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    Vicki - Yes, I absolutely do hate stuff like that!

    Martha - Don't worry, we were laughing at ourselves too, by the end of the day!

    Cheers to Bri! And to the great work being done at Craig!

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    Tough times don't last - tough people do.
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      Hubbie spent the week calling basement guys, to get estimates on sealing the walls and helping us figure out what the *&#*@(#&@ happened with our sump pump.

      I spent the week at the bank getting a home equity line of credit for that,plus a couple other small repairs before we put the house up for sale, and paying off the credit cards. The interest rate we're being given is the ridiculously low rate of 3.75%!!!!!!

      If those of you who own your homes have CC debt, it may be worth some investigating with your bank. Our CC rates were 9.99%, so we'll see a substantial savings by paying them off with the 3.75 rate.

      On a totally other topic - I just finished my 4th month working as a medical transcriptionist at a children's rehab hospital. Some of the stories just absolutely break your heart. They do rehab for all sorts of disabilities/trauma, and also do a lot of outpatient work with ADHD kids, and learning disabilities. I have to remember to leave the job there when I walk out the door - otherwise I'm afraid I'd find myself being a foster mom to about a dozen kiddies!

      It is totally amazing how some of these kids adapt, tho - The sight of 3 and 4 year olds zooming around the hallways on these little stander wheelchairs (think chariot - that's what they look like) is just too precious!

      Hope everyone's doing okay with all this weather - it sure has been a wild winter! We laugh when we watch the weather folks on Weather Channel - they're sooo glad to have something to do!!!

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        My latest update involves my divorce; if the gods are smiling, it will be FINAL on March 17th! I can see the headlines: "Irish girl gets divorced on St. Patrick's Day! Good omen?"
        This means another trip to Michigan for my day in court. I can't believe, in roughly two weeks, all this BS will be OVER! What a crazy year it's been...

        Vicky
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        "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
        ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


        "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
        ~Philo of Alexandria

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          Ah, Vicki - a wee bit of Irish philosophy fer ya -

          May the light
          always find you
          on a dreary day.
          When you need to be home,
          may you find your way.
          May you always have courage
          to take a chance,
          And never find frogs in your underpants.

          Good night, ladies and gents, thanks for listening!

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            Great News Vicky! I know it will be a huge relief to get all of that behind you. And you're right -- looking back this has been one interesting year or so. Not always good, but definitely interesting! Something tells me that the combination of people on here could write a book that no one would believe! [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img]

            I think we got too complacent having had several decent weeks in a row. Got our comeupance (is that really a word?) this week. For a week now he's had the worst burning in his legs that he's had since the accident and I've had the flu from hell. So basically no one to take care of either one of us very well. Guess this is what old age is going to be like. I knew we should have had a bunch of kids who would feel obligated to take care of the old folks when the time came!

            How do you handle it when your "mate" decides to tackle a project and you know that they really can only do about 15% of it so it's one more thing you have to do? He decided last week to start painting the woodwork. Yes, it needs it. But, he can only reach up about 4' and honestly can't bend to do baseboards very well. So that leaves me to redo baseboards and do the top halves of the door frames. And of course after doing the woodwork, you see how dingy the walls/ceilings are so that will have to be done too. ARGHHHH. It is amazing how different our priority lists are. It seems not all of us slaves have been freed yet.

            Oops, gotta go get his b'day cake out of the oven. It's his b'day and Texas Independence Day. As a kid, he thought they got out of school for his birthday.

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              Martha - Just put him in the Hoyer lift, and jack it up as high as it'll go! [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

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                Thanks, Martha. You're right...that book would be unbelieveable, wouldn't it??

                And Jackie...Leave it to you and the Irish!!

                It's cold today, but sunny. I can imagine spring just around the corner..and none too soon. I'm ready for some green! 'Course, that brings to mind spring housecleaning....blechhh!!!
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                "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
                ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


                "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
                ~Philo of Alexandria

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                  Monday, March 3

                  Ah, my neglected friends! I love checking in here and finding you living your lives.

                  Happy Birthday to Julian. I have to say, if Bruce decided suddenly to paint the baseboards I'd know that aliens had taken over his brain. He is the most un-house-project-doing man on the face of the earth, now and before. My only hope for getting him to do anything used to be to go ahead and try to do it myself, making such a muddle that he had to fix it. This was not always an effective strategy, mind you. There are still a few muddles here and there that we just live with! Martha, hey, maybe this is the tactic Julian's deploying on you! He wants the thing done, knows perfectly well he can't manage it, starts it anyway so that you'll be forced to finish it. Sneaky devil. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

                  Are any of you besides me actually writing a book? God knows you could . . . mine is slowly coming together--too slowly.

                  Friday is accident anniversary #2. Guess what we're doing? Going skiing, of course. He's getting pretty adept on the monoski. That's where he is right now, down near Mt Rainier practicing with this guy named Jeff Goodman who builds sitskis for the paralympc champions. We'll all take the day off school, plus his dad and one brother are flying here from Minnesota, and the other brother is driving up from Salt Lake City to witness the great return to the site of the crash. It's way the hell up on the side of a mountain in the Cascades! Pray for me, I mean it. My skiing is, uh, not what you'd call graceful!

                  K

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                    Kate, Julian says thanks for the b'day wishes. Actually you might be on to something with the painting. Pre-injury, a paint brush didn't fit in the man's hand. I did ALL the painting. He was a contractor but NEVER painted.

                    I decided to keep a journal and write a book when Julian was injured. Unfortunately it was so depressing because I was so depressed that I gave up the effort. At that point I couldn't see any of the humor -- even the dark humor. Bruce & Julian's accidents were pretty close. Our 2nd ann'y will be 3/24. Don't think he'll go back into an attic to "celebrate" or "conquer the demon" though! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] Good luck to all on the ski trip!

