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Title: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on August 07, 2011 09:51:01 AM
 Well girls of Ongoing wish swap here is a thread we can all chat off topic and keep our discussion thread clear of all family and or non craft chat :)

  I will start it out...OMG Yesterday was the scary say of my life!!! We had our fundraiser for Cheer and football family fun day and OMG my lil Houston choked on a piece of hotdog and over 1.5 min. We had 2 RN's not able to get it cleared from him myself and one of our coaches. Finally the team doc was able to get it free she has UBER LONG fingers and was able to get it out of his esophagus and then Heimlich the rest out of his lungs. He will be OK we are now watching for signs of Pneumonia as the hotdog was aspirated into his lungs and that causes a bacteria to grow. GAHHHH these kids are going to be the death of me LOL...He is OK now but the doc ordered up the Helo to transport as he was w/o ox for so long. Blue and limp I have not ever been so scared!!! Thank goodness he popped back pretty quick from it and we did not fly off as not a chance in hell I would have gone in that thing I would have driven as I had Atlanta with me too .....Scary shit there boy!!!

  Can you believe they conned me into being the cheer coach?? I  have been MIA somewhat with all the classes and school for it WHO KNEW and I have camp in a few hours today. I cant believe all that we have to go throught no wonder they cant get volunteers it is a ton of work behind the scenes!!
I think I might get my back broke today or a leg LOL they are treating all the coaches today as if we were Jr High cheerleaders again ROTFL..Yah, they may really need a helicopter on standby LOL... :-[ :-[ :-[ ROTFL so If I dont get back online in the next 48 hours LOL look for me in the damn morgue or the hospital LOL OMG they are trying to kill me I think!! Pyramids in our 40's Ummm Yah right LOL


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Post by: Averia on August 07, 2011 11:13:55 AM
You lead the most interesting life - Brings to mind the old chinese curse "May you live in interesting times". Any news yet on whether you will be moving to the Maryland/Virginia/DC area?


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Post by: underthemountain on August 07, 2011 11:58:01 AM
That's for sure.  I am living vicariously thru Monica and the cool peeps like her that do fun stuff!  :)

At the moment I'm catching up on some work and watching Lana do her summer write-ups.  I was saving this for the last week right before school starts, but she got a bit bored at the craft show yesterday and read her books so I decided she might as well write them up.  It might be better anyhow since this way she can totally relax for 2 weeks before school starts.  :)

BTW, does anyone know why we can't chat on the crafting threads?  I never understood the big deal about it.  If we were crafting together at my place I'm sure that we'd be talking about kids, events, etc., not just talking about crafting. Anyhow that's my 2 cents.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on August 07, 2011 12:01:52 PM
BTW, does anyone know why we can't chat on the crafting threads?  I never understood the big deal about it.  If we were crafting together at my place I'm sure that we'd be talking about kids, events, etc., not just talking about crafting. Anyhow that's my 2 cents.
I agree. I find it unbelievably nit-picky. We're all in a crafting swap together and we're sharing about what's going on in our lives and our connection through the swap.


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Post by: skittlebub on August 07, 2011 03:18:07 PM
BTW, does anyone know why we can't chat on the crafting threads?  I never understood the big deal about it.  If we were crafting together at my place I'm sure that we'd be talking about kids, events, etc., not just talking about crafting. Anyhow that's my 2 cents.
I agree. I find it unbelievably nit-picky. We're all in a crafting swap together and we're sharing about what's going on in our lives and our connection through the swap.

I have to agree too. This is a craft forum, & crafty people chat.


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Post by: babalina58 on August 07, 2011 06:31:22 PM
 Haha it is just one of the rules but haha we have here...I feel for the non FOC gals however :'( they will sure miss out but hummm we can claim them and gift FOC and a little something LOL or they can angel or get their own :)

  OMG no we don't know where we are going but I will bet DC NO ONE wants to be there ROTFL in our world but shoot I will go in a heart beat :)
  We will know not now until Feb OMG leave me wait until then PRICKS yep I said it!!!

 Well, I hurt form head to toe LOL I did not drop my flyer so yahooo I still have it from Highschool all but the limber and the good knees so no hurkeys for me LOL but it was so fun and learned some new flair to old cheers and we have a saying amongst Pop Warner coaches DON'T ASK YOUR GIRLS TO DO ANYTHING BUT JUMPS YOU WOULD NOT DO YOURSELF ROTFL!!! I am so glad I am having to go see my doc in the AM LOL he can help the old knees boy oh boy...

 Houston is feeling better today but still watching over him. Poor kid did not want to eat dinner as he said NO I CHOKE LOLLY  :'( poor kid traumatized by dinner...I did give him a protein vitamin shake made for kids so not to worry he got some vitamins :)


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Post by: jamiek79 on August 08, 2011 01:36:04 PM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.


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Post by: skittlebub on August 08, 2011 03:16:19 PM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.
Yep, now I try to post early in the morning here so it's late in the day forum time.


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Post by: gamemom42 on August 08, 2011 05:46:04 PM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.

That happened to me when I first joined Craftster, and to be honest it bothered me so much I've rarely posted on those boards since.  I know that's silly, but it just hurt my feelings.  If you posted that bag you made for me on a board and it wasn't commented on, that's just crazy.  I do know that weekends are not the time to post pics.  A lot of people must get on Craftster at work or something, because they just disappear during the weekends.

Monica:  I'm so glad your little guy is okay.  Whitney choked on a purple lifesaver when she was eight years old.  It was so incredibly scarey.  My poor kids weren't allowed to have hard candy for years.


I think the no chatting rule is about the silliest thing I've ever heard.  That's all I'll say about it.



Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on August 09, 2011 11:53:30 AM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.

Over the past week I have not been around at all much so I have not been keeping up with what people are posting...I look and look but don't make a lot of comments. Weird but I just don't not really... It does not mean that people dont love what you make but just some look and keep going to look  more or wist/pin things I do that a lot :)

 I can't wait until this weekends I can get back to crafting all the time..I am just so beyond with what was NOT told to me when they conned me into talking over as a coach of our girls. I thought we had M/Th practice and games Sat well, yes but they forgot to tell in conditioning we have practice 5 days on and I have 2 schools and camp to make sure I am on the ball and not teaching incorrect or illegal moves for comp. WHAT!!!!!! GAHhhh I want my life back NOW!!
 
I am behind on crafting and cant get caught up until tomorrow I have a day off but have to take 2 trips in the am and late pm to Jacksonville to get my daughter enrolled in school but in between I will come home and get the last of my swap stuff out the door and relax a bit before the trip back down to pic them up! GAHHHHHH I am really over all of this drama with kids, grandkids and I just want to sleep in and then craft for a week solid and not be bothered :)


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Post by: scarlet_nights on August 09, 2011 12:11:39 PM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.

That drives me insaine! I can never understand why one post can have 500 replies and IM lucky to ever get 2. Its made me think my stuff isnt all that good so I dont do many posts anymore. I try and reply on others posts, especially if they dont have any yet.


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Post by: littlefawnpug on August 09, 2011 12:34:05 PM
Does anyone ever post something they really love on a completed craft board and then get just slightly depressed when no one makes any comments??? It kinda irks me. So much so that when I see a post with no comments I try and make one. Sorry just had to put that out there.

That drives me insaine! I can never understand why one post can have 500 replies and IM lucky to ever get 2. Its made me think my stuff isnt all that good so I dont do many posts anymore. I try and reply on others posts, especially if they dont have any yet.

Same here.


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Post by: jo_mama on August 09, 2011 02:12:40 PM
i am starting to go a little batty with all the forums associate with this swap - the original, the discussion, the gallery, and now off-topic discussion!  my brain just does not work like this, to carry all these conversations at one time!

monica - my son is no longer allowed to eat hot dogs!  my heart stops just thinking about it!  when i took a cpr class they discussed hot dangerous dogs are because they flex to fit wherever, and sometimes heimlich cannot save them.  i'd be scared to eat again, too.

i've been doing a whole lot of nothing the last couple days.  our super fantastic surprise party for my parents is over, so no more slideshow to make or favors to cure.  ahhh.

jo


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Post by: Averia on August 09, 2011 04:54:27 PM
Would someone please delete my pinterest!!!! I can not stay away!


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Post by: underthemountain on August 09, 2011 05:21:02 PM
Hehe, so far I've resisted the call of Pinterest...don't Facebook either because I know that I'd get addicted.  :)

back to sewing...


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Post by: jemimah on August 09, 2011 08:57:06 PM
Hi girls! Sorry I haven't been around Craftster as much as usual. My thesis is kicking my butt at the moment ...

But I'm still alive! :)

I'm the same with Facebook, I don't even dare sign up :D


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Post by: TroubleT on August 10, 2011 02:16:08 AM
Hehe, so far I've resisted the call of Pinterest...don't Facebook either because I know that I'd get addicted.  :)

back to sewing...

Honestly, I've got a FBook acct and I could care less about it for the most part. I like keeping up with people but the constant ads, games and memes drive me up a wall. There is no way I will go to Google + as a result. I have other things to do with my time...like embroidery, crochet, etc.


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Post by: gamemom42 on August 10, 2011 06:17:38 AM
I felt that I might shrivel up and die if I didn't have a Pinterest account.  Skittlebub sent me an invite thinking there was some way to sign up without a Facebook account but I never could figure it out.  I did go over and create a Facebook account just to create my pinterest.  I didn't even create a profile or anything and have absolutely no idea how to even get back to it if I wanted to; so if you girls want pinterest you could do the same.  The only thing that has come of that Facebook account is an occasional email letting me know that "BIJILLIONS OF FRIENDS WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU".  I just delete those without opening them.

Now; on Pinterest.  It is highly addictive I'll admit, especially at first.  The thing is though, it is also an amazing place to organize recipes, craft tutorials, gift list for each family member, home projects, your various collections at a glance, craft swap wishes, your hoopla wall,  etc... It isn't just fun; used correctly, it is actually helpful.  I have one board called "Pins I have followed through..." or something like that.  I have already tried five of the recipes I pinned and we loved them all.  Okay; I'll stop being the poster child for Pinterest addiction now.  You girls really should try it though... just sayin'

Now I teeny whine... I don't know why, but it is still just annoying the pickles out of me to have to have this thread set up for us to chat.  K, I feel better now.


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Post by: underthemountain on August 10, 2011 08:43:54 AM
Hehe, well I'll continue to live vicariously thru your pinterests!  If I got a Facebook acct I'd be in trouble if I didn't respond to all my friend invites.  My HS is very active on Facebook and 95% of my class is on it.  I don't want to get sucked in.  :)

Speaking of addictions....I'm gearing up for doing a few more craft shows.  At the last one I had so many people stop by to make nice comments that by the end of it I was floating on a cloud.  And it is so much fun to meet craftsters in person!!  :) 

I am excited because I just found a watch repair person that I can trust!!  I am planning to get my 76' Star Wars watch repaired (missing it's stem!).  It was a gift from my dad and one of the few presents he picked out himself so it has great sentimental value.  It's the blue banded one with R2D2 and CP30.  Heehee.

Happy crafting all!!


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Post by: jo_mama on August 10, 2011 11:03:04 AM
quick question.

is it better to have a crazy long list that includes the items to really want and and a few that you kinda want, or the bare minimum you must have but all the things you really want?  i feel like i put a lot of energy into making a list that has a lot of variety so more people can claim, but see a lot of lists where i cannot make a single thing on it.

frustrated.

jo


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Post by: jemimah on August 10, 2011 02:04:14 PM
I vote for crazy long lists with lots of variety! The lists I find easiest to choose from are those that include lots of different crafts. For my own list, I have quite a few particular things I really want, but I also try to include generically useful items, where individual craft style is really flexible - e.g. for me, stationery and notecards, organisational things (project bags, storage-y items). While it's just fantastic when someone makes something I've specifically listed/wisted, I think some of the most fun swap packages I've had are when someone's looked at some things I like for inspiration, and put together a surprise for me in their own unique style.


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Post by: littlefawnpug on August 10, 2011 03:07:01 PM
I vote for crazy long lists with lots of variety! The lists I find easiest to choose from are those that include lots of different crafts. For my own list, I have quite a few particular things I really want, but I also try to include generically useful items, where individual craft style is really flexible - e.g. for me, stationery and notecards, organisational things (project bags, storage-y items). While it's just fantastic when someone makes something I've specifically listed/wisted, I think some of the most fun swap packages I've had are when someone's looked at some things I like for inspiration, and put together a surprise for me in their own unique style.

I too vote for crazy long lists for the same reasons.  When someone posts the bare minimum, sometimes theres not a thing on it that I can make.  A long list is more likely to make you get claimed quicker due to lots of items to choose from and lots of variety too.


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Post by: skittlebub on August 10, 2011 03:22:14 PM
So do you prefer one long list or a list sorted by crafts?


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Post by: jo_mama on August 10, 2011 03:28:18 PM
see, i had a long unorganized list last round, but i noticed how much more i liked reading lists that were sorted by craft.  that way i could skip whole sections  that were not my skill set.

side note - we need to recruit some ceramics and woodworking craftsters to this swap ;)

jo


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Post by: skittlebub on August 10, 2011 03:32:01 PM
see, i had a long unorganized list last round, but i noticed how much more i liked reading lists that were sorted by craft.  that way i could skip whole sections  that were not my skill set.


So if you had something that could be knit/crochet or sewn, then would you put it in both sections, or a separate section altogether?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm redoing my list before I sign up for 73


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Post by: jo_mama on August 10, 2011 03:41:40 PM
see, i had a long unorganized list last round, but i noticed how much more i liked reading lists that were sorted by craft.  that way i could skip whole sections  that were not my skill set.


So if you had something that could be knit/crochet or sewn, then would you put it in both sections, or a separate section altogether?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm redoing my list before I sign up for 73

good question.  i guess i would put it down twice with the same exact description


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Post by: littlefawnpug on August 10, 2011 04:01:18 PM
see, i had a long unorganized list last round, but i noticed how much more i liked reading lists that were sorted by craft.  that way i could skip whole sections  that were not my skill set.


So if you had something that could be knit/crochet or sewn, then would you put it in both sections, or a separate section altogether?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm redoing my list before I sign up for 73

Maybe put in a section labeled 'yarn crafts'.


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Post by: jemimah on August 10, 2011 04:58:43 PM
see, i had a long unorganized list last round, but i noticed how much more i liked reading lists that were sorted by craft.  that way i could skip whole sections  that were not my skill set.


So if you had something that could be knit/crochet or sewn, then would you put it in both sections, or a separate section altogether?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm redoing my list before I sign up for 73

I'd also put it in both sections. Or if you have several items like that, have a section for 'could be made in a variety of ways'.


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Post by: AprilInAutumn on August 10, 2011 05:02:30 PM
I had a hard time deciding how to split up my list.  I think I spent a half hour analyzing other people's lists before signing up for this swap.  I finally settled on sorting by themes (household items, accessories, etc) since a list separated by crafts was tripping me up too much.  I tried to have items that could be made with different skill sets, but since this is my first OWS in forever I'm still analyzing. :)


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Post by: luckdragon on August 12, 2011 07:13:00 AM
My list is just a mish-mash of crafted things that I want - I should probably reorganize as well.  I also vote for the long, varied list.  If there are things that you REALLY want, highlight them in some way.  I usually look at those first because I would rather make something that someone really wants.

Also finding it annoying that we have to keep a separate thread going just to chat!


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Post by: babalina58 on August 15, 2011 08:20:49 AM
I feel bad that all our NON FOC cant join us to chat about life or whatever...I am thinking I am gifting FOC to a few and I have a few angle spots opening up so we can get some of them in here with us...

My new Grrrr....I spent all day yesterday in my garage and shed as it had to get fixed so 11 hours I sorted and threw shit out and put stuff away and really enjoyed cleaning it all out! LIBERATING is the word...

We bought my husband a new motorcycle we should pick up in a few days it is HOT OMG it is a 2300 Rockett 3 made by Triumph Ahhhh the power on her is unbelievable...I sold mine and I will put his Harley in the shop to be painted :) I get to paint her pink ( that is the ONLY way I will ride a harley LOL so he is sad his girl is going to be a pink girl but get over it right :)

Me well I am just needing a few quiet days to breath and relax with out all the 20 year olds plopped all over my house messing it up and clutter GAHHHHH freaking asses are so damn lazy!!!

I am spending the day crafting with the kids they are so glad for quiet..My poor granddaughter asked me when her mother is getting out again as she is disrupting her life WOW sad...

Cheer condition is over FINALLY so we are just reg practice 3 days a week and games on sat :) life is finally slowing again thank god!!!



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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on August 15, 2011 09:31:33 AM
Tomorrow, I go back to the gyno for an ultrasound to check on the status of my tumors; see if we can schedule surgery yet or not. Iím actually getting really panicked right now thinking that tomorrow I may have a date scheduled. I mean of course I want this to be over and done with and in order to get back to ďnormalĒ I need to have surgery butÖ.itís still surgery. Major, serious surgery. And Iím terrified of it. Iím afraid of the pain, the limitations, restrictions, medications Ė just the whole experience. And, once I have it, I have to put my entire life on hold for 4-6 weeks. I mean, no running to the post office, no driving myself to the craft store, no leaning over to pick up my beads off the floor Ė no nothing!

Itís hard to be facing surgery, time in the hospital, and then at least a MONTH of recovery. Knowing once I have a date, I will be on a countdown of days left I can function normally. The surgery and recovery just terrify me and itís all this big, scary unknown. Iím trying to avoid reading too much about it because I donít want to read horror stories. But, in trying to get an understanding and prepare myself, even the ďnormalĒ stories suck. Itís a lot of misery for a long time after the surgery even when it goes well.

The long build-up and the months of waiting have kinda made it worse since Iíve had more time to think about it and stress and worry, you know? When I was in the ER, it was all very urgent and immediate and while scary, I didnít have a lot of time to dwell on it. But now, Iíve had months of waiting and worrying and too much time to start freaking myself out.

So Iím kinda freaking out today.


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Post by: babalina58 on August 15, 2011 10:09:35 AM
PFD...Get them to give you a pain pump ( not a drip this is 2 wires that they put in the belly and you will be on easy street!!! I had one and 1/2 fell out LOL I got is snagged on my jammies and well hell 1/2 of me was a royal pain and the other 1/2 was great  ...the more you move the better you will be after surgery!! that is for sure do not stay laying down you will delay the recovery and can cause a blood clot and die!!! It is not a joke or easy thing but you must must must make yourself get up and walk around the house you will recover so much quicker too :)


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on August 15, 2011 10:49:01 AM
Yeah I've read that the sooner you get up, the better. They had Love's Dad up and walking around THE NEXT MORNING after his open heart surgery! :o I couldn't believe it. But yeah...nervous!! I want to get the surgery scheduled but actually facing it...? Man, scary. I'll know more tomorrow.


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Post by: jamiek79 on August 15, 2011 03:15:41 PM
Well everyone I think that it is time to start C.A. Craftsteraholics Anonymous. I will be the first to introduce myself.
Hi my name is jamiek79 and I am addicted to Craftster.  (see I don't even know my real name anymore!)

I came to this conclusion when I was surfing craftster to see if I got claimed in round 73 (after stalling the thread, sorry about that) while trying to make dinner. Shhhh please don't tell DH that is why the chicken is dry. Hope all is well with all of you.
babalina glad things are calming down and PFD I really hope all goes well tomorrow. I know that we all will be thinking about you! I agree with everyone you do need to get up and moving after surgery. I had 3 c-sections and can attest to how hard surgery in that area can be. I didn't listen to the doctors and moved a lot after. My recovery time was much better than most of my friends. Just my 2cents.




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Post by: J_Kieviet on August 15, 2011 08:46:29 PM
All my parcels have been received, and I just sent in my approval questionaire this afternoon.  I am working on a list with lots of variety


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on August 17, 2011 08:03:30 PM
Had an ultrasound yesterday. I was at around 1,200 grams when this started. Yesterday? About 650 grams!! So weíve cut the size down almost in half so far!! He had wanted to get me down to around 600 grams for surgery. He could do it at 1,200 but it would mean much longer under anesthesia and bleeding risks. Well, now that weíre down, heís ready to get me on the schedule. I donít have a specific date yet. His nurse will be following-up with me to schedule me about a month or so from now.

Sometime around the end of September I will be having my hysterectomy surgyer.

He thinks that by then, I may even be down to about 400 grams because the Lupron is still in my system for another two months. So even better. The Lupron TOTALLY worked for me.

Right before surgery, Iíll have a final ultrasound just to get a last-minute check on things and Iíll also need bloodwork for cross and type for the surgery. But basically, weíre in the motions and stages of pre-op Ė finally and officially. Holy crap, now it starts getting real. (And really scary!!) :o


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Post by: muddy21 on August 17, 2011 09:32:15 PM
Scary, indeed!  But you're on your way to coming out the other side, and that's a really good thing!  You know our thoughts and best wishes will be with you all the way  :-*


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Post by: babalina58 on August 17, 2011 11:16:40 PM
PFD you my dear will be fine!! It will be a mental thing for a while and poor Love might just get the raw end of surgical menopause but he needs to maybe talk to the doc on what he can expect from you too...It will be an adjustment that is for sure and you will feel better when it is all over and no more pain!!
  I am so glad your finally on the list to get it done..girl we have been talking about this like 2 years now but it is really time and you will need crafty support..make a list we have a month LOL and think of things you might need for after :)
 
  a tee that ha a Phoenix that says Back the hell off or I might just turn you into ash ;)


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Post by: underthemountain on August 18, 2011 05:42:00 AM
PDF, I agree with Monica, it is extremely important to go in with a strong, positive outlook.  You will make it through all this.  I know it will be tough, but you are strong and can do it!  Sending lots of good thoughts your way!


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Post by: babalina58 on August 18, 2011 10:46:16 AM
PDF, I agree with Monica, it is extremely important to go in with a strong, positive outlook.  You will make it through all this.  I know it will be tough, but you are strong and can do it!  Sending lots of good thoughts your way!

With cheerleeders like Crafter Chicks how can she go wrong ~~ Go, FIGHT, WIN~~ PFD WILL BE FEELING CRAFTY AND HERSELF AGAIN~ GO FIGHT WIN!!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on August 18, 2011 12:45:54 PM
With cheerleeders like Crafter Chicks how can she go wrong ~~ Go, FIGHT, WIN~~ PFD WILL BE FEELING CRAFTY AND HERSELF AGAIN~ GO FIGHT WIN!!

 :D Love it! I'm definitely trying to remind myself that this is a commonly done surgery. I have confidence in my doctor. And once I'm done with the surgery and recovery, it will be liberating to never have to worry about any of this ever again!

(I'm just dreading the surgery and recovery part...)


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Post by: jo_mama on August 23, 2011 01:14:54 PM
ewulotta's goodies are headed overseas!

on another note . . .

CRAP!  i forgot about this baptism i'm invited to on sunday and i don't have a gift, or even an idea for a gift.  come on creative ladies - i need an idea for a baby boy's baptism gift!?!

i know he'll already be getting one of those bonnet hankie things, so most anything else.


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Post by: underthemountain on August 23, 2011 03:32:29 PM
Hi Jo! How about some of your cool airbrushed tees?


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Post by: jo_mama on August 23, 2011 05:08:13 PM
Hi Jo! How about some of your cool airbrushed tees?

i am afraid that all the people in my life are already sick to death of airbrush.  i did a mural for this little guy's bedroom, so i am thinking of a matching sign with his name on it.  yes, i will pencil in that project for . . . midnight the night before!

geez.


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Post by: underthemountain on August 23, 2011 05:17:50 PM
Rats!  Well your Craftster family sure is not sick to death of your airbrush.  :)

Ooh, a matching name sign sounds adorable!!


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Post by: jo_mama on August 23, 2011 05:25:41 PM
i'm glad that there is airbrush interest on here.  nobody ever lists airbrush, and i assume that's because there aren't many doing it on here.  add it to your lists, ladies - i'll claim you right up!

once i have some claims free.

or we can personal swap.

atsuko - i had some ideas brewing for an airbrush mermaid shirt for your little girl.  i made one for georgia a few years back where the mermaid made a "G" - she wears it all the time.

jo


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Post by: underthemountain on August 23, 2011 06:00:18 PM
Aw, sounds adorable Jo!  I'd definitely be up for a personal swap...or we could IYP!  :)  Wanna?


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Post by: littlefawnpug on August 23, 2011 06:13:34 PM
ewulotta's goodies are headed overseas!

on another note . . .

CRAP!  i forgot about this baptism i'm invited to on sunday and i don't have a gift, or even an idea for a gift.  come on creative ladies - i need an idea for a baby boy's baptism gift!?!

i know he'll already be getting one of those bonnet hankie things, so most anything else.

Do you crochet?  If so you could make a pair of crochet baby sneaker booties!  That would be cool.  Im almost certain that someone just posted a pair in one of the galleries too.  Maybe ask them where the pattern could be found. 

And, I love your airbrush shirts.  I would adore some!  I need to add them to my list next time I make a claim.  Way back in highschool when dear hubby and I were dating he went to florida with his family and brought me back an airbrushed shirt.


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Post by: jo_mama on August 23, 2011 06:37:31 PM
Aw, sounds adorable Jo!  I'd definitely be up for a personal swap...or we could IYP!  :)  Wanna?

i'm paired up with myloveasdeep for iyp, but if i can have multiple partners for iyp, i am definitely game!


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Post by: jo_mama on August 23, 2011 06:39:25 PM
ewulotta's goodies are headed overseas!

on another note . . .

CRAP!  i forgot about this baptism i'm invited to on sunday and i don't have a gift, or even an idea for a gift.  come on creative ladies - i need an idea for a baby boy's baptism gift!?!

i know he'll already be getting one of those bonnet hankie things, so most anything else.

Do you crochet?  If so you could make a pair of crochet baby sneaker booties!  That would be cool.  Im almost certain that someone just posted a pair in one of the galleries too.  Maybe ask them where the pattern could be found. 

And, I love your airbrush shirts.  I would adore some!  I need to add them to my list next time I make a claim.  Way back in highschool when dear hubby and I were dating he went to florida with his family and brought me back an airbrushed shirt.

not a crochet-er.  would love to learn, but promised the husband no more new crafts . . . for now (mu ah ah ah ah)

bring on the airbrushed wishes!  cheesy hearts shirts are a specialty.  trust, i know airbrush leans to the trashy side, but i embrace it when it benefits me.


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Post by: underthemountain on August 23, 2011 06:44:06 PM
Aw, sounds adorable Jo!  I'd definitely be up for a personal swap...or we could IYP!  :)  Wanna?

i'm paired up with myloveasdeep for iyp, but if i can have multiple partners for iyp, i am definitely game!

Awesome!  I'm pretty sure you can have 2 partners.  :)


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Post by: babalina58 on August 24, 2011 08:23:35 AM
 I have to go to lowes really quick they just called and have my plywood to board the windows...WHy bother really??? here is the deal on the house...

I want to scream right now...I had a contractor put a new roof on and he did not do the job right and now is in prison over fraud on the house but we dont have 10000 to replace this one, he did not nail the new plywood to the joist of the house but to plywood that was to be ripped off and new but he did it when I was in DC and not to do it but now the state engineer said that the way it is the damn wind would not hold the roof on the house and I have to make the hard choices what I am not willing to loose in my life like photos, dads flag, ashes that stuff but on my real stuff to see it all and know it could all be gone with this storm I want to curl in a fetal and just die inside I am never the weak one but today I am..My DH called a few min ago and he will be not leaving with us but staying with the weather channel people and NOAA on the beach RYK REALLY as if I have not enought to stress about and he now is not coming home tonight but in the early am for his stuff and go and that will be that until we all meet up again...I have the grandkids and have no one that can take them so if the house is a loss they will have to see all that and my reaction..this is my home my first home and the house I want to retire in and all could be gone Sat morning...I am just dying inside....
  Not to worry I am taking some of my craft stuff that I can fit all the floss and some fabric and hoops LOL I have to have something to keep me sane while I worry about my neighborhood and my home...My little cheerleader's mama just called and asked if I can take her little girl with me to the hotel inland she has no where to go with her but a shelter and after Katrina ( that is how we know each other) her little one was molested in a shelter while she slept she is fearful so I said get your shit together and they can both go so there goes my room in the back so that much less of my world that I get to save :'( but cant leave this little family behind..so Me, My 2 grands, my nephew, my lil babysitter, and now these 2 will leave with us..They live in a single wide both so that is why they are going too....
    I will keep intouch OK,
          Monica
must evac start 5:00 am for visitors and we will start to haul out Thrusday night......Friday morning...to sit in traffic...MAN I AM NOT A DRINKER BUT TONIGHT I WILL HAVE A FEW ON THIS JUST BECAUSE I CAN :)


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Post by: underthemountain on August 24, 2011 09:30:40 AM
OMG, Monica, I hope you can keep it together.  YIKES!  I just can't believe how much craziness comes your way.  It's wonderful of you to be taking care of so many others and extending yourself through all this.  Hang tough.  We'll be thinking of you.

Had a few crazy days...Lana got a huge splinter in her foot while running across a dock.  John and I tried for several hours to get it out.  Finally we had to take her to a doc to get it removed.  It was a big sucker and imbedded deep into the muscle.  The doc said it was probably pressing against a nerve.  painful! 


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Post by: babalina58 on August 24, 2011 11:30:51 AM
OMG, Monica, I hope you can keep it together.  YIKES!  I just can't believe how much craziness comes your way.  It's wonderful of you to be taking care of so many others and extending yourself through all this.  Hang tough.  We'll be thinking of you.

Had a few crazy days...Lana got a huge splinter in her foot while running across a dock.  John and I tried for several hours to get it out.  Finally we had to take her to a doc to get it removed.  It was a big sucker and imbedded deep into the muscle.  The doc said it was probably pressing against a nerve.  painful! 

Poor baby girl...that must hurt!! I am just keeping on keeping on..I just stripped about 50 tomatoes and 100 or so peppers off my garden and will make some salsa late tonight...Tomorrow is first day of school so good to load truck and then Friday we leave....

So what did you think of the earthquake? You have to have felt it....What did Lana think?


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Post by: underthemountain on August 24, 2011 01:16:29 PM
You've got a great attitude Monica!  ;D

Hehe, yeah we felt it.  I took Lana out for a late lunch and we were just about done when it hit.  I was scared.  Lana said the sensation felt weird.  I made her wait outside while I paid the bill.  :)


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Post by: Averia on August 30, 2011 03:19:32 AM
Ugh!!! Our elementary & middle schools are still without power from Irene. Will my kids ever go to school?


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Post by: underthemountain on August 30, 2011 06:08:57 AM
Yikes!  I'll keep my fingers crossed that they'll get it fixed soon Ave!


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Post by: babalina58 on August 30, 2011 10:02:18 AM
Ugh!!! Our elementary & middle schools are still without power from Irene. Will my kids ever go to school?

