Hopefully I will be able to get some more core membership with this at some point.
Or you could think of it this way if you wish: you'll get a little icon linking from my site to yours for who knows how many years.
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Very slow updating webcomic: antemortem.thecomicseries.com/
I'm Aisling also known as nightspirit174 on some other sites. I've just finished college, did animation the first year and portfolio prep the second. Before then I was home educated. I've spent most summers at music festivals and most winters in India.
Hmmm....not really sure what else to say, I love fantasy, steampunk and folklore. I play a lot of RPG games both computer and tabletop, want to read more than I have the time for and can't afford near all the comics I want.
Currently I'm mostly working in watercolour and digital, though I like most mediums I encounter and like to dabble in a bit of everything.
I've still got concussion but I'm getting too restless to not get on with things now and my official resting time is up. For the most part right now it means if I exhaust myself going shopping or what ever I have to sleep for two or three hours afterwards...I'm getting a lot of sleep. If I'm careful with energy management I can stay awake for a full 14 hours now which is a huge improvement from the beginning where I was awake for half an hour then asleep for two on and off.
I'll have quite a long scar down my ear but at least it follows the curve of my ear and there's no long term damage to my hearing...that could have gone so much worse. And it used to look so much worse, I'll spare you the details.
Shoulder's still quite badly swollen and gets sore easily. One knee has a giant scar wrapping around it but I think that will fade within a year. The other knee can't take all my weight by it's self, walking is fine, running or leaning on it makes it buckle.
Both my elbows got the force of the bike hitting the wall washed through them so now I can't straighten them without it hurting but I can use them both, just not lift much. I'm starting to think they were wrong about one arm being fractured...It was really bad at the start, I couldn't move or turn it without using my other hand, but now it's nearly as good as the other one.
Every little achievement's been an improvement...at the start I couldn't stand up without help or fainting, couldn't walk by myself. It took me ages to be able to go up and down the stairs without them being a serious danger (dodgy elbows means the railing really doesn't help much) Staying awake for more than an hour was hard....if it got too noisy or bright I'd end up exhausted, that's how little energy I had. But I can do stuff now...I have to take it slow and make sure I don't push myself but I'm getting there.
I suppose now that I can spend time typing I should actually explain what happened. I was in a mad rush to catch the post office and tried to go round a corner at the bottom of a hill too fast...I remember thinking 'shit...I don't have control' when I went onto the grass and then I hit the wall, scrapping my shoulder first. other than my shoulder I don't remember any of the crash, later worked out I was unconscious for about 10/15 minutes.
Woke up lying on the grass with my bike facing the wrong way, and in my disorientated state that really confused me...I was trying to work out if I'd somehow crashed on the way back from the post office. Pulled myself onto the dirt next to the track...it was a hot day and I was randomly worried about getting bitten by an adder (poisonous snake) instead of the fact a tractor might hit me if I got too close to the road. I was bleeding from my head, at that time it was my leg and side that were actually the most sore so I couldn't walk...and the thing is I live in the middle of nowhere, maybe a tractor might go past but the only person I knew would find me was my neighbour in about eight hours time. Considering the state my mind was in I'm surprised I did so well at phoning for help as I did, phoned three people based on who had cars and lived nearby (even attempted a landline number but knowing my mobile needed extra numbers to the start to phone a land line I just added my phone number to it instead...still, I tried) but for one reason or another all of them were off in random cities but at least me doing that got those people to start doing a mad phone tree in an attempt to find someone nearby who could come to my rescue.
Eventually someone did arrive (time got really muddled over that day, it took seven hours for my mum to get from one city to the one I was in hospital in but to me it felt like two) though I only realised I knew them or that there was someone else in the car by the time they offloaded me into the ambulance, I don't remember anything about the car journey, apparently I was talking to my mum on the phone and everything.
The ambulance drive was uneventful, I was on a stretcher with a neck brace so could only look at the ceiling and wasn't allowed to sleep but the guy in the back talked to me for the hour or so it took to get to the hospital. I don't remember much of the first night in hospital...I got wheeled about a lot and only had ceilings to look at, a lot of people talked to me and asked me questions, my clothing got cut off, a water drip put into my hand, I got put in a CT scanner and then x-rayed a couple of times. I ended up in a room with two other people was given something to eat (I hadn't even had breakfast yet and it was about eight at night) and my mum and her boyfriend eventually arrived. Spent a while reassuring my mum and making sure she didn't see the bloody side of my head and just talking. Didn't sleep great and a nurse woke me twice to ask me random questions to test for memory loss.
The next day they did another x-ray, a nurse tried to wash my hair and then take some of the blood off my ear to see what was going on which hurt a lot (I don't know how it was then but later I had so much gunk on it it felt like a solid wall on my ear, they might have added something to harden around it...or my body just encased it by it's self) Then a guy basically pierced my ear a whole bunch to stop me getting cauliflower ear...that hurt a lot, even him just scraping of the blood hurt a lot...but the nurse did find me two tubs of ice cream afterwards.
Eventually I was let out of hospital, the next few days I basically spent asleep or eating...occasionally talking to my mum. A while later I went back in, had the bandage taken off my ear and was given cream to put on it and then later I went in again to get my hearing checked.
I guess the lesson to learn from this, and the one I really hope I remember: is that everyday normal things can be dangerous if you just push them a little too far. I got stressed out about getting the post delivered on time, I pushed the speed I could go on that track I've been up and down a thousand times and I ended up in hospital for it. The stress of failing to get the post delivered? It is not worth the stress of hospital, damaging my body, stressing out everyone I know and the three weeks recovery time. it was a stupid thing to put myself at risk for.
...I could have been paralysed, brain damaged or died.....I got really really lucky.
Also I'm also heading off to Skye for a week tomorrow, we'll be off camping in a motorhome on my friends' land but unfortunately I won't have internet there. Might be able to get some in a cafe but I'm not sure. It'll be fun though, hopefully going off sight seeing and doing some painting.So unfortunately my replies will continue to be delayed for a while, I'm sure you understand.
Also I think my next journal will just have to be for my watchers work...wow there's a lot of you now.