A Lot Of Face Hurt... - Jessie T. Wolf
A Lot Of Face Hurt...|
So, last night I did something totally stupid. I was walking the dog and I slipped on a sheet of ice, totally wiped out, and smacked myself face first on the ground. Split my lip completely wide open on the upper right corner. When I got home, I had to ask my sister to call mom at work and tell her to come home and take me to the hospital for stitches.
We got to the hospital at around 10pm, and there was a HUGE line in the Emergency ward. Took about two hours before we were seen, and a very nice couple actually let me go ahead of them when they saw the gash in my face. The reactions from some of the kids in line were funny. “Oh man… what happened…? Can I see? Oh GROSS!!! That looks like it totally hurts… Can I see it again??” which then turned into a swapping of scar stories.
You know, sometimes it just baffles my mind the reasons why some people go to EMERGENCY. I mean, crazy. This one lady was in Emerge because she had a bad cough, apparently… though I think I only heard her cough once or twice during the whole two hours. One guy was sleeping in a chair, and Security had to come and discharge him because apparently he had already been seen, and he was fine to go home, but instead he opted to hang out and sleep while a bunch of other people were waiting in line to be seen. Like four Security guys had to come out and usher him away, and the guy looked like he was about to put up a fight, too! O.o
Anyway, I got in to see the Doctor, and was dreading having stitches put into my face, especially since I had never had them done before. You know… it wasn’t terrible. The Dr. was a nice guy, and he told me everything he was going to do before he did it. He also asked me a lot of questions during the procedure to help keep my mind off of what he was doing.
He had to do the first initial stitch to line up the boarders, before freezing my mouth. That wasn’t too bad, since the needle was so small, it was just a tiny pinch and then I didn’t even really feel the thread going through. Swallowing the alcohol he used to clean my mouth was gross. O_x The needle he then gave me to freeze my mouth absolutely sucked!! Holy shit, I never want a needle that big put into my lip ever again! Once my lip was frozen, the rest of the stitches were a blast, though my tongue and teeth got frozen a bit as well, which felt really weird. I got about ten stitches altogether. The Dr. said I was very brave. :)
So I didn’t go into work today. Need a bit of time to deal with this swelling. It’s actually worse than last night, and eating or drinking anything has been a royal pain so far. Tried coloring a few badges. Will do some more tomorrow, and so my next LJ entry should have a bunch of art updates and (more) colorful stuff for people to look at. :)
Other than that, things here have been crazy busy, and commissions have been further postponed due to my preparation to move (still doing them… just veeerrryyyy sssllloooowwwwwlllllyyyyy…).
Basically, I spent all of November and part of December trying to find new homes for two of my dogs, as I can’t take them all with me when I move to BC. Found homes for both Dakota and Panda, though Panda was returned a couple of weeks ago because she was peeing all over the people’s house. -.- So I was frantically trying to rehome her yet again, and was able to place her with a lady I know who runs her own doggie daycare and grooming facility. She also does dog rescue, and they’ve made Panda their official “Shop Dog.” So she spends the days romping around with other daycare dogs and getting tons of attention, and then she goes home with the owner of the place at night. And if she pees, it’s no big deal, because the floors are all tile and concrete with a drain in the middle, so accidents can be easily cleaned with a mop and bucket. :) So that’s one less thing for me to have to worry about.
Then come Christmas time, Tim came to visit for the holidays, and he rented a car and we drove to Michigan to visit his family for a week (and then Tim stayed an additional week at home with me for New Year’s). It was a nice visit, if not a bit hectic with Tim’s Sister’s two kids running around and screaming. O.o I don’t think you can have a Christmas family get together without having young children running around and screaming at the top f their lungs.
A nice family holiday photo. :) From left to right: Tim and I. Tim’s dad, Dick. Tim’s sister Kristina, holding her 4-year-old son, Spencer. Kris’ husband of 14 years, Kurt, holding their 3-year-old daughter, Ava. Tim’s mom, Linda.
The deer that visit on a regular basis, right outside the Albee’s backyard!
We went to visit Tim’s dogs, who are currently being cared for at his friend Pam’s place, until we’re able to get a house in BC to eventually keep them all. The first photo is of Rascal, Toby, and Wolf. The second is of Strawberry and Toby. Toby has absolutely beautiful yellow wolfy eyes! They are all retired sled dogs, from when he was living in Alaska.
