Monday, December 31, 2007

Twas the month after Christmas

'Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste,
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared.

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese,
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt.

I said to myself, as I only can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick,
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays

One of the greatest gifts I ever received
Didn't come wrapped with a bow;
But its value was more precious
Than the giver could ever know.

It was a kind word, a smile
And a gentle, listening ear.
It was their acceptance
And the time that I held so dear.

When you feel like you are all alone
In an empty room you can't escape.
Understanding is far more valuable
Than anything wrapped in paper and tape.

What I received instead was an emotional connection,
A lifeline from the heart.
Someone who really understood me
Right from the very start.

Another parent, walking the same path
Willing to share some time with me.
A present so rare and special-
Its energy has stayed with me.

We go through life striving
To make it from place to place
Without really treasuring
The beauty of a smiling face

The release of stress through a conversation
The gift of a shared smile,
Or maybe a late night email
That reaches over many a mile.

That link with someone
Who "gets it" is the ultimate goal.
Someone offering support and a connection
is so very good for a tired soul.

One of the greatest gifts I ever received
Still is a part of me-
It lives on inside of my heart.
Forever cherished it will be.

For unless you walk the same journey
You can not truly understand
The powerful feeling of seeing
An outstretched hand.

The wonderful feeling of realizing
You aren't the only one, all alone.
You can reach out to another
By simply picking up the phone.

Offering encouragement within
The magic connection of that bond
Remains the reason
Why I am so fond

Of someone willing to reach out
To another along the way
Always remember you can never imagine
The power of what you say.

So one of the very best gifts I ever received
Doesn't sit on a shelf for all to see.
It was support from another parent-
Making the same journey as me.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Holiday Tips

Happy Holidays from the Dietitians.

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffettable knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you seecarrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rumballs.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like finesingle-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer thansingle-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now.So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It'snot as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something.It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later thanyou think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point ofgravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out ofyour mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy . Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milkor whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying asports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort tocontrol your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party isto eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and NewYear's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling thebuffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat ofeggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, likefrosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, positionyourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can beforebecoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair ofshoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Orif you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Alwayshave three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? LaborDay?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with themandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean,have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave theparty or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Tsk, tsk, tsk

The “Stella Awards” are named after the 81-year-old woman, Stella Liebeck, who spilled hot coffee on herself and success-fully sued McDonald’s in New Mexico for 2.9 million dollars. Ever since, the name “Stella Award” has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits - including bogus cases! Here are this year’s winners…

7th Place - Kathleen Robertson of Austin , Texas , was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle when she tripped over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering that the misbehaving little toddler was Ms. Robertson’s son.

6th Place - Nineteen-year- old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

5th Place - Terrence Dickson of Bristol , Pennsylvania , was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, so Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the home owners’ insurance company, claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000. In my opinion, this is SO outrageous that it should have been 2nd Place .

4th Place - Jerry Williams of Little Rock , Arkansas , was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next-door neighbor’s beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owners’ fenced yard. The award was less than originally sought, because the jury felt that the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard and was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd Place - A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania , $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tail bone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd Place - Kara Walton of Claymont , Delaware , successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies’ room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place (drum roll, please) - This year’s runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma . Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand-new, 32-foot-long Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from an OU football
game - having driven onto the freeway - she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go into the back to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually do that. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed its manuals on the basis of this law suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.


You have to hand it to the lawyers. Creative presentation at its finest! No wonder this country is so screwed up!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving


May you always have much, for which to be thankful,
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Can't wait for a new week to begin

because the past week has sucked! With Christopher healing from his surgery, I am at the stove making soup. Oops, it boils up and splashes me. hmmmmm???, how can it not burn? It is cold. Go back to stir some more, same thing. After a few times, (yeah, duh, took a few times) I realize it is drops from above my head.... Shit! It is coming from my kitchen ceiling.... The roof has sprung a leak *sigh* Time to get a new roof.

