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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:22 am

Well, I was trying to get good ones of his whole body with all black backgrounds and that just didn't work. I took the pix by the windows in the kitchen nook and the lighting just wasn't as good as I thought it would be. There were a ton of people outside next door because all of their 12 grandchildren are here visiting - so I didn't feel comfortable doing it out front and the people behind us and next door on the other side were all outside doing things and I didn't feel comfortable doing it out back either. Plus I really don't have a way to set up an all black background outside. It is very cloudy today. They took the rain out of the forecast and say just overcast all day. I don't know if I will be able to try again when we get home or not.

This is the first I am taking Justin to the doctor. He worked hard on the furniture over the night Saturday night and Sunday his hand was bothering him. I just figured it was sore and told him to rest it and take Advils. It wasn't until Weds. night that he showed me all he couldn't do with it and that he was reading up on compressed nerves and thought that was what was wrong. I couldn't take him yesterday because I had all those kids. He could have gone himself, but I want to be there to ask questions. Besides, since I was sure they would send him for x-rays at the hospital I knew I would have to be with him for that. When you are under 18 they like a parent present. Here if you are under 18 a parent must accompany you into the examining room at the skin doctor. Not sure why, but they say it is law. Maybe it has to do with Accutane or something.

I bet your hubby was freaking out when your dolls fell affraid When I first picked Milo up he seemed more wobbly. I always found him hard to stand up on his own. It is a balancing act for sure. Glad your gang is OK!

Can't wait to see Pru's new outfit! I hope the shoes come soon! My stuff from China has been coming faster than it used to for some reason, so maybe the shoes will arrive sooner than you think!

Talk to ya later and have a great day! Cross your fingers that we get good news about Justin's hand!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:46 am

Good luck today! Hope all goes well!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm

Sadly it did not go well No . I will be putting the info in chit-chat. I need to read more about it. Needless to say, Justin really screwed up his hand and maybe permanently Sad We hope not, but we will not know for awhile. Not until after we see an orthopedic hand specialist.
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:03 pm

Oh no my lady. Sad I bet you are very upset.

How on earth did he do that just doing woodworking?There has got to be more to the story. Will watch for your update in the other thread. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:02 am

Hi!

I hope you have a great day! I have been baking brownies and muffins to take to my mom's. We are meeting some cousins there and we are going out for Italian. I am really looking forward to that. Happy Ann. to us! Razz It is super hot here already! You can tell the dog days of August are upon us!

Justin is still sleeping. He and I were up until almost two talking. He needed to wait until 2:00 AM to take the last of his six pills. It is important to take 6 the first day and to space them just right. Since we didn't get home with the meds until 4:00 yesterday it made for a late first day. I found out the meds are like taking cortisone shots. Eric has to work, but I am hoping since Justin is not allowed to work that he will opt to come out to eat with us! Though something tells me he will choose visiting his friends and maybe go to the movies. He still hasn't seen The Dark Night. Eric did though and really liked it. So we shall see if free food with us or a night out with friends wins! How much you want to bet I know the answer to that question Rolling Eyes

Hope you have a great day! Got to go check on the muffins!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:30 am

Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!
I love you I love you I love you

Hope you have a special day/evening celebrating despite all the other stressors.

Maybe the movie would help Justin get his mind off his hand today. Tht might be some good medicine for him.

The muffins sound yummy!

I am very excited that we are getting pea gravel to finish our landscaping in our back yard area after living with dirt for almost 12 years today! Sometimes it is so great to have company come to force you to do the heavy cleaning and other projects that have gone undone
and been procrastinated forever!!!!!! cheers jocolor
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:33 am

Thank you! Congrats on the pea gravel!! As a home owner I know how exciting that can be! Laughing

Yep, company and parties! It took Eric's graduation party to get us to finally paint our master bedroom - after 7 years of talking about it! It will be interesting to see what we get done for Justin's graduation party next June. My guess is after all the medical bills for the boys this year - we won't get to do a darn thing. Just CLEAN! Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:57 am

Well, did you have a nice anniversary? I bet you did despite all the issues with other stressors. Good food and good company is always helpful in changing one's focus for a little while.

I have been trying to get all my photos done for the contest this weekend and to try to get a few good ones of Pru in her gothic circus outfit. Man, that doll is not being cooperative being photographed! I have gotten some good shots of both Mal and Val, but only one half-way decent shot of Pru and it does'nt even show her outfit! Frustrating to say the least. The black background and using artificial light is very unforgiving and makes it more difficult, but I need it to give the under the big top, gothic feel. I will try to take some outside tonight at dusk and see if I have any better luck. Fortunately, I don't need many shots of her since she is not a main character.

It will take me a good week or so to edit, photoshop, and write the story which will take me right down to the deadline. With my company coming next Friday, I will only have a few days this week to work on it. I am having a ball as usualy working on this. I really would have enjoyed being a graphic artist I think. I love what I do now, but also could see myself really loving graphic arts.

Well, I have a busy day planned for today. I am taking my horse ARdeo out for a ride with the dog. It will be the first ride out since he was injured about a month ago. It will be great to get him out again. He is getting fat, so I need to get him back in shape again!