We have generators and kids went in today for some sort of normal for hte kids I kept Atlanta out as she is so beat from all the trip etc and her face but all will be OK tomorrow she will go and I will purge my home and I will start fixing my roof and fence etc...We are beat and just feel great to be in my own bed!!!


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Post by: J_Kieviet on August 30, 2011 07:17:19 PM
Good to know that you are all ok Babalina :)  Hope the house isn't too much work.


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Post by: underthemountain on August 31, 2011 06:20:30 AM
Good to know that you have things under control Monica!  The kids going to school is a great thing.  :)  We still haven't replaced our fence from the last storm we had since having to replace our roof and have 2 humongous trees removed was expensive.  Hope your repairs go smoothly and aren't as costly.  ;D


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Post by: ChrisSews on September 01, 2011 12:09:41 AM
Glad you're back, Monica.  Hope the house repairs aren't too bad. 


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Post by: babalina58 on September 01, 2011 06:56:52 PM
It has been so nice weather wise here..so pretty not to hot and not humid...Normally it makes it humid as hell after storms but really we are just chilling..You cant get a contractor worth a crap right now so it is what it is...I started perging my walk in closet OMG REALLY WTH is worng with me? Had some damage so got rid of a ton but I have still a bunch that is good but I washed and folded 6 HUGE trash bags FULL of good clothing and will take it all to the womens shelter here for battered and homeless women :)

  Kids well I cleared out 4 huge ones from Atlanta and 2 from Houston 4 of toys that dont get played with or used or loved, 1 of broken to go to the dump and then a walmart bag of dog sweaters LOL ROTFL...


Ralphie went to the vet today he was put on Prozac LOL he is a good boy but the doc said he is NOT vicious and he is super anxious in some situations and have separation anxiety with being away from me and order a Thunder Shirt..they said it works great and only 40.00 so I got Bella one too she is a crazy girl in storms but Ralphie is different but he is good and hope this all works out for us as I hate the idea of taking his teeth out but him hurting someone again is a scary thought but the vet thinks this will help him huge and make it easier for him to be around stressful things better :) Love my dog and after Buster dieing this year we have become so so close I would not ever just kill him for biting but that is me..Stay the hell away from my dog I guess ;) we have baby gates in the house but people want to think they are too cool for my rules well get over it when the dog bites you for lunging at him...he is also Farsighted and when you approach quick he cant see who it is so leave my baby boy alone and he is the only one allowd in our bed..my room is a KID FREE ROOM LOL ...Peaceful!


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Post by: Averia on September 06, 2011 08:45:02 AM
Completely un-craftster related whining commencing now...

I just got stood up by another person who was supposed to come out and give me an estimate. Last week (after we survived the hurricane with no damage) our water heater burst and we figured we would get an inspection done early on the furnace & AC (same age as the water heater - 19 years). It's lucky we did before cold weather hit because there was a crack that would leak carbon monoxide if we turned it on. We lined up 3 quotes for replacing it and only one of the people showed up. Is this normal? I don't want to wait on this - I'm leaning toward going with the first quote since at least the guy showed up even though I was hoping it wouldn't cost what he says it costs. Between the water heater, some odd plumbing issues we had fixed at the same time and the furnace/AC we are spending over 10K. The quote is through our local utility company. Does anyone know if they are generally priced higher, lower or the same as other companies who replace furnaces?

Thanks!


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Post by: babalina58 on September 06, 2011 10:19:41 AM
Completely un-craftster related whining commencing now...

I just got stood up by another person who was supposed to come out and give me an estimate. Last week (after we survived the hurricane with no damage) our water heater burst and we figured we would get an inspection done early on the furnace & AC (same age as the water heater - 19 years). It's lucky we did before cold weather hit because there was a crack that would leak carbon monoxide if we turned it on. We lined up 3 quotes for replacing it and only one of the people showed up. Is this normal? I don't want to wait on this - I'm leaning toward going with the first quote since at least the guy showed up even though I was hoping it wouldn't cost what he says it costs. Between the water heater, some odd plumbing issues we had fixed at the same time and the furnace/AC we are spending over 10K. The quote is through our local utility company. Does anyone know if they are generally priced higher, lower or the same as other companies who replace furnaces?

Thanks!

My best advise for ANYONE getting a service done is pay the few dollars and sign up for Angieslist.com OMG could have saved me over 10000 in damage, and thrift etc a few years ago...I would totally leave a review on the people that did not show also!!! Please check out this before you hire anyone!!!


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Post by: underthemountain on September 06, 2011 11:48:57 AM
I'd try to get some reference from a friend who has had recent work done.  That's what we've done in the past.  Good luck Ave!


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Post by: gamemom42 on September 06, 2011 04:24:54 PM
Just stopping in to say hi.  I'm not sure I'll be able to join this round but I wanted you all to know that I'm glad everyone in the path of the storm is okay.  Here, we always get something good from weather that is devastating to others.  It's actually a little chilly here today and we got a lot of much needed rain yesterday and today. 

I have some absolutely unimaginable stuff going on in my family right now (well, maybe Monica could imagine it without too much trouble).  Any of you who pray, please pray for my family.  I hope to be back with all of you soon.


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Post by: muddy21 on September 06, 2011 05:04:54 PM
Thoughts and good wishes are with you, gamemom!

And, Averia, from my experience it's not uncommon for people not to show up - it's the reason I hate having to get any work done.  You might inquire about a furnace/water heater combination where the water is heated by the furnace.  We had one put in about 15 years ago and it's still doing fine.  Another option is an "on-demand" water heater, which just heats water as you're using it, rather than keeping a whole tankful of water heated the whole time.  The on-demand uses less energy but I don't know about the comparative costs of installation.  What about Lowe's?  Or Sears?  They do a lot of types of installation and they're big enough that they might be more reliable.

Good luck to you both!


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Post by: underthemountain on September 06, 2011 05:10:23 PM
Gamemom sending good thoughts your way.  I hope everything comes out ok.   ;D


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Post by: littlefawnpug on September 06, 2011 08:09:41 PM
I mailed off my last two claims for round 73.  Im done with the ows for awhile.  Now, I need to focus on the mini 12 days of christmas swap.  And, gifts for my family for the holidays.  Oh sure, I could sign up and add gifts for my family on my ows list, but Im trying to craft it all myself this year.  Course, now that I think about it.........it does sound pretty tempting.


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Post by: underthemountain on September 06, 2011 08:26:23 PM
Yep, I hear ya MissM.  I'm doing the same.  Been cutting back on my swaps *sob* and will be focusing on getting all the crafting done for Christmas.  This year Lana and I are going to make stamped pendants for all 20+ teachers.  I just ordered the blanks so as soon as they come we are going to start since we won't be able to do more than 2-3 at a time.  I am going to hold the stamp and let Lana whack away.  :)
Then I have a bit of sewing to do for my nieces, sis, and mom.  :)  I love Christmas!!


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Post by: littlefawnpug on September 07, 2011 04:55:26 AM
Where do you buy your blanks atsuko?  I have a upper case stamp set and was wanting to try some stamping, but cant find much deals on blanks.


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Post by: underthemountain on September 07, 2011 05:05:48 AM
I use Beaducation.  Right now they have a 25% off deal on their sterling silver.  I also checked etsy....but this was cheaper because of the discount. 


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Post by: babalina58 on September 07, 2011 05:25:26 AM
I use Beaducation.  Right now they have a 25% off deal on their sterling silver.  I also checked etsy....but this was cheaper because of the discount. 

for other ones like copper go to Home Depot or Lowes :) I know plenty that do this...


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Post by: underthemountain on September 07, 2011 06:44:13 AM
Great suggestion Monica!!  :)  We are doing copper for some of them.  The hardest part is locating good copper chain...any ideas?


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Post by: jo_mama on September 07, 2011 08:01:47 AM
Great suggestion Monica!!  :)  We are doing copper for some of them.  The hardest part is locating good copper chain...any ideas?

copper will turn your skin green, so i doubt you'll find much copper chain ;)  haven't you ever seen people who wear those copper healing bracelets?  green!  lol


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Post by: underthemountain on September 07, 2011 08:30:11 AM
Hehe, yeah I know about the patina...I doubt they will wear them all the time.  I've been wearing a copper chain off and on for a while now and I'm not green yet.   :)


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Post by: babalina58 on September 07, 2011 08:23:42 PM
Great suggestion Monica!!  :)  We are doing copper for some of them.  The hardest part is locating good copper chain...any ideas?

copper will turn your skin green, so i doubt you'll find much copper chain ;)  haven't you ever seen people who wear those copper healing bracelets?  green!  lol

I have major issues with nickel and other metals on my skin so I am a total sweater girl in the winter and love it as I ware them over my sweaters and never issue :) woot woot winter is coming  ;D

summer I only ware things that are stainless ,sterling , or gold

It for me is not the green issue but blisters...LOL I can see a house full of Elpheba if it was just a green thing LOL ROTFL


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Post by: Averia on September 08, 2011 07:32:04 AM
Check out Main St. in our little town. Irene didn't flood my basement, but this sure did. Thankfully, no damage at all. I had my 11 & 13 year olds down in the basement mopping water toward the sump pump at 10:30 last night as I used a bucket to bail water out of the basement stairwell so I could get close enough to plunge the drain. What a mess!!! They are troopers tho! No complaints and they both made it up on time for school this morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsT-BIotz4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsT-BIotz4)


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Post by: underthemountain on September 08, 2011 08:21:10 AM
Yikes!  We've been getting some crazy rain, haven't we Averia.   Good that your kids were such troopers. 
Lana woke me up at 3/4am when the rain was heaviest to barf.  Luckily I caught most of it in my hands and didn't get any on the mattress.  It was quite a feat in the dark.  Crazy. We had just replaced that bed after 7 years because it had taken a beating from her other exploits.  Ugh.


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Post by: babalina58 on September 08, 2011 09:11:46 AM
Check out Main St. in our little town. Irene didn't flood my basement, but this sure did. Thankfully, no damage at all. I had my 11 & 13 year olds down in the basement mopping water toward the sump pump at 10:30 last night as I used a bucket to bail water out of the basement stairwell so I could get close enough to plunge the drain. What a mess!!! They are troopers tho! No complaints and they both made it up on time for school this morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsT-BIotz4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsT-BIotz4)

I am so so sorry everyone is going through this crap!!! Sad sad to say keep your drain clear as looks like another one is headed in the way as there are 2 more in the tropics and OMG brace for it again looks like but whatever I dont have the energy to care at the moment! So so sorry your dealing like that..Love the weather video however I had to laugh USMC LOL looks like it was staying in the street for the most part but that kid was not smart running in the rushing water like that...not smart at all....


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Post by: jo_mama on September 09, 2011 07:15:46 AM
i really dislike international shipping!!!  i sent off a few packages weeks ago and i'm still waiting on them to be received.  sigh.  i am not a patient enough person for this stuff.

jo


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Post by: Averia on September 09, 2011 08:17:34 AM
I am so with you on that Jo... I am going to cry and cry and cry (probably flooding my basement again) if Oodelally's package doesn't get to her. I sent it back at the beginning of August.


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Post by: jo_mama on September 09, 2011 09:13:17 AM
i just do not understand.  i sent one package to the uk and it arrived in 3 days - 3!!  and then less than a week later i send another to the same uk address and another to germany and neither have made it.  it's so frustrating, and it ties up my feedback preventing me from more swap lovliness.  methinks there should be some sort of "international shipping" loophole on craftster so that people who opt to send internationally (which already costs more) are not penalized by slow shipping.  like, if i provide my receipt from the post office and photos of what i sent i could be cleared.  otherwise i am afraid i'll need to stay domestic.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 09, 2011 09:42:55 AM
It's like packages to Canada. Makes no sense why it should take - on average - 3 weeks to get there. THREE WEEKS?? I can get packages to the UK, Australia, Japan, etc. in like 10 days. But our neighbor to the North? Almost a damned month. What gives??


In other off-topic news, I got my bloodwork back from my physical. For a girl full of tumors and facing hysterectomy soon (still waiting on exact date from scheduling nurse) I'm in pretty good health! My cholesterol is fine, thyroid, liver, kidneys - all good. I'm anemic again which stinks but my blood pressure is down to 110/60!! (From a high of 160/100.) So, all-in-all though, I'm pretty healthy. Which is good because there's nothing to prevent me from my surgery if I'm otherwise in decent shape. ;D


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Post by: underthemountain on September 09, 2011 02:30:57 PM
International mail is odd.  In our STS we are allowed to use our points once we've sent and shared the DC#/tracking# with our partner/organizer(s). Maybe the same could be done in other swaps?


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Post by: skittlebub on September 09, 2011 02:48:28 PM
Sending to Aus from US is anything from 4-6 weeks at the moment. Apparently due to a shortage of planes heading out our way
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390059.0


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Post by: jo_mama on September 09, 2011 02:50:13 PM
International mail is odd.  In our STS we are allowed to use our points once we've sent and shared the DC#/tracking# with our partner/organizer(s). Maybe the same could be done in other swaps?

i think it should be a craftster wide policy, yes!  i think that waiting until the item is received relies too much on who is receiving.

jo


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 09, 2011 08:48:11 PM
OMG OMG OMG OMG Heard from the nurse today. They're shooting for September 21st as my surgery date. (If we can't get all the pre-op stuff done in time, it will be October 5th.) Um, that's like a week and a half away. I'm totally PANICKING now. :o :o :o


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Post by: jamiek79 on September 09, 2011 09:31:19 PM
International mail is odd.  In our STS we are allowed to use our points once we've sent and shared the DC#/tracking# with our partner/organizer(s). Maybe the same could be done in other swaps?

i think it should be a craftster wide policy, yes!  i think that waiting until the item is received relies too much on who is receiving.

jo
I totally agree Jo!
I had to get proactive or I would still be waiting for a swapper to admit she received about three weeks ago. Argh.
PFD... We are all thinking about you. I have always found that the not knowing is always the worst part. Do you at least feel better knowing that you can somewhat plan your life now!


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Post by: babalina58 on September 11, 2011 07:59:26 AM
International mail is odd.  In our STS we are allowed to use our points once we've sent and shared the DC#/tracking# with our partner/organizer(s). Maybe the same could be done in other swaps?

I have often thought about this however with the orgs past I got this swap in round 61 and have Org it every month with all the app, updates, feedback etc to not make a co do anything that causes them to work LOL but really dont mind it is like 2nd nature now..anyway it was never done like that however I see this as it could become a nightmare to keep up with who has received and sent and claims out and such....just dont for now think that will change...I am open to discussions however


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Post by: underthemountain on September 11, 2011 09:06:37 AM
Monica, you are a saint for doing OWS with all the claims going on there.  That would drive me batty.  :)  So whatever works best for you is good by me.  I would love to see the DC# rule abolished personally...I don't quite see why it is ok to use a receipt for international shipping, but not for the US peeps.  I don't mind sending overseas because sometimes it is cheaper than sending in the US because of the DC# requirement.  :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 11, 2011 09:42:16 AM
Monica, you are a saint for doing OWS with all the claims going on there.  That would drive me batty.  :)  So whatever works best for you is good by me.  I would love to see the DC# rule abolished personally...I don't quite see why it is ok to use a receipt for international shipping, but not for the US peeps.  I don't mind sending overseas because sometimes it is cheaper than sending in the US because of the DC# requirement.  :)

I must have misunderstood what you all were saying...OK, Get it why it is OK for US to be forced to use DC but not force the Overseas peeps to use it too OR be allowed to just use the reciept that showed it was shipped..

.OK not to be bias but as the org of the largest swap out there ongoing let me tell you if I had to receive a pic of EVERY receipt out there for all swappers in this NOT A CHANCE IN HELL I would bet an org would or could...You all know that I never get rid of a message with regards to swaps for a full year and OMG I have 1500 or so pages and that is JUST swap send receive issues not the Hey what is ups....OMG it is so much easier to have the swappers pay the DC hell would make it easier if EVERYONE did it but it is not .55 or whatever overseas it is several dollars more that is why it is not required on that end and you have to upgrade to prio shipping too I think and that is a fortune and if that were the case most overseas girls would just have stop as sending back and forth would just be priced out .....


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 11, 2011 09:58:12 AM
Well I was thinking that you would only have to provide proof of mailing IF your package was not received so it really wouldn't be a nightmare for the organizers.  I think most of the Craftsters are responsible and trustworthy so I am not really a fan of the DC#.

When I do personal swaps I rarely use a DC# and have yet to have anything lost.

ETA: DC# cost me $.80..not much, but it does add up, esp when I don't think it's that necessary.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: jo_mama on September 11, 2011 11:09:42 AM
i have no issue with dc.  $.55 isn't that much, and i like being able to track my packages both coming and going.  my issue, which i think started this, is the time it takes for shipments to arrive overseas.  i think the swaps would move along a bit faster if we could claim again once sent instead of received.  i am sure that opens up all kinds of other issues.

it's no big deal, just a rant on my part.  sometimes this forum is too much butterflies and rainbows (nobody ever seem to complain around here!) and it's just not my style.  if i have an issue i like to acknowledge it and solve it, dammit.  my issue is the time it takes for international shipping.  my initial solution is to adjust swap policy.  as i have no real ability to do so my only available solution is to limit my shipments overseas when time is an issue.

jo


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 11, 2011 11:25:32 AM
it's no big deal, just a rant on my part.  sometimes this forum is too much butterflies and rainbows (nobody ever seem to complain around here!) and it's just not my style.  if i have an issue i like to acknowledge it and solve it, dammit. 

me too!  my rant would be with the fact that we don't have a system to rank the crafting ability of our partners.  there were discussions years ago about a rating system so that newbie crafters wouldn't be paired with veterans, but nothing was done about it.  i feel we lost a ton of fantastic swappers as a result because they were tired of being burned.  in part the iyp and geezer swaps and others like personal swaps get around this.  :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 11, 2011 11:30:12 AM
Some of the most amazing swappers are overseas from me, but the disappointment when stuff doesn't arrive within a reasonable time frame is just about enough to keep me from wanting to swap international. I put a lot of effort into a package to Australia and sent on Aug 4th. I made sure to send air mail, and it's been a little over 5 weeks with no package received :(. Very weird since other packages I sent to Australia since this one have been received.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 11, 2011 11:36:35 AM
it's no big deal, just a rant on my part.  sometimes this forum is too much butterflies and rainbows (nobody ever seem to complain around here!) and it's just not my style.  if i have an issue i like to acknowledge it and solve it, dammit.  my issue is the time it takes for international shipping.  my initial solution is to adjust swap policy.  as i have no real ability to do so my only available solution is to limit my shipments overseas when time is an issue.

jo

Way too much butterflies and rainbows :D The only way to tell someone really hated something is if they post a comment like "I received today from xxxx. Here it is." followed by a picture.

Some day I would like to see an honest comment along the lines of "I received today and while it does meet the requirements of the swap, and someone might love it, it really doesn't suit me." I would much rather have a chance to redo something than to have them tuck it in the bottom of a sock drawer somewhere and never pull it out again because they hate it.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: jo_mama on September 11, 2011 11:40:27 AM
it's no big deal, just a rant on my part.  sometimes this forum is too much butterflies and rainbows (nobody ever seem to complain around here!) and it's just not my style.  if i have an issue i like to acknowledge it and solve it, dammit. 

me too!  my rant would be with the fact that we don't have a system to rank the crafting ability of our partners.  there were discussions years ago about a rating system so that newbie crafters wouldn't be paired with veterans, but nothing was done about it.  i feel we lost a ton of fantastic swappers as a result because they were tired of being burned.  in part the iyp and geezer swaps and others like personal swaps get around this.  :)

i would also like to bitch about how absurd it is to forbid people to discuss personal swapping in the forums.  i get that craftster cannot monitor it so they don't support it - great.  but to erase when i talk about it in a post?  like it's some sort of terrorist attack?  how awesome could this place be if there was some sort of grading scale and feedback system for swap partners (not just mods) and a forum to meet people for personal swaps.
maybe it's the word they don't like.  ok, a forum for people to meet potential iyp partners?  and then have an iyp swap every month.  wow, i just solved another issue - i'm on a role!  oh, no, wait . . . forgot i have no ability to do that either.

i used to go on a site for swapping atcs.  it got hacked and it all fell to pieces at some point, but the swapping was all done privately and you could leave feedback, and there was never any issue.  if this site is so stuck on staying the way it is i might be so inclined to produce my own craft utopia.

rant done . . . for now.

jo


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: jo_mama on September 11, 2011 11:50:55 AM
it's no big deal, just a rant on my part.  sometimes this forum is too much butterflies and rainbows (nobody ever seem to complain around here!) and it's just not my style.  if i have an issue i like to acknowledge it and solve it, dammit.  my issue is the time it takes for international shipping.  my initial solution is to adjust swap policy.  as i have no real ability to do so my only available solution is to limit my shipments overseas when time is an issue.

jo



Way too much butterflies and rainbows :D The only way to tell someone really hated something is if they post a comment like "I received today from xxxx. Here it is." followed by a picture.

Some day I would like to see an honest comment along the lines of "I received today and while it does meet the requirements of the swap, and someone might love it, it really doesn't suit me." I would much rather have a chance to redo something than to have them tuck it in the bottom of a sock drawer somewhere and never pull it out again because they hate it.

(climbing back onto my soapbox)

i know!  i have received a few times where i open the box and am like "wow, so glad they didn't pay attention to anything i said.  i guess this will go in the regifting pile."  i have a list of people whom this was an issue so as to avoid it in the future.  at the same time, i would like to know if i made something sub-par for somebody else.  if it's not good enough, tell me before i get to thinking my shit don't stink.

prepare for butterflies and rainbows . . . most of the stuff i have received through this site is amazing.  i love it.  i love that my limited crafting skills has acquired me things i have longed for for years, and i do hope that those on the other end are as pleased as i am.

jo


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 11, 2011 12:29:23 PM
I don't feel like I have ever received a package in any swap that didn't meet swap requirements - I have been very fortunate and have always had amazing partners, but there have been times that I do wonder if they even glanced at my questionnaire :D


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 11, 2011 02:01:09 PM
I've been in a swap where I worked REALLY hard to make something that my partner REALLY wanted...and then had said partner send $1 store items (which were against the rules of the swap) and clearly didn't give any thought or care to it. Those hurt. Because you put so much into it and you're so excited and then you get squat back. It feels like they just used you. I said something to the swap mod in that instance but there wasn't much to be done. Technically the partner completed the swap (barely) so they got a positive. Things like that are misleading in people's swap profiles because you don't get to really know they went half-patootie on it.

MOST of the time, things are awesome and I've had really cool partners and such. But those times when they're not really up to par do kinda suck. Love gets mad on my behalf when one of those not-so-great exchanges happen since he watches me craft and always says I send too much/too nice. LOL But, after 13 years, I think he's sweet still standing up for me like that. ;)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 11, 2011 02:31:45 PM
 Girls, I am with you sometimes...what you all dont see is part of why pics are posted other then to give us something to drool or ask WTF have they lost their mind.....I have had several that have send PMs over the years that were like Ummmm yah so not up to par, not min requirements etc..normally I can get in and have them resend and follow the rules and all is well but if they are not up to the rule then that is where the Neg feedback can come into play....

 I have one swapper NOT IN THIS SWAP EVER but that girl makes me want to jump through the screen and punch her in the damn skull ROTFL that mad so Pitchforks and hatchets not butterfly's that is for sure LOL I totally avoid swaps with her in it as she IMO is off the hook and really needs to get a life out of the one she has as that one is not working for her not my words LOL I would take a NEG over partner with her if that tells you anything...

we all have our moments...I have yes received some items that make me go Ummm are you nuts, do you read and or I know some long ago have sent thigns that were like REALLY WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING do or can you read? did you have your 6 year old do that really...Thank god not often and not really in this swap :)

I was really about to laugh one day I got a packing from someone that came from someone else that was something I made simple items they wanted and even told the paper to wrap them in ( it was just assorted paper wrapped containers to keep little things in whimsys and such LOL but I got them back from a 3rd swapper not with the orig stuff in them but other whimsys LOL..I was thrilled as I dont know that she prob did not realize they were really $$$ and I was irked I did not keep any for me and then got some back :)

this swap has made me improve my skills that is for sure I am a better crafter now then 5 years ago and have a house full of love that was not here all that long ago so win win....and if I dont like it or not fo rme I have a great thrift shop and they love that stuff...

one time I had a partner that started smoking in the middle of the swap inside and I received the box had to open outside and then gave the item to the ASPCA and it hangs on the wall there as I cant have it in my house anyway

Wonder why some people never read the dislikes or ask hey you like lace or whatever ...have to say I HATE LACE with a passion..hate when quilts, or mug rugs or socks anything like that..hate hate hate but for some reason sometimes that just slides on by people but I just give it to the thrift shop and help the homeless :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 11, 2011 03:44:37 PM
whew, so glad I did not put any lace on Monica's package


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 11, 2011 04:08:31 PM
whew, so glad I did not put any lace on Monica's package

you know what I am talking about...THat old school grandma looking GAHHHHH I want to run screaming into the night it gives me the heebie geebies..You know it reminds me of granny panties and that table cloth at great grandmas house ROTFL..It freaks me out LOL...weird o huh...


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: jamiek79 on September 11, 2011 04:48:34 PM
Wow I missed the rant... I wish I had been online today. I have a few things I would have liked to have added. The rant is over and I will add it another day when I have a few more minutes.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 11, 2011 05:23:39 PM
Wow I missed the rant... I wish I had been online today. I have a few things I would have liked to have added. The rant is over and I will add it another day when I have a few more minutes.

haha we all have a rant here and there so join us LOL we are just spilling not ranting LOL


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: J_Kieviet on September 11, 2011 09:55:31 PM
LOL Monica, that outfit I made your grand daughter called for lace- I vetoed it, and I never even knew you hated lace at that time, I just thought it would look to much like pyjama's.  I haven't made any claims lately because I've been way to busy with a rally, will be over by next Sunday :) other reason is Canada post is still messed, worried something will go missing again :-[


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 12, 2011 06:24:03 PM
I took a knitting class at Michael's today - I was hoping it would be a little faster pace. After 3 hours, I can cast on, knit (no perl) and bind off but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of pretty or interesting patterns that don't involve quite a bit more. I guess I will have to practice and try class 2 in 2 weeks - unless any knitters want to drop by and give me a free lesson? please?


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 12, 2011 07:22:40 PM
Hehe, we should meet up Ave! ...though I am a newbie.  I am hard at work on a blanket that uses only knit, k2tog, yo.  :)  Are you learning American or European style?


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 13, 2011 08:45:21 AM
Hehe, we should meet up Ave! ...though I am a newbie.  I am hard at work on a blanket that uses only knit, k2tog, yo.  :)  Are you learning American or European style?

I have no idea what style I am learning - c'mon over and let's hang out. I am spending the day cleaning house (please read that as pick up a bit of clutter, browse craftster a bit, pick up a little more clutter, browse a bit more, eat something, browse a bit more)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 13, 2011 11:45:06 AM
I wish I could come over right now, but alas I am at work and will be leaving in just 15 min to go get the little monster.  :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 14, 2011 07:53:58 AM
OK MY RANT..YOU DONT EVEN KNOW I AM ABOUT TO BLOW....

get this...We have to move I get that but in 42 years of being a good daughter packing my damn life moving leaving all frineds to do it all again anf again etc, then the good wife STILL doing it I dont mind HOWEVER this time.....

We are trying to go to DC however OMG RYKM REALLY I want to climb on the damn top of the white house an scream FU miss detailer FU crazy ass people..(.Detailer is who give you your new duty station)

FU= well you know

so now get this... Topeka Ks ( RUFKM NOT A CHANCE damn Dorthy and her tornado has nothing on the fit I will throw on that one..)Newport RI (FU), Cape Cod Mass ( Burrr not as bad but still I dont want to go so that is a big WTH  ) and then Bahrhain for a year that is a big go F you and your mother as I will all but choke the life out of you crazy bit**...I have been good until now and you know I am not going to deal or laydown and get screwed w/o getting kissed that is for sure!!! LOL Not a chance....I have one ace in teh pocket and that is that my DH worked on the hill so may have to call someone if looks like I am going to get hosed .....

the Coast Guard is NOT like other services we do have a say somewhat they are Orders not invitations however I have the Health issues and haha I am so not afraid to play CRAZY and make the doc tell them it would hurt my mental health and cause stress and all but a break down to send me to some places ROTFL... I will be OK just pisst for the day tomorrow I will MAYBE not be so heated really......

What the hell would my cold ass do in the north other then freeze and be BROKE as I cant be cold LOL I hate the idea of not being able to drive my motorcycle or car 3/4 of the year do to shitty cold weather and or snow, ice and DAMN My poor dogs will need clothing up the wazoo too LOL


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 14, 2011 09:20:51 AM
Topeka? Coast Guard? I was not aware we had a coast guard presence in Topeka. You learn something new every day. I am really hoping you come to DC!


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 14, 2011 09:35:14 AM
Topeka? Coast Guard? I was not aware we had a coast guard presence in Topeka. You learn something new every day. I am really hoping you come to DC!

That is the pay center so the most YN's in Topeka and our tests come from OKC so who knew huh...Grrrrr


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 14, 2011 10:12:48 AM
Monica, tell 'em you want to come down here to Florida instead!  ;D


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 14, 2011 10:45:08 AM
Monica, tell 'em you want to come down here to Florida instead!  ;D
there is not 1 job in FL with the rank and the transfer year..Last year there were prob 20 this year not one :( and we only get to do this every time you make rank OR when your rotation is up and it is BOTH at one shot for us...so we cant even stay here one more year like we would liked to have done...sigh I hate this part of our world the hurry up and wait..gahhhhh


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 14, 2011 11:01:06 AM
Aw boo. It'd be neat to have you as a "neighbor" - plus we have plenty of beaches and no pesky snow! :D


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: luckdragon on September 14, 2011 11:02:14 AM
Topeka, KS?!?  Wow, that would be hugely disappointing after living on the coast in NC!  Of your options, I would vote for Cape Cod - but hopefully you can get what you actually want!

Averia,
3 hrs and all they taught you was to cast on and knit?  That is pretty slow.  However, with that much, you should be able to learn some other basic stitches using a book or on-line video.  


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 14, 2011 11:12:04 AM
Wow!  Hope you can work something out Monica.  DC would be fab!!   ;D


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: Averia on September 14, 2011 11:32:48 AM
Averia,
3 hrs and all they taught you was to cast on and knit?  That is pretty slow.  However, with that much, you should be able to learn some other basic stitches using a book or on-line video.  

My mama laughed at me when I mentioned you have to pay another $25 to learn purl  :-[ I think I will be looking for an online video tutorial instead of paying the $25.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: underthemountain on September 14, 2011 01:59:09 PM
You tube has some excellent ones Averia!


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: skittlebub on September 14, 2011 02:38:49 PM
It sucks when you don't get notifications of replies to a thread. Every now & then I don't get an email or notification & it takes a few days to realize. Then I have to go off and find the thread.

