Friday, April 15, 2011

Break Time

Things have been a little slow around the blog lately. It's been a rough and busy week. This weekend is also going to be busy, so I'll most likely continue to be on hiatus until early next week.

In the meantime here's a picture of a banana with a funny peanut butter hair-do to keep you entertained. :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

80's Baby

I still can't believe how amazing the weather was on Sunday - 80 degrees!!!! After work I took these photos, went for a walk, then sat out on my front porch until the sun went down. Oh it was so wonderful! A few customers at work were complaining that it was too hot out and I really wanted to slap them and set them straight. After the weather being so crummy last week and the threat of the rest of the week being crummy how can you complain?

I got this dress in the little girl's department at a thrift store way back during my first year of college. It has since become one of my best warm weather friends. It's just so easy to slip on first thing in the morning with a long necklace and a pair of flats. With the empire waist and flared skirt I always feel like I look good. Not to mention the little florals are really darling. I decided to pair it with my new sheer white polka dot tights and camel studded flats. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about pairing the camel and red together, but I ended up really liking the unexpected color mix. I think the white tights sort of helped to balance it out for a smooth transition.

Guess what? I now have photoshop to edit my blog photos with! I'm so excited! (I usually just use iPhoto) It's been a few years now since I've used it so I've spent the past few hours just playing around and getting used to the software again. I'll probably do more practicing this week before I start editing with it for good. It's something I've been wanting to review for a long time so I can feel more confident about applying for jobs. So I figured what better way to practice than with my blog photographs? The only problem is once I get started messing around with lighting, brushes, filters, and all of that fun stuff I find I get sucked into a void where hours seem to pass at top speed and before I know it I've spent 13 hours working on one thing. Haha. I love it though.

Also I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words regarding my pervious post about my car accident! I really appreciate it!

The Breakdown:


Dress: Thrifted
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target, Sale

Necklace: Thrifted
Belt: Ebay


Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Car Accident

It was April 10th, 2007 when I was on my way to a work meeting and was hit by a car while crossing the street. Yep, it's been four very long years. When it happened I was in complete shock. A witness let me use her phone and I called Jon, I was barely able to tell him what happened, but it didn't matter. He knew it was bad and was on his way before I could even hang up the phone. It only happened a few blocks from my apartment so he was able to run over right away. We weren't married yet, we weren't even engaged, just boyfriend and girlfriend. He rode with me in the ambulance and stayed with me the whole time at the hospital, never leaving my side. He helped me as I stumbled out of the hospital on my brand new shiny crutches that I would get to know and hate so well.

I took only a day off from work then went back in. I worked the register with one arm on a crutch and the other tending the cash. I had to sit down in between customers but I'd still do work such as fill out deposit slips and sew clothing back together. I would like to think that most people would see this effort as exceptional for someone who was just hit by a car...the management however saw it as not good enough. The owner came in that first day I was back and was immediately like "What have you just been sitting there ALL day?" I explained all of the extra things I was doing while sitting, one of my co-workers even stood up for me and was "wow, that's commitment, she's such a great employee!" The owner just angrily walked away. I've never met a group of bigger assholes in my life than the ones I worked for during this period.

About a week or so went by and I was finally able to get in to see a doctor to find out what the damage was. The doctor did a bunch of tests and told me to take two weeks off from work. I went to work directly from the doctor's office and handed them the note....and they fired me right there on the spot. Yep, like I said...assholes.

Okay, so I was seeing a doctor now...going to physical'd think things would be progressing, right? Wrong. For one thing the insurance company tried to settle for a laughably low amount. I think they saw that I was a poor college student and thought I would accept any offer they threw at me. I ended up getting a lawyer and so began the settlement battle.

And the doctor I was seeing? Oh he only made me feel like complete shit every time I went into his office. He was so mean, never explained anything, and would leave before I could ask questions. One time I had to yell down the hall, "So what's wrong with me anyway?" Even then I didn't get a clear answer. Finally I got Jon to come with me because I wanted to make sure I wasn't just overreacting and he was really mean to Jon too! He was so disrespectful and treated Jon like he was some pesky teenager. Then he came into my work to watch a movie one day and after the movie he started yelling at me - in front of my manager! I mean how unprofessional can you get? At that point I started seeing another doctor. It was a breath of fresh air. They did better tests, answered questions, and discovered a pinched nerve was the source of my pain. I started undergoing a series of epidurals to control the pain and repair the pinched nerve.

Here I am before the first procedure:

And the second....

I think we stopped taking pictures after that....there ended up being quite a few procedures overall. They helped somewhat but never really fixed the problem. However between the procedures and physical therapy I was able to discard my crutches and start walking with a cane.

Moving on, so what happened to the girl who hit me? Well, we all got a date that we were to appear in traffic court. The first time I was still in crutches...standing right next to her and she tried to plead "not guilty". Can you believe it?! So we rescheduled the hearing and came back with a witness. Finally with the witness in the room she decided to plead guilty. I'm not sure what her penalty was because we were asked to leave the courtroom before the judge announced it, but we do know she looked pissed afterwards. Slowly but surely the lawsuit against her insurance company started taking shape, but I've learned that for anything to get done in court you need to be VERY patient.

Here's a cute picture of Panthro as a baby next to my cane...that's right the cats were only just wee little ones when this took place...

Here's a photo of me, my cane, Jon, and our best man the day after the wedding:

On our honeymoon in Greece...with cane...

In Washington, DC for my brother's college graduation (my cane is on the bench)....

As you can see this has been a very long struggle for me. I finally stopped using the cane about a year and a half ago, however I still suffer from chronic pain. Some days are worse than others, but all in all it's still a struggle. You don't realize just how much is affected when you have chronic pain...I couldn't go to concerts, bars, no long walks, no bike rides, no amusement parks, no camping, no frisbee in the park...nothing that involved waiting in line, standing for long periods of time, running, or twisting. Living in Chicago and taking public transit everywhere I always had to worry if I'd be able to get a seat...if not...I'd have to worry if someone was going to bump into my back and hurt me...or with my poor balance if the bus was going to make a sudden turn and knock me over....

Now finally, FINALLY after four long years my case has been settled!!!! I am so happy! I can rest easy knowing that it's all over. I still have pain (that part may never change) but at least now I can afford my doctor visits and medication and know that all of my past due medical bills have been taken care of.

Today is indeed a day to celebrate. I even made cupcakes.