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Earlier in the month I called Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) to ask about the likelihood of there being a dog for me in August. I was told there were mostly walking dogs in this class, so it wouldn't be very likely.

But, never say never!

Yesterday I got a call from Jenny, the Client Services Director at ADAI, and she asked if I was available to come meet with her next week.

"Does this mean you have a dog for me?" I blurted with all the subtlety and excitement of a child who senses they are about to receive a gift.

"Yes, it does!" She went on to explain that they wanted me to come meet the dog, who she feels would be a good match, and see how we do together. And, if it's a match made in heaven, then I get to go back to Toledo in August to train with my dog for two weeks.

So, I will be taking a bus on Tuesday morning out to Toledo and staying the night at Jim's place. Then Wednesday I have a 10:00 AM meeting with Jenny and I'll be taking the bus back home on Wednesday afternoon.

I'm considering my options for lodging during training, and the more I consider it, the more I think that we would be best off staying in like a Red Roof Inn or Extended Stay America for the two weeks. Jim has a bird, a big parrot, and there are concerns about the bird and the dog together since the bird is having some behavior issues. Another option is his ex, who has dogs. But I am concerned that will be a distraction for my dog. When I set the goal of $1000, I was looking at it with the plan of staying with Jim, so ever so I'm grateful for the donations I've gotten on my YouCaring.com page. Even with a cheap motel, that's still around $600-$700 for lodging for 2 weeks.

I'm running the numbers now, figuring on the high end of prices to cover all bases...

Dog   $500 
Hotel   $800 
Bus Ticket   $160 
    TOTAL $1460 

That leaves about $800 for food, local travel within Toledo (taxis, most likely), and various other expenses like laundry while I'm there, so help is still welcome and appreciated.

I am amazed at how fast this is happening. When I got accepted in January, the letter said the average waiting list is 2 years for a dog. I feel very blessed that this is happening the way it is and how generous everyone has been. I can't tell you how grateful I am. 

And Friday I get to meet with my Voc. Rehab. counselor about changing my goal to college. My intention is to get a Bachelors in Social Work so I can work in disability advocacy in one form or another.

Yes, my life is changing, and I am so happy I could burst!


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Earlier in the month I called Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) to ask about the likelihood of there being a dog for me in August. I was told there were mostly walking dogs in this class, so it wouldn't be very likely.

But, never say never!

Yesterday I got a call from Jenny, the Client Services Director at ADAI, and she asked if I was available to come meet with her next week.

"Does this mean you have a dog for me?" I blurted with all the subtlety and excitement of a child who senses they are about to receive a gift.

"Yes, it does!" She went on to explain that they wanted me to come meet the dog, who she feels would be a good match, and see how we do together. And, if it's a match made in heaven, then I get to go back to Toledo in August to train with my dog for two weeks.

So, I will be taking a bus on Tuesday morning out to Toledo and staying the night at Jim's place. Then Wednesday I have a 10:00 AM meeting with Jenny and I'll be taking the bus back home on Wednesday afternoon.

I'm considering my options for lodging during training, and the more I consider it, the more I think that we would be best off staying in like a Red Roof Inn or Extended Stay America for the two weeks. Jim has a bird, a big parrot, and there are concerns about the bird and the dog together since the bird is having some behavior issues. Another option is his ex, who has dogs. But I am concerned that will be a distraction for my dog. When I set the goal of $1000, I was looking at it with the plan of staying with Jim, so ever so I'm grateful for the donations I've gotten on my YouCaring.com page. Even with a cheap motel, that's still around $600-$700 for lodging for 2 weeks.

I'm running the numbers now, figuring on the high end of prices to cover all bases...

Dog   $500 
Hotel   $800 
Bus Ticket   $160 
    TOTAL $1460 

That leaves about $800 for food, local travel within Toledo (taxis, most likely), and various other expenses like laundry while I'm there, so help is still welcome and appreciated.

I am amazed at how fast this is happening. When I got accepted in January, the letter said the average waiting list is 2 years for a dog. I feel very blessed that this is happening the way it is and how generous everyone has been. I can't tell you how grateful I am. 

