On April 16, while I was visiting my family in Tampa, Florida, we were involved in a bad car accident. All of us sustained injuries, but very fortunately, it was nothing we wouldn't recover from. I myself sustained six fractured ribs, three fractures to my pelvis, pnemothorax (a partially collapsed lung), and a fractured back bone. (I had never broken any bones prior to this!)
For the last month I've been recuperating at my parents' house, achy but happy that we were all going to be okay, and that we were together. I was also rabidly bummed about having to miss out on some shows I'd been looking forward to participating in--I had a fully booked first two weeks of May that had now abruptly popped open.
However, the show must go on! Within a couple weeks of being discharged from the hospital I had purchased some tools and supplies, and was able to make a bunch of fresh, simple pieces to restock Damien. My kind- and brave-hearted fiance, Damien, stood in at the Portland Saturday Market for me, but there were a few shows for which I was unable to line up anyone and had to forfeit.
Today, I finally booked my flight home, which is scheduled for the end of this month. Yay! I'm super psyched to get back into the swing of things, although I will be undergoing physical therapy for some time so I can walk again without assistance. I am going to miss my family--this is the most time I've spent with them since I left home for college more than a decade ago--but I am also happy to be heading home. See you all at a show soon! :) xo Reese