Week in Review

This week was crazy!  Monday, I confirmed interviews for the week, did paperwork for the interviews I already completed, and took care of some other unit taskers.  Currently, I am doing leads from other units until I pack up and shipout out to AK in March 2014.  This is all in an effort to help my co-workers focus on their cases.  It’s not bad, my days go fast, I get to help new people every day, and no day is the same.  Tuesday, we had inclement weather which caused a severe change in my schedule, so I spent the day in P.J.’s and worked from home.

Wednesday was completely crazy!  My partner and I (his full name will remain anonymous but we will call him “P”) headed out for a lead in D.C.  Man, you can’t make this stuff up.  As we drove down one of the popular boulevards towards our destination, we witnessed something out of an action movie.  An SUV in the oncoming lane hit the curb and went airborne then slammed into a tree.  We immediately stopped the vehicle and went into action.  “P” grabbed his cell phone and began to call 911.  I jumped the median and bolted for the vehicle, fearful that all involved were trapped in the SVU which was now laying on the passenger side.  It was about 34 degrees and I noticed exhaust fumes as I approached.  (NOTE:  My one fear is being trapped in a burning vehicle and I have always told my comrades if I am stuck in a vehicle due to an IED or whatever, then please do not leave me suffering.  If they cannot get me out…aim at my head, pull the trigger and press on.)  I came around the car expecting to have to pull someone, or many people out.  Nope!  God was definitely on their side.  A man (driver) was holding up this wife (passenger) whose face was covered in blood (nose appeared to be broken) and she was screaming for someone to get her purse.  She was obviously in shock but alive.  He guided her over to “P” and he laid her on her side to allow for the blood to flow and not choke.  I continued toward the vehicle frantically trying to reach the driver’s side which was up above me.  I knew I needed to turn off the car but couldn’t quiet reach.  Luckily for me this SUV had a sunroof which had been busted out in the crash.  I jumped up, and holding the roof of the driver side window, an unknown male help boost me up to reach the keys and I turned the ignition off.  All clear!  Then, I shoved my head in the sunroof, looked in the back seat, and yelled, “hello, is anyone in there.”  No response.  I yelled again and nothing.  So, I headed towards “P” who was still with the injured woman still trying to get ahold of 911.  Unbelievable!  I noticed by now there were multiple vehicles stopped which began to clog the road.  I pulled my badge off my holster and flung it around my neck.  I asked the unknown male who helped me earlier to direct traffic on the other side in order to keep traffic moving.  I stayed on the side with the overturned SUV.  I continued to direct traffic to keep the lanes clear for the emergency vehicles which we hoped would come soon.  “P” continued to keep the injured woman awake.  Finally, approximatly 15 mins after the accident, we could hear sirens.  Traffic flowing and at last… a motorcade of emergency vehicles arrived; fire, medical, and D.C. metro.  They began to assist the woman, took our information and a quick report.  Then,  “P” and I disappeared into the cold shadows.  Game faces on and all, we arrived at our destination in disblief of what just occurred.  We checked in with security and headed up to our interview.  I noticed on the way to the interview, a man kept staring down at my feet.  I didn’t want to make a scene to let him know that I noticed he was looking at my feet, so I didn’t look down.  Funny, but not shocked, he didn’t say anything.  We walked with our escort, and as she led us I looked at the ground to find my loafers covered in mud with freaking grass and branches growing from them.  LOL!  I looked at “P” who chuckled and noticed his shoes ruined too.  We stayed on coarse, finished the interview, then headed back to base.  We continued our day without skipping a beat and completed three more interviews.  Then, I drove to pick up Mini Me so I could take her out for an early birthday since I would miss her actual one the following day due to three other leads I had to move from Tuesday.  UGH!  When we got home, I stayed up to bake cupcakes for Mini Me’s bake sale.  I saved the first one for her birthday breakfast.  She didn’t want a whole cake and asked for one cupcake with a candle.

Thursday morning (Mini Me’s birthday) I hooked Mini Me up with her cupcake and sang her a happy birthday before gearing up for yet another 12 hour day with another partner to complete three more leads.  We got the job done and I headed home.  Ahhhhh!

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Friday:  I will remain positive and professional and not get into details on what occurred on Friday.  I will just say I did not get to do anything “I” needed to get done.

Saturday was much better.  I headed out with Mini Me for my tattoos by Anya Gladun, her new piercing, sweets, and spiritual accessories.  Then, we hit the range and fired off a few rounds before eating dinner at Panera Bread.

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ink inside out-anna castillo-Motherhood-Week in Review-December 2013

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ink inside out-anna castillo-Motherhood-Week in Review-December 2013

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Sunday, documentation time.  I did so much work this week, I will need to use this day not to rest, but to ensure I get all my efforts for the past week documented and properly closed out to begin another hectic week.

Lessons learned:  Perseverance is key! Professionalism is a must!  Document everything!  Trust only yourself!  Continue to help others in need! NEVER CHANGE FOR ANYONE and DON’T LET THEM CHANGE YOUR SPIRIT!

XOXO Besos,

Anna Castillo

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