Have a great day and hopefully I will post some Pru pics later tonight
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:26 pm

Hi!

Yes, it was a nice anniversary. We had a really nice time out with my cousin and her hubby and my mom. Great food. Justin did go out with friends, but met us at 6:30 to eat with us and then left to go back out with friends. I knew he would not turn down a free Italian dinner! We had some Mudslides too! (not Justin Razz ) Went back to my mom's for dessert and coffee. Stayed late talking. Got in about 11:30 PM. Justin got in shortly after us. Who knows when Eric got home Laughing That kid usually stays out until about 2:00 AM. Oh to be 19!

Yes, I am quite stressed about Justin. He said last night he has even less use of the hand than the day before Crying or Very sad I am hoping that I can get him in to the younger specialist on Tuesday and let Eric stay here with the daycare kids. I honestly do not think I can make it until Weds. before talking with someone No The more I read, the scarier it all sounds. I need some action to be taken soon or I will lose it.

Good luck with your photos. Sorry I wasn't able to get any good ones of Milo. I have lots to do today around the house and cooking. Taking photos is just not in my plans or desires today. I just want my kid's hand to get better Sad He cannot do a thing with it right now. It is so weak and numb he cannot even button his clothes.

Gotta get back to work.
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:04 pm

Glad to hear you had a great dinner and time last night. You so deserve it! Mudslides? Twisted Evil I bet that took a little of the edge off things!

I know you will not be able to think of much else though, until you talk to one of the specialists. I hope you can get in quickly. Is the young one in a town nearby?

I am really pleased with some of the photos I have taken of Mal especially! They really capture his fiesty expression and the customizing I did to him. I think Dollzone will like that since they are selling an entire line of the pet dolls now and people can see how they can add to the custom face-ups to make them unique. I have'ne seen many of them with eyebrows or whiskers like mine, so if nothing else I can showcase my fox which is always a kick. Val is so photogenic too. Pru-not so much.
I don't know what it is about her face that requires just the right light or it does'nt come out.

Dont' work too hard!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:06 pm

Both of the specialist are in the same Orthopedics center where my Dad's doc who did his amputations is. That is Batavia (the town Justin works in) and it is about 15 to 20 mins. from us. 15 if we make all the lights Laughing So not bad at all. I'm just leaning toward the more aggressive doctor as meds. and therapy take a minimum of 12 weeks before you know if there will be improvement going that route. He can't type so I do not know how he will get his homework done for that length of time. From what I have been reading the use of the hand comes back almost immediately after surgery.

The Fox Valley Orthopedics has an outstanding reputation for surgeries. I am far more concerned about doing permanent harm by putting off surgery (if that is what he recommends) than any concern of mistakes in surgery. The success rate for this type of surgery is very high.

Pru is gorgeous! I am sure you will capture her beauty! You always do! Yes, I am sure Dollzone will love your foxy little fox!!

Hope you enjoy your ride!

(yes, I love Mudslides Twisted Evil )
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:04 pm

That is great the specialists are so close! Yes, I agree that it sounds like surgery is definitely worth looking into...sooner vs. later.

No Pru photos tonight, too windy and too tired! Definitely need to get some in the next few days, if possible.

I found this over on DOA...an AOD tiny called AiAi or something..He id pretty adorable I must say!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:28 am

Oh goodness he is a beauty! There are so many super cute wee ones, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay so much for such a tiny thing. I wish they were more reasonably priced.

Sorry you weren't able to get Pru pix. We've been dealing with wind it seems all spring and summer. It is almost never calm anymore. What's up with that?

Well, I hope to get into the younger doc tomorrow. I will know later today. If he says he doesn't need surgery than I will trust that since our doc says he is the one who treats the issue more aggressively. So I would feel more comfortable with the less aggressive treatment if the advise came from that doctor. Justin has taken the meds for 3 days now and no change at all. He only has two more days of meds - today and tomorrow.

Yes, we are lucky to have such good doctors so close by. We are out in the farmlands, but we are only 15 to 20 mins. away from lots of good stuff!

Hope you have a great day! TTYL flower
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:43 am

Have you found out if you can get Justin in with the specialist yet?

I am going to have the longest day of my life here at work today... had to drop off some things at the credit union on my way to work and they did'nt open until 9:00. Rolling Eyes

Have a good day!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:45 pm

No. I got through to them at 10:15 (I was supposed to wait for them to call me, but yeah like I could do that) - it was busy until then Rolling Eyes They of course are completely booked until the middle of August, but our doctor has sent everything to them and she said that the secretary for the "more conservative" doctor will call me with a day and time they will "squeeze" him in. She felt it was more likely I would get in Weds. with the older doctor then tomorrow with the younger doctor. At this point I will be happy with either. I just want him seen soon! There is no change at all since the meds. Though we pretty much didn't think there would be. In reading about problems with nerves it really is a long and slow process. When Rob got his drop foot it took more than 3 months to get better. But it is going on 2:00 here and I am getting antsy for a call back. I will have to sit on my hands to prevent myself from being a pest Embarassed I just want the freaking appointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And to compensate for my frustration I am eating a ton of Chocolate Chex Mix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry you are going to have a long day No
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:23 pm

OK, we have a 2:00 PM Weds. appointment. Wish it could be tomorrow, but what can you do.
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:58 pm

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And to compensate for my frustration I am eating a ton of Chocolate Chex Mix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad girl!

good thing you got that appointment!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:32 pm

Yes, I was/am a bad girl Twisted Evil Embarassed

But, to make up for it, all I just ate for dinner is a whole grain English muffin with sugar free jelly Laughing Razz I actually like stuff like that anyway!