Time for bed, go downstairs and step into a cold puddle... wtf??? It didn't rain enough to flood, did it?? Nope. The hot water heater gave out. Time to get a new water heater heater, butttttttttttttttttttttttt of course it isn't going to be so easy cause the idiots that put the old one in, did not leave room enough to replace it! Yeah, like they last forever. Now it it is a new water heater and 2 walls.

Okay, not bad enough but wouldn't you know the coldest night of the season yet, no heat! AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Nope, don't need a new furnace but a damn oil tank... not so bad??? hahaha my luck, remember??? It is underground and sprung a leak. So now it needs to be replaced above ground and the soil is contaminated..... *BIG SIGH*

If tomorrow does not start off better, I am going back to bed for the rest of the year.....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Natural Highs

Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one. It Does Make You Feel Good, especially #45.

1. Falling in love.
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
3. A hot shower.
4. No lines at the supermarket.
5. A special glance.
6. Getting mail.
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
11. Chocolate milkshake (vanilla or strawberry).
12. A bubble bath.
13. Giggling.
14. A good conversation.
15 The beach .
16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
17. Laughing at yourself.
18. Looking into their eyes and knowing they Love you.
19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
20. Running through sprinklers.
21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
23. Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS
24. Anything you want it to be....
25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
29. Playing with a new puppy.
30. Having someone play with your hair.
31. Sweet dreams.
32. Hot chocolate.
33. Road trips with friends.
34. Swinging on swings.
35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
36. Making chocolate chip cookies.
37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
38. Holding hands with someone you care about.
39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
40 Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you. 41. Watching the sunrise.
42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
43. Knowing that somebody misses you.
44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

9 Things I Hate About Everyone

1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

2 People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the T.V.. remote because they refuse to walk to the T.V. and change the channel manually.

3 When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?

4 When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Gonna Kick their asses!

5 When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the damn floor.

6 People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.

8 When people say "life is short". What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?

9 When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?



and I am sure more can be added!! lol

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just Bitching

Do you know that once your child is an adult, he is no longer covered on your insurance? yep.

Did you know that insurance is not an entitlement??
sorta, but I am learning.

Ron changed jobs. old ins. covered Matt to 23 while in full time school. New insurance says hell no we will not cover him... due to his history! They are not obligated to cover him, their choice to or not to. So now what to do as we cannot afford what they want to cover him (minimal ins coverage)He can't get ssi. Even though he meets all the criterias.... He can't work and go to school.


I hate life, people and ins companies

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Angelman Syndrome facts



As you all know, my Jenn is an Angel... Please pass it along.


Now, when you Google AS more information is available. Collin Farrell's story comes up #1 in the news search results. I wanted to send out this bulletin to spread awareness. With this popular celebrity news story the media is misrepresenting Angelman Syndrome.


Here are some facts:

Developmental History and Laboratory Findings

* Normal prenatal and birth history with normal head circumference; absence of major birth defects

*Developmental delay evident by 6 - 12 months of age

*Delayed but forward progression of development (no loss of skills)

*Normal metabolic, hematologic and chemical laboratory profiles

*Structurally normal brain using MRI or CT (may have mild cortical atrophy or dysmyelination)Clinical Features in Angelman SyndromeConsistent (100%)

* Developmental delay, functionally severe

* Speech impairment, none or minimal use of words; receptive and non-verbal communication skills higher than verbal ones

* Movement or balance disorder, usually ataxia of gait and/or tremulous movement of limbs

* Behavioral uniqueness: any combination of frequent laughter/smiling; apparent happy demeanor; easily excitable personality, often with hand flapping movements; hypermotoric behavior; short attention spanFrequent (more than 80%)

* Delayed, disproportionate growth in head circumference, usually resulting in microcephaly (absolute or relative) by age 2

* Seizures, onset usually <>

* Abnormal EEG, characteristic pattern with large amplitude slow-spike wavesAssociated (20 - 80%)

* Strabismus* Hypopigmented skin and eyes

* Tongue thrusting; suck/swallowing disorders

* Hyperactive tendon reflexes

* Feeding problems during infancy

* Uplifted, flexed arms during walking

* Prominent mandible

* Increased sensitivity to heat

* Wide mouth, wide-spaced teeth

* Sleep disturbance

* Frequent drooling, protruding tongue

* Attraction to/fascination with water

* Excessive chewing/mouthing behaviors

* Flat back of head


This information was retrieved from:http://www.angelman.org/angel/index.php?id=75Angelman Syndrome foundation at http://www.angelman.org

Monday, July 16, 2007

Genealogy

This is what I have been up to and loving it! Now I just need to make it to England (hehe Dan), where we started.

