I Should Be Dead But I'm Not: Game Giveaway *COMPLETED*
- Jon Baxter(jgbaxter)Canada
ABMars by 2050!
How To Enter
There are several games on this geeklist, you may choose one (and only one please!) game that you'd like, post a comment below that item saying anything you care to say until midnight November 19th and on November 20th I'll randomly choose 1 person for each item to receive it and I'll also post the winner in the geeklist, I'll then make arrangements to have that game shipped out by November 25th, it'll even come gift wrapped for the holidays- for you or someone you know.
Now I'm not rich, so I'd prefer if you are financially able to cover the postage for the game- if you can't afford it don't worry about it; I think some other gamer might just help cover that cost or if not I'll manage somehow using the most economical shipping method. Once we know the postage for your game to your location you can paypal it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able.
EDIT 2 THE PEOPLE DEMAND PEPPER PUPPY PICS (and otherwise get lost in the massive response, thank you!)
EDIT TO ADD BY REQUESTS:
Of dark woods, cold rivers, and fun times...
...an adventure through time and space.
*This is a slightly edited down version of events that I originally posted on my Facebook page from the hospital. Please feel free to laugh, cry, shout OMFG or WTF. This event is so ridiculous and such a series of bad luck that when my best friend contacted my sister to inform her what happened and that I was in the hospital she completely thought it was a joke and was laughing her arse off for several minutes before she realized that nope, her brother really got messed up (she has since spent much time and effort feeling guilty for no reason- ah well there was never anything to forgive- the tale is, well, insane lol).
I (and hold your chuckles) have a story to tell you, there is a hero, an inanimate (more of a spatial distortion when you get right down into it) object as the villain, and a seemingly random set of events that were more bad luck that anything.
My friends and I set up a weekend to relax and play games, one of our annual events. So I was driving to my friends family cabin where we hold these (and other) gaming events, it was just getting dark and it was raining a bit when I pulled off the main highway and opened the gate to drive onto the 600 or so acres the family cabin rests on.
As I pulled onto the gravel and dirt "road/path" (which I'd driven on many times before) darkness had full fallen and it began to rain harder as a thunderstorm kicked into full gear- it was an angry storm- like an old man trying to return soup in a deli.
And as I continued driving the darkness encroached on me like a deep cavern of the most isolated dwarven home, aside from the flashes from the lightening I was having a harder than usual time seeing where I was going, so I slowed down some more. Then it happened a hole in the "road/path" - Unfortunately it was so dark and there was so much rain that frankly if I could see it in time it was filled to overflowing with rain water and therefore camouflaged to it's dangerous potential which otherwise was seemingly level with the ground.
My car move over it, the tire dropping suddenly and bouncing out hard and fast, much faster out than in, gravity and physics are a bitch my friends. I'm not entirely sure what happened next- it's certain that I lost control of the car which was now moving at a faster rate of speed through a thick forest, I do know from inspection of the vehicle later that my car took a hit on the front right of the vehicle, so it was likely that at some point I rammed a tree. The doctor (much later) believed that I had a concussion at that point as a bonus (the first of many injuries), and that most likely I was having trouble focusing.
In any case my car ended up far from the "road/path", far enough that in the night and rain I couldn't see it, and I must have decided, based on the conjecture of the police (who later) were trying to piece together the events, that I decided to head to my friends cabin on foot, which was likely only 5 minutes from where I was... unfortunately I was disorientated and suffering from a concussion and instead of heading to the path I sadly went in a different direction.
(thank you hole in the ground and random tree, not to mention soft head)
Around this time I go from remembering about half of what happened to pretty much nothing, I have a few flashbacks of memory of the next three days.
Amnesia is a good thing, although since then my memory has been generally poorer.
I do know that on the same night I came to a river which was very close to my friends cabin, maybe 20 minutes or so, and knowing the land as I'd been there many, many times, and of course my military training should make this night field training exercise a simple thing, so I "followed" the river to my friends cabin.
Oh, did you notice the quotation marks around 'followed', yea... that's because I didn't head to the cabin... le sigh.
So there I was, probably midnight or so, maybe a mile from safety and relaxation not to mention a weekend long of gaming, and I went in the wrong direction, again.
Now some of you might say, why did I leave the scene of the accident in the first place?
Good question, I'm in the woods and no help can be expected for a week, heck- my friends (I learned later) noticed I wasn't at the gaming and were surprised but they didn't do anything as they thought I was ok and something just pulled me from joining them.
Considering how close I was to the cabin and that it was super easy to get there, it was a no-brainer... well maybe if my brain wasn't concussed, maybe it would have worked out.
Anyway, so, there I was heading directly (opposite) to my friends cabin, in the pitch black night, during a raging thunderstorm, walking along a river, now most rivers (like this one) don't have especially a lot of space between the water itself and the forest, so I was relegated to this tiny bit of space to walk... and it's not all bad, either end of the river leads to civilization right, so, yea, it's all good.
Now you all should be aware that water and dirt makes mud, shocking I know, but it's not something you think about until you actually think about it, as obvious as it may be. So here I am walking, and thinking (who knows what at this point, amnesia is a biatch), and I put my left foot down and pull my left foot up... oh, why is my foot not moving normally... ah yea mud, suction of mud, oh look my foot is out of the mud, wait, shoe is off foot and in mud, oh wait, physics, too much force to pull out foot, losing balance, ah yea, gravity (remember gravity?!) *sigh* I lose my balance and fall.
