Friday, November 16, 2012

In Brace X Ray

I wish I could share a picture  of As in brace x ray but its in film!!! Now I wish we had it done in another facility since getting it in the place where we had As's x ray in June turned out to be complicated. Anyway that's for another post (if I have to write about it!?).
 First of all my husband and I did not want to get the brace for As. Back in January, I certainly did, but my husband explained to me why he is not for it and I did my own reading and I felt a brace might not be a good idea since not everybody with scoliosis ever wore a brace, its restrictive, costly, might weaken her etc., etc.
Back in July after her 3rd x ray,  I called Spinal Dynamics . My call was answered by a lady named Heather and since I had a ton of questions she passed the phone over to their physiotherapist named Cindy. At that time, Cindy said, she thinks As should be in a brace (given the progression from 20 degrees in January to 28 degrees in 6 months) and part of our conversation was having an in brace x ray and why it was necessary. Even after this conversation, As and I carried on with the Schroth Exercises we were trying to figure out since we did not get to find a physical therapist who was willing to read it, come to the house, get paid at the same rate whereever he/ she practices and try in on As (I only offered this to 5 physical therepist, but 3 turned out to be students who were merely fulfilling their requirements at the therapy center where As was having therapy back in January)My husband and I changed our minds about the brace after the 4th x ray that was taken in Manila in August. Also the spine surgeon that we are seeing here in Davao  (I have to say the only doctor with an action plan) wanted a brace. So, I wrote the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and here's the email reply I received on Sept 11, 2012:

 Here's the x rays I sent them:

So we did get As a brace, and you can read about it here, but not an in brace x ray. The spine specialist did not recommend it and the bracing center did not recommend it either. At that time when we fitted the brace, I actually felt relieved that they did not recommend it. I was/ still am a bit concerned about the radiation exposure even after reading this and I saw it as a bit of savings (about P400.00). Despite receiving this email from Scoliosis SOS Clinic back in Oct 23, 2012

A few nights ago,  As cried about her brace and naturally I could not sleep so I emailed   Scoliosis SOS Clinic again asking if its okay for As to stop wearing her brace since she will be there in a few weeks. This is part of the reply from the email I received:

 So my husband and  I talked to As and decided to get an in brace x ray without a doctors order.  From 36 degrees (4th x ray) in August, this time with her brace on, her Cobbs angle is down to 21 degrees!!! Since I have bugged Scoliosis SOS Clinic, I felt I should send word to them about this and this is the reply I got:

I am so happy!!! So proud of my dear girl! The nights she spent crying in bed, upset because of her brace. The responsibility she showed in managing her torso socks and making sure they dry up before she would run out of them. Sometimes I wish I bought her more torso socks but when we talked about it (As with mom and dad) we decided that she might not need it for long if she gets to do therapy (very optimistic bunch here!)
I hope that her therapy will free her form wearing  the brace and put surgery out of the question. I already miss her and she has not even left. This trip is the first time our family will be this far apart for this long. With all my ♥, and my fears, and my hope.

PS. I am so proud too that this brace is made in Davao!!! Just in case you are looking for a brace or artificial limbs you can visit OrthoFrey 2nd Floor FTC Tower or call them at 305 0588.

Monday, November 12, 2012

I'll be Going Around with My Favorite Saop

Everybody in our home have been trying out and enjoying Lotus Bloom Soaps. And there's a lot to try! I have my top 5 favorites for now!!!

I also think they are the perfect giveaways this Christmas. I so want to share my delight, I decided to cut some as samples to share at The POD and to share with my  friends in the bazaar and some  samples for the ladies who have been buying from me since I started joining bazaars (3 years ago).
My little worker, L. Always willing and ready for the job at hand!
We cut some of the soap so there will be 3 to 4 different soaps in a box for the ladies.

   Our samples are ready for delivery tomorrow! We have just ran out of cut soap samples at The POD. The good news is there will be more samples at the Marco Polo Christmas Bazaar on November 23, 24 and 25!

You can also take a look at their site and let me know if you like something by leaving a comment in this post, or a private message here. You can also email me at with the subject Lotus Bloom.

I used the soap boxes for the sample give aways I am sending out tomorrow. The soaps are packed and sealed to assure you that they came straight from the maker.

If you are like me, who can't decide what scent to choose, then go for the affirmation...
There's a different affirmation in every scent!
Oh I am just so delighted and totally excited!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Its Christmas in our home!!!

Our Christmas stuff are out earlier than usual! Just like before I am keeping the little Jesus in the manger until Christmas morning :D
Normally, I would get these Christmas Stuff out by last week of November but since my husband As and A will be leaving, I felt its best to get these joyful stuff that remind us of generosity, hope and ironically simplicity out and all over our little home!

I appreciate the outcome of our labor and the fun and flurry of setting them up!
I got these Christmas plaster casts in National Books Store in Abreeza, buy one take one! So we were all busy, busy busy!!! Now our home is  Chritmas ready. 
Advance Merry Christmas to all!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

All Saints Day

We went up to Malagos Garden Resort. My husband and I decide that some quiet time out doors is what we needed and that's exactly what we got! The last time we were in Malagos L was still baby in a sling!

Big sister and Little Brother...

 We hanged out with Pixie. One of the 3 miniature horses in the petting zoo.

Dad! What are you doing to the chicken!!!?

Calling the birds...

And they did come! Hand feeding the birds!

On the way home, we drove by my grand parents old house in Calinan since we were in the area and my mom pointed out a spot that brought back memories for her. The house is no longer there. The property was sold some years ago. We arrived home at around 3:30. By 6:30 we said the Rosary and then had dinner. So happy!

Halloween 2012

Come Halloween morning, who drops by the house for a surprise visit? Our one and only beloved Lolo who said pumpkin is "masyadong mahal" (too expensive). 
I say No because:
a. we get to eat it
b. we have a decoration that we last for a few days
c. we are building memories...
Of course I know it mahal (expensive) compared to kalabasa (squash), but here we are and its once a year.

Lolo carving his first pumpkin!

Off to trick or treat by 3 pm...

 Here's A slaving away in the kitchen! Preparing Halloween Dinner complete with table setting! We had Pumpkin Pasta, Ghost Pizza, some kind of dip made with avocado and Chips, Skeleton Marshmallows and Apple Teeth (Apples and Marshmallows)...
I ended the day, exhausted and happy and seriously thinking that A might benefit from some cooking classes or more kitchen time...
Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 October 2012

As planned we went back to Puentespina (in Bolcan Street) to get pumpkins to carve and eat. Price did not get any lower, same as the previous post its P180 per kg.

Check out what L is doing to the water plant. This is one of the reason I make it a point to buy here with my little gang. Its so cool to walk around and come home with food supplies.

Then, who walks out from the back of the building, Olive! Davao's one and only cheese artisan.

 For me, Olive is one of those people where every meet up is an encounter. LOL! :D

Olive offers us her cheese. We were there to get some and the cheese tasting turned into all out eating for free!!!

Leaving with our pumpkins, free range eggs and cheese(s), and lemon too...

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