Just a funny photo of Berries. :)
After visiting the dogs, Tim took me out for a night at the Amway Grand Hotel. I’ve never been in such a fancy hotel in my life! We were snickering to each other, wondering what it might be like to hold a Fur Con in a place as ritzy as this. ;) Here are a couple of photos that Tim took of me on the upper level, just under the main lobby.
Just a random picture that Tim took of me doing my hair, right before we went out for dinner. :)
Some pics that Tim took of me at dinner, and then a photo of the two of us taken by our waitress. We ate at a restaurant called “The 1913 Room.” Very good food, and I got to try Venison for the first time! :) Their specialty desert was also really good! It was called, “Forbidden Apple,” which was coffee ice cream sculpted in the shape of an apple and dipped in candy, (like a candy apple) with a liqueur filling. It actually looked very much like a real apple. I wish that we had taken a picture of that, too, before we ate it! You can see it just a bit there on the corner of the table, in that last photo.
After we got back to Toronto from Michigan, we got up early the next day and went to pick up the 16-foot moving truck that I had rented. Huge thanks to pat_the_fox
for helping Tim and I to haul all of my belongings into temporary storage! *hugs the foxy!* It was a lot of work, but it’s finally done! Basically, most of my stuff will stay in storage until Tim and I can actually secure a stable house in BC, once he knows if he is being brought back for Battlestar Galactica’s next season. For now, when I move into the temporary apartment he’s at, I’ll only be bringing my essentials with me, and my dog.
And so now my room is naked, all for my computer stuff, the art supplies I need to finish commissions by March, some boxes of books, the dog crates, and the two dog beds that I’ve pushed together to make a little bed for myself on the floor. Hey, don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it. Those large, cushy fleece dog beds that you find at Costco are actually pretty damn comfortable! ;)
Tim is in Belfast right now, teaching some seminar on animation for the week. Well actually, the seminar is only a few days, but he’ll be spending the last few days bouncing around England with gareth_rehal
. Lucky sunnovabitch!! :-D You boys have fun, and stay out of trouble!! ;) *sends hugs out to both*
So that’s what I’ve been up to for the past few months. February is my last month working at the Guildcrest Cat Hospital, and I’ll have to train someone new to replace me. I am saving every penny I have to pay for shipping the rest of my stuff to BC by ground, and trying to shop around for best prices. I was going to get my passport photo taken, since I need a new one before my current one expires in May… but with me knocking my lip all to hell, I guess I’ll have to wait a while for that. @_@ Oh well.
Look for art updates soon!
Current Mood: sleepy
I'd say put some ice on it to reduce the swelling but I think you've had enough ice. *grin*
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)|| |
I would put some kind of cold compress on it, but the Dr. said to keep it dry. :/ I just took some pain-killers, so hopefully those will be kicking in soon!
Definately follow the doctor's orders, hopefully the swelling will go down on its own. Perhaps if you wanted to chill it without icing stand outside if it is dry enough as I am sure it is chilly enough ;p I kid. Glad to see you're alright though.
Try putting ice in a ziploc bag and then wrapping it in a towel.. or you can use a bag of frozen peas and put that in a towel. You'll get some cooling out of it, without the moisture.. and they say you shouldn't put ice directly on any swelling too. Guess too cold can make it worse.
Hope you'll heal quickly! *hugs if you want 'em*
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)|| |
Hugs are always good from you! ^^ And thanks for the suggestion! :) How are you and Qev doing, anyway?
We're both doing pretty well.. as you probably know Torrle has moved out west, but it looks like we're going to get a new room mate soon. Not having to move = good. Potential new friend also = good. :)
*hugs s'more* ^_^
|Date:||January 21st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Yar, Lex called me, like the LAST DAY that Torrle was going to be in town, and of course I got the message too late. :/ Always at the last minute with those guys... so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to say good-bye to him. :/ Well... I'm sure I'll see him again, and it must be exciting for him to have moved!
