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Monday, July 19, 2010

I talked to Yahoo several times and I don't know what changed but I am getting notifications, articles, etc. from this web site now! I had 300 I am working on. It is like Christmas in July.;snow might be things off a little.
Had to close the pool due to lightning and we anxiously waited for rain....NONE! It quit before it got to Hurley. We re-opened the pool and no one came so we life guards got to play!
My triathlon is going to be tough. You can view details if you google Dam It Man Triathlon. There is 1400 feet of climbing in the bike portion! My butt hurts already and I am just thinking about it! I am liable to lose a pound or two and I bet I am not the only one. LOL

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PAMAPPLE 7/20/2010 9:42PM

    Hope you got through your e-mails. I just got back from camping and I waded through 83...not all sparks, though. I bicycled a couple of long and steep hills in Petoskey, Michigan and traveled 31 miles on the bike! That's the most yet. I felt great but my lower body didn't want to move very fast afterwards. Good luck on the triathalon!

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K8NJKSMOM 7/20/2010 3:18PM

    Wow - sounds like quite a challenge.

If anyone can do it - you can!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1DEBIE1 7/20/2010 2:16PM

    Good luck getting through all your emails...I'm doing the same thing here too!

You live in Texas? Hurley? I live in New Mexico

Good luck on the Tri. Sounds like you will be getting in REALLY great shape!!! WOW

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LINDAKAY228 7/20/2010 10:56AM

    Checked the info out. Does sound very challenging and will also be HOT there LOL. I like to go hiking at Elephant Butte in the late fall and winter when the people are sparse and you can walk for miles on the beach. My background photo on my page was taken there. Have fun!!

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SAMODER 7/20/2010 9:55AM

    Sounds like you have a workout in front of you.

Have you heard any more about the pool pump situation?


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NUTRIGIRL08 7/20/2010 8:08AM

    Sounds like it will be an awesome race! Mine next month is hilly like that!! Hope the knee is feeling better!

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RAWKNRUN 7/20/2010 8:01AM

    YAY I have been having the exact same issue!

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SOCKITTOME 7/19/2010 11:33PM

    Wow, that sounds like a heck of a bike ride!!! Hope your knee is feeling better by then -- you're going to need them!

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DEVORA4 7/19/2010 11:12PM

  Hi I will check the race with Yahoo as suggested. Take care it sounds grueling. Be in touch after you check your 300n e mails. That sounds grueling too but you will end up doing well on both areas. After all you are a champ. emoticon emoticon emoticondeb

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What If......

Sunday, July 18, 2010

From time to time I come up with a certain thought or two that float through my mind and stick for more than a day. I take this as a sign that I really need to pay attention to them. Recently I have had the what if bug so here goes.....
What if I hadn't had A Plastic Anemia as a kid?
*Might have learned to swim earlier
*Might have had more friends, been able to go to school, normal kid stuff
*Would NOT have been as stubborn, competitive, or much of a "fighter", not in the fist fight way

What if I had not been athletic?
*Would not have worn out knees
*Different set of friends
*Probably better grades, concentrated on class just enough to get by
*Would not have run/sprinted with World Class times and runners

What if I had not gained weight?
*Would not have found breast cancer in time
*Would not have quit drinking
*Would not have met the best PA-C in the world
*Would not have a road bike
*Would not know anything about Triathlon
*Would not have learned to swim............

I came to the realization that being over weight caused me to take a close look at my life and my health. I have worked so hard and changed so many things/habits in my life. I no longer take my health for granted and yes I still have a long way to go. I am eager to keep challenging myself and to keep working on the masterpiece that I am planning to become. A masterpiece to me...a me that I am proud of, sure of, content with.

I am me and I am capable! What if I had not found this site and all of the beautiful people here? Now that is a what if for another day. One I choose NOT to think about at this time.

What are your most important What Ifs?

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BARBROCKS 7/20/2010 12:46AM

    What if.... I wasn't the toughest woman in the world who has never let the past rule her present and future.

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DEBHAPPY2B 7/19/2010 5:58PM

    Thanks for checking on me--I loved your blog, you know how to make lemonade from lemons! Bad things happen to good people, but if we can view them as oportunities to learn things about ourselves, it makes them easier to live with!

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CZARINA_TV 7/19/2010 3:50PM

    I like your what-ifs! When I go into a what-if spiral, it's often pretty depressing. I never start with the bad things and spiral up to the good.

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LINDAKAY228 7/19/2010 3:03PM

    Great blog! Sometimes I think about my what ifs too. There are a lot of them! But the adversities we faced really did bring us to new things we might not have know otherwise. You have a lot of insight.

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ERPARA 7/19/2010 2:11PM

    Wow amazing way to look at things! One of my favorite quotes (from Buddhism) is:

How Wonderful! How Wonderful! All things are perfect, exactly as they are!

