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    Kate~ My 11 year old would like to know how tall your daughter was at the start of the injections. He just doesn't get the projected height concept. He wants beginning and end numbers...this is too funny.

    He REALLYwants to hear that it is a plus.

    "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998

    [This message was edited by cheesecake on 02-14-04 at 11:25 PM.]
    Every day I wake up is a good one

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      Okay, I've pulled out her old records . . . when she started taking the stuff (genotropin) she was 4'2" tall, and at the end of the first four months, she'd grown an inch and a half, which was almost as much as she'd grown in the whole YEAR before.

      Another way to look at it--when she started, she was smaller than 98 out of 100 girls her age. Now, she's not the tallest girl around, but she's above the smallest third of them. And NO WAY would she have got there without the growth hormone. Good luck to him!

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        How great to hear from everyone! I was sorry to hear of Marm leaving the moderator position, but I think Kate will be an excellent new moderator! Lots of changes...

        I've been busy, busy, busy...all in a good way. Brianna and I spent this past weekend looking at a possible apartment for her to move into...major disappointment! They slapped a bar on the shower wall and called it accessible! And this is a new building, built last summer. She couldn't turn around in either the bathroom or the kitchen. Just wheel in, turn sideways in your chair to do anything, and back out. And there was no way she could get close enough to the tub to transfer to a bench, even with help. So, the search goes on...

        Okay, I'm off to work...hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day! We went to see "50 First Dates"...it was really cute!

        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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          Vicky,

          Good luck on the apartment search. When we moved it was such a pain to find an accessible place. Our first apartment in town was not at all accessible. My boyfriend couldnt turn around in the bathroom or the kitchen, either. As soon as we moved in we realized that we would need to move soon. We started looking and it took forever to find a place....we finally found a rental agency willing to work with us on any reasonable accomodations. It was great. Our place now is wonderful. There are still some things that need to be fixed in the bathroom, but still, its much better and they are willing to make the changes for us. Its great!

          Things are pretty slow around here....I cant wait for the rain to end. I am about to go nuts from being inside all the time. Thats about it. I hope everyone is staying dry and warm...or at least trying [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

          Scarlett

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            Sorry, man how I do ramble sometimes. Next I'll be talking to myself or some other manifestation of insanity.

            [This message was edited by martha on 02-19-04 at 08:31 PM.]

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              Heh Martha, so glad you have stayed with us. I think once a member, always a member,one of those lifetime memberships. You know, I don't think we are ever meant to "get over it"; moreover, we really shouldn't want too, rather we learn that death is such a part of life. Our lives are always evolving, changing and now it is so very different. That phone thing...20 years ago my father died and we used to talk every night on the phone. I would catch myself picking up the phone to call and so finally, instead of crying when that would happpen, I went ahead and made the call. We had some terrific chats, I still talk to my Dad, every night(but not on the phone). Perhaps you will feel your husband closer than ever, his wonderful presence, as if he were a part of your very soul. Ya just miss 'em so much! I think it would be even harder after having cared so intimately for your husband. Grieving works in its own good time. Be patient, my friend, and treat yourself well. My mom started buying herself something special on Dads b-day, as well as her own. I am glad to learn you have returned to work, what a fascinating job that requires international travel.
              Kath

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                Martha, you will always be part of us! And remember, it was you who started this topic, so you can't leave! [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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                  Thanks Marm. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                  Drop me an e-mail when you have time --- wanted to write you but managed to lose most of my e-mail address book some way. Computers and I just don't stay friends for long.

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                    Thanks, Scarlett~

                    Bri has been making tons of phone calls, and she now has a list of three more apartments for us to check out...hopefully this weekend, or the beginning of next week. One of them has a roll-in shower (which made us both faint!) so we're feeling pretty optimistic.

                    I hope we have half your luck!
                    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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                      Friday night--

                      Hi, guys. Okay, I'm kind of sucking as a moderator on this forum, but my intentions are to improve radically this week.

                      Martha, don't you dare go away! You're the sass and grit of the Caregivers screen, and we need you.

                      Vicky, what news on the apartment?

                      Jackie, we miss you!

                      Starbuck's update: LOL! This week has been a complete rush. I learned to tend bar 30 years ago for people who liked to sneak a dollar beer or two at lunchtime . . . now I'm being a barista for upscale types who think nothing of spending five bucks for a milk-chocolate syrup-whipped cream-caffeine-driven lunch buzz. And, I'm supposed to be working hard at creating that special "Starbuck's experience" for every one of them.

                      Today I did the completely dumbest thing.

                      We have these whipped cream dispensers, see? And every night they have to be emptied and refilled. So, I innocently unscrew the top of one of these things without first squirting out the contents . . . can you picture what happened???