WE ARE THE CHOSEN

In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I Do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.

(unknown author)

Wow! Long time gone

LOL and now I am back and forgot how to use this!!

Friday, March 30, 2007

life just sucks at times

Sometimes life just sucks and you have nothing good to say....

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Shut down that computer!

Why you should shut down your computer at night!!

When you go to bed at night and forget to shut down your computer, I think you ought to know what actually goes on.

It's 2 AM and do you know where your icons are and what they are doing? Click on this site and you will see what happens when you leave the computer on during the night.


http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdkuyp/flash/see.htm

Monday, March 5, 2007

Matt


Just opened todays mail and am in a strange place.


Matt graduates from the University on May 20th, with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies degree. He has two more years at the University and then off to whatever....


With the courses he is majoring in, looks like he is on a medical course. I would have never thought this at all. He still hasn't discarded law.


But then again, with Matt, who knows??



Happy 3rd Birthday, Christopher!!


Yay, another party! (lol) Christopher is 3 years old today and ready to start pre-k soon, real soon!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

I quit....

Now the blogger will not let me upload pics!! I follow all the steps and when I hit upload it does nothing!!! DANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN help! LOL

Almost....


Whew... we came within minutes of flooding yesterday! If the rain hadn't stopped when it did, my entire lower level would have been floating! It was a stressful day watching and waiting. We had flooded in the past and it was not a good thing, though I did get the entire l-l replaced.

Thankfully it was just the outside that took on the water. Now I have all my neighbors junk in my yard.... grrrrrrrrr Still a mess to clean up.

I need to move, far, far away! lol

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Blog visitors

I find it very interesting to see who visits my site. The stat counter shows so much info (many other countries) but not why... So if you feel like it, let me know who you are!

Monday, February 26, 2007

First snow this winter

Yep, it finally snowed here!! Maybe 4 inches but hey, it snowed! Of course it snowed as we are getting closer to Spring....

So while I am happy to finally see some snow, I have to get dressed and take my little man out to play. And no, not Matt (lol) Christopher!! He is so excited to see snow... Grayma, we go play? Grayma, we go play?? Yes, Christopher, we will go play....

Lis on the other hand, is sleeping. I am sure it is because she does not want to go play in the snow. hmmmmmmmm??? Grayma has plans for her... hehehe

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Little Moo

I was offline most of today... dealing with my own problems. But upon waking the first thing thought of was Little Moo (Bethy English) I also knew that I would read a memorable tribute from her wonderful Dad (Dan) that would reduce me to tears.

Though most of us never met her, we loved her. Dan and Jo made her a part of our lives and families and shared her world with us.

I still remember that day, 2 years ago, when I heard the news. It was devastating. Phone calls back and forth, the CHD community grieving with and for Dan, Jo and Jaysen...


and we remember..... a beautiful little girl... and we will always remember.




When a child dies, a cloud turns into an angel,

and flies up to tell God to put another flower on a pillow.
A bird gives the message back to the world,
and sings a silent prayer that makes the rain cry.
People disappear, but they never really go away.
The spirits up there put the sun to bed,
wake up grass, and spin the earth in dizzy circles.

Sometimes you can see them dancing
in a cloud during the daytime,

when they're supposed to be sleeping.
They paint the rainbows and also the sunsets

and make waves splash and tug at the tide.
They toss shooting stars and listen to wishes.

And when they sing windsongs,
they whisper to us,
The view is nice and I'm doing just fine.

And I am with you every day....

Friday, February 16, 2007

Pissed off!

