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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/19/2008 :  10:29:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh I agree about aspirin not preventing bronchitis, but that is only half the story. The ex later gave my friend a tongue lashing because of the prescribed antibiotics. He was unaware of his daughter's illness in the first place. He's just not that observant. The girl was sick for five days before her mother got her back. A little bed rest, or at least quiet time would have been a good idea to lessen the severity of the illness and stave off the necessity for antibiotics (but in this case that would have interferred with his plans). Anyways, the point I intended to make was simply that a little care and treatment of symptoms can go a long way when one is feeling bad.

Wow our weather is weird! It was 73* this weekend, yesterday saw rain, rain, rain and lowering temperatures, last night we dropped to 35* overnight and will probably hit 32* tonight. I wish we could have a little less variety, or at least a little longer time to adjust. Azaleas are blooming already which means my allergies are starting to kick in. Anyone else experiencing a "bumper crop" of squirrels (directly correlated to the acorn crop)? I'll spend a fortune on birdseed this spring if the hawks don't get their act together soon. Wonder if hyppogriffs like squirrel.....

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/19/2008 :  16:21:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The weather here is cold. We've not had a warm spell, but our daffodils are just breaking through the ground. The azaleas won't be out for a least another month or so.

I'm still sick. Today is the first day I've felt better in a long time. Everything is starting to break up and I'm finally coughing stuff up. But I broke a tooth. It bothers me on and off. Sometimes it's aching horribly and other times it's not bothering me at all. I can't go to the dentist right now with being sick, so it will have to wait a few days. I know he'll pull it and I hate for that to happen because I have the one next to it pulled. Genetics has dealt me crappy teeth. But if it must be pulled, it must.

Our water is still off, but we can occassionally run it to take baths, but have to shut it off. The hole is in the process of being fixed. In middle of being sick I had to make two runs to Lowes and then we have to go tonight because it's still not what my father wants. He should have went himself the first time.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  20:52:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was so hoping 2008 would be a good year. So far it seems pretty stressful, though. If it weren't enough that Mum is on chemo, my seven-year-old nephew is having some, as yet, unexplained problems.

It started with a failed auraling screening in December. The doctor thought it might be a cold or alergies. It took weeks to get the referral to see a specialist. Last month the specialist announced that the hearing loss was due to nerve damage and irreversible. When the doctors at the hospital finally got around to looking into the case, they called for an MRI-- which couldn't be scheduled until the end of March. In the meantime, not only has the child been suffering migranes so severe as to make him ill, he has started to lose the hearing in the other ear. My other sister-in-law managed to pull some strings and get the MRI moved up to tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will show something that can be treated. My fear is that it is a brain tumor of some sort. This whole week has been one thing after another. I'll be glad to see the last of it.

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JKRisSuperior
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  22:40:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it's definitely a brain tumor as well. Hopefully it can be removed without too much trouble.
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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  22:55:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The combination of headaches, hearing loss, and gradual hearing loss in the other ear gave me that impression. Something is affecting those particular areas of the brain. What bothers me most is the lack of urgency that has been attendant upon this case. Initially, the hospital doctor wanted an immediate MRI, but for some reason that wasn't possible. I'm glad it was moved up. Sometimes it is invaluable to have people in a position of influence.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  11:51:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Urgh! I need to vent. Our hospital is sooooo fudgeed up. The MRI was scheduled for 9am. In order to prep, etc., Nephew had to be there at 7:30am. They were on time, checked in and were sent to a waiting area where they would be called. At 9, my sister-in-law went to find out how much longer it was going to be. Apparently no one bothered to tell anyone else they were there. The hospital had been calling trying to find them. Now I'd be willing to call this a fluke if it hadn't been for a similar situation in the same hospital's ER when Daughter broke her elbow. You'd think with all the ads saying how much they care for their patients and provide such great service, that a hospital would be on top of their admissions and appointments.

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AMC
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  11:51:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OMG, that's so true! Honestly, you can't rely on doctors to take care of you - you need to push for the help you need. Being "good" and going with the program gets you screwed. If you find a doctor who cares, you latch on to them. I'm seeing an OB/Gyn that my neighbor used to go to - this woman missed a really urgent condition in my friend's pregnancy that almost killed the mom and the baby. She just shrugged it off as "late pregnancy pains" and sent her home - 2 days later my neighbor was close to death and in an ER c-section with a 6 week preemie kid. So why am I seeing her? Well, she's still the doctor I'm referred to by my insurance. I guess a malpratice suit now and then is cheaper than fighting for quality care for your patients. Happily, all I need is an annual pap smear and I have trouble beleiving they can mess those up. I go to an internist for my primary medical care.