Yay for new room mates! I wonder what Brodie will think? ;)
Oh my goodness I'm glad your ok and you didn't hurt yourself badly. Happy to see you and Tim and the fam had fun during the holidays ^.=.^ Nice family pictures and cute Doggy pics. Take care Miss Jessie
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)|| |
Thanks, hon! Oh, and I got those e-cards you sent me. Really cute! Especially the doggie days of Christmas one. ;)
Eww… that looks nasty. Sloppy stitches @_0 .
I worked in an ER for 2 years… but the doc I saw doing most of the stitching is actually a plastic surgeon (the guy could put in a dozen stitches and once it heeled… you wouldn’t even see a scar). They had one kid come in that had split his nose open in two places and when the kid came back for his checkup.. You couldn’t even tell.
You never had venison??? Well… if I had known that I would have sent you some with a cooking guide. My brother, brother in-law, and father go hunting every year, they usually get a deer or two (although I haven‘t actually seen my father get one in 8 years). So its not like we couldn’t spare the meet. Ever had moose?
I prefer deer alive and cows on the plate. But that’s just cause I like deer and don’t like cows.
Good luck with the artishness and the move. I hope I can visit you folks sometime once your settled. I’m going to be in collage for a while so.. I probably wont have the finds for quite some time. I also don’t think I’m going to be attending any cons this year… so I wish you luck at AC.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)|| |
I want that doc!! I'm actually worried about how bad the scar will be. O.o I'm getting my stitches out on Wed. so I hope that goes over well. I have nightmares about my mouth being horribly disfigured forever. X_x I wish this friggin' swelling would go away already!
And nope, never had Moose, but I would like to try that too! :)
Awww... no AC for you? Durn. :/ Makes me wish I had been able to attend MFF! I am gunning for AC. I really don't want to miss it, but it will depend on where I am settled, physically and financially. And I still have your commission in mind too. I know it's been a while, but I promise you I won't forget. :) *hugs*
Um... scars add character?
Healthcare in the US is very different from Canada.
How it works here:
You go to the hospital,Wait in line, Your seen by a nurse, wait in line again, your taken into the ER and placed in a room, you wait again, get seen in the ER, are treated, go home. then later you get...
Specialists bill (in this case Plastic surgeon doc)
materials bill (antiseptic, stitching, numbing agent, needles used, etc...)
any other charge they can think of.
If you have insurance they get the bills, pay whatever they will accept, then you have to pay the rest. If you don’t have insurance... your screwed.
note: In the past I have broken fingers, dislocated a hip (Sometimes I have to use a cane to walk due to the injury), had severe puncture wounds to various body parts, and did not go to the hospital because I didn’t have insurance.
Commission… right… heh… I don’t really have any place to keep it, nor would I until probably this coming winter. Take your time.
You probably said but I wasn’t paying attention… where in BC are you moving to? Near Alaska... Or closer to Vancouver?
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)|| |
I live roughly an hour away from Jessie. I was taken via police to a hospital once for a psychological evaluation (I got tangled in a gym rope and they thought I was trying to hang myself) and I waited for.. NINE hours. Get it? Nine? Like your name!
But yeah, that was with a police officer present, and it was supposed to be an urgent thing. Emergency ward + urgency + cop = nine hour wait.
.. Glad I didn't have a papercut at the time, I could have bled to death! :D
My grandmother waited longer than that when she had an open laceration on her breast (she had surgery prior) and was bleeding excessively. by the time they finally got her into the ER to be seen.. she was covered in blood and left a pool on the floor.
Hospitals typically try to save money by short-staffing. It’s just the way the world works.
The other problem is all the welfare people who go to be seen for any little thing. If you don’t make much money.. for the most part your hospital visits are free... so folks go for the dumbest things and then tie up the lines for everyone else. That’s why they have a "Triage" law here which states that a nurse must look at every patient on entry, take their vitals, and assess where they fit in line to be seen. Waiting 14+ hours isn’t that unusual. If your a psyche patient and you have a cop with you... your not a high priority no matter what the cop says. Typically they just have the cop take you to a different waiting room and have an evaluator come in to take a look at you… when they aren’t busy.
Other countries have national healthcare, in the US you either leech of the state, pay a LOT for insurance, or go without and hope you never get sick.
In any case… I’m just happy her injuries weren’t worse than they are. She could have easily lost some teeth or broken some bones in a fall like that. I would get her some ice cleats if I didn’t live so far away… -_- .