As a CHD parent, the director of a CHD organization and the founder of A Day for Hearts ~ Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, I am disgusted by another well known and established organization.

They have taken ideas from every CHD organization and tried to make them their own. They have tried to overtake other orgs. They have underhandedly (word?) gone to members of orgs and sweet talked and coerced them into joining their cause.

How can this be??? This is just absolutely disgusting and they should be held accountable for their sneaky underhanded methods.

Why do CHD families not trust them??? They hold the answer.

Maybe they should learn how to work TOGETHER and realize this is not all about money or who is the best. It's about CHD Awareness, Research, Education and Support!

Friday, February 9, 2007

HLHS, TGA, PA, ASD, VSD, COA, TA, TOF, ALCAPA, AVSD, DILV, DORV, TAPVR

HLHS, TGA, PA, ASD, VSD, COA, TA, TOF, ALCAPA, AVSD, DILV, DORV, TAPVR

A Day for Hearts was developed to create awareness of CHD and involve others to help increase public knowledge. An international coalition of families, individuals, non-profit organizations, support groups and health professionals participate in the Day for Hearts campaign. (
www.tchin.org/aware)

There are different ways to help raise awareness of CHD. Spreading the message via e-mail or word-of-mouth can also be powerful ways to raise CHD awareness. Please take time on February 14 to honor families of children and adults with congenital heart defects and the professionals who work with them, and to help remember the memory of lives lost.

Below is a letter my friend Rita Scoggins sent to her local newspaper a few years ago. Nothing has changed....

HLHS, TGA, PA, ASD, VSD, COA, TA, TOF, ALCAPA, AVSD, DILV, DORV, TAPVR –Looks like alphabet soup, doesn't it? But no, it’s something much more serious than that. When parents hear a doctor label their child with one or more of these conditions, they have just stepped into the world of congenital heart defects (CHD) – a world they probably know nothing about.

Here are some startling facts. Congenital heart defects are the number one occurring birth defect – it is estimated that each year in the United States 40,000 babies are born with one of the many known heart defects.Over one million children and adults in the U.S. are living with CHD. The American Heart Association says that in 2001, 4109 Americans died from cardiovascular defects.Each year nearly twice as many children die from heart defects than all childhood cancers combined.

So, why don’t people know anything about CHD? Why don’t people know about the most common birth defect killer?

Many have heard of childhood leukemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida – but not the condition that takes so many from us.Could it be because CHD doesn’t have a Jerry Lewis or Marlo Thomas raising money for it? No celebrity has taken on heart defects as their pet project. Large scale publicity about CHD is rare.

Or, maybe it is because the AHA has very little information for parents of “heart” children? The AHA likes to use little ones with heart problems in their fund raising campaigns, but it is almost impossible to make a donation directly to help find a cause or treatment for CHD. The AHA does have a legacy fund for CHD, but it is a regional fund. Even the brochure they have for parents of children with CHD comes from a regional office – making it hard to get if you don’t live in that area.

So, who is speaking for those born with CHD?

When people were beginning to get Internet in their homes – probably about 10 years ago – parents of children with CHD started to seek out one another. The Internet is a wonderful place for people with like interests to connect with one another. And, that is just what “heart” parents did. (tchin.org)Now, parents who have access to the Internet will find many sites dedicated to babies, children, and adults who have CHD. It is a wonderful start – this connection of parents associated through a child’s heart. But these parents want more. Some want people to know about the signs and symptoms of heart defects.Some want others to know what the effect having a child with a serious medicalproblem has on a family.Some want other heart parents to know that they are not alone.Some want to help other parents find resources for their children – things like summer camps and help with finances.And some want people to know that more research into the cause and treatment of CHD needs to be done.

So, what can a group of parents, most of whom only know each other through the Internet, do to get what they want?

