First of all I want to welcome my new followers! So glad to have you here! A warm welcome to my returning followers as well : )
Sunday, September 30, 2012
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Posted by Shirlee at 10:05 AM
I just found out that I am the second place winner in a contest sponsored by Grit on her blog, Grit's Life!!! Grit is one of those blessed individuals who I think can do any craft & do it beautifully. She also does everything very quickly! Could she be keeping those little elves & fairies that I always hope will visit me too busy to make the trip? Maybe : ) Anyway, she had a contest on her blog to win some of her bobbin lace hearts. The first place winner would receive 3, second place 2, & third place 1. As I said, I was second place & here are the 2 hearts I won!
Today is starting out great for me with a win! I hope this day will be a winner for all of you : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:03 AM
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I can't believe I haven't posted since Monday but this should give you a bit of an idea of what this week has been like for me. Not that I really have much to complain about compared to some, but oy!
First off, I have yet to be able to find a prosthodontist who will give me their opinion of my bridge & whistling problems. I contact an office, state that I need a second opinion as to why I'm having these problems, & I never get a call back. I've tried prosthodontists in both Lexington & Louisville. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to start searching in surrounding states next! Monday is another day ... I will try again.
On Tuesday I had my appointment with my doctor who as you may recall had me get almost a page full of blood tests last month. They revealed a few puzzles. These puzzles, along with the symptoms I've been putting up with for what seems like forever, can all be linked to one positive finding. Lupus. And here's where things "go Kentucky." My doctor wants me to see a rheumatologist for further testing & diagnosing of the lupus. She states that it is very important I see someone as soon as possible. She also states that she can't provide me with a referral but I should be able to just call & make an appointment with someone myself. I spent 2 days calling rheumatology offices in Lexington & Louisville. None of them will see me without a referral. I explained to one of them that my doctor says she cannot give referrals ... something about insurance issues (she does not accept insurance). The receptionist I spoke with said that's silly ... insurance has nothing to do with it. They just need her to fax them a referral form in order to see me. I made note of this & went on with my phone calls. I found another office & when I explained that my doctor does not give referrals the receptionist (Barb) told me they don't need a doctor to do a referral, a nurse would suffice. This sweet person even gave me her direct line for someone at my doctor's office to call her to request the form. Don't you just love it when someone goes out of their way like that to help you? There's a special place prepared for that women in heaven. Anyway, I informed my doctor's office of this & you know what they said? They told me that this receptionist was wrong, what she said wasn't true, that it has to be a doctor. It boggles the mind, doesn't it? Needless to say, I am not very happy with my doctor. She is supposed to be "the best." When I told my cardiologist that I was seeing her, he talked about her as if she walked on water. I really like her determination to find out what's causing the problems a patient is having ... not just hand them a prescription to take away the symptoms & leave it at that ... but she also totally ignores me at times when I ask her about symptoms I'm having, there's this insurance thing, & her office charges have gone through the roof recently. Once again she doesn't accept insurance so I have to pay out of pocket & then try to get reimbursed from my insurance companies & that's a whole other trip to hell. This year she instituted a new policy. You have to pay an "office administrative fee" at the beginning of each year ... $250. This fee is supposed to cover letters she may need to write, copies of records when they are requested, & give you the privilege of her answering questions over the phone (with the nurse as the go-between). Isn't this all normal business practices? I had a doctor request my records a while back & was told that if any other doctors requested them I'd have to pay for them ... $1.00 per page. Anyway, on Monday I'll be calling rheumatology offices again. I think I'll call Barb & let her know why she didn't receive a call from my doctor's office as I'm sure she was expecting it. Sigh!
I tackled more insurance headaches. Enough said about that.
