Tomboy

Female
from Plano, TX

    • Tomboy

      I Realized the Strangest thing...

      2 months ago

      I realized the strangest thing yesterday: It was the first time I had ever driven the roads in my hometown.

      Recovery from the accident has been taking much longer than initially expected, but I have finally been weaned off the heavy narcotics. I still have a while before I'm done with pills altogether, but I'm at a point where I'm allowed to drive and be mobile once again.

      I have been taking advantage of this, but yesterday, driving back from a Bondo run, I realized that it was the first time I had ever driven those roads. Roads that I used to bike or walk everyday to school, to friends, to the book store, to the Navy Recruiters office, to my first job! But I had never driven them.

      It's a strange side effect of not getting my drivers license until I was 20. I learned how to drive in the Navy from 5 different friends in 4 different cars with most of my "practice" involving driving very carefully at 2am to get drunk friends home, with the least drunk person in the passenger seat pretending to be sober. Definitely not the usual experience one has when learning how to drive, but it's mine, and I love it.

    • Tomboy

      Finally coming home!

      3 months ago

      ...although it's only temporary.

      Sorry for the long absence, but I am glad to say that I am finally on my way back to Texas! I'll only be there about a week, but it's a start. My lease is almost up, and I'm not interested in renewing, so I'll be packing up my apartment and putting everything in storage.

      It's a long shot, but anyone interested in helping me pack?

    • Tomboy

      Still hobbling along...

      9 months ago

      Sorry if the last journal seemed a little rambly. I was just super excited after my doctor's visit. Time for a proper update!

      I've been in my parents' home for about a month,now, doing physical therapy. I feel like a post-op Spartan. I had a lot of stuff put in me, have a long recovery readjusting and relearning how to move, and have to eat a high protein (and high fiber) diet. To top it off, I'm coming out of this with a lot of kick-ass scars! Now all I need is the neural chip.

      The gerbils are having a blast and chewing up every toilet paper roll I give them, but Sienna is not happy having to share space with 3 other kitties. But once she's done hissing and growling at them, she enjoys the extra people to pet her and going out in my dad's backyard. I do, too; it's beautiful.

      I've been doing plenty of physical therapy. Though not as frequent as when I was a patient at the acute care facility, the workouts are a lot more difficult. I've been going through exercises to rebuild left leg strength and my core, which has been non-existent since they sliced me open. Literally. There is a giant scar running from my sternum down to my pelvis bone where they cut me open to pull out and find any damage to my innards. Trying to do a crunchie has been a b***h and a half. I also say I'm building left leg strength because after compensating for 2 months, my right thigh is massive!

      With any luck, things will even out because I am finally full weight bearing on the left. I've been hobbling around the house all week on one crutch. I'm also about to switch from having an in-home therapist to being an outpatient... somewhere to continue my physical therapy. This is a big step since whatever facility I end up going to (hopefully UC Davis) is going to have a lot more and a lot heavier equipment to use. It's going to be difficult, but I'm looking forward to getting on a stationary bike or a row machine. It all pushes me back to being at 100% and going home.

    • Tomboy

      Great News from California

      9 months ago

      So, since the last journal, I've made it to California (via first class smiley8.gif ), have settled into my parents' house, and have seen all my new doctors. And earlier this week, I got some amazing news: I can start putting weight on my left leg.

      What I've gotten from the doctors is all the same; my body wants to heal, and there are beautiful signs of it healing up better and faster than they expected. Beginning this week, I can put 25% of my weight on my left leg. Next week, it's 50%. The week after, 75%, and you get the picture. I could soon be wobbling around the house by myself in a month, and walking just fine in 2! With any luck, I'll go home in June and be back to work in July.

      Hey, I can dream. Wish me luck!

    • Tomboy

      Updates now that they've glued me back together

      10 months ago

      First off, I'd just like thank everyone for all the will-wishes and support. It's been great to know that there are so many of you who care, and it reminds me of why I love the RT community and what makes you guys so great. If any of you are interested in learning more about the accident... well, there's not much. However, my supervisor emailed me a link to the news report, and you can see it here.

      So, I'm feeling much better than I did 2 weeks ago when I made my first post about the incident, so I figured this was a good time to give you guys a less rushed (and more coherent) update.

      As I mentioned before, my company flew out my dad and stepmom when I was injured. Before I was transferred to the acute care facility, Gaylord Hospital, my stepmom took a flight to my home in Dallas. There, she picked up my cat, Sienna, and my gerbils, packed up some extra things for me, buttoned up my apartment, and drove my car to California where she is taking care of my pets for me.