                      Kate, with whipped cream all over her clothes, face, hair! Whipped freaking cream all over the twelve kinds of syrup bottles! Whipped cream all over the tasteful lighting fixtures! Whipped cream all over the tastefully colored walls! Spectacular mess!!! I could not stop laughing. I am not making this up.

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                      And how are you? Can I get you a beverage? [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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                        Kate, you're doing a fine job! And Obi, too!

                        I'm getting ready to visit lilsis again; she's becoming my 'escape valve' for when I need to get away! When I first met her, I felt like we'd known each other forever, never mind the commonality of being caregivers!

                        As far as my life, what a rollercoaster this year has been already! My plans for a food business are on hold for a while. Three ideas, all cut off at the pass by whatever, and felt the Universe was telling me to just pay attention to what was in front of me.

                        So----I just landed a job at a fairly new medical transcription company here, working with trainee development on a huge account they just landed; nice bunch of women to work with, salary pretty okay, hours 7-3, which is perfect. So we'll see. I'm in the old 'one day at a time' mode right now.

                        And I figured since I'm the only female in our house, which consists of hubbie and son, 2 male dogs and 2 male cats !!! - that I'm making my office my 'girlie-girl' sanctuary!! Repainted an old cast iron bed, got some beautiful soft net curtains with embroidery on them, and hubbie just painted the room a very soothing, pale off-green color. Flowers on the wall, Loreena McKennitt on the CD player, and I'm in lala land!

                        Spring is trying to break through here in the 'Lowcountry'; my daffodils are starting to bloom, and you can see the azalea buds, so it won't be long - even tho it was below freezing last night!

                        Martha, I'm dittoing Kate's message - how are you, and what's up???

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                        If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa
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                          Marm - just thought I'd let you know we only live a few miles from where Loreena McKinnett grew up! She often comes home to visit! Her family are cattle people and her father helped establish an auction barn here where I live for farmers to sell their cows. Not selling much right now because of the mad cow hysteria! The U.S. border is still closed to Canadian beef. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img] Last time she was home she was trying to help her brother figure out where they were going to winter their (many many)cattle since they weren't sold as they normally would be at that time of year. A real delimna for many Canadian farmers! I enjoy her music very much!!
                          ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


                          " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
                          Jane Siberry

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                            I think we have some fine moderators here at "Caregiving".. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]

                            We're going to check out the apartments next weekend, if all goes well. My work schedule got in the way..(hey, I'm not supposed to have a REAL job..when did this happen??)

                            Anybody have any experience with invisible fencing? My girls have discovered the joy of chasing deer [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img] and we must curb this enthusiasm. Ideas/advice greatly appreciated!
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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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                              So, I guess I couldnt stay away from you guys completely...I have been checking in for so long I feel like I have been missing my close friends. I have been feeling a little better lately...life was a little sad (ok, maybe a lot sad) recently. I moved out of our house, and have been looking for somewhere else to live. Everyday Im sad about what happened with me and my ex. I have found that even the SCI parts of life had become such a part of my life that I still find myself picking stuff up from the middle of the floor (with the thought that he may roll over them), or worrying about him all alone in the house....I worry about him a lot. I guess that will stop with time, but I love him...very much. Things just didnt work out, thats all. Anyways, enough ranting about that...I will be ok.

                              SCI Mom,

                              The invisible fence is a great thing. They would be great in your situation. At first I thought it would be cruel, but now I am all for it. It teaches very quickly that its a bad idea to go across the line.

                              Good luck with the apartment search. I wish you luck with that. Im sure it will go well. Just dont settle (or at least find a property manager that is willing to work with you for accomodations). There are a lot of great places out there....just sometimes hard to find.

                              Obieone,

                              That is so cool that you live near Loreena Mckinnett's family. I saw her in concert a few years ago...It was absolutely amazing.

                              Marmalady,

                              Good for you for making a girly place. Sometimes a place like that is just what a girl needs. It would be great to work like that.

                              I guess thats all for now....thank you guys again for always being there for me. You are all amazing...just for being there. I hope you dont mind if I stick around for a little while...just until things are figured out...plus I missed you guys... [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

                              Scarlett

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                                Scarlett, The bonds that are forged here go far beyond the commonality of SCI - you are part of the 'family', and welcome to the 'sanctuary', as Obi puts it!

                                I've never had experience with the invisible fencing -I know there's also a lot of training that goes along with it. And I've seen tenacious puppies go right through it, if motivated enough!

                                I saw a LM concert, too, and she's awesome! Her music just takes me away - got me through a very difficult time in my life, always wanted to write her to tell her about it.

                                Everyone have a great day - any 'Oscar parties' planned?

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                                If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa
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