I would have preferred the other doctor I think, but it will be good to at least get the ball rolling on opinions and whatever tests need to be done.
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:00 pm

Yes, I agree. It never hurts to be proactive in a situation like this. If the old guy thinks Justin needs surgery, you know the young one will!

I just ate my bad self a handfull of candy...so you are not alone! Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:23 pm

Yep. That is what I figure. If this doctor says surgery then that is probably best. I know they want x-rays, which they do right there, but I do not know what else they will need to determine the right course of action. If this doc says no surgery at this time, I wonder if it is cool to ask for a second opinion within the same group of doctors? scratch It's a group of 3 and I have never gotten second opinions before - as thankfully I never had to.

So we both had a chocolate splurge today! The Chex Mix was from those boxes of 100 calorie bags - but I ate 3 bags Laughing You know what is a great chocolate fix - dark chocolate fudgesicles! Only 60 calories! They are in the new triple chocolate box of regular milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate. All are yummy! 60 cals., no trans fat, only 1 gram of sat. fat and only 9 gs of sugar! bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:37 pm

I don't know if I would go for a second opinion within the same practice...I would seriously doubt one doctor would go against the other's opinion in that situation. I think you should ask your family doc who you should talk to if you want another opinion.

I would not be surprized if the older doc consults with his colleagues in the practice if he has any doubt or questions in his own mind...because if anything happens to one of them and they cannot do the surgery for some reason, they have to have trust in each other and watch each other's backs to keep the practice from encountering lawsuits and to keep things thriving.

Thanks for the tip on the fudgicles! I am a huge fan of Dreyer's Slow Churned ice cream myself... Twisted Evil Their French Silk kind is 130 cals for 1/2 cup serving and it is practically orgasmic it is so good.... lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:58 pm

I guess I will just wait and see what all he has to say. I know that our doc had them both on the phone Friday. Hopefully you are right and they confer with each other. I have never been so anxious to get to a doctor's appointment let me tell you! I need to hear that it is going to be OK, or that they can fix it!

I have to be very careful with ice cream. My gallbladder does not like too much ice cream. I haven't had an attack since I found out it was ice cream that caused mine. It has been over two years since my last one. I don't push it. One or two fudgesicles a week and no problems. My hubby goes through a couple of gallons of ice cream a week!! He only eats fat free though. Bryer's fat free is his brand of choice, but he will eat Edy's too. He makes me crazy. He is slender and never has any stomach problems of any kind! Slender and eats gallons of ice cream, tons of chips and nibbles and desserts and did I mention SLENDER?? Mad Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:32 pm

Eats whatev and slender?...almost deserves a stab, but being that it is someone who is a nice person and your hubby, I guess I will let him slide! Being short and female does have it's down sides! No Laughing

Yes, I think you will be so relieved one way or the other after talking to the surgeon's and getting their expert opinions on what you can expect. I wonder how much the surgery costs...have you checked into it yet?

Well, no shoes from China and no witch dress and cape that I won on EBay over a week ago.*sighs* The shoes would be nice for the DZ contest shoot, but I can live without them if I have too. I have white shoes on her now that really don't look too bad because the black outfit has some white accents to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:21 am

No, no stabbing. But you can smack him! Laughing It makes me nuts! geek He isn't as thin as he used to be, but still looks perfect body wise. He is 6'1. I am 5'2 Razz See, it really helps when you have a much taller container Rolling Eyes

Too bad your items didn't come yet No But if the outfit is black with white accents then the white shoes will work great! You always dress them impeccably!

I have no idea what the surgery would cost. I don't think I want to know! Whatever it costs we have to do it and it doesn't matter because we can't afford it regardless of what it costs. Knowing ahead of time only lets me know which level of brokeness we will be at *pulls lint out of pockets*

Hope you have a great day. Me - I am bummed. I woke up with "my friend"! It has been almost 8 months since my last one. I was so sure I was DONE! Mad I guess it's the stress or something. I have gone 6 months between many times now, but this was the first time going just under 8 months. They say if you go a full year you can consider yourself "changed". I came so close Crying or Very sad Now it starts all over again waiting for that year Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Dolls   Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:07 am

Oh well, having the "friend" means you are still not quite over the hill so think of it that way ! flower

Yeah, I am praying we don't have any unexpected medical bills or expenses. It has been a very expensive summer!

TTYL! Have a good day!
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