Anyways I'll be filling out the questionnaire at some point today now I have everything sorted out & am finally not sick anymore


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: HSG on September 14, 2011 09:19:26 PM
It sucks when you don't get notifications of replies to a thread. Every now & then I don't get an email or notification & it takes a few days to realize. Then I have to go off and find the thread
One click solves that problem, as long as the settings in your profile are correct. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies) :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 15, 2011 09:44:47 AM
You tube has some excellent ones Averia!
That is how I learned but took forever as I was facing them in the screen LOL so I had to find a lefty and then could understand what they were doing..I am not a lefty but it worked for me that way....Good luck :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 15, 2011 09:45:25 AM
It sucks when you don't get notifications of replies to a thread. Every now & then I don't get an email or notification & it takes a few days to realize. Then I have to go off and find the thread
One click solves that problem, as long as the settings in your profile are correct. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies) :)

Thanks..I was foing to send this to her glad to know our Mod Squad ROCKS :)


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: IdlersDesign on September 15, 2011 11:05:23 AM
Monica, you are a saint for doing OWS with all the claims going on there.  That would drive me batty.  :)  So whatever works best for you is good by me.  I would love to see the DC# rule abolished personally...I don't quite see why it is ok to use a receipt for international shipping, but not for the US peeps.  I don't mind sending overseas because sometimes it is cheaper than sending in the US because of the DC# requirement.  :)

I must have misunderstood what you all were saying...OK, Get it why it is OK for US to be forced to use DC but not force the Overseas peeps to use it too OR be allowed to just use the reciept that showed it was shipped..

.OK not to be bias but as the org of the largest swap out there ongoing let me tell you if I had to receive a pic of EVERY receipt out there for all swappers in this NOT A CHANCE IN HELL I would bet an org would or could...You all know that I never get rid of a message with regards to swaps for a full year and OMG I have 1500 or so pages and that is JUST swap send receive issues not the Hey what is ups....OMG it is so much easier to have the swappers pay the DC hell would make it easier if EVERYONE did it but it is not .55 or whatever overseas it is several dollars more that is why it is not required on that end and you have to upgrade to prio shipping too I think and that is a fortune and if that were the case most overseas girls would just have stop as sending back and forth would just be priced out .....

Never thought about going to the off topic chat, just arrived here 'by accident' while searching for Babalina's shoe size ;-)

Using DC is not very common here, it's just called a tracking number and i would cost be at least 10 euros more (about 8 dollar) to have it. So why not just saving the recipe in case a package is lost, which happens luckily not very often. If US mail also gives recipes, whu not using them...it's not about a number, it's about having proof of sending.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: skittlebub on September 15, 2011 02:48:51 PM
It sucks when you don't get notifications of replies to a thread. Every now & then I don't get an email or notification & it takes a few days to realize. Then I have to go off and find the thread
One click solves that problem, as long as the settings in your profile are correct. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=unreadreplies) :)

Thanks..I was foing to send this to her glad to know our Mod Squad ROCKS :)

Every now & then they don't appear in there. When I get on in the morning I check all the email links, then 'replies to your posts', then 'recent unread posts'


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: HSG on September 15, 2011 07:03:12 PM
Perhaps clearing your cookies would solve that issue when your browser closes.


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: babalina58 on September 17, 2011 08:21:14 PM
Monica, you are a saint for doing OWS with all the claims going on there.  That would drive me batty.  :)  So whatever works best for you is good by me.  I would love to see the DC# rule abolished personally...I don't quite see why it is ok to use a receipt for international shipping, but not for the US peeps.  I don't mind sending overseas because sometimes it is cheaper than sending in the US because of the DC# requirement.  :)

I must have misunderstood what you all were saying...OK, Get it why it is OK for US to be forced to use DC but not force the Overseas peeps to use it too OR be allowed to just use the reciept that showed it was shipped..

.OK not to be bias but as the org of the largest swap out there ongoing let me tell you if I had to receive a pic of EVERY receipt out there for all swappers in this NOT A CHANCE IN HELL I would bet an org would or could...You all know that I never get rid of a message with regards to swaps for a full year and OMG I have 1500 or so pages and that is JUST swap send receive issues not the Hey what is ups....OMG it is so much easier to have the swappers pay the DC hell would make it easier if EVERYONE did it but it is not .55 or whatever overseas it is several dollars more that is why it is not required on that end and you have to upgrade to prio shipping too I think and that is a fortune and if that were the case most overseas girls would just have stop as sending back and forth would just be priced out .....

Never thought about going to the off topic chat, just arrived here 'by accident' while searching for Babalina's shoe size ;-)

Using DC is not very common here, it's just called a tracking number and i would cost be at least 10 euros more (about 8 dollar) to have it. So why not just saving the recipe in case a package is lost, which happens luckily not very often. If US mail also gives recipes, whu not using them...it's not about a number, it's about having proof of sending.

The DC rule is not just org it is a Craftster rule to swapping so it is not prob ever going to be removed and it is for the swappers protection...the only ones that in the USA do not have to use this is Papercrafts like ATC swap...


Title: Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Offtoppic Chatter thread :)
Post by: jo_mama on September 20, 2011 02:25:23 PM
i'd like to tell you all about my grandma.  this is my mom's mom, and she is an amazing lady.  i think the best way to describe her is a 'spit-fire' - always causing trouble!

this lady is the healthiest person in the world.  she's 84 and has spent a total of 8 days in the hospital, and those were to give birth to her 4 children.  she has never been on medication, never taken vitamins, never sweats, never gets headaches, never gets a cold.  she is super human.  only veggie she eats is corn, and has chocolate and/or ice cream for dessert every single day (and sometimes twice a day).

that is until this summer.  for the last 8ish years my grandpa has been bed-ridden and she's his sole caregiver.  well, july 1 she was in the kitchen and twisted wrong and fell.  she broke her hip.  doctor said it was not because of osteoporosis - any one of us would have broken our hip if we fell the way she did.  she had major surgury, a hospital stay, and then went into the nursing home to rehabilitate.  their home is a split level, so we knew it would be a while before she could go home.

the whole family pitched in to take care of grandpa, but we eventually decided to put him with grandma at the nursing home.  they share a room.

grandma healed well, and was due to be released in less than a week when she decided to go to the bathroom on her own when she fell again.  her hip re-fractured.  another major surgery.  and this time she's not bouncing back.

she's 2 weeks out from surgery and she can barely move.  lots of pain, unwilling to eat, and unable to stay awake for very long.

tonight we meet with the doctors.  they are recommending we move her to hospice so she can be comfortable.

we've always thought it would take a train to put grandma down, and i can't really believe that we're at this decision.

so, if y'all wouldn't mind keeping my grandma in your thoughts - maybe have some ice cream with hot fudge for dessert tonight for her. and if you're the praying type, please include ruby louise in those prayers tonight. 

thanks,
jo


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Post by: underthemountain on September 20, 2011 07:24:33 PM
Aw, Jo.  I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma.  I'll definitely keep her and you in my thoughts.  Sounds like she is an amazing woman and enjoyed herself.  I will go off and eat some ice cream for her right now.


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Post by: Averia on September 20, 2011 07:34:28 PM
ice cream and hot fudge to honor of Grandma? I can do that!

Kidding aside, I'm sorry your family is going through such a tough time. I have some recent experiences with loss and hospice decisions - if you ever need someone to listen, I am all yours.


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Post by: jo_mama on September 21, 2011 05:44:45 AM
they will be removing her feeding tube today.  the docs said it will take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours after that for her to pass, depending on how weak she is.

packing up the boy for a loooong day at the nursing home.  lots of cousins flying in all day and taking some trips to the airport to pick people up.  i'm already exhausted.

had my own ice cream and hot fudge last night.  thanks for you're thoughts, ladies.

jo


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Post by: babalina58 on September 21, 2011 05:55:46 AM
 I have been offline a few days and come back to read this...I am SO SO SO sorry. I know the pain of loosing a dear fun spitfire gram. I am so sorry that your family is suffering like this. Your mother must also be a wreck. I hope she will be in no pain and she will pass in to gods arms and is free of pain and gets to meet up with all her friends and family that have passed on before her. I will toast tonight Ms. Ruby with ice cream sundays the kids will enjoy that. I am again so so sorry if I can do anything for you please let me know. My heart is so heavy for you in this time but know your not alone and that you all have to know she loves you all and she feels the love you all share that will get you through the rough spots. I am so so sad for you and your family love  :'(


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 21, 2011 11:08:11 AM
Jo, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Warmest wishes for strength and peace in the coming days for you and yours.


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Post by: J_Kieviet on September 21, 2011 01:47:03 PM
Jo, so sorry to hear about your Grandma, may she pass in peace knowing all those who love her are near.


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Post by: ChrisSews on September 22, 2011 07:48:48 PM
Jo I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.  It good that your family has time to fly in and have a last visit with her.  I lost my grandmother last summer and was so glad that I was able to fly home and visit with her one last time when she was in the hospital.  I'll have some ice cream in her honor and keep your family in my thoughts.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 24, 2011 09:18:56 AM
11 days until surgery now. :o Getting pretty nervous, let me tell you. Next week I have doctor appointments Wednesday and Friday, then the following week I have all my pre-op appointments on Monday and surgery on Wednesday, October 5th.


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Post by: jemimah on September 24, 2011 10:03:39 PM
Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you Jo and PFD, and hope things get better for you soon.


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Post by: fiddlegirl8 on September 25, 2011 08:12:09 AM
OK MY RANT..YOU DONT EVEN KNOW I AM ABOUT TO BLOW....

so now get this... Topeka Ks ( RUFKM NOT A CHANCE damn Dorthy and her tornado has nothing on the fit I will throw on that one..) .....

What the hell would my cold ass do in the north other then freeze and be BROKE as I cant be cold LOL I hate the idea of not being able to drive my motorcycle or car 3/4 of the year do to shitty cold weather and or snow, ice and DAMN My poor dogs will need clothing up the wazoo too LOL
Hold on, Monica!!  I am in Topeka, Kansas - you will have plenty of company here to ride your motorcycle - we don't have THAT much inclimate weather for bikers!  It does get cold in the winter, but our nice weather is really nice - Yes, we have coast guard people here - and most recently have been enjoying weather in the mid 70s for about two-three weeks - it's really lovely here right now.  I hope you reconsider Topeka as a future home - I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE IT if you moved here!  I would be thrilled over the moon to actually meet you face-to-face!!   :D


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Post by: fiddlegirl8 on September 25, 2011 08:16:34 AM
they will be removing her feeding tube today.  the docs said it will take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours after that for her to pass, depending on how weak she is.

packing up the boy for a loooong day at the nursing home.  lots of cousins flying in all day and taking some trips to the airport to pick people up.  i'm already exhausted.

had my own ice cream and hot fudge last night.  thanks for you're thoughts, ladies.

jo
Jo- thinking of you, praying for your family and you.  God bless you all.   :)


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Post by: littlefawnpug on September 25, 2011 08:45:44 AM
Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you Jo and PFD, and hope things get better for you soon.

I too am thinking of both of you.  I was extremely close to both of my grandparents.  And their deaths took a toll on me as I took both very hard.  As for PFD my mother-in-law had the same surgery shes good as new now.  Surgery did wonders for her.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 25, 2011 08:51:37 AM
Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you Jo and PFD, and hope things get better for you soon.

I too am thinking of both of you.  I was extremely close to both of my grandparents.  And their deaths took a toll on me as I took both very hard.  As for PFD my mother-in-law had the same surgery shes good as new now.  Surgery did wonders for her.
Thanks to you both.

missmoppet - yeah I keep trying to remind myself that this is a Good Thing and Will Solve Many Problems, but it's still my first ever surgery and it's major and I'm scared.


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Post by: rlynn on September 25, 2011 11:19:11 AM
PFD, I'm so sorry to hear about the health problems.  Sending you loads of positive energy.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on September 25, 2011 03:25:19 PM
PFD, I'm so sorry to hear about the health problems.  Sending you loads of positive energy.
Thank you. I know things will be better when this is over. I just can't wait to get to that point.


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Post by: babalina58 on September 26, 2011 08:12:16 AM
OK MY RANT..YOU DONT EVEN KNOW I AM ABOUT TO BLOW....

so now get this... Topeka Ks ( RUFKM NOT A CHANCE damn Dorthy and her tornado has nothing on the fit I will throw on that one..) .....

What the hell would my cold ass do in the north other then freeze and be BROKE as I cant be cold LOL I hate the idea of not being able to drive my motorcycle or car 3/4 of the year do to shitty cold weather and or snow, ice and DAMN My poor dogs will need clothing up the wazoo too LOL
Hold on, Monica!!  I am in Topeka, Kansas - you will have plenty of company here to ride your motorcycle - we don't have THAT much inclimate weather for bikers!  It does get cold in the winter, but our nice weather is really nice - Yes, we have coast guard people here - and most recently have been enjoying weather in the mid 70s for about two-three weeks - it's really lovely here right now.  I hope you reconsider Topeka as a future home - I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE IT if you moved here!  I would be thrilled over the moon to actually meet you face-to-face!!   :D
I need to be in Key West I think LOL...We get orders not invitations that is for sure LOL


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Post by: rlynn on September 30, 2011 05:19:14 PM
I'm a bit of a wreck.  Haven't been sleeping well...school started this week, so I'm back to the grind but now I'm teaching on top of it.  Aria started preschool and while she loves it, its totally making me sad that she is growing up so fast.  I still haven't found out yet if I've passed my comps exam which I took sometime in the summer.  I should find out sometime next week.  If I don't pass, I get one more chance.  I just want to pass so I can move on with my program.  I am so in a good position right now.  I have a chair picked out, I'm ahead in all my classes, I'm scheduled to attend a conference in April, and I'm co-authoring a paper with a colleague that will hopefully get published in a book.  Failing the comps would be a major setback and depressing as hell.  The worst is that I don't feel like I did a good job...we had 4.5 days to write three 15-20 page papers.  It was intense and I keep thinking of ways I could have written better.  :(

Anyhow, Aria was having a hard time adjusting to me being back in school but she started school herself Thursday and she seems much better now.  Maybe having something of her own is helping her.  She literally pitched a fit when I picked her up today.  I'm glad she is enjoying it...

Sorry for the little freak out...*Breathe*  Maybe tonight I will craft up some stenciled flour sack towels for luckdragon for some crafty therapy. 

:)

Here's Aria on her first day of school.  Sniff.  Sniff.




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Post by: babalina58 on September 30, 2011 07:20:12 PM
Robin, BREATH~ you will be fine and i bet you did pass that test and that your book will get published and all will be well...Love the pic of Aria :) I am so excited for you BREATH!!!


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Post by: luckdragon on September 30, 2011 08:34:05 PM
yes, stenciling towels for luckdragon is just what you need to do!  ;)

It's amazing how things pile up and cause stress, but Monica is right - just breathe and it will pass!  Give that cute little girl a big hug and all will be right with the world!  ;D


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Post by: rlynn on October 02, 2011 12:59:55 AM
Thank you, Monica.  I am remembering to breathe.  Of course, now I am not feeling so swell.  I think its just allergies + asthma though.  My usual fall concoction. 
yes, stenciling towels for luckdragon is just what you need to do!  ;)

It's amazing how things pile up and cause stress, but Monica is right - just breathe and it will pass!  Give that cute little girl a big hug and all will be right with the world!  ;D

Heh...you made me laugh.  ;)  She is my joy and light.  Today, I was being a wee cranky with her because I can't breathe and I'm tired.  I told her I was sorry for being cranky.  She said, "Oh you're cranky because you can't breathe.  I'll go get your inhaler, Mommy."  Love that little creature with all of my heart.  She is growing up into such a spectacular, unique, and funny little girl. 


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 02, 2011 08:20:49 AM
OMG ladies, my turn to panic. I'm getting so scared now. I've been focusing on the appointments and getting cleared for surgery but now that I'm 3 days out, it's really scaring me. I'm so afraid I'm going to be the statistic, you know? I mean, tens of thousands of people go through this surgery every year but, a small percent have something go wrong. And my brain can't stop thinking what if I'm that percentage?  :'( I'm having weird, messed up, disturbing dreams that don't even make sense. And my head is spinning super fast. I've just never had surgery before and I'm starting with a doozy.


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Post by: rlynn on October 02, 2011 09:01:56 AM
PFD, *Breathe*.  I cannot imagine what you are going through and don't really have any sage advice for you...but you said it yourself, most people come out of this surgery just fine... There are statistics to everything including driving in a car.  I know that this much more scary, but try not to stress too much.  (((HUGS)))  I'll keep you in my thoughts and send you the best possible energy I can muster. 


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Post by: babalina58 on October 02, 2011 12:39:45 PM
OMG ladies, my turn to panic. I'm getting so scared now. I've been focusing on the appointments and getting cleared for surgery but now that I'm 3 days out, it's really scaring me. I'm so afraid I'm going to be the statistic, you know? I mean, tens of thousands of people go through this surgery every year but, a small percent have something go wrong. And my brain can't stop thinking what if I'm that percentage?  :'( I'm having weird, messed up, disturbing dreams that don't even make sense. And my head is spinning super fast. I've just never had surgery before and I'm starting with a doozy.
Breath in~Breath out~ Repete~ honey you will be fine. The things you hear about normally are people that have major heart, health and lung issues..When you get out you must get out of bed as soon as they say you can and move every few hors DO NOT JUST LAY THERE get up to a chair you will need to keep that blood flowing proper!! you will be fine you will be fine you will be fine...KEEP TELLING YOURSELF THAT!! just fine! Love is there, we are all here and you will be fine!!


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Post by: babalina58 on October 03, 2011 05:06:54 PM
  We went to the game Sat and then to the NC seafood fest...OMG we had a great time!! We ate and ate and did I say we ate?? it was great fun...came home and was awakened early yesterday morning with some UNGODLY pain in my left hip I have NEVER felt anything like that ever. Man Labor did not hurt like that pain!!! well, did not go away so went to hospital today and they gave me meds to help with the horrific pain but also they did ct and xray blood work and all kinds of stuff...they are not really sure what is causing it but know that the joint is worn and arthritis but that is not causing this. They think that I have burciticistis  but also want to do MRI and some other stuff. They are just wanting to make sure that it is just that but I dont wish this pain on ANYONE OMG this is horrific pain. I am just a mess ( right now high on percocet but not in deep pain like I was before but dmn still don't want to move!

Anyone ever had that before in the joint?


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Post by: jo_mama on October 03, 2011 08:48:13 PM
i just wanted to give you ladies an update.  my grandma was originally given 24-72 hours to live and that was 2 weeks ago.  it's been awful.  she is on enough meds to put a horse in a coma but she's still hurting every time they have to move her.  medicare has officially dropped her because she wasn't improving so now she is on hospice care.
when she first broke her hip they gave her a huge dose of antibiotics before surgery, which resulted in her getting a dangerous intestinal infection called c-dif.  it killed all the bad bacteria and all the good bacteria too, and it is highly contagious for anyone with a compromised system, and the nursing home didn't catch it.  my mom was actually the one who requested they test her for it and it took them 3 weeks to get the test done.  by that time she was so sick and weak, and then she fell again, and another surgery, and she just couldn't recover.
but grandma is still hanging on, probably because she didn't see this coming either.  i've been going back and forth, but the c-dif is so incredibly contagious that it can survive on clothing for hours, so there's risk of me bringing it home to my family, so everyone without children has been doing more sitting shifts.  somehow i am still exhausted.

so that's what's up.  i appreciate the support.

jo


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 04, 2011 07:20:47 AM
Jo, I'm so sorry to hear things continue to be so difficult for your family.  :(


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 04, 2011 07:21:06 AM
Surgery update....

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!

Holy crap, I can't believe it's finally here. It seems like I was never going to make it. Anyway, I have no clue how I'm going to feel so I may or may not be around for awhile.

I'll be trying to update my blog here: http://www.giveneyestosee.com/blog for those curious.

Wish me luck!


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Post by: jo_mama on October 04, 2011 07:41:39 AM
grandma died this morning.  i'm feeling quite relieved that it's over.  i'm sure grandma is, too.

jo


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Post by: rlynn on October 04, 2011 08:23:47 AM
(((Hugs))) to you PFD.  Sending you wishes for a super sonic speedy recovery. 

(((Hugs))) to you as well, Jo.  When my grams passed away, I too felt a mixture of sadness and relief.  May your grandma rest in Peace. 


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Post by: underthemountain on October 04, 2011 09:03:38 AM
Jo, I'm so sorry for your loss.  *hugs*


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Post by: skittlebub on October 04, 2011 02:34:39 PM
Hugs to both of you. Sending you all my thoughts & best wishes. xxxx


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Post by: jemimah on October 04, 2011 06:46:23 PM
I've been thinking of you all too, hope you are OK. So sorry to hear about your grandma Jo, and I'm looking forward to hearing that you're making a fast recovery PFD.

I haven't been around much, I just got back from helping my uncle clear out some of my aunt's things. It was tough to go through her things (still can't believe she's not here). But it was good to have some time with family and find all the special treasures and photos for him to keep. I seem to have ended up with a lot of her crafty stuff, including many squares for a quilt which I hope to finish for her sometime.


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Post by: bananaleg on October 04, 2011 07:36:10 PM
PFD, thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery!

jo, I am so sorry for your loss, but I'm happy your grandma no longer feels pain. You and your family are in my thoughts.

jemimah, I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope you finish her quilt and post it on craftster someday!


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 05, 2011 10:58:19 AM
jo_mama, I'm so happy for your grandma that she's not having to fight anymore and that you  and your family begin to heal. 

pdf:  I guess you won't read this until tomorrow, but I hope things went well for you and that your recovery will be easier than you think it will be.

Monica:  Did you ever get all the latest storm damage repaired?  And how's your hand?  I still feel so terrible that you cut yourself because of me.

Everyone else, I hope things are well with everyone and youre all having a great day.  I haven't posted much lately but I do check in and read the thread when I can and it just seems to be a rough or worrisome time for so many of us right now.  Maybe soon things will settle down and we can concentrate on filling each others homes with goodies like we're supposed to :)



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Post by: rlynn on October 05, 2011 10:45:45 PM
*Big sigh of relief*  I passed my comprehensive exams.  Just found out maybe an hour ago.   :)


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Post by: bananaleg on October 05, 2011 11:17:27 PM
Way to go, rlynn!


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Post by: Averia on October 06, 2011 04:05:16 AM
Congratz!!!


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Post by: underthemountain on October 06, 2011 04:58:58 AM
Awesome!!  Time to P-A-R-T-Y!!


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Post by: Averia on October 06, 2011 05:01:33 AM
PFD, Please check in soon - Still sending positive thoughts your way!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 06, 2011 07:38:19 PM
Surgery went flawless, though I was delayed several hours in holding because the one before me went long. Doc saw me aroun 9:00am and said as soon as I could pee on my own, I was ready to go home. Drank sometea and water and successfully went (because of the folly cath overnight, they need to make sure you can do on your own after they remove it) and I was able to leave around 11am/

Slept most of the afternoon. Very tired and pretty darn sore. Also having a hard time typing. (Probably the percocet!)

But I'm home and on the mend. :)


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Post by: rlynn on October 06, 2011 07:53:33 PM
Surgery went flawless, though I was delayed several hours in holding because the one before me went long. Doc saw me aroun 9:00am and said as soon as I could pee on my own, I was ready to go home. Drank sometea and water and successfully went (because of the folly cath overnight, they need to make sure you can do on your own after they remove it) and I was able to leave around 11am/

Slept most of the afternoon. Very tired and pretty darn sore. Also having a hard time typing. (Probably the percocet!)

But I'm home and on the mend. :)

Woohoo!!!  Glad to hear.  You take care of yourself and pop in when you can so we know that you are healing up nicely.  :D


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Post by: luckdragon on October 06, 2011 09:31:34 PM
Excellent news PFD!  Rest and have a quick recovery!


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Post by: ChrisSews on October 06, 2011 11:31:29 PM
PFD, Glad to hear the surgery went well and you're back home already.  Rest up and heal quickly.  In the mean time enjoy that percoset  ;)


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Post by: bananaleg on October 07, 2011 10:54:31 AM
PFD, that is great news!! As everybody else has already said, keep popping in so we know how everything is going. And hey... you enjoy that percoset. ;)


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Post by: wwrich on October 07, 2011 11:08:50 AM
But I'm home and on the mend. :)

Excellent news!


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Post by: underthemountain on October 07, 2011 11:16:13 AM
That's great PFD.  Take care and rest!   ;D


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Post by: jamiek79 on October 08, 2011 06:07:57 AM
Ok ladies I need a little help! I am looking for a pattern to make jo_mama  this coat.  (http://pinterest.com/pin/213782271/) It is for a personal swap but I was hoping some of you might have some ideas. I am just looking for something close I can make some alterations to it but I can't make a whole pattern. Got any ideas let me know!

Thanks
Jamie


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Post by: Averia on October 08, 2011 10:25:23 AM
I looked up the craft fair where Atsuko sells her lovely jewelry and the drive from my house is not bad at all (21.5 miles at 55 mph, with no turns once I am out of my neighborhood). It is a great little fair, parking is free and easy to get to, many cultures are represented, there is a stand making fresh delicious crepes (Franki and I both got strawberry banana & nutella), and best of all, Atsuko was there! She had a great display and Franki is after me to try to arrange some personal swaps for some jewelry. :D


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Post by: luckdragon on October 08, 2011 11:26:01 AM
Ok ladies I need a little help! I am looking for a pattern to make jo_mama  this coat.  (http://pinterest.com/pin/213782271/) It is for a personal swap but I was hoping some of you might have some ideas. I am just looking for something close I can make some alterations to it but I can't make a whole pattern. Got any ideas let me know!

Thanks
Jamie

What about New Look 6006 - it has the similar collar and off-set buttons.  You would just have to create the gathered bottom part.  Or perhaps McCall's 5594 Misses Lined Jackets ( you may have to look on-line for that one). 


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Post by: bananaleg on October 08, 2011 11:50:09 AM
Finally home from Texas! Hope to start crafting and claiming soon.


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Post by: Casey1201 on October 11, 2011 08:01:49 AM
Good to hear PFD, glad you are healing and good to hear from you.



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Post by: jo_mama on October 14, 2011 07:27:51 PM
hi everybody!

wanted to thank everyone for your thoughts/prayers/etc.  grandma's funeral was last saturday.  this was the first time i was even remotely close to the deceased, so i am in awe of how much time and effort and energy the process is taking, and how far behind i get with the other parts of life!  i am still catching up on sleep, and may never catch up with everything else.

the other side effect is being faced with one's own mortality, so we've been discussing our "wishes" for our own funerals/deaths, and while it is a morbid discussion i am completely surprised by some of my family members' desires.  i've been joking with my husband that he better be good to me or i am going to turn his ashes into a kitty cat statue ;)

so, anyways, back to the other stresses of life!

jo


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Post by: Averia on October 14, 2011 07:58:14 PM
Welcome back Jo_mama!

A kitty cat statue would be a bad thing? naaah, sprinkled in the litter would be bad, but I am very much a cat person. I would love to spend eternity as a cat, mabye a bobcat statue? or mountain lion?


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Post by: jo_mama on October 14, 2011 08:06:58 PM
my husband is a cat person, but he relates to the independent, hide from people, i own you side of cats.  the kitty statue i have in mind is one of a kitten playing with yarn, lol.  not quite his style.  actually, he is pretty set on being cremated and thrown back into the life cycle (compost or something to that effect).

jo


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Post by: underthemountain on October 15, 2011 06:15:54 AM
Hi Jo!  Welcome back!!  I'm a cat person too.  :)  Speaking of fun things to do with your remains there is a company that will make you into a diamond.
http://www.lifegem.com/index.aspx?BType=GTxt&BAg=HCrem&gclid=CNb22tzi6qsCFQd-5QodeTXzNA


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Post by: jo_mama on October 15, 2011 06:23:56 AM
Hi Jo!  Welcome back!!  I'm a cat person too.  :)  Speaking of fun things to do with your remains there is a company that will make you into a diamond.
http://www.lifegem.com/index.aspx?BType=GTxt&BAg=HCrem&gclid=CNb22tzi6qsCFQd-5QodeTXzNA


that's pretty awesome, but i'd hate to blow all of the life insurance on making him pretty :P

jo


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 15, 2011 06:28:38 AM
I just had to jump in here.  When my Dad dad, he was the first cremation anyone in our family had experienced.  The cremation itself was finwl but the horrible part was the room they took us in where they tried to sell us all sort of fancy keepsakes for his ashes.  They ranged from pendants so we could wear him around all the time, to trinket boxes, to knives where he could be put in the clear handles, to suncatchers ... it just went on and on.  They assured us my Dad could be divided up to make sure each and every loved one received a part of him.  The whole thing was surreal to say the least.

In the end, we followed his own wishes and put him in his favorite lake on his birthday that year and it was lovely.



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Post by: Averia on October 15, 2011 06:39:08 AM
I had to go look, I couldn't help myself. 13,000 to turn your loved one into a 1 carat diamond? I just don't see me doing this.


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Post by: rlynn on October 15, 2011 08:52:56 AM
My partner found an article about resomation, which apparently turns you into liquid goo of some sort.  Me personally, I'd like my family to use the cheapest, least environmentally harmful method to dispose of my body.  I definitely DO NOT wish to be buried though...the idea of burial has always wigged me out.  I don't want my body pumped full of chemicals so I don't decompose.  It seems far too unnatural to me. 

My friend Barry used to say he wanted us to encase him in lucite and use him like a coffee table.  That obviously didn't happen.  We had him cremated and I have a small vial of his ashes.  We didn't go for any of the fancy keepsakes from the funeral home.  In fact, I believe his dad refused to purchase anything so the ashes were stuck in the cheapest metal tin can (looked similar to a coffee can). My biggest request for my family is that they not spend a ton of money.  If they feel they must spend the money, donate it to a homeless shelter or something...no sense on spending it on me when I'm dead when there are plenty alive who could use the help. 


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 15, 2011 10:22:24 AM
I am so with you rlynn.  I've always told my family my preference would be to bury me in the woods by our house with no "body prepping" at all.  If the animals get me, oh well, I love those sweet little forest creatures and feed them all the time.  Of course; my wishes freak my family out and I have no doubt that if I go first I'll get the full funeral home treatment ( because I have told them that above all, I want my three grown kids to be comfortable with the way I'm laid to rest).  One of my daughters would love to carry things out my way, but the other two would never go for it.

Well, I am definitely mailing my package on Monday so it's going to be a day late.  Sorry.  I will pay much better attention from now on and make sure I claim on weekdays so that my packages will be due out on weekdays.


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Post by: babalina58 on October 15, 2011 11:51:20 AM
If my DH passed on Active duty I would make him into a diamond LOL but after active he will get tossed into the ocean and let the fish have at him :) Not bad just Military will do it so he wants that ...Me, wow really I have gone over this time and time again and with the Indian side of me I would love and Indian burial but that will not happen so they will have to get a crypt for me as I cant stand the idea of being buried freak's me out..and hell with them my life ins will more then cover that, my house and all the other bills and he can live comfy for a long time...