And Friday I get to meet with my Voc. Rehab. counselor about changing my goal to college. My intention is to get a Bachelors in Social Work so I can work in disability advocacy in one form or another.

Yes, my life is changing, and I am so happy I could burst!


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First, I reached my initial goal as far as my fundraising for the dog! Thank you to all who donated. I am going to leave the site up the full time, however. Anything raised over and above that is not used for the trip and the equipment will be used for my dog in one form or another, even if it's just a back up fund for an unexpected trip to the vet.

I want to thank all of you who donated to help me in this venture. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. I will post more on the topic of the fundraising experience itself in a separate post. That itself is proving to show me blessings I've not expected.

Anyhow, late last week I emailed
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First, I reached my initial goal as far as my fundraising for the dog! Thank you to all who donated. I am going to leave the site up the full time, however. Anything raised over and above that is not used for the trip and the equipment will be used for my dog in one form or another, even if it's just a back up fund for an unexpected trip to the vet.

I want to thank all of you who donated to help me in this venture. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. I will post more on the topic of the fundraising experience itself in a separate post. That itself is proving to show me blessings I've not expected.

Anyhow, late last week I emailed
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Livejournal was my original blog, and then when people were defecting I turned to Dreamwidth, more to keep in contact than anything else. Thanks to Semagic I can wonderously post to both places at once. And last year I've added a Wordpress to the mix along with a new username, adaptagirl. (Note, all links above go to my various blogs if you are looking for me.)

It's like having three homes. Livejournal is the first, obviously. And Dreamjournal is the twin home to it, in the neighborhood where many of my friends have moved. Then there's Wordpress, which I try to be more polished and professional, like a downtown condo. And I'm aware that several LJ'ers have moved on there, too, though I'm still trying to find their blogs.

And then there's Facebook, which isn't really a blog, it's more of a social networking and gaming vortex.

Sadly with people moving too and fro I've lost touch with several people who have been very important to me, my league of Friends I've Yet to Meet. You know who you are. You are the people who were there for me during my hardest years. With difficulties raising children, dealing with a lifechanging diagnosis, and a heartbreaking divorce. You were included in my Inner Circle/Trusted posts more likely than not. You were the true friends, the ones who were honest with me.

Where are you now?

An inquiring elf wants to know.
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Livejournal was my original blog, and then when people were defecting I turned to Dreamwidth, more to keep in contact than anything else. Thanks to Semagic I can wonderously post to both places at once. And last year I've added a Wordpress to the mix along with a new username, adaptagirl. (Note, all links above go to my various blogs if you are looking for me.)

It's like having three homes. Livejournal is the first, obviously. And Dreamjournal is the twin home to it, in the neighborhood where many of my friends have moved. Then there's Wordpress, which I try to be more polished and professional, like a downtown condo. And I'm aware that several LJ'ers have moved on there, too, though I'm still trying to find their blogs.

And then there's Facebook, which isn't really a blog, it's more of a social networking and gaming vortex.

Sadly with people moving too and fro I've lost touch with several people who have been very important to me, my league of Friends I've Yet to Meet. You know who you are. You are the people who were there for me during my hardest years. With difficulties raising children, dealing with a lifechanging diagnosis, and a heartbreaking divorce. You were included in my Inner Circle/Trusted posts more likely than not. You were the true friends, the ones who were honest with me.

Where are you now?

An inquiring elf wants to know.
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My minister, Rev. Carla, suggested that I put up a fundraising page toward raising the money I need for paying ADAI the money for the dog's equipment plus the expenses of traveling to Toledo and staying there for the two weeks that I'd be training with my dog.

So, I came home Sunday and checked out the various fundraising sites out there, and decided to go with YouCaring.com.

My donation page is named, as is this post, An Assistance Dog for Morgan.

Already $265.00 has been raised! Wowsers! I can't tell you how blessed and grateful I feel right now. I just know that I'll make my goal of a minimum of $1000 before I get the call to go to Toledo to train with my dog.

