My Dad died the day after Christmas as a result of an accident. It had snowed in recent days, and the snow had been along side the road from being plowed and had started to melt falling down an embankment onto the road . He was taking his dog to a routine vet appointment that day. A witness said his back tire slid off the road and he came back onto the road into the water and ice . His truck began to fishtail, it went up a tiny embankment and struck a tree. He was alert and oriented but trapped for 40 minutes as his leg was bleeding. He had open fractures above and below his knee and a crushed hip, maybe both hips broken as well. He was concerned for the dog and asked for my mother to be called, "she will probably have to have the dog put down, she was tossed around in the truck and is hurting" . Blankets were brought by a kind person . My dad asked that the dog be wrapped up, she was cold and shaking. See, my Dad was 84 years old, gave to others and helped others his whole life. He was the primary caregiver to my quadriplegic brother, who still lives at home." Ironically" , as my Dad said to the police officer, "my son hit a tree and is paralyzed, I take care of him" . My mother is 83. My father would die after being extricated from the truck and taken to the hospital. He asked what he was allergic to, his reply, "work". He was the hardest working man I knew. He died 2 1/2 hours after the accident, on a CAT Scan table. He bled out from the trauma and had a heart attack. I happen to do CAT Scans for a living. This has been and is a tough journey. I think about him constantly and how much pain he must have been in and yet did not complain. He drove on terrible winter roads back and forth to Niagara Falls for 38 years from Pennsylvania, and had the accident on the same road he was born on. I miss him terribly. I cannot sleep. My own family thinks I need counseling, "I want my wife back", "you're not the same" ... you should be better now, learn to cope"... I feel like I am smiling falsely just so I don't talk about it.