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Post by: underthemountain on October 15, 2011 11:53:34 AM
Hehe, well if a diamond is too pricey, how about a frisbee?
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6240




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Post by: jo_mama on October 15, 2011 08:59:02 PM
it seems a lot of us are on the same mindset.  i do not understand the appeal of spending great gobs of money on a fancy box to get stuffed into the ground and waste all that precious land on my dead ass.  when i die, let them take all the bits of me that they want (organs and whatnot), then burn me up.  i do not like the idea of being thrown into a body of water, but i think i'd like to be buried under a lilac bush up on a hill or somewhere close to my family.

jo


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 15, 2011 10:11:37 PM
Hehe, well if a diamond is too pricey, how about a frisbee?
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6240




Okay, I have to admit that I think that's kind of cool.  Weird, I know.


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Post by: underthemountain on October 16, 2011 10:38:00 AM
Hehe, these were all tongue-in-cheek suggestions.  Mortality is a hard thing to face...sometimes joking about it makes easier.  I always tell Lana that she'll carry me along in her and somehow that's comforting to both of us.


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 16, 2011 07:20:56 PM
I was telling my husband about this conversation today and he said, "Why in the world would I want to be a diamond?"  I laughed so hard.  I finally had to explain to him that the  widow is the one who would want dear hubby to spend eternity as a diamond, not the husband himself.  Men... poor things.




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Post by: jo_mama on October 16, 2011 07:31:26 PM
i imagine my husband as a 1 carat diamond would be more beloved than as he is now.  at least he'd go out with me then!  sorry - he's on a crazy work schedule this week and is all kinds of crabby. 
*wishing he were a diamond*
*wishing he were a diamond*

jo


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Post by: babalina58 on October 20, 2011 05:01:57 PM
 HAHA at Jo!!!

 Gamemom ROTFL go tell him Monica said " You know they teach little girls diamonds are a girls best friend :)


Boy be back in an hour or so to fill you all in on the latest Yeehaw crap in our life....Bet you all get as pisst as I am right now...Stupid people SUCK!!


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Post by: babalina58 on October 26, 2011 05:15:17 PM
What a day!! I am so sad and pisst all at the same time. First, I was at the traffic light. I picked up Atlanta from school and we went to the store to get her brothers party stuff for tomorrow. Well leaving I looked down the road and said OMG no no no...there was a cute little dog...well I got this guy to let me over :) and I went after the little guy...Me and 2 other trucks are blocking traffic and trying to stop these people from running him over...we were successful for about a mile and the little guy came running back and was just about to us and this POS with a boat OMG he went around us SEEING and KNOWING what we were doing and that mother freaking POS yep you got it hit the little guy looked and kept on going...OMG...the man that was in the driver seat of one of the trucks helping to catch the little dog was a construction worker and reaction threw his hammer and hit the guys boat and trashed that part of it shattered the fiberglass LOL...now anyway, I am so sad we could not wait for animal control they were taking too long and we said to hell with it and took the dog to the vet and had the ACO meet us there as state law they cant help if not owners OR animal control as per Federal law but anyway they did meet us and he is in the hospital tonight ....I got nothing done today ( after 1 ) I have been searching for the parents of this little sweet dog door to door ......I would be freaked out if I lost my dog and did not know where they were at or taht someone was helping them...I just know there is a special place in hell for that prick with his boat that was in such a hurry he ran down a little dog and did not even stop! asshole hope someone runs him down! He knew he hit the dog it was not an accident that he did not know....


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Post by: J_Kieviet on October 26, 2011 09:57:25 PM
people like that make me sick,  hope you find the owners soon.


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Post by: Averia on October 27, 2011 05:43:47 AM
Does anyone else think they lead the most boring life after seeing Monica's posts?  :D It's probably just me, isn't it?



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Post by: babalina58 on October 27, 2011 07:13:02 AM
Does anyone else think they lead the most boring life after seeing Monica's posts?  :D It's probably just me, isn't it?


Just got off the phone with the vet :'( poor little doggie did not make it..Just so sad. Found the owner last night and she is just a wreck. She is going to get him today poor dear he slipped out and that was that :( she was so grateful that people cared enough to stop, try to prevent traffic from running him over and we so tried but in vain as he did not make it. Poor little baby boy I am just so so sad for him and the owner. She is old and did not know he got loose and was at the doctor and just lost her husband 2 weeks ago and now her baby dog OMG heart is breaking for her!

  I have an apt with the base Sgt Major in a bit there was a marine who stopped and he was so sweet offered the vet to pay all bills for this dog as he came home last week from the war with a fist full of cash and he does not mind paying the bill if it helps get this doggie the best care...what a sweet guy and I talked to him today and he got in trouble as he did not get his hair cut because he missed the barber over this event...I will go to the base paper on this one if they book this kid like they said they could and would do blah blah...No worries about that.. The Animal control officer and the vet will stand up for this great person in our community!! He is so devastated that this little boy did not make it. so sad :'(

 my life I think is boring really funny you think yours is...Hell we just have a ton of stress with raising grandkids, illness and military but does not make for fun life just stress and I miss my real life BEFORE these kids came to live with us that is for sure! That was when life was fun and totally off the hook! But geshhhhhhh not now...


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Post by: underthemountain on October 29, 2011 02:34:12 AM
such a sad story Monica.   :-[



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Post by: gamemom42 on October 29, 2011 05:51:31 AM
Poor little guy, but I'm so glad that you came zooming into his life to try to save him.  I don't think our lives are that boring compared to yours Monica, I just think you're always aware of what's going on and always willing to jump in and try to make a difference.  I like to think I do that, but compared to you I know I fall way short of the mark. 

I was just trying to make my husband understand the other day how the women here inspire me in ways that have nothing to do with crafting and creating... are any of you surprised that he just doesn't get it?  Oh well, that's my man.


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Post by: jamiek79 on October 30, 2011 06:41:38 AM
Ok girls I just wanted to update you with what is going on here. So, many of you know that I live in New Hampshire. Yeah you can feel bad for me now. Last night we managed to get 13" of SNOW at my house. We are all fine but for some reason all of this white stuff has put my crafty brain into panic mode. (My brain thinks that Christmas is like next week) So we are all fine and didn't lose power. We just lost some large branches off of a few (tons) of trees in our yard. I am bundling the kids (and dog) up and we are going to clear trees and make snowmen. Have a great day everybody!

Update... this is the result of our hour outside! See my 6 year old son is even crafty!

pardon child #2's face... she is the least photogenic of the three because she insists on making dumb faces whenever a camera comes out!
That is the back deck they are sitting on. They are on the picnic table that I didn't manage to get into the garage before the snow came.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 30, 2011 10:33:36 AM
Holy cow!! :o Here in Florida, it's 78F and sunny with a nice breeze. Crazy to think of snow! Then again, I remember as a girl in PA having frost and ice for Halloween and having to wear my winter coat OVER my costume to trick-or-treat. Always defeated the point of a costume! ;D


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Post by: babalina58 on October 30, 2011 12:39:26 PM
OMG that is cute pic of the snow...Love to look at it but need it gone in a day LOL...It is cold ans hell here now 49 and for here might as well be 20 below! crapola it is cold...I have hot tea and crafts the computer and my dog life is good...kids are playing not killing each other and well..all is good!


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 30, 2011 05:27:58 PM
Brrr... I am so glad not to have snow anywhere near me.  It was a gorgeous, cool fall day here in North Georgia.  I just hate snow (I know most people like it but I never have, not even as a child).  I'm so glad you have electricity jamiek79.  I feel so sorry for all those people who have lost theirs and have been told it may be Wednesday before they get it back.  How in the world can anyone craft in the dark for that long?

I'm so excited.  For some reason, we have a day off school tomorrow!  I work at a private pre-school and we go by the public school calendar.  I have no idea why school is out on Halloween, but I'm not arguing!  I've promised myself a solid hour of housecleaning, then it's craft craft craft... all day long!


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Post by: Averia on November 02, 2011 04:09:03 AM
I feel the need to share. It's funny how the need comes out now and then.

My middle child has always been a challenge. She didn't speak to anyone but immediate family until she was 5 years old. She had no ability at all to pick up on social cues, no interest in interacting with other children and absolutely no desire to seek approval from anyone else. also she had temper tantrums that would last for hours and hours. I had been thinking autism spectrum early on (Aspbergers), but the team evaluating her wouldn't hear of it. In fact, they refused to diagnose her at all saying she was too young for a diagnosis other than developmental delay. At 9, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ODD, selective mutism, and social anxiety disorder. At 11, they changed the bipolar to mood disorder NOS and kept all the rest.

She has had some really bad days the last few days and the school sent a report to the psychiatrist's office. Guess what they say now? It looks like she might very well have Aspberger's on top of all the other things. It doesn't change how she is treated or her schooling, but I am feeling a slight bit of vindication that others are finally seeing what I had seen 8 years ago when we started seeking help for our troubled child.

We are in the midst of a huge battle of wills over homework and behavior. I can't afford to lose this battle with her, but it is sure taking a lot out of me. I am a firm believer in choosing your battles and this is one I have chosen to win. Keep your fingers crossed that we all survive this one. I do not want to move her down from gifted and talented classes, but there is a ton of homework and I am not sure how long I can keep up the fight to get it done.



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Post by: babalina58 on November 02, 2011 06:43:45 AM
Averia,
   I am with you sister!! Pick battles and school is the battle we must win. I am so sorry that they did not seam to help her for all these years :'( it is sad. Funny Houston is 3 and they have DX him with Autism but said until he is 5 they can label the aspbergers on him but when he turns 5 a world will open up...He is a lot the same. Does not deal with people. He talks but not much outside of the family but Gesh he can freak the hell out and it can last for LONG LONG time when he flips to that point..The OCD behaviors really trip me out. like Halloween night OMG we went back after TorT to their place they do this huge outdoor Halloween party with a haunted house so so fun!! but we were in the last area the huge tent thing and OMG REALLY it was raining and he got fixed on the damn zipper and really OMG he was about to flip we were going in and out to take the food and drinks and stuff into the house and he was having no part of it being unzipped while we were going in and out..grrr... I finally got so frustrated I put him in the truck in his carseat and let him just play with his toys alone for a few to calm so we could get this stuff in w/o him loosing it any farther...
  I totally get what your going through well not totally but enough...I wonder if your daughter really has ALL those things OR if it is not really just the Autsim as that alone can have all those issues to go along with it..Hope she finds ( and you too) some peace and her little brain slows to where it is not so damn frustrating and overwhelming to her. Poor kid really....

 


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Post by: jo_mama on November 02, 2011 07:46:52 AM
i wonder if the delay in diagnosis has anything to do with where you are.  my nephew was diagnosed with mild autism before he was 2, based on behavior and physical characteristics.  he was repetitive in all his actions, avoided human contact and eye contact, and had an abnormally large head (think of how certain types of dwarfs have a disproportionately large head with a large forehead).  she took him to a university for diagnosis and he's been receiving occupational and speech therapy since age 2.  now he's almost 4 and doing very well - talking, playing, etc.  they also recently moved him to a no gluten no lactose diet and he's not melting down nearly as much.

i have heard many people say they won't diagnose autism until they are older, which infuriates me because there are ways to help if you start early.

jo


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Post by: babalina58 on November 02, 2011 08:23:33 AM
i wonder if the delay in diagnosis has anything to do with where you are.  my nephew was diagnosed with mild autism before he was 2, based on behavior and physical characteristics.  he was repetitive in all his actions, avoided human contact and eye contact, and had an abnormally large head (think of how certain types of dwarfs have a disproportionately large head with a large forehead).  she took him to a university for diagnosis and he's been receiving occupational and speech therapy since age 2.  now he's almost 4 and doing very well - talking, playing, etc.  they also recently moved him to a no gluten no lactose diet and he's not melting down nearly as much.

i have heard many people say they won't diagnose autism until they are older, which infuriates me because there are ways to help if you start early.

jo
some types of it they cant DX until they are older but that depends on the type as they lump several things under the title and then can decipher closer when they get a bit older...



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Post by: underthemountain on November 02, 2011 08:42:41 AM
Gah, that is hard Averia.  Hang in there.  Lana's BFF has a brother who is austic...unfortunately he's at the low end of the spectrum.  It is heartbreaking watching the family try to keep it together.  I think Lana's BFF is getting the short end of the stick and she often tells my daugther that she wishes she could go somewhere where he isn't or that she wishes she could live with us. 

Maybe it isn't worth fighting with your daughter at this point.  If she doesn't want to do the homework then maybe you should discuss slowing things down a bit.  I am a firm believer that the drive to succeed has to come from within and that while we all can push our kids to do more at some point it needs to come from them. 


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Post by: babalina58 on November 02, 2011 08:52:54 AM
  I think Lana's BFF is getting the short end of the stick and she often tells my daugther that she wishes she could go somewhere where he isn't or that she wishes she could live with us. 

 I know we have talked about this before...I am so sad for this little girl. It is hard I know Atlanta is showered with fun, love and we give her the world from fun to crafts to simple pleasures like ice cream you know....I try to do extra with her as her little brother takes so much as he is getting older ans she is seeing that he is the stress of our family...She asked one day why we cant just give him to his dad or mom so she can live without all his drama..I was so sad for her at that moment.

I hope this little girl starts getting the attention she needs and craves as if she does not she will start acting out to get that as bad is better then getting pushed under the rug with kids like these that take so much more then some people can deal with or give it makes it hell on the others. I was so unaware of how Atlanta felt until she asked about giving him away then it blew me away as she said well My mom gave me away to Nana, to other people and you and poppy to keep me so why cant we give him away and make her life happy ....sad...

when you have special kids you MUST MUST MUST take time w/o them and do for the other kids or they will start acting out so they can get some what they feel they are missing as these kids take so much away from the "normal" family events even going to the damn store is a HUGE NO NO with us I have to wait until DH gets home or I dont go now as he is so damn bad in public now I just cant...BUT the aquarium and beach he loves and that is a relief for him...OH, weird I can dress him up and take him out he then is OK ( so sock monkey to walmart later?? ) but really it is hard on all involved....



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Post by: underthemountain on November 02, 2011 09:35:25 AM
You are so right Monica.  I hope her mom will realize that she has 2 kids who need her.  We struggle whenever we invite her over.  Her mom wants both kids to come over and it's hard because we need to watch him.  The last time he was over he was pounding on our piano, colored Lana's tent with a marker, and ripped up a paper crown that Lana had made for her friend.  He's older and lots stronger than the girls and part of me is also afraid that he could unintentionally hurt them.


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Post by: rlynn on November 02, 2011 09:39:03 AM
You are so right Monica.  I hope her mom will realize that she has 2 kids who need her.  We struggle whenever we invite her over.  Her mom wants both kids to come over and it's hard because we need to watch him.  The last time he was over he was pounding on our piano, colored Lana's tent with a marker, and ripped up a paper crown that Lana had made for her friend.  He's older and lots stronger than the girls and part of me is also afraid that he could unintentionally hurt them.

Such a sad situation.  I'm sure it is partially because Mom needs a break.  But it sounds like your home ought to be a special place for Lana's BFF.  Even if her brother didn't have special needs, I think siblings need time away from each other as well as a special place to get away if possible; somewhere just for them. 


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Post by: jamiek79 on November 02, 2011 10:03:49 AM

Averia,
  I understand how difficult this can be. While I don't have any special needs children I work in a residential school that has all sorts of disabilities combined under one roof. We do have some kids who have Aspergers and are gifted and it is so difficult. I completely agree with all of you school is a fight that us parents MUST win. How much homework does she have? The best thing I have found with the kids I work with is to find their time tolerance for school work. If it is only 15 minutes then we set a timer for 15 minutes work for that long and then have a break to do something fun for 10 or 15 minutes. Then get back to work with the timer. I might suggest starting with the harder subjects as she probably gets tired. With each completed assignment find a small reward. A sticker chart, a small favorite treat, a book being read to her. Whatever it is that she loves. We work on a token economy system at our school. for every assignment they complete there is a reward of $1.00 On Friday afternoon we open the token store and however much they have earned they can spend. the token store is stocked with things that the kids both want and need. The items are not all that big and don't cost a ton of money but the kids love this! You could use coupons for a picnic with mommy or an extra story at bedtime. We all have creative brains and could probably come up with tons of stuff for you. And could probably craft stuff for your token store as well.

  From what you wrote it sounds like Babalina has the right idea. All of the DX that you listed could absolutely fall under Aspergers. You are doing all of the right things and I am so glad that you are fighting the fight. I see so many kids in my line of work that their parents never had the time nor desire to work with them or fight for them and they end up as one of my students. It absolutely infuriates me! Keep plugging away and find "Averia" time!

Jamie


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Post by: jemimah on November 02, 2011 11:54:36 AM
That's some tough stuff to have to deal with Averia.

I don't have much to offer except hang in there and I'm thinking of you (I'm sure all us OWSers will be :)) 

My oldest stepson has Aspergers. I wasn't around when he was a kid, but we did have some "fun" teenage times. He's 20 now, living in a flat on his own, we see him often and he seems pretty happy, and much better able to calm himself. From what I see in him and others, these kids do learn how to cope with life. It's just so hard seeing them hurting and frustrated sometimes.


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Post by: wwrich on November 02, 2011 12:20:56 PM
I have a friend whose oldest has Asperger's too.  She, also, got the "that's not it" from local "experts" too.  I remember telling her that he was some sort of autistic when he was 3 or 4 years old, but they didn't get an official diagnosis until he was a bit older (but he wasn't more than about 6-7).  He also has several food issues -- that seems to be common among the people I know with that diagnosis.

He is about 20 now, but still unable to cope with certain things.  Right now, they are trying really hard to convince him that no one will be "giving" him things like a place to live, medical care or a car "just because".  He seems unable to comprehend that idea right now.


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 02, 2011 12:23:30 PM
Averia,  it just broke my heart to read your message.  It's so frustrating when we as parents know what's going on with our kids but the people with the power to help won't listen.  I had to fight like hell to have my oldest daughter given the label of LD in first grade.  They kept telling me she was borderline normal, like that was a good thing.  I finally threatened to take her to an independent testing facility and then sue my county school system for the eighteen hundred dollar testing fee when it came back indicating that she qualified for resource help.  I was lucky and they suddenly decided that she did indeed qualify.  Because of that early intervention, she is a huge success story.  It frustrates me so much when they waste a child's time by refusing to diagnose them early.  

I think jamiek79's ideas are great.  I hope you're able to find a way to have your daughter get the work done and still keep your sanity.  When my Tara graduated high school, I felt as if they should be calling my name and presenting me with some award.  It was just so exhausting getting her to that point.  She is in grad school now getting her masters in social work and doing fine.  She recently, at 25, put herself into therapy for her audio processing deficiencies because she was having some trouble again.  

I guess I'm saying all that to let you know that all that exhausting, heart wrenching work is so worth it and it really can turn out great for your child.  

On another note, my husband is waiting for results from an ultrasound.  He has a lump in his neck that has the doctor concerned and we are just scared to death.  We have so many bad things going on right now that the thought of having to deal with something as scary as cancer is more than I can take.  Keep him, us really, in your thoughts if you don't mind.


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Post by: jemimah on November 02, 2011 12:34:35 PM
How scary gamemom  :-\  I will keep you in my thought and prayers.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 02, 2011 12:55:36 PM
Oh gamemom42, I'm sorry to hear that. Good thoughts to you both for good test results!!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 02, 2011 02:53:40 PM
Sending good thoughts your way Gamemom42.  *hugs*


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 02, 2011 04:37:40 PM
Thanks so much everyone.  What worries us even more is that the nurse has called my husband today and yesterday to ask him how he is.  I would have asked her why she was doing that, whether it's that doctors normal way or if there is a reason to check on him that closely.  Of course; being a man, Tony didn't ask.  He just told her he was fine and hung up.  I guess it's the stressful days that make us enjoy the calm ones so much, but I'm ready to find out what's happening with this.  If there's something to deal with, I want to just get started dealing.

And I know this is very very silly, but it p's me off that this is happening in the fall.  I adore the fall and I'm happier during that short time of the year than any other time.  I wake up ready to enjoy the world and my life during this season (hokey but true).  I feel like a kids whose Disney vacation is being rained on.  Okay, I'll stop whining now.  Thanks for "listening".


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Post by: rlynn on November 02, 2011 06:04:50 PM
(((Hugs))) Gamemom42, you and your husband will be in my thoughts and I'm mustering up the all the good, positive energy I have to send it your way. 


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Post by: babalina58 on November 02, 2011 06:42:09 PM
Gamemom ~~ BREATH!! Sweetie breath...Do not hold your breath really I can tell you ( you know better then most you need to breath. If it is cancer you are in a great location Atlanta is one of the best places with a wonderful comprehensive cancer center. You must just breath until they know what it is you must not assume the worst. If it is cancer you must not assume the worst. If it is, GOD I HOPE NOT BUT if it is he will need you and you will need us to bitch at vent to scream and just cry but you will need friends and we will be here. He will need you and you will dig deep and find that power inside. Ginger candy will help :) you know that and it is good too :) You have a strong network of family and fiends in the other world ( you know the one away from here ;) ) but honestly you will be so amazed at how you will find the strength from somewhere deep as your family from your sweet little granddaughter to your kids and husband will all need you and you them....It will be OK promise you will take one day at a time and for some days a moment in time...you will need an outlet ( crafting is mine) and when it got really bad ( and it will again ) you all were the ones that got me through not the people in the real world. I could share more with you all and not worry about being judged, the pity look, and all that I could talk and you all would listen...You will have ears and love when you need us YELL we will be here for you!!

             



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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 02, 2011 06:44:57 PM
And I know this is very very silly, but it p's me off that this is happening in the fall.  I adore the fall and I'm happier during that short time of the year than any other time.  I wake up ready to enjoy the world and my life during this season (hokey but true).  I feel like a kids whose Disney vacation is being rained on.  Okay, I'll stop whining now.  Thanks for "listening".
Not silly. I was really upset that my surgery meant I missed out on Halloween this year. I didn't even put up my decorations because I was so busy preparing for the Oct 5th date and then after, I didn't have the strength or ability to. By the time I did, it was too late. Missing Halloween for me is like missing Christmas for most people and I actually broke down crying about it on Monday. So it makes perfect sense to me. *hugs*


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Post by: muddy21 on November 02, 2011 07:04:27 PM
Averia - I walked a similar trail with my oldest son's ADD.  First, he was too young to diagnose.  Then, once we had the diagnosis he wasn't doing poorly enough in school for them to be willing to do anything.  Then, as he got older and processing demands became more complex, he hit a complete brick wall.  By then he was three months from graduation so they just pushed him through avoiding the whole situation.  We're still fighting our way through the mess they left him in.

One thing to remember is that many kids with these issues have much slower processing speeds than others and have more limited working memory capacity, which means they can't juggle as many pieces in their minds while they're working on projects.  It doesn't mean they're not capable of understanding the material, it means that they spend two or three hours on homework assignments that would take another kid an hour at most.  It's absolutely not fair to the child and in the more enlightened school districts it's recognized as an issue that needs to be accommodated.  Unfortunately in our school district the answer is that the child should take lower level classes.  The student has a legal right to be educated at the highest level at which they're capable of learning.  That should mean that if they're able to understand the material and the only problem is that they can't produce as much paperwork, they should be accommodated with a reduced homework load.  That should be what happens, though it doesn't always work that way.  Fight for it, though - she's worth it!   :)

And gamemom - my thoughts and best wishes are winging your way.  We're all here for you whenever you need us.  Hugs to you! 


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Post by: babalina58 on November 02, 2011 07:07:09 PM
And I know this is very very silly, but it p's me off that this is happening in the fall.  I adore the fall and I'm happier during that short time of the year than any other time.  I wake up ready to enjoy the world and my life during this season (hokey but true).  I feel like a kids whose Disney vacation is being rained on.  Okay, I'll stop whining now.  Thanks for "listening".
Not silly. I was really upset that my surgery meant I missed out on Halloween this year. I didn't even put up my decorations because I was so busy preparing for the Oct 5th date and then after, I didn't have the strength or ability to. By the time I did, it was too late. Missing Halloween for me is like missing Christmas for most people and I actually broke down crying about it on Monday. So it makes perfect sense to me. *hugs*
We all get it!! It is not whining or anything like that. That is what we are all here for each other ( crafting too but ) each other!We are like a family of sisters here. some have been together for YEARS here and some for months but never the less we all have issues and when it effects one it effects all! You are not being silly or whiny or anything at all !!! I would rather miss Christmas then fall too really...it is a beautiful time and Halloween my fave holiday and then Thanksgiving in my world means WOOT WOOT BLACK FRIDAY LOL so totally understand!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 03, 2011 05:05:28 AM
One thing to remember is that many kids with these issues have much slower processing speeds than others and have more limited working memory capacity, which means they can't juggle as many pieces in their minds while they're working on projects.  It doesn't mean they're not capable of understanding the material, it means that they spend two or three hours on homework assignments that would take another kid an hour at most.  It's absolutely not fair to the child and in the more enlightened school districts it's recognized as an issue that needs to be accommodated.  Unfortunately in our school district the answer is that the child should take lower level classes.  The student has a legal right to be educated at the highest level at which they're capable of learning.  That should mean that if they're able to understand the material and the only problem is that they can't produce as much paperwork, they should be accommodated with a reduced homework load.  That should be what happens, though it doesn't always work that way.  Fight for it, though - she's worth it!   :)
You might be able to get accommodation for testing too.  Another friend of mine has a son with a LD and by providing independent testing results were able to have him to type instead of write, use a calculator, and have extended time on his exams.  Good luck Averia!!  :)


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Post by: Averia on November 03, 2011 05:52:55 AM
I really do appreciate all the comments and support you guys have offered. Thank you!!! Although now you have done it... you wont be able to shut me up about things.

I had to fight to keep from laughing at my daughter yesterday. We turned the cable off in the basement so she can not watch tv, but she turned it on and sat staring at static for 30 minutes anyway.

We have gotten the support from the school that we requested. The doctors and therapists have been a different situation. She started in special preschool at 4 and a special ed classroom for kindergarten. They moved her to a regular class in first grade. She thrived. She made a single friend (with his own issues), she got placed in above grade level classes right away in 1st grade. She got good grades and had no behavior problems at school. At home, we still had an awful time with the tantrums and rages. I had a hard time convincing my husband that she needed help. I think men have a hard time admitting there might be something wrong with their kids.

Finally I convinced him and we sought counseling outside the school system in 3rd grade. We went months trying behavior modification and therapy, but things kept getting worse and worse. In 4th grade it started affect her behavior at school. she started going from extreme over activity to depressive cycles and we decided to try medication to even out her mood swings. In 5th grade, we switched doctors and the new doctor (much recommended as the best around for adolescent bipolar disorder) switched her meds because the ones she was on were too dangerous. Last year was a rollercoaster. First slowly weaning off one drug, then tried one drug with the exact opposite reaction we were hoping for. Next we had to slowly build up doses of the current one. I am not sure we are at ideal dosing yet, but the possible side effects are pretty scary. I don't mind going it slowly. The school was very cooperative with us when we asked for some special considerations. They were even very understanding when she punched the principal  :o

Now we are in middle school. She doesn't want to be treated differently, so I am not asking for much. She cant handle loud noises and too much confusion. She is allowed to leave a classroom and go to guidance as a 'quiet place' if the classroom is stressing her too much, she is allowed to get up and go to the rest room & to get drinks of water (Honest, we had to ask for her to have permission to go to the bathroom because some teachers do not allow kids to leave their class for bathroom breaks ever! - i love that one had her desk thrown up on the other day because she was trying to talk a child out of going to the nurse). Last year she had a special allowance to get up and stretch during tests if she had been sitting for a long time, but we didn't push for that one in middle school.

Sorry to go on so long, but I am so happy to know there are people here who have so much understanding of the process.


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Post by: J_Kieviet on November 03, 2011 07:01:09 PM
Averia, one thing you might look into school wise is asking how long it is expected to take to complete homework.  If they tell you 30 minutes - Tell her she needs to complete the work in 30 minutes, then whatever is not done,  goes back to school unfinished. 

As a teacher on call {waiting for my own class}, I believe that students should be responsible for homework, but it should not take all night and it also should not cause fights.  If you fight about it for the entire 30 minutes, fine, drop it, because another 3 hours of arguing won't get you anywhere.

It sounds like you've got a really understanding school, and this might help with the home situation.

Good luck.


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Post by: ChrisSews on November 04, 2011 09:35:26 AM
Ladies, it seems like so many of us here are dealing with major medical issues lately.  It seems that it's my family's turn now. We just found out my husband has colon cancer.  I could use your prayers and healing thoughts.

I'm still reeling from the news.  At this point there are still more questions than answers.  He had a polyp removed earlier this week but we weren't too worried, the doctor didn't think it looked cancerous, but sent it off to pathology as a formality.  But the pathologist report came back as cancerous.  I still can't quite believe it.  He's too young to be dealing with this (just in our mid-thirties), has no risk factors, no family history of colon cancer.  So this is totally out of left field. 

On Tuesday he's going in for a full colonoscopy to see if there are any more cancerous polys and his doctor is planning to do a dye test to the site where the polyp was removed and possibly remove more tissue from that area.  He didn't do this originally because he didn't think it was cancerous.  He might also get to have a CAT scan and/or barium study. He also gets to have a bunch of blood work and genetic testing apparently colon cancer in someone so young is very often genetically linked.  So we had to tell his brother that he just won a colonoscopy and regular testing too.  The good news is that if it is genetic that type is really slow to metastasize so surgery is often all that's needed.

So next week is going to be a rough one with the testing and waiting for the results to see how bad it is.  We're really hopefully that it was caught early enough that a colon resection surgery is all that will be needed.  It's still major surgery and scary enough but that is the best case scenario.  I don't even want to think about what happens if it's later stages and we'll have to deal with chemo/radiation/total colon removal and so on.   


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Post by: rlynn on November 04, 2011 09:54:19 AM
(((hugs))) Chrissews.  I am so sorry to hear about your husband.  I'm sending my bestest healing thoughts. 


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Post by: underthemountain on November 04, 2011 11:05:06 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your hubby Chrissews.  Sending lots of positive and healing thoughts your way.



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Post by: gamemom42 on November 04, 2011 11:22:36 AM
Oh Chrissews, I'm so sorry to hear that.  I'm glad though that it was caught though so you can deal with it and put it behind you. 

And yes, keep after that brother.  A friend of mine had a massive stroke a year ago.  His brother was told to see the doctor to determine his risk and he refused.  The brother has a massive stroke yesterday morning and is not doing well at all.  Stay on him until he gets that test!  So many of these things run in families.


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Post by: jemimah on November 04, 2011 11:44:26 AM
Oh no, that is so hard. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


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Post by: Averia on November 04, 2011 01:47:56 PM
ChrisSews, I'm sending my healing thoughts to you too! I'm finding it awfully scary that so many people I know have been diagnosed with cancer. Thank goodness so many types are able to be treated and managed.