      My dad, in the meantime, is staying with me in Connecticut until I'm discharged and can go to California. He has been a huge help, and I'm so glad he's here. He's bought me sweats and looser clothes since I had only packed business casual, and they didn't really fit (in size or purpose) after the accident. He's bought me treats, helped me deal with paperwork and insurance, been my moral support, and even helps me out with my workouts in physical therapy. I don't think I could have gotten through half of this without him here. Love you, Daddy!

      Physically, I'm improving in leaps and bounds. All of my staples and sutures have been removed, and I'm cleared to take showers instead of just cleaning myself out of a sink. I'm not able to take one every day, but it's nice when I can, and it's a step closer to feeling human again. I've also come a long way in my physical therapy. When I started, I was unable to move my left leg at all. Now, I can raise my left leg, kick it in and out, and almost scissor kick it when I'm on the mat. It's still painful, I don't have a large range of motion, and I can't put any weight on it for another month, but it's working again! I'm doing so well, that I was issued my yellow bracelet. That means that I can get in and out of bed on my own, and I can go to the bathroom by myself but only using the wheelchair. Overall, it's just little things and freedoms, but they're a huge morale boost.

      Also, my doctors have been weaning me off the pain medication. For the most part, I haven't noticed a difference until this last Monday. They took my medication down another notch. A big one. And it hurt. I have quick release painkillers that are only issued to me if I ask, and I went from taking 3 of them a week to 3 of them a day. Thankfully, the doctor reevaluated and re-upped my meds. I'm back to feeling painless for the most part.

      To top all this great news off, I have been cleared to fly home by 3 out of 4 of my doctors. This is momentous news for my dad and I. Originally, because both of my lungs collapsed, I had been told that I would not be able to fly for 60 to 90 days after my accident, due to concerns that the pressurized cabin would cause them to collapse again (or something like that). Because of that, we had expected to have to take Amtrak or, gods forbid, drive home. If I can fly home, it turns a 3 to 4 day train ride into a one day trip! I see the last doctor tomorrow. If my heart doctor approves, I will leave the hospital and fly home this Thursday March 26th. If not: best case scenario, I have to take the train home this week; worst case, I have to stay longer in the hospital until he says I'm clear to go. Wish me luck!

      Finally, a special thanks to:

      @BuckeyeDon
      @TonytheGamer
      @anubis3808
      @PandaM66
      @Joron093
      @OsageOrange
      @kriss
      @Giries
      @SailorTweek
      @Felix
      @sarlume
      @SailorGirl81
      @Reaperof1000
      @ninjacake
      @Lamkia
      @BostonPoke
      @SpiderWolve
      @OboeCrazy
      @dr_indigo
      @VSava
      @BenRG
      @RVBclan

      Sorry I didn't respond to anyone's comments, but I really do appreciate them. I now have more mobility and more computer access, so I'll be better able to respond to them from now on.

    • Tomboy

      I'm a bit broken at the moment...

      11 months ago

      So, this post was originally reserved to brag about how I got an awesome new job and all (which I did) and how I finished up all the training. Unfortunately, things didn't all go as planned.

      I did get a new job, one with a company I'd been pursuing for about a year, and was super excited to start. So, on February 1st, I flew out to Hartford, CT to do the new hire orientation and training. Things were all going well, and then I was hit by a truck.

      I don't actually remember the accident. I don't even remember the day of or the few days after. From what the police told me, I was returning to the hotel after dinner. I went to the crosswalk, waited for cars to pass, made it to the median, waited for more cars to pass, stepped out, and was hit by a pick-up truck. I went flying about 30 feet.

      So far, everyone is impressed that I'm alive. I suffered severe damage to the heart, 2 collapsed lungs, damaged liver, spleen, kidneys, severe bruising on my limbs, head trauma, broken ribs, cracked my L-1 through L-5 vertebra, and a crushed pelvis. I was hurt very, very far away from home, with no one familiar around me.

      However, my new company could not have been more supportive. They flew out my parents from California and put them up in a hotel. They helped pay for and supply transportation between the hotel and hospital, and they're helping us in setting up worker's comp and insurance claims. One of my new hire instructors actually stayed with me the entire first night, keeping my parents updated until they could get to Connecticut. I am so grateful for all their help, and I am so grateful for my parents being here.

      According to everyone, I am healing up better than expected. Hell, the first few days, I was expected to die. Instead, I have been recovering better than expected, was just released from the hospital, and have been moved to an acute care facility for physical therapy. The goal is to recover enough to travel home to California to finish recovering with my family.

      Wish me luck.

