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Aajonus Accident (2)

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[2004] 

[Aajonus] 

Okay. Hello everyone. Welcome to another potluck Q&A. First, I'm gonna start by talking about my accident. "Accident", there are no accidents. Let me start with what would I think caused the accident of course, calling to myself.  

Last summer I was working on the third book, the detox book, and I'm saying to myself, I've had no serious accidents since I've been on this diet. I've only handled people with accidents, I really don't know what to do. I've had two serious accidents, because I didn't know how I'd handled the doctors. I didn't know what happened if I went unconscious, all these things and I got everything. I had got everything I had a question for.  

So, what happened was, um, I was in Thailand, which is a very small farm town. They have no chemical agriculture anywhere within 90 miles that I saw, and they're right on the Thailand, Cambodia and Laos borders right there. They're all just connected right there, and these two men that just came outta nowhere that are high in politics and everything in this town are trying to get me to build my health center there, and they're all throwing me 300 rai, which is 120 acres and it's on a river lake and it's got everything. 

So, they took me out after they showed me the property and we went to a karaoke bar. Everybody drank, except me and they got snobbered, but we were close to the hotel, so I wasn't worried, and the guy was just driving slowly. 

I mean, we we're going like 25 miles an hour, it's like a 35 mile an hour zone, and everybody's talking, having fun. There's a driver and empty passenger seat and there's a monk, the monk was drunk too. And another passenger, and then my real estate broker, which I called my girlfriend. She's a friend who's a girl and she was sitting to the left of me. We're we're in an RV and I'm in the third seat with her.  

I've got the seatbelt harness across this way, and all of a sudden everybody's talking and I'm looking at the scenery, like 1:15 in the morning. And I was looking around and I see this car coming with no lights about 50 miles an hour, hit us. And as soon as we came to the impact, I lost consciousness because the harness didn't keep me in because it was on this shoulder and we got hit on this side. 

So, I flew this way, and my head hit the window, paste her because she was leaning forward otherwise, I would've smashed her and I wouldn't have been hurt as badly, but she would've been killed. 

But I went over here and my head went through the window and caused a concussion. I've got a indent in my my skull there, broke the skull, and in fact, a piece of glass came out yesterday evening. Woke up this morning, oh what's this, piece of glass, but it had been completely buried. 

And my shoulder hit the side molding and broke the clavicle and the shoulder blade, and the collarbone. And the clavicle, when it broke, went through my neck muscles, through here and then bounced back. 

And then I was, I was out, I felt all that without pain. And then when I woke up, the RV was upside down, and that was an RV that hit us, we flipped over a couple of times. And when I woke about 40 minutes later, they're prying the doors open, and I'm barely coming to. I'm hearing all this going on and they're smashing the other window to pull me out because I'm in the back, and the girlfriend was on top of me and her feet, I guess, broke my ribs. I had two broken ribs here when we flipped over a few times, so she's in pretty bad shape. She got serious brain damage; she lost her vision. 

[Kathy] 

She can get it back, can't she? 

[Aajonus] 

Don't know. She's not on the diet.  

[Attendee] 

Does she still have her personality? Is she still who she is?  

[Aajonus] 

Yeah, she's still there. She's not bubbly, and happy. But you know, she did something that I thought was rather ridiculous. After the accident we went to the hospital and, they were starting to break everything in the car to get me out because I'm way in the back. And they were able to pull her out to the door that they could they opened about this much. So, they were starting to break all these other windows and I'm getting glass across the eyes and face. So, I screamed at 'em to stop, and then I worked my way, even with this shoulder in excruciating pain, out through the door. 

And then I tried to stand up. I mean, all this time, my vision is not, I'm seeing, I'm not seeing, I'm seeing other things that aren't there, and my vision was just crazy for a while. And when I went to stand up out of the vehicle, it was an immediate collapse. They grabbed me, put me on the stretcher, strapped me in and took me to the hospital. 

So, in the hospital, I said, I've gotta come to, I gotta really stay in tune, keep them from doing anything to me. So, so they put me in a wheelchair after I got off the gurney to have x-rays done. I told the guy, "You have two shots to take". 

So, he took two shots and it showed the broken bones, but nothing was dislocated. So, they want to put a cast on. I said, don't need a cast because the body, when you don't have a cast, the body will build its own cast. 

It builds, like you can see a tumor here, it's as hard as a rock and it's sealed right where the break was. And as it gets well, that bone growth goes back into the center of the bone and seals it harder. So, that's how the body does it naturally if you don't use a cast You have to be more careful so you don't dislocate. 

