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The Injury… a detailed account. Part 2 – The Hospital – 1st Night

I started this post a couple of weeks ago and had planned on inserting all of the pics at a later date. Well, as I was inserting the pics into the post today, I deleted the whole thing! ARGH! So, this will not be that wordy, as I am totally worn out from therapy today and grocery shopping.

Where I last left off, I was waiting for the ambulance. Once the new EMTs arrived, one of them told my husband not to take any pics. Um, excuse you? We take pics, that’s just what we do! I’m sorry Mr. EMT man, but I will not allow you to deny me the right to document this very important and life-changing event. This is MY life! That being said, my husband kept snapping away. Although he did not take pics of that EMT, fair enough, right?

The new EMT, I’ll call him Mark, was in a pretty bad mood. He was scheduled for two (2), twelve-hour shifts back-to-back. How do I know this, you ask? Well, as I was being loaded into the ambulance, I told Mark and his partner that they could attend our after-party at the Detroit Pub in downtown Mt. Clemens. The other EMT said, “we don’t get off til 7 (am), the party will probably be over by then, right?” I nodded yes. Mark said, “I don’t get off at 7 (am). I’m working a double”. Mark went on to say that he had accidentally, by accident, signed up for back-to-back shifts. Apparently he wasn’t paying attention and their supervisor really didn’t care. Poor guy. I tried to cheer him up as he was getting ready to start my I.V. and I didn’t want him taking his frustrations out on me. But some people can’t be helped. Misery loves company and I’m a loner.

It was kinda scary when they closed those doors… the resounding thud shook me.

So I wasn’t exactly out of it when these pics were taken, I was however, getting a little loopy and I was very talkative… lol

Just a lil loopy… lol!

I was just snapping away the whole ride to the hospital, all I had was my iphone and nothing else, not even shoes! LOL! No one rode with me, as all of my friends and family had driven themselves (we need to carpool more often). My oldest son Eric had to drive my car home and my children and husband were responsible for collecting ALL of my belongings. I had a lot of things with me that day, which included two pair of shoes (platform mules and Chuck Taylors), three boutifts, my camera, my huge Derby Bag, my Reidell’s, my M.A.B., two sets of knee and elbow pads, 4 rolls of duct tape, my tool bag and a lot of incidentals. I didn’t even get my Chuck Taylors till weeks later and I just realized that I don’t have my Triple Eight wrist guards. Hopefully they’ll turn up at our practice/bout facility.

The EMT took this one… I call it my “Ring” photo… Lol

My POV… Look up… Emergency Room sign above entrance to McLaren Macomb’s ER… Such a good hospital!!

They’re rolling me into the ER…

Yay! My family was waiting for me when I got to the hospital. Here’s my youngest child, Elijah, keeping me company.

We’re pretending to pout…

I was in pretty good spirits considering the injury I had just sustained. I made a conscious effort to deal with this crazy turn my life just took, with as much positive energy and grace as I could muster. Grace under fire? Yup, that’s me. I truly believe that everything we put out into the universe comes back to us. This whole ordeal, the bout, the injury, the surgery, my hospital stay… I approached all of it with a smile on my face and no fear. That’s right, I said “No fear”. I was nervous on my way to the bout, but I calmed down once I saw my family. From that point on, I was good. I had already won. I was rewarded with an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and warmth. So that’s why I’m giving the thumbs up in all of this pics. I knew God was going to take care of everything. He’s never given me anything I couldn’t handle.

Thumbs up! I’m alive!

I only took like, 5 or 6 or 10 thumbs up pics! lol

Last one…

The doctor wanted to cut my fishnets and sock off… I said, “no no no… let me take my sock off… no biggie…” I still have my socks. The fishnets are minus a leg, which came in handy when I wore them with my cast just the other day (I’ll show those pics in a different post).

Check it out! Owwww…chee…

A different angle of my mangled ankle… try to say that three times, real fast… lol!

My I.V. right next to my lines and positions… Lines 1 & 4, Inside Blocker for both…

Here’s my temporary wrap before I get my first x-ray…

One leg up, One leg up… Lol! Dontcha’ just love my Hello Kitty duct tape? It’s so awesome!

