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My Eye - Week 2

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

YeeHah! The amazing technicolor eye. I cannot remember when I've had such a doozie.

I got an adjustment from the chiropractor yesterday and today I had more cranial sacral work done. There are still layers of healing that need time and TLC.

Out in public, I pull my movie star look. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/31/2010 2:10PM

    Do you really have two black belts??? Geez! Remind me never to mess with you!

BTw.. How is the biking these days?

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SCOOTER4263 7/28/2010 9:15PM

    I had a similar eye when I got hit with a bungee cord that let go. The ER doctor said they see hundreds of bungee accidents every year. It was my first (took 14 stitches) and it was a pip! Hope it heals quickly.

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CLEVAGAL 7/28/2010 4:24AM

    I hope you are mending well. My back is stuffed so off to the chiropractor for me!

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    Definitely on the mend when you start seeing yellow/green color. Bet it is still tender though.

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2010 9:57PM

    Thas it pretty colourful -- but really, I think it's healing. Getting itchy yet??

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MCGS62 7/27/2010 6:42PM

    Two black belts and a eye to match !!! emoticon

OK! Should we ever meet you can kick my but for that one!

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SUNNY332 7/27/2010 6:37PM

    Hello - Hollywood. Love the photo - especially you in the dark glasses.

The photo of your eye is definitely technicolor.

Glad you are on the mend (green is a good sign).


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FT4EVR 7/27/2010 6:03PM

    OUCH! Glad you are on the mend!

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PUDLECRAZY 7/27/2010 5:23PM

    LOL! I have two black belts in aikido.... the other guy would look much worse. Too bad my opponent was the pavement!

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KASEYCOFF 7/27/2010 5:20PM

    I hope if anyone comments on it you have the presence of mind to say 'Ah, it's nothing. You should see the other guy!' :-D

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Myrtle Beach Reunion Installment 2

Monday, July 26, 2010

Our second day of the Changde Reunion was our first full day. It was HOT out! I am eternally grateful that the reunion was held at a resort that was right on the beach so we could cool off in the water.

I love the ocean, so it was a treat to spend several days getting to play in the waves and breathe the salt air. Moving from NY where the ocean was easily accessible, and spending summers on Cape Cod in MA, the thing I miss most about living in Ohio is getting my ocean fix. I have spent the year looking forward to this reunion 1) to spend time with our extended Changde family, and 2) to spend time at the sea shore. So I was not about to let HOT get in my way.

The day was spent with both unorganized and organized activities for the children. We brought our own boogie board, but there were loaners available to the children who did not bring one. The children spent hours with the boogie boards and just playing in the sand.

Boogie Board

Playing in the Sand

The children could also participate in organized activities such as guessing how many shells in the jar, relay races, tug of war, etc.

Guessing Game

WaternBottle Relay

Hoola Hoop Contest

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

Tug of War

Chopstick Relay

Mike and Abby had a lot of fun together at the beach; they really do know how to have fun together.

We ended the day's activities going to eat at the Japanese Steakhouse with a couple of our old Changde friends, and some of our new Changde friends. Unfortunately, Mike began to feel ill right before dinner and drove back to the hotel; a good thing because we ended up with an hour wait to be seated. Fortunately, the children entertained themselves during the wait (we waited outside on the patio). They wanted to wait for a hibachi table, and wait we did!

They were thoroughly entertained by the chef, who put on a pyroclastic show for them and just watching their delight was worth the wait for the rest of us.

Japanese Steak House

Poor Mike, though. When we got back to the hotel, he was sick, sick, sick with a stomach virus. I called the front desk and had a cot delivered to the room so I could sleep separately from him, partly so (hopefully) I wouldn't get sick, and partly so he could have the freedom to make his rounds to the bathroom without worrying about disturbing me.

Happily, it was a 12 hour virus, so Mike felt quite a bit better, though weak, the following day. It is never fun to get sick, and worse to get sick on vacation.

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MARY1313 7/27/2010 2:10PM

    Awww I love these pictures of the children and all of you having fun!

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SUNNY332 7/27/2010 1:52PM

    Looks like fun was had by all. We have a local Japanese Steak House - The Fugi and I love it.
I am crazy about sushi and they make great sushi there. They are going to start classes soon and I hope to take a class.

