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shecolt last won the day on February 25 2016

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  1. The month of March was a . . . "if it can go wrong, it will" month for me. I won't bore you with all of it, but I do want to tell of one thing that happened because I was told that it was unusual. I was sitting at a red light on US 30 when I heard, "ping, ping". That was the noise of my vehicle telling me that I had low tire pressure. I had hoped that it was something minor that could be fixed with a little air at the closest gas station; but when that light changed and I put my foot of the gas, I instantly knew that wasn't the case. I pulled over as soon as I could and discovered that a rear tire was as flat as flat can be. The mechanic from AAA told me that he had changed a lot of tires, but had never seen anything like it. When I had the tire repaired, I was told that they had also never seen anything like it. So what was it? The entire valve stem had come off and was inside the tire. That left a nice, big hole. Given everything that was going wrong for me during this time, I thought . . . "Well, of course. Why would my tire want to be like all the other tires in the world?" On the bright side, I was also thinking that I was lucky that this didn't happen when I was traveling at any great speed as it may have caused me to lose control. After some searching, I was able to find something online regarding this.
  2. Yes, there was once such a thread; but it was most likely archived a long time ago. I have a friend who lives in Oregon . . . that other state. Whenever she returns to Indiana, she speaks of the difficulty of trying to remember how to use the gas pumps. While that attendant would have also made me angry, the bright side of living in NJ or OR is that you never have to stand out in crappy weather to get gas. I would love that.
  3. @Virtuoso80 I'm hoping that you received an ""A" on your paper as it was very well written. One of the good things about you sharing your story is that you help bring awareness to a disorder that I had never heard of before. That put me on a quest to learn more. I started by looking to see if there were any Facebook support groups as I often find that they are written in words that I understand better than the medical sites that use big words that often go over my head. I did find such a support group, but it wasn't very active. I then went on to a medical site for some reading where I found that this disorder affects one in a million. So, it's no small wonder that the support group isn't very active given the extreme rarity of AHC. Cami sounds like a very special and brave little girl with a wonderful, loving father. My prayers will be you that a cure is soon found.
  4. When she is able to have blood draws that consistently show no problems, the time span between them will be lengthened. But for now, something always seems to pop up every few weeks. This week it was a Prograf (anti-rejection med) level that was too high. If it's too low, it wouldn't be doing it's job. If it's too high, it can cause kidney damage. Riley is great. I follow them on Facebook. The story they recently featured was one of a ten-year old boy who was told he would never walk again after being paralyzed due to a drive-by shooting. He is now able to take a few steps and is determined that he will one day play football.
  5. The latest from Pentatonix. It has over 2 million views in two days.
  6. Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my granddaughter's transplant and I am thankful that I am able to say that she continues to do well. She is a very active and happy little girl who no longer even cries during her weekly blood draws. Instead, she just offers up her little arm as if to say . . . "I know it won't do me any good to cry. So, let's just get this over so we can move on to me being rewarded with a lollipop". To celebrate the anniversary, my daughter wanted to provide a meal at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley. When she first told me of her plans and asked for my assistance, my reply was . . . "can't we just give a donation instead?". The thought of preparing all that food and transporting it from Fort Wayne to Indy seemed daunting to me. While we were there, I spent much of my time visiting with the families who had come to dine and asking if they would like to share the story of their loved one who was a patient at Riley. There wasn't a single person who turned down my invitation. To the contrary, most seemed eager to have a listening ear. Consequently, I heard stories ranging from the premature baby who was struggling to live to the 14-year old battling cancer. In return, I was able to give them a story of hope by introducing my granddaughter and sharing her story. Fortunately, my daughter didn't listen to me when I asked about giving a donation instead because my day reminded me of what this thread is all about . . . giving support to others. So, I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have given your support to me and others in this thread with your kind comments and, yes, even your "likes". While those "likes may not seem like much to those giving them, they are to the person receiving them because it means that you cared enough to read what was posted. Those "likes" take the form of a virtual hug.
  7. I often wonder how others who have posted in this thread are doing. So, I really appreciate your update. I'm so happy to hear that all is going well for this little girl. It sure sounds like she had one amazing birthday party!
  8. I appreciate people who think outside the box. I did a search and it sounds like the answer to your question is the Romans: January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. They were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC), when it became the second month. At certain intervals February was truncated to 23 or 24 days, and a 27-day intercalary month, Intercalaris, was inserted immediately after February to realign the year with the seasons. Now, here's what I was thinking about today. Why are those little button batteries (or whatever they are called) so expensive? I bought my husband a light that attaches to the bill on his hat. Since his vision is so limited, I thought it would help him and it did. Now, I need to replace the batteries; but doing so would be more expensive than buying a new light that comes with the batteries.
  9. I'm responding to the sad news of Gavin's passing by quoting him in this thread: Gavin, you endured more in your young life than many of us can ever imagine. Yet, you never whined, moaned, or complained. You were an intelligent, active member who was well respected by many and I will miss you. My heartfelt sympathy to your family and all who knew and loved you.
  10. Your losses hit me harder than any celebrity because even though we have never met, I consider you a personal friend. Sending
  11. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
  12. My thanks to the Colts for once again taking the time to spread some Christmas cheer at Riley.
  13. I won't be adding any names, but I would like to say something to anyone who may have lost a "'personal celebrity" or "star" in 2016. By that, I mean those who have had to say goodbye to someone who may not have been well known to the world; but who played an important role in your life. That person may have been a grandparent, parent, in-law, friend, etc. Although his/her identity may never be known, my "personal star" is the baby/small child who saved the life of my granddaughter. I think that we have all experienced that first Christmas (or other important dates) without a special someone by our sides. So, I extend my sympathy, hugs, and hopes that the good memories help you through any rough days.
  14. I sent the below picture to a good friend on this site who asked me to post it in this thread because as she said . . . it tells a positive story. A story of hope. I declined because I've already dominated this thread enough and didn't want it to be all about me. Without even reading many of the threads upstairs, I know that there is probably a lot of sadness resulting from the Colt's lackluster season. That often leads to tension between members. So, I've changed my mind and am posting my picture if for no other reason than to remind everyone to breathe and remember that there are things in life far more important than football. The reason I fell in love with this picture was because my granddaughter is in the lead. It's as if she is saying . . . "life has thrown a lot my way, but nothing is going to stop me. So, the rest of you need to try to keep up".
  15. About 15 years ago, I started a tradition where I give my family members a few "gag" gifts. Each person has a separate theme and I enjoy hunting at garage sales over the year in search of these treasures that rarely cost more than 25 cents. While it may sound crazy, I think my family would be disappointed if I stopped my tradition as it leads to so much laughter when these gifts are opened. Example: My daughter has great taste. So, her theme is the opposite. Her theme is "Ugly". It's amazing how many ugly things one can find. This is a pic of one of the gifts she will be receiving this year. The fact that some of the "gems" are missing from this candy dish just makes it even better.

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