I'm one of those kind of girls that doesn't not like Surprises. I've always been that way. In fact at Christmas I have no problem unwrapping a gift that I already know what it is. But then I'm also one of those kind of girls that likes to always have all the cards on the table, know all the options. There is nothing worse then hidden agendas Oops I'm sliding off track :(
Back to surprises. Yesterday I went over to JPs to help her shower and change her dressing. SO there we were she looking down while I gently worked the tape loose and removed the dressing from one of the two pins (actually they are the size of those wood skewers for cooking) As the pin is exposed we immediately noticed it was out farther out it was the day before, and then in slow motion we watch the pin slide out and fall on to the bed!!! :( Damn what did I tell you about surprises???!! Call to her family doc who calls the orthopod who tells us to meet him in his office this morning. A couple of xrays later showed that the remaining pin was also working itself out. So we are on to plan B. The bones comprising the "ball" of her shoulder are all still in place. For 4 weeks she'll keep her arm in the immobilized splint while the bones knit together. Then start physical therapy. She will loose some range of motion but then she never played tennis before the accident so she won't miss it to much :)
I'm sure a number of you have heard that medical care here cost quite a bit less then it does in the States. It is also far far more person oriented. Here is a little for instance.
Yesterday JP made the call to her Dr's cell phone ( no going through a service) if the Dr. thought she needed to see JP the Dr would have made a house call for around $20 US. Her Doc calls the orthopod who tells her to be at his office in the morning at our convenience for an xray. When we got to the office this morning both her Dr.s were there. Xrays were done to the cost of $17.00 US (yes the decimal is in the right place). Then into the office for a consultation on options. Sutures removed and the remaining pin removed. Charge? Nothing as it's considered as part of her surgical follow up care :) One of these post soon I'll try to explain how this can possibly be while still receiving the same kind of high tech care that is available in the States.
I only found enough time to make a bit of art. But any time you can make even a bit of art is good time. :) I had bought 5, 2 inch frozen Charlottes that look to be out of the 20s. Every time I see Amy Hanna, Deryn Mentock or any one of the talented artist making altered jewelry with frozen Charlottes I just itch to try my hand at it. This is the pin I made.
The stone is a piece of faceted clear crystal with some amberish (new color) streaks. On the back of the crystal I transferred a clip art that is a piece of a "love letter" with a women's head and the word love. It's really impossible to get a clear picture with the way the light hits the facets.
To the bottom of that I attached a coffee colored glass heart that has 2 milagros hanging from it. One is a heart the other is a woman's head.
Next to the heart is hanging the frozen Charlotte.
The last charm is a tiny glass bottle in which I placed the words Just Be. Then filled it with a bit of beach sand an two very very tiny Mermaid tears.
So baring any more surprises I think it's time for this Bloglandian seek out a bit of low tech entertainment (a good mystery novel).
Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are ;)