Friday, 26 April 2013

Random pictures

After 18 months of posting stupid stories and over 1 million page views, I've gotten a few dozen emails from readers (I hesitate to be so arrogant as to call you "fans").  Some people ask questions, some write to say thanks, some have sent stories of their own, and some have sent pictures.  But now that I think of it, I haven't gotten any hate mail.  Yet.

Anyway, I've used (and will continue to use) some of the stories that people have sent in my posts, but sometimes the interesting pictures that are sent are just that - interesting pictures with interesting stories.  So I thought I would share some of them.  All of the people who have sent these have given me permission to use them, so for all the American folks out there, HIPAA can go fuck itself.

Maddie is a very brave 16 year old girl who has had scoliosis since she was 8.  Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, and it can be crippling.  She tried a brace at first, but after three years that was ineffective and she had her first corrective surgery to fuse her spine when she was 14.  Her second was when she was 15.  After a few weeks at home, she started going back to school full time.  What impressed me the most about Maddie is that this brave girl didn't let her chronic pain stop her from playing lacrosse and softball and riding her horse.  How is it that children often endure serious medical problems better than adults?

Anyway, here is Maddie.  Before her surgery is above, after is below.  Good for you, Maddie.

Next is Van.  Van is one of the good guys - he wears his seatbelt and he gives his drunk buddies a ride home when needed.  On one such night, Van was run off the road by a large truck.  He went into a ditch, rolled his truck, and finally hit a tree.  Because he was wearing his seatbelt, he literally walked away from this horrific accident:

This one is from RK who was driving a friend home when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit them head on, causing them to roll over 6 or 7 times.  RK suffered a broken pelvis, patella (kneecap), and wrist, while his friend walked away with a few scratches.  A huge congratulations to Chrysler for creating an SUV that can protect its occupants so well (notice all the airbags which deployed):

This was sent by DS who suffered a dislocated pinky finger while playing football.  The injury ultimately required surgery, but it also caused him to miss his entire senior year of football.  However missing sports allowed him to focus on his studies and improve his grades which then allowed him to get into a good university.  There's a silver lining right there!

And finally we have Mary (not her real name) who stepped on a knife one fine Australian morning.  I'm not exactly sure why she allowed herself to bleed all over her clean kitchen floor before putting some pressure on the wound or why she decided to take this picture.  Probably something to do with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  Ugh.

So that's the end of Part 1. I'll be happy to make Part II when I have more pictures. HINT HINT


  1. How do you not notice a knife and why wouldn't it be picked up in the first place? I swear some people just have it coming or maybe it's just bad karma. :/

    Looking forward to a part two Doc!

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  3. Thank you for sharing doc. Social networks are part of people lives these days. They are even part of family life. My sister was bitten by a scorpion once. Her hand swelled immediatly, her pajama became tight! She was crying in agony, yet she managed to ask me (sobingly) to apply some make up for her & take a good shot!


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