I cannot tell you what a difference this dog will make in my life. Things like handing money or a debit card to a store cashier, to opening doors, dragging a laundry basket to the laundry room down the hall, or even picking up something I dropped: this dog will do it and allow me greater independence.

I am so looking forward to the day I get to meet my new furry helper.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share my fundraising page.

P.S. If you want to help out ADAI, you can click that link to go to their web page and either make a donation via the blue "Donate Now" button (which goes though PayPal) or click on the "Help Give a Dog" link on the right side of the page for more options for giving. You can even make sponsorship donations toward the care and training of a dog for a specific person, such as myself, by calling the number listed there on that page.
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My minister, Rev. Carla, suggested that I put up a fundraising page toward raising the money I need for paying ADAI the money for the dog's equipment plus the expenses of traveling to Toledo and staying there for the two weeks that I'd be training with my dog.

So, I came home Sunday and checked out the various fundraising sites out there, and decided to go with YouCaring.com.

My donation page is named, as is this post, An Assistance Dog for Morgan.

Already $265.00 has been raised! Wowsers! I can't tell you how blessed and grateful I feel right now. I just know that I'll make my goal of a minimum of $1000 before I get the call to go to Toledo to train with my dog.

I cannot tell you what a difference this dog will make in my life. Things like handing money or a debit card to a store cashier, to opening doors, dragging a laundry basket to the laundry room down the hall, or even picking up something I dropped: this dog will do it and allow me greater independence.

I am so looking forward to the day I get to meet my new furry helper.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share my fundraising page.

P.S. If you want to help out ADAI, you can click that link to go to their web page and either make a donation via the blue "Donate Now" button (which goes though PayPal) or click on the "Help Give a Dog" link on the right side of the page for more options for giving. You can even make sponsorship donations toward the care and training of a dog for a specific person, such as myself, by calling the number listed there on that page.
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I'm fortunate that the apartments I live in, while independent living, has a service coordinator who really knows how to get some services coordinated. One of the recent ones is that a chiropractor started coming here. Yesterday was the day for him to be here. So I got my shoulder, neck, and lower back adjusted. Last night was the best sleep I've had in a long time: well, aside from when I was in Toledo visiting Jim. I see him next week for another adjustment.

Today I decided to make myself a pot of coffee when I got up. That's something I haven't done in a while, I've usually just been having a cup that's already made in the community room here. But, this morning I didn't want to wait. I put the water in the coffeemaker, and then couldn't find the canister of coffee. I wandered all over the apartment looking for the coffee. One would think I wouldn't mislocate objects as readily in a smaller living space, but that's one talent I still retain even here. I even looked in the bathroom as I'm prone to wandering with an object in my hand from one location to the next.

Half an hour later, I gave up. I spied a sealed box of Earl Grey tea beside the coffeemaker and decided to go ahead and use the machine sans java to make hot water for tea.

I went into the den to sit down at the computer while the water was heating, and there on the table that sits by my desk was the bright red canister of Folger's Black Silk. If it were a snake, it would have bit me. How I did not see it the three previous searches in the den, I do not know. I guess I was just meant to have tea this morning. But looking back, it was pretty funny.

Then my morning brightened when Jim from Toledo called me. *shmoopy grin*

Today was the day for Jeanne, the Nurse Practitioner, to come in. Saw her because I was concerned about my edema - a problem I've been having since last October when I was put on Lasix, but it appears to be going through a spell where it's worse. She measured me and I've gained 2" around each leg again and 3" around my waist since I saw her 4 weeks ago, and my blood pressure was up - and, most disturbingly, way up from where it was yesterday when the chiropractor took it - so she called the pharmacist to change my dosing of the Lasix and give me a more flexible script for it so that I could take an additional dose for a while during times like this, and she put through a call to my cardiologist's office to tell them, "Yo! Your patient's having some serious symptoms here!" Okay, those were not her exact words, of course, but that was definitely the intent.

I got called back a few minutes later by the cardiologist's nurse, who basically told me to do what we were already planning on doing. Take an additional dose of Lasix for the next 5 days and see how that does me. Does he want to see me sooner? No, just come at my regular appointment. When is that? She checked my records to see it wasn't until May.