                    Vicky, when it starts to "green up" forget housecleaning! No one ever went to their grave wishing they had cleaned house more. (The only time I think that is when I have to call EMS in the middle of the night and the house is wrecked.) Think flowers and fresh home-grown veggies and long walks in that beautiful countryside instead. A good book under a beautiful shade tree. ANYTHING but house cleaning!!!!!!!

                    Jackie, don't have a Hoyer lift, but there are a few things I'd like to put him in sometimes. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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                      Kate - What a wonderful affirmation of life it's going to be, to spend that awful anniversary skiing!!! Just - don't you dare break a leg - remember we all have a date in May!!

                      Vicki - Hubbie and I were just a little earlier saying we can't remember a Jersey winter this cold - we've been here 12 years. I'm wanting some green, also - went out yesterday to Home Depot for yet another sump pump - we've burned out two - the basement guys are coming this week!!! Anyway, while at Home Depot, I bought a pot of gorgeous French yellow and red tulips, and a little wee pot of miniature daffodils, to put on my windowsill. My 'hardy' bonsai are starting to bud out, so I know that spring is on the way - somewhere!!!

                      Ahhh - Martha - I was talking about putting him in it to paint! [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

                      I kept a journal of Matt's first month in the hospital; it's still hard to read. But it is good to have when we want to reference things, and I was smart enough (ha!) to write down the names of all the nurses, docs, aides, etc. who were involved in Matt's first care. Some of whom we still communicate with. One of the residents has Matt's picture posted on his fridge!

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                        Another sunny morning...feels like a good day to go shopping! I have a touch of cabin fever, and a wild desire to spend a wee bit o' the green. [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

                        Kate~All the best on your return to the crash site. I had to drive past Brianna's accident site on my way to class while I was working on my master's; personally, it was awful. I think your experience, given Bruce's amount of recovery and the support you'll have, will be different. (Request for prayers noted!)

                        Jackie~Tulips! I am so ready to see some flowers! There's a huge rhododendron bush by the front deck (I know nothing about these plants) whose leaves have remained on the bush and green all winter long. But...we had a young deer up on the deck, munching the leaves when the snow was so deep a few weeks ago, so it may be ragged this year! I guess I'd rather have the little one make it through the winter. You can always get something at Home Depot, right?

                        Martha~Only in our online journal for caregivers can we turn Hoyer lifts into medieval torture devices!! [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] What a visual, you guys...Julian, piece of birthday cake in one hand, paintbrush in the other...feet dangling a good two feet from the ground...Martha calmly pointing out a spot on the woodwork he missed as she sails by with a book and tall glass of ice tea...by the way, I'm taking your orders to ignore spring housecleaning VERY seriously. I'd rather spring clean the yard. I missed my bird feeders this winter, and that's one addition I'm definitely making here.

                        Journals and writing books: great topic for us, I think. I'm keeping a journal of 2003, which so far has included many ramblings on the happenings of 2002. But Jackie, you reminded me of the time of Bri's accident. (Her anniversary is March 31st; what is it with March??) I had just purchased the book "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach, which I HIGHLY recommend to all of you. She encourages you to keep a Gratitude Journal; each day, write down something for which you are grateful: tulips, coffee makers, feeding birds and deer, love. I began doing this about two months before Bri's accident. After she was injured, it took a while to get back to writing in it, but going back and reading about all the things I was grateful for was SO helpful at that time! Gratitude was my overwhelming emotion as I was sitting in the ER that March morning, too; so grateful that she was alive, that her break was low and she could breathe on her own and had use of her arms and hands, that there was no evidence of a head injury, that the girl with her was fine (not a scratch!); both my brothers left work that day and showed up to be with me...more gratitude! You know how it is with brothers, too...they were such brats at times when we were kids! Yet there they both were, tears in their eyes, feeling helpless and yet ready to do anything at all. I really believe keeping that Gratitude Journal opened my eyes; I truly believe that nothing is accidental!

                        Ok..Looking at the length of this, I AM a frustrated novelist, aren't I?? [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] I'm off to "town"...I need a coffee maker, and it's a good hour to the closest WalMart!

                        Vicky
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                        "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
                        ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"


                        "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
                        ~Philo of Alexandria

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                          Well, if you lived in Seattle

                          you'd be getting spring right now. No kidding, we have crocuses and early daffodils and heather blooming on the ground, plus a lot of the ornamental cherry trees are turning pink. I grew up in northern Minnesota and upper Michigan, so I know what it's like to wait until the end of April for the stupid snowbanks to disappear. One winter in Duluth, the radio announcer refused to shave off his beard until the thermostat hit 40 . . . and that didn't happen until after Easter! Now I've grown soft and pampered. Forty is our average LOW during the winter, not a balmy day we pray for.

                          Plus, if you lived here, you could come over now and I'd feed you some of the massive quantities of girl scout cookies stacked up in my garage!

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                            Sci Mum , quote ''Her anniversary is March 31st; what is it with March? '' unquote . i'll qualify that further , ''what is it with the 31st of March ? i was injured on 31mar91 and Sharon was injured on 31mar01 .

                            thank you
                            dogger

                            every day i wake up is a good one .
                            Every day I wake up is a good one .

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                              Hi everyone!

                              The touch of spring was here today also. I just loved to drive at lunchtime with the window down... It smelled like spring!

                              And we did it! Got the elliptical set up in the garage, hooked up the hoist to the ceiling, adjusted the harness and had him do some walking on Saturday. It's not pretty, but it works! I'm excited and so is he [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

                              Hope all of you had great weekend!
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                                krajaxa, that's great--

                                It's so wonderful to have something NEW to do!

                                And Dogger . . . I don't think I've ever heard you say how you got hurt. What was it?

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