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AMC
Mediwizard

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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  11:56:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Siobhan - that SUCKS! How incompetant can a hospital be???


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2008 :  14:29:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sure I don't want to know.

Makes one wonder just how accurate "Scrubs" is though.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  19:40:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My dad is fortunate in that he has a doctor he really trusts and likes. That's really unusual in these days.

Speaking of health, I'm still sick. One of the girls I work with has pnemonia. Yesterday I felt really good. The congestion was breaking up and when I coughed it was productive. Today I woke up with a sore throat and my voice was going. I don't know if I'm regressing or what. My dad got it yesterday bad, but he called the doctor immediately and got medication. He has lung problems so any chest colds turn into bronchitis or pnemonia in him and then he has to get on a steroid because antibiotics and other medication doesn't work. But he was smart, and unlike normally, called the doctor immediately. Evidently, the flu shot is ineffective because this is isn't the flu. Everyone I know has had it, has it now, or someone in their family has it. It's horrible.

Also, my tooth is still broken. I may call tomorrow or wait till Monday. I called yesterday but they were out until today. I'm still hacking so I think I'll make the appointment for sometimes late next week. I don't want to get a coughing spell in the dentist chair while he's drilling and has instruments in my mouth.

Why isn't it spring yet????????


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Siobhan
Chief Healer

USA
2157 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2008 :  15:02:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MRI results are in. Whatever the problem is, it is NOT a tumor.The ENT is stumped as to what it is, though, so they are referring to another ENT expert.
Knowing there is no tumor has to be a relief to my in-laws even if the mystery remains. I'm looking for a sign language course for homeschooling, if anyone knows of one.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/22/2008 :  19:56:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Siobhan, that's great it's not a tumor. You'll find out soon, hopefully, what's really going on.

As for sign language, there are actually different dialects of sign language. The best would probably be something through ASL (American Sign Language). It's the most universal in the U.S. even though it has regional differences, too. Maybe researching ASL homeschooling or ASL curriculum will aid you. Look also for community classes. We have programs through the local Senior Center and also the College that offer summer classes to everyone (usually no age limit) that you can take for a small fee or sometimes free.

Someone knock me out. I feel like I'm never going to get over being sick! It's ridiculous! I slept maybe a total of three hours last night. It's finally left my chest, but has attacked my sinuses and throat. My glands feel swollen and I just feel terrible. My sister said she went through the same thing. You start getting better only to have it slam into you again. I have a meeting on Monday and don't have any of my reports done. So tomorrow I'll have to spend all day on them. I don't plan on leaving the house anyway so maybe I'll get better with some rest and being away from the germ-infested rugrats at work.


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JKRisSuperior
Mediwizard

USA
694 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2008 :  22:23:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hooray for not being a tumor! Hopefully they will be able to find out what's wrong with your nephew.
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2008 :  08:09:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hooray! I hope he's not too stressed out by all this. It really hits you for six when something upends your life like that. Give him my best wishes, Siobhan.

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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
1078 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2008 :  06:08:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought it might cheer people up to know that Eurovision is selecting its new entrants this week.

This year's interesting for a number of reasons. Eurovision's strange ability to prefigure global politics again comes into play: Latvia hosted just before joining the EU, Ukraine hosted just after the Orange Revolution, Turkey hosted just before the re-election of Recep Tayyip Erdo#287;an, and now Serbia's hosting just after Kosovo's declaration of independence. So far this synchrony has not played much of a role in local news, but it may serve to make the voting slightly more interesting to watch than usual.

Bee, I would like to thank Ireland for finally getting with the program and voting a sock puppet to represent them at the final. Yes, I know, as you said, you won seven times with flowing dresses and lyrical warbling, but it's insanity that wins these days.

As for my country, the UK, we're playing it ridiculously safe this year, which isn't surprising considering our last year's nominee featured a (not very) veiled reference to gay fellatio and the one before that featured a 30-year-old rapping about how much he liked to hang out with schoolgirls. Indeed "ridiculously" is the operative word. The nominations for the final [http://www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision/] have a distinctly "Life on Mars" vibe, with none appearing to have been written after 1974. One sounds like a bad Jackson 5 B-track and another sounds suspiciously like "Waterloo".