Have a GREAT week.


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CATHYGETSFIT 7/26/2010 8:13PM

    It sounds like everyone had a lot of fun! Glad you were able to get your ocean fix! emoticon emoticon Sorry to hear about your husband though. Glad to hear it was only a 12 hour virus. You're right, it is never fun to get sick especially on vacation.


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Changde Reunion Day 1

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The 5th biannual Changde Reunion was held in Myrtle Beach this year. We drove down in two days, stopping to visit Mike's brother and family in NC along the way. Hannah is an excellent traveler and a joy to take on any trip. She was very excited about seeing her Changde friends again this year.

This is the view from our room at the Springmaid Resort. In spite of being promoted as having WiFi, no one was able to get any connection there, so I was unable to post my reunion blogs in a timely manner. At first, I was a little annoyed about the lack of WiFI, then I decided that not having computer connections for a few days was actually a healthy thing - more time to spend with people, playing on the beach, and generally being active.

After settling into our room, we went to the reception for the children from the Changde Welfare Institute ( a combination orphanage/nursing home in Hunan Province, China) and their families.

We were served cake (and yes, I ate some... chocolate!) and punch, and there were games and activities for the children.

Some of the children already knew each other from previous reunions, but as always, there were new families there, children who were too young to remember who they met last year, and guests of children who came with their families. For the most part, they did not hesitate to jump right in and get involved in the activities.

Most of the children came with their mother, or mother and father, but a few, like Hannah, had an aunt or a cousin along. While the reunions have been organized around families who adopted their children from the Changde Welfare Institute, many families had children born to them, children from other orphanages in China, and this year, one of the families also had two delightful children from Ethiopia.

It was so much fun to reunite with the families we have gotten to know over the years and to meet the new families, but what was the ultimate pleasure was to watch the children reunite with their friends and make new friends.

This year and last, several families had been able to return to China and to visit the new rebuilt orphanage. One of the teenagers gave a video presentation about her trip back. It was wonderful to hear her perspective on her return trip and her experiences in China.

Hannah and Mike were the first of our little family to crash out at the end of the day. Mike had done all of the driving, and Hannah wore herself out playing at the reception.

Another post tomorrow.

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    Great pictures of the kids!

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MEOWMAMA3 7/26/2010 12:23PM

    What a special reunion! A really lovely idea. Looks like you all really enjoyed yourselves!

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SUNNY332 7/26/2010 7:41AM

    Looks like you all are having so much fun.

What a beautiful place.


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KATIEGLEN012 7/26/2010 7:08AM

    Sounds like so much fun!

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KASEYCOFF 7/26/2010 3:32AM

    The whole reunion, from start to finish, is an absolutely brilliant idea - what wonderful memories these children will have, as well as moms, dads, siblings - and even aunts! :-)

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MARY1313 7/26/2010 12:08AM

    I just love pictures of kids playing together! thanks for sharing this Chris!

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ELLENS2525 7/25/2010 9:02PM

    I think the reunion is an awesome idea! So nice that the kids have someone just like them to relate to.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/25/2010 8:55PM

    Looks like the kids had a really great time! Thanks so much for sharing all these great photos.


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HOPERISING 7/25/2010 7:56PM

    that is really special... as an adoptive mother, I am almost moved to tears by the idea.

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IUHRYTR 7/25/2010 7:43PM

    Good looking fun loving kids. Thanks for he pictures. Glad you enjoyed yourself -- Lou

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Family Withdrawal

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm not much into matching clothes, but for my niece ..... I'll do anything! My sister ordered matching PJs for Hannah, Hello Kitty, her, and me, and here we are, resplendent in our sleeping regalia.

You can see the lovely colors of green and purple on my beat-up face, and the steri strips holding my glued head wound in place. It is still very tender, but I am doing much better than I was earlier in the week. The cut is healing, and my head and body aches have become background interference instead of a hammer presence.

Hannah and I spent our last evening camping out together, leaving Abby some quiet time before heading back to Alaska. Stella, of course, wanted to sleep with Hannah half the night and with me the other half. Little did we know it then, but we had a second 'last evening' camping out together when their plane was unable to take off yesterday. They were on the runway when their flight to Detroit got cancelled due to severe weather in Detroit, with no connections available to AK.