"I thought it was in March," I said.

"So did I," she replied.

"Tell you what, call us back after the 5 days and let us know how you are doing."

In retrospect, I wish I'd stood up for myself more there and said, "Don't you think he should see me sooner?" But, we'll see how this plays out.

Then I took the bus to Walmart to pick up my new glasses. I went a week ago and had an eye exam and picked out new frames to replace my broken ones. I broke them by... um... laying on them when I was in Toledo in December. Last week I made sure to check the sizing on the frames I tried on, so I knew exactly what I chose. What came in today, however, was same or similar style, but a larger size. The temples were too long to start, but in width they also felt looser on my face. I expressed my displeasure politely and decided not to settle for them bending the ear pieces. In the end he let me pick another set of frames that better fit my face and send them back to the lab.

I left their optical department satisfied with both the results and my handling of the situation. One out of two on standing up for myself today and handling both situations without getting flustered or letting it ruin my mood: I'll take it.

Decided to go ahead and get some groceries while I was there anyway. Good stuff mostly from the produce section. Not a lot, just what I could carry in the bag on the back of my chair. One lap full. :) This included a box of clementines. Satisfies my sweet tooth and is good for me.

Got home and one of my neighbors told me my Lasix was delivered, and which neighbor took delivery of it for me so I wouldn't have to wait on them to make a second attempt. That's one of the good things about living in a community like this. Put away groceries, retrieved my meds, and back to my apartment again where I finally made coffee.

I got an email from the Development Director at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo this afteroon. Assistance Dogs for Independent Living is partnered with The Ability Center, Toledo's Center for Independent Living, and I had written to Jenny, who is my contact with ADAI, asking her for ideas for fundraising and gaining sponsorships to cover at least part of the cost of my dog. I only have to pay for the dog's equipment, when I get her (or him but, honestly, I am hoping for a female). Jenny CC'd the Ability Center's Development Director and Program Director. And the former wasted no time getting back to me. I wish that the Center for Independent Living here were as efficient. Anyhow, a few swift emails back and forth, and I have an appointment with her for a phone consult on the fundraising matter on Monday at 10:30. AM.

Made an Egg Stuffed Baked Potato for dinner. Learned I need to watch my time closer with this as the yolk was firmer than what I would have liked, but when I cut it up all together on my plate it still tasted good. I know better for next time. The innards of the potato that I scooped out will be used as part of my breakfast tomorrow morning.

So, all in all, today has been a good, productive, satisfying day. Now I am going to finish up a few things online, do my dishes, and then call it a night.

Darn, posting here again feels good. I think I'll make a habit of this. :)
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I'm fortunate that the apartments I live in, while independent living, has a service coordinator who really knows how to get some services coordinated. One of the recent ones is that a chiropractor started coming here. Yesterday was the day for him to be here. So I got my shoulder, neck, and lower back adjusted. Last night was the best sleep I've had in a long time: well, aside from when I was in Toledo visiting Jim. I see him next week for another adjustment.

Today I decided to make myself a pot of coffee when I got up. That's something I haven't done in a while, I've usually just been having a cup that's already made in the community room here. But, this morning I didn't want to wait. I put the water in the coffeemaker, and then couldn't find the canister of coffee. I wandered all over the apartment looking for the coffee. One would think I wouldn't mislocate objects as readily in a smaller living space, but that's one talent I still retain even here. I even looked in the bathroom as I'm prone to wandering with an object in my hand from one location to the next.

Half an hour later, I gave up. I spied a sealed box of Earl Grey tea beside the coffeemaker and decided to go ahead and use the machine sans java to make hot water for tea.

I went into the den to sit down at the computer while the water was heating, and there on the table that sits by my desk was the bright red canister of Folger's Black Silk. If it were a snake, it would have bit me. How I did not see it the three previous searches in the den, I do not know. I guess I was just meant to have tea this morning. But looking back, it was pretty funny.