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Post by: skittlebub on November 04, 2011 02:02:10 PM
Sending everyone lots of hugs & all of you are in my thoughts xx


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 04, 2011 02:45:16 PM
My husband finally got the call from his doctor's office.  The nurse said ... get this.... "they found a nodule in your neck"...  Really?  Oh My Stars!  That's why he went to the doctor in the first place.  Anyway, they want him to have a CT scan probably next week.  The fact that they're not rushing him through makes me feel a little better, but I don't understand why all these baby steps.  They always do ultrasound, CT, then MRI.  Then it seems that regardless of what those test show or don't show, they want to go in a take a piece or remove the thing.  It's like going to Atlanta by way of Alaska if you ask me.  Grrr......


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Post by: babalina58 on November 08, 2011 07:40:24 AM
My husband finally got the call from his doctor's office.  The nurse said ... get this.... "they found a nodule in your neck"...  Really?  Oh My Stars!  That's why he went to the doctor in the first place.  Anyway, they want him to have a CT scan probably next week.  The fact that they're not rushing him through makes me feel a little better, but I don't understand why all these baby steps.  They always do ultrasound, CT, then MRI.  Then it seems that regardless of what those test show or don't show, they want to go in a take a piece or remove the thing.  It's like going to Atlanta by way of Alaska if you ask me.  Grrr......
Not always, sometimes more times then not really, they can tell what something is by the shadowing, size, shape etc in a CT/MRI and you would not want to cut him and risk that if you do not have a reason to want to. I have nodules in my neck and other parts of my body that are harmless and they are caused by the Sarcoidosis. I have to say sometimes it is more scary then it is. Let them do their thing and with the risks from going under the knife is something never to be taken light so breath honey breath!!! Prayers from her to there! You must breath however! Most nodules are just nothing really again more times then not!! Did she say what his Thyroid levels were? call and ask for all his results of labs, also look at the White cell number ( that will indicate if his body is angry and fighting something. you know cysts can grow in the neck and they look and feel like  nodules and can totally be seen in a CT/MRI and then no need to cut on him if not needed...  :) Breath sweetie breath!!!


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Post by: jemimah on November 08, 2011 07:45:26 AM
Keeping you all in my thoughts from far away :)


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Post by: babalina58 on November 08, 2011 08:35:31 AM
Keeping you all in my thoughts from far away :)
not so far soon :) wish I was in Cali I would come do lunch while you have your visit to the USA :) Man one day maybe you can hit the east coast!! Maybe DC that way it is 1/2 way between the gals in the north and hte gals in the south and we can plan a hootie hoot hoot of a great time!!



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Post by: jemimah on November 08, 2011 08:46:13 AM
That would be awesome!!  :)



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Post by: babalina58 on November 08, 2011 10:43:50 AM
That would be awesome!!  :)


your package is on the way to bad I cant just go to Frisco and del. it to you when you come :'( this is trip 2 I missed you in the USA Grrrrr


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Post by: underthemountain on November 08, 2011 11:49:56 AM
Why can't we just go to NZ?  That would be uber fun!   


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Post by: jemimah on November 08, 2011 12:11:11 PM
:D it's nearly summer here you know ...


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Post by: skittlebub on November 08, 2011 01:26:03 PM
:D it's nearly summer here you know ...
and here...  ;D


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Post by: Averia on November 08, 2011 02:37:06 PM
I would love to experience a southern hemisphere Christmas - let's go!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 08, 2011 02:57:19 PM
Yes!  Let's do!   :D


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Post by: babalina58 on November 08, 2011 05:16:34 PM
 Haha we could live there 1/2 the year Mmmm for sunny warm days :)


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Post by: babalina58 on November 09, 2011 06:05:23 AM
 my RANT today ( so far) most of you know Atlanta was bullied by a 5th grade little witch ( man, I want to bust her mother in the mouth!!)

well, here is what happened with the school  >:( and this little biatch and her POS mother!!

  she told Atlanta at the play ground she is yucky because she is black...Atlanta said I am not black I am brown and my Lolly said "people pay big money to have pretty skin like me". the little girl said My mommy said " blah blah you know where I am going with this..... Atlanta cried to her teacher that she was called a bad word and a monkey from a proch..well, now you know this did not go well with the teacher or me...I told the school they have 2 choices
1) they can kick the kid out of school for bullied a 1st grader and hate type crime ( pushed her down on the playground called her a little N and a porch monkey to name a few things)
2) I can call the Media, the newspapers and CNN ( My family is friends with the former owner and still well connected) and I will have this school over a barrel with the public as to how they dealt with this TYRANT kid!!)

She is kicked out of school for 10 days, she has to do an essay on bullies and on race relations and speak to the school at the anti bully campaign!

Me, I wish it was the day when the Principal would beat that arse and make her wish to hell she was not born at that moment!!

Her parents have to go meet with the school super and he is NOT going to be easy with them LOL his wife is black too so LOL I just hope they learn WHO CARES what color you are these are kids you are free to your feelings I guess but you NEVER share with kids, you NEVER allow your kids to get away with being a jerk and or a bully...12 year old hitting a 6 year old REALLY?? My 42 year old self will beat that 12 year old ass!!

Atlanta did not want to go to school today over all of this!!! This kid ever says BOO to her and I will flip out and I will go to jail as I will beat her ass!! Her and her mother boy I am just spent make this child who is already feeling bad that she is teased for not living with her mom and she does not have a dad now this...I will bust that kid and her momma if she ever looks at Atlanta again...

HAHA My DH said well, I dont blame you but really do I have to bail you out LOL..I said NOPE 3 hots and a cot really and someoene else does the laundry and I get TV well not soounding so bad to me and he gets to deal with dinner and kids and school and carpools and scouts and santa and dogs and......... He said damn I will just bail you out LOL....

5th graders are well old enough to know what they are saying and doing! It is not a poor little girl deal with me not a chance! She is 12 picking on a 6 year old and putting her hands on her to push her down I will beat her ass and go to jail PROUDLY if she looks at Atlanta again!! PROMISE I will not have anyone ever make Atlanta feel weird or bad about who she is she is a beautiful child and got the best of both worlds and I caught her at 6:00 this morning looking in the mirror and not liking what she sees...I asked what is up and she asked can the doctor make her white like Michael Jackson ( Oiy) I said MJ had a skin issue and that is why his skin got light, she said people dont like brown people that is what that girl told her...I said well people don't like that girl and that girl is not too smart she is jealous and wish she was pretty and smart and sweet like she is but instead she has a bad home, a hateful mother, not a pretty child ( not that looks matter but in this case YOU BET ;) I told her that LOL, and she is a mean heart girl Atlanta should pitt her and feel bad for her as she is a sad and ugly kid that will never be anyone or anything if she does not changes her ways and treat people kind...Gesh, I wanted to tell her some real stuff but cant you know...GAHHHhh just angry right now!!


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Post by: rlynn on November 09, 2011 07:59:15 AM
(((Hugs))) to both you and Atlanta.  

This is a hard topic for me.  I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school.  Most of it about being mixed race.  Atlanta is gorgeous.  I cannot abide by bullies and certainly not racist ones.  I have no patience for them.  There is NO room for them in my world.

I am so glad that Atlanta has her Lolly though to show her that this is NOT the way good, decent folk behave and I'm glad her school is taking it seriously.  Oh, I do feel for her though.  My heart hurts.  I worry so much about this as Aria gets older.  I am so sorry that Atlanta had to experience this.  





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Post by: jemimah on November 09, 2011 08:03:42 AM
Man that sucks! :(  No kid should have to deal with that sort of hatefulness, heck, no one should. I'm glad the school are doing something about it, though I wish they could do something to change the parents' attitude. It makes me so sad that people put that kind of crap in kids' heads. Atlanta's lucky to have you there for her :)


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Post by: underthemountain on November 09, 2011 08:47:31 AM
Wow, that is nuts.  Hopefully they'll try to figure out why this other girl is so angry and wants to hurt Atlanta.  I just hope that Atlanta isn't scarred by all of this.  It's so sad that she has to face this stuff at such a young age. 

Some of the kids in Lana's class like to do the Asian eye thing.  The funny thing is that it is a mixed Chinese/black girl that likes to do this.  And oddly enough we did this in school too...our class was 99% Japanese.

Hawaii is a real mixing pot so you get every combination under the sun there and the greatest compliment I ever got was when someone in our halau said that Lana really looked like a Hawaii baby.  I also had a very enthusiastic lady call her "Little Buddah" and rub her belly.  Hehe.


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Post by: rlynn on November 09, 2011 09:09:32 AM
Atsuko, I wonder if it was about reclaiming something in some way.   You know shifting power by taking it and making it a joke within the group rather than a joke about your group from those outside.   <--That's the social science researcher in me.  Kids at my schools when I was growing up did the same but these kids were White and they were aiming it at me.  They also called me Chink and Gook and Jap.  Ugh...bad memories. 

Hawaii is a real mixing pot so you get every combination under the sun there and the greatest compliment I ever got was when someone in our halau said that Lana really looked like a Hawaii baby.  I also had a very enthusiastic lady call her "Little Buddah" and rub her belly.  Hehe.

I once had a great talk with an older Black man here in Portland.  I cannot even remember why we were talking; just someone I randomly started talking to at the bus stop.  I think he asked me what my racial background was...anyhow, we were talking about the ridiculousness of "the idea that people stick with their own race."  I made a comment that that was impossible for me.  He agreed but then laughed and told me that it might be possible in Hawaii.  He had visited years before and remembered it as a beautifully diverse place.  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on November 09, 2011 09:26:34 AM
Atsuko, I wonder if it was about reclaiming something in some way.   You know shifting power by taking it and making it a joke within the group rather than a joke about your group from those outside.   <--That's the social science researcher in me.  Kids at my schools when I was growing up did the same but these kids were White and they were aiming it at me.  They also called me Chink and Gook and Jap.  Ugh...bad memories. 

Could be.   I interpreted it as her not identifying herself as "Asian". 

I'm sorry that cruel kids taunted you rlynn.  Too bad we're not all color-blind yet. 

I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but several people have thought that my blue eyed hubby was Asian.  I guess that's a good thing.


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Post by: babalina58 on November 09, 2011 11:35:46 AM
 I am on my way to get her in a few she cried she did not want to go this morning I have never been so raged. I get the looks in the stores from those people ( the ignorant raciest bigots ) I have to laugh as these are the same people that say Oh she is so cute but hear their comments when we walk off most do not know she is my grandkid but never the less...I have been known to have my DH take them and I go back and offer ( I now carry a stack LOL) of mental therapy cards to a doc here I pick them up at random LOL and tell them he can help them with their fear and freakishly odd behavior  ;D HAHAHA I could care less...I have everything in my family My dad was a sailor and I have a sis that is Jap. bro who is Mex. a Grand who is Black. and about everything under the sun :)

  I am not doing so well with this today I want to snap off that kids head and poo down her neck for being like that but anger is SOME misguided as it is her mother that taught her as babies are babies...that is that...


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Post by: Averia on November 10, 2011 03:48:54 AM
I can't believe this kind of racist hatred still exists and that there are people teaching it to their children. Thank goodness Atlanta has a wonderful Lolly to stand up for her.


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 10, 2011 05:33:39 AM
Oh Monica, that just breaks my heart.  I'll be honest though, my heart breaks for the 12 year old just as much.  Just think of the home she's being raised in and the lack of morals and values she's having modeled in her life.  That's just tragic. 

I am actually thrilled to read the laundry list of things this bully has to do try begin to try to make amends for what's she's done.  Even if it doesn't change her mindset, surely it will make her think before being so vocal (and physical) again.  I agree that the fact that she did this to someone half her age is just shocking.  If it had been another 12 year old it would have been bad enough, but a six year old?  I wish there was some way the school could force the entire family to have a few counseling sessions or something.

My daughter Tara was dating a black guy ( or a brown guy as Atlanta would say : ) ) and I knew when he came to a big family function it might raise an eyebrow or two.  My husbands family is extreme southern style conservative.  You know, the kind that say they're not racist but still think people should "stick to their own"?  And no, my husband isn't that way at all.  Anyway; Kirby was the most polite, respectful, likable guy you can imagine so my in-laws couldn't help but like him.  I couldn't believe though when I heard them later saying things like, " Oh, I don't think he's totally black".  It's like to like him they had to water him down.  It's so sad that here, now, in this day and age people are still so ignorant.

You tell Atlanta that gamemom42 thinks shes drop dead gorgeous from head to toe and absolutely perfect just the way she is.


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Post by: J_Kieviet on November 10, 2011 08:10:12 PM
My heart breaks for Atlanta - nobody should have to put up with that kind of stuff. It also breaks for the twelve year old, if a mother is ragging on another child, she probably rags on her own just as much.  In my experience a lot of bullies where bullied when they were younger, or have somebody telling them they aren't good enough, so they bully to gain control and self esteem, very sad indeed.  I don't think I would have done an out of school suspension - now she's with the same people who gave her the racist/bullying is ok attitude all day.  I would have made her work on a school wide anti-bullying, cultural awareness program.  I hope the punishment works, but most of all I hope Atlanta can go to school knowing she has the power to overcome any obstacles that come her way, with people like you in her life willing to go to bat for her, I'm sure she'll do amazing in school. 


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Post by: bananaleg on November 11, 2011 12:28:51 PM
I would love to experience a southern hemisphere Christmas - let's go!
I've always wanted to. That would be awesome!

Oh, my gosh, babalina! I am so sorry for you and Atlanta. I've seen pictures you've posted, and she is beautiful. I'm like my pasty skin, but that doesn't mean i wouldn't love to have skin like hers. :D Seriously gorgeous.
Atlanta is lucky to have such an awesome Lolly.
Hahaha! I can totally see you handing out those cards. You're my hero!


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Post by: babalina58 on November 12, 2011 09:38:42 AM
 Well, Atlanta and I went to the city yesterday I had to go to the Apple store to get my new phone fixes  >:( but she saw tons of little girls just like her with Lolly's and Mommy's just like me so too cute she just looks peaceful and elated when at every store people commented how cute she is and how cute she is dressed etc... She saw a city bus for the first time OMG I was shocked she never saw one and asked what is that Lolly...Man, this kid needs to get out sometimes huh and a Taxi too....
  I got to have a great day with her and she met in the Apple store while playing on the computers waiting she met a little girl who was just like her, brown ( as the little girl said skin like Mocha ) they were talking about the mean girls in both schools and they had so much in common I was thrilled to sit in Apple for 2 hours and they played and played and talked and giggled..Funny, they swapped numbers before we left and WOW they live about 20 min from me so glad the girls now have a new friend :)

   Check this out...the nother of the little bully brat told the school super that they would not be following that rules the school set forth and they would be taking and homeschooling their kid as she does not need to be subjected to "those" children..WOW huh so these people are something else. I guess the mother is a real piece of work. I guess he older boy he is a a Jr. in HS he was beat in the yard by her for dating a mixed girl so the neighbor ( one of the K teachers) turned her in to law and CPS and now she is in a world of crap. I feel for the kids but damn really how these type of people get to rais kids is beyond me..REALLY gesh, you have to have a lic. to hunt, drive and fish but really kids anyone can just raise them to hate and be just as roach like as they want to be. Man I love my area but sometimes I want to just scream HEY HILLBILLY TRASH WAKE UP AND STOP TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO BE TRASH LIKE YOU!!! LOL...

 all is well that ends well...I am glad Atlanta has a new friend and that she will be able to have some play time at the park and aquarium with someone who is living with her young grandma too... so this I hope for her is a great new friend to share her feelings, talk about experiences and just be a little girl :) who lived a just bit of a different life then some other kids....OH, her grandma is a crafty lady too who will be coming here to play with us :)


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Post by: jemimah on November 12, 2011 12:47:47 PM
......they would be taking and homeschooling their kid ....

The future does not look good for that child :(  .... really, words fail me ....


But, yay for new friends!! That's so nice for you and Atlanta :)


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Post by: bananaleg on November 12, 2011 03:45:53 PM
I'm so glad you and Atlanta had such a good day in the city! Skin like mocha, i like that. :D

Man, i feel for those kids... What a horrible environment to grow up in.


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Post by: rlynn on November 12, 2011 04:04:10 PM
Very sad about the children... BUT I'm glad to hear Atlanta made a new friend.  Friends who understand you are always a good thing.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 12, 2011 04:44:57 PM
Today we were on I-4 driving out to see the Festival of the Masters Art Show at Downtown Disney, with plans to see the dancing Obsorne Lights and fireworks afterward, when the engine light came on in the car, Love lost the gas peddle, the whole car shuddered and we wound up having to just pull off on the left side of a 4-lane interstate with cars whizzing by at 80+mph. Waited 45 minutes for a tow, guy could only hold two people but we had Love's brother with us, making three, so he was able to side sideways behind the seats in this tiny storage area while he drove us 40 miles back home.

We have about $20 to our name until Love's payday Friday, I've had no sales in like two weeks, my hematologist won't give me my iron treatments to fix my anemia until I give him at least $611 plus $88/week for 6 weeks for the infusions, and oh yeah, the day we try to just go out and escape the financial crisis and have a nice day, we break down on the side of the road and don't have the money to fix it.

I've moved pretty much past "depressed" into "hopeless."

Oh and fun fact, my surgery cost $40,000. Just got the EOB for it. That's just the hospital. Of that, I owe $4,500 and another $500 to the anesthesiologist, $588 to my OB/GYN, $172 to my primary doc, $611 to the hematologist, $250 to radiology, $230 in labs, $966 to the ER doc and of course, $8,008 for the ER stay. And I haven't had a paycheck in 6 months. And our car broke down. Anyone have a spare $15k they're not using? :'(


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 12, 2011 08:29:44 PM
Monica:  What an incredibly cool thing to happen for Atlanta, making a new friend in the aftermath of that horrible affair.  I'm so happy that you just happened to be in the right place at the right time for that to happen.

PFD:  I'm so sorry to hear about your latest troubles.  My life is in one of those downswings too, but things will be okay... eventually.  Just hang in there and take it bit by bit until it gets better. 

On a happy note ( I needed a happy note badly) my dear husband bought me a new sewing machine today!  We are supposed to find out Monday what the next step is (with the nodule in his neck) and it's not looking good from what they've found so far.  I think my guy is afraid he won't feel like doing any shopping closer to Christmas so he insisted that we go buy my machine today.  I have to admit I'm happy to have it and it will be a good distraction while we begin to deal with this latest crap.  I wanted a very simple, heavy duty machine but couldn't spend over $300.  I got a Husquvarna Viking Emerald 116 and I think it's going to suit me perfectly.


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Post by: ChrisSews on November 12, 2011 11:50:00 PM
Monica:  SO sorry that Atlanta had to deal with a bully and racial slurs like that.  I just can't understand how people can still be so closed minded in this day and age.  I'm glad she meet someone else like her and made a new friend though.

PFD:  I'm sorry things have been so difficult for you lately.  Hang in there it will get better.  Money troubles are hard but not the end of the world.  At least you were able to have your surgery.  Health is always more important than money.  I don't even want to think about what my husband's surgery and all the tests he's had this past week are going to cost us.  Luckily we have ok insurance...it's an 80/20 plan and I'm sure our 20% is going to plenty more than we have in savings.  But at this point getting him whatever care he needs is more important...I'll worry about paying all the bills later.  Most doctors and hospitals understand how overwhelming medical bills can be and as long as you can pay them a little something every month are willing to work with you.   

gamemom42:  Sorry to hear about your husband's medical problems.  It's so frustrating waiting for tests and not getting answers.  I'm rooting for it to turn out not to be as serious as you fear.  Hope your new toy can at least distract you some.   

It was a long week with us in the hospital or doctors offices almost every day for tests.  The tests have all come back with good news so far!  We both had a bit of a panic when the CAT scan came back with some spots on the lungs but it turns out that all the doctors think they're perfectly normal nodules that almost everyone has and not related to the cancer at all.  It looks like the cancer is isolated in the colon and hasn't spread yet.  So surgery should fix it with no need for chemo.  We'll have to have final confirmation of that after surgery when pathology tests the section of colon they remove and the surrounding lymph nodes. 

So after the roller coaster of the last week I'm in a pretty positive place about all of this.  His surgery is scheduled for next Friday and since they only need to remove a small piece of the colon they'll be able to do it laparoscopically.  3-5 days in the hospital, a couple of weeks at home recovering, then 6 weeks of limited physical activity and if all goes well he should be good as new by Christmas. 



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Post by: jemimah on November 13, 2011 09:17:27 AM
You lovely people all have such a lot to deal with right now, it's just not fair! I am thinking of you often, and keeping you in my prayers.

PFD, surgery bills sound overwhelming, and it's so awful to have to deal with that stuff when you're still recovering. gamemom, I think the worrying and not knowing can be so awful, I hope you get some reassuring news soon. ChrisSews, that's sounding very encouraging, I hope it all goes smoothly now.



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Post by: babalina58 on November 14, 2011 06:51:13 AM
PFD :'( If I win the lottery I will sure give it to you :) fingers crossed for that...It is what it is..I know we all need and want to pay our bills HOWEVER, sometimes they cant be paid..So pay as much as you can to the ones you MUST SEE NOW, and a few dollars I mean it like 5.00 a month and they will have to get over it and cant do too much as your you are trying!!


   Go to the drugstore and get iron pills and eat extra good iron foods that should help out...Also, you can try as your not married :) to look into SSI or medicaid maybe..worth a try...but I promise if I win the lottery I will show up like the prize patrol on your door with a beautiful check!!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 14, 2011 08:14:24 AM
PFD :'( If I win the lottery I will sure give it to you :) fingers crossed for that...It is what it is..I know we all need and want to pay our bills HOWEVER, sometimes they cant be paid..So pay as much as you can to the ones you MUST SEE NOW, and a few dollars I mean it like 5.00 a month and they will have to get over it and cant do too much as your you are trying!!


   Go to the drugstore and get iron pills and eat extra good iron foods that should help out...Also, you can try as your not married :) to look into SSI or medicaid maybe..worth a try...but I promise if I win the lottery I will show up like the prize patrol on your door with a beautiful check!!

Yeah I've been sending everyone like $10 but even then, that adds up because there are so damned many separate people I owe money too!! I hope you win the lotto as well.

I can't take iron. I get violently ill. My anemia is complicated but basically, it's the stored ferritin in my bone marrow that is low. When it gets low, I don't have enough raw building material to make red blood cells which in turn makes me anemic. I have a condition where I don't process iron through my GI tract correctly, which is why I need the infusions. (They bypass my GI tract and just go into my bloodstream directly.) I had it done once about ten years ago but I need it again. If I can manage to get it done, this should be the last time in my life I'll need it, since I won't have a period ever again, so I shouldn't run out again.

Unfortunately, everything in Florida goes through DCF - Department of Children and Families. So, it's greatly ironic that the thing which made me infertile also meant I was unable to qualify. I was turned down for Medicaid, HCRA, food stamps, etc. back in June when I filed for help with my ER bill because I'm not pregnant and don't have kids. Without one of those two things, you're ineligible. It's just absurd.

Anyway, it's just overwhelming and I'm still not back to "normal" hormonally from the Lupron and the surgery so some days I get so low I feel like I just can't go on. The other day when I posted, obviously, was one of those days. I still feel crazy depressed and sad but.... *shrugs*


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Post by: muddy21 on November 14, 2011 04:05:46 PM
Hi PFD - glad to hear you're mending well and so sorry to hear about the $$$ woes.  It's really all piling up at once, isn't it?  You've probably already thought of this, but you might check with the hospital's billing department to ask whether they have any sort of income-based forgiveness program.  Our local hospital has one, I know.  The basic details are printed on the backs of the bills here.  It might be worth asking.


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Post by: babalina58 on November 15, 2011 04:59:44 PM
Well, on the bright side they can't come take your home from you or auto or your collection of great ToL pendants so...worst case you cant and don't pay them...Best case We win the lottery and pay your med bills :)  but I know that it sucks to have bill collectors beat down your phone...So easy fix ( change the number ;) and haha that is that...Pay what you can when you can and that is that! it will work out on day but today is not that day so we shall see what the future holds but for now breath and be happy or try to be :) you Love and kittys need Happy PFD and the Divine Miss M you are always going to be with bills paid or not you are a shining star and we all adore you here!!! Well I do..


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 15, 2011 06:10:47 PM
The doctor finally called about my husbands CT results.  We have to make an appointment with another doctor tomorrow who will decide whether to do a needle biopsy or go straight to surgery.  There is a mass growing off his tonsil (his tonsils were removed over 40 years ago) and it has attached itself to the lymph node in his neck.  I think it makes more sense to go straight to surgery but we'll see what they say.  Say a prayer that we can get in quickly to see the new guy.  I just want to deal with this and get it over with.

ChrisSews:  When will your husband have his surgery?  My mom has those nodules on her lungs too.  It scared her so bad when they first found them, but they've assured her that they are just fine and can't cause any trouble.

Monica:  How's Atlanta doing?  I've been thinking of her so much and hoping that all that ugliness can get out of that little beauty's head and heart quickly.  Even though the bully is going to be homeschooled, is Atlanta's school still planning on holding an assembly to discuss what bullying/hate crimes/tolerance/etc..?  I hope so.

Everyone else:  I love this community so much and I appreciate so much how supportive everyone here is.  I remember when I used to get on the message boards on Weight Watchers there were so many mean, unsympathetic people on those boards.  Of course; I guess everyone there is hungry so maybe that's why they were unfriendly ???


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 15, 2011 08:18:07 PM
Well, on the bright side they can't come take your home from you or auto or your collection of great ToL pendants so...worst case you cant and don't pay them...Best case We win the lottery and pay your med bills :)  but I know that it sucks to have bill collectors beat down your phone...So easy fix ( change the number ;) and haha that is that...Pay what you can when you can and that is that! it will work out on day but today is not that day so we shall see what the future holds but for now breath and be happy or try to be :) you Love and kittys need Happy PFD and the Divine Miss M you are always going to be with bills paid or not you are a shining star and we all adore you here!!! Well I do..

Aw, thanks Monica. Your post was sweet and made me smile. Thank you for the love. :)


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Post by: underthemountain on November 16, 2011 04:28:54 AM
Gamemom, we'll definitely be keeping your hubby in our thoughts and sending good wishes your way.  :)

Hang in there PDF!  It might take some time to pay your bills, but I know you guys can get through it.


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Post by: ChrisSews on November 16, 2011 10:14:17 PM
Gamemon, 
I know what you mean about wanting to have the surgery and get it over with.  It could be though that a needle biopsy can tell you more about what kind of mass it is and possibly how they do the surgery or how aggressive they are about taking out surrounding tissue and lymph nodes. 

We've felt the same way about my husband's surgery.  The surgeon we want is going on vacation for two weeks starting Thanksgiving week and told us that he thought it would be fine to wait until he got back for the surgery if that's what we wanted to do.  Even though logically we know this type of cancer is really slow growing and a few weeks isn't going to make any difference we still want it out and over with.  The surgeon was great about moving his schedule around to get him in this week. It means one of his partners will have to do all the post-op follow-up but we know them and know they're good as well.  I'm really glad right now that my husband is a resident and so has worked with all these specialist and surgeons.  Having that personal connection, everyone has been really great about getting him in to be seen and scheduling all the tests and surgery right away.  I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to have to wait on tests to be scheduled, only to wait for an appointment, then wait for more tests. 

So anyway my husband will be having the surgery on Friday.  If all goes well he should spend the weekend in the hospital and come home on Mon. or Tues. 

I've got my supplies for some knitting and an embroidery project together to keep me busy while I'm sitting around waiting or hanging out in his room watching him sleep.  What do people who don't craft do in hospital waiting rooms?

This community is great.  It's so nice to have all the good thoughts and positive outlook from everyone here. 





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Post by: gamemom42 on November 17, 2011 05:05:17 AM
I know what you mean about the waiting room crafting.  My mother has had at least a couple of surgeries a year for the past few years and the nurses have finally gotten used to me and my huge bag of goodies.  Mother has a very hard time being put to sleep and waking up, so we are always there much longer than they anticipate we will be.  I take knitting, embroidery, my art journal (the not so private one), hand sewing, and of course several magazines and books.  I watch people just sitting there waiting with nothing to do and I feel so sorry for them.

We'll be thinking of/praying for your husband tomorrow.  How lucky that you have an "in" and were able to keep things moving quickly.  It's so frustrating getting from step to step in all this.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 17, 2011 06:08:49 PM
I had my 6-week post-op appointment today. The doc came in the room and said, "Hello Sunshine!" :) Had my exam and he said everything is perfect. No problems, everything is healing nicely. I am off restrictions and unless I have any problems, I don't have to go back until next June for my regular annual exam. Holy crap!! That's so awesome.

He was thrilled with how I am doing, was so pleased with my progress and said I looked great.

I've been in such a good mood since getting the good news. It's such a relief to know how much better I am doing. And also pleased to know how happy the doctor is too about how I'm doing. We were both very pleased. *chuckles*

Anyway, just happy about the positive results and thrilled to be healing so successfully!!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 17, 2011 06:15:05 PM
Sending good thoughts your way ChrisSews!!

Great news PDF!!  :)

Keep my hubby in your thoughts too everyone...he has a double hernia surgery on Monday.



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Post by: ChrisSews on November 21, 2011 09:20:44 PM
atsuko...hope your husband's surgery went well and he's on his way to recovery now.

My husband's surgery went well and he's recovering nicely.  He's done really well with the epidural for pain management and was able to get up and walk a little the next morning.  He graduated to solid food today, got to get rid of the epidural, IV, and all the other tubes and wires.  If the solid food continues to be ok for him and his pain stays manageable without the epidural overnight then he'll likely be coming home tomorrow.   ;D



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Post by: Averia on November 22, 2011 04:05:34 AM
Chris, I'm thinking positive thoughts for you and your husband, It must be a huge relief to have the surgery behind you!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 22, 2011 06:44:24 AM
Yay!!  That's good news Chris!!  :)  I hope your hubby continues on his good path to recovery!!  :)

My hubby is doing better today.  He was really dizzy yesterday and couldn't even make it to the bathroom without my help.  It was scary.   Today he's home alone (I had to take my mom and Lana to Grandparent's day at school so I decided to work a few hours), but so far he's not feeling dizzy.  :)


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 22, 2011 06:49:25 AM
Chris:  I'm so glad you're husbands surgery is over and that he's recovering nicely.  I may have missed something, but what's the plan now?

PDF:  What fantastic news!  Isn't it wonderful to feel like you have a doctor who actually cares that you're doing well?  

Atsuko:  Aside from the dizziness it sounds like things went well for your husband.  Everyone I know who has had hernia surgery seems to bounce back very quickly, so hopefully he will too.

