Saturday, October 9, 2010
First, the accident itself. I was driving on I-1o to Safford for a teacher workshop about 8pm. I saw a truck overturned on the interstate in front of me. I stopped...the truck behind me barely slowed down. I heard an officer at the scene estimate he may have been doing about 70mph when he rear ended me. Fortunately, I was not crushed between the trucks, but pushed off to the side. I have not seen the accident report yet (Arizona DPS is dreadfully slow at such things) but I think I ended up in the interstate median.
First, I have to say I was very impressed with modern automotive engineering. Looking at my car, you can clearly see the crumple zones that saved me. I didn't walk away from the crash...I could tell I was hurt with potential back and neck injuries so I stayed put to let the emergency crews do their job. However, if there was a fire, I am pretty sure I could have gotten out if absolutely necessary.
I passed out briefly from the collision. When I first came to, I couldn't breathe at all. Not even a little bit. That's just an awful feeling if you have ever had it. I didn't know what happened, whether I had punctured/collapsed lungs or just the wind knocked out of me. During this time I remember doing something that, in retrospect, seems stupidly habit driven: I reached down and put the car in park even though the engine was off. After a minute or two, I passed out again. Second time I can to, I could breathe. Good sign! Emergency crews were not there yet, so I couldn't have been out long. There was a woman assuring me that she called 911. Never got her name.
I had to be cut out of the car. They put a towel over my head to protect from flying glass and debris. I asked for a pair of goggles so I could watch. They seemed pretty confused by this request. I didn't get goggles in the end.
A lot of my friends have (sincerely) asked if I considered praying during this. No one has tried to be a jerk about it, but I still have some christian friends who are hoping I may eventually come around. My response has been no. It's not like I thought about praying and decided not to. I am a real non-believer so praying is something that just never occurred to me as a course of action.
I got the helicopter ride back to UMC, just a few blocks from where I work. The helicopter was a little short for someone of my height, my left leg was bumping into something and I couldn't straighten it. Got the X-rays and CAT scan. They get you in quick when you come from a wreck like mine. One thing I found out is that it took more than 20 minutes to get me out of the car (although I was conscious, I didn't have a great sense of time during the rescue). That little tidbit right there is passed on to the emergency room and is considered a very serious accident so they don't mess around.
It didn't take long for me to get the news which they warned me was good, but painful: four broken posterior ribs. Good news, no other broken bones or internal injuries, no evidence of a concussion or anything else. The next morning I had double vision and got a small (~1mm) corneal abrasion added to the list, but that was pretty minor and healed quickly.
I stayed in the hospital for three days. Could barely get out of bed at first. Would lay there for a couple of hours just dreading the pain involved with getting up. Doctors told me I could walk as much as I wanted. Started short, but quickly worked up to walking several miles a day. About three weeks until I tried the first run. Now I am up to a long run of 10 miles (but still slower than before...hope the speed will come back). I hope to do the Disney Marathon in January, but I am behind my usual schedule on that one and may have to settle for finishing rather than going for time. Lifting weights is much tougher. I am doing what I can and slowly adding my usual exercises into the mix as I heal. Doing most of them by now, but a lot less weight than before. Again, I expect this to improve as time goes on.
I was supposed to run the Disneyland Half-Marathon on Labor Day. Since my accident was the Wednesday before, that didn't happen.
I got a new car...thinking about blogging about the new car buying experience as it has changed a lot since my last new car in 2000 (and I had no plans to get a new one in the near future since it was running well and I liked it).
A while ago, I published a short blog about the medical side. I have good insurance and this was a workman's comp claim. I have had virtually zero out of pocket expenses. It is much easier when you know you don't have to worry about the cost of your treatment. I can't imagine being an uninsured person in that situation...I am sure that airlifts, emergency rooms, and a few days in the hospital can wipe out quite a bit of savings even for a responsible person.
The pain is slowly decreasing and strength is slowly returning. In the end I expect a full recovery and will have one of those life experiences. I have had the auto accident one...prefer not to repeat but it looks like I am coming out of it okay.
And the beat goes on . . .
Friday, October 8, 2010
Top tip; if you’re camping in the summer and the attractive girl in the next tent tells you that because it's so hot she will be sleeping with her flaps open, it's not necessarily an invitation to casual sex........... Wish me luck; I appear in court next Monday.
I got fired on my first day as a male masseuse today.. Apparently the instruction ' finish off on her face ' didn't mean ' What I thought it did '
A fat girl served me food in McDonalds at lunch time, she said ' sorry about the wait ' I said ' don't worry fatty , your bound to lose it eventually '
Snow in the forcast! The TV weather gal said she was expecting 8 inches tonight, I thought to myself "fat chance" with a face like that!'
