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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, January 5, 2005


I am definitely in pain right now. I am very happy with the percoset, but it wears off so quickly. I am frustrated because the Dr. has not called back with the results of the X-ray, even though I called and left a message today. How long am I going to be stuck on the couch? I feel so helpless. I am glad I trust Konal's staff people, because right now, I am having to leave everything in their hands. I am not used to this. I always just used them as back up, not have them handle everything.

Maybe this is good for me. I know I needed the rest, but I am done now. No more pain. I have a house to clean, things to take care of and a life to live.

The bad news is that the stupid knee is still just as swollen. The good news is that while it is still very painful, the pain is localized, instead of general.

I have started cross stitching again, which something I had given up because of lack of time. I also make sure I am up, dressed and cleaned up everyday.

It has been a nice restful day, though. They finally found someone to work the 6am-7:30 shift for Konal, so it was nice to have someone else negotiate through the morning things. I didn't want to work on my current big cross stitch project when I am still frequently fuzzy headed from the meds, so I started a little one. I am alternating between reading, my computer (I am very thankful I got a laptop with my financial aid last fall), and stitching. I will have to admit I am snoozing quite a bit too.

The rains have stopped for today and the sun is out. Yesterday was wild, weather wise.

Oh, and we had a new washer delivered today! It is a beautiful thing. Our old one started making a noise like it was grinding glass. I called sears and the nicest repairman called me yesterday. He was confirming the appt and asked what the problem was. When I told him, he told me in his experience that it was the rear bearing and averaged around $700 to repair. He told me to save the $55 service call and just buy a new washer. I thought that was very nice of him, considering he could have come out, taken our money, then told us the bad news.
Mom went out last night and got a huge Bosch front loader from Lowe's. I am looking forward to when I can actually use it (only women get excited about a new washer- LOL)

Next major project is a new garage door. Ours had a major failure in November, which involves it basically falling apart. It is unrepairable, and we have been shopping around for a new door. At least the garage door is not the necessity that the washer was and we can take our time.

I was supposed to go see The Phantom of the Opera today with my mom and aunt, but they decided I was not up to it (I love being overridden on decisions like that). At least they decided to reschedule, instead of just going without me.