We finally met with the doctor yesterday about my husbands test results.  He is 95% sure we are dealing with squamas cell cancer of the throat.  Not good at all.  I've got a call in to schedule surgery but the doctor said go ahead and get appointments with the radiology oncologist and the medical oncologist so that they can jump into action once it's officially confirmed.  Please pray for us.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on November 22, 2011 10:03:34 AM
Thanks ladies! It's good to be on the mend and know everything is going according to plan. Of course, now I have a cold but hey, that I can deal with after what I've already been through! ;)


ChrisSews - Glad to hear your hubby is doing well and recovering. It's always so nice to come home after being in the hospital.

atsuko - Sorry to hear your husband is dizzy. That's so miserable. Hope it passes soon! Maybe try some ginger pills. They're great for helping with motion sickness/vertigo and since they're natural, they don't interfere with medications.

gamemom42 - Oh honey, I'm sorry. I can't imagine how scary that must be to face. Hopefully, they can get it treated properly since they're on top of it. Keep your chin up. Three members of my family have beaten cancer so it can be done. Sending good thoughts to both of you. *hugs*



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Post by: babalina58 on November 22, 2011 11:24:13 AM
Ladies I must say this Thanksgiving I am thankful to have all my friends in cyber space. only reason we are not all up in each others houses is we dont live close to each other :'(
 

  I am so sorry for all the hell my girls here have been going through but TRUST ME it will get better it takes time but take your battles on head first and lean on each other here and vent yell scream laugh cry whatever you have to so to stay strong for your family's!!


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Post by: muddy21 on November 22, 2011 04:24:36 PM
gamemom42 - I'm so sorry to hear the news and I will surely have you both in my thoughts as you go through the times ahead.  Really, really try to take it one day at a time.  Easy to say, I know, and hard to do but trying to stay focused on the day at hand can be so much less overwhelming than trying to think about all the unknown possibilities that lie ahead.

I'm glad for you both that your daughters are with you.  It's very important to keep talking with and staying connected with as many people as possible.  Please stay in touch with us.


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Post by: underthemountain on November 22, 2011 04:54:36 PM
gamemom42, we'll definitely be keeping you in our thoughts.  Try to stay positive and hopefully everything will work out alright.  :)  I've been through something similar with my dad and I know how stressed out you must be.  Remember that we're all here for you.  Drop me a line if you ever want to talk.  :)


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Post by: babalina58 on November 22, 2011 08:47:37 PM
  Just when I think things will be a wonderful holiday season and all is well with the Kelley family my phone rings this eve..., My son jumped from the 5th story of the parking deck at the metro station. He is as most of you know bypolar/schizophrenic and battling his own head for years now. He somehow was not killed but he is in the ICU and not doing well. I am just a wreck. He texted me saying he is just done fighting this, he loves us and to please look for him in the morgue after the holidays...and I sent the police to his house but they said he was not home. He had set the phone down when he text me and then jumped. I am horrified right now. He has so much damage was in surgery all afternoon, he is in critical shape and will be paralyzed at the least if he does live through this. they said his legs and pelvis are shattered, spine damage, brain to name a few. He is on a vent machine and they are transfusing him because he lost so much blood. I am just broken. I am normally so strong and I am about to just fall apart now.
I am not a drinker but what I would not do for a cocktail right now..My husband cant get out of duty as the back up is in the hospital himself and there is no one to keep to the base, I cant afford the cost of the hotels up there and if I could I cant take a set of little kids to an ICU unit. My BFF is trying to drive up and keep the kids for a little while but I have to wait until Sat to go and I am just about to jump out of my head and heart right now.

 My baby Nick is 25 and he was my BFF growing up. I was 17 when I had him and no help and he was snatched by his dad and tool me a few years to battle with no help to get my baby back from that jerk. I am so broken my little boy was gone long ago and the man that took his place is so ill and broken he is so very sad and never happy and the voices in his head are not friends of his but his enemy and he is grounded only y his mom...I text him and he me every morning. Today was so weird I thought he was maybe having fun with his friends or something sleeping work I don't know but this was not it....He just learned he had Hep C from a tattoo and was so sick and he is just freaking out thinking he will die and then did this. Pray for my family for my son and for God to have mercy on him for he is ill and heal him or take him home quickly and as painless as he can...Please understand ladies my life is so rough I cant really talk to my husband he is so angry right now..He has the balls to say he could not even kill himself right and now someone will have to foot the bill and pay for his care for the rest of his life. I know deep down he loves him but is so angry over this and all the other things he has done over the past several years. He is not right he is mentally ill!!!. I only have my FB friends and family and you all! I am just so broken how sad must a soul be to jump from the 5th floor of a parking garage to the ground below. I am just so heart broken for my son. he is always my baby and the older mom's here know what I mean by that.

If you know someone who is mentally ill please watch over them in this time of year some just snap and cant handle it. Please help them by listing and not judging for some know not what they do and or how to help get the fog cleared.

I thank you all for putting up with, caring for us, and being here as an ear when I so am in need one one. THANK YOU FRIENDS... cyber hugs to you all please love your children extra tonight for tomorrow might not be what you hoped for, dreamed of or ever come.


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Post by: muddy21 on November 22, 2011 11:32:52 PM
Oh, Monica, my heart breaks for you and the pain you're in and for your son and for the pain he was in. Mental illness is so hard on everyone involved.  How do we do battle with something we can't touch or see? I would hold your hand if I could. It's so hard not to get angry even when we have some idea of what they're struggling with. It's so hard to imagine what it is like for them on the inside.  Hold on.   


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Post by: spikefan on November 22, 2011 11:40:42 PM
I'm so sorry Monica. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


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Post by: bananaleg on November 23, 2011 12:36:38 AM
I am so sorry, Monica. I can't even imagine... You, your son, your family are in my prayers.


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Post by: jamiek79 on November 23, 2011 05:10:18 AM
Monica,
I can't even imagine what you are going through. I have seen the clients at my work that similar things have happened to. I know the recovery road but not the acute care portion. It is a long hard road and I have seen many stories that seem like miracles. Those "miracle" folks are beginning life again in new and different ways but they are working on life.  My heart is breaking for you because you already have so much on your plate. Hug those grandbabies tight in the coming days. Use their energy to give you strength. We are all sending you our love and healing thoughts. You do so much and if I had a say in the world I would say that you have had enough. It is someone else's turn for tragedies.   


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Post by: underthemountain on November 23, 2011 05:27:43 AM
Oh Monica, this is so awful.  We are praying for your son, you, and your family.  I can't even imagine all the emotions and pain that this must be causing for all of you.  I'm so very sorry.


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Post by: wwrich on November 23, 2011 09:11:21 AM
Monica, words utterly fail me.  So sorry.  Please remember to take care of yourself.  If not for you, then for the others who depend on you....


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Post by: babalina58 on November 23, 2011 09:41:52 AM
Thank you all. I am just so lost right now. I am glad for the doctors at Fairfax that they are doing what they can.

 I am so angry I just should not have looked online at the media shit I know they are just needing rating and such however for them to print garbage..why they put the Metro spokesperson said non life threatening is beyond me, he is in on a vent, with machines breathing for him and surgery's 3 already and his body is shattered,he is paralyzed and body is in pieces etc and for anyone to think that some dingbat withe the metro is a good person to learn if he has life threat or not burns my ass but beyond that people that chime in and write mean things. I am just so angry this SOB called my son all sorts of names, and does not think the family might read that what kind of a person does that? Just angry that some people are so heartless and cruel!!

I hate the waiting and unknowing and I did put a stop to all contact from info getting out from the hospital to others. Nurse said hid brothers PLURAL called but I put a code on him and I told them NO he did not I just talked to him and his sister are not calling there etc..His "firends" knew he was going to do this and did nothing to hell with them I think they should get a trip to jail but really I am just about to loose my mind.

I am glad I have this outlet you all have been through so much with us that I am always safe here to vent cry rage etc. I am just so broken how bad must he has been and felt to jump from that high, and his cheating girlfriend tried to lie and say she was his wife. IS SHE CRAZY not only no will she get no info but he kicker her out of his life before this and that bitch knew he was going there to jump and did nothing now she wants info about him. FAT CHANCE no way in hell friends like his she needs no enemy's !!

Thanks for letting me vent I swear w/o Craftster I think I would have gone mental a long time ago!


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Post by: gamemom42 on November 23, 2011 10:30:16 AM
Monica, I am so incredibly sorry that this has happened.  I wish I had some pearls of wisdom to drop but all I can tell you is that I'm praying for you and praying that the people who have the power to help you right now will step up and do so.  And I have to say that it looks like you're handling this in typical "Super Monica" fashion.  Look at you managing things from so far away to make sure your boy is protected from people who are just nosy or wanting to interfere.  I hope it works out for your friend to get up there and take over the kids so you can head out and see your son for yourself.  


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Post by: ChrisSews on November 23, 2011 11:22:05 AM
Monica,

I'm so sorry.  I can't imagine how hard this is to deal with.  Wish I was closer and could help but I'll have to just send virtual hugs and healing thoughts from afar. 

Chris


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Post by: J_Kieviet on November 23, 2011 12:33:56 PM
Monica, I am so sorry to hear this has happened to your family.  I'm praying for health and healing for your entire family this year, you've had enough garbage to deal with this year.  


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Post by: skittlebub on November 23, 2011 11:37:29 PM
So sorry to hear Monica. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers xxxx


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Post by: babalina58 on November 25, 2011 09:21:14 PM
 I have to say I can safely vent here. In the middle of all this with my son my freaking mother said it is my fault, he is not mentally ill we did not love him enough as a child, he was not cared for properly, he just was not loved.OMG then my sister told my niece who is REALLY more like a sister to my soon they are really close told her "She give a damn cup was full" she has her own crap to worry about and if he wanted to jump so be it..WOW I am just so angry now my heart is broken and my head is so angry. I have to say I have never ever seen such shit as them and never fit in with them and or acted like them. I don't do drugs and or party hell I did in my early 20's then grew up. I am more like grandma and that really pisses them off.

I am not one to stick my head in the sand or take trash about people like that but damn I am so angry right now...My great uncle flipped when he heard this. I was crying talking to my cousin ( she is my moms 1st cousin I am VERY close to her she is my mom really) and he heard the conversation and I have never heard him curse he is a preacher and just not words he would use but I guess he called her and went off in that hell fire and brimstone way that he can do. I am just so over this I cant believe how in the middle of all of this they act like evil mean witches. I am done with them. After my mother stole 64000 from me I just said I will forgive that is my mom and my 2 sisters begged me to forgive her if they could forgive their mom...boy was that a mistake! How do you treat your kids like that? My son HATES my mother and has not talked to her in YEARS but I got him to call this year and after she started bashing me he hung up and told me never again but I am not evil and would not tell her that. Some people are so awful I guess but to attack your own when they need to lean on them most just sad, angry and numb!

  I am just so devastated and now anger has set in over this all. I am leaving for DC and will be there a few days we are removing the ventilator on Monday and hope he has enough in him to fight to live. If not I will be there with him holding my sons hand as I have to let go. I just am all over the place in emotions I don't understand ( I am not mentally ill) what it must be like to be so sad or hopeless to throw yourself off the side of a building or to take pills or whatever. I am just so beside myself he thought it was a good idea to do this.

I put him under and assumed name and code so that people were not bugging the nurses if someone wants to know what is going on and they are not on my facebook ( family) they can call me. but they will now not even know what is going on at all.



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Post by: J_Kieviet on November 25, 2011 11:06:47 PM
It's always strange how those who should be closest and most compassionate can be so totally opposite.  I hope that those bashing, criticizing, not understanding, realize that their ways have got to change.  If it continues bitterness only grows deeper, and bridges get burnt. 

Know in your heart that you are the best mother for the son you have raised, he wouldn't have been placed in your life if the higher power didn't think you had it in you.  Be strong, have faith, and please don't let downers ruin your wonderful spirit, you're too important for them.

May you continue to be blessed in life by the true friends, and faithful family that you do have surrounding you.  We're all here for you, so vent away.

May you find the strength to go through the next days of the unknown with a faith that whatever happens, there is surely a reason for it.  Praying your son can pull through and know that those who truly care are rooting for him. 


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Post by: underthemountain on November 26, 2011 02:36:29 PM
I'm sorry to hear that your family is adding to your suffering Monica.  Sometimes people react badly in stressful situations.  You know in your heart that you did your best for your son so don't question that or spend anytime being mad at them. There's no doubt in any of our minds here...we see how much you give to your family and to all of your Craftster friends.


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Post by: babalina58 on November 28, 2011 05:40:51 AM
OK girls, I am in DC have been from yesterday. I am leaving Andrews AFB now and headed over to Inova. I cant use my phone there well anywhere really calling out is a nightmare DAMN APPLE iphone really? I get the only one with a glitch and now it has stopped calling and the damn thing will mute when I do and not unmute ( is that a word?) is now....Anyway, I am just numb. I walked out the door and forgot my stuff I wanted to keep busy in the hospital. Grrr but I would not prob have been able to concentrate. There is a whole bunch of people here at the Trauma ICU man, so sad here all on vents, all on deaths door and all family's are just a mess. So sad but comfort in numbers if you can imagine that....

  I am going to have a rough few days then have to go back home and then come back and forth for a while if god or whatever the doctors are able to save him. He is so far from out of the woods the next few days will be the deciding factors of his body really...Pray, say a few words just do whatever sending positive energy to us and to all the family's on the unit...One of the mothers fell out last night in the wait room she  was so distraught her nephew said she had a heart attack. and then a few min after that one of the 23 on the ward just died his machines just started screaming and that Code in trauma ICU that sound and the frantic push of the staff and the fear of the family's all the family's just so numb....

I can have a laptop up there so hope I can get a sig there with wifi but we cant use wifi to bounce our phones they are not allowed....


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Post by: jemimah on November 28, 2011 09:12:55 AM
Hi everyone, I'm back from my trip to San Fran, and just catching up with all my emails and craftster.

Monica, I'm so sorry to hear about your son :(  That is so much to be coping with, I can't imagine how hard it must be. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

gamemom, that must be so scary. I hope treatment goes very smoothly. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

I'm glad to hear things are on the mend for Chrissews' hubby and PFD.

Big hugs to you all from far away.


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Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 28, 2011 11:25:02 PM
babalina, my heart and prayers go out to you!


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Post by: underthemountain on November 29, 2011 06:21:09 AM
Monica, please call me if you need anything. 


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Post by: babalina58 on November 29, 2011 09:00:13 PM
will do I am good for now...This trip is just too stressful to meet up really with anyone. I will be coming back and forth to see my son as he progresses and we will ALL get together just not great company that is for sure so stressed and now not only my son to worry about we all get close up there sitting in waiting rooms etc and we lost 3 over the last 2 days and it is so hard to watch them go through that and know that we are all in the same boat and it is just not fair....But he is holding his own and we tried to remove the vent today but not a good time so we will look tomorrow at that and see how goes...He has sad several surgeries now and several more to go....

What was I thinking not bringing some yarn and or some floss with me to do something while the hours roll by staring at him laying in that bed on the machines..I am just having too much time to think that is for sure.....


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Post by: J_Kieviet on November 29, 2011 09:12:25 PM
Praying for a better day for you tomorrow Monica.  .


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Post by: babalina58 on December 01, 2011 11:51:30 PM
OK ladies I can breath a bit...I am shocked as is the staff the doc said he is meant to be here as his fall from 5 stories should have killed him and or destroyed his brain....GOOD NO GREAT NEWS!!!
 Nick is off the vent breathing on his own that is a HUGE challenge and wow is all I can say! He is getting color and looks GREAT for a kid that took a fall from 5 stories high..
 He is having serious mental psychosis right now and has a 24/7 sitter in his room as I cant be there round the clock but that is OK he likes having someone there. He knows where he is BUT not the year he thinks we still live on Long Island ( we have not lived there from 2000 so hope he gets that back in so many ways but that was the last place we lived where his mental issues were not as much an issue for him...

He is still in the ICU and still under the critical stat. but we have rounded a HUGE corner and my cat is doing great!! ( I call him cat as he has 9 lives I swear)

Poor thing is seeing so many things crawl in the room and it is so sad but I have to laugh and the nurses and I got a giggle..Poor thing thinks something is under his skin and on the walls crawling and trying to get him...then he looked at his finger and the glowing red light from the pulse/ox was the straw that broke the camels back I finally got him to believe it was not going to eat him...Then poor thing looks the other side in the bed and he can only whisper he says Mommy ( so weird to be called mommy again) but he said Mommy, there is a monkey in my bed it is going to hurt me get it out of my bed please get it....I had to tell him...No Nick that is a sock monkey toy I brought for him to play with in the bed...He was thrilled the flying monkeys were not taking him to oz :)

He has 3 more MAJOR surgeries ( hope nothing elese but things are coming up and he will have tons later but these are just the MUST DO FOR NOW FIX...but they must wait for swelling to go down....

so far:
Shattered T1-T3 vertebrata
busted cheek bone
destroyed his pelvis to the point they had to put it back together with plates and cant put in traction as not enough good bone
busted both legs
shattered his heels ( this is a MAJOR DEAL as that is where the arteries are ending and if not careful will loose feet on this one with the damage
his rear end hit the awning on the way down and split him wide open
the bone frags launched all in his body and cut up his intestines really bad to the point they removed huge sections and has now a colostomy bag.
his eyeball was cut
hie eye lit is stitched back together
he is paralyzed

there is more but these are the biggies 


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Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 02, 2011 12:44:32 AM
Incredible miraculous news Babalina. Praying for you all.


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Post by: bananaleg on December 02, 2011 12:50:51 AM
SO glad to hear you've gotten some good news, Monica!


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Post by: underthemountain on December 02, 2011 05:04:13 AM
Monica, that's great that your son is doing so well.  Sending big hugs your way.


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Post by: susanab on December 02, 2011 05:57:55 AM
I am praying for your son, yourself and your family, Babalina. Great that he has turned a corner and signs are so good.


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Post by: mini_mum on December 02, 2011 08:11:07 AM
You and your family are in my thoughts Monica, and I hope all all goes well.


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Post by: wwrich on December 02, 2011 10:39:08 AM
Wow! Just wow.  Keep us informed when you can Monica.  Hugs from Chicago suburbs for you and yours!


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Post by: babalina58 on December 02, 2011 07:16:21 PM
Thanks all...If you want to see pics I have some in my gallery here...

I am just praying and hope it turns out ok...

What is going on in your worlds...I cant be the only one here with issues in the family  let me comfort you all too....


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Post by: J_Kieviet on December 02, 2011 09:34:41 PM
Great to hear he's round a corner Monica, hoping for continued healing both mentally and physically.


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Post by: gamemom42 on December 04, 2011 07:17:59 PM
Monica, it definitely sounds as if that boy of yours is meant to be here on this earth.  I hope the news just gets better and better every day. 

Well, my husband is mostly finished with testing and exploratory surgery.  He does have cancer.  They are calling it head and neck cancer and it is mostly present (and originated ) in the base of his tongue.  He quit smoking in 1995 and it got him anyway.  He never used any type of tobacco other than cigarettes.  They say this cancer is usually present in someone who not only smokes but also drinks.  We have been married 30 years and I've seen him drink two small drinks (and those were over 20 years ago).  Oh well, some people seem to pay for all their sins and some skate right through.  I just don't understand that.

Great news was that there was no cancer in the voice box, esophagus, or wind pipe.  Apparently there commonly is in cases like his.  He will begin chemo on the 15th and radiation on the 19th.  The chemo is a mild type that supposedly has virtually no side effects.  The radiation is a whole different story and is expected to be intense and very rough.  We are hoping to avoid a feeding tube, but apparently most people in this situation end up having to have one. 

His ear, nose, throat guy (who did the surgery), his radiation oncologist, and his medical oncologist all agree that he will beat this.  We have been told that it is not only treatable, but also curable and that the treatment should add decades to his life.  We are praying that they are right and we are clinging to those words with everything we've got.

I can't swap anymore for now because I simply can't spend money on shipping ( I have plenty of stash for the actual projects ) but will be back eventually.  I really appreciate everyone's prayers and will be checking in as often as I have time to see how everyone is.



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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 04, 2011 08:03:29 PM
Well I'm sorry to hear it was cancer but I'm glad that he has a good prognosis. My thoughts with you both.


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Post by: ChrisSews on December 05, 2011 05:04:22 AM
gamemom...

I'm sorry to hear that your husband has cancer.  I know how scary that is.  Hang in there and try to stay positive.  It sounds like the long-term prognosis is good and it's encouraging that it hasn't spread.  It sounds like the radiation will be tough but you'll get through it. 

I'll send healing thoughts your way.  Stop in when you can and let us know how you're doing even if you not swapping for awhile. 


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Post by: jemimah on December 05, 2011 07:12:21 AM
Thinking of you and praying for you too. Do let us know how you are getting on - I hope everything goes smoothly with treatment.


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Post by: babalina58 on December 05, 2011 07:42:45 PM
 I am wrapping my arms tight around you friend and hope you can feel the love. I sent you a message...CALL ME honey if you need or want to talk vent laugh cry ....You have love and support and prayers headed your way!!


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Post by: rlynn on December 05, 2011 09:00:37 PM
oh, gamemom!!  I'm so sorry to hear about your husband.  I am glad to hear though that this is beatable and the doctors are all in agreement that he will beat it.  (((HUGS)))


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 06, 2011 11:20:37 AM
So, of course, as you all know I've had a medical nightmare of a year. (Over Memorial Day weekend, I was in so much pain for days, I went to the ER where they found I had 3lbs of tumors in my uterus. I had four months of this scary medication to shrink them enough for surgery, then a total laparoscopic hysterectomy on October 5th.) My day job wouldn't let me work at all until I was "100%" which meant my last paycheck was June 3rd. Well, they decided that they were going to stop holding my position for me and so I've been "separated from {my} employment" (yes, that's the actual terminology they used. ::) )

So first, they won't let me work, then they decide I've been off work too long and fire me. Brilliant, right? :-\

I just got back from picking up my personal items from my former boss. Now I'm officially unemployed and have $10,000 in medical bills due. Awesome. But in some ways I'm glad they fired me. Bunch of fucking assholes anyway. I mean, really, who treats people that way? Good riddance. >:(


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Post by: rlynn on December 06, 2011 12:38:22 PM
So, of course, as you all know I've had a medical nightmare of a year. (Over Memorial Day weekend, I was in so much pain for days, I went to the ER where they found I had 3lbs of tumors in my uterus. I had four months of this scary medication to shrink them enough for surgery, then a total laparoscopic hysterectomy on October 5th.) My day job wouldn't let me work at all until I was "100%" which meant my last paycheck was June 3rd. Well, they decided that they were going to stop holding my position for me and so I've been "separated from {my} employment" (yes, that's the actual terminology they used. ::) )

So first, they won't let me work, then they decide I've been off work too long and fire me. Brilliant, right? :-\

I just got back from picking up my personal items from my former boss. Now I'm officially unemployed and have $10,000 in medical bills due. Awesome. But in some ways I'm glad they fired me. Bunch of fucking assholes anyway. I mean, really, who treats people that way? Good riddance. >:(

oh geez...what creeps!  i'm so sorry!  people can be such a-holes!!!  is that even legal?  Ugh.  I am sending you the best wishes that something far better comes along.  You deserve to be treated better and after the year you've had you most certainly deserve some sunshine in your life. 


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Post by: bananaleg on December 06, 2011 12:53:40 PM
gamemom, I'm sorry to hear about your husband. Praying for the recovery the doctor's agree will come.

PFD, wow. That is appalling. I'm sorry you don't have a day job, but it's almost not even worth it to work for jerks like that.


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Post by: babalina58 on December 06, 2011 07:37:20 PM
Devine Ms M girl you really dont need that. Go now file for unemployment :) I know something wonderful will be around the corner for you! You are so awsome and down to earth. Special ad you will do something great and they will be sorry! I wish your company would take fire and grow huge to the point that you are known in the glamor world for your beautiful treasures :)


 I had a bit of a melt down today and one of my sweet friends here listened to me and let me vent and I feel pretty good right now..That could be the pain pills I just go LOL I broke my tooth and the nerve is all angry and raging on my face and neck so I went to the doc when my DH got home and feel good now :) still a bit of a throb but not bad at all :)
 

 My son Nick had surgery again today. He just got out about 20 min ago. He had a super long one and the doc is beat so I said please really call me tomorrow and tell me all. He needs rest and my baby is sleeping and he is in no pain and they will take him off the vent tomorrow so all is OK for us at the moment. He said it will take an hour or so to tell me everything and we both have Iphones so he will show me all the films and stuff too..They are so awesome to me and they feel awful I had to go home but Atlanta has school and I could not afford to be gone much longer and it will be OK we are just a car ride away and I can be there in about 5 hours if need be...We are going to be OK long road but just an hour, day at a time and that is HUGE from teh min. by min we were living :)

HAHA you all need a good laugh: Check this garbage out really!!

Oh get this.... Atlanta's school sent me a nasty gram and said she missed a week of school and was turned into the state because it as unexcused  ( I guess some stupid law here ) so I called when I got this and they said because she did not fall from the building it will not be excused...I had a lovely turm that was not lady like but the school WITCH needed to hear what we think of her and her lack of brain cell....I will be going to see the school super this week that is for sure...I called the school told them what happened, talked to her teacher and aid everyday and they were supportive and said not to worry about school right now it was important to be there in DC ( they did not know that Atlanta was not there she was here but my husband cant deal with her "black" hair it is hard for me and she was so upset about Uncle Sticker Bottom"and the school councilor thinks it is OK to turn us in for my son being paralyzed and living BARLEY on a ventilator for 10 days and still in ICU really...But so many take kids out to go on vacation to grandmas and that is OK...HAHA I will unleash on this county before weeks end. this is foolish..My sons doc said he will fax them a letter and they should just really kiss his ass LOL ROTFL to hear his doc say that LOL.. I was shocked that was the most stupid thing I have heard a school say in a while... RYK she missed a week of school get over it really not as if it was not for a good reason we did not go to Disney..gesh, should have the kids that did that got away with it.....No kidding the one set of triplets we have in our class every year take the same 10 days and go to their timeshare but this is OK with the school HAHA Not a chance...but thought you all would need a laugh and shake your heads over stupid things!!


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Post by: rlynn on December 07, 2011 03:03:01 AM
Monica, I just did some back reading because I wasn't sure what was going on...yikes!  I'm so sorry you had to go through something so terrifying, but I am glad to hear he is coming through.

Boo...on the school though.  Such heartlessness. 


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Post by: littlefawnpug on December 07, 2011 01:23:16 PM
Monica, I just did some back reading because I wasn't sure what was going on...yikes!  I'm so sorry you had to go through something so terrifying, but I am glad to hear he is coming through.

Boo...on the school though.  Such heartlessness. 

Im not in the swap at the moment so, hadnt been reading the thread.  I just popped in to see how eveyrone one was and had to read back some too. 

Oh babalina Im so sorry to hear this.  And the school too.  I have been very unhappy with the school here.  To the point where dear hubby finally agreed to let me homeschool our kiddo.  We've been homeschool since last month and both the kiddo and me are loving this homeschool.  I know, that its not for everyone, but its perfect for us.  But with that being said, Im glad the doctor is going to give a paper to you for the school.  Its silly, as kids do miss schoool for vacations, but atlanta cant for this.  Well, I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts. 

Also to gamemom.  Im sorry to hear about your hubby having cancer, but its a blessing that the cancer hasnt spread.  And the fact that the doctors are hopeful that he will beat the cancer, thats wonderful too.  Will also be keeping you in my thoughts too, Ive had close family with cancer so I can symphasize with you.

And with that being said, I plan to join you all next month.  Unless the dear hubbys job thing happens and we move, then I'll have to postpone joining until feb.  But, I have missed this swap.  My two xmas swaps and crafting xmas gifts for family has me busy.  Plus, with homeschool I have less time to craft.   


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Post by: underthemountain on December 07, 2011 03:55:06 PM
Monica, I can't believe how insensitive the school is being about this.  I hope you can set them straight.  Don't they realize that they are adding to your stress.  Ugh. 
I hope you get good news today about Nick.  :)

PFD, I'm so sorry to hear about your job.  Hang tough and try not to stress.  I hope a good job comes your way very soon!


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Post by: babalina58 on December 09, 2011 05:17:30 AM
 Thanks all...His last surgery did not go well. He actually crashed on the table so they had to stop and will try again when his body is a bit stronger but he is holding on thinking he is a 13 year old boy and was hurt playing football so whatever keeps him calm. He told us that not the other way around.. I am just blah right now and I broke a tooth on top of it all so I am just a mess LOL really and cant get fixes until at least Monday and have to find someone to keep Houston as I cant take him with me GURRR... I am off to a field trip with the school ( I go on all so They cant loose here LOL and just the little memories for her :) and then tonight Christmas under the Sea Santa dinner at the Aquarium...so much fun...Pray I dont strangle kids today 120 1st graders and 20 adults Yikes and Houston...dear little PITA today Houston....he woke a great joy today ( feel the sarcasm!?!? LOL)


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Post by: underthemountain on December 09, 2011 06:13:30 AM
Yikes, sorry to hear that your son's surgery didn't go well.  In a way it's good that mentally he's in a place where he's happy.  You are really a saint for giving your all to Atlanta and Houston.  I know it's draining, but it's worth it too, right?

I'm busy organizing for our work holiday party today.  My friend is coming to play Santa for the kids, got the candies, toys, etc.  :)  Tomorrow it's our hula halau party.  I've been crafting my buns off for 12 hula teacher presents.  :)  And I have to go early to do the set up.  Ack, so yeah I feel your pain Monica.  :)  But seeing Lana's and her friends joyful little faces make it all worthwhile.  :)


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Post by: mini_mum on December 10, 2011 01:58:05 AM
had hoped to have finished the overdue stuff for ows76 last night but after an argument (the D word was mentioned  :'() and undoing the same 3 inch seam for the 3rd time I gave up :(
Hopefully things will be a bit more productive over the weekend and I'll get things out begining of the week.

TO everyone who has medical/empolyment/any other worries within their families - hoping for the best possible outcomes for everyone, and good news in time for Christmas.


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Post by: gamemom42 on December 20, 2011 12:52:57 AM
I promised to pop in with updates so here I am.  Even though my husbands PET scan was clear (except of course for the cancer we knew about) the doctors have decided to take a more aggressive approach in fighting his cancer.  Today we go for a six hour appointment for this first chemo treatment.  He will have an infusion then go home with a pump for four days.  We will have three sessions like that, 21 days apart, then begin the radiation and the milder chemo.  These infusions are the old fashioned kick butt chemo that everyone dreads, but the doctors feel it's the best way.  His chemo dr. said he doesn't want to get to the end of treatment and have any regrets about not hitting it with everything they've got.  They still believe he will live through this, they just want to make sure when its over, it's truly over.  They actually gave us the choice, but we feel the only choice is to trust them.

He is expected to be very sick, go very bald, and be totally exhausted for the next two months or so, then they'll let him rest for a couple of weeks before beginning the next phase of treatment.  I can't wait until next Christmas so we can look back and say, "Hey, remember how much Christmas 2011 sucked?"  I'm just trying to keep remembering and reminding him that this is just a really bad, but relatively short, time of our lives and it will be over in a matter of months.