We had some lovely Ohio mornings after returning from SC, Stella was very happy to have us home, and Hannah and the Henhouse Gang hit it off very nicely. I was delighted to come home to having the Hen House Gang healthy and happy in my absence.

At the moment, I am experiencing Empty House Syndrome and Hannah Withdrawal. I love to spend time with my sister and niece - it is always hard to have them leave.

I am still planning to blog about our vacation in Myrtle Beach - the reunion of children from Hannah's orphanage in Changde, China. It is always wonderful to meet with the families, to meet new adoptive families, and to share vacation activities together. There are plans affot to celebrate in Changde, China in 2015. Exciting!

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    Love the pajamas!

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MARY1313 7/26/2010 12:02AM

    I love the Jammies! they are just right. WOW You and your Sister look soooo much alike! very pretty ladies!

Of course Stella had to sleep part of the time with Hannah!

Love that Stella or your kitty doesn't bother the chickadees!

Hope you are feeling better Chris!


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DREMARGRL 7/25/2010 4:27PM

    Wow....What an exciting vacay....IN A GOOD WAY & BAD emoticon....SORRY ABOUT YOUR FALL! I've had a few of my own accidents the past couple of years to know that it hurts, but the ego hurts worse, right?
You guys look so happy in your matching jammies emoticon. I love that picture! Well....If you're like me, you will remember all the good times and forget the negative in no time. Myrtle Beach sounds wonderful to me about now......Enjoyed your blog! XO MaryAnn

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MARYMAC45 7/25/2010 4:14PM

    Chris, you still look beat up! Take care of yourself. Rest & recuperate this week. Your niece is so cute and you all look swell in your jammies. Your sister looks just like you. I could have picked her out without you telling us. What a great time you had, it is one to remember in more ways that one.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/25/2010 3:27PM

    Nice matching jammies! Love Hello Kitty, too!!
Sorry about the fall that decorated your face so nicely ...hehe... but I'm glad your discomfort is lessening!
Glad you had a nice time and Stella, well....always the diva, huh?!
Please convey a peep peep to the poultry members of the family, too. I'm sure they're glad to have their mommy home.

Hugs, Jayne

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BIRDBRAIN222 7/25/2010 3:07PM

    Hey, your jammies match your face! LOL. Sorry, couldn't resist!

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MEOWMAMA3 7/25/2010 1:04PM

    Great pix! I spotted a kitty!!! I didn't know you had a kitty! The matching PJs pic is priceless and needs framing or scrapbooking (I'm on a scrapbooking kick this summer, forgive me). You're healing up and had a wonderful visit. That letdown feeling will pass! You'll soon be on the road on your foldy bike and banging on melons at the market! Enjoy your rain, we're just sizzling, but I don't care...5 more weeks away from school!!!!!!! YeeHaw!!! (Everyone except teachers says summer's almost over.....HA!)

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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2010 10:23AM

    You are healing a little: yay!! And gotta say, love those matching jammies! And Stella with the chickens, so calm and gracious!!

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SUNNY332 7/25/2010 7:40AM

    My daughter in law would do something like this for all of us. I think it is GREAT.
What memories your neice is going to have.

Your eye is looking a little better.


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MCGS62 7/24/2010 9:31PM

    the PJ's are cute but that is one heck of a bang job on your noggin. Missing your niece is understandable but rest up for next time
---- and wear your helmet-----
my new favorite saying!!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/24/2010 9:22PM

    Awwwwwwww... so sweet to see you all together. Your eye seems to be improving, but wow you got a big bump!


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0309COOKIE 7/24/2010 7:12PM

    Aaawww, that picture of you all dressed alike is adorable. The only one missing is Stella, lol. It kills me how the chickens just hang out with Stella and the cat on your lap. Everybody just all gets along. That is so cute!

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IUHRYTR 7/24/2010 7:06PM

    Glad to read that you're healing but that really is some shiner, isn't it? You all look so cute in your matching outfits emoticon. And Stella is always a cutie. Thanks for the pictures. Feel better. -- Lou

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DALLASROO 7/24/2010 7:02PM

    I LOVE this! I especially love the Hello Kitty decked out like you all. Too cute. I am a huge fan of the fiesty feline and clearly your niece feels the same way. I am over 40 and still have my Hello Kitty things up on a spare bedroom. It's sad but true...