Then my morning brightened when Jim from Toledo called me. *shmoopy grin*

Today was the day for Jeanne, the Nurse Practitioner, to come in. Saw her because I was concerned about my edema - a problem I've been having since last October when I was put on Lasix, but it appears to be going through a spell where it's worse. She measured me and I've gained 2" around each leg again and 3" around my waist since I saw her 4 weeks ago, and my blood pressure was up - and, most disturbingly, way up from where it was yesterday when the chiropractor took it - so she called the pharmacist to change my dosing of the Lasix and give me a more flexible script for it so that I could take an additional dose for a while during times like this, and she put through a call to my cardiologist's office to tell them, "Yo! Your patient's having some serious symptoms here!" Okay, those were not her exact words, of course, but that was definitely the intent.

I got called back a few minutes later by the cardiologist's nurse, who basically told me to do what we were already planning on doing. Take an additional dose of Lasix for the next 5 days and see how that does me. Does he want to see me sooner? No, just come at my regular appointment. When is that? She checked my records to see it wasn't until May.

"I thought it was in March," I said.

"So did I," she replied.

"Tell you what, call us back after the 5 days and let us know how you are doing."

In retrospect, I wish I'd stood up for myself more there and said, "Don't you think he should see me sooner?" But, we'll see how this plays out.

Then I took the bus to Walmart to pick up my new glasses. I went a week ago and had an eye exam and picked out new frames to replace my broken ones. I broke them by... um... laying on them when I was in Toledo in December. Last week I made sure to check the sizing on the frames I tried on, so I knew exactly what I chose. What came in today, however, was same or similar style, but a larger size. The temples were too long to start, but in width they also felt looser on my face. I expressed my displeasure politely and decided not to settle for them bending the ear pieces. In the end he let me pick another set of frames that better fit my face and send them back to the lab.

I left their optical department satisfied with both the results and my handling of the situation. One out of two on standing up for myself today and handling both situations without getting flustered or letting it ruin my mood: I'll take it.

Decided to go ahead and get some groceries while I was there anyway. Good stuff mostly from the produce section. Not a lot, just what I could carry in the bag on the back of my chair. One lap full. :) This included a box of clementines. Satisfies my sweet tooth and is good for me.

Got home and one of my neighbors told me my Lasix was delivered, and which neighbor took delivery of it for me so I wouldn't have to wait on them to make a second attempt. That's one of the good things about living in a community like this. Put away groceries, retrieved my meds, and back to my apartment again where I finally made coffee.

I got an email from the Development Director at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo this afteroon. Assistance Dogs for Independent Living is partnered with The Ability Center, Toledo's Center for Independent Living, and I had written to Jenny, who is my contact with ADAI, asking her for ideas for fundraising and gaining sponsorships to cover at least part of the cost of my dog. I only have to pay for the dog's equipment, when I get her (or him but, honestly, I am hoping for a female). Jenny CC'd the Ability Center's Development Director and Program Director. And the former wasted no time getting back to me. I wish that the Center for Independent Living here were as efficient. Anyhow, a few swift emails back and forth, and I have an appointment with her for a phone consult on the fundraising matter on Monday at 10:30. AM.

Made an Egg Stuffed Baked Potato for dinner. Learned I need to watch my time closer with this as the yolk was firmer than what I would have liked, but when I cut it up all together on my plate it still tasted good. I know better for next time. The innards of the potato that I scooped out will be used as part of my breakfast tomorrow morning.

So, all in all, today has been a good, productive, satisfying day. Now I am going to finish up a few things online, do my dishes, and then call it a night.

Darn, posting here again feels good. I think I'll make a habit of this. :)
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I should have realized it when I read my page earlier today, but it's once again time for another season of [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol. I briefly considered it, but when I checked for the deadline, it was earlier this evening.

So be it. I'm actually kind of relieved: it lets me play the home game version, without concern of consequence. I can just write and do my best without worrying about who votes for me. Sounds like a win right there!

This is as good a chance as any to reintroduce myself since I've been kind of quiet in the last year or so.

So who is this [livejournal.com profile] elfwench? It's almost easier to say who I am not rather than who I am. But I'd rather focus on the positive, so I'm going to stay on the topic of who I am, not who I used to be so I shall endeavor to tell you who I am today.