Yesterday I woke up after sleeping 8 hours & I was totally exhausted. I felt achy & very weak, my stomach hurt, I felt kind of barfy, & I was hot/cold. After being up for an hour I went back to bed & slept another 4 hours. Then I got up, had 2 pieces of dry toast, & went back to bed for another 2 hours. Later on I had another 2 pieces of dry toast, a cup of tea, & went to bed at 9 p.m. I slept 10 hours straight through to this morning. I'm still not feeling quite up to par but definitely better than yesterday.
Throughout the week I was able to do some stitching. I worked on HE's Merrie Birdies pattern which shocked me a bit when I started it. I had kitted this up with the pattern & linen only, cutting the linen in a 9-1/2" square which nicely fits my Q-Snap when stitching 1 ornament. However, I didn't realize that these bird ornaments were not the normal size. The design area is only about 2" x 2-1/2". I actually was able to fit 4 of them onto the piece of linen I had prepared. I had to stitch them without the Q-Snap or any other kind of hoop ... not something I'm comfortable with but it worked. They are not quite finished yet. There is supposed to be a wreath hanging around the cardinal's neck & some holly berries on the holly on the crows ... all made of French knots (AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!) ... but I haven't decided if I'm going to attempt these again or just use beads. Beads would lend themselves well to these ornaments, I think, since they are not extremely prim. As you can see, I had room for an extra birdie so I stitched the crow twice. I really enjoyed stitching these & they worked up quite quickly!
Posted by Shirlee at 9:21 AM
Monday, September 17, 2012
For the past few weeks I have been working on a proposal to give to my congressional representative which he can then present to Congress for a vote. This proposal would address an issue that we all know is important to me. Warning labels on cross stitch charts.
You begin accumulating cross stitch charts. You find them at shops that advertise cross stitch supplies & you find them at various craft stores. They are always found grouped in a section that is marked or referred to as the "cross stitch section." If you go into a store & simply ask "where are your needlework charts," the owner will respond "what kind of needlework?" You will answer "cross stitch" & she will smile brightly, point & say "our cross stitch charts are right over there!"
You browse through the charts. Oh look ... a chart featuring several lovely Christmas ornament designs! And here's a chart for a pinkeep ... isn't it wonderful! You choose your charts & gleefully carry them to the checkout counter.
When you get home, you choose one of the charts, choose your fabric, choose your threads, & anticipate the enjoyable, relaxing time ahead of you. The photo of the stitching model looks lovely! It & the accompanying chart may be a tad small, & your vision may not be what it should be, but that's no problem. You have a daylight magnifying lamp.
You begin to stitch. You are happily stitching one x after another. Then you notice something questionable about the chart. Specks of dirt? Sloppy work at the printing factory? You look closer & out of the corner of your eye you see a sentence, lost in the assemblage of instructions provided below the chart, which reads something like this ... "Use 2 strands of floss for french knots." WHAT?!?!?!? Your are supposed to be working a cross stitch design!!! CROSS STITCH!!! The happy moments you experienced up to that point immediately disappear & are replaced with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.
It's a cruel joke, I tell you ... a cruel joke played on unsuspecting cross stitchers everywhere! This should not be allowed to continue & thus my proposal to my congressional representative.
Thankfully I have not quite finished writing my proposal for this weekend I discovered yet another evil deception perpetrated by one of the so-called cross stitch designers &/or their chosen publisher. Specialty stitches. There I was, all snuggled down in my recliner for a weekend of stitching bliss. It was, after all, IHSW! I needed this weekend ... a weekend free from stress & anxiety. There was a bit of a concern before the weekend began. The chart I had chosen to stitch, sure to result in a lovely project destined for an exchange partner, suggested using overdyed/variegated threads. I'm a DMC lover & usually opt for the DMC equivalents provided for these threads, but this time I decided to toss off the shackles of routine & use the threads the designer suggested. I stitched one stitch at a time, not my usual way of stitching & believe you me I won't be doing it again anytime soon ... if ever ... but I plodded along feeling pretty smug that I was going to all this trouble for my exchange partner, imagining the look of delight dancing in her eyes & the wide smile upon her face when she opened her parcel & saw the gorgeous piece of stitching I had made for her.
