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  • The Pumpkin Patch
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    ~Reading In Progress~

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    ~Waiting To Read~

  • Building The Bonds Of Attachment
  • By Daniel A Hughes
  • Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control
  • By Heather T. Forbes and B. Bryan Post
  • Holding Time
  • By Martha G. Welch
    Tuesday, December 05, 2006
    Adoption Officially On Hold :(
    So I have been missing from blogger land for 2 1/2 months now dealing with back/leg pain issues. I have been going to countless doctors appts and getting 'conservative' treatments over the past two months with miminal relief. Now it looks like my only option left is spinal fusion surgery which requires an extensive recovery time.

    It looks like adopting a child is officially on hold for me until after surgery and recovery :( They say everything happens for a reason so it must not be the right time yet to become a mommy. I wish it were, I am so ready! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about my child out there but I gotta take care of myself before I can take care of my child.

    Here is a timeline of my symptoms, diagnosis and treatments to date:
    • Sometime in 2004 - Lower back pain begins intermitently
    • Fall 2004 - Back pain becomes daily phenomenon
    • Jan 2005 - Received several Chiropractic treatments (70% relief for several months)
    • May 2005 - Talk to primary care physician who says to 'take it easy' for a while (what a joke)
    • April 2006 - Severe pain in right leg and numbness in right foot if standing/walking more than 5 minutes
    • July 2006 - Primary care physician sends me to Orthopedic doctor (finally!)
    • July 24, 2006 - X-Ray diagnosis: Grade 2 Spondylolytic Spondylolisthesis
    • July 26, 2006 - MRI confirms diagnosis
    • Aug 11, 2006 - Physical Therapy session (what a joke)
    • Late Aug 2006 - Several Chiropractic treatments (50% relief for less than a week)
    • Sept 21, 2006 - 1st epidural steroid injection (50% relief)
    • Oct 12, 2006 - 2nd epidural steroid injection (80% relief for 2 weeks)
    • Nov 16, 2006 - 3rd epidural steroid injection (90% relief for 4 weeks)
    • Dec 5, 2006 - Appt with Orthopedic Surgeon who recommends Spinal Fusion surgery
    • Dec 14, 2006 - Appt with 2nd Orthopedic Surgeon who recommends surgery;
    • Dec 28, 2006 - Appt with 2nd Orthopedic Surgeon to schedule surgery. Doc provides 3 different surgical options; recommends consult with 3rd Orthopedic Surgeon.
    • Jan 9, 2007 - Appt scheduled wtih 3rd Orthopedic Surgeon to consult my surgical options.

    Next step is to get a second (and third?) opinion to confirm that I actually need surgery. The doc says there is about an 85-90% success rate for someone with my condition. Odds are not too bad I guess. I just want to be able to walk again! I am sooooo ready to do anything to fix this, instead of just treating symptoms that will come back.

    FYI, I will be hijacking this blog for at least the next few months for 'back' talk instead of adoption talk. I pray that these next 6-8 months fly by so I can finally start the adoption process!

    posted by Noelle @ 9:16 PM  
    Monday, September 11, 2006
    A Day of Remembrance for the 3,030 people (343 firefighters) who innocently lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in the Pennsylvania plane crash.

    There has been no other day in my life that I remember as vividly as 09/11/2001. I had just started my first job out of college (09/05). It was around 8am CST and I was sitting in a cube next to the one other person who started with me. We were sitting quietly doing our CBTs (computer-based training), and he had happened to look at just for kicks. All of the sudden, he said something to the effect of "Oh my God, a plane flew into the world trade center in New York". I got up and went over to his desk, and we kept trying to refresh CNN to see updates, but the site was overloaded. We were thinking, what a terrible plane crash.

    Then we hear someone in the office say that a second plane flew into the other tower.


    This was the moment we all realized this was no accident and we were under attack. Then reports of a plane crashing into the Pentagon. Then reports of a Plane crashing in Pennsylvania. Then rumors of a plane heading towards the White House. What was going on? How could this be happening? When was it going to stop? Were planes going to start flying into buildings all over the US?

    Luckily? our building was attached to one of the local news stations where there were TV's visible from the outside. I would say at least 100 people were outside on the walkway staring up at the TV's. No one was moving. No one was talking. Everyone in disbelief. All of the sudden a plane flies over us <-gasp-> My heart dropped. I couldn't breathe. My heart was racing. I still remember that feeling like it was yesterday. We were about 20 miles from the airport and it must have been one of the last planes to land due to the FAA halting all flights in the US.

    We went back upstairs and looked out the windows of the 9th floor of our building. We could see people in the Federal building across from us staring back. How scared they must have been. We were sent home since we were so close to the Fed building.