I am a spiritual being having a human experience. My human body has some physical challenges that require the use of a wheelchair and my human psyche has some issues, but that does not detract from who I am. I am grateful for this life experience, including the extra challenges.

I am an intelligent, creative, free spirit. I believe in the power of I Am and am open to change, opportunities, and new experiences: I am an effective manifestress as a result. I love music, art, literature, and the performing arts, and have set a goal this year to develop some talent and pleasure from any and all of these. I'm blessed to have been gifted with things like an electric keyboard and an assortment of art supplies to play with, so the doors are opening for me to learn and grow in music and art. And for these things I am grateful as well.

I am a lover, not a fighter. I love people, animals, and life in general. I will stand my ground, but I avoid arguing for the sake of arguing: I have much better ways to spend my energy. I love hugs and give them freely.

I am a mother of two grown children and one beautiful Snow Bengal cat named Sophie. I am also on the waiting list for a service dog from ADAI - Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence: I look forward to meeting my canine partner soon, hopefully within the year.

I am Morgan. And I am worth knowing and loving.
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I had a wonderful trip to Toledo. Jim was a wonderful host and we got along great. I think of him and I can't help but smile, if that tells you anything.

Wednesday was a day of very little sleep. I was up by 1:30 AM and at the bus station well before my 5:20 AM bus left. Since I'd secured the ADA passenger seat when I made my reservation, I was the first one loaded both coming and going. Rode in my wheelchair the whole way. Jim picked me up, and then we went to the art museum. I must say, it's an impressive museum they have in Toledo. In the evening we went to the Toledo Zoo for the Lights Before Christmas.

My interview was Thursday. Everyone I met at The Ability Center and ADAI was so nice. And Jenny, the Client Services Director, kept saying words like "Perfect!" and "Wonderful!" to the answers I gave. She seemed especially happy that I have nothing that would conflict as far as my availability at the last minute should a dog come available sooner than expected (Currently the waiting list is 18-24 months), say if someone drops off the list or returns the dog for some reason like inability to bond or too much work for them.

While I was there, they were evaluating a couple of puppies, and decided they wanted both of them. I must say, they were wonderful little furballs: black labs, still fat and fuzzy, and already trained so that their paws and mouths could be handled without a problem. I also met the two dogs that they use for demonstrations, Clover and Tyler. Both black Labs as well, Tyler was the one they had work with me to see how I did with the dogs. They figured out which kind of clicker I was better able to use, and saw that I was able to handle buckling the dog's vest and grooming him. I was also able to give the dog commands and him respond to me.

Jenny will be out here to Indianapolis on January 4th for my home visit. She will also be doing a presentation about the dogs at my apartment building right afterward, around 12:30.

So, the process has begun, things are happening, and I'm so excited! I am really hoping and praying that this means that they are going to accept me and match me up with a dog.
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I mentioned a while ago that I was working on something. Some assumed it was a project. Well, in a way, but not in any artistic way. This is more of a personal thing.

I am applying for an assistance dog! I sent in my application, along with the required doctor's and personal recommendations, at the end of October and waited. And I got over the first hurdle, so Thursday afternoon I'll be at ADAI in Sylvania, Ohio, just outside Toledo, for my interview. I'm taking the bus to Toledo Wednesday and then going back on Friday so Jim and I can have some time together, too.

It's something I've been wanting for a while, and I probably would never have found this place if it hadn't been for meeting Jim, and then checking out what Toledo has to offer and first visiting the site for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, which is their Cener for Independent Living.

Please, light a candle, say a prayer, and keep a good thought that I do well in this interview and get approved for an assistance dog. It would be such a blessing to my life.
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I mentioned a while ago that I was working on something. Some assumed it was a project. Well, in a way, but not in any artistic way. This is more of a personal thing.

I am applying for an assistance dog! I sent in my application, along with the required doctor's and personal recommendations, at the end of October and waited. And I got over the first hurdle, so Thursday afternoon I'll be at in Sylvania, Ohio, just outside Toledo, for my interview. I'm taking the bus to Toledo Wednesday and then going back on Friday so Jim and I can have some time together, too.