Ah well a little more mud on me can't hurt, oh no, it probably could but that's really besides the point...
Because? Ah yea, I do a pirouette and fall into the river instead.
At this point that took probably three seconds to happen, and now my memory gets degraded another level and I am down to remember maybe 0.1% of what follows. However I can tell you from flashbacks (oh those are soooooo annoying) that the water was very cold and fast, very fast, I suppose it must have been raining up river earlier. I have a second here and there of trying to swim underwater and reach the surface, hitting my right shoulder pretty hard on a rock on the bottom and starting to drown, mainly I remember drowning because the water was icy cold mineral water- extremely tasty and quite enjoyable... the problem my friends wasn't the quality of the tasty beverage, no, surely it was the quantity.
Then three days later I'm found.
Actually I 'remember' at some point finding some campers close by while wandering through the woods, but too tired to go on and reach them I shouted (if I could speak above a whisper I don't know) but they didn't seem to notice. I wrapped my tie (did I mention I was all dressed up? No, opps.) to a stick and waved it about to get their attention, after all they were only fifty feet away or so. As it turns out I was wrong.
There were no campers, none at all.
I'd been informed by my doctor that I washed up or crawled near to an area where the river overflows, and I spent 3 days crawling from there. Why not walking you say? Well, I probably started off with walking but remember, only 1 shoe, after you spend enough time walking with only one shoe in the forest you simply can't walk anymore as your foot isn't in the best shape..
The campers (if indeed I saw them) would never have seen me as the river travels below hills in this area. It was later on that evening that someone found me by chance while taking a hike around dusk. I was unconscious on my knees. After three days of crawling my body had shut down.
The hiker called in for ambulance and police which arrived I suppose, as I do recall a couple seconds of the conversation with the paramedics and officers, not from my view but sort of an out of body experience, where the paramedic was asking me how I was doing and if I wanted to go to the hospital (I recall standing at the time, not sure if I was and if I was how it was possible at all)... I also recall two of my friends where there as well (from the cabin) I told the paramedic that I was fine, I'll just go to the cabin, play some games in front of the fire and kick back with some drinks and good conversation (or some similar insanity). They of course realized I was out of my mind at the time and took me to the hospital.
My injuries, which included both my hands and my feet (left foot so much more worse than the others- we thought I was going to lose several toes at first (lost that shoe remember)) being banged up, cut up, and swollen, with barely any feeling. My knees, well, it's hard to describe it; the layers of skin were destroyed (the doctor thinks that as I was unable to walk (left foot being a complete mess), that I ended up crawling for three days, something which I assure you is not what knees were designed for and I hope I won't get flashbacks of crawling), the knees themselves were all necrotic (dead) flesh (imagine a huge scab, made of electrical tape) most of the lower legs were seriously bruised and worse. To top it off I also was going through kidney failure from the massive toxins released into my body from all this damage.
I ended up in the hospital, awesome staff (random note, I'd have to work as a slave to pay off the months long hospital stay, praise be to universal health care), made everything go pretty good considering. The doctors gave me an insane amount of antibiotics (talk about nauseous), other than that there wasn't much for them to do besides keep watch and make sure things didn't get worse.
Once they felt I wasn't going to lose any bits, toes at least they thought and both legs from above the knees most likely, things seems to be improving. The plastic surgeon thought I might need skin grafts to my knees, luckily they seemed to take well to the (three kings of) antibiotics (for weeks) and my natural healing (wow you get hungry and thirsty healing) encouraged the surgeon and the knees were going to recover on their own, though it would take months he said. In truth it took almost 7 months for the open wounds on the knees to close up, a bit scary as a bad infection could have resulted in the loss of the legs at anytime.
After time in the hospital relearning to walk was next, at first it took two people to help me, then as I soldiered on and kept at it I was able to stand on my own after about a while in the hospital (well I did use my arms to partially hold me up with a walker. Now you'd be surprised how fast muscles lose strength, but with some great people helping with physiotherapy I was able to on my own walk for short periods of time (and progressively longer) using a walker, mind you only about 100' before my legs started to spasm until they built up strength again.
Following that I went to the another hospital for more intense physio, another great place filled with good people (and better food, hospital food sucks at the best times but the REDACTED had an industrial kitchen while the REDACTED (technically it's REDACTED) had a kitchen for maybe 100 people), it took another few weeks there before I was able to walk on my own using a cane, and boy did that feel good.
Now I no longer need a cane and have been forcing myself on longer and longer walks, the longest so far is about an hour, which is pretty good, but I used to be able to march all day and night, one day I'll get back to that stage
I should mention sadly that universal health care does not include dental, I've spent around $20k and still have another $25k or so to spend to get my mouth/teeth happy. Of course without the Canadian health care I'd probably be $100k's in debt.
So aside from slightly less muscle strength and stamina (both increasing all the time), there's only some chronic pain in the knees which I mostly ignore and don't take pain killers for (I'd be on them all the time so it's a bit pointless except for occasional bad days). My liver and kidney's I'm hoping are ok but time will tell, nothing horrible so far.
I'm going to keep on keeping on until everything is better than before, I know things will only improve and that's a good feeling.
P.S. I got a puppy to help in part to motivate me to walk longer/farther. I mention this as she has decided that the little spot under desks where people put their feet when using the desk, well, that's her's, so she is sleeping (and twitching with puppy dreams) while serving as a foot rest, she just hates being away from me.
Oh yea, puppy farts are stinky.
(note; I am staying within sight of civilization)
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