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Oct. 3rd, 2018

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Happy Birthday, girlspell!

Happy Birthday, girlspell! I hope you had a great day!

Aug. 18th, 2018

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Movie Recommendation

A sweet romantic comedy that is visually stunning and surprisingly emotional at the end. This is high quality fluff! :)

Jun. 3rd, 2018

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Thanks for all of your support

I'm hanging in there while Eddie is away in Austin, Texas. Thursday was an ordeal for me and all of you helped me through it. What's ironic is that Eddie was meeting up online friends for the first time - some of them he's known since his xbox days. They came through for him, meeting him at the airport and getting him to their Airbnb as you all came through for me. I can't thank you enough!

Eddie is having a great time and has told me he has more confidence now. I'm so glad - that was the hope of this trip. My next great worry (isn't there always another one?) is that he's getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, there were a lot of technical difficulties last night and they started late. When I called Eddie around 3:00 AM our time (1:00 AM there) he was getting ready to leave. He said he needed his sleep and wasn't going to play the night through. I was glad he was accepting his limitations, but I'm worried he has to wake up too early today and won't get the hours he needs.

He told me he'd just go to bed early tonight - and I know he will. But - gah. I can't call and ask if he's sleeping. LOL So I'll just have to imagine it. This parenting thing is so hard!

Tomorrow he comes home. They have to be out of their Airbnb by 11:00, so they'll probably do lunch and then take Eddie to the airport. His flight leaves Austin at 4:00 PM - getting into Halifax at 2:00 AM our time. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

May. 30th, 2018

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Eddie to Austin, Texas

Many months ago, Eddie signed up (and got some sponsorship) for a gaming tournament in Austin, Texas. He's meeting online friends there and they are going to stay at an Airbnb for the three days. His doctors have signed off for him to go, but I'm worried to death. (And also happy/hopeful he'll have a good time and will gain some confidence back)

He has a flight from Halifax to Toronto, Toronto to Austin. So it's not complicated. The biggest complication in the trip is clearing customs in Toronto. He has one and a half hours between flights, so hopefully it will go smoothly. Since he has dual citizenship, with two passports, he shouldn't have a problem on either side of the border. However, he will be carrying his meds. *sigh* I have to stop worrying about this.

Please keep him in your thoughts/prayers/good wishes. He flies there on May 31 and returns Monday, June 4. I'll be in Halifax on both ends of the trip to pick him up. I'm trying to use all of my positive visualization, etc. . . :)

May. 16th, 2018

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A Cute Twitter Account to Check Out

I nine year-old boy takes a picture with the different dogs he pets and then writes their story. Some adorable dogs!


May. 8th, 2018

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Grandma Kate update

Grandma Kate sent me a lovely email after reading about Eddie. I asked her if I could include some of the photos she sent me so her lj friends could have their Owen and Clara Fix. She said this:

Yes, dear Mary. Feel free to post our six and a half year old Owen and three and a half year old Clara. I hoped that their smiling faces would remind you that each life cycle has both times of Joy and Sadness. I am as well as can be expected on my way to 88. Dear Oatmeal has a wound on the back of his heel which is taking a long time to heal. I think of my friends at Live Journal and pray that you and your families are well. Grandma Kate

FYI, Eddie was discharged from the hospital yesterday, although he has many follow up appointments. In the middle of all of this we moved the boys to a new apartment. It's been very hectic. Eddie seems himself, except he tires easily. Part of it is the medication and the other part is all that he's been through.

Apr. 13th, 2018

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Eddie in the hospital

I've been worried about Eddie this semester. He's been very stressed about the three group projects he's had, plus all the other assignments and tests in his classes. However, he loved all of his classes and was doing very well gradewise. Last Thursday he thought he had missed a deadline and he called me in a panic. It turned out he hadn't missed the deadline and he ended up with a 90 on the project. The next day he called in a great mood and told me how he was finally cleaning his room, etc. . .

I was suspicious of that kind of euphoria after being so down. I called the mental health hotline and they assured me it was natural high spirits, etc. But everyday Eddie called and talked faster about all kinds of things. He told me he didn't need sleep, etc. . This set off more alarm bells. I called the mental health line everyday and eventually we worked out a plan for what I could do if I thought he was in a manic state. Wednesday I drove to Halifax (at Eddie's request) and helped him with his final paper. Then he agreed to see the crisis team. They came right to his apartment and assessed him. He was admitted to the Abby Lane psychiatric unit Thurs night. I don’t know how long he will be hospitalized or what the diagnosis will be.

I stayed at Eddie’s apartment Wed night because I was too tired to drive home. I saw him Thursday morning and he had finally had a good night’s sleep. I’m home now. We will return to Halifax for a meeting with his team when they are ready for us. Meanwhile, he has his phone and calls us when he wants.

Dalhousie is going to give him an incomplete for illness until he is ready to take his finals. They have an entire office set up to help and advocate for students with mood disorders and anxiety. They even advise on exam schedules and accommodations for project, etc. .

They have so many resources in Halifax and he is in the right place.
I’m so relieved he is finally getting help. I feel like this is a burden shared and I’m so grateful for the quick response.

Eddie said once he got his phone charged yesterday morning, he saw all kinds of statements of support from his friends. Three of him visited him in the hospital yesterday - even though they are in the middle of finals and stressed out, too.

George (his roommate and friend since he was three) stayed with me for the five hours at the hospital as they assessed him. He’s such a sweetie and is such a good friend to Eddie.

I'm both hopeful and afraid, but this has been a longtime coming and we have a long road ahead. I'll keep you all updated.

Feb. 8th, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Bel!

Happy Birthday, tdu000! I hope today will bring you cool breezes and lots of time with friends and family. All the best for another year on this planet, my friend. *raises glass* Cheers!

Feb. 1st, 2018

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Movie Rec: Lady Bird

I saw this last night. What a wonderful movie. It perfectly captures that last year of high school and the yearning for something more and not quite knowing what it is. The trailer doesn't do the story justice, imo, in that it just shows the conflicts. There also scenes between the mother and daughter of understanding and love - that morph into a trainwreck in 60 seconds flat. LOL

It's set in 2002, which should seem like present day - but that was 16 years ago. *gulp*

There's a great scene where Lady Bird is talking to her favorite nun at the school:

Sister Sarah Joan: You clearly love Sacramento.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I do?

Sister Sarah Joan: You write about Sacramento so affectionately and with such care.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I was just describing it.

Sister Sarah Joan: Well it comes across as love.

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Sure, I guess I pay attention.

Sister Sarah Joan: Don't you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?
"I've read you're college essay about Sacramento and I can tell you love it."

And that's when you realize just how well-loved Lady Bird is - and she only realizes it by the end of the movie.

That scene when the mother drives away after sending Lady Bird off to college - OMG. I cried. This movie captures what it feels like in the last year of high school. And what it feels like to be the mother of that student.

Yes, Lady Bird has a lot of privilege - but that doesn't inoculate her from the pain of growing up.

As she says to her posturing boyfriend:
"Different things can be sad... it's not all war!"

I really liked that the movie didn't sneer at religion or family or wanting security/love/praise. If you have a chance to see it, don't hesitate.

Jan. 27th, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Berte!

Happy Birthday, amamama! I hope this blue moon month is an auspicious start for 2018 for you and your family!

Have a wonderful day, my friend.

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