Oh... And you spelled my name wrong. it’s a Z not an S.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)|| |
Dyslexia comes back to haunt me sometimes. I blame the fact that I've been drinking ribena, because it is very much like drinking sugar or honey, except that ribena is a fruit thing.
But yeah, some places in England are worse. I do beleive my grandmother said that my grandfather waited for 12 hours to get seen to, then another four or five to actually get a room. Most of his treatments are just short of years apart.
Oh no, I'm glad you are okay after such a nasty fall!
I'm sure it will heal up beautifully, It looks like the Dr. did a great job.
I'm so happy you are happy and had such a great time, and it's nice to see such nice pics as well.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)|| |
Thank you for your well wishes, Eb! And I thought you might like the wolfy hybrid pics. ;) How is your puppy doing? :) I've been bad, and don't really keep up with LJ much these days. O_o
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)|| |
Yay Deer! (And venison ;)
Sorry to hear about your fall, looks painful. Should heal up okay though.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks! I hope so. I've never had to have stitches before, so I'm just a bit worried about what the lasting damage might be. Could have been much worse though. The Doc was surprised I didn't knock out any teeth! :-P
OUCH!!! I'm sorry to hear that happened to you... :( Just make sure to keep the stitches clean. :(
Be safe! *hug*
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)|| |
Heya Rap. Thanks for the well-wishes. And yeah... sorry for lashing out again at you. I just worry about you... and I would like to talk with you over the phone or something, before you leave BSG, and consider going back to TO, if you don't mind. :/ *hugs*
Sure thing.. give me a call whenever, you've got my cell # :)
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)|| |
Aw.. Hope it gets better soon. You didn't have to wait that long either..
I was taken, by police, to the hospital for a psychological profile thingy after there were lots of rumours about me going to blow up the school, shoot up the school, etc. none of which was true, but still. You would think having a police officer with you would get you in sooner. You would think.
SIX FUCKING HOURS. Just in the emergency waiting room. Six. Then another three before I was seen by the actual doctor. The doctor spent about 10 minutes seeing me. So 2 hours is nothing compared to NINE. There were only a few other people there, and they were all seen first, but still.. Nine hours is a long time.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)|| |
Edit: Scratch part of that. Wasn't for rumours. It was because I got tangled in a gym rope and they thought I was trying to kill myself.
My memory gets fuzzy on things I try to repress, so I accidently thought of two seperate situations that had similar themes.
.. Just wish those themes could have been better. >.>
I can't comment on the canadian system, but its common to see people using the US emergency system as their primary care doctor - its the only doctor they can afford because ER bills can't be used by creditors.
The stitches look healthy - follow your doc's orders. They're not self-dissolving, it looks. The worst you'll get is a tiny whisp at the corner of your smile, it will give you character - but you'll hardly need such a thing ;) He's right in telling you to keep it dry - just be good to the skin when the stitches come out, for those that care about such things the secret is moisture - use neosporine instead of skin cream. You will still have spots, but they will be minimized. In the meantime, don't overstress the skin. With proper care, in a few years only those that kiss you will notice the scars.
Hey, good to see you both still alive and kicking. :)
Glad to hear things going okay for ya, despite the busted lip.
Give tim a big hug for me, too! I miss ya guys. :)
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)|| |
*hugshugshugs a Delphi!!!* ^_^
awww, awesome update and lotsa JessieTim pictures! And HUSKIES to boot XD
*huggles a Jeswuff* So glad things are going well! even with stitches :P
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)|| |
*snugglies!* Thanks, and nice to hear from ya! I got a new phone card, so I will give you a call sometime soon, (once I can talk properly again, anyway...) if you'd like. :) What times are best for you?
Wolf with Wolf time = Sweetness!
Stitches = owwie!
I wonder if the ER line could have had something to do with the ice that got you ... if so, you shouldn't feel so stupid! Even if not, you still shouldn't feel so stupid because I slip on ice a lot ... I'm just usually lucky I land on my well-cushioned tail though I did once seriously sprain my wrist and tore up my knees.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)|| |
Yar... falls are never much fun. And I have absolutely no traction whatsoever when it comes to snow and ice. O.o The fall was more a shock factor at first, than really pain. I didn't think it was too bad, until I got home and looked in the mirror and was like... uhm... I think I need to go to the hospital now.