It's kind of cheesy, but I think about it when things aren't going my way, or when I play the what if game in my head - all these things happened and everything is perfect! We came out the other side, or we learned something important, or the other options may have lead us down a path we didn't want in the first place.

In any case, great blog and thanks!

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IMSMILEY88 7/19/2010 9:04AM

    I enjoyed reading your "what if's" and discovered things about you that I didn't know! The circumstances in our life really do help shape us, don't they? But, our response to those cirumstances makes the most changes.

What if?

For me, the biggest "what if?" is "What if I would have had more confidence as a child? as a college student?" I won't go into my life because of my low level of confidence, but I hope to help equip my daughter so that she is more confident than I was! And, each of these goals I'm setting lately - and reaching! - are showingn me that I CAN do it. I CAN reach higher and do more than I thought possible. It's not just about losing weight and getting fit, it's about changing the way I see myself and what I can accomplish! And, as I mentioned, passing that on to my daughter!

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SAMODER 7/19/2010 1:18AM

    I am so happy to have met you online...

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TRISHP1961 7/19/2010 12:25AM

    I do think we are given obstacles to help build our character, too. I had seizures as a teenager. No medication worked. I was on/off every seizure drug in the book. Finally at the age of 39, surgery became an option. It was successful and now I don't have seizures any more. I can drive which creates all kinds of options for me. What if I hadn't had them to begin with? I don't really know. Never really thought about it that way. I firmly believe God has a plan. I don't really question the cards I get dealt in life, I just play!

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DEVORA4 7/19/2010 12:18AM

  Hello, I am glad that my what ifs got you to think. The blog flatters me a bit. {hope you don't mind me from saying that}

There are those who say our destiny has been determined even before we are born. Maybe? However, I choose to believe that our destiny is in our own hands.

I'll give you one more what ifs. What if I had not bought Cosmopolitan, a magazine I never buy.? Answer is I would not have read the story about Spark and have found a great pal like you. emoticonbest ever emoticondebby

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Bike Ride or Walk?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I was so pumped for a fifty miler yesterday. We all gathered in front of the Buckhorn in Pinos Altos.

There was seven of us, all females and the weather and temperature was wonderful. We took off and the air was so crisp and cool!
We had gone about 7 miles when my day went severely downhill. I was floating around behind the pack stretching and gawking when my front tire blew out. I had a less than optimal stop and landing. I dislocated my knee cap and Hopped around crying and cursing for several minutes. The accident happened on a curve so the pack was unaware. I knew they would stop at Meadow Creek for a water break and to wait for me as I don't climb well.
I popped the knee cap back into place, cursed a whole bunch more (sorry), and knew I was going to have to walk. I had the stuff to fix the flat but I could not bend my knee enough to ride. So, I walked! The following are some pictures I took along the way. My buddies all came back and offered to help me but I was unable to admit to them that I could not bend my knee because that would mean I had to admit it to myself! I told them to finish their ride and I am sure they think I am crazy...but I will make every effort to explain to them.

I am extremely sore this morning but I am going to make it. The knee will be pampered and used lots next weekend at my Tri. Perhaps a light brace will help. It enjoyed the cool water at the Hurley Pool last night. There was a pool party and I actually had my first save when a young man wandered into the water over his head!
Have a great weekend!

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MOMMYFOTLAND 7/19/2010 2:48PM

    You are superwoman! I can't believe you popped your knee back in place and walked. You don't mess around!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/19/2010 10:13AM

    Love the pictures hate to hear about the knee!

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TRIXEL 7/18/2010 5:16PM

    Wow, that's pretty intense! I'm astonished that you managed to glean something good and beautiful from dislocating your kneecap. Lovely pictures!

Hope your knee heals up good and quickly. :)

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NIMRITA1 7/17/2010 11:24PM

    You are brave. How beautiful your pics are. You seem also to be one tough woman even if your knee isn't obeying. emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 7/17/2010 8:02PM

    Yikes! I am so sorry to hear about the knee. Yowee, that it bad. I wish you the best for your tri. Awesome save by the way. You are truly a lifesaver. Your pix are beautiful by the way. I hope that you heal soon so you can enjoy your race. Best-RB1 emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 7/17/2010 7:16PM

    That's crazy! If it's not one thing, it's another, huh? I never would have known how to pop my knee cap back into place... Take good care of yourself!

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LINDAKAY228 7/17/2010 6:24PM

    Love your pics of so familiar places. It's always fun to see it through someone else's eyes or camera lens. So sorry about your knee and hope it gets better very soon. Give it lots of TLC.

