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Well, today I had planned to stamp like a maniac–let the ink fly! Yup. I did indeed. Evidently, however, my daughter did not know of these plans . . . At 4 a.m. she dislocated her shoulder in her sleep and by 4:30 a.m., when despite our best and unsuccessful efforts to help her get it slid back in, we were over at the ER for the wee morning hours.

This is not the first time this has happened; she initially did this several years ago, hyper-extending her arm in a rebound for the basketball. The scream that pierced the gym nearly caused me to faint. You know the feeling: your heart is literally in your throat and you are helpless as your child is enduring the worst pain imaginable . . .

With rest and, later, a lot of physical therapy, she recovered and went on to play but it took weeks and weeks. Yes, we’ve been to an orthopaedic surgeon. His feeling was that surgery should be a last resort, and with proper care and PT, attention to exercise, etc. she could continue to play with relatively few problems. She tweaked it again one volleyball season her freshman year, and again, we returned to PT, etc.

Well, this year, she made it through volleyball the entire season, and basketball, including the State Tournament this past weekend* . . . but early this a.m. I awoke to a panicked pounding on the wall. That heart in the throat feeling once again!

Man, she is tough. The toughest kid I’ve ever known. I would have passed out, as I’m a total wuss.

She is now heavily medicated and sleeping peacefully. This time, the ER doc on duty was able to slip it back in without sedating her. He was so calm and relaxing and his sense of humor eased us both throughout it all. Back to PT once again. I’m thankful she’s not participating in any sports this Spring, all things considered . . .

So, there went my plans to stamp with all my latest new bellies and whatnot; Mommy-hood calls first and foremost!!! Still, once I got her asleep, I managed to finish this project, which I started at the Tournament, poolside while my son happily swam. . .

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One of the challenges I enjoy giving myself is to take a single white card, and see what I can do with it. I suppose it doesn’t yield the most “show-stopping” of designs, but, still it intrigues me to see what comes of limiting myself to that minimalist thinking . . . I think I can say I’m happy with the results on this one.

It’s difficult to see here in the photo, but the sentiment was very lightly washed with pale pink dye ink and an AquaPainter, and the flower centers accented with Dazzling Diamond Glitter.

*Now, as for the State Tournament. The team had a really tough draw in their bracket and was very unevenly matched in the 1st game. They were crushed by 50 points. The second game was more evenly matched, but they did lose by around 20 points. While this was tough to take, we tried to remind the girls that so many teams NEVER ever make it this far, and just being inside the Sun Dome is such a major accomplishment and worth being very proud of. And, my daughter played very well. We are pretty proud of her and all her hard work.

3 Comments
  1. Oh yes! Very, very pretty! I agree with the earlier comment – everything you do is done very well.

    p.s. I’m still waiting for your watercolor crayon creations :o)

  2. Oh, I’m sorry about your day Julie.

    I’m not comparing your daughter with my cat, but my DH got up early and took our oldest cat to the hospital this morning. She has kidney failure and may not make it 2 more days. I’m crying my eyes out.

    It looks like we both had one h$&( of a morning.

  3. Wow, what a 15 or so hours you have had!!! So sorry to hear about the shoulder dislocation; but so glad they got it back in. Sure hope her pain is not too severe from here on out…bless her heart. Give her a big stamping hug from your “fans”! LOL
    Too bad they lost in the tournament too; but like you said, just getting there was quite an accomplishment! They should be very proud. I realize that to a teenager, that is little consolation though…but later on they will realize how great it was to go to the Sun Dome :)
    The card is really pretty! You are so good at making any and everything look great…what an artist you are! Thanks for all the great things you do. Now maybe tomorrow you can stamp away!!!
    Diane

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