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
1509 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2008 :  10:45:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wish we could witness Eurovision in the States. It sounds like a hoot.

I'm on day 13 of being sick. I have a meeting tonight and I'm giving my report, one of the first things that happens, and then leaving. I can't sit through three hours of old men arguing. My sickness has now mutated into a sinus infection. My head feels like it's going to explode. Everyone I know who has had this its lasted at least two weeks. At this point I don't remember what it feels like to be healthy.

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sunsethill
Confunded

USA
653 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2008 :  11:48:58  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jokelly
Everyone I know who has had this its lasted at least two weeks. At this point I don't remember what it feels like to be healthy.

Argh! Please don't say that! After a week of it, I want to think I'm getting better.

Siobhan, great news about your nephew. And I wish I could remember the names of some Sign languague programs I've seen, but my head is full of cotton wool. Today is the first day in a week we have tried to do school. I'm headed out tomorrow to the kids' piano lessons mainly because I must get some food in the house.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/25/2008 :  19:59:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sunsethill, that's where it pulls you in. You think you get better and then BAM! It's back again and worse than before. I didn't even stay for my meeting tonight. I set copies of my report on the table and left. I don't work tomorrow so I plan on going to bed and sleeping in. Everyday I wake up with hope that I'm better, but then it's dashed.

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sunsethill
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USA
653 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2008 :  16:41:02  Show Profile  Visit sunsethill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Sunsethill, that's where it pulls you in. You think you get better and then BAM! It's back again and worse than before. I didn't even stay for my meeting tonight. I set copies of my report on the table and left. I don't work tomorrow so I plan on going to bed and sleeping in. Everyday I wake up with hope that I'm better, but then it's dashed.

I was planning to go to exercise tomorrow, but I may put it off a few days. It does seem like my usually terribly healthy sons are not rebounding very quickly. Glad you don't have to work, Jo. Maybe a day in bed will help.

Today was a beautifully rainy morning and I REALLY wanted to sleep in, but instead I had to get up a little sooner than normal to take the children to piano lessons. Why does it always rain on the mornings you can't sleep in?

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/26/2008 :  16:59:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Took a nap this afternoon (babying my right knee which is very angry with me at present) during the nicest thunder storm. It wasn't one of those boomers, just distant rumbling, lots of rain, and a very dark sky. I so miss the sound of the water going down metal downspouts, though. We have vinyl and my parents replaced all of their galvanized ones with vinyl when they had the house reroofed. I grew up with that hollow gurgle right outside my bedroom window. When I went to UW, I lived in the oldest dorm on campus and had a huge downspout outside my room there. Rain always manages to send me to sleep.

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Bee
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Posted - 02/26/2008 :  17:05:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aww, sorry to hear so many of you are sick! Hope you start feeling better soon.

Siobhan, so glad to hear the MRI result was positive. I hope the ENTs manage to make a diagnosis soon and that in the meantime your nephew isn't too uncomfortable.

Oh diri, you would get such a kick out of the fallout from us voting through the turkey to the Eurovision (his name is Dustin and he's been a fixture on children's tv since I was a wee one, though he seems to have gotten increasingly risque with the passing years). All these po-faced songwriter types whose lives' ambitions it is to write a Eurovision winner are in an uproar. There have been calls for us to pull out altogether if we're not going to treat the Eurovision with the respect it deserves (which... I think is what we're actually doing?). It's all over the radio, it's front page news... it's all been pretty amusing.

I'm very busy at the moment - I'm in college in one county, living in another, and on placement in yet another, so the upshot is I seem to spend more time in my car than anywhere else these days. I gave my supervisor a lift the other day and had to move aside clothes, shoes, books and random junk to make room for her - embarrassing. She probably thinks I'm homeless.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/27/2008 :  10:13:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gee, Bee, sounds like parenthood to me-- despite the lack of toddler toys.


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Eeyore
Barmy

USA
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Posted - 02/28/2008 :  05:03:17  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Siobhan, I don't know of any particular courses in ASL, but Terry bought a book on sign language when we thought we were going to visit a place in Mexico where they teach deaf children and he wanted to be able to at least attempt talking to them.

Sarah and her roommate took Sign Language in college and both did really well. They had the advantage of having a professor who was deaf, so no cheating in having to practice in class. The other advantage was that he signed very fast and was sometimes fairly sloppy, but that improved Sarah's comprehension. She and her roomy would practice together a lot--especially in restaurants (just because they enjoyed being able to have a conversation without being overheard).

