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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Watch This

No matter one's political views, no matter one's opinion of our government and its choices..the fact remains that our men and women are overseas. Away from their family and friends, fighting to keep our country safe. One can support the troops no matter how they feel about the wars themselves. The troops are people doing the best they can every day and they deserve our support!

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Stash, Driving, Stitching, Blogging, and Hurting

Well I went to see the surgeon for my broken sacroilliac joint. I was hoping he would put in a second plate, fill in the spaces around the screws, and remove the bone fragments that are floating around the joint and elsewhere in my pelvic region, like he said he would a few years ago. Instead, he is focusing on my lower back and thinks I had a lower lumbar fusion, which I never had. Needless to say this does not make me respect the man nor feel confident enough in him to allow him to cut me open. You would think a spinal specialist surgeon, who has been in practice for over 25 years, would know the difference between a fairly common occurance of the L-5 vertebrae becoming part of the sacrum on its own and a lower lumbar fusion. First, in a fusion of the vertebrae the disks are removed, I still have the disks at L4-5 and L5-S1. Second, when a patient comes in complaining of pain and swelling in the area where a fusion of the SI joint failed, the doctor should focus on that area not a different one. So I'm going to have to go out of state, or to another county, to find another orthopedic surgeon.

I spent the weekend driving to Raleigh North Carolina to pick up my brother and bring him to Florida. It is a 14 hour drive minimum from where I live. It took us a little longer as we had the baby with us. I expected her to be upset being stuck in the car for that long, but she did great! She barely cried, slept alot and when she was awake she giggled and babbled and played with her toys. I was worried she would not sleep in the hotels because she slept alot in the car, but nope she slept all night! It was almost like traveling without a baby in the car at all, she did that well! She seemed quite happy to see her Daddy and that was really sweet to see. My back handled the drive a lot better than I thought it would, but I am still hurting more than usual today, but not enough that it should be a day where I stay in bed all day. I am real happy with that because I was worried that my back would freak out completely, but it didn't.

I know I haven't blogged in a while and I am sorry for that. Things have just been so busy lately that I forgot about it. I do appreciate everyone's comments and emails so thank all of you who take the time to comment or write to me!

I have continued stitching on Tam's Creations Blackwork Winter Sampler. I have the entire center done which includes the first ring of motifs (snowflakes). The chart then breaks up the remaining rings into 4 corners; upper right, upper left, lower left, and lower right instead of doing each round of motifs. So rather than doing each "round" of motifs, I will finish it the way the chart is laid out, so I have started the third square of motifs in the upper right corner which is a repeating pattern of mittens, hats, snowballs, and shovels with snow on them. The next "ring" is a repeating pattern of skis and ski poles, cups of hot chocolate, snowballs, ice skates, and plates of cookies. The last ring is a repeating pattern of poinsettias, snowflakes, candles (in lantern type holders) and something I can't figure out what it is. LOL Anyway, here is an updates pic of the sampler. Enjoy!

I got a package in the mail today and it contained new stash for me! Woot, this made me feel good despite my back and pelvic pain. I already had two of the L&L Celtic Seasons ladies (Summer and Spring) so I ordered Fall, Winter and Christmas. They arrived today! I can't wait until they are all finished, framed, and hanging side by side, they are going to be gorgeous!

Again, thank you for the kind comments and emails, they mean a lot to me! (Also, it is nice to know that someone actually reads this blog LOL)