside the country. He discussed with his parents whether he could rent a motor cycle or an ATV (called Tractoron in Israel). His mother thought that the Tractoron was safer and made him promise to wear a helmet. No one really knows what happened to cause him to be thrown off the machine. One of the friends who rented a motorcycle went back to the hotel ahead of the other two who were riding on the same ATV. The second young man on the ATV was also thrown off and he too was immediately unconscious. (He had no memory of the event, but is now doing very well.) My g’nephew remained in a coma. His grandfather arranged to have 2 highly respected neurologists from Israel helicopter together to Cyprus to independently examine the boy. Both agreed that there was no hope for him to recover. So he was airlifted back to a hospital in Israel where his parents agreed that as many of his organs as possible should be harvested for transplant to those in need. Israel is a religious democracy whose laws are dictated by the Orthodox Rabbinate. According to Jewish religious law, burial should occur ASAP after the death, and the body, whether in a coma or after death, should not be cut open (except for life-saving surgery). Because of his parents’ decision, my g’nephew’s death was announced on the front page of almost every newspaper in Israel. (Slowly, the Rabbis are beginning to rule that transplant IS permissible as they or a family member has benefited from receiving a transplant). So, Robyn, now you understand why I’m relieved that you decided not to ride on ATV’s anymore.

  10. Brandon fisher says:

    I’m glad you’re ok but me and my brother flip our atv and I’m full of bruises and cut and my legs didn’t stop shaking for 5 minutes after the atv fell on me

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