My time of serenity ended abruptly, however. There loomed before me some spaces between a few lines of the design. They appeared, for a reason which in my opinion can only be termed blatant deception, somewhat lighter in ink color compared to the rest of the chart. I put the chart underneath my daylight magnifying light & was gripped with terror when I saw the following:
Posted by Shirlee at 10:37 AM
Friday, September 14, 2012
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This is the way I usually stitch.
Posted by Shirlee at 4:02 PM
Just a short post to once again thank everyone who has been praying for me the past couple days. I'm sure it will not come as a surprise that these requests center around my dental issues. The initial hurdle is behind me now but I have a few more hurdles to jump before this is all over. If you would continue to remember me in your prayers now & then in the next week or two or three I'd really appreciate it. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:41 AM
Monday, September 10, 2012
I thank all of you who have prayed for me today. There's no need for you to bother to respond to this message but please, if you don't mind, I am asking for another prayer or two. Things did not go as well as I had hoped this morning but they look promising & hopefully all will be well by tomorrow afternoon. Thank you all so very much!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:19 PM
Please cover me with pray during the next hour or so. I can't say anymore about it right now but please pray. Thank you.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:12 AM
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Amidst "...all the sham, drudgery, & broken dreams..." of last week (okay, it wasn't quite that bad) I was still able to work on some stitching projects. I did not accomplish what I hoped to accomplish but at least I accomplished something : )
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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Yes, Chapter 65.
At this point she excused herself to attend to one of the patients I mentioned earlier. I couldn't believe that she was juggling me between other patients when I made it clear to the receptionist that I wanted there to be no other patients but me when I met with her! I waited a while & watched as one of the patients left. She then came in to talk with me a bit more ... asking me more questions & then telling me that she wanted to refer me to a specialist ... a prosthodontist. This is a person who specializes in the restoration & replacement of teeth. A cosmetic dentist is not a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist undergoes 3 years of additional training to become a prosthodontist. She said that there are only 3 prosthodontists in Kentucky ... one who is getting ready to retire & 2 in Lexington. One is on the faculty at the University of Kentucky. She is wanting to get me in to see him. The other is in private practice but she doesn't really like him because he is very gruff with his patients but I may end up having to see him if the faculty guy can't see me. Anyway, I asked her what this is going to cost me. I thought surely this was a freebie thing ... one dentist asking another to give her an opinion of her work ... but no, I have to pay for it.
She then went back to check on her remaining patient & the assistant came in & said she was taking me back to an examining room. The dentist then came in to examine me & told me that as far as she could see there is nothing wrong with the bridge ... it is "perfect." I had told her that I'm having some pain underneath one of the teeth of the bridge but she told me I wasn't. Yes, that's what she told me. Apparently I don't know when I'm having pain. She also said she did not hear any whistling the whole time I was talking with her. This made me wish that I had brought the letter with me that the second opinion dentist wrote where she spent a whole paragraph explaining where the whistling was coming from & what should be done about it. I will be sure to take that with me to the prosthodontist. At this point she was starting to leave the room saying "I need to get back to my other patient" but I stopped her & said I still had questions. She came back & I asked her what happens after I see the prosthodontist. Will he send me back to her for whatever needs to be done or will he do it. She told me that's up to me & I thought to myself "You can be sure I won't be coming back here, honey."
So there you have it. I will be getting a call next week regarding an appointment with the prosthodontist. The receptionist tried to call him while I was in the office but got an answering machine. It was late Friday afternoon so no surprise there.
Nothing was mentioned about taking the bridge back, putting in the plastic one, refunding my money & sending me on my way. In retrospect I should've jumped on that offer when she made it several weeks ago but again I was so shocked by how nasty she was when she said it that I couldn't say anything, & then when she saw the look on my face she said she was just kidding. I have done some research & you can't sue a dentist in Kentucky for faulty work until you go to another dentist & have the work redone, & then there's no guarantee that you will win a court case even if you do pursue one. Also, the likelihood of one dentist going to court to testify against another is doubtful. I have the option of reporting her to the state dental board but that will not get me my money back. They will only look into my complaint, reprimand her, & that will be the end of it.