Time to go get an x-ray… One of my favorite watches: Invicta Sub Aqua Noma III

My first X-Ray

Here’s the side view x-ray…. ugh

Can you see the fractures? Oucheeee….

The diagnosis: fractured ankle in three places, Trimalleolar Fracture is the term the doctor used. Treatment: Surgery. Prognosis: I’ll walk again.

The doctor is getting ready to stick me with a huge needle to numb me up before he popped my ankle back in place… aye yai yai!

I do NOT have a pic of him popping my ankle back in place as I was way too nervous for that. Elijah tried to video it, I don’t think he was successful.

All popped into place, now I’m getting a temporary cast to hold me until my surgery in a few hours….

By now, my family had gone home and I was taken to my first room, 483 on the fourth floor.

My vitals… it was a long night.. awaiting surgery, doped up and hungry as heck!

I was sooooo hungry and just wore out…

Time to go to sleep. I will continue the hospital stay in a different post or I may just add on to this one. Haven’t decided yet. Until then…

Hoodies for Trayvon Martin

BCRG – St. Patty’s Day Bout 2012

Dusty Muffin in the green tights….

The Ajamu Group – MultiCultural Media Luncheon 2012

Angie Baby!!

Angelique’s Sexy Secretary, Lumberjack and Warrior Princess!

39 Looks Good on Me – BlackBeautyBetty

I took these pics on my 39th Birthday this year…

Adcraft Halloween Party 2011 sponsored by Blip TV and IGN at Commune

I wanna slam you into a wall!!

I told my Rheumatologist today of my plans to become a Roller Grrrl! He asked “huh?”. I said, “a roller grrrl… you know, roller derby?” He didn’t seem surprised at all. He knows I can do it! And he had no objections. So, if my rheumatologist is okay with the prospect of me slappin’ some chicks around and getting slapped around myself in the process, there should be no objections from the peanut gallery!

Sorry Lupus, but I’m not going down without a muthafuckin’ fight! If I’m going to have bruises all up and down my beautiful 38 year old body, well at least I can have fun in the process!

Laid off but not laid out…..

img_06603toon1I’m still alive! No duh!! I have never been laid off in my life… until now. I have read so many stories in the last year of people taking their own lives after suffering financial set-backs. As morbid as I am, let me make one thing perfectly clear: BEING LAID OFF IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD AND NOT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO TAKE ONE’S LIFE!! In fact, it may be the beginning of a more fullfilling life for some.

I have been putting off my career ambitions and for lack of a better term, I’ve just been lazy. Going to an office day in and day out, doing work that didn’t really satisfy me, all because I was afraid to quit my job and take a chance on myself. My biggest fear in life is FAILURE! That word deserved to be capitalized because that is how much it scares me. It’s like a serial killer waiting around the corner for me. I am not a great writer but I am a talented artist with a vision. Photography and graphic arts are my passion and trump everything that I have EVER done in an office setting!!

And so, the economy has forced me to look fear in the face and hopefully, defy it! I actually thought of jumping back in and getting another unfullfilling job just to be employed. Not a great idea, so I scratched that for now. I will miss some of the many perks that come with working for an Agency, but I think that once I get my feet totally submerged in the unknown world of business-ownership, I will be fine! I am prayerful that all will be well! 

And besides, how would it look for me to quit? After all of the trials and tribulations that my ancestors went through. My Polish grandmother was forced to eat rotten food or starve, slept in fear of the Nazis as rats crawled all over her and her siblings, was spat upon while being called “Polish Swine” and having the blood of her father splattered on her dress, all before she got here to America. And let’s not forget about my African ancestors who endured repeated beatings, loss of religion and native tongue, children snatched from their mothers, men snatched from their wives, and all eventually sold on a chopping block for mere dollars after arrival in this strange new land! ! My Polish and African ancestors were treated more like animals than human beings!!  I will not let them down by sitting around feeling sorry for myself! I will do what I love to do and make them proud!!

One genre that I love is pinup photography. I will upload some of my images in a future post…. until then, peace be with  you!