It's something I've been wanting for a while, and I probably would never have found this place if it hadn't been for meeting Jim, and then checking out what Toledo has to offer and first visiting the site for their Center for Independent Living.

Please, light a candle, say a prayer, and keep a good thought that I do well in this interview and get approved for an assistance dog. It would be such a blessing to my life.

Hair!

Dec. 4th, 2012 03:04 pm
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I was asked for a pic of me and my new do... so here you go.



Picture was taken on my birthday, and my hair is messy at the end of the day, but you can get the idea. Robert and his girlfriend Monica, and a friend of theirs came and surprised me. I was sitting in the community room of the apartment building and watching TV with a couple of my friends when they came over with presents and a small cake... it's not a real birthday unless you have cake, after all!

The shawl and the necklace I'm wearing in the picture were two of my gifts.

Hair!

Dec. 4th, 2012 03:04 pm
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I was asked for a pic of me and my new do... so here you go.



Picture was taken on my birthday, and my hair is messy at the end of the day, but you can get the idea. Robert and his girlfriend Monica, and a friend of theirs came and surprised me. I was sitting in the community room of the apartment building and watching TV with a couple of my friends when they came over with presents and a small cake... it's not a real birthday unless you have cake, after all!

The shawl and the necklace I'm wearing in the picture were two of my gifts.
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November has passed and now it's time to get ready for Christmas.

Got a webcam earlier in November from Jim in Toledo as an early birthday present. *schmoopy grin* It's been so nice chatting with him via Skype. He's such a sweetie. I grow more fond of him each time we talk. Birthday week in the middle of November was mellow, but nice. Got some nice presents from my son and several friends locally. My friend and minister, Carla, took me to get my hair cut and I was inspired to actually use the henna hair dye I ordered from Henna Hut that evening for some yummy red hair. I've had nothing but compliments on my hair.

Living here has been a blessing in so many ways. It's not perfect, no. Wouldn't be HUD housing if it were perfect. But, thanks to the work of our service coordinator I'm able to get more services than I knew were available. There's even a nurse practitioner that comes here biweekly over the winter. And she's damned good.

I had a lovely Thanksgiving. First had some turkey at noon with the folks here, and then later on at Robert's with him and his girlfriend and her parents.

I'm again singing with the Unity of Indianapolis Christmas choir this year on December 23rd. It's going to be an all music service, and I'm super excited about it. I love music and singing and have decided that one of my goals for 2013 is to further explore that side of me and develop that further. Interestingly, when I sing my pain levels go down.

I'm also crocheting and working on learning to knit. I also got one of those knook things - the modified crochet hook you use to knit. Nice for small projects, but I really can't see doing afghans or sweaters on it. Textile crafts keep the hands and fingers nimble, though, and are very relaxing.

Today one of my neighbor friends and I went out shopping together. It was fun. She got most of her Christmas done. I still need to get more, but I have my gift to give at the apartment gift exchange so I don't have to worry about that anymore. And I got Christmas cards to send out. The rest will come. :)

All in all, I'm happy and hopeful for a good Christmas/Yuletide season.
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November has passed and now it's time to get ready for Christmas.

Got a webcam earlier in November from Jim in Toledo as an early birthday present. *schmoopy grin* It's been so nice chatting with him via Skype. He's such a sweetie. I grow more fond of him each time we talk. Birthday week in the middle of November was mellow, but nice. Got some nice presents from my son and several friends locally. My friend and minister, Carla, took me to get my hair cut and I was inspired to actually use the henna hair dye I ordered from Henna Hut that evening for some yummy red hair. I've had nothing but compliments on my hair.

Living here has been a blessing in so many ways. It's not perfect, no. Wouldn't be HUD housing if it were perfect. But, thanks to the work of our service coordinator I'm able to get more services than I knew were available. There's even a nurse practitioner that comes here biweekly over the winter. And she's damned good.

