To be very upset how my friends have behaved towards me following an accident?

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Whyisitalwaysraining Sat 07-Jun-14 12:32:22

Long term poster but have name changed.

I was recently involved in an accident on my way to work. Thankfully I was not really seriously injured, but it was serious enough that I was taken to A&E in an ambulance and I sustained some injuries that still have not healed (the accident was a month ago) so I have been in some discomfort for the last month since the accident, not to mention that it has shaken me up a bit so I have been feeling a little down.

As I say, I am very lucky that my injuries are basically just superficial and will fully heal in time and there should not be any lasting damage, so I am trying not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, for example I went back to work as soon as I could and have just got on with things.

When the accident first happened I told my family and close friends, and all my friends sent me the usual "oh no sorry to hear that, get well soon" kind of message back. However, since then not one of the six or seven women who I would consider to be my close friends have bothered to call or text to check how I am. Not one text in a whole month.

The wife of one of DP's friends (who I haven't known very long) popped round with some flowers and I was so touched I almost cried. It was so thoughtful of her and completely unexpected, it really meant such a lot to know that someone cared. My Mum, MIL, DP and my boss have also all been really sweet.

AIBU to be a bit upset that none of my "close" friends have bothered to get in touch? I like to think I am a thoughtful person myself, and I would always sent a card if one of my friends was very sick or injured.

This has made me think I should re-evaluate my friendships a bit, and perhaps focus a bit more energy on the lovely lady who popped round with the flowers who is not someone I really know that well, only via our partners.

AIBU?

thebodylovesspring Sat 07-Jun-14 12:59:49

Some not nice replies. Being in an accident makes you feel very vulnerable op so of course you feel needy! Why the bloody hell shouldn't you?

I expect your friends just don't realise how it's affecting you and arnt bring intentionally mean.

The lady who brought the flowers may have had a different experience do understands more.

Hope you feel stronger soon.

Rhine Sat 07-Jun-14 13:02:10

I had a car accident a few years ago. I also went to hospital for a check up, had whiplash and shock. I didn't expect anyone to fawn over me. I was fine, a bit sore and shaken up but hell it could have been so much worse.

Had the OPs accident caused a hospital stay and life threatening injuries I'd say she was not being unreasonable, but I'm not sure what you expect the response to a minor accident to be? You do sound a bit needy OP.

TroyMcClure Sat 07-Jun-14 13:02:58

Agree

I wouldn't expect a card for an accident either. I honestly think it's OTT. People who send cards/ presents etc. for odd reasons make me want to run for the hills. There are people in life who love to make a fuss, and there are others who do not. It doesn't mean they don't care. Only you know how close you are to these friends - if they have been there for you in the past, if you have shared lots of good times etc. FGS don't judge them on this one thing, it's completely unfair.

sanfairyanne Sat 07-Jun-14 13:07:00

have you contacted your friends and let them know you are feeling down?
certainly dont focus energy on someone just because they gave you flowers, but perhaps work on developing stronger friendships where you contact people more than once a month? (this works both ways of course)

bloodyteenagers Sat 07-Jun-14 13:14:24

When you normally talk to these friends, who contacts who and how often?

maddening Sat 07-Jun-14 13:19:08

If it is usual in these friendships to go a few weeks without contact maybe you have had more time while recuperating to notice that gap.

If you had spoken to your friends and asked them round for a coffee etc and been rebuffed frequently I would worry something was wrong but if you haven't been in contact for periods that would be normal usually then I would just imagine it's that everyone has a lot on and life is going on as normal.

Send an invite for a catch up.

gamerchick Sat 07-Jun-14 13:25:05

I agree ask for a catch up.

If you have your partner, mother, mil and so in around you your friends might think you're sorted if you tend not to meet up with them often.

Op I thought you said they did get in contact when it happened. I thought the issue was they hadn't contacted again.

They probably think life's back to normal. If it isn't, speak up. It's not a weakness you know to say you need help or a chat or a hug. Presently you're coming off a bit PA which only works if your mates know. Otherwise it's a bit redundant emotional effort.

It's ok to not be feeling right. Just call one.

PrincessBabyCat Sat 07-Jun-14 16:45:40

Yeah, when my friends have had surgeries, I ask them how they are, if they say they're fine, I assume all is well and leave it at that. I don't keep texting them to check up on them, and I think they'd be annoyed if I did. I assume if something gets worse or happens they'll keep me updated.

Most of them keep me up to date via fb though anyway.

Eeyore86 Sat 07-Jun-14 16:51:34

I wouldn't expect cards or flowers but from what you've said op you didn't just a text or call which I don't think is unreasonable when my friend was in a rta she wasn't badly hurt just minor injuries however I still checked in with her a few times a week as shock etc can effect people dire entry at different times.

That said my behaviour in checking and double checking may be because of bitter experience, when I had a life changing accident age 20 it was remarkable how quickly people didn't want to know as I was now a burden, couldn't go out with them incase I dislocated my knee, needed to go to hospital etc (basically I ruined their fun)
Those people weren't friends, not true friends despite going to school etc together and sometimes it takes things like that to make you see who your real friends are

Have you spoken to your friends about it they might be devastated that you feel this way?

It is horrible to feel like this tho (first time I've thought about it actively in a couple of years and it still hurts) and certainly makes you question things hopefully your fully recovered now

GrendelsMinim Sat 07-Jun-14 17:43:42

I wonder if you minimised it in a 'being brave, making the best of it, mustn't grumble' type way, and the result is that they haven't actually realised how serious the accident was.

The reason I'm suggesting this is because my best friend was scheduled in for an op, told me it was nothing to worry about, totally routine, nothing really necessary but the doctor thought she might as well... Etc etc. It was only some months later that I realised how serious it had been, and that I should have driven up there to help her while she was stuck in bed recovering. As it was, I naively believed her when she said it was nothing at all.

Joysmum Sat 07-Jun-14 17:58:51

If you've said you're fine, it was superficial and you've gone back to work then all they've find is believed you.

Joysmum Sat 07-Jun-14 17:59:17

If you've said you're fine, it was superficial and you've gone back to work then all they've done is believed you.

Nancy66 Sat 07-Jun-14 18:03:38

Great that you're on the mend but afraid I have to agree with the majority - it wasn't a serious accident, you're ok and life goes on.

People have their own stuff going on at any time: sick kids, ailing parents, financial worries, stress at work.

I'm sure if you were still in hospital people would have rallied more but - this was a minor incident - so (to them) it's not a big deal.

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