The wait was actually not horrible at all, for Emerge! :-P It was two hours before the front desk would see us to find out what happened, and only because a really nice couple let me in front of them because they felt that my injury was more serious that theirs. Then we got pointed to another waiting room for about 20 minutes. Then we got sent down the hall to yet another room where we waited about another half hour. Then I finally got called in to see the Dr. and he stitched me up in about 15 minutes. So we got there at 10pm, and got out just a bit after 1am.
The last time I had to go to the hospital, (which was like 6 months prior) was because a feral cat had attacked my leg and shredded it to ribbons. That wait was four hours, and there was NO one in line at all! O.o
The stupidest accident I ever had tops this by far. I was running in a field, wasn't paying attention to where I was going, and ran smack, full force, into a fire hydrant. If I were male, that would have been a lot more painful than it was. The blow nearly made me pass out. O.o
I get the feeling that the north american medical culture is quick to recommend stitches for just about any injury.
The only people I know here that has had stitches done are those that have gone through a major surgery or similar.
I fell on my face in a bad way some years ago, kind of like you but on the chin, but all they did was to dig out (most of) the gravel from my flesh and send me home with a band-aid.
Here, they'd probably tape you up and give you an aspirin.
I hope it heals up nicely. :)
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Yar, I was looking at my lip in the mirror once the bleeding started to stop a bit after I'd had an ice pack on it for a while, mostly just really surprised at just how deep it split. I thought to myself... "I don't REALLY need stitches for this..." while trying to push the two sides of my lip back together. Then I thought, my Gods, I am kidding myself. I'm surprised I didn't split my lip right down to the gum line, or knock a few teeth out!
Thank you for your well-wishes. :)
Berries reminds me vaguely of the dog from the broccoli macro. x3
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)|| |
I've never seen this before! Cute Shiba Inu! ^^
Youch! I didn't know it was bad enough to need stiches! O_O
I'm sorry hun *hugs* I hope it heals quickly.
*shivers* even lip tattoos make me squeamish it must have been horrible getting those stitches done X-|
And don't worry I promise Tim and I won't do anything TOO silly,... probably :P
*huggles* Get well soon, wolfy.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)|| |
*snuggles a Garr!* ^^ I am so totally jealous of you two. ;) I want to be there having fun with you two woofies, too! :-D
Thank you for your well-wishes, hon. ^^ Tim was worried sick about me. I love him very much. He makes me happy, even when I'm in pain and can't talk on the phone. ;)
Try a needle in the gums. It fucking sucks!
Nice lips, Stitchles.
|Date:||January 20th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)|| |
Needles in the gums or lips definitely suck a ton. O__x I would have preferred he just stitched the whole thing without freezing it! The tiny stitch needle wasn't so bad.
Yar, I gots even more pouty, sexy lips now. ;)
I'm glad you finally was able to post your trip photos, you two look great! :)
As for your face...OMG! I'm so sorry to hear that happened. I would have been so pissed off at myself if that'd happened to me...especially with my phobia of hospitals. O___o' >__<
That sort of thing happened to me as a kid one winter funny enough. Split my chin wide open *but oddly didn't get stitches). It was so cold outside I didn't even feel it when it happened! I only noticed after a parent of some other kid saw the blood streaming down my chin and all over my coat, and freaked out... X3
Feel better soon! D:
Yeowch! That does look like it hurt pretty bad... could have been worse though I guess, like a smooshed nose.
Good God!!! O_O I could only imagine the paaaaiiiinnnn you must've felt when you face planted onto ice x.x Stitches look a bitch to deal with, especially around your mouth...
|Date:||January 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Holy SHIT that looked like it hurt! And I split my lip on a rock once! *cringes hard*
Hope it gets better soon though. And scars really DO add character. ^_^ Are those the kind of stitches that'll soak up into the skin, or do they just fall out and lay there?
|Date:||January 21st, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)|| |
Naw, not dissolvable. I have to go to my family Dr. and get them removed on Wednesday.
By the way, nice Murdoc icon. ;)
|Date:||January 21st, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah. Fun. x_x
Thought you might like it. :)