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Great new header graphics, by a rapidly improving Mietsie! :)

One of the spiffy new headers by Mietsie! πŸ™‚ (just refresh any page to see the others!

If you’re noticing that the site has a bit more “splash” and some new visual life on it, it’s thanks to a new series of headers that Mietsie back in Belgium made over the last couple of days. They are a refreshing and welcome update to the tired. old, amateurish ones I made a couple of years back when I was bored, probably a little intoxicated, in need of a hobby, and trying with obvious futility, to be artistically creative. :/

For those of you who don’t know Mietsie, she’s someone who goes way back with me since this whole Andiamo thing started. She’s the cousin of Raf, who was my first crew on Andiamo when she left Mexico under dark clouds in late ’04. Over the years, we’ve been through a lot fun, crazy, happy and sad times.

She was involved in a horrific car accident last November. Her car was broadsided by another car going at full speed when she was on her way home from a friends’ get together on a late Saturday night. The car’s full impact was directly on the driver’s side door.

Needless to say, it was serious. She suffered a very serious head injury and severe brain concussion. She broke a cheekbone and eye socket, had a collapsed lung, and was in a semi-coma state for the first few days. For a time there, nobody really knew if she would even make it back to consciousness. It was so serious that I went out to Belgium for two weeks in late November (in the brutal cold I might add!) to see if there was anyway I can help and/or to just be there.

Mietsie, Teresa (Raf's fiance), and Raf, at the hospital, late November 2010...

She had already regained consciousness before I arrived thankfully. And though she was out of physical danger, she was still experiencing some serious memory, cognitive and vision issues. The doctors predicted that recovery from her injuries could take as long as three to six months. And she may have to spend as long as another month in the hospital for observation.

In the time I was there, however, she improved amazingly fast. So fast, that the doctors decided she should go home a solid month ahead of schedule than they anticipated when she had first regained consciousness. I was really happy that I came, if not for the sole reason that I was able to stay with her full time for the first week she was home. Her family was constrained by their jobs and their own kids, so understandably were not able to be with her 24/7. I also had a chance to reconnect with my good friends Raf and Teresa, which was long overdue. She really needed somebody there all the time those first few days. And I was more than happy to do it. I actually think I played the nurse role rather well if I do say so myself. πŸ˜›

Her short-term memory was still pretty nonexistent for quite some time while I was there, but has since improved significantly. Her vision still has some issues, but is also steadily improving, although not as fast as she would like. But that’s more because of her impatient nature than anything else πŸ˜›

In the two months since the accident, she’s made an INCREDIBLE comeback. So much so, she’s been itching to get back to doing productive things again. This included trying to slide back into “work mode” again (She’s a highly-sought after graphic designer, though she’s very modest about it. πŸ™‚ ). She decided that the Andiamo site needed some freshening up and volunteered herself. A couple days later, she inundates me with at least a dozen new headers for the site. One thing that hasn’t changed about is her prolificity when it comes to her work.

Anyway, I’m especially proud of her for this latest round of contributions. Yes, she’s been a HUGE contributor to the site over the years, and has even done the designs and graphics that’s printed on our stuff in our Andiamo Store!. But this latest round of creative contribution (which I predict is far from over) is a testament to her extraordinary comeback. A comeback from the edge of a devastating, life-threatening if not life-changing, injury. I am just so damn proud of her, and happy that she’s still here. Doing what she does best, and being the extraordinary person she’s always been.

Thanks Mietsie. πŸ™‚

One Comment

  1. Lynn Leonard says:

    Mietsie ROCKS!