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MEDICAL ABUSE DIAGNOSIS gains increasing foothold in America...

"...warning signs of medical child abuse: a “highly attentive parent” who is “unusually reluctant to leave his/her child’s side”; a parent who “demands second and third opinions”; a parent who “is not relieved or reassured when presented with negative test results and resists having the child discharged from the hospital”; and a parent who has “unusually detailed medical knowledge.” These warning signs accurately describe many, if not most, loving parents of medically fragile children."

Having a child with a long history of medical issues, and more recently, a bizarre and rare incident that required emergency surgery, this is a frightening thing that has quite literally haunted my dreams and given me nightmares since I first started hearing about it two years ago.

Unfounded cases of Medical Abuse and Medical Neglect are very real. Sometimes a child is indeed in danger and needs to be removed from the home, but more often a doctor or hospital will jump the gun with no solid proof that the course of care is faulty or incorrect. 

Fortunately for myself and my son, I have an excellent team of doctors who have, for the most part, backed me and encouraged me in supporting my son's medical needs and helping me find answers when things weren't so clear. But a few of my son's doctors have not been so supportive and I have refrained from seeking a second opinion several times out of fear that I wold lose him. We have been immensely blessed and his specialists have reassured me that he is in no danger from such a claim, nor am I, but as a concerned parent (who just happens to fit the description of Medical Abuse listed above), I can't help but worry about it. And that is an incredibly sad thing... We (all parents of medically needy children) already have enough to worry about just trying to keep our children healthy and safe without having to worry about the very doctors, nurses, and hospitals who we are supposed  to be able to trust to assist us with our child's course of care. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/the-new-child-abuse-panic.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
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+Carolyn Fahm totally agree. I don't know the underlying circumstances, only the end result. Very heartbreaking indeed. :0(
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Found an old crochet project from several years ago, a sweater I started and never finished. I was seriously considering frogging it (a common term used by crocheters and knitters to indicate unraveling their work), but after putting on the border that was missing I'm undecided. I like the sweater, it's the yarn I'm not sure about. Opinions?
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you may not like it as much as you wish, but someone else might....maybe donate?
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#Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow...

www.whispy.com/blog/gratiutude-unlocks-the-fullness-of-life/

#wisdombits #wisdomwednesday #wisdomquotes #wednesdaymotivation #nature #naturephotography #rosephotography #gardening #gardendesign  
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+Lilly Calandrello huge hugs to you sweetie, and thank you so very much! :0)
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Check out this monster-ously cute hat!

I've been crazy busy with life lately so it's wonderful to finally have some time to sit down and make something fun!

This adorable little Monster is something I just finished today and he's chomping at the bit to find a new home. He's a one of a kind Heather's Homespun Original, only one available, and when he's gone, he's gone! Scoop him up fast before he eats his way into someone else's heart (and home!)

Size 9-18 months, Ready to Ship

https://www.etsy.com/listing/228560008/monster-hat-gender-neutral-size-9-to-18?ref=shop_home_active_1

#heathershomespun   #handmade   #crochet   #kidsfashion     #ETSY  
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Cap and fun two things are add this.
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I always love anything FREE that helps me improve my photography skills, but it's an added bonus when it comes from +Scott Kelby. He's an exceptionally skilled (and super fun) teacher. 
 
Travel Photographers: come join me tomorrow night at 7pm ET for a free online Webinar - lots of photo tips, stories from Dubai, post processing and giveaways. Should be a fun night (check out the quick video I did about it below). Also, can you help me spread the word? - Many thanks. (also, you can register for the free Webcast right here: http://kelbyone.com/blog/dubai
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Yes, I have to watch that,;)
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Hmmm, and I thought I was inefficient for not being able to multitask. Looks like maybe I wasn't as inefficient as I thought. :0)
 
Missing your targets? The vicious circle of multitasking

"Habitual multitasking will keep you very busy, but your ability to complete even short term goals will likely be compromised. This often results in an empty feeling because you’ve been busy all day but haven’t accomplished much. Like a vicious circle, lack of accomplishment leads to frustration, stress, and a return to multitasking in order to make up for lost time."

Why multitasking is more than just inefficient http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/why-multitasking-is-more-than-just-inefficient/
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Multitasking takes two processors. We were only issued one. 
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Please God, give me patience today, and give it to me now...

