Sunday, November 18, 2007

Christmas Card

Here is a card that I made for a Christmas card swap for my Lancaster weekend crop at the Crop House the weekend of 12/14 thru 12/16. Made it with my Doodlecharms cart. for the Cricut. It came out pretty cute if I do say so myself. I haven't decided if I am doing homemade cards this year, it is so time consuming and I have such limited time and Christmas will be here before you know it!!!

Kitty Pictures

Here are some recent pictures of the kitten. She is getting a little bigger and much much badder (if that is even a word, LOL!) She gets into everything and is on a constant quest to eat her housemates!!!

MRI Results

I got a call from my new doctor on Wednesday night. He had the results of my MRI. The ATF ligament has a partial tear, there is a fluid build up in my ankle joint and fluid in my bone marrow of one the bones in my ankle, can't remember which one!! Craziness!! I can't believe how incompetent Dr. Gordon was. He totally screwed everything up. So I am back in the cam walker boot and go to Dr. Adamo on December 10th. All I know is that I better be feeling better by February when I go to Disney!!

Although I am really pissed at Dr. Gordon and my ankle is not better yet because of his total disregard for my injury I really have no legal recourse. My injuries are not serious enough to warrant a malpractice suit. So I am settling on a letter writing campaign to get this guy at least reprimand in some way.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I survived my MRI. I was very nervous since I am so claustrophobic. I took an ativan before I went and luckily I was only in the machine about to my waist. After twenty five minutes of whirring, banging and vibrating the test was completed and I didn't panic one time! Now I just wait for the dr. to get my results. He should have them by the lastest on Wednesday, maybe sooner. Keeping my fingers crossed for minor damage to the ATF ligament!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sad and Fun end to the football season

Well, last night the Interboro Bucs played the Ridley Raiders in a PIAA playoff game in front of 8,000+ people! I knew going in and tried to tell Katie that Ridley was a very good team. The band as usual tries to get everyone into high spirits and get the crowd rowdy. The first quarter was going well, fairly evenly matched. The beginning of the second quarter the Bucs got all of the way to the Raiders 3 yard line after moving the ball down the field. The crowd was in a frenzy, we all just knew that the Bucs were going to score the first touchdown of the night. It was not to be. The very next play the ball was fumbled and recovered by the Raiders. From that point on it was almost like all of the Buc Spirit and Buc Pride that resides in all of us sitting in the stands: parents, students, teachers and of course band members, was just sucked out of us. The rest of the game was just ugly to watch. At half time our Marching Buccaneers performed their half time show and did a great job as usual. The third quarter is the bands break time. As the Raiders scored one answered touchdown after another. The band kids were chomping at the bit to do a song they call "The Happy Squirrel" aka Get the Beat Down. The drum line and some of the brass play the beat and the rest of the band, the color guard and the cheerleaders participate in a rowdy and oh so fun contest of shouting and dancing and stomping of their feet. It is a real crowd pleaser. The band director said no maybe because the football team and the crowd in general had turned in a very somber bunch or another unknown reason. As the fourth quarter started the stands were quickly emptying of fans, sent home early by the dismal outcome of the game and the just plain freezing cold temperatures! The band gamely played a few of their stock songs as the score of the game reached 34 to 0. It was just sad. Finally I am not sure how it happened but with just a few minutes left I saw Steven Tambin, aka Jack Sparrow in our performance and trombone player, make his way to the front to the stands. Steve is our leader of the Happy Squirrel. Then the drum line started in and the Happy Squirrel Dance began!!! Finally the Bucs fans came alive again! And low and behold the BUCS made a touchdown in the last few minutes of the game. We knew they would not ever be able to win the game but just not being totally shut out was a small victory. Was it the rowdy beat the band and cheerleaders performing the Happy Squirrel or did the players just muster enough strength at the end to prove that while the Bucs football team might be down and done for this season but they still have that Buc Pride and Spirit in them! Or maybe just maybe the soaring beat of the Happy Squirrel was just enough to give Hallahan and Broomall that last surge at the end!! I'd like to think it was the band!! Final score 34 to 6.

