Delicious Cupcakes!

Under terrible circumstances, you realize how lucky and loved you are. I don’t even know where to begin with my gratitude for the outpouring of support, love, and prayers I’ve received from my family and friends. 

Thanks, Lisa!

My car accident was three weeks ago from tomorrow. We didn’t tell a lot of people what happened to me, at first, because we really didn’t know how bad my condition was. I thought, I was just fine. I think it was the adrenaline, and denial of how serious the accident was.

When I got to the hospital, Jeff and Natalie began texting and calling my close friends… my mom was busy emailing our family. The prayers started going out immediately. During my stay at St. Vincent’s and UAB Hospitals, I had several visitors. My co-workers aren’t just co-workers… they are my friends. My great friends. Flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, a gorgeous ceramic cross… all filled my, otherwise, dull hospital room. 
Some goodies

When I was released, the generosity didn’t end. Every single day since I’ve been home, I’ve opened a card or care package from a family member or friend. Had a visitor pop over for a quick chat or to bring me a meal. A text, call, email, or Facebook message from someone asking how I am and if there is anything they can do to help, always makes me smile. 

Am I going stir-crazy? Honestly, I’m not. Not yet. I’ve been writing a lot. I’m also starting to work from home. Just web stuff for now, but I’m so lucky CBS 42 is allowing me to do so.

Most importantly…my mom has been here every waking moment since I called her from the scene of the accident. I was terrified that morning when the first responders found me, unconscious in a ditch. She hopped a plane to Birmingham that morning. She has been a super hero through it all. Working from the house, running a trucking company, hundreds of miles away. There is nothing my mom can’t do. She can cook a gourmet meal, talk to a driver who’s stranded in severe weather, plant flowers on my front patio, and help me in and out of my wheelchair all at the same time. She never complains. She never shows weakness. I actually had my surgery on her birthday. One of the last things I said to her as the anesthesiologist pumped me with drugs was, “some birthday gift, huh?” She told me her birthday gift was a successful surgery and a strong recovery. A promise I plan to keep.

So, in the end, I want to thank YOU for being so wonderful. For taking time to check on me, even if it’s just reading this blog. I hope I never have to go through anything like this again, and I would never wish it upon anyone… but through it all, it’s so nice to know I’m loved, and that’s something I will never forget.

Even Maggie Hides From Siri
Learning From Natalie
He’s had the iPhone for three months, but Bud still has a strong distaste for Siri. He says she is always in his business. I’m pretty sure he believes she is the one constantly “sniping” him. Here is a little video I captured with one of Bud’s first encounters with Siri. (The video might not come up if you’re reading this from an iPhone or iPad… jammy technology.)

Wrong saddlebags.
My saddlebags hurt. I did a lot of work on the computer today, and simply sat in my chair, Durango, way too long. It’s amazing how you use your pelvis daily, and when you can’t use it… you really appreciate how awesome it is! 

These are not mine.
Bud just called and asked if I “sniped” him earlier. We have iPhones, with Facetime, which is similar to Skype. Now, he thinks he’s always getting “sniped” from someone. I told him I didn’t snipe him, and then I told him my saddlebags hurt. He told me I need to sun my buns! Thanks for the tip, Bud. He’s the best. 
Since I can’t sun my buns right now, I think I’m just going to marinate on the couch instead.  

Simply The Best!
On a side note, I am really craving a cherry Popsicle. Maybe Jeff can bring me some when he comes up from Montgomery this weekend. Jeff? Jeff? Bueller?

Dogs are the best medicine
Welcome to our Animal House

Dogs have an impeccable sense of pain within their owners. When I came home from the hospital, my chocolate lab, Molly, stuck her snout behind my back and was attempting to lick my wounds where I had surgery. I suppose it’s okay to admit it, we are crazy dog people. I have two labs, Amelia and Molly. My parents have two, magpie hahahaha. I’m sorry, I just laughed out loud at my iPhone’s auto correct. Her name is Maggie, not magpie. The fourth lab is Olivia. Since my mom is in town helping me get around, so are the other two K9s. A true animal house, but they make me happy.

The hard life.

I am hoping to get out of the house again this week. I’m not going to lie, I am so excited to go to Target so I can cruise around on their turbo motorized wheelchairs. This is a must do!

Mom and I also might go see a movie, if I have enough energy. I am still very tired, and the pain is still there.. but the pain serves as a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have survived that car accident.


Have you ever seen such a beaut? Talk about rolling in style. Take a good look at this bad boy. Padded seats, extended legs, flexible arm rests, fancy wheel locks… and the mega granddaddy of them all… a pouch for my goodies.

Just the other day, I asked my cousin, if she would look for a Fannie pack for me. Yes, that’s right, a Fannie pack. It’s annoying traveling around in the chair without a place to set essential items… i.e. cell phone, chap stick, sunglasses, Skittles, whatever tickles your fancy. But, now with my new and improved set of wheels, I can ride in style and sit longer than a few minutes on my broken pelvis. Sayonara Mr. Miyagi. Hello…… Durango!

If it wasn’t a rental, I would slap some bumper stickers on the rear. The ridiculous ones like, “My Child Is An Honor Student.” I’m so happy it is a rental though. Bud always says… nothing parties like a rental.

Sticker Family Pride

Oh snap! I just thought of something brilliant. Not sure how you feel about the white stick figure people car stickers… but now, my Durango is a proud sticker toting two wheel drive.

I spent the rest of the day enjoying the many amenities Durango has to offer.

On a side note, I slept through the night without waking up to take a pain pill. The morning hours are always the roughest, because my body is so stiff from laying in one position. The pain is still there, but, I’m happy to be making strides on the road to recovery.