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MMS354 7/17/2010 5:33PM

    I'm sorry about your knee and hope it gets better soon. Your photos are beautiful - thanks for sharing. Take care!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/17/2010 5:21PM

  Sorry you got hurt. Happy that you saved someone's life. You must feel pretty great about that!


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IMSMILEY88 7/17/2010 4:20PM

    Wow! And, bad timing right before your tri. I hope you get to rest it some this weekend! Sounds very painful.

And, I love your photos! What a beautiful place to ride!

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ALANOFLINY 7/17/2010 3:24PM

    Ouch!! Don't work about the ride or the walk ... just keep that knee feeling okay.

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SAMODER 7/17/2010 3:19PM

    Be careful with your knee - but I am sure that you know that.

Congratulations on the save!!! emoticon Makes all that training worthwhile, plus reminds you why you work as a lifeguard!


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SOCKITTOME 7/17/2010 11:08AM

    Major owie!!!!! Take care of that knee -- it won't do you any good if you don't let it heal sufficiently. Very glad you weren't hurt worse!!!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 7/17/2010 10:24AM

    Ouch!! Hope the knee is OK.

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DEVORA4 7/17/2010 9:53AM

  gbs(get better soon} You are an emoticonlady. I could have never popped my knew back. emoticon emoticon

I can well understand why you live in New Mexico. The pics are more than emoticon. David, mt brother, is right. You do have a photographer's eye. emoticon emoticonme

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A Life Lesson.........

Friday, July 16, 2010

I returned to work (at the pool) yesterday. The chlorinator was fixed temporarily and it was business as usual. When I went to city hall to get the cash box, I knew all was not correct. The secretary wanted all of my phone numbers. Not a good sign; and I knew in my heart of hearts, who was getting blamed for the explosion at the pool.

I am the only older adult at the pool. I was not the one adding chlorine but....since I haven't worked at the pool before, I was to be the easy fall guy. I never go down without a fight and in this case, I know what I am talking about.

Chlorine tablets mixed with crystallized chlorine does not make a paste when there is water added. It gives off chlorine gas. The maintenance men cleaned up a paste substance after the explosion and at the town meeting they were saying this paste was caused be mixing the chlorines and thus my fault. I don't use free chlorine in a chlorinator and I reminded them there was no chlorine smell.

Someone apparently put soda ash in the chlorinator, which when mixed with water and chlorine makes heat and a massive chemical reaction (explosion) and leaves an off-white paste residue! Proven with two dixie cups and the necessary ingredients. I am a science teacher after all and I will NOT go down without a fight! Me 1, they 0! We life guards did not use soda ash as it is stored in a room we do not even have a key for! We also know better.
Off to get ready for bike ride. You all have a great day!

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MMS354 7/17/2010 5:35PM

    Stand tall!

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LINDAKAY228 7/17/2010 8:59AM

    Good for you for fighting back! That's ridiculous to blame you.
Hope your week gets better and that you had a great bike ride.

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YW84FRIDAY 7/16/2010 10:02PM

  Jerks! Thank God you know enough to prove them wrong. Keep us up-to-date on the outcome, okay?


p.s. I'll be praying for you... emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 7/16/2010 12:49PM

    How tough! And, it's just what you needed today, right? I'm glad you have the background you have and can stand up for yourself! (BTW, I am a science teacher, too! Though now I'm a homeschool teacher.)

I hope you are feeling better and hope you have a great ride. What a week!

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SAMODER 7/16/2010 10:55AM

    Thank goodness you have the background to fight this. I can't imagine someone setting this up. How vicious! Of course they are looking for a fall guy - they have to protect themselves - they're elected officials. How sad!

I hope you are doing ok.


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NUTRIGIRL08 7/16/2010 9:37AM

    WTH? UGH! I too work for a city government, they are always looking to blame someone quick instead of looking at the evidence first. I hope it all works out!!

Enjoy your ride girl! emoticon

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HOPERISING 7/16/2010 9:23AM

    I am outraged that they would try to blame you! I would write up a report and a letter of complaint, and threaten to sue their socks off if they try to pin it on you.

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PAMAPPLE 7/16/2010 8:48AM

    This is when our education comes into play and we can stand up for ourselves and don't have to take the blame! I hope your burns have healed and have a great day with your exercise! emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 7/16/2010 7:34AM

  Hello, I don't get it. Are they blaming you? What audacity. Stand up for your rights. girl friend.

The main issue here, which you did not address is, "How are you?" I trust that you weren't burned. Is that correct?

Enjoy your ride. Be in touch. emoticon emoticondebby

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Explosion, Excitement, Drama...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Today started out very overcast and a chilly 71 degrees. Needless to say, no one was very thrilled with the idea of swim lessons. Being a hardy breed (Yeah Right!) we jumped in the water and taught classes for three hours. At noon when we opened for general swim it was a fight to see who got to guard first. The sun was out and we were all frozen. I won!

