The only thing that I might find creepier than Neil Diamond or V8 juice would be toddler beauty pageants. That being said, let’s discuss the hole in my head. Since mention of the injury in my last post seemed to cause a great deal of stress for most of you, I thought I’d take a brief moment to explain this before your blood pressure rises to unprecedented levels.
It was the Spring of 1997. The air was hot and so was her white fiberglass Saturn sport coupe. It was a stick shift (which was a really bad idea since she could barely drive the lawn mower). This very car would eventually lead to her almost-death.
One rainy night, Blunt was driving around aimlessly. The next thing she remembers is laying on a stretcher and staring up into the night sky, thinking “Is this a dream? Why can’t I feel my body? Crap. I’m about to die. Or maybe I did drugs? No. I’m dying. Here we go.” [[[[back to unconsciousness]]]] The next thing she remembers is being in an ambulance with 6, possibly 7, very hot paramedics.
Hot Paramedics: Do you have any pets?
Blunt: Um, I have 4 cats: Pebbles, Bam Bam, Mittens, and Muffin. … I named them when I was five okay?
Hot Paramedics: You were in an accident.
Blunt: You’re kidding. Was it my fault?!? My dad is going to KILL ME. [[[[back to unconsciousness]]]]]
The next day she would awake to find herself in the ICU wearing a neck brace, with various tubes coming out of her and over a hundred stitches in her head. Apparently, she had been struck by a drunk driver in a large Astrovan, directly on the driver’s side. But would you expect anything less from someone in an Astrovan? The impact was so hard that it somehow managed to cause a piece of her skull (about the size of a half dollar) to break off and press on her brain. “Oh you’ve got to be kidding me,” she thought, “three weeks before prom?” The doctors weren’t sure if she would be normal and said if it was a millimeter closer she would be paralyzed for life. ***Status on the car: lets just say that pieces of it were scattered in various directions. Bye bye sweet Saturn sport coupe.
Doctor: We might have to do brain surgery.
Me: WHAT? Why?
Doctor: Well to relieve pressure on your brain. And to extract the bone and glue it back to your head.
Me: Will I have to shave my head?
Doctor: Only the left side.
Me: Well, that’s out of the question. What if I don’t have the surgery?
Doctor: Well, you could have several side effects and if you ever get hit in that spot again you’ll die. That means, no accidents, no “rough housing,” NO SPORTS.
Me: Doctor, no offense, but do you know me at all? That certainly won’t be a problem.
For a month I could not move, shower, or wash my bloody, crusty hair. Tons of visitors came, only to be kicked out by the nurses. It was a great time. So, I left my head as it was. I have had none of the anticipated side effects of the injury, except some VERY BAD headaches and some memory loss. Oh, and the occasional panic attack, which probably has less to do with the hole in my skull and more to do with the crippling insanity of my daily life.
After much prodding, I was released the DAY OF PROM. Phew. My first stop: the tanning salon. Please, I had a white dress okay. Then, I passed out from overheating and not having any food in my system.
Then there were a plethora of “airhead” jokes at school, and every other possible reference to how I was missing part of my head. Don’t feel bad, I came up with most of them.