Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:26 AM
“I really appreciated everybody’s concern Tuesday night. But based on my experience, the syndicated show Nurses Against the Wild will have to be cancelled. After work on Tuesday night, I wanted to give my friend and co-worker Kathy Herring a ride home, just down Shinn Lane toward MM. We hopped in my vehicle and after racing an SUV out of the parking lot, headed south on Shinn Lane. Snow was flying and it was hard to see the road, but I wasn’t disoriented, although Kathy wanted to get out of the car, thinking we were at her house when we weren’t quite there yet.
After dropping Kathy off, I was headed down MM to go home. The good Lord and a band of angels saw fit to put my car on the shoulder of the road, so I had no choice but to walk back to my friend Kathy’s house. I bundled up for the walk. I could hear Kathy encouraging me ‘Just a little farther, Starla, you’re almost here!’
“When I got back to Kathy’s house and called the state police to let them know I had left my car, they asked me if it was on the shoulder of the road. It was kind of hard to see the shoulder, or to see the road at all.
“I was surprised that Laura Miller had called Doug Ruble and Dave Hevel to go find me, and I was sorry that everyone was worried, because I was never in any trouble. Other people had a lot more excitement in the storm than I did.
“I went back the next day to dig my car out, with the help of one Vandalia policeman, two MODOT road graders, two HRH maintenance vehicles, and three HRH team members.
“Rumors of my near-death experience have been greatly exaggerated!”
Starla Dunn, BSN, RN, ICU nurse