    • Tomboy

      Baby Beans! (Week 5 and Day 0)

      1 year ago

      Well, the gerbils have reached 5 weeks of age, and the next stage was to separate the boys and the girls (I do not need a third litter). This became even more pressing when I took a look at Gobby, who looked ready to pop in a couple of days. All I can say is that I have some close timing. I split the gerbils up last night (and I really hope I did it right) and woke up this morning to find Gobby giving birth. Again.

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      I actually feel really bad about splitting up Hobby and Gobby. I know I don't want a third litter. I didn't want any litters, but they always made a cute, caring couple. During the first birth, sure, Hobby was actively interested in planting the next litter, but when he wasn't, he was very attentive, spent tons of time grooming, massaging and helping Gobby with the birth. The daughters just look confused, or they're sleeping. I hope Gobby makes it through this birth okay. She doesn't have as much help.

    • Tomboy

      Baby Beans! (Week 3.5)

      1 year ago

      So, this journal is kinda late. Sorry. Been distracted by real life. In gerbil news, all the babies have opened their eyes! All the white ones have bright ruby eyes and all the colored ones have black eyes. They've been careening around the tank ever since. Seriously, it doesn't look like they run. It just looks like they launch themselves across the cage.

      Also, their teeth have grown in. They've started eating solid food and love to steal the chew toys I used to throw in just for Hobby and Gobby. They all swarm over the treat. In addition, they all growing (of course) and are starting to look a little less like puff balls and more like gerbils, but they're still as adorable as ever.

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    • Tomboy

      Deadpool Done Right

      1 year ago

      Around SDCC, test footage was released for the Deadpool movie that has been "in progress" for the last, what? Four years? And while FOX is aggressively pulling down any copies of this on YouTube, an "Official Release" was finally posted a few days ago here. And like the journal title says, this is Deadpool done right.

      From the banter, to the action, to the downright insanity of the piece, I think this is what every fan is looking for in a future Deadpool movie. Our Merc with a Mouth (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) breaks the fourth wall, kicks ass, sings and drops plenty of humor on the audience.

      While it is CG, I think that could actually benefit the movie. Deadpool is a character that talks fast and moves even faster, and the use of CG in this test footage allowed for the unique shots and speed needed to capture the energy of this character. From Wade's drop into the SUV, the small actions like undoing that ne'er-do-well's seatbelt, the slow mo shot of his doodle and a perfect car landing, it works. I mean, it really works. Animating will give the creators better control of pacing and timing, and it just may be the way to go to really show off what Deadpool is capable of.

      So, to anyone who's a fan, I highly recommend you watch the test footage, and if you like what you see, like this journal, pass on the word to your friends, and do your best to really light a fire under FOX's ass so we can finally get this movie made. Or, if you have Wade's number, I'm willing to bet he's got plenty of explosives to convince FOX to get a move on. After all, it worked with High Moon Studios.

      Deadpool Test Footage

  • Comments (305)

    • OsageOrange

      8 months ago

      Hope the therapy and recovery are going well.

    • RVBclan

      10 months ago

      you know how to give me a good scare there =p Im glad your alright =) Im signing up for the Navy by the way, got a few more pounds to lose but not much more, cant wait! Im going for aircraft (jet) mechanics and then doing college for Mechatronics.

    • RVBclan

      10 months ago

      Hey, long time no talk

    • Topher_Caouette N7

      11 months ago

      hope you feel better, as a Connecticut driver i admit we are not the best, so i hope everythimg works out!

    • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

      2 years ago

      Clicking on your 'Story Index' image no longer takes us to your stories.

      • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

        2 years ago

        All of the links are good.

        Glad to help.

      • Tomboy

        2 years ago

        OK. I added text links. Do you mind testing them?

      • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

        2 years ago

        Weird indeed. The site has been weird(er) since the new layout. Hopefully, with the new layout (yes, they have one in the works, one being build from the bottom up) we can go back to having clickable linkable images.

        Speaking of which, I'm going to submit that as a suggestion.

      • Tomboy

        2 years ago

        Weird. They worked for me. I'll replace them with Text links, too.

      • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

        2 years ago

        Text link works for the Story Index.

        But clicking on the 'Rebirth' image takes me to just an image.

        Same with 'More Than A Program'

        When people ask for good fanfic, you are always one that I recommend. It is how I found that your image links were borked.



      • Tomboy

        2 years ago

        I'm figuring that out and it sucks. Buttons are so much more fun. BTW, there is a new text link up that works. The image links in the actual journal are still working, so who knows? Sorry I couldn't get to this earlier.

        Enjoy.

