Where's the Panic Button?

Today was quite a busy day. I had sales meeting this morning, followed by caravan, lunch with my realtor girlfriends and then out showing houses this afternoon with clients in from California. At lunch, one of my girlfriends told us about something that happened to her this past Sunday which was too priceless NOT to share!

She has been having some medical problems (no, that's not the funny part) and has been having some tests done to check her thyroid. She also has noticed an increase in panic attacks. Now, she's claustrophobic. When we go on caravan, she either needs to sit in the front passenger seat, or next to one of the doors in the back seat. She freaks out if she has to sit in the middle! She never likes to feel "trapped". Anyway, this past weekend she decided to go through the car wash and was telling us that right in the middle of the car wash, she had a panic attack and jumped out of the car.

I'll wait and let that sink in (no pun intended).

Yes, you read it right. She jumped OUT of the car in the middle of the car wash! She then stood there getting soaked, panicking, and then you know what happened next? The roller brushes ripped off her car door and water was spewing inside soaking everything! OH MY WORD! To have been the car behind her's would have been an unbelievable sight! She then jumped back in the car and tried to back out of the car wash, unsuccessfully, all the while being drenched from head to toe. She says she doesn't really remember how she got out because she was in such a panic-striken state, but the worker had to call the manager and he had to come (from home) and "assess" the damage. She also had to make that dreaded call to her husband.

He ended up having to drive her car home (without the door) and also drove it to the dealership yesterday morning (without the door) to have it repaired. He now thinks he understands the seriousness of her panic attacks.

Now, I love this dear friend, but we all were doubled over at lunch when she told us this story and none of us would promise not to tell anyone!

Car Wash... four dollars and fifty cents
New car door... eight hundred dollars
Jumping out in the middle of the car wash and being soaked from head to toe... priceless.

17 sweet friends had to say...:

Di-dan said...

Oh my GOSH! I was sitting here reading this with my hand over my mouth! I can just see you laughing about that in my mind...how funny! Wonder how much it costs to get a whole DOOR replaced? UGH!

musicaljean said...

I can picture that poor husband driving the car without a door!! It's good she can laugh about it, but she does have true panic attacks, for sure. I hope she gets the help she needs.

Southern Girl said...

Oh, that's absolutely hilarious! But I understand her feelings about "sitting in the middle" very well! I don't have panic attacks about it, at least not to the extent of leaping out of cars in the middle of the wash cycle, but I can't stand to sit with someone surrounding me -- not in a car, not at church, nowhere.

I very nearly failed seventh grade social studies eons ago because we sat in alphabetical order and being an "L," I was smack dab in the middle of everyone. Broke out in a cold sweat every day. *shudder*

Lynne said...

That's funny. I became claustrophobic during my triplet pregnancy when I had to have an MRI done. I pressed that panic button over and over and over. I know exactly how she must have felt. Car washes are harder for me than they used to be.

NspiredByFaith said...

I am terribly sorry your friend had such a horrible panic attack. And I hope she can get help.But I have to say, I laughed till I couldn't see when I read that story. Can you imagine the attendant (probably a teenager) when they realized what was going on? Or the people at the dealership when her husband explained what happened? Oh my goodness, I have to stop, with every new scenario I have a whole new fit of laughter...

PAT said...

I was visiting Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), clicked on your name and found you here at Show Me State...of Mind! I'm from the "Show Me State". I love your Blog name!

I understand panic attacks. Haven't experienced one, personally. My late mother in law had them now and then, though.

While reading through your post, I kept visualizing an old Doris Day movie from the 1960's. I think it was Move Over Darling. She had a similar carwash experience. Thank you for sharing your friend's story. It made me smile. I'm so glad she can see the humor, also.

Pat, at Back Porch Musings (stop by for a visit, sometime)

Tonja said...

Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh. You're right...it's priceless! Everytime I think about it, I start laughing all over. That's one of those stories that will be told over and over and over.

Mindy said...

This is so funny! I am prone to panic attacks because of some health issues also.....elevators pose issues for me if the doors don't open fast enough!
It is funny but I feel for her too!
My goodness - what panic can do to you!
Thanks for sharing though. At least I know I'm NOT alone =)
GOd Bless!

Lynne said...

My daughter gets panic attacks, but not to that extreme. While I truly feel for your friend, the story is priceless!

Pam said...

I read your comment on BooMama and decided to check out the funniest car wash story ever. My dad used to (jokingly) threaten to take us to the carwash when we didn't want to take a bath. He would enjoy this story. Enjoyed visiting your blog. It was "priceless!" I'll be back!

The Preacher's Wife said...

Just like us Alabamians to drive around without a car door..:)) Your precious friend..oh bless her heart! Get that girl some meds! :))

justabeachkat said...

Priceless! I'm sure she and her husband didn't find it amusing at all, but it sure makes for a funny story.

Rhoda said...

Oh, my!! that is a wild story...I can't imagine seeing anyone do that. I'm sure those around her thought she had lost it. And I don't blame you for laughing...I would have been dying! Hope her DH has a good sense of humor. :)

Rhoda
Southern Hospitality

rindy said...

What a site! I can imagine the whole thing and can relate with the panic attacks and everything! I actually have to close my eyes every time I go through a car wash...just during a certain part, but have not yet opened the door!!

Melody said...

STILL...LAUGHING...CAN'T....BREATHE...GET...HELP!!!

Krista said...

I found you via Melody's blog--she said this was a great story--and let me tell you--I am cracking up! I can so relate to your friend! This story is help to all those women who suffer from panic attacks "stay out of the carwash"! Thanks for sharing--tell her we are laughing with her -not AT her!

Iris Godfrey said...

This is so.... funny. Thanks for sharing it and giving all some laugh pleasure.
Blessings,
Iris

 
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