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A Big Hit in West Virginia

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Well, I ended my vacation with a bang - literally. The short story is that I tripped over my niece in the parking lot at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV and landed on my head on the pavement.

The longer story is that both my sister and I got a stomach virus and were very sick our last day of vacation, unable to eat or hold anything down. The morning we had to head north, neither of us had any appetite. We drove to North Carolina where we spent a pleasant evening with a wonderful friend of ours before heading north for the longer leg of our journey.

I was very thirsty after we got started on the trip. Mike was finally able to pull over at the Tamarack in Beckley so we could stop for water - they were out of bottled water at the rest area, and the fountains aren't great for really getting hydrated. So, I think when I got out of the car, I was both dehydrated and hypoglycemic. I didn't pass out, I just tripped and then totally lost my balance. I came down smack on my head hitting the pavement so hard people came running because they heard my head hit and saw my head bounce. Then when I sat up, I was pouring blood from my forehead. I think Mike was terrified, as we lost his mother to a blow to the head almost exactly a month ago.

A bystander called 911, and an ambulance arrived within minutes. One lucky thing was that the hospital was only 6 miles away, another lucky thing was that while I had a head injury, I did not have a concussion. The ER nurse was able to glue my cut so I did not need stitches. After making great time on the highway and thinking we would get home early, it took 2 hours in the hospital getting evaluated and glued back together. emoticon

Once we got on the road, we made good time until we hit Charleston, WV. Then the car started wildly wobbling. Mike pulled off at the first possible exit. Again we lucked out. Right off the exit was this tiny, filthy auto garage with a couple of men in it playing cards. At first they ignored us, but when Mike told them what was going on with the car they put the car up on the lift and checked it out. It turned out the steel belt had broken loose - we were just about to have a blow out. So he changed the front tire with the full sized spare we had and refused payment. Yes - there are still lovely people out there. Mike slipped him a $20 anyway, and we were back on the road safe and sound.

That was yesterday.

Two more lucky events: Both my massage therapist and chiropractor were able to fit me into their schedules today, so I was able to have cranial-sacral work done and also get adjusted. Aside from that, today I am laying low, icing my many injuries, taking Traumeel and Rescue Remedy, and soaking in Epsom salts.

On the way to recovery! emoticon

Barring the stomach virus, we actually had a wonderful vacation in Myrtle Beach. I will write about it and post some pics when my headache abates.

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BIRDBRAIN222 7/25/2010 3:02PM

    OWWW! Glad you didn't get a concussion!
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CLEVAGAL 7/24/2010 2:50AM

    Shes a breath of fresh air even when shes sick and injured.....what a woman!!!!! Love Cleva xxx

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/23/2010 10:23PM

    Wow, what a trip! I am glad you got back in one piece.

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    Well, it certainly was memorable!

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MARY1313 7/23/2010 12:04AM

    Goodness! black eye too. I imagine you are very sore. Glad things weren't worse. Hope you feel better tomorrow cutie pie!


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    I'm sure Mike was terrified. Thankfully, if you are going to hit your head, the forehead can take impact much better than the back of the head. I'm glad you did not have a concussion and did not require stitches. Feel better soon!

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KASEYCOFF 7/22/2010 6:57AM

    Don't you just love it when you meet really nice people - and at just the right time! Angels, indeed, lol... After reading your 'exciting trip' about stomach bugs, falls, trips to the ER, it occurs to me - you don't do anything by half-measures, do you, kiddo? emoticon

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AQUAJANE 7/21/2010 12:13PM

    Your post brought back memories for me. A couple of years ago, I had a blowout on I95 because I couldn't see a tire problem after checking out comparable thumps and attributing them to a badly paved road. And a decade plus ago, I fell on my face hiking in Spain and got the similar ER treatment for my nose and forehead (and was splinted for a crushed bone in my elbow). I remember most my embarrassment while waiting several days to return to the US for treatment), for I looked like I'd been mugged! In fact, I found the Navarrese as friendly and helpful as your West Virginia mechanics, both at the time, and on my return trip to complete the hike in the fall when healed.