~ Prayer of a mom of twin boys
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A pot of coffee for mom. A tub of ice cream for the kids. And hugs to the whole family! :-)
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There's a page I follow on Facebook called "Mitchell's Journey". The father who posts it's content is incredibly insightful, and I learn much from reading each entry. His son is Mitchell, who died a few years ago at the tender age of 11 from DMD (Duchenne muscular dystrophy), which is fatal in 100% of cases.

Little Mitch was a loving, generous, and kind little boy and although my heart breaks for his family who lost him to this disease, I am so very grateful of his dad's willingness to write candidly of his memories with his son and his grief.

Here is an excerpt from one of his posts that I absolutely loved..... Some great advice is given in the next few paragraphs!



SEEK PURPOSE OVER PLEASURE
Seek purpose over pleasure. Pleasure and momentary happiness are always, always fleeting; as opposed to things eternal, like purpose and meaning. If you seek after purpose and meaning, you’ll learn to see past hardships and sorrows; undaunted by troubles you’ll encounter today or any tomorrow. 

THINGS MAY GO TERRIBLY, HORRIBLY WRONG
Despite your best efforts, life will be hard. In fact, it may get more difficult than you have a mind to imagine. Things may go from bad to terribly, horribly wrong. Just remember you are eternal. You are not your body – you are a soul capable of a greatness that, as yet, you do not have a mind to know. Every mortal moment is an education to your soul. Listen, watch and learn. And, if things go terribly, horribly wrong … remember that, in the end, all things will give you experience and will be for your good. Just hang on. Even if only by a pebble. Hang on.

HURT PEOPLE, HURT PEOPLE
You’ll invariably meet people in your life who’ll try to hurt you. These people will confuse the darkness in their own hearts for your motives. Always remember what Anias Nin wisely observed: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” You may encounter some who foam at the mouth in rage toward you. Though bizarre, ignore them. They will be as a lit match: full of fury and fire for a moment, but short lived. Let there instead be a fire in your soul – not of hate and fury, but of love and light. It may blind those in darkness, but will help those with sight. Not for any reason should you hide your light.

BE KIND, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
Be gentle and kind to others. Your little brother taught our family that at the end of the day, if you are unkind, nothing else you do in life will matter. 

YOU ARE LOVED
Although the skies may draw black as night and storms may threaten to devour you … know that you are loved: both by a mother and father on earth and by heaven above. You are, dear child, utterly and completely loved
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If you'd like to read more, you can visit "Mitchell's Journey" fb page here:
https://m.facebook.com/mitchellsjourney

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+Sheila B. DuBois I'll look for it, thanks sweetie! :0)
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Ummmm, yes please!

Got to go out as an assistant/second shooter on a maternity shot tonight with +Heather Garcia and had an absolute blast!!!

We shot on Antelope Island here in Utah, and it was cold and windy as all-get-out, but well worth the chill. I came home freezing, wet, sandy, and with the biggest grin on my face.

Thanks sooo much +Heather Garcia for letting me tag along! :0)

My favorite shot of the night, SOOC
Antelope Island, Utah ~ April 16, 2015
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+Heather Garcia thanks! It was so much fun! And I was happy to help. :0)
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I absolutely love this! +Mikko Lagerstedt​ does some of the most beautiful, ethereal work I've seen. Well worth following to have this kind of material in your stream.

Please, +1's and praise on the original post. Thanks! :0)
 
The Lost World
Have a great week everyone! I had this work sitting on my computer for a long time, somehow I felt that now was the perfect time to share it. More info about the work on my blog: http://www.mikkolagerstedt.com/blog/2015/4/12/lost-world

#fineart   #photography   #Finland   #lightroompresets   #Lightroom  
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This will be good!
 
Travel Photographers - tonight's the night! Go sign up right now for our FREE webcast at 7pm this evening - we're talking photography tips, stories about Dubai, post processing tips, we've got giveaways and lots of fun stuff, plus RC, Brad, and I will be taking your questions live. You're invited so come join us tonight: http://kelbyone.com/dubai
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Yeah. I hope I can get home in time,;)
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I'm totally loving the creativity of this!
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Lol.....Now that is one news worthy creature...
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