In 1999, lists supported by CHIN all wrote to their governors asking them to proclaim February 14th as “"A Day For Hearts: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day." Ever since, governors across the nation have declared February 14th as CHD Awareness Day. Texas has been included in this since the beginning. Yet, President Bush still refuses to sign a National Proclamation! Why? Ten Thousand people signed a petition requesting one. CHDers, and their parents, families and friends, medical professionals who work with them, Governors and government officials also requested or wrote in support of a Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day Proclamation, still the CHD community was ignored…

Across the country and the world, people will gather on this February 14th to bring awareness to the birth defect that brings so many diverse people together. They will celebrate life. And they will remember those whose lives were stolen by CHD.

No, congenital heart defects do not have celebrities raising money to help eradicate them. No, there aren’t any national telethons or walkathons devoted to CHD. But, those affected by CHD have united to make more people aware of heart defects and the people whose lives they touch.

Please join us again this year in remembering all those affected by CHD on 2/14/2007: "A Day for Hearts: Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day!"

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

You know what I detest?? DEADBEAT Dads!! Actually they should be called just deadbeat's, because they do not deserve the title Dad....

Friday, January 26, 2007

Starlight and Funcenters for Hospitals

http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/CommunityPrograms/Starlight/HomePage.cvsp



The Starlight Foundation is holding a contest to give away 5 children's "funcenters" to hospitals all over the country. It is very easy all you have to do is click on the link above and it will take you to the voting page, where it says "get started".

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Weather verrrry cold but still no snow!

Some schools, as a precaution, might adjust their schedules Friday morning. We already know of a few that will cancel classes altogether. We'll start running school closings and delays at the bottom of the screen Friday morning at 4:00 AM.

TONIGHT: Windy and bitterly cold. Lows 5 to 10. Wind chills of 20 below.

Just lovely
...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Where is Spring??

Yesterday, I was in the middle of posting "Where is the snow"? CA had some and even Arizona!! But not CT.... Well the computer rebooted and I lost it. I would have reposted today except it isn't funny anymore!

Around midnight, my house felt a little cool. Looked at the thermostats and they read 65!! I turned up the heat... No furnace sounds. Not good. So I wake hubby up. Hubby's just aren't so cheerful when waking up to the house being a bit cold.

Called the oil company, they weren't happy we were cold but wanted to wait to this morning to come out and look. Uhmmmmmmmmm, I don't think so. The guy gets here a couple hours later, and by then it was like 50 and the sleeping were waking. Gotta love him for fixing the furnace!

So today I am thinking, who cares we haven't gotten snow, we still have freezing weather. CA and Arizona can keep it!! I just want to know, where is Spring???

Friday, January 19, 2007

Interesting (and reply to Nancy)

Heart Problems Make Up Half of Birth Defect Costs (Udpate1)
By Joi Preciphs


Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Heart conditions accounted for about half the cost of hospitalizations for birth defects in the U.S. in 2003, a federal study found.

Investigators examined hospital admissions data from 36 states for newborns with 35 different birth defects to get the results, published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 33 babies born in the U.S. each year has a birth defect, the leading cause of death and hospitalization in children, the Atlanta-based CDC said.

Because hospital charges don't reflect the actual cost of payers for inpatient care, the findings ``underscore the need'' for more studies examining birth defects, including their effects on families, said researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in Little Rock.

``If there's a birth defect involved, it's almost always going to necessitate a more complicated, lengthier and costly hospital stay,'' said the lead author, James Robbins, a professor of pediatrics at the university's Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, in a phone interview today.

Two congenital heart defects were found to have the highest average hospital costs: hypoplastic left heart, in which the organ's left side is underdeveloped at birth, at $199,597, and common truncus arteriosus, in which a single vessel leads out of the heart, at $192,781. Two other heart defects were associated with average hospital charges exceeding $150,000, as were two birth defects not related to the heart, the study said.

Six conditions each had total charges of in excess of $200 million dollars for the year, the study said. Obstructions of the urinary tract were the most-expensive birth defects, costing about $365 million.

Researchers focused on 35 of the 45 categories of birth defects because the conditions should be recognizable at birth or soon after birth, Robbins said.

``There will be further studies,'' Robbins said, adding that the information may help parents and doctors make more-informed decisions about neonatal care.

