Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thirty-Seven And Counting...


Sorry, I couldn't resist ;o)

It's been an interesting week to say the least. There's been a new development with my employer. They want to arrange to have an independent doctor examine me. Wait, it gets better ;o) Their new insurance company (my employer changed providers shortly after I went on LTD) is going to bring in their own doctor to go over all the reports and documents from this independent doctor, my LTD insurance company and my family physician. Why are they doing this you wonder? This is the best part! My employer wants to make sure that my disabilities are legitimate enough to request the accommodations that I did "even though" they've been given letter after letter from my doctor. HELL- O! I've been on LTD for the past two and a half years you idiots!

To add insult to injury, I just spoke with the Human Rights Commission and they are dismissing the complaint against LTD >:o( They state it's outside of their jurisdiction when it comes down to medical information. They also advised that I should go along with the IME. My complaint against my employer is going to go forward and any loss of wages and benefits will be taken into consideration as the investigation proceeds. UGH! Honestly, my hands are tied yet again :o( Does anyone know of a lawyer in Canada that will take on a case pro-bono?

Brie is doing really well and can walk unassisted for about 80% of the time now :o) When she concentrates, she walks close to normal but when she doesn't, she walks like a drunken sailor. LOL! She is starting to sit with both legs under her so those muscles are developing again. We're still doing physio and on Sunday, DH and I took Brie to see some of my relatives and she was able to swim in the ocean water. After a malfunction, on my part, my girl took off like the little otter she is. Here she is in her life jacket -


Brie also received a Get Well card and gift from Aunty Shannon and TC :o) Shannon stitched Brie's name onto a stuffed bone that she made. Even though the note said that it was hers to chew, I still cringed when I gave it to her but I have to say, she loves it! Brie wanted me to pass on a thank you to you Shannon and TC as well -


In that same package was my birthday gift from Shannon -


The majority of it was packed into a gorgeous box, all tied up with a ribbon :o) Shannon spoiled me with an adorable notebook with a Doxie puppy on the front, Jasmine body wash by The Healing Garden, pretty pink butterfly clips, bunny clips, two magnets, TWO Mill Hill kits and a piece of fabric (Fairy Dust) by Enchanted Fabrics. Tucked in beside the box were TWO Cadbury Easter Cream Eggs!!!! I might actually make it to 50 this year! Thank you so much Shannon and please pass a scratch behind the ears to TC ;o)

I also received what I thought would be two charts (Halloween Sampler and Hop Squared by LK) from Judy but when I opened the envelope, this is what I found -


Judy decided to play dirty and add a few more goodies into the package. LOL! She also added some yummy hot chocolate mixes (Hazelnut Truffle and Double Chocolate Truffle), some adorable stickers by Mary Engelbreit and an amazing watercolour by Susan Little. Thank you so much Judy and you'll be hearing from me soon ;o)

Yesterday I was in town and wanted to track down the current issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework. I went to Chapters and wouldn't you know it, I got THE last issue! Whew! Even though I do NOT want to see another bead, Halloween Fairy will hopefully be started soon ;o)

Before I close I just want to warn you that a fully fledged Happy Dance will be underway very shortly so keep your eyes peeled for that post :oD Am I a tease or what! LOL!


~Tammy said...

Well look at that little girl in her life jacket. Too cute. Very cute bone too.

I'm sorry to hear the Human Right Commission isn't working out how you had hoped.

Good luck with the new insurance company!

Sending big hugs.

~V said...

awww what a sweetie, look at her go! You must be so thrilled!

Barb said...
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Barb said...

Brie is looking great. Nice gift she received. You did get some nice stash there and you deserved it. Good luck with the Insurance Company.

Shari said...

hey Cathey! I bet that BIG project you have been working on must be about done!! Woohoo!!!!
wow, you were spoiled for your birthday! Hope it was great!!!

Rachel S said...

Good luck and sending big hugs.

happy birthday!

Kathryn said...

I am glad to hear that Brie is doing so much better. My sister-in-law has her second mini-Dachshund (tan? sand colored?), but I have to say I am more partial to the traditional black and red ones.

I succumbed to Halloween Fairy myself and even ordered the kit (beads and fabric) to go with it, but I think the fabric is WAY too green and WAY too dark. It doesn't look like the model at all. I probably can find some nice Silkweaver to substitute (Precious Metals? I love that color). And not to worry. I love green and will find another use for Tumbleweed.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm glad to see Brie is doing so well!
As for your LTD sxxt ... unbelievable! What bozos!!! I will continue to pray that all works out well - SOON!!!

Suzanne said...

Hi Cathey, Happy Birthday! Just a quick comment to say that Miss Brie looks so good! Glad to hear that her recovery is going well!

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stitcherw said...

I can not believe all the hassles they are giving you. It would seem to me they would be able to realize there is a solid issue here that they should be working with you to resolve in both of your best interests. What turkeys, some people are just so short sighted and selfcentered on what they want. I hope that you are able to resolve this soon, this stress on top of everything else you surely don't need.

Loved the picture of Brie swimming, what a cutie she is. I'm so glad to hear that she continues to do so well. Lovely packages you received too, what a nice surprise. Congrats on getting the magazine copy also. I located one at the bookshop near me as well. No idea when I'll actually do the Halloween Fairy, but she is so cute she had to find a home in my stash.

Coral said...

It was my daughter's birthday yesterday too - she is 27. Happy birthday your end too!

What is LTD?

Brie is looking great!

Carolyn said...


It is so terrible that you have to go through this with your work and the insurance company..they are out to make the almighty dollar no matter who it seems kind of silly to go through everything again especially when you have been on disablity for over 2 1/2 years..

Brie looks like she is coming along nicely.She must be happy to be home.

I love your new goodies and Easter Creme Eggs to great is that:)

Hope Hubby has a great Birthday..

Jenn said...

Glad to hear (and see) that Brie is doing to much better. Hope she's walking on her own 100% of the time soon.

Jocelyn said...

Happy birthday! I am glad Brie is doing better, too. What a swimmer!

I am sorry to hear about all your insurance hassles. I really hope it all works out for you.

Lori-Ann said...

Human Rights Commission is a joke!! ggrrr (sorry... I've delt with them and they are cowards) I was denied me breast feeding at work (well known woman's clothing retail store) and they WOULD'NT touch it, saying that the employer would hide behind safety issues. I had to quit because my child comes first. I was hoping you would have better results with them. Guess things haven't changed in 14 years :o( (sorry I'm ranting)

Look at your little otter!! rofl. Thanks for the cute picture. Great job in the bone, Shannon.

Nice gifts. Enjoy them and Happy Birthday!

I'm guessing the happy dance will be because of a finished stargazer. :O)

Daffycat said...

Brie looks so darling in her lifejacket! I'm so glad to hear she is doing so well. The little bone Shannon stitched is cute...I hope Brie enjoys it!

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Christine said...

I'm so glad to hear that Brie is recovering so well!

Lori-Ann said...

I have nominated you for an award. Pick it up and wear it proudly. :o)

Faith Ann said...

Oh my gosh... look at Brie in her life jacket!!! That's adorable!!! I hope the water therapy is helpful, it looks like she's enjoying it.

lol... a stitched bone... too cute...even though it was lovingly stitched with Brie in mind, the thought of stitching being chewed? Oh my.

Sharon said...

Brie looks fantastic! So happy to hear that she is progressing so well. Sorry to hear though-that LTD is still giving you the run around-what ever happened to employee protection for Pete's sake!

Great gifts too-I love Brie's bone!