I have a new chat up line that works every time!! It doesn't matter how gorgeous or out of my league a woman might be, this line is a winner & I always end up in bed with them..............Here's how it goes 'Excuse me love, could I ask your opinion? Does this damp cloth smell like chloroform to you?'
Years ago it was suggested ' that an apple a day kept the doctor away ' But since all the doctors are now Muslim, I've found that a bacon sandwich works best!
I took my Biology exam last Friday. I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently "Blacks" and “Mexicans” were not the correct answers.
1) What was the last movie you watched?
2) What's your perfect road trip song?
3) Where do you get your news?
4) Where do you get your music?
Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Some of the prizes were awarded for
- Engineering: Using a remote control helicopter to collect whale snot.
- Medicine: Discovering that some forms of asthma can be treated by riding roller coasters.
- Physics: For showing that people slip on ice less in winter if they wear socks outside their shoes (this could be a dual prize in the fashion category).
- Peace: For proving that swearing relieves pain.
- Economics: I must quote this exactly: "The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof."
There are other prizes of course. The ceremony includes a little girl who keeps acceptance speeches from boring anyone (most of all her), the Welcome Welcome speech, A Bacterial Opera, the 24/7 lectures, and the ever popular Win a Date With a Nobel Laureate. Video of the ceremony is usually posted online a few weeks later. Science Friday airs highlights of the ceremony the Friday after Thanksgiving. Truly a can't miss show for geeks and nerds!
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
Hurray for our illustrious Packers in their win over the Detroit Lions. We’ll take them anyway we can get them, right? May our glorious team from Green Bay dominate and decimate the Washington Redskins this coming Sunday. Hurray, hurray!
Oh my, wasn’t that Ferris wheel incident at Party on the Pavement something? I was so scared. I went to the event incognito because DRC said I wasn’t welcome to ply my trade there. If I went dressed normally, as myself, I would have been swamped with fans asking me for readings and such. Not wanting to ruffle anyone’s feathers, I went in disguise, just for the fun of attending. I had a wonderful time, too, until the Ferris wheel malfunctioned. I must say that everyone acted professionally and properly. All of our city employees did an outstanding job of dealing with the situation and rescuing the stranded passengers. Thank you, thank you so much you wonderful, wonderful people! The people of Racine are very fortunate to have brave men and women like you looking out for us. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I also played a small part in the rescue. Given the high winds and unstable situation, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to add my psychic powers to the efforts of the rescuers. Besides the crane and front-end loaders stabilizing the Ferris wheel, there was also a little psychic shoving going on last Saturday. I mentally leaned against the wheel as an added brace. It can be difficult to concentrate so much force at a distance, but I did my best. Whether it helped or not, I cannot say, but all’s well that ends well. That was definitely too much “party” for me.
Finally, here is a compelling video entitled, “Homeless Man Under Pressure.mov.” In order to get the wide screen effect, I suggest that you click again on the video below after it starts playing to be taken to the YouTube page hosting it.
Thank you so much for reading my blog today. I do enjoy sharing my time and thoughts with my dear Irregulars and others. We are family.
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Don’t forget to vote for What’s-His-Name, or is it Who-Is-She, this November 2nd. I predict that one of them will win, but most of us will lose. Oh my, that’s a terrible way to end a blog. Think happy thoughts! I love you. Semasiology!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tomorrow night (October 6th) is episode #2 of Phil Plait's Bad Universe. As they say, check your local listing for the time. The topic this time is alien invasion. What would happen if aliens tried to take over Earth? How would they do it? If you read his book Death From the Skies, you have a clue that you are in for some surprises. Here's a teaser.
The first episode was a lot of fun...unfortunately, I am traveling again and will have to wait until I return to my trusty DVR next week to see it!
Here are a few examples of championship rings from baseball, football, and hockey..........
Chicago White Sox
Monday, October 4, 2010
That video is almost a year old, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online has a story about the Watchman today: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/104252724.html. They also have a very nice video, but it can't be embedded: http://www.jsonline.com/general/37714089.html?bcpid=8725036001&bctid=619327446001.
I have mixed feelings about this. I like the idea of citizens taking a more active role in crime prevention, but I don't know if people wearing maskes or dressed up like a bird (check out "Blackbird" in the JSOnline video) is the way to do it. Perhaps more groups like the Guardian Angels would be appropriate.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The top story of the event was the Ferris wheel getting stuck. It took firefighters over two hours to get everyone down. I felt sorry for those who got stuck up there.
Clock sculptures on display
AD/DC tribute band, Razor's Edge, plays at the Monument Square
A rainbow to end a wonderful day!