I'm sorry to have made so many posts about these dental issues. I'm sure many of my new followers are asking themselves what were they thinking when they decided to follow me, but perhaps my experiences will help others avoid similar circumstances. In looking back over my life at all the situations I have been involved in along these lines ... situations involving buying homes, hiring contractors of various sorts, dealings with business owners, & of course people in the medical & dental fields ... I should write a book or maybe make a film & it should be required reading/viewing prior to graduation from high school or college. It would probably be a more welcome instructional presentation than my idea about traveling around to different schools & lecturing to girls about the importance of eating right & exercising. My thought here was to appear at assemblies where girls would file in & then I would come out onto the stage wearing a robe & holding a microphone. At center stage I would simply drop the robe & amidst the shrieks of horror say "Make sure, girls, that you always eat right & exercise or this is what could happen to you." Sort of a "scared straight" approach.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:53 AM
Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I was so excited when John & I stopped at the post office on the way home from our Lexington excursion yesterday & there was a package addressed to me. I had no idea what could be in it. I had ordered a couple things recently but it was too soon for me to receive them. The return address belonged to Sara at Salmon Falls Primitives. She sent me an RAK! This is what I found inside!!!
Posted by Shirlee at 4:11 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Just a quickie post tonight. I am exhausted physically and mentally. We spent quite a day in Lexington and I can't say I'm any more decided about what to do regarding my dental treatment now than I was before I visited the dentist I saw today for a second opinion. The good news is that my local dentist did not cause any damage to my teeth doing those "bite adjustments." However, other things were presented to me and I am totally confused. I feel like Pooh Bear sitting here saying to myself "think, think, think."
Posted by Shirlee at 8:53 PM
Monday, September 3, 2012
I want to thank everyone who either emailed me or made a comment on yesterday's post regarding my selling site experience. Not only were all of you so very kind & encouraging, but some of you shared your personal thoughts &/or experiences regarding these sites which opened my eyes to many things I had never considered! I feel SO much better today! The blogging community is amazing & my followers are the best : ) I don't know if everyone is aware of this but my DH & I have no friends here & no family living close by. The closest friends & family members are 3 states away. My only social contact is with doctors, dentists, & my blogging friends. So ... thank you again for your kindness, insight, & encouragement!!!
Posted by Shirlee at 9:53 AM
Sunday, September 2, 2012
No, this isn't a riddle ... it's a real question that I forgot to ask in my earlier post : ) The other day someone posted a photo of a few primitive cross stitch items featuring reindeer. I seem to remember one of the items being a ditty bag. I have searched every blog I follow ... even the non-stitching ones ... trying to find the photo but I don't see it anywhere! I'm guessing there was a mention of the pattern in the blog post & I would really like to add it to my stash. Does anyone remember seeing this photo & who posted it?
Posted by Shirlee at 1:46 PM
Good Sunday morning to all of you & a special welcome to my new followers! I'm glad to welcome all of you this wonderful fall day! I know, I know ... it's not fall yet. However, it kind of feels like fall here on the farm. The temp today is going to be 80 degrees which is not really a fall-like temperature but at least it's cooler than it has been for a while. To add to the thrill of it all the weatherman is predicting 100% chance of showers & thunderstorms throughout the day! I'm not a big rain fanatic but this prediction brings with it gray, dark, overcast skies (which add to the illusion that fall is actually here) & it may actually turn out to be a little cooler than 80 degrees because of the dampness! You may have noticed that I've even changed my blog decor to fit the season : ) So, happy happy day!!! So I wish you all a Happy Fall!
Posted by Shirlee at 1:13 PM