    I cried the entire drive home. I cried as I watched all of the news channels.

    I stared at the tv until I couldn't anymore.

    I will never forget. I will never forget the people in those buildings. I will never forget the people in those airplanes. I will never forget the families of the individuals that lost their lives. I will never forget the images burned into my memory of the towers burning, and then the towers falling. I will never forget the fear in everyone's eyes. I will never forget my own fear.
    posted by Noelle @ 7:55 PM  
    Thursday, September 07, 2006
    Where Did I Go?
    I have been quite absent from blogger land lately (and forums too). I wish I could say it was because I was basking in the sun on some tropical island somewhere, but alas, no. Just getting acclimated with the new job and getting all of my affairs in order.

    4 weeks into the new job and still doing paper work for benefits and switching assets over. Did you know if you work for a financial institution, it is a federal requirement that that particular institution hold all of your financial assets (at least the ones in equities, fixed income, etc)?? Yep, didn't know that. I have little bits here and there, (and everywhere it seems) and am in the process of switching it all...what a pain. Well, I do have the option of having all of my 'statements' sent to my manager monthly, quarterly, etc., but then have to get everyone and their brother to approve holding outside accounts as well. I figured it would just be easier to move everything over. Damn the Enron and WorldCom Execs ;)

    Since I have no adoption news myself, I wanted to give a HUGE shout out to MBG and Elle and CS!!!

    It seems all of our prayers have finally been answered and MBG has received approval of Zeeb's Dossier! I am so happy for her, her family, and Zeeb. Congratulations! May it be a very short wait for travel approval to pick little one up and bring him home :)

    Also, Elle and CS have officially become parents to little Pickle in Russia. YAY! They have waited patiently for so long to become a family and they finally made it! Congrats to you guys too! I hope the rest of your stay in Russia is fabulous and you have a safe trip home :)
    posted by Noelle @ 12:17 AM  
    Sunday, August 27, 2006
    I've Been Tagged!
    Once again, it has been almost a week since I posted. There is not much new on the adoption front. I did a phone interview last Wednesday with one of the agencies I am interested in, and I am waiting for another one to get back to me to schedule some time to chat. I emailed them last Tuesday and they have still not gotten back to me...hmmm...that doesn't seem like a good sign :(

    Mrs. BG has tagged me to list 5 things weird about myself, so I actually have something to post! Here goes:

    1. I love to clean and organize things...and I generally do these things on a total whim. I could be sitting there watching tv and all of the sudden get an itch to say organize a closet, or vacuum the whole house, or even roll all of my spare change. I am also a total night person, so I am generally doing these things after 8pm. It is kinda like my own personal relaxation. Some people have yoga or a hot bath, I have cleaning/organizing.

    2. I have to use a new towel after every shower. I grew up that way and it was not until I was in my mid-twenties that I realized (through my friends) that a lot of people will use the same towel all week. So even though I am single, I own like 10 towels!

    3. My big toe is longer than the rest of my toes. WhenI was a teenager, I started noticing that most people's big toes are actually shorter than their second toe. I always thought it was normal for the big toe to be longer...I mean, it isn't called the big toe for nothin'. Yes, I am strange, my friends will agree ;)

    4. I am a *very* picky meat eater. I will not eat any flaws in chicken, turkey, pork chops, steak. I will cut off all of the visible fat and veins before I eat it. You will therefore never see me eat say, a chicken sandwich, 'cause I can't 'inspect' it before I eat it. But figure this one out, I will eat ground beef, bacon, and salami with no problem. I am my father's daughter on this one...

    5. I live in the house that I grew up in. My family (five of us) lived in this ~900 sq ft house for my first 18 years (we all shared 1 bathroom, ugghh). My parents then bought a big, beautiful house that we moved to. When I was 21, I moved into an apt with a friend but things went sour. Long story short, my parents still had the house sitting there empty so I decided to rent it from them. Here I am 8 years later :)

    Some well wishes for this week:

    - That Elle and CS have a safe trip to pick up Pickle in Russia
    - That Mrs. BG hears some good news about Zeeb
    posted by Noelle @ 11:30 PM  
    Monday, August 21, 2006
    This is a little late but...
    I wanted to congratulate Elle and CS for getting their court date!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!

    For those of you who don't read their blog, they are adopting a little boy from Russia and finally got the court date to pick up their son and bring him home. They have had quite a long and complicated journey, but they are finally getting to bring their son home.

    If you have a chance, hop on over to their blog and wish them well on their final journey to Russia. As of right now, they have 7 days, 13 hours and 11 minutes till they leave :)
    posted by Noelle @ 12:25 AM  
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