Caption: PIPE UP
Piper starts the camera and sits back on her hospital bed. She looks in a bit of a state with red eyes and dishevelled hair.
PIPER: I shouldn't be doing this, this is weird. OK, um...this might seem really weird that I'm doing this, like, now...um...but a few of you guys were asking if I was OK... If you follow me on social media or whatever, basically, I was on a hot air balloon with my family today. And...something really horrible happened...and a few of you guys were messaging me...and I just wanted to let you know that I'm OK.
She looks at the camera on the verge of tears.
PIPER: Basically...I was in a hot- air balloon crash. So, what happened was, we had enough gas in the cylinders to get us up, but we didn't have enough to get us back down. So, we crashed. Um...and a few trees broke our fall and stuff, but we still hit the ground really hard. Um...I...I was lucky. I had a cut and a few bruises, but some of us weren't...sorry, I'm not going to talk about that.
She puts her fingers over her eyelids.
PIPER: Everyone in my family is OK. And I'm OK. And then...I'm on my own, and...there's like just you, and there's nothing to distract you...oh, God.
She puts her fingers over her eyelids again.
PIPER: That's why I'm...I think that's why I'm doing this video right now, because I just don't want to be alone...I just don't want to be alone to think. So you're on your own, and all of a sudden, like, everything hits you. All of the feelings from the balloon, hit me, and, you know, for a second, I feel like I'm back there. And I'm terrified. I mean, that's what I've found, anyway. I mean, that's what it was like for me. You know, you feel...what you feel...when you feel it. There's no right or wrong.
She sits in thought for a few moments.
PIPER: I mean, that's what it was like for me...
She sighs deeply and looks around for a tissue, wiping away the tears that are running down her face.
PIPER: That's what it was like for me...with Josh and Pop.
She dissolves into tears.
PIPER: You know, like, I was numb to everything and everyone, and then, I would be really aggressive, and then I'd just be bawling, and I'd have no idea why, it would just come out of nowhere.
She tries to gather herself.
PIPER: Going to sleep, though, is like, the worst. Because you've got nothing to distract you, and like, you're all alone. And it's just you and your brain and your brain decides to relive it all, over and over and over again...
She tails off.
PIPER: I think that's all I can just do right now. Talking about it's really exhausting. Yeah, that's all from me this week. Thank you so much for everyone that has commented and checked in with me, I really, really appreciated it. Um, so yeah...that's all. OK, thanks, guys. Ciao.
She turns off the camera.