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Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education

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  • Lilith __,

    Sofie - that sounds most alarming!! Have things come right for you?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    BBQ is up north next week and with your probs with outside toilets I guess you wont be there. Prob do something soonish though :) We will have an in door one, when? When he says yes.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Lilith __,

    T'was at the time, but I am still here (attached to lots of medication) and now, I just don't sweat the small shit. Get's me through the daze. Amazing how an experience like mine helps one to adjust their radar. I just wish I could run or skip or do anything physical a little faster than walk. But hey, I don't sweat the small shit so that's waaay down my list. First I want world peace. Yeah right!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Well. I don't know what to say except how very challenging that must be. And well done for making it through and keeping your sense of humour! Such frail bodies we have. Take care of yourself.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Lilith __,

    Actually we are pretty resilient. I was paralysed on my left side for a while, Got ability back but feeling/sensations are strange. Being on chemo for a year fixed my damaged liver. Hell my jaw muscle was removed on the right side but surprise surprise I learnt to talk without it for the month I was waiting for the brain swelling to go down. My friends weren’t surprised much though. So with missing skull and missing jaw muscle and paralysed ,I could still talk. That, even surprised the Surgeon. It is just fantastic what a public hospital can do for ya these days!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    Sofie's experiences led to a joint art-installation in the Auckland stroke recovery unit largely by herself & Steve. The ward sister was reported as saying it was a kind of forgotten unit, and anything was appreciated. So, there's a chunk of pounemu & a couple of books, and a really tactile piece of worked driftwood...stuff you can finger & think a bit about, that isnt hospital routine-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

    Yes and thanks to Islander who contributed greatly to the sculpture, it was much appreciated and cathartic for me. It felt right to give back to those who had given me their best. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    What an amazing recovery! You obviously weren't meant to stop talking! ;-)
    I'm glad you had good care. And the sculpture sounds awesome.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Lilith __,

    You obviously weren’t meant to stop talking! ;-)

    All in a life's work.
    Islander, I must get down there and take a photo. Soon. I'll send it.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    A leetle note here: I know everybody does their bit & best for all kinds of charities,
    but St John's & the Stroke Foundation (along with Foundation for the Blind & Women's Refuge) are the ones I will truly dig my last dollar out of my pocket for - they have helped me & mine (majorly) - kia ora tatou katoa!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I've just accessed your other photos! Who-weee!
    Back in touch on the progress of the cheese apopo- take good care good girl friend-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

    but St John’s & the Stroke Foundation (along with Foundation for the Blind & Women’s Refuge)

    I was thinking ,membership for St John is reasonable and they are a great help if you need a hospital quickly. That is a support worth having. And here's a good moment in time. The lovely ol' lady who lived down the back from us, passed recently, and has left her house to the Women's Refuge. It sold on Wednesday. What a huge boost to Women's Refuge. Cool eh :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    That is sweet/sweet as! news- those good workers can sure as shit use the funding, especially in testoterone-overfuelled times…have supported them from 1983-

    disclaimer: I have supported the Foundation for the Blind since I earned my first
    monies as a worker. I’ve never actually received any benefit from them – nor have any of my immediate whanau – but! we’re all* sight-disabled, and can all imagine (shudddderrrr) being totally blind-

    *90% of us –extreme myopia mainly, but also born blind in one eye (3 of us) -Lucy Stewart/Bart Jantzen ??? + female recessive gene coupled with male
    ur –+ propensity?
    I know about blue/grey eyes but a lot of us also have brown/nearly black eyes…

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    So.

    The brain was stained and it's mainly in the pane.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Your coloured version wins hands down!! I will be back to the penguin tomorrow.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Hey! Your angry tekoteko is a goody!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Your penguin is your brain, init ?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    The Toilette Zone - Doo doo doo doo...

    And is that man of yours making any progress on my toilette?

    Hmmm, smells like - Owe d'Toilette...
    And that sounds kinda like an Oubliette ?
    - well it is a hole in the ground with a trapdoor
    that you can, er, dung(e)on...

    Oh I know, toilet n toilette are different beasts
    though ya can get blue shins in cold outdoor bogs...

    We will have an in door one...

    that has gotta be a very thin loo...

    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5060 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Well to join in by getting down to the guts of it, my image to replace the blank grey, perhaps only a rumour that it looks like it might come from "The Little Prince"?

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 836 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    You funny man.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    We will have an in door one…

    that has gotta be a very thin loo…

    Isn't that a Portal Loo?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Isn’t that a Portal Loo?

    Star Gut

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Your penguin is your brain, init ?

    As in bird. Certainly. Hopefully only when it's in a bit of a flap.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    ou funny man.:)

    Bless this meandering thread!

    (An atheist's blessing is composed of chocholate...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ross Mason,

    As in bird.

    No! As in you created pengui from your thoughts.My pea then, for not being more specific ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

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