The study was reported in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joi Preciphs in Washington at
jpreciphs1@bloomberg.net .

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A New CHD Fact

Heart defects cause most hospital visits
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI)



Atrial septal defects and other heart conditions account for one-third of hospital admissions for birth defects, according to a new study.

The heart condition, which is a hole between the two smaller chambers of the heart, accounted for 139,100 hospital admissions, the most of any birth defect, said a study released Wednesday by Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Digestive problems like pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the stomach that causes vomiting, were the second-leading category of birth defects, accounting for nearly 29,000 admissions, or about 19 percent of all birth-defect cases.

The remaining 48 percent of birth defects included nervous-system conditions, skull and facial-bone defects, and spinal deformities.

Hospitals spent $2.6 billion treating birth defects. Half the cost was for heart and circulatory congenital problems.

CHD Awareness Day


People throughout the world are joining hearts this Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of congenital heart disease. On Feb.14, there will be a public awareness campaign to inform people of congenital heart defects. A Day for Hearts is a special day to highlight problems created by congenital heart defects. CHD Awareness Day aims to increase research funding, assistance to support groups, and to educate the general public about the disease.

Congenital heart defects are heart problems present at birth and they occur when the heart does not develop normally before birth. CHD is the most frequently occurring birth defect, and is the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths.Congenital heart defects cause one or more portions of the heart to develop abnormally. Absent, narrow or leaky heart valves and blood vessels, holes in the walls between chambers, transposed arteries and underdevelopment or total absence of one or more components are all possible.

It is estimated that 40,000 babies with congenital heart defects are born in the United States each year. Approximately one million American children and adults with congenital heart defects and childhood-onset heart disease are alive today.

According to the March of Dimes, each day 10,830 babies are born in the U.S.; 411 of them have a birth defect and out of those defects, 93 will be born with a congenital heart defect.

Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Congenital heart disease is a serious health issue that affects millions of families.

A Day for Hearts was developed to create awareness of CHD and involve others to help increase public knowledge. An international coalition of families, individuals, non-profit organizations, support groups and health professionals participate in the Day for Hearts campaign.

There are different ways to help raise awareness of CHD. Spreading the message via e-mail or word-of-mouth can also be powerful ways to raise CHD awareness. Please take time on February 14 to honor families of children and adults with congenital heart defects and the professionals who work with them, and to help remember the memory of lives lost.

"Band Together for CHD"

Friday, January 12, 2007

From Dan's blog to Karin's to mine The Alphabet

A - Available/Single? Nope!

B - Best Friend?
My hubby

C - Cake or Pie?
Cake.....

D - Drink Of Choice?
French Vanilla Coffee or Diet Pepsi

E – Essential Item You Use Everyday?
My toothbrush then computer

F - Favourite Colour? or would that be color?
Blue

G - Gummy Bears Or Worms?
Neither

H - Hometown?
North Haven, CT

I - Indulgence?
Reading

J - January Or February?
February
K - Kids & Their Names?
Franci, Mike, Jenn, Matt, Lisa, Kelly, Billy, Carla and Bobby (you don't want me to list the grandkids! lol

L - Life Is Incomplete Without?
Family and friends
M - Marriage date?
May 1st and Kar, do tell your funny story
N - Number Of Siblings?
One (deceased)
O - Oranges Or Apples?
Pears?

P - Phobias/Fears?
Snakes

Q - Favourite Quote?
"Who cares?" well that's the nice version

R - Reason to Smile?
Grandkids :=)
S - Season?
Fall
T - Tag people?
Matt
U - Unknown Fact About Me?
I do cry... I am not as strong as people believe I am

V - Vegetable you don’t like?
Artichokes
W - Worst Habit?
Smoking
X - X-rays You’ve Had:
I guess the entire body..lol
Y - Your Favourite Food?
hmmmmmm, too many

Z – Zodiac Sign?
Libra oh and since these are tag thingies...I tag Jeanne and thanks, Karin! payback's a bitch!

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Just had to do it!

Yep, just had to do it... lol My kids need to stop talking me into this stuff. So here I am :-)