      • BuckeyeDon Crackpottist

        2 years ago

        A lot of things no longer work since the new layout. You can no longer make images clickable links.

      • Tomboy

        2 years ago

        Sorry. I'll look into it.

    • metallavery

      2 years ago

      yo, wjats up. how long has i been a month??? waitt.. 5 YEARS WTF?

      • metallavery

        2 years ago

        the 4.9! i dont know! its been around that time.

      • Tomboy

        2 years ago

        I haven't even been a member for 5 years. Just been busy.

    • Tylerjc333

      3 years ago

      hello i read your comment and the new songs will be out on November ,5 and the name of the song when tex was fighting the odst was Fragments

    • Hawaii117

      3 years ago

      Hi there

    • RC556

      3 years ago

      hey cool pic

    • Hawaii117

      3 years ago

      I was wondering if you would like to be my friend

    • Hawaii117

      3 years ago

      Hi my name is hawaii or Aidan I'm a friend of yarev

    • tucker300

      3 years ago

      your pic are awesome

    • metallavery

      3 years ago

      Whats going on?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Hello there, whats up?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Hey there, how you doing?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Thanks, I'll try to do that. Just been occupied with stuff lately is all but ill get some free time soon enough.

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Okay then, I haven't really been reading anything other than what I type and write these days.

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      I've heard of it but i haven't read it, why?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Okay, hope it does end then so you can get a break.

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Ah, ok, so what's up?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      Hey there, how are you?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      oh, well now works if you use my cell number

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      if you do get on aim or imo, my username is SaburArchive, if you dont want to use that then just message me here to chat

    • SPARTAN_A118

      3 years ago

      anytime, but might i recomend you get on something like aim, or imo so the conversation goes faster

    • Reaper86

      4 years ago

      Same here! I've been watching so much South Park on Netflix lately, just to get myself fully prepared for the game. smiley6.gif

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      thanks but no, id end up being like the evil ginger leader or something like that, pass

    • Reaper86

      4 years ago

      You are most welcome! smiley1.gif

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      hey i found this and thought youd get a laugh out of it
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB90NjT51gg&list=UUH6vXjt-BA7QHl0KnfL-7RQ&feature=plcp

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      dont worry i expect critisism, im not a great writer so i know there will be flaws in it. btw are you gona be around at all?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      If its not too much trouble i was wondering if you wouldnt mind being the editor for my story.

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      hey, can i ask you for some help?

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      i wont be at dads place until wednesday and then i wont be there again until the weekend so right now im stuck at moms

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      awesome! if you want giv me a call or something, hope your not glowin in the dark from all the time on the ship

    • SPARTAN_A118

      4 years ago

      hello thar!

    • Wolf_Soul

      4 years ago

      Yo. :D

    • AgentHunter

      4 years ago

      Heeeeeyy!! Look who's back! How ya doing?

    • Ultradude

      4 years ago

      Hello there...thank you for accepting me. I really appreciate it

    • AgentZ

      4 years ago

      add a poll....ok cool thanks.

      P.S. Im currently in the process of an all halo vid to the same song

    • AgentZ

      4 years ago

      cool I hope you liked the video in my journal. Oh and the little vote link on your page....where you get that?

    • AgentZ

      4 years ago

      Hey there tomboy....you get the message I sent ya?

    • AgentZ

      4 years ago

      It means I made that picture.....I kinda gave the guy zero from the megaman x series halo type looking armor. What you think?

    • AgentZ

      4 years ago

      Like the halo version of me?

    • sasukeofpain

      4 years ago

      In reply to Tomboy, #1:

      oh.... umm ok? sry my bad....

    • epicfail13

      4 years ago

      Regarding my "dossier": SPARTAN-IIIs have a letter in their serial tag (usually). As for weight, I had no idea what the average female Spartan weighs.

      Kat didn't look like she weighed too much... smiley6.gif

    • epicfail13

      4 years ago

      No one recognized you? I AM DISAPPOINT AT CONVENTION-GOERS.

      That's cool. Pics of the remade outfit would be neat. I'm probably skinny enough to pull off a Benny cosplay, but then I'd have to bleach my hair and grow it out to ponytail length...

    • epicfail13

      4 years ago

      I would love to see pics of that (if you have any. I'll still believe you if you don't).

    • AgentHunter

      4 years ago

      Hope you liked the other pics I sent

    • AgentHunter

      4 years ago

      I LOVE Junior! I like to think that "Agent Hunter" saved him from the explodeing ship! ^_^

    • AgentGir

      4 years ago

      (Hugs) Thank you for adding me!

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    • AgentHunter

      4 years ago

      Thanks for adding me

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