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Topic: UPDATED-gift received! A Gift for my Lovely Doctor. (Anatomy of the Ear)  (Read 18441 times)
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« on: November 03, 2008 12:20:48 PM »

I love my doctor.  He is the kindest man in the world, and he's been looking after my family for over 20 years.  I wanted to make him a present, to show how much I appreciate him.


I decided on the anatomy of the ear.
This is fitting because (a) I've had recurrent ear infections since I was around 6 years old and he's always taken care of me... and (b) looking at anatomy pictures reminds me of sitting in his office on that wax paper, with my feet dangling, watching the door and knowing he'll be walking through to make me feel better.

Here is my version of the ear anatomy:

As usual--it's done on a cut-up pillow case I bought at the dollar store, with a dollar store frame! hehe.  But it took a lot of love and labour.

I used a brick stitch, satin stitch, er... split stitch for the lettering... and I forget what else.

Here is the detailing.  I traced the anatomy picture (which I printed off from the interwebs) directly onto the pillowcase and started stitching.  I lost the picture somewhere along the way, so I fudged the colouring of the outside of the ear.  Ah well. 

UPDATE:  I gave him the present this morning, and his face lit up.  He really, really liked it I think!  He said:  "This is really good!  It's also anatomically correct!" and was grinning from ear-to-ear.  I also gave him a letter (but didn't stay for him to read it because I'm shy!):

The last few times Ive come to see you, I have left wishing that I could express how much you mean to myself and my family.  Youve been our familys doctor for over 20 years.  You have watched me grow up.  Youve helped my mother through two pregnancies and delivered two of my siblings.  Youve helped me through my anxiety, countless ear infections and various other ailments.  You have supported us through our most difficult times.  You are a part of our family.

And more than this:  you are the kindest, most patient and most sympathetic person I think I have ever had the luck to meet.  Youve acted as a healer, a counsellor, a confessor and a friend.  I simply cannot express the amount of gratitude I feel for everything you have done for me and my loved ones.  You are not just a great doctor; you are also a great man. 

From the moment you step into the room, I feel better.  I know Im in good, kind and strong hands.  You always make me feel as though, regardless of whatever problem I present to you, that you listen with sensitivity and seriousness.  You make me feel like I matter, and that my health and well-being matters.  And I know that I can trust and count on you.

Its unfortunate that the only time we cross paths is when I am ill or seeking helpeven though I realize that this is the nature of your profession.  This time, I wanted to give something back to you: a small but lovingly made token of my admiration and thankfulness.

It seems odd that I decided to embroider you the anatomy of an earbut I think its appropriate.  I cant imagine how much time, over the years, Ive sat on the examination table (and that crinkley white paper), looking at anatomy pictures on the door to pass the time, waiting for you to arrive, waiting for whatever relief Ive come to ask for (whether physical or emotional).  Some times Ive waited anxiously, other times Ive waited hopefully.  When the handle clicks and you walk in, I relax and turn myself and my worries over to youand you have never, ever failed me. 

I never, ever want to take you for grantedespecially when I know that you work so hard and give so much.  Please know that every drop of kindness youve shown and continue to show is met with the most sincere, most earnest thanks.  Please accept this overdue expression of my unending appreciation.

As always: thank you all for your support!
« Last Edit: November 06, 2008 11:12:34 AM by weird_lover_wilde - Reason: updated » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008 12:26:55 PM »

dude, that's really cool  Grin definitely looks like ear anatomy!

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 12:27:45 PM »

That's wonderful! The details are incredible. What a wonderful gift. I love all the stitches. And it totally looks like an ear!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008 12:32:30 PM »

that's so cool!  my dad has just had a cochlear implant and something like this in his ear hospital would be so good!

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2008 12:34:09 PM »

That is an amazing piece of work.  I know you put a lot of time and effort into this and I am sure he will appreciate it.  GREAT stitching. 

« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008 12:35:32 PM »

It looks an awful lot like the picture out of my anatomy text as a matter of fact Smiley Great job. I hope my patients appreciate me that much some day  Smiley Great job.
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008 01:00:31 PM »

totally awesome!

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008 01:04:53 PM »

That is some seriously gorgeous stitch work. Your doctor is very lucky to recieve this.
I have problems with my ears too. Severe hearing loss and balance problems. My ears hurt today because it is chilly outside today, 60s.


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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008 01:56:16 PM »

wow that is some really amazing stitching.. it looks perfect!

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008 02:18:30 PM »

Very nice stitching and such a cool idea. I'm sure he will love it.

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