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Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:01:53 PM »
Thank Goodness!!

Even though I haven't posted everyday, I check in here to see if anyone knows about Joe...

I'm quite relieved and grateful he is still among us!

Whoo Hoo!!

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: hobbies
« on: March 19, 2008, 09:00:14 AM »
PL, that is awesome!  It takes a great deal of patience and attention to detail to do something so intricate and cool!

when I started my health regime (no smoking, little eating) I took up counted cross stitch.  It takes some thinking to get the stitches placed correctly and you have to pick out all the stitches that you miscount.  It really has helped me not smoke and eat right!

I think I've done 6 projects since Jan 1!!

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 08, 2008, 01:32:34 PM »
Pegleg, you're not old!  I was born in 1955 (of course lots of folks here will think I'M old!).

Wow, here on the east side of Cincinnati (Brown County), we have 15" of snow with 3-4 more predicted.  We are under a blizzard watch.  Cincinnati proper got about 10".  This is our biggest snowfall in quite a few years.

All my family is accounted for and staying in their homes.  I think I'll make a pot of chili (modified to suit my diet!) and watch the birds outside at the feeder.  My cat, Rasta, won't leave the window.  He can see the birds against the snow very well.

Let us know what you think / Re: Karma
« on: March 07, 2008, 10:52:02 PM »
Well, unless I've lost my mind (highly likely!!), it appears that our venerable expert has taken out the 'karma' thang all together... Just as well.  We don't want this to turn into a popularity contest or anything like that!

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:57:41 PM »
Good Grief!  It's March and they are predicting blizzard like conditions with the second wave of snow later tonite.  Here in good ole Cincinnati.

I hear Arkansas has it worse.  They are not at all prepared for this.

My husband is at work and is scheduled to come home right at the worst of it.  I texted him and told him to get on home!!  Zero visibility, blowing, snowing and drifting snow -- this ain't good!!

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 07, 2008, 03:51:02 PM »
The pictures do it justice!!  I can imagine that from sitting in a car, the snowbanks are waaaay over the top of your car!

I don't have to go anywhere.  My daughter is holed up in her apartment.  My husband did go to work, but he has a front wheel drive and brand new tires, so he should be ok (it's the other people on the road I worry about!).

I have coffee, nicotine gum and my healthy food.  I'm gonna stay here!

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 07, 2008, 02:10:17 PM »
Dang, PL!  We are getting whooped with our biggest snow fall of the year as I type!

I live 40 miles east of Cincinnati, and our prediction is for 11-15 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.  Yikes!

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 06, 2008, 02:57:34 PM »
Ah, Damn Joe!

I was thinking of you last evening and wondering if you had not been posting due to health issues.


I know I'm a johnny come lately in the amputee and forum life.  But I need you to know that you have had a positive and even joyous impact on my life.  I guess if someone said that about me, I'd be happy.  So, I will spend the rest of my life trying to do so...

None of us know how much time we have.  And all of us will face our own immortality.  This I know however:  My son is very much alive in another realm.  As we all will be.  Don't ask how I know this, I just do.  He has made more than one appearance to me.

For my own selfish reasons, I will send all good prayers and vibes that this is NOT your time.  Yeah, I'm selfish like that.

I find in you an amazing cyber friend!

Let us know what you think / Re: Karma
« on: March 06, 2008, 01:36:21 PM »
OBL, thanks for giving me good Karma and not bad in your experimentation!   ;D

It's kind of a fun thing, but not really necessary to have the good vs bad karma.  I do try to keep my karma on the sunny side.  I studied Buddhism for a time.  It really makes sense, and basically all 'karma' boils down to is "As you sow, so shall you reap."  And I find that very true.

My History / Re: Introduction from another club member
« on: March 05, 2008, 08:50:38 PM »
Dave, greetings!
I'm always overwhelmed at each of our stories!  *sigh* such hardship.  But what is even more overwhelming is our ability to overcome and to see life for what it is:  precious.

Glad you found us!

General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 05, 2008, 08:48:22 PM »
Dick, thank you for your kind words.  BTW, my favorite uncle is named Dick.  He's my mom's twin brother.  Good name!

Ah, the darkest my life has ever been was the year after I lost my son, Luke.  It was hard to move out of that place.  I also spent that same year on a Parents of Suicides discussion forum.  A darker place I've never seen, nor do I want to.

I wasn't sure I could move out of there, but slowly, with the help of others and my infinite faith in life moving on beyond this particular life lifted me up and out of despair.

This forum suits me much better!  I prefer to see the good things.  There truly is enough bad in life that we COULD choose to get lost here,  but I'd rather live!

General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 05, 2008, 02:25:24 PM »
Jenise, I'm very glad you found us!!

*sigh* We've all gone through a little bit (or a lot) of emotional baggage with the loss of our limb(s).  It's not easy to be an amputee.  I remember when I was first an amputee, my husband parked the car at our local convenience store.  I sat in the car and watched two legged people jump in and out of their cars and run into the store.  I remember feeling like I would never have that "easy" feeling again.  I admit to having a bit of self pity in that moment.

Granted, I find it still difficult, but I'm sure glad to be alive.  I refuse to allow self pity to dwell within my heart.  It would kill me.

I think of all the people who have life much worse than I.  There are millions.  My modest little home is a mansion compared to the homes in much of the world.

I thought that being an amputee would be the worst experience I could ever have. 

Exactly one year and two days after my amputation, I lost my 26 year old son.  He'd moved to Ft. Lauderdale.  By all accounts he was doing very well.  I was devastated when I got the call on the morning of August 8, 2006 that he'd taken his own life on a lonely beach.  There ARE much worse things than losing a limb.  I'm glad you have your son and as you stated, you are very fortunate to have your son with you.  Our children are our treasure.

Life is hard.  I'll never deny this.  But I'm glad I'm here and I'm glad I have the opportunity to learn lessons to take with me into the next realm.  It's good, you know?

General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:22:32 PM »

I gots a cool leg too!  Now that I'm looking at a new socket in a few months, I get to pick a new fabric.  Mine is fabric laminated onto the socket.

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:14:55 PM »
Southwestern Ohio sounds much nicer than some of the northerly and east locations!  I'm not a big winter fan (it's only good for making me appreciate the other three seasons!).

As far as insurance parity --  way to go enlightened states!  I'm considering getting involved in Ohio to help pass parity laws for amputees... We are still behind the times.

In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:12:39 PM »
I realize this question was not directed toward me, but I'll answer anyway...

Because shoes are a BIG deal to me.  I can't wear anything with much of a heel in the least -- the flatter the better.  I know amputees who MUST have the recommended 5/8th's heel.  Nothing is set in stone.  We are all genuinely different!

My fit is so weird that I am most comfortable barefoot.  Shoes mess me up.

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