January 2008- My accident on sets.
01/04/08 17 14 hours
01/07/08 17 8 hours
01/08/08 17 10.2 hours
01/09/08 eagle Eye 16.5 hours
01/10/08 Eagle Eye 14.5 hours
01/11/08 eagle Eye 12.5 hours
01/12/08 Eagle Eye 13.5 (Plus a wet pump)
01/14/08 Eagle Eye 11.5 hours
01/19/08 The Goods 9.3 hours (I was tripped on this set. Weird thing is I heard someone say something about someone calling the police on someone, though that might have been part of the story- Melinda the AD from Eli Stone. Also there were background and a stand in from Eli Stone and this kid who was from Baltimore who did not like me. Made some comment to a guy on Eli Stone about most people from Baltimore were not anti- social. I was shy and bullied back there and left the Baltimore area in 1992 never to really go back, though I dated a guy in the early 1990s who lived in Baltimore for about 6 months. Melinda asked me if I was pushed. I basically was on set for maybe an hour or two before having both my legs knocked out from under me and my knees went into the asphalt. I still have a business card from the guy who is a Union Transp guy who gave it to me in case they played hard ball. The guy had to carry me into the hospital. I could not bend my legs. They gave me a tetanus shot. I had x-rays done. they told me I could get an MRI of my right leg. I was honest. I told them I had an accident in 1997 and it took me years to get it back. I did not want to go through that again. I was not supposed to be able to get up to the point i could run but I had and I was terrified of years of feeling trapped and helpless and unable to run. I ended up paying for a session with my acupuncturist on my own and she gave me 5 weeks that workman comp paid. I also screamed at the workman comp people because they did not want to seem to give me the MRI though I have a document from the doctor requesting it. they made me an appointment and I took the MRI from the MRI place to my acupuncturist. She told me nothing looked torn and it looked like she could do acupuncture and electric stem on it and i would be OK. I took the MRI to an workman comp doctor who first told me he could see the old and new injury on my right knee and then weeks later was like- you are fine. I felt like he was lying though. Also there were two men in the lobby when I came to see my acupuncturist and I would swear I heard one of them say “she can’t sue now.” I just wanted to walk.
The day the accident happened we were supposed to run but I was being careful. It was calling for rain too and my knee was a little off. A PA told us, and he was looking at me when he said it: “Someone is not running all out and if they don’t run all out they will be fired.” Within an hour I was tripped. There were about 100 plus extras there that day, animal handlers for the crocodiles on set, crew, and I knew one of the PAs from Stick up too- a woman who let me come late when I had my fitting for 24. When I came back to set from the hospital on crutches, I remember I told Melinda I’m an expert at walking with them- I spent years on them back when I had knee surgery and knee problems in DC. If i had to walk for long periods of time I would bring them with me to give my right leg a break. I had surgery on my knee in 1997 too. Melinda was cool. She told me she would give me the full day or at least not dock me for the time in the Hospital. I even got a meal penalty though I was kind of in the Hospital so I don’t know if they had a meal.
I could not bend my left leg completely for about a week and then it kind of started to work. My right leg did not start to work right until I went to my doctor. Again I had to fight with workers comp and tell them I wanted to go to my doctor because i knew she could get it working because she had before. She is a licensed acupuncturist/ holistic doctor and chiropractor. I wanted the MRI so we would know if it was OK to proceed or if I needed surgery since it would not bend. I have a letter from my doctor saying she saw me on January 26th (the session I paid for myself) and also stating she recommended 5 weeks two times a week of sessions for my knees. My doctor later gave me a letter so if I took acting classes and needed to get permission to restrict my activity or even work on sets- I would have a note excusing me from having to do things that would stress my knee until a time when hopefully it would heal. There are things though I have not been able to do for years and I just accept it. I have not ridden a bike since 1997 though I do know how to drive a scooter and love it. After a week with her I was able to walk, though I have not run really since. I am getting there though. I may even try to run on the elliptical at the gym in the next month if I can get through a yoga session with out either knee throbbing. I will start with like 5 to ten walking backwards. (since my car accident in 1997 I run on the elliptical backwards- bc it stresses my knee out less.)
This was a sessions pay roll job by the way. Goods is a Paramount Film. Crew though worked with me on Eli Stone.
I also need to add that there was some blonde woman hiding in one of the cars that some of the background kept trying to get me to notice or draw my attention to. Instead of working she was sitting in one of the vehicles. Also a guy by the name of JT who worked with me On Carnivale and he is kind of shady kept asking me how i was feeling on set the day of my accident. I lost a water bottle that day too. He kept asking me if I had drunk lately. He creeps me out.
The next day I worked was February 1 for Entertainment Partners- Central.