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Confession Wednesday #16



I saw the sign

…and it opened up my eyes. Ewww I can’t believe I just quoted that song! Well, I’m sure I knew I was burning the candle at both ends and sometimes in the middle too…but I pushed myself a little too far and now I am paying for it. So that’s it, all I needed was a little wake up call and things are already changing…

Say what? Here’s the scoop…

I got to take today off because I was in the ER Tuesday for 7 and 1/2 hours. Everything is fine and they think I just had my first migraine headache; the odd part was someone 27 coming in with their first migraine so they did a lot of tests to check it out. It’s all fine and no need to panic…because everyone panics when you say hospital right? :P

[what happened]
I left work at 4 and had someone drive me to the hospital right by my office because I was starting to lose my vision and I had a lot of pressure in my head. It started as just little spots that were fuzzy and progressed quickly. I was a little dizzy, but nothing too serious other than my vision. So I was in urgent care and the first thing they did was check to make sure I wasn’t having a stroke or I didn’t just have one (how fun); no worries there. Then they bumped me to the ER because they can run more tests on me…and they didn’t want to send me home. After some typical vitals the doctor came and checked to make sure I didn’t have a detached retina then said the spots, halos and loss of vision is what they call a “classic migraine” but they ran a CAT scan to make sure there was no stroke, brain hemorrhage, cancer, tumor…blah blah blah blah and shockingly it came back normal which anyone who knows me can say there is no way I am normal (ha!). Pre test results they did some more blood pressure tests, then started an IV…apparently they wanted to watch my blood pressure skyrocket and plummet since needles are my friends. So they start the IV and I’m a little woozy, but just feel like I’ll pass out a little and nothing big, the nurse thinks the same thing. Well one second after he started the fluid I jumped and tightened my whole body…this all unknown to me because I was listening to music and walking in a park or something, since I was passed out I had no clue. I woke up to the nurse yelling “HEY!!” I looked at him and was like “what the hell are you doing here?” – awesome!

After that I was beyond tired and freezing cold…2 hours after keeping me under observation and letting me watch people get worked on that were critical while my hand is numb from the f-ing IV they let me know all is fine and that if I rest it should just “reset my electrical system” -which makes sense because in the first few hours of waiting I fell asleep and felt better. I am supposed to follow up with my doctor or a doctor there in 2-3 days and let them know how I am doing and they suggested I see a neurologist because it is still a little rare situation.

So I am making a follow up appointment with my doctor and having my CAT scan sent to a neurologist for review. In the mean time I am cutting things out of my life to give myself more time for me. Yeay…

Other then that things are just peachy.

What the hell #13



Dogs are people too

I don’t own a dog, but my roommate does…and I have friends with dogs. What’s my rant about? Well currently Michigan is talking about changing their laws to possibly outlaw pit bulls completely. While headed to work I heard on the news this morning tons of people calling in for both sides of the issue. What else is new on morning radio other than some drama alongside a debate? Apparently some people that live in cities that forbid pit bulls have steep fines and jail time if you are caught owning a pit bull. Yuck!

You can’t argue statistics that show over the past 4 years 30% of fatal deaths from dog attacks were from Pit Bulls….50% if you include Rottweilers -but I have to say that there are exceptions to every rule and too many of these dogs have terrible dog owners. Is it fair to kill off a species because of bad people (speaking on the owners)? I don’t think so…but I’m not the one making the laws.

I know a very lovable pit bull that shows no signs of aggression unless you count her pushing you with her head and feet so she gets more off the bed, couch, blanket, pillow, floor or chair…than you. :)

WWMT – Digital Channel 3: Battle Creek backs down on pit bull rules

Adventure #4



August 2005: NASCAR

A day at the racetrack…my first time and probably the best opportunity I could have ever had going to the races. I’m not a race fan, but after Sunday I just might make going to the track an annual event! Now that doesn’t mean you’ll catch me sporting a number on the back of my car to support a driver…but I can see what all the fuss is about. I should say that the most NASCAR I have watched has been when I watched Days of Thunder and that isn’t saying much. Sure I watched it on TV and I heard some of the driver’s names and I have heard stories about MIS [Michigan International Speedway], but I was in for a treat.

It was the last race of the season for MIS and I was there to hopefully enjoy my Sunday afternoon, but I had a job to do first. Our client is a major sponsor for 2004 rookie of the year Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield. Side note: Jeremy happened to win the race on Sunday so it was a great day for team Dodge! The client had scheduled a meet-n-great with Kasey and I was there to shoot pictures of their event…in the suites on Pit Road!

Meeting Kasey, I was super impressed with his overly-humble attitude and how polite he was to everyone. Later on in the day while shooting pictures of the drivers walking out to their cars, I saw Kasey walk back towards the garage to sign a few autographs and hug a few kids. There were no cameras on him (other than mine) and only a few witnesses who all said “what a class act.” I hope fame doesn’t change him…and I don’t think it will.

Walking through “Pit Road” before the race and being 20 feet away from the cars while separated by glass during the race I felt as if TV was second rate to my view. Tires tossed, air wrenches squeaking and fuel fumes rising high…in my face.

I was in the heart of things. I could feel the thunder of the engines in my chest. My ears on fire from the noise. The smell of fuel mixed with burnt rubber wrinkling my nose. My eyes opened wide tracking every car I could see going 190 miles per hour. My arms scrunched tight to hold the camera steady…my finger ready to click away. I was there. I hope looking at the pictures you feel like you were there with me. :)

After 700+ pictures…123 of the best shots from the day are best viewed as a set (photo album). They are grouped together with shots of the pits, drivers, cars solo, cars groups, pre race, black & white and the race finish. Comments with driver names and information will come soon…but the pictures are worth it.

The Entire NASCAR Photo Series

In other news #24



I just got an offer

My first photo shoot! How crazy is that?! I have 8,000 things to do this weekend, but I will also be at MIS [Michigan International Speedway] this Sunday doing a photo shoot for one of our clients…taking pictures of NASCAR drivers while they sign some autographs. Unfortunately I don’t know what pictures I will be able to post…but I am taking my camera and a digital SLR (professional camera) from work. So I have a grandstand ticket, suit ticket and a pseudo-backstage pass for the signature area. Our photographer couldn’t do it and he recommended me…now if I could just figure out all the buttons on the camera… :)

I’ll be a little busy this weekend and into the beginning of next week…until next time: have a good weekend! :)

“Chance favors only the prepared mind.”
– Louis Pasteur

Daily Horoscope



Scorpio – InfoSpace

Looks like they got it right today. There is a crazy car show that goes for miles in front of my office right now. It officially is just on Saturday, but people have been out here since last week on Saturday….I hate it and I wish I would have taken the day off. Thankfully we get out early today.

“Crowds have never been high on your list of things you love, and that’s especially true right now — you need solitude to contemplate some changes that need to be made. Certain stubborn habits have become ingrained in your personality, and it’s making you feel rigid in lifestyle choices that you aren’t sure suit you as well as they did a few years ago. Take some time on your own to really think things over.”
Daily Horoscope: Scorpio – InfoSpace

Photo moment #12



“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
– Woody Allen