I do have to share the blessing we've had so far in this experience.  We have probably come into contact with no less than 50 medical personnel so far.  Every single one, nurses, doctors, techs, insurance people, registration clerks, radiologist,  everyone... have been 100% kind, patient and humorous.  It's been amazing how wonderful they each and every one have treated us.  What a huge blessing!

Also; we are thrilled beyond thrilled with our doctors.  We did what research we could when choosing them but of course it could have gone either way.  Our three main doctors ( radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and ent surgeon) are amazing and so are all members of their staff.  These doctors call us randomly just to ask me how Tony's morale is or to ask if we need anything.  Amazing!

I hope you're all doing well.  I miss all of you and can't wait to swap again.  I may have to join January even if it's just to make one claim that will be inexpensive to ship.

Monica; I love that Nick is protecting himself by thinking he's a kid with a football injury.  It's amazing how our brains kick in and take care of us when we can't handle things sometimes.  Plenty of time later for reality.

PDF, were you able to get signed up for unemployment.  I know here in Ga. they are talking about all kinds of cuts in that program to pay back some ridiculous loan the state took out.  Nothing like kicking hard working people when they're down, right?


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Post by: underthemountain on December 20, 2011 04:56:14 AM
Gamemom, good to hear from you!!  It's awesome that everyone is doing their best for you and making sure that this ordeal goes as nicely as possible.  Please send your hubby my best wishes for a speedy recovery!!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 20, 2011 08:42:17 AM
My sister had a very aggressive form of breast cancer a few years ago at age 40. They did long, heavy doses of both chemo and radiation. She lost all the hair on her body - eyelashes, eyebrows, you name it. They did it because they wanted to be sure to get it all. I'm happy to report she's 3 years clean and cancer free now. So please keep hope! Looking at her today you'd never know she's survived cancer.

PDF, were you able to get signed up for unemployment.  I know here in Ga. they are talking about all kinds of cuts in that program to pay back some ridiculous loan the state took out.  Nothing like kicking hard working people when they're down, right?
I filed on the 1st but I'm still waiting to hear if I'm approved. They sent me a letter with the weekly amount ($115) and my claim date info and I claimed the first week I was allowed on the 12th, then waited for it to hit my bank account. Well, the whole week went by and it never deposited. Then on Friday the 16th, I get a call from the State. Guy wants more info from me, then says he'll contact my old employer to verify. So I'm still waiting to see if I'll even get it. So frustrating.


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Post by: jemimah on December 20, 2011 11:04:18 AM
Just popping in to say I'm thinking of you all, and keeping you in my prayers. :)

I'm a bit swamped and broke with thesis stuff (my scholarship finishes next month, but my thesis isn't quite finished yet ...) - nothing to worry about, but I might be very limited with swapping for a few months.


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Post by: kayrun on December 22, 2011 10:38:03 AM
I just stumbled onto this thread and wanted to send special
well-wishes to gamemom's hubby --
I am so very sorry to hear of his diagnosis, but it sounds like you said --
it will be a short period of extreme hardship, but then things should be fine afterwards.
Glad you have met so many supportive healthcare staff....that makes a huge difference
when you are in the position you're in.  I know when my dd was going through
her illness & surgery that we clung to the kindness of any & all drs and nurses~
I will surely say prayers for you both in this trying time!
Big hugs~~


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Post by: babalina58 on December 22, 2011 10:45:01 PM
Gamemom we are all praying and sending all our energy to you as your so strong but need all the extra energy you can get to help your family deal with the low points!! YOU are an amazing woman and you can call me anytime sister. I am just hoping your hubby does not get too bad off from teh chemo but go get him some ginger candy :) It helps that is for sure!! YOU got me through it sending ginger candy and can get him through too! XOXO and try to have a Merry Christmas..Your heavy on my heart love!!


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Post by: rlynn on December 27, 2011 03:28:39 PM
Popping in to wish some of my favoritest craftsters some holiday cheer.  Monica, Teresa, and PFD, I am wishing you all especially some positive and healing energies for you and your families.




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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 30, 2011 07:34:31 PM
Popping in to wish some of my favoritest craftsters some holiday cheer.  Monica, Teresa, and PFD, I am wishing you all especially some positive and healing energies for you and your families.
Aw, thanks so much. Good news? Christmas was wonderful. After 13 years, Love got me a ring! So we're finally engaged! ;D



I'm hoping for a much better 2012 as well. At least the year is ending better than it's been. ;)

My FOC subscription is ending and since I can't afford to pay for it right now ($10k medical bills, no job) and I don't see any angel opportunities, I may be out of this thread for a bit.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 30, 2011 07:50:50 PM
Yay!  Congrats!!  That is some ring!   ;D


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 30, 2011 08:10:11 PM
Yay!  Congrats!!  That is some ring!   ;D
Thanks! (It's actually white sapphire, not diamond. But that's fine with me. All the bling, none of the bucks. LOL)


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Post by: babalina58 on December 30, 2011 08:26:41 PM
HOOORAAYYYYY You are engaged I am so so so thrilled and excited for you...Hummm do you all get to craft for your day? Eeeekkk I am just about to jump out of my skin excited for good news for you :)

  WISHING ALL OF YOU A BLESSED AND HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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Post by: rlynn on December 30, 2011 08:48:09 PM
Congrats, PFD!!!  Such a pretty ring!


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Post by: mini_mum on December 31, 2011 03:05:10 AM
congrats PDF =:)  love the ring.

wishing everyone a happy, healthy and crafty 2012!


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Post by: Averia on December 31, 2011 08:16:11 AM
Congrats PFD!!!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 31, 2011 09:18:44 AM
Thanks guys!! ;D ;D


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Post by: jemimah on December 31, 2011 11:53:44 AM
Congratulations!!!

I hope 2012 is a great year for all of you wonderful people, especially if 2011 has been a tough one. Babalina, gamemom and PFD, you have all been in my thoughts and prayers :)


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Post by: underthemountain on December 31, 2011 12:25:10 PM
Yay!  Congrats!!  That is some ring!   ;D
Thanks! (It's actually white sapphire, not diamond. But that's fine with me. All the bling, none of the bucks. LOL)

I love white sapphires...your setting is lovely!!


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Post by: luckdragon on December 31, 2011 12:41:14 PM
Congratulations PFD!  The ring is lovely!!

Happy New Year to you all!  Looking forward to a bright and shiny 2012! :)


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Post by: bananaleg on December 31, 2011 05:55:46 PM
Congratulations, PFD! How exciting! That's how all engagement rings should be... all the bling, none of the bucks! Hehe. Love it.

Happy new year! I hope 2012 brings all the love, happiness, and relaxation you all deserve. :)


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Post by: jo_mama on January 02, 2012 04:44:34 PM
hi all.

i've not been around much lately with the holidays, but i have been reading and keeping up with events.

my daughter's birthday is thursday and i just got a phone call that my grandpa (who shares her birthday and whom i named her after) will likely not live thru the night.  so we have to cancel the birthday party because the funeral will be on saturday.

i'm not close to my grandpa, so i'm not terribly heartbroken, but i'm overwhelmed by the need to fix this for georgia.  my grandma died in october, we spent thanksgiving and christmas eve at a nursing home (which are normally huge fun events for us), canceled our christmas vaca to florida because grandpa got sicker, then a nasty flu wiped out our christmas break.  oh, and santa couldn't deliver the 3ds she asked for.  her 2011 was pretty sucky, and 2012 isn't looking much better.

not that it's been awesome for me, either.

done venting. 

jo


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Post by: underthemountain on January 02, 2012 04:54:42 PM
Jo, I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa and about your daughter's Bday party having to be cancelled.  I'm sure she's been taking all these disappointments very hard, but hopefully when she's older she'll know that you did the right thing and did your best to make things right by her.  Hopefully you can reschedule her Bday party for the next weekend. :D


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 04, 2012 09:44:42 AM
Congrats on the engagement PFD!!! I never even thought about buying a white sapphire rather than a diamond!
I too got a ring for Christmas, not an engagement ring but a beautiful one regardless!

I am hoping that 2012 is much better for all you lovely ladies.  Sometimes the only place to go is up! 


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Post by: babalina58 on January 09, 2012 10:12:33 PM
 Jo, I am so sorry to hear about your sweet little girl and the party. So sorry for the loss of your grands also. I remember how sad you were for the holidays and now this. I hope 2012 gets better for you!!! I have a lovely box coming your way when I get home I was so off with everything just plain ol stupid on that one but it is all done and I just lost time to mail before I left for Oklahoma....

  My great aunts 100th Birthday was a wonderful time. I am so so excited to see her and all my family. It is so wild to see the kids all grown that I have not seen in a long time. I am just so so sad to go home I dont want to It is a good thing I like the grandson and my husband and dogs or I would not leave! Haha I would just move in and that would be that...

Well, we got our orders today ~sigh~ thought we would be going to DC but nope we are going to Cape Cod Mass...Not that living on the cape will be bad but just hate moving so far from my home and all that is there with it. I will miss that for sure!

 


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Post by: littlefawnpug on January 10, 2012 05:35:11 AM
I am just so so sad to go home I dont want to It is a good thing I like the grandson and my husband and dogs or I would not leave! Haha I would just move in and that would be that...
 

I was the same way this summer when I went to visit my parents and siblings.  I had so much fun being with them.  We didnt do much, bascially just sat at the kitchen table talking or in the parlor on the couch chatting and looking at old family photos.  Watered moms garden, sat on the deck and talked til 1 in the morning.  Simple things but so much fun.  I cried my eyes out when I finally had to come home.  I hate living far from my parents & siblings.  We are a very close family, so living far from them really breaks my heart.  If it wasnt for dear hubby waiting at home for me, i wouldnt of even took that plane ride back here.


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Post by: Averia on January 11, 2012 05:54:29 AM
I must post this... I just must...

If anyone is looking for Valentines ideas, don't bother with random searching - Just follow Lindyv321 on Pinterest. My kids have all picked ideas from her pins and we are set!

Thank you Lindy!!!


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 11, 2012 08:44:24 AM
I must post this... I just must...

If anyone is looking for Valentines ideas, don't bother with random searching - Just follow Lindyv321 on Pinterest. My kids have all picked ideas from her pins and we are set!

Thank you Lindy!!!

YAY!! I am going to let my kids pick out what they want to do from my Valentines board too!  Glad I was (unknowingly) able to help!   ;)



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Post by: luckdragon on January 11, 2012 08:54:31 AM
I must post this... I just must...

If anyone is looking for Valentines ideas, don't bother with random searching - Just follow Lindyv321 on Pinterest. My kids have all picked ideas from her pins and we are set!

Thank you Lindy!!!

YAY!! I am going to let my kids pick out what they want to do from my Valentines board too!  Glad I was (unknowingly) able to help!   ;)



Lindy, you have some fun stuff on your valentines board!  I'm stalking, um, following you now too!!


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Post by: underthemountain on January 11, 2012 09:42:12 AM
Those are fantastic pins Lindy!  :)

Reminds me that I need to go to Ikea sometime and get those heart molds.  Lana is sadly out of the crayon phase, but I have nieces.  YAY!  I was thinking of doing lego hearts, but I may hold off...or maybe we'll do that and not do candy. 

Got all my packages ready to go.  I need to do a little care package for my niece today and then I should be ready to send tomorrow.  Then I can claim again.  YAY!!


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Post by: J_Kieviet on January 11, 2012 10:26:38 PM
Yep, one prior swap to fulfill, and then I'll be joining in again {in February, January's money has to go to car insurance}.


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Post by: Averia on January 12, 2012 08:26:17 AM
I really do have the world's dumbest dog. I didn't think she could top chewing up a seam ripper last month. I can't imagine what she saw appealing in a seam ripper as a chew toy. At least we managed to find all the tiny metal pieces in her bedding and nothing was swallowed. Yesterday she got into a bowl of straight pins and 2 threaded needles. My daughter screamed in a panic. Dad and I came running. She seems fine (both dog and daughter). There was no blood and the dog doesn't seem to have any discomfort whatsoever, but half a needle is missing. (If anyone is coming over, please please please do not take off your shoes in my house!). All 5 of us crawled around on our hands and knees trying to find the missing piece, but it has eluded us.

Would anyone like a very sweet, but incredibly dumb beagle?


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 12, 2012 09:40:12 AM
A beagle with a metal craving???  My daughter always manages to find all the lost pins, needles, etc with her feet!  They are usually ones that we didn't even know were missing until she steps on them....


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Post by: jo_mama on January 12, 2012 10:08:34 AM
when i started sewing (once upon a time, long long ago) my husband saw the massive amount of straight pins i was dropping and immediately did the man thing . . . he bought a super power magnet on a stick to sweep across he was walking when anywhere near my space.  he looked like a blind man, but it worked every time.  so i suggest getting some crazy powerful magnets out when you lose a needle.

jo


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Post by: underthemountain on January 12, 2012 10:45:31 AM
A beagle with a metal craving???  My daughter always manages to find all the lost pins, needles, etc with her feet!  They are usually ones that we didn't even know were missing until she steps on them....

Mine too.  I always try to be careful, but somehow pins always manage to escape from me.

Mailed packages off this morning.   YAY!  Will be sending in my PMs when I get home.  :)


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Post by: rlynn on January 12, 2012 11:22:01 AM
Hah!  That is exactly what I do...the magnet thing.  Aria seems to have good fortune.  She finds them but she doesn't step on them...she simply comes running to bring them to me, declaring, "Momma, Sharp!  Sharp!"  ;D


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 12, 2012 12:06:42 PM
Hah!  That is exactly what I do...the magnet thing.  Aria seems to have good fortune.  She finds them but she doesn't step on them...she simply comes running to bring them to me, declaring, "Momma, Sharp!  Sharp!"  ;D

Landon is the lucky one, he never steps on them but can always find them!


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Post by: J_Kieviet on January 12, 2012 04:09:04 PM
I have ommited straight pins from my craft room, I now use V-Clips, no sharp points, won't jab into carpet, and oh so easy to pick up when they fall.


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Post by: mini_mum on January 13, 2012 03:47:32 AM
I have ommited straight pins from my craft room, I now use V-Clips, no sharp points, won't jab into carpet, and oh so easy to pick up when they fall.

what are V-clips??


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Post by: J_Kieviet on January 13, 2012 09:02:56 PM
V-clips are those hair clips that are shaped kind of like a V.
http://lincolnshire-illinois.olx.com/100-snap-clips-for-hair-bows-or-flowers-1-1-2-iid-4776955 {I'm not affiliated with the seller, just didn't have a pic of my own}


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Post by: underthemountain on January 14, 2012 08:51:31 AM
That's clever J_Kieviet!  I've been meaning to teach Lana how to sew a little.  This would be so much nicer for her than pins.  Thanks!!  :) 


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Post by: littlefawnpug on January 14, 2012 09:10:51 AM
I love the idea of v-clips instead of pins.  Im very careful with pins, but would rather not to use them.  Dear hubby on the other hand isnt careful with pins.  I cant do any more claims this round, but will have to add them to my list when i am able claim again.


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Post by: gamemom42 on January 14, 2012 05:51:14 PM
Hi everyone!  I haven't been around in forever and I've missed all of you terribly.  I'm just popping in now to say hi and to say a huge thank you for the heart bomb I received from lindy, rlynn, jemimah, & Chrissews.  What a fun and thoughtful gift! 

I don't remember where we were the last time I was here, but Tony had his second treatment this past Monday.  They are hitting him with what the doctors are calling "old school gold standard chemo" and it's kicking his butt in a huge way.  I won't go into a lot of detail because I'm always concerned that I'll put bad images in someones mind and then they'll get a diagnosis and have to remember the things I said (make sense?) but I will say this is unlike anything we were prepared for and ask that you all say a prayer for him.  He has the last one of these treatments in a little over two weeks (they won't give this mixture more often than every three weeks) then we start daily radiation and a milder once weekly chemo. 

As hard as this has been, the great news is that it's working!  The surgeon and the chemo doctor have both said they are thrilled with how quickly the cancer is disappearing!  It's very possible it will be gone before we start radiation but they say we still have to do that to ensure that it stays gone.  I guess once you start something like this, it's foolish not to go all the way. 

His treatments are $10,000 each not to mention the additional "comfort meds" that are running almost a thousand a month plus scans, tests, shots, etc...  I'm not complaining really, just stating facts.  Our insurance isn't the best since we're self employed and we expect to be quite broke for a long time.  That's okay, but I imagine it could be summer or later before I can start swapping again.  I'll stay in touch though and I can't wait til I can play with you ladies again.

Oh, and PDF... beautiful ring!  Congratulations!


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Post by: littlefawnpug on January 14, 2012 06:30:14 PM
Thanks for the update gamemom42.  And what a blessing to know that the treatment is working so quickly.  Please keep us posted dear and remember if you need to talk or vent theres lots of craftster here willing to listen.


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Post by: underthemountain on January 14, 2012 06:59:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your good news with us Gamemom!  It is crazy how fast those bills add up. When I had Lana they sent me a bill by accident showing the cost for her delivery.  Insurance only paid out $600 for a $10K bill.


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Post by: babalina58 on January 14, 2012 08:57:09 PM
 Bella is a dumb dog too...she eats everything and yep has chewed pins until she got poked and poor thing I pulled one out of her lip but that was about 5 months ago and she has not bothered from that point :)

I am thrilled the cancer is dying off and your hubs will be fine I know it!!! I am so thrilled to see that post!!


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Post by: bananaleg on January 15, 2012 02:22:50 PM
gamemom, thanks for the update. I'm so happy to hear it's working!


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 16, 2012 09:39:01 AM
So glad to hear it's working!  All the yucky sickness from the treatments will pay off in the end! 


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Post by: rlynn on January 16, 2012 09:41:01 AM
gamemom, (((hugs)))  Good to hear that the treatments are working.  I'm sending you and hubby healing thoughts! 


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Post by: muddy21 on January 16, 2012 07:34:00 PM
Not a lot of free time at the moment, but just stopped by to check up on everyone.  Glad to hear DH is doing so well, gamemom!  And, Monica - I know you're disappointed about Cape Cod, but I live just about 45 minutes north of Boston, so maybe we can plan a meetup sometime!  It's not so bad up here, really.  ::)


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Post by: babalina58 on January 16, 2012 10:53:08 PM
Not a lot of free time at the moment, but just stopped by to check up on everyone.  Glad to hear DH is doing so well, gamemom!  And, Monica - I know you're disappointed about Cape Cod, but I live just about 45 minutes north of Boston, so maybe we can plan a meetup sometime!  It's not so bad up here, really.  ::)
I am not disappointed just hate cold and the accent about kills me to hear LOL...I love the history so will be great and Salem for Halloween how fun huh...and meet up YOU BET!!!  haha you can do weekends like the Richies on the cape ROTFL...we ca go to the Kennedy compound as see if they will let us in for dinner or just to pee LOL JK but we will be right there by it..Upper Cape I guess it is called LOL Bourne MA is where the base is

I just was SHOCKED to see that over DC as DC is the detailers hardest jobs to fill and we had 11 diff jobs there, one in Cape Cod, one in CT...we get the Cape REALLY?? I am waiting  for the jokes over you ass is going to Alameda now ....Shhhhh better not talk too loud on that one OUCH!





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Post by: rlynn on January 24, 2012 08:21:30 AM
Just wanted to share some pics of Aria.  She cracks me up.  She picked out this outfit on her own.  We were headed to her Great Grandmother's Wake.  I like to think she was channeling her Great Grandma Sue who was one stylish Southern lady. 






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Post by: littlefawnpug on January 25, 2012 06:11:55 AM
She definantly has style and character rlynn.  ;D Thats so good to see in people.  I hate how so many people act like robots in society.


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Post by: underthemountain on January 25, 2012 06:22:10 AM
I love her!  :)


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 25, 2012 11:21:28 AM
She is simply fabulous!


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Post by: bananaleg on January 26, 2012 07:53:26 PM
So... I'm looking at a picture of PFD on facebook right now... but we're not facebook friends. I didn't even think anything of it. I clicked on it because i thought, "Oh, there's PFD. I wonder what that paper she's holding says." As i was reading her story, i realized we aren't facebook friends, so i wondered how and why i was seeing this picture of her. Then i saw that another friend shared it... and over 17,000 other people have shared it! (That's amazing!)

I hope it's okay i'm posting it here. I just thought it was so cool that your picture has touched so many people, and i saw it randomly on facebook because of a friend who just saw it and decided to share it. So cool.


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Post by: rlynn on January 26, 2012 08:26:03 PM
Thanks, everyone!  Aria is quite the character.  :D

PFD, you rock on with your bad self!  That is so freaking awesome.  I want your pic to show up on my facebook page; I would totally share it.   


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Post by: babalina58 on January 27, 2012 06:16:05 AM
hahaha Love the little fashion bug Aria is becoming ....Man, she was just a tiny baby when we first started swapping and talking :) time flys!!

PFD I have to tell you when I saw this MONTHS ago-- My friend works for the president and I sent a copy of this to him to give to the president and or the staffers... He said they get them a lot really and that it is always a reassurance when they here positive stories with all the neg out there :)



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Post by: wwrich on January 27, 2012 07:08:59 AM
Several of my Facebook friends also posted that picture a couple of weeks ago.  I had the same reaction as bananaleg -- why is there a picture of PFD on Facebook??

...so, I added a link to PFD's blog to the picture...


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Post by: J_Kieviet on January 27, 2012 11:35:44 PM
I guess I'm really lucky to have never had to worry about that for friends or family, as in Canada we have the Medical Services Plan, and because I don't make enough money, it's free for me.  we also have healthy kids program here which helps cover glasses and dental for kids.

Good to hear how the reform is helping down there, so many scoff at our program but we don't have many who don't go for medical assistance because they are afraid of the cost.  Hopefully it continues to help those who need it down there.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on January 28, 2012 04:18:25 PM
You guys are too funny! Yup, that's me! I posted it back on my blog in like, October - http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2011/10/i-am-obamacare/ - and shared it on my PhoenixFunds (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=207610122642586&set=a.207610119309253.46153.154119384658327&type=1) page on facebook. It got some shares and comments and then petered out. Then, a month or so later, it was picked up again and was active but wound down. Recently, it got profiled again and has since been EVERYWHERE. Holy crap, it was on boston.com, moveon.org, dailydot.com and so many others I can't even keep track of them. So much so that my humble little blog has gone over it's bandwidth TWICE this month and is almost at the 2x extended limit of 20GB. It's insane.

I've had a lot of lovely support and comments from it but the sheer number of jerks confounds me. I love the assumptions people make about the high roller lifestyle I'm clearly leading  ::) so I had to make an Assumptions (http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2012/01/assumptions/) entry just to counter some of the The Stupid. (Which is rampant!) It's incredible how hateful some people can be but whatever. Making people aware of aspects of health care reform (such as the PCIP insurance I was able to get which allowed me my surgery) and how this issue impacts real people is worth the jerks.


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Post by: rlynn on January 28, 2012 04:38:22 PM
I just liked your facebook page and reshared the photo!  There are jerks everywhere.  Its fear and misinformation that drives it though.  You're doing a good and courageous thing putting yourself out there...I'm sure you have touched many many hearts and minds.  I had to add my own comment because some of those comments were mind blowing ignorant...so if you see a familiar little face under your photo...that would be me.  Well not the familiar little face, that would be Aria.  But the comment would be from me.  :D


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Post by: babalina58 on January 29, 2012 09:45:01 AM
Really, I know the feeling when Nick had his accident ( AND IT WAS PROVEN but the police that was the eye witness he tossed her his wallet and slipped and fell, he ws called all sort of names and told that he was a waist of space, cant kill himself right, this one guy was pisst he jumped in his nice neighborhood etc and I was IRKED. The paper put a 1 single line retraction and burried it so that you could not poss find it so it is what it is. Spme people are freaking idiots and just need mental help PERIOD some are to stupid and ignorant to find their way from a wet paper bag, and some are just out right evil shits that need to post shit to try to make themselves look better or feel good bashing others. REALLY, tell them what I do GO F YOURSELF! I am so over being nice and hate truly hate people like them.

I am for one GLAD that the "Obama-Care" was put into law, I wish we were more like Canada or Europe and ins for all...and you can get extra if you want better then basic :)

We love you and respect your post and I for one am tickled when I see it go around with my FRIENDS face on it!! my wish before I die is to have medical for all so that so many do not die because of overpriced hospitals and medical care....Simple but true. I have amazing medical but only because my husband is in the military and we pay for this on so many levels so don't think it is free as that is not the case but again why we burden our people when we could help with basic medical for all is beyond me!! IMHO as my daddy would have said....


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Post by: rlynn on January 30, 2012 10:30:03 AM
PFD, so funny that this even came up because guess who's photo popped up on my facebook feed?  Yeah, that is right.  Speak Out, one of the sites I follow posted your photo!  I commented, left a link, and asked folks to send your Phoenix Funds facebook page some love. I also might have hinted that you make some fabulous jewelry.  Maybe. 


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on January 30, 2012 03:19:46 PM
PFD, so funny that this even came up because guess who's photo popped up on my facebook feed?  Yeah, that is right.  Speak Out, one of the sites I follow posted your photo!  I commented, left a link, and asked folks to send your Phoenix Funds facebook page some love. I also might have hinted that you make some fabulous jewelry.  Maybe. 
Aw, thanks rlynn!! Appreciate that. ;D


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Post by: lindyv321 on January 31, 2012 12:37:13 PM
Your bandwidth has been exceeded again!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on January 31, 2012 02:52:24 PM
Your bandwidth has been exceeded again!
Yeah, I know. It's the last day of the month though so I'm not going to worry about it. It will reset tomorrow. My host was so nice and upped my bandwidth twice this month for free so for 1/2 a day, I'll just deal.  ;) My humble little blog used over 20GB of data transfer just this month alone. Insanity!!


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Post by: jo_mama on January 31, 2012 03:18:30 PM
Your bandwidth has been exceeded again!
Yeah, I know. It's the last day of the month though so I'm not going to worry about it. It will reset tomorrow. My host was so nice and upped my bandwidth twice this month for free so for 1/2 a day, I'll just deal.  ;) My humble little blog used over 20GB of data transfer just this month alone. Insanity!!

do you have analytics set up on your blog?  for traffic like that you could be making some serious cash by selling ad space!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on January 31, 2012 07:15:36 PM
do you have analytics set up on your blog?  for traffic like that you could be making some serious cash by selling ad space!
Sorta. I have wordpress stats and such plus my domain cpanel has stats/visitor info but to be honest, I don't know much about ads or how to price them or what since it's just my personal blog, you know? I mean, I normally have like 80-100 visits a day so I'm kinda in over my head with how popular it's become!


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Post by: babalina58 on January 31, 2012 09:05:47 PM
do you have analytics set up on your blog?  for traffic like that you could be making some serious cash by selling ad space!
Sorta. I have wordpress stats and such plus my domain cpanel has stats/visitor info but to be honest, I don't know much about ads or how to price them or what since it's just my personal blog, you know? I mean, I normally have like 80-100 visits a day so I'm kinda in over my head with how popular it's become!
You are VIRAL baby yahhhhhh.....


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on March 23, 2012 10:43:34 PM
You are VIRAL baby yahhhhhh.....
My image made it to the OFFICIAL Barack Obama tumblr page!!

http://barackobama.tumblr.com/post/19796555476/maybe-youve-seen-this-photo-going-around-its

How freaking cool is that?? ;D ;D


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Post by: quilted on March 24, 2012 08:01:23 AM
Wooo Hooo!!!!!!!!! PFD, thanks for helping make our country even better!!  :D


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Post by: underthemountain on March 24, 2012 08:21:27 AM
That rocks PDF!!  :)  Woohoo!!


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Post by: babalina58 on March 24, 2012 09:56:56 AM
Well, I am super glad for you to have it all work out but so sad on the other hand so many are acting like they think it is a horrific thing for Americans to help Americans OR haha government to have a medical plan RYFK Look to other countries that have free medical and look at our stupid bickering asses and think we all started somewhere right?? hope there will be medical for all w/o high cost one day!!!


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Post by: klg_jlg on March 29, 2012 07:19:17 PM
Just remembered this little thread existed.. =)


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Post by: Averia on March 30, 2012 03:56:07 AM
It has been a long time since we have gotten any updates here on how folks are doing. I hope no news is good news!


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Post by: lindyv321 on March 30, 2012 10:36:06 AM
I have nothing new to report in my life!  Just working, reading, crafting, cooking, mommying, and blogging about it ;)


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Post by: littlefawnpug on April 03, 2012 02:01:05 PM
It has been a long time since we have gotten any updates here on how folks are doing. I hope no news is good news!

Well, I've been quiet because we've been busy with a move.  But, im back now!  Whooo!  :)  Gotta love this place!  I need to send in my questionaire for Aprils OWS round.  Im needing some crafty goodies to display in my craft room and all kinds of crafty goodies for other rooms in the house.  ;D


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Post by: lindyv321 on April 03, 2012 03:01:00 PM
Welcome back MissMoppet! We missed you! I hope your move went smoothly


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Post by: quaggy on April 03, 2012 05:57:57 PM
MissMoppet welcome to Texas.  Maybe we can meet up one day in the future!  Glad to have ya back!!!!!!


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Post by: gamemom42 on April 04, 2012 07:46:28 AM
Hi everyone!  My husband finished his last chemo treatment yesterday!  We have three more radiation treatments so we will be finished with all this awfulness this Friday!   We will have a few months of healing to get through but they've said he will probably be eating soft solid food within a month and should be off most of the pain meds within six weeks.  The best news is that they believe the cancer is truly and completely gone.  We're getting there. 

My goal is to join back up with you guys in June... I can't wait!

Hope you're all doing well.


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Post by: babalina58 on April 04, 2012 08:04:17 AM
Hi everyone!  My husband finished his last chemo treatment yesterday!  We have three more radiation treatments so we will be finished with all this awfulness this Friday!   We will have a few months of healing to get through but they've said he will probably be eating soft solid food within a month and should be off most of the pain meds within six weeks.  The best news is that they believe the cancer is truly and completely gone.  We're getting there. 

My goal is to join back up with you guys in June... I can't wait!

Hope you're all doing well.
NOW THIS IS REASON TO CHEER!!! shoot me your addy into my inbox :) I have something for you and hubby!!


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on April 04, 2012 08:19:54 AM
The best news is that they believe the cancer is truly and completely gone.  We're getting there.
YAY!!!! That's great, gamemom41!! I'm so happy for you and your husband.


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Post by: lindyv321 on April 04, 2012 08:36:43 AM
That is wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Post by: littlefawnpug on April 04, 2012 09:10:56 AM
Welcome back MissMoppet! We missed you! I hope your move went smoothly
Thanks, it went smoothly, the weather and traffic was excellent for us.  A long drive, but smooth.  Nothing broke during the move and we only forgot a few small items.  Like our salt/pepper shakers and my most favorite leather belt.  ha ha. 