So, I had to sleep on my right side for a few days and I took a very thin slices of steak and, wrapped up here on my neck and around here, so I slept for two days with steaks. Let me tell you, I was in excruciating pain and I put a steak on, within 10 minutes the pain would go away. 

I'd take the steak off or I'd fall asleep and it would fall off. I'd wake up in excruciating pain, put the steak back on, 10 - 20 minutes later the pains gone.  

[Attendee] 

How does that work?  

[Aajonus] 

Just does. 

[Attendee] 

How did you discover that? 

[Aajonus] 

It's from the boxers. Boxers used to put steak on their injuries. 

[Kathy] 

And your skull is better now? 

[Aajonus] 

I had a huge bruise here and the ear was broken. All the cartilage was crushed and it's still just a little sore right here, and then I've got a huge indent right here, It's probably 2.5'' by 3/4''. 

[Attendee #2] 

What did you say your girlfriend did that was stupid?  

[Aajonus] 

Oh, the next morning, we probably got to the hotel about 2:30 and we were sharing the same room, she had one bed and I had another bed, and I heard her 6:00 AM in the morning. She's going to get on the plane because she lives in Chiang Mai, which is 700 miles from where we were. 

She had flown to Bangkok and then to where we were, and I had flown from Cambodia to Bangkok to where we were to look at that property, and she did not want to be stuck in a foreign town for her, so she got on a plane. You do not get on a plane when you have a concussion because the brain expands, causes pressure. 

So, that probably caused more brain damage. She flew to Bangkok and Bangkok to Chiang Mai.  

[Kathy] 

She couldn't stay back for a while.  

[Aajonus] 

She should have. 

[Attendee] 

Did you tell her? 

[Aajonus] 

Of course I told her, so did the doctor.  

[Kathy] 

That's not smart.  

[Aajonus] 

And then she wanted to see me before I left, so she flies back from Chiang Mai to see me and then has to fly back to Chiang Mai again. So, she just kept getting worse every time she got on plane, not a smart thing to do. Some people don't listen. 

[Kathy] 

Going on the diet would change her back to feeling better? 

[Aajonus] 

Probably. 

[Attendee #2] 

Was it difficult telling the doctors I only want this x-ray without want him to treat-  

[Aajonus] 

Oh, they did.  

[Attendee #2] 

And they don't say, "Oh his head is not thinking right", and trying...  

[Aajonus] 

Well, I wouldn't let him touch my head, I didn't want them to know that I had a concussion. 

So, I had to be clear by the time we got into the hospital room. So, we were in the emergency room. I was forced myself to think clearly, to stay focused, and I would only allow myself to drift in and out and get vision problems when I wasn't talking with the doctor. 

And first what they do is they went to everybody, "Where do you hurt?". So, they look at everything that hurts and then they'll search other places if you let them.  

I said, I'm not hurt anywhere. Here, here, here, but this is just bruises. It's a little knot there, and how it's got broken? Like I said, I don't know, I was unconscious when that happened. 

[Kathy] 

Did you say how long it's gonna take for the pain to go away? 

[Aajonus] 

Mainly the pain is if I lift this arm, I used to not be able to not lift it at all. I couldn't move it for the first week, and I had to sleep on my right side for the first two days, I couldn't sleep on my back or stomach. 

After a day and a half, I was strong enough to get the Bangkok where my partners and other people I knew were, who knew my diet and knew how to get food and feed me.  

Those people, I told them what I needed, they got me the very freshest meat. It was bushed within hours, like two hours, an hour and a half, sliced it very thinly for me. One of the Thai Wives did that and, they mixed my honey and butter because I had honey and butter with me and they brought me some unripe bananas. So, that's all I ate was the butter, honey and bananas and the butter and honey with the meat. 

I was well enough 36 hours to get on a plane and get back to Bangkok, and then I spent three days in the bed mainly there. I walked a few blocks a day to go to a massage place and they do Thai massage for like $8 for two hours. 

But I have them do "bao bao", which means very softly generally. Otherwise, they get pretty tough, pretty strong. They start digging in. 

Then I met a new girlfriend, it was pretty hot and heavy, so the last two days we were heavily into sex, I knew I wasn't doing too badly. So, I got on a plane, I got stuck, the plane broke down in Japan. So, I got stuck in Japan for 14 hours at the airport, but they have a lounge there, their executive lounge with these benches. 

You're pretty soft and comfortable, that's what I was using, but since the accident, they wheelchaired me into the airports, onto the plane, and then from the plane, they pick up my luggage and the whole thing. So that's how I returned, so I didn't have to lift anything cause there's no way I could lift even with this arm. 

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