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A Holly Jolly Christmas

Friday, December 08, 2006
written by Java Junkie

A ho ho ho and good tidings to all! I have so much to post about but alas it's a quarter to midnight and I've only now had time to post so this will have to be short and succinct.

After a visit with my neurologist things are only a little more clear as the hospital only sent the radiologist's report on my MRI, MRA and MRB. It seems that indeed I have had a decent size stroke or hemorrhage or hemorrhage caused from a stroke near, from where she pointed on the plastic brain model, the center of my brain. She also didn't speak much about it being a hemorrhage but concentrated greatly on finding out the cause for a woman my age with no history of early age strokes in my family, high blood pressure or high cholesterol to be having strokes and seeing if we can prevent another from happening. We'll be doing another round of MRI's in a couple months as well as a full blood work up that includes looking for a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome of which I have some symptoms of like a protruding breast bone, a heart murmur, and slightly long limbs (I'm also 5' 81/2" - for a girl that's not SUPER tall but it's tall enough to cause a problem buying jeans most times) and in some ways share no symptoms at all (I only have 1 VERY VERY faint stretch mark from my second pregnancy and a few on my hips/tushy that I've had since childhood from learning how to do the splits.) I'm also very unusually flexible in my hips even though I've generally lost almost all flexibility in muscle related areas such as hamstrings. I wouldn't be surprised either way with that one. The good thing is that she said whatever it is isn't life threatening probably. *big sigh of relief*

Now I'm going to ask you all to do a huge favor for me. Well not even for me really but for some parents I don't know, have never met, and only have an extremely removed connection to. A co-worker of Monkey's called in to work today unable to come in because his step-son had stolen all the prescription medication in the home and handed them out at school as if they were candy. Two children are in the hospital, at least one in very serious condition. Shortly after the boy said he wanted to kill himself and is now in the suicide crisis center here in town. Please say a prayer, light a candle, dance naked under the moonlight, burn some incense or simply send out positive healing or thoughts whatever it is you do to all the children involved and to their parents. This hit so close to home with me that when Lou was a half an hour late coming home from school my mind several times over had to tell itself that the boy and Lou do not go to the same school in order to calm my nerves. Eventually Lou's teacher called telling me Lou had stayed behind to help him with a project and a big sigh of relief was expelled but please do what you do for the people, small and older, involved. No one ever expects their kid to be any of the kids involved in this tragic scenario and at any moment for any number of reasons there's a chance any of our little babies could have been.

Now on to the last bit of news I'm going to post about tonight. My early Christmas present and the reason for the name of this post.

Please say hello to Holly. :)


She was my Christmas present from Monkey :) She's beautiful isn't she? She's a 10 week old golden retriever. I know the picture is crappy but I promised someone I would post a pic of her today and my camera was able to snap one off before the battery died and unfortunately we can't find the charger and the flash didn't fire. I did what I could to lighten it but I'll hopefully have some better ones soon.
11:45 PM ::
  • Hi
    For some reason I can't leave a message because it won't accept my password.

    By Anonymous stan, at 8:33 PM  
  • now that i can get through ...
    Hi, good to hear the latest and a new puppy is a fun. Who's havin the most fun, Parker Chris Lou or you?

    By Anonymous stan, at 8:37 PM  
  • Claudette has Marfan Syndrom. Unusual desease. But she is only 5 4". Being very flexable, having long skinny fingers, are some of her traits, she also has a heart murmur. Maybe your cousins :) By the way. The puppy is a cutie. Cant wait to see her.. Love Mom

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 PM  
  • OK I finally brought myself to go online again... good to hear the update and cute cute too cute on the pup! I can hardly wait to get the cousins together!

    By Blogger nmariluna, at 10:52 PM  
  • *hug* so glad to hear CC - I was worried but didn't want to intrude.

    As far as the pup, there's actually a distant chance they might be related since our pup is actually from MI - a place called Brooklyn, MI which Monkey says is near Lansing (haha *I* have NEVER heard of Brooklyn, MI, and I grew up mostly around Lansing haha) and they're both light goldens :)

    Love and miss you!

    Mom - wow yeah I would have never thought that about Claudette since she's so tiny. Are her family members tall or is that why she was tested for it in the first place?

    By Blogger Java Junkie, at 4:18 AM  
  • Her father and brothers are tall. All but a few of the 9 have the long features. She had went to the doctors, and he called in the entire staff to look at her. She didnt know what was going on. Then he showed them that she was an example of Marfan's. Nice ey? Mom

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 PM  
  • omg I would have told the doctor off had he exhibited me like some sort of freak show attraction to fellow doctors. Right in front of all his little golf buddies, too.

    By Blogger Java Junkie, at 11:29 PM  
  • Your new pup is adorable. And I'm gald to hear the Marfans isn't life threatening :)

    By Blogger IzzyMom, at 3:29 PM  
  • puppy nuggles are the best !

    By Anonymous jakers, at 9:26 PM  
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