MissMoppet welcome to Texas.  Maybe we can meet up one day in the future!  Glad to have ya back!!!!!!

Thanks!  We love it here.  Its different, but very interesting.  I get excited at the sight of palm trees, limes trees and the heat.  ;D  And yeah, once I learn this area we should totally meet up.   ;D

Hi everyone!  My husband finished his last chemo treatment yesterday!  We have three more radiation treatments so we will be finished with all this awfulness this Friday!   We will have a few months of healing to get through but they've said he will probably be eating soft solid food within a month and should be off most of the pain meds within six weeks.  The best news is that they believe the cancer is truly and completely gone.  We're getting there. 

Thats wonderful news!  My grandpa survived cancer as did other realitives so, I can totally relate to your happy news!


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Post by: quaggy on April 04, 2012 03:22:15 PM
Gamemom fantastic news and thanks for keeping us updated!


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Post by: underthemountain on April 05, 2012 05:12:52 AM
That's so awesome gamemom42!!  :)



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Post by: littlefawnpug on April 05, 2012 01:49:20 PM
Re-did my wish list and just sent in my questionaire for approval!  Whoo! 


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Post by: ChrisSews on April 08, 2012 04:49:38 PM
Great news that the cancer is gone,  gamemom42!!  Now you and hubby can just concentrate on healing and recovering from all the treatment. 


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Post by: jo_mama on April 16, 2012 06:47:46 AM
omg!  i just got my acceptance letter for an art/craft show in july!  very excited!

we are limited to the table top space of a 6 foot table, so i need to get crafting and editing what can fit.  and i've never done a show in summer, so i won't have all my scarves and cowls to fill up space.

that is all.  eeeeeee

jo


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Post by: underthemountain on April 16, 2012 07:19:17 AM
Congrats Jo_mama!!  I must warn you, those shows are addicting!  Good luck!  I'm sure you'll be a huge success!!!


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Post by: jo_mama on April 19, 2012 12:49:02 PM
tomorrow i am having a FREESALE at my house to clean out my garage to make room for my airbrush studio!  getting tons of stuff out of the house, but my one little craigslist ad has my email inbox bursting.  i hope i don't bring too many people over and make the neighbors mad  :-\  all well, look at me!  i am getting rid of clutter!


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Post by: babalina58 on April 19, 2012 01:24:43 PM
Great Job Jo!! Way to clear it out and share your unwanted with others...Freecycle is another way of doing it I love ( more in citys then rural but cant wait to get back to a populated are and freecycle :)


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Post by: underthemountain on April 19, 2012 03:00:59 PM
I love Freecycle too.  It is such a great way of recycling.  I did a major purge a few months ago and most of it I was able to freecycle.


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Post by: littlefawnpug on May 31, 2012 09:41:08 AM
Oh my, so I'm sitting here reading the threads and i glanced out the big window and SMACK!  A blue bird took a dive right into the window.  I couldn't help but laugh, I must do an extremely good job with my window cleaning. :D


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Post by: babalina58 on May 31, 2012 10:02:15 PM
Oh my, so I'm sitting here reading the threads and i glanced out the big window and SMACK!  A blue bird took a dive right into the window.  I couldn't help but laugh, I must do an extremely good job with my window cleaning. :D
haha Sad to laugh but made me giggle....


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Post by: lindyv321 on June 01, 2012 10:10:13 AM
Birds scare the crap outta me!  Whenever they fly in front of my car I duck LOL!

In other news I found out that I am going to be aunt!  Not sure if it's good though since it's my VERY immature 17 year old brother and his also immature 16 year old girlfriend who will be becoming parents in December.  I guess we will see how things go.....I am TEENY bit excited for there to be a new baby in the family....


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on June 19, 2012 08:22:31 AM
Oh guys, I'm having a very bad week.

I found out yesterday that the nearly $4,000 we've spent on fixing the a/c in Love's car last year (that we're still paying off) wasn't done correctly and everything they told us was a lie, all that money was wasted and now I need to spend about another $2k to get the car fixed for real this time. All the sordid details are in my blog here. (http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2012/06/a-very-bad-day/)

Worse than that is the fact that until at least $500 of work is done on it, we can't even drive it because the damage to the a/c system also damaged the radiator fan (the thing that keeps the engine from overheating) so it doesn't turn on. Today, I'm going to try to get that part fixed at least but I'm so overwhelmed and upset and I need to charge the repairs to my Mom's credit card because I don't have the money.

Seriously, the number of times I've dealt with this exact issue so far and how much money has been wasted is truly sickening. I'm in a bad place emotionally right now and I'm just not sure how much more I can take. :'(


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Post by: lindyv321 on June 19, 2012 09:48:00 AM
Oh no!  I have been screwed by mechanics in the past too and ended up just throwing away money.  I cannot stand how people can be so dishonest!!!!!  I drove a car around in the Arizona summer with no A/C one year because a mechanic didn't fix things correctly.  Poor Adia was only a baby.  It was miserable.

Can you take it back to the original shop with a receipt or something showing that all the work they did was wrong and try to get some money back?  Or go back and demand they fix their shoddy work?  

I finally ended up buying a new car with a warranty cause I was so sick of paying to fix my POS car.  It was almost worth a car payment to not have to deal mechanics.

Any who I really hope that things get worked out!  Sucks how everything always has to be such a struggle.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on June 19, 2012 10:16:25 AM
Ugh, yeah. For now, we're going to fix the fans (so it's operable) and see where we go from there.

The thing is, the entire system was supposedly fixed the last time. We paid for every component under the sun. Compressor, condenser, evaporator, motor fan assembly, blower, a resistor of some kind - I don't recall it all off the top of my head but it was an exhaustive list of parts. Which is why the second repair was $2,200. Which is why I'm so frustrated now.

It's been less than a year and by all evidence, the work was just not done correctly last time. They most likely didn't actually clean the system which is why we now are out the radiator fan as well. But they won't acknowledge that and they won't stand by the work since we've put too many miles on it for them to consider it under warranty. (Love drives 40 minutes one-way for his job each day which is where the miles come into play.)


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Post by: lindyv321 on June 19, 2012 10:40:29 AM
I have been there so I totally feel for you!


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Post by: Trish Fantastic on August 22, 2012 04:01:35 PM
Hey guys! I am just getting back on the OWS train after more than a year break (illness, school, work, etc.) I changed my Craftster name in the interim... I *think* it was thexdish, haha. I am looking forward to being back and catching up on all that I have missed.


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Post by: Averia on August 22, 2012 07:54:58 PM
It is good to have you back! OWS has become a sort of quiet place in the last few months - hopefully with my kids back to school next week I will have more time to make claims.


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Post by: babalina58 on August 22, 2012 08:22:32 PM
It is good to have you back! OWS has become a sort of quiet place in the last few months - hopefully with my kids back to school next week I will have more time to make claims.

It has been WAY WAY to quiet!! I cant wait to heal and get back in the swing. We have the holidays coming so need to get our stuff done you know :D


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Post by: Averia on August 22, 2012 08:30:00 PM
I should come up with some christmas ideas already - all the crafted stuff my kids got for christmas last year came from Atsuko oops I mean underthemountain (and what great stuff it was!!!) If I start planning now, I can skip shopping completely? maybe?


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Post by: J_Kieviet on August 23, 2012 09:54:03 PM
I have to catch up on 2 long over due swaps, epic fail, life got in the way, yand I couldn't find the right fabric, so now I will modify the plans, and hope to get them in the mail this week so I can join again - but from now on, I'm only claiming for things I have ready to go or can easily make. 


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Post by: Trish Fantastic on August 25, 2012 02:44:15 PM
Thanks! I understand busy lives. My husband is opening a rock climbing gym next month and we are in the crunch time. Everything is CRAZY! I am also now a pet portrait painter and that keeps me busy on it's own. But I soooo miss swapping so I am making it work, haha.


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 11, 2012 01:13:16 PM
Hi everyone!  I can't believe I haven't checked in since April, that's just crazy.  My husband just got his latest scan results back a couple of days ago.  We're six months out of treatment and the scan was completely clear!  It was such a great scan that our next one isn't going to happen til June!  That's very exciting but also very scary.  He is having surgery to open his throat up so that he can swallow better within the next few weeks I think.  He still has one area in his mouth that has sores, but that's slowly healing too.  We're getting there.

I miss swapping so much but my family finally (after years and years of my begging) agreed to do an all homemade Christmas this year!  Needless to say, I'm swamped just trying to get all those gifts made.  It looks like it will be January before I can jump back in and I just can't wait. 

I'm going to ask for a favor from all the OWS regulars.  Could you all answer this message with a few lines bringing me up to date on what's been happening with you this year?  Just the high points (or anything you want to tell me).  I thought it would be good to do it in this thread in case someone else from past OWS swaps is lurking wondering what in the world is happening with everyone.  What do you think?

I hope everyone is doing well.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on October 11, 2012 04:45:53 PM
I'm so happy to hear your husband is doing well, gamemom42!! That's awesome!

I finally (finally!!) have reached my 1 year anniversary of surgery. It was October 5th. That means I am now finally at 100% healed internally. It's been such a long, hard year but I honestly believe I'm better off now then I was when this started.


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Post by: muddy21 on October 11, 2012 08:00:06 PM
Hi gamemom42 - how lovely to hear from you!  I've thought of the two of you often and hoped that you'd be popping in sometime.  :)

All's well here.  My son who was having such a hard time in his first year of college last year is at home, for which I'm very thankful.  He's taking classes at the local community college and after striking out with job-hunting all summer has recently been hired to work at a new L L Bean outlet store that just opened near here.  They seem to be a great company to work for - biggest problem is not spending all your paycheck before you get out the door to come home!!  My younger son's a senior now and starting to look at colleges, too.  In two weeks he's off to Indianapolis for the national convention of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) where he'll be the NH state flag bearer in their opening and closing processions.  I had a blip with skin cancer during the summer but it's gone now.  Still hoping to find a teaching job but that just gives me a bit of something to look forward to, I figure!  All is reasonably well in this corner of New England - even if winter is just around the corner  :o :o


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Post by: underthemountain on October 12, 2012 07:03:13 AM
Yay!  That rocks Gamemom!!  Congrats to you and your hubby!!

Things are good here.  Lana is in 3rd grade now.   She loves her friends and teachers and life in general.  She's been reading up a storm and working hard on her writing which makes me very happy.  I'm doing a bit of crafting here and there.  My most recent things involve making some goodies for their Halloween party--blinking eye rings and sugar skulls to do a DOTD craft. 


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Post by: Averia on October 12, 2012 12:08:27 PM
Hey Gamemom! yay for hubby doing well! Give him hugs from all us craftsters!

Things are good here - mom is past her mastectomy and coping as well as one might hope with chemo. Her final treatment is 12/20 just in time to make her a mess for Christmas, but it feels good to be headed toward the end of the treatment. My teenager is frighteningly boy crazed and playing JV soccer for her high school. My second daughter (previously reported on here as my challenging child) has settled down this year to give me a break while her older sister is giving us headaches  ;D My little guy is 10 and having a blast being in 5th grade, playing the tuba and riding his bike all over creation with his friends (riding without parents along is new for them this year).


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Post by: gamemom42 on October 12, 2012 07:46:25 PM
PFD:  I'm so happy that you're finally fully healed from your surgery.  I think those milestone dates do as much for us mentally as they do physically.   I know I'm looking forward to April 9th, 2013.  That will be Tony's one year anniversary of his last chemo/radiation treatment.  I hope this next year is a drama free (and certainly a pain free) one for you.

muddy21:  How great that your son is home and pursuing his education in a way that's more comfortable for him.  A dear friend of mine has a daughter who did the same thing last year.  She tried so hard to be okay at a large university away from home and almost had a nervous breakdown before finally coming home.  She enrolled in community college and has been happy and doing great in all of her classes.  There are so many options out there and it makes me sad when people think there is only one right way to go about things.  

My husband was in the FFA when he was in school.  We haven't had that here for years and years; I didn't know it still existed.  What an honor for your son!

I am beyond thrilled to know that your "blip" with skin cancer was nothing more than that.  It seems that you can't blink without running into someone who has cancer now.  I actually know 3 small children with different cancers right now.  So sad.

underthemountain:  Love your name change!  Wow, 3rd grade?  That doesn't seem right to me, so I know it has to seem crazy to you.  Of course; my babies turned 24 and 26 weeks ago and that doesn't seem possible at all.  I see from lurking around that she is just as pretty as ever.  What does she like to write?  Both of my daughters have a flair for writing but lack the confidence to try to do anything with it.  I truly think Whitney could write and sell songs, I hope someday she will give it a shot.  

Averia:  Tony had his first chemo treatment last year on Dec. 19th.  We worked so hard to pretend Christmas was okay (for the kids) and somehow we got through it.  It's just amazing what we can do when we make up our minds to do it one step at a time.   I'm shocked when I think of how strong we all were through Tony's cancer and treatment.  I hope your mother does well with her treatments.  One thing that surprised us was that Tony's treatments didn't really get progressively worse like we assumed they would.  There were some treatments that just didn't make him feel as bad even though it was the exact same medicine in the same dosage.  I kind of felt that maybe that was divine intervention or something because he needed a break.  Whatever it was, it was nice and I hope your mom gets those breaks too.  

I guess it's nice of your younger daugther to let her sister be the "problem child?" for a while.  Boy crazy can be scary indeed.  It sounds as if all is well with your boy, they're all growing up so fast aren't they?  With my girls at 24 and 26 I can honestly say I enjoyed every age and phase, although I'll admit some of those phases did cause me to lose a bit of sleep.  I adore having grown daughters now, I enjoy my girls so much.


Thanks so much guys for the updates.  I hope to hear from a few others soon.  Of course, now I'm just dying to get back into the OWS.  I think I'm going to work my self silly on Christmas presents tomorrow and just see how much I can accomplish.  Maybe if I stay focused I can join sooner than I think.


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Post by: Averia on December 06, 2012 03:39:54 PM
I'm feeling an overwhelming need to post this somewhere - Chemo sucks!!!! Mom was so sick for 3 days about a week after the 4th out of 6 treatments that she could not make it to the bathroom alone. We talked to several docs about skipping the last 2 treatments and everyone said we ought to continue. We continued and now mom is in the hospital with dehydration. They put 5 units of fluid in last night and it wasn't helping at all because of chemo induced diarrhea was making it come out as fast as they pumped it in. 73 years old and her heart rate was 165 lying in bed and blood pressure of 77/43. I don't think she will survive another dose. I feel so helpless sitting there watching her suffer. Sorry to dump this here, but it had to come out of me.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 06, 2012 03:48:44 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that your mom's chemo treatments are so tough.  I hope they'll be able to figure out something less harsh, but still effective for your mom.
Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.


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Post by: babalina58 on December 10, 2012 09:25:06 PM
 Sweetie, we are glad you came to vent here. We are always here to listen and support you. It has to be so hard for you to watch but know she will get through this just so very rough. I am coming down in Jan and hope we can get together and just sip tea and hope your mom is better soon! I am so sorry that your mom is having such a hard time but know your not alone!!


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Post by: gamemom42 on December 28, 2012 01:55:06 PM
I just sobbed reading your message, Averia.  There were so many days and weeks we really just didn't think we would survive during Tony's treatment.  I see it's been over 3 weeks since your last post.  I hope things are a little better but I realize that they probably aren't; not yet.  I don't have any magic words to make things better but I can say this:  If you had ask me any time between last December and April if we were going to make it, I would have burst into tears.  I simply didn't see any way in the world that we would be okay.  Well, we did make it (I truly have very little memory of many of those days and Tony has no memory at all of them).  After treatment was over in April, we suffered a few more bad months because things didn't get better as quick as we had been told they would; but again, we made it.  We are a few days past Tony's one year anniversary of his first treatment.  He is strong, healthy, and 95% okay.  That 5% are issues like not being able to eat a lot of his favorite foods anymore and worrying about his health more than he should .  They are things we can learn to live with.  I hope with all my heart that this message finds you doing much better and your mother feeling okay, but if not just hang in there.  You can do this, I know that.


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Post by: Averia on December 29, 2012 10:47:52 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words gamemom. my mom is doing much better. She is in rehab and the plan is to get her home in another couple weeks, maybe even sooner depending on how the PT goes. She has shown an amazing amount of strength through this whole ordeal. I can't wait for life to get back to normal, whatever that might be.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 29, 2012 05:48:06 PM
Gamemom and Averia, any tips on the kinds of things that made it easier for your hubby/mom...things like soft toothbrushes, soft clothes, etc.  Do these kinds of things make a difference?  One of Lana's teachers is going to be undergoing chemo and we'd like to get a few things to help make her as comfortable as possible.  Thanks!!


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Post by: Averia on December 31, 2012 05:02:01 AM
I wish I knew something to tell you that could make it easier. Monika recommended ginger hard candy but mom did not find the idea appealing. The one thing my mom wanted the entire time was red seedless grapes. I would imagine like pregnancy the cravings are different for each person.


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Post by: underthemountain on December 31, 2012 07:46:41 AM
Ah, that's a good tip!  I've heard that chemo leaves a bad taste in your mouth, plus nausea.  I'll see what I can come up with!


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Post by: gamemom42 on December 31, 2012 11:06:00 AM
Yeah, I think it's very different for each person.  Tony lived on strawberry ensure for almost seven months.  He couldn't tolerate anything else in his mouth.  He couldn't even use a toothbrush, only a soft cloth.  One thing that he was given that he loved was a very heavy fleece blanket that a friend made for him.  He froze all the time and that heavy blanket felt so good to him (we have a house full of blankets but he loved that one).  Another thing he had to have were noise cancelling earphones.  He couldn't stand earplugs but noise would literally make him feel sick some days and he wore the earphones with no music to cancel normal household sounds.  Several friends gave us gifts "for when we were whole again", things like restaurant gift cards and movie tickets.  They wrote sweet notes reminding us that it wouldn't be too long until we could do normal things like that again and it made us both feel more hopeful.  We've used all those gift cards and when we did it felt so amazing to think how far we have come.

I think it's beautiful that you want to make Lana's teacher feel better.  If she hasn't yet, I would definitely have Lana make a little knick knack for her (maybe a little sun catcher or something to put on the rearview mirror of the car to remind her how much she is loved).  You feel so incredibly alone through cancer treatment and it helps so much to have constant (unobtrusive) reminders of how much you are loved and thought of.


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Post by: phoenixfiredesigns on December 31, 2012 12:01:20 PM
My sister was cold all the time going through chemo. I guess you never realize how much having hair helps keep you warm until it's gone! She was SO sensitive to everything so ultra soft things were really important. A friend of mine knit her a super soft, loose and comfy hat to wear and I know that helped a lot.

If ginger candies are too much, you can buy ginger pills. They're in with vitamins. I find them at Wal-Mart. They help with motion sickness too. Also, peppermint tea helps with upset stomach/nausea as well.


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Post by: Averia on January 26, 2013 09:36:30 AM
We have been way too quiet out here! So gonna talk a bit and give an update on my mom. She has been home from rehab for a couple weeks now and yesterday was her first outing - and where did we go? to see the oncologist - fun times! Anyway, he says she looks pretty good and other than a pill a day for the rest of her life, she is done with treatments. We come back in a month for another checkup to make sure all is still good. It has been a rough 10 months, but we made it through!

I am going to be beyond busy this week since she has scheduled all kinds of checkups. We see a GI guy to make sure the c diff she picked up in either the hospital or rehab is really gone, an eye dr to check on the cataracts she hasn't had looked at before the whole cancer thing started, pulmonary to check on the copd, the heart guy to check on her high blood pressure and she hasn't lined it up yet, but we got names from the oncologist for a new internist because she isn't thrilled with her current one. Did I mention she wants to use my gyn to get a pap smear since she has never had one? I'm feeling a little funny about that - dunno if i like sharing intimate details with the same doc my mom is going to be sharing intimate details with...

Oh well, life is good. Future is bright and busy. So um when does the hair start coming back? Last Chemo was at the end of November.


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Post by: babalina58 on January 26, 2013 09:43:14 AM
Humm, I would not want to share doc's with my mom or daughter for that I guess... I am glad she is done and all is going to go well in the future for sure for her :D I cant believe the long road that we have all come together and popped up the other side not worse for ware :D Life is good with the craft family's here and that is a blessing!!


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Post by: underthemountain on January 26, 2013 05:39:15 PM
Good to hear that your mom is doing well Averia.  I'm sure alot of that has to do with all the care and love you've given her!  :)

I am still waiting to see how Lana's teacher is doing.  In the meantime I organized a photo picture card for her.  Basically everyone writes out one word of a greeting and takes a picture with it.  It came out awesome and I was able to mail it on Friday.  Hopefully she'll get it soon.


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Post by: babalina58 on January 29, 2013 07:15:39 PM
 Well par with the course today... I was going to make some crafty goodness for a swap and I get a call from the school... They said Alana was saying she wanted to come home as her ear hurt!?!? Umm OK, so I go to the school and WTF she is bleeding out her ear and I take her to the hospital and she has a ruptured eardrum. I guess she fell from the monkey bars ( that HELLO they were not to be out on in the first damn place as it was still icy and crappy so should have been inside) and she slipped and fell on her head and hit so hard ruptured her eardrum. I was so heated they acted like oh, no big deal and they had NO clue what happened but the staff knew as she was crying and had to be helped.. WTF so over this hell hold and the BS they toss out here.... Gurrrr CLAWS OUT and need to be painted!!! Poor kid, hope it heals on its own as they said if not in a few days they will have to do surgery to cover the ear drum. She is out of school for the week and I can tell you if they EVER pull this crap again they will see the vicious pit viper I can be.


These are the same yahoo's that think it is a good idea to have kids jump and do flips off mini trampolines.. My friend's little girl was hurt today and has to go to ortho as she will have to have surgery.. WTH this is 1st grade!!! UNIMPRESSED fo sho!


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Post by: gamemom42 on January 29, 2013 07:26:39 PM
Oh wow, that is ridiculous!  Any child can get hurt at school, but the adults on the scene were apparently clueless.  That's scary.  My daughter fell in the bathroom in middle school and I got a call that she had bumped her head but was fine and wanted to stay at school.  I asked to talk to the school nurse and the nurse told me she had checked Tara and she was fine.  Well, when I picked her up after school she had an egg the size of a baseball on her head and her pupils were so dialated that they were completely black, no blue left at all.  Needless to say, we went straight to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a severe concussion.  Later, I discovered that the school "nurse" was simply a volunteer mom.  If they had told me there was no nurse, I would have gone that very minute to pick my daughter up and see for myself that she was okay. 

I hope your sweet girl is okay and avoids surgery.  Poor thing.


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Post by: underthemountain on January 29, 2013 09:50:14 PM
That is really scary Monica.  I would have been livid too!! One good thing about Lana's school is that they have a registered nurse there.  Lana tripped and hit her head on the sidewalk a few months back and they immediately called me.  They checked for a concussion and observed her for 30 min before releasing her back to her class. 
I would have freaked out if I had seen Alana with blood coming out of her ear.  You really should write a letter of complaint to have something documented.


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Post by: babalina58 on January 30, 2013 07:49:39 AM
That is really scary Monica.  I would have been livid too!! One good thing about Lana's school is that they have a registered nurse there.  Lana tripped and hit her head on the sidewalk a few months back and they immediately called me.  They checked for a concussion and observed her for 30 min before releasing her back to her class. 
I would have freaked out if I had seen Alana with blood coming out of her ear.  You really should write a letter of complaint to have something documented.
They have a nurse, not a parent or volunteer and for her to be so flip OHHHH HELLL NOOOOOOO! I have claws sharp today and with the doc not being impressed at all he is contacting the super also. I am demanding a meeting and if they are lucky I might show without a lawyer! How the hell this can happen and they just fluff it off.. OHHH This happened at about 9:30 in the morning and did not contact me until she has be sent BACK TO CLASS and still crying and complaining of her ear hurting and they called me to pick up at 1:13 pm... I am so angry at the lack of give a crap!!


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Post by: babalina58 on February 02, 2013 06:52:07 AM
Man, I cant catch a break~ Last night was soooo LONG. My angel boy Ralphie cried out and something was wrong ( the night before last going potty) But came in and all was well until LAST night.. He was panting ( sign of pain in a pooch) and then unsure footing and wobbling on his back legs. He is a French Bulldog and they have huge issues in later life ( Now, they are short life dogs over their spines and joints adv about 5-7 years) I gave him meds and he rested but my vet wants to do xrays and see from there what is going on. I am so freaked out right now as he is my baby boo and the sweetest little love in my life. I adore my dogs Yes, Naughty Bella too but not like my Ralphie... He helped me so much when I lost my Buster 2 years ago :'(  I cant even think that this could be Ralphie's last bit of time... They 9 times out of 10 have to be put down as they have spine issues and it is not that the body is give out of old age it is spine and joint issues that gets them :'(   I studied them when I was in Vet Tech school and so sad to see it all play out in my home... Keep my boo in your thoughts. I am just waiting for my vet to call us ( sh is on her way back from NY and  will bring in as soon as she gets here. ( she is great) hope she can help him and I do not need for his own good to let him go :'(

we had looked in last year to a Wheelie ( wheelchair for dogs in the event he would need one later in life) but with his front legs being so crooked from being a European Frenchie not an American Frenchie ( they are diff. but only something that a breeder or fan of them LOL would know as they are not registered diff but European ones are crooked front legs like an English bulldogs) so with that he can not support the weight of his body on them even with wheelies~


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Post by: A2K on February 02, 2013 07:29:38 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your poochie's troubles, Monica.  I will keep him in my thoughts -- I am dreading the day when my little Hailey gives out! 


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Post by: babalina58 on February 02, 2013 08:00:33 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your poochie's troubles, Monica.  I will keep him in my thoughts -- I am dreading the day when my little Hailey gives out! 
We rescued him from a horrific situation as we did Bellla but he has never left my side at all... He is just a hot mess. He is a service dog for me on top of it. He comes and lays on me or nudged me to sit down before my blood levels plummet. He knows well before I can feel it starting ( at that point it is almost lights out for me) so he is more then just a dog to me for sure... Funny it was our vet in NC that watched him do this and then my doc and they did study this and test him and he hit it every time so he was certified and my little boo gos everywhere with me. UGH!!! Our Vet as NC State said it is a rare find to get a dog that is so in tuned with his human ( but even harder to find in rescued dogs) but he is all about him and momma. He is a mess and does not like to even let me walk to a different room without him I kid you not.. He screams the Frenchie Death Yodel.. ( Look it up on youtube) sad  noise for sure!!! His sounds like he is just crying like a baby Maa Maa Maa..... Maa Maa Maa.... he does not do well left at home alone so I toss on his vest and we hit the stores or movie whatever... :D


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Post by: gavagai on February 08, 2013 12:13:23 AM
Just saying hi for now, but I'll be back.  :) Oh, for those who know me from before, Mika (soon to be 5 years old) is now a big sister. We have a little baby, seven weeks old.


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Post by: A2K on February 08, 2013 06:47:40 AM
congrats on your new baby, gavagai!


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Post by: gamemom42 on February 08, 2013 03:02:35 PM
Congratulations!  I'm sure Mika is relishing her new role ( and it's hard to believe she's almost five!)


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Post by: gavagai on February 09, 2013 02:39:45 PM
Yes, Mika is a very proud and happy big sister now, as you can see in my new profile picture.  ;D That picture is taken when the baby is just 4 days old. Poor little thing.  :)


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Post by: gamemom42 on February 09, 2013 03:22:33 PM
Oh my... too cute. 


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Post by: J_Kieviet on February 09, 2013 09:44:53 PM
Congratulations Gavagai!

I sent out the pyjama eaters to Teaxasscrapper on Wednedsay - she should get them this week:)

Gotta sign up for round 91 now:)


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Post by: underthemountain on February 10, 2013 03:59:49 PM
Aw, Mika is so big now!  She must LOVE being a big sis...Congrats Gavagai!!  :)


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Post by: babalina58 on February 11, 2013 11:15:58 AM
Wow, all the little girls are getting so big :'( we are just getting older I think LOL...What a beautiful family Gavagai Congrats :D soo sooo soooooo cute!!!


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Post by: babalina58 on May 26, 2013 04:51:22 PM
Well here it is life is so out of wack but so back on track it seams... I am back from my FIL heart surgery. We are dealing with that, it went well but we did not realize what was up as he said the doc said it was just shadows and hell no it was 95% blocked WTH.. I wanted to punch him in the mouth as he had told him he did not even need to bother as it is always shadowing.. I said NO, if there is a chance you must have them look in your heart and check it out.. A diff doc did the surgery and WTH he was very upset as he said he could not believe the amount and he saw it but the other doc said no no no.. RYKM. I am so happy I made him do this!   While in CT I got word of my homeland being ripped apart by the tornadoes. My whole family on my moms side just devastated and all touched by this some how. I have several cousins that lost there houses, or have major damage, one of the kids that my cousins daughter goes to school with and BFF with little brother is one of the children killed. We flipped worried about a few of the little cousins as they were at school and with the damage and so on and so forth just wow. The last little one was found at the hospital so all ours are accounted for. The teen who is BFF to my little cousin lost her house as well so they are all staying with my other cousin ( her grandpa) That clown was on his roof with the storm rolling in taking photos.. WTH and had Lauren up there with him. Her mama called me and came unglued!! WOW HUH... My great Aunt that just passed at 101 house was AGAIN knocked down.. ( wives tale is tornadoes have a memory and always hit the same place) I have to say Moore is a magnet for them!! Most of our people live in OKC, Moore, Lawton, Norman. several other but with the great grands having 23 children and 19 survives and all had 6-12 children each and so on and so forth we have a MASSIVE family! I have family all over but the ones I am closest to are in OKC and then on dads side in the gulf coast.. But My husband and I are planning to retire in a few years in OKC and winters in NC but he is now freaking out LOL...   

 They house well, they fixed one issue and are slowly fixing the other so I am going to be OK if they fix it and do not piss me off much longer as my cousin is the Gov of OK and Mary is bitter to see how we have lived and the lack of give a crap. She wants to elevate it to a big big level but I want to just have it fixed and not deal with it any longer...

Well, for those who know me.. I have Houston again. Auri is off and running met some boy on the net and moved in with him and well hope it works out for them but I will not hold my breath really. But I will just take care of the kids and not worry with what she does or not as she does not listen anyway....He just wrecked him motorcycle in CT on some bike run... He is prospecting a motorcycle club and new to riding and not a group rider so he tore his butt up and has to now have surgery. I am glad he is OK but she had not even told me they were going to NY more or less on a clubs run.. Oh well, I cant worry about that mess....

My world is finally calming down again and I am so glad to be able to craft again :D I have misses it so much!!! I made a claim and hope that I can make a few more as I am just about to have a fit with lack of crafting...

My health is all out of wack but not much they can do. I am in so much pain and motrin not helping so I guess I will have to get something stronger as this is so so painful. I am hoping they can get the lupus under control so I can finish what I am doing and get the next round of treatment done and feeling back to me again.. hope by summer I can be 100%....