I had a lovely Thanksgiving. First had some turkey at noon with the folks here, and then later on at Robert's with him and his girlfriend and her parents.

I'm again singing with the Unity of Indianapolis Christmas choir this year on December 23rd. It's going to be an all music service, and I'm super excited about it. I love music and singing and have decided that one of my goals for 2013 is to further explore that side of me and develop that further. Interestingly, when I sing my pain levels go down.

I'm also crocheting and working on learning to knit. I also got one of those knook things - the modified crochet hook you use to knit. Nice for small projects, but I really can't see doing afghans or sweaters on it. Textile crafts keep the hands and fingers nimble, though, and are very relaxing.

Today one of my neighbor friends and I went out shopping together. It was fun. She got most of her Christmas done. I still need to get more, but I have my gift to give at the apartment gift exchange so I don't have to worry about that anymore. And I got Christmas cards to send out. The rest will come. :)

All in all, I'm happy and hopeful for a good Christmas/Yuletide season.
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The service coordinator from our apartment building looked at me, impressed as I sat back down in my wheelchair and put on my braces and shoes, still laughing with exhilarartion.

"I don't know," I told her, "but I mean to keep doing and trying things until I find out!"

We went to Waterman's Farm today, and I'd just slid down a 20' tall foam and vinyl slide. The challenge was getting up there, barefoot since shoes aren't allowed on the structure, which meant no braces and, as such, no support for my feet and ankles as I climbed. But, I made it. It took me about 10 minutes and a lot of determination. But there wasn't that first grumble of impatience from anyone who waited behind me. So I just dug deep and kept on, using my upper body strength to pull myself up and make up for the lack in my lower body as much as possble. The triumph of that climb was so exhilarating that I think that I might want to try adaptive rock climbing.

After that, we went on a hay ride and picked pumkins. I mean to make a pie or something out of mine. I'll have to... pardon the pun... scare up a recipe to try. And then we went into the market itself and did some shopping before going to McDonald's for lunch.

This is just one of the adventures life has taken me on since I've been here. Yesterday was an adventure of a different sort as a bunch of us went and took food, clothing, and blankets to encampments of people living on the street. That, in it's own way, felt wonderful as well. People were so grateful. And so many were thinking of others, scared to take more than they felt they ought and had to be encouraged.

As I came home after that, I felt so blessed to have what I do have. I felt rich, and grateful. And, if anything, it made today's outing an even richer experience for me because of that new perspective yesterday's adventure gave me.

I keep asking, "How does it get any better than this?"

And each time I ask, I get shown a new way.
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The service coordinator from our apartment building looked at me, impressed as I sat back down in my wheelchair and put on my braces and shoes, still laughing with exhilarartion.

"I don't know," I told her, "but I mean to keep doing and trying things until I find out!"

We went to Waterman's Farm today, and I'd just slid down a 20' tall foam and vinyl slide. The challenge was getting up there, barefoot since shoes aren't allowed on the structure, which meant no braces and, as such, no support for my feet and ankles as I climbed. But, I made it. It took me about 10 minutes and a lot of determination. But there wasn't that first grumble of impatience from anyone who waited behind me. So I just dug deep and kept on, using my upper body strength to pull myself up and make up for the lack in my lower body as much as possble. The triumph of that climb was so exhilarating that I think that I might want to try adaptive rock climbing.

After that, we went on a hay ride and picked pumkins. I mean to make a pie or something out of mine. I'll have to... pardon the pun... scare up a recipe to try. And then we went into the market itself and did some shopping before going to McDonald's for lunch.

This is just one of the adventures life has taken me on since I've been here. Yesterday was an adventure of a different sort as a bunch of us went and took food, clothing, and blankets to encampments of people living on the street. That, in it's own way, felt wonderful as well. People were so grateful. And so many were thinking of others, scared to take more than they felt they ought and had to be encouraged.

As I came home after that, I felt so blessed to have what I do have. I felt rich, and grateful. And, if anything, it made today's outing an even richer experience for me because of that new perspective yesterday's adventure gave me.

I keep asking, "How does it get any better than this?"

And each time I ask, I get shown a new way.

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