So football season has come to an end. I must say I had an incredible time. Katie absolutely loved it too. Not one complaint about giving up every Friday night for the last 2 1/2 months and all of the hours practicing. The heat, the rain and now the cold. None of that dampened the Buc Pride that resides in the band. Some say that they are "band geeks" but those of us that hang with the band know that they are really the heart of the school. They are the true definiton BUC PRIDE and BUC SPIRIT!

Next on the band's agenda is the Media Veteran's Day parade. They are marching on Monday 11/12. Katie is happy that she is being pulled form school at 9 am and they won't be back before school is done for the day. Then onto to Atlanta and Disney World in February!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bad news for my ankle

I went to a new doctor yesterday since my previous doctor was a complete quack. While Dr. #1 did seem to diagnose my injury correctly at the end, he totally prescribed the wrong treatment. With an injury like I had, an avulsion fracture to the fibula, the bone fracture is really a minor part of the injury. Usually there is ligament damage which is more serious. Dr. #1 had me walking on my injured ankle in a boot two days after the injury, allowed me to go back to work after 14 days. According to Dr. #2 I should have been totally off of my feet for a MINIMUM of three weeks. No weight bearing at all. Dr. #2 said he believes that I have a tear in my AFT ligament. He also can't believe that I haven't had a MRI before now. I am scheduled Sunday morning for my MRI. This will show the full extent of the damage, whether the AFT has a partial tear or a complete tear. If it is partial I will heal on my own, eventually. If it is completely torn then I will require surgery to repair it! Plus Dr. #2 said that this particular ligament keeps your ankle in place and moving correctly when it is damage your tibia and fibula which come down into the talus (sp?) and form your ankle joint, can move incorrectly resulting in damage to the joint itself! I am so made that a supposed reputable Orthopedic Surgeon didn't treat my injury correctly! I am really hoping that I have the lesser injury because I really don't want to have to have surgery!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Feels like winter is arriving...

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks from Thursday and Christmas day is in just SEVEN short weeks! The summer flew by and now the holiday season is quickly approaching.

I went to what is probably going to be the last football game of the season on Friday night. Had a great time with the other "Band Parents" in the stands. The kids as usually did a great job with their music. We played Chichester and they brought their band. If you can call it a band, 17 members and one color guard. If the away team brings a band typically they do a pregame show. But since Friday night was Senior Recognition night (the band has 26 seniors) that took up the pregame time. So we graciously allowed Chichester's band to have 6 minutes of the halftime show. Well they totally took up the entire halftime leaving us just THREE minutes to do our halftime performance. The kids barely got on the field played just about two minutes of their song and literally had to run off of the field as the football players were coming onto it! Out team gets a penalty if we are still on the field when halftime is over. I was very disappointed since like I said this is probably the last game of the season. After halftime the kids kind of let loose and have lots of fun in the stands. They have a few songs that they sing and dance to and interact with the cheerleaders. It just amazes me when I see Katie up there singing and dancing in the stands. She is growing up so fast I just can't comprehend it sometimes! Plus Friday night was so darn cold sitting in the stands! It still was so much fun! It is still up in the air whether or not we will be having a Thanksgiving Day game against Ridley. We are both in the playoffs and it depends on how they go.

Monday the Band will be marching in Media's Veteran's Day Parade. Katie is thrilled because she gets out of school for the day. I couldn't get off , but Frank and his mother plan on attending the parade.

We also got final word that the Interboro High School Buccaneer Marching Band was honored to be selected once again out of 1,000 of applicants to march in Disney's Main Street Parade. It will be at 7:00 pm Sunday February 17,m 2008! This is the fourth time our band has been selected to march in this parade. They just did it this past February and I saw the video and it is incredible. The crowds, the lights and marching right past Cinderella's castle will just be incredible. I don't know who is more excited me or Katie. This will be the first time to Disney World for both of us. Frank is going, he is staying home to take care of the zoo. We are leaving 2/14/08 and driving through the night to Atlanta. We will be spending the day in Atlanta visiting the Martin Luther King Memorial, CNN, Coca Cola and hopefully the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. We will then drive onto the Georgia/Florida border and spend the night and then Saturday will we finish our ride to Orlando! We will be spending three nights at Disney and will have a hopper pass that will allow us into all of the Disney attractions. Number one on my list is Animal Kingdom. I hear it is incredible. I also really want to do Epcot. I will have to get another memory card or two for my camera. I am sure to 100's and 100's of pictures!