Quite a few years ago we had a nurse at day camp who was slowly losing her hearing (hereditary) and she was learning to sign. So she taught all the kids at assembly how to sign "Make New Friends" (both verses). I still remember most of it, and sometimes when I see someone signing I can pick up on some of what they are saying.

If you go to a book store, look for the ones that have photos of how the hands are positioned and arrows to show the movement with the sign. I think they are easier to understand than the ones with the drawings. The other thing is to see if there are any DVDs that you could check out from the library or buy. But mainly, it's like any language--you have to practice it a lot.

I hope your nephew is doing all right. That whole non-diagnosis thing is scary.

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Jokelly
Barking

USA
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Posted - 02/28/2008 :  19:32:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm finally getting better. The sinus infection is lessening and I recovered my sense of taste and smell the other night at about 12:30 at night. I'm still congested, but at least I can function now.

I'm up to here (holds hand above forehead) with my municipal job. I think next month I'm going to tell them to start looking for someone else because I'm just overwhelmed. I hate it. I only took it in the first place to placate my brother-in-law who works there and it's just too much stress. They expect me to know everything and these men are worse than grade-school girls with their nitpicking. Constant nitpicking and jibs. And I've just had enough. It's not worth the pittance I make at it. And I do mean pittance. I wanted to tough it out for at least 6 months before I dropped it, but I don't think I'm going to make it. I wake up, work on municipal stuff, go to my Preschool job, come home, and go do more municipal stuff. Everyday. I haven't even had time to substitute teach in the past few months because of it. And I make more in three days subbing than I do at the municipal job.

Between being sick and being overworked, at the same time, I realized I've been bitching a lot on this thread. I can't remember the last time I felt I could sit down and relax without having to do something for this job or the other. I need a vacation and to win the lottery.


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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/29/2008 :  10:45:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...and some tea and chocolate.

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Bee
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Posted - 02/29/2008 :  16:37:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've started sleepwalking again. I hadn't really done it since my early teens, except for a memorable incident (well it's not memorable for me, but you know what I mean) during my undergrad years where I put my boots on, walked outside, spent a while staring at my neighbours who were outside drinking, before walking back inside again, taking off my boots and hopping back into bed.

So now I've sleepwalked twice in the last week. I haven't done anything exciting - fiddled with my computer, messed with the curtains - and hopefully that'll be an end to it. All the same I should really start hiding my keys, especially seeing as I can drive now. Eeeeep. I think I'll give them to my roommate to guard at night.

I feel really tired these days. No wonder, if I'm off gallivanting in the middle of the night.

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Jokelly
Barking

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Posted - 02/29/2008 :  19:39:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bee, be careful. My brother was a sleepwalker. My dad found him one day out at the swimming pool at night staring down into it. It was an above ground pool and he was on the ground leaning on the side and just gazing into the water. Thank god my dad caught him. My neice sleepwalked, also but she grew out of it.

My sense of taste and smell has left me again this evening. I'm still really congested but I thought when I got it back the other day it would stay back. My sister said it came and went on her for two weeks. Damn this illness.


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Bee
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Posted - 03/01/2008 :  07:20:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh poor Jo, sounds like you've got a really bad dose.

My poor mother got a fright last night. She heard something moving at around 5am and thought it was me! She's a bit paranoid about this sleepwalking business.

Lots of work to do this weekend, and I've promised myself I can go to my friend's birthday party because I haven't seen any of my hometown friends since Christmas. Better crack on so and try and get some stuff done. Bah.

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diricawl
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Posted - 03/01/2008 :  07:48:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aw Bee, sorry about the sleepwalking. Does anyone know why it's returned? Could it be stress-related?

I have to say I wish I sleepwalked. I sleep like a log, and I've always found the idea of sleepwalking both intensely scary and also a bit thrilling. You can do anything you want when you sleepwalk and no one will blame you afterwards. All I do when I sleep is snore like a buzzsaw.

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diricawl
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Posted - 03/01/2008 :  08:45:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


I was really hoping JKR would take the moral high ground over Steve Vander Ark. You know, "Oh my, how could it have come to this! It's all so sad and depressing!" But no. She is clearly, very, very, very, pissed off about this. The gloves have come off.

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/docs/rowlingfeb27.pdf

Ouch Jo. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.

By the way, I tried to post this as a new topic, but the board kept asking me to answer the antispam question. But I can't see one.

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