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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Photo Hunt #55 "Rare"

Well, last week's theme really made me think. I've been thinking since last Friday over the theme "Rare" I felt this could be interpreted several ways. My first thought, was a rare piece of meat... disgusting right? Or something valuable that could not be easily replaced. Or sarcastically as in its "rare that I go on a road trip". Finally today I figured out what I wanted to share a picture of.

Pandas! Pandas are rare both in nature and captivity. I got to see real live pandas in March of this year when I went to the San Diego Zoo. It was a nice warm day so of course... they were sleeping!
Today was a better day I think. I didn't feel like I was "waiting" all the time which is pretty much what I had been doing for a week... waiting for that phone to ring with my biopsy appointment. However I'm still dealing with the stress in that time honoured way... EATING! I keep catching myself doing it too... grabbing something to eat without thinking about it or really wanting it. I really need to get this under control. Also I'm still finding it hard to focus on my stitching... I'm constantly jumping between it and my computer.
This weekend I've got a distraction for myself... I'm going to visit with my friend Ann in Brighton! Todd's planning on doing yard and house stuff since the weather is going to be nice... so no distractions to be expected from him.
Anyhow everything is all set up for Monday. My Mum and Dad are going to take me into the hospital where the biopsy will be done. I gave Todd the opportunity... but heaven forbid he take time off of work to support me emotionally (heck, he left me sitting alone at home on my birthday until 11:3o at night... no apologies. Also when I had surgery a couple of years ago he didn't take me to the hospital, or pick me up... or visit me as I had to spend the night). I've also got coverage at work all set up as well.
Once again I can't thank all of you enough for the well wishes, positive thoughts, prayers and hugs!


Von said...

So glad to hear you have an appointment and your parents will be there for you! Continued healing hugs and prayers. :)

claudia said...

Love the panda photo...aren't they just the cutest beings around???
Thank goodness you have the appointment on Monday. That'll put a stop to the anxious waiting for that. I will keep good thoughts for you until and thoughout your appointment. I have faith that everythng will be alright. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

Crossing my fingers for you Dani. All good thoughts coming your way.

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Cheryl said...

Great photo! I hope you have a great weekend with your friend

Vonna said...

Your photo is such a great one....nice shot!
I'm glad you Mom and Dad are taking you to the hospital on Monday. I'm still thinking positive and praying for you. All will work out :)

Dawn said...

I'm glad you have family to help you out. I hope you have fun with your friend this weekend.

Erica said...

Sorry that Todd is letting you down a bit Dani. I'm glad that your parents are going to be there for you though. Sometimes a hug from mom can just be the ticket to raise your spirits.

Enjoy your weekend in Brighton. Try to relax, rest and prepare yourself for what's next.

Something to remember maybe: "The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there." -- Gene Brown

One of my favorite quotes when I'm feeling stressed....

Take care!

Christine said...

Enjoy your weekend and I'll be thinking lots of good thoughts for you on Monday!

Jennifer said...

What a fantastic picture! You take great shots. :)

Glad to hear that your parents will be there with you and you don't have to worry about work!

Jenny said...

Add a hug or two from me to the pile! Hope your hospital visit goes smoothly.

Lavender Rose said...

Dani, dear,
Most men aren't good at hospital times, and it's a real shame. But, there you have it. They can't stand to see the one they love in any discomfort. Todd probably loves you more than you realize. I'm so happy for you that your parents are there and can be with you.
Today was our National Day of Prayer and you were in mine, as you are and continue to be in so many of your friends and family's.
Just wanted you to take that knowledge and wrap it up in a small, very pretty piece of handdyed fabbie with a pretty crystal or pearl sewn into the center and keep it in the palm of your hand when you need reassurance. We are all there with you in heart and spirit.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great photo Dani! I am sooo jealous you got to see a real panda! and you photo on tuesday was really neat do good work!

A phrase I was given once helps me through hard times (like when I want to strangle my significant other, and we've all been there) was sent to me by my mom.

God never gives us more than we can handle. He will either lighten your load or strengthen your spine.

So go get 'em Titian Spine Girl! :)


Ruth said...

Hugs and prayers, and a swift kick in the assets for Todd.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Glad you have your parents to take you to the hospital. Aren't men weird creatures.

Monica said...

Good luck to you on Monday. I hope everything goes smoothly and it's no more than a scare. I know people that were back at work on the afternoon of the biopsy.
Oh, and dump Todd.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Glad to hear your appointment is set! If you wanted to make a small detour this weekend on your way to Ann's or home I will be there with the boys all weekend as DH is working nights.

stitcherw said...

Loved the Panda picture. I think it fits the description rare wonderfully, both in subject and in the way it was taken, what an interesting shot.

Glad that you are keeping busy and have some distractions lined up, waiting is so hard.

Anonymous said...

Regular reader; new commenter. Just wanted to let you know I'm sending good vibes your way also. I also have an inattentive Todd (really, same name, too), though in this situation probably more out of fear and not knowing what to do than anything else. Just went through the scare myself, but because the medical "experts" can't find the lump they can feel on ultrasound or mammogram, they won't even do a biopsy. "We don't want to hack you up needlessly," they say. "We can't aim for what we can't see on a screen," they say. Gee, I'm thinking they could pinch the thing between thumb and fingers and then aim with the other hand, but apparently that is not the pinnacle of medical expertise. I'm tempted to biopsy it myself and take it in for them to send to a lab, but I suppose they wouldn't bother to send it on if I did that; it might be a compromised sample then or some such silly thing. Anyway, I hear your frustration -- and the other stuff. Don't let the bastards -- or the other stuff -- get you down. We are women; hear us roar!