At the end of my fifteen minutes, I commented to the other guard that we needed to check the chemicals in the water because the water was getting a little cloudy. We decided that we would check it on break which was thirty minutes away. We checked and the chlorine was a little low and we went to remedy the situation and the day took a turn for the worse.

The pump turned off, we removed the cap on the chlorinator and commenced opening chlorine tablets and feeding them into the chlorinator. It was really empty and can hold up to about 25 tablets. We had added 19 when I stepped out of the pump room because 5 kids arrived to swim. I was standing by the door when one guard asked the other "What is that noise" and then they both flew out of the pump room and a mighty explosion followed!

We hit the deck and three more explosions. We cleared the pool, I slammed the door and we moved outside of the pool area, called maintenance, etc. We had to call EMS and get checked. I had an asthma attack from chlorine gas as did another guard. We all three got some burns. We had to fill out reports at the town hall and while the EMS was checking us, another gentleman staggered through the door and collapsed with a heart attack! He saw EMS and stopped which was a good thing for him.
SOOOOOOOOO, I am going to survive I believe. My neck and face are not burned badly enough to scar I hope. I am in one piece physically even though mentally is questionable. Tomorrow is another day...don't know if they will get the pool fixed and open but if they do...I AM NOT ADDING CHLORINE!
Hope you all had a better day than I did. (((Sending SKINNY Vibes))) and hugs and kisses to all.

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MMS354 7/17/2010 5:37PM

    Yikes! Glad you're ok!

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LINDAKAY228 7/17/2010 8:57AM

    Thank goodness you are all okay and the situation wasn't worse than it was! There could have been some horrible injuries. Luckily that gentleman was able to find EMS so quickly. So even though it was a bad day, in a way it was actually a good day because you and your co-workers were prevented from something more serious, and possible injuries to any bystanders who may have been in the area. And this gentleman received help he needed faster because the EMS were at the pool for you guys. So there is a silver lining in the cloud but that would sure be scary and if I was standing in the middle of it I would not have thought it a good day either. Hope you're healing well now and things are getting back to normal.

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SAMODER 7/15/2010 10:39PM

    Thank goodness you are OK. What an experience! I hope your burns are not too serious.


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    Oh wow. So glad to hear that you are OK. What a brave lady to think about going back to work after an explosion!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/15/2010 12:09PM

    Glad your going to be OK. That was a scary time. Take care of yourself.

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/15/2010 10:26AM

    Oh my! I'm glad you are okay!!! emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/15/2010 9:57AM

    OMG, that's scary! Hope you don't scar up, glad you weren't seriously injured.

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CZARINA_TV 7/15/2010 9:24AM

    Scary! What a crazy thing to have happen! I've survived all sorts of weird things out here and I've discovered that now when things happen -- flooding in the subways, a blackout, a steam pipe explosion -- I just shake it off and keep on going. Then again, I've only been inconvenienced and never actually hurt...

Hope you feel better soon!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/15/2010 7:38AM

    Wow, that's scary! Glad to hear everyone is OK!

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WEIGHTLOSS4GOOD 7/15/2010 7:27AM

    Scary stuff! I assume that they won't open the pool until they investigate and discover the cause of the explosion. I'm with you - I would be staying away from the chlorine.

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MOMMYFOTLAND 7/15/2010 4:03AM

    Oh my goodness! Glad you're! Wow!

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PAMAPPLE 7/15/2010 1:07AM

    Oh no! Just glad nobody was seriously hurt. I put you and the others in my prayers. Hope you heal soon!

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SOCKITTOME 7/15/2010 12:04AM

    Holy crap! I'm glad you and everyone else is could have been so much worse. Compared to you, I'm having a good week!

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DEVORA4 7/15/2010 12:02AM

  Oh my God Pat, Hpw terrible for you. Thank God you are still with us. My prayers are with all of you especially you. God bless. Hugs debby

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TRIXEL 7/14/2010 11:36PM

    Whoah! That must have been really scary. I'm glad you're okay. *HUG*

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HOPERISING 7/14/2010 11:12PM

    Wow that is really scary! You've definately had your drama for the week! I am glad you weren't hurt too badly. Please be careful!

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JESSSPARK 7/14/2010 11:07PM

    I'm so glad you are okay. Yikes!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/14/2010 10:53PM

  Thank God you are alright and that no one got killed! WOW! I guess my day wasn't so bad in retrospect...


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IMSMILEY88 7/14/2010 10:28PM

    Wow! Praise God that no one was more seriously injured. How scary! Glad you are doing pretty well. I'll be praying for your burns to heal quickly! I hope you can get a good night's rest.

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COCOABUTTASAKI 7/14/2010 10:14PM

    Wow! Was it the chemicals or what?

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