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VALERIEMAHA 7/21/2010 11:42AM

    YIKES! Poor Mike...but mostly Poor YOU! I'm so sorry about all the unforeseen events that ended your lovely Mytle Beach getaway. I'm SO GLAD you came out with minor injuries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND...with the massage therapist, the chiropractor, and "I am laying low, icing my many injuries, taking Traumeel and Rescue Remedy, and soaking in Epsom salts" you've GOT IT GOIN'!!!

Keep taking good care of your lovely self!

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LITERARY_CHICK 7/21/2010 11:33AM

    Wow, that sounded like a National Lampoon's Vacation. Glad you did manage to have some fun.

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GRACEC29 7/21/2010 10:25AM

    Wow! And Ow! And bummer about the teeth...glad you're ok, though. What a way to wrap up a vacation! Yeow!! emoticon emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 7/21/2010 8:09AM

    Kinda makes you just want to stay at home, huh?

Take time to recover!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/21/2010 1:51AM

    OH dear... Man I am glad you are ok. WHAT A SCARE! emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 7/20/2010 11:14PM

    emoticon What an end to a vacation! Glad you are ok.

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HOPERISING 7/20/2010 9:57PM

    oh my gosh! i want to cry for you! What a rough end to your beautiful vacation. I am sooo glad you are okay. Get some rest, and feel better!

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MCGS62 7/20/2010 8:23PM

    I'm glad you are ok. I saw your status yesterday and was going to contact you today because sometimes things, like neck muscles, don't start hurting until the next day.
Once again we're on a parallel course with cars I had a front tire blow out on my way to morgantown. the spare had a bad valve stem so I rolled it 1.25 miles to a muffler place. they put a stem in and said dont worry about it. I only gave them a $5.00 bill . So you are still nicer people than me..
take care I have lots of stuff to talk about soon.

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REVJVH 7/20/2010 8:23PM

    Those scalp wounds sure know how to bleed, don't they? Glad you're okay!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/20/2010 8:11PM

    Wow. I am familiar with the Tamarack at Beckley, W.Va. It's such a big parking lot and busy, busy. I'm just glad that your fall wasn't followed by a bump by a car! You poor dear! Sorry about that tummy trouble, too. I hope you are feeling better!
So, Myrtle, huh? Did you see any signs for HIckory on your way through NC? That's where I am! And, this past weekend my dgd was at Myrtle, too!! Her other Grandma and Pop Pop and Aunts and Uncles were there for the weekend and had a mimi family reunion! Small world!!!
Glad you did manage to have a nice time in Myrtle Beach.
Glad to have you back and hope you're feeling right as rain real soon!!!

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MARYMAC45 7/20/2010 8:02PM

    Well that was a vacation to remember! I am sorry you had so many problems but overall it was good. Take care of yourself & get healthy.

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LMB-ESQ 7/20/2010 7:58PM

    Well, that's one way to end a vacation! I'm glad you're okay!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2010 7:51PM

    Oh, my. So sorry about your injury.

All best for a swift recovery.

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PENNYAN45 7/20/2010 7:24PM

    Glad you are back home again -- and that the damage is not ALL that BAD!

Rest up and take good care of yourself.. Feel better soon!

Soothing music for you....

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RAINBOWZLPN 7/20/2010 6:27PM

    Glad you didn't need stitches or staples! Feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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APATRICIAO521 7/20/2010 6:09PM

    Glad you are okay!

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MEOWMAMA3 7/20/2010 6:08PM

    Yikes!!! I know how scary looking a head blow that bleeds can be. I got hit on my browbone in 1981 by a line drive foul ball at a Triple A game in Scottsdale. I bled like crazy....I remember blood splatters all over a lady with an enormous beehive hairdo in front of me. Thankfully you have no concussion or broken teeth. Sometimes being hard-headed is a blessing! Glad you enjoyed most of your trip! Rest and Feel better.

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FATROCKSTAR 7/20/2010 6:00PM

    Well, I'm sorry that you had so many bad things happen this trip, we'll hope you get feeling better soon! Normandy

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IUHRYTR 7/20/2010 5:54PM

    Here's a emoticon for your head. I hope you'll feel better soon. Missed your blogs but glad you had a mostly good time emoticon. -- Lou

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