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  1. Hi Aimee I live in NZ too. I have found the best place to get bass wood is model shops. The one that seems to have the biggest range is https://www.acornmodels.co.nz/ I have bought from them a number of times and they are really good to deal with and super quick with dispatching orders. Also I discovered by chance that our local demolition store (demolition traders in Hamilton) sell really thin plywood- I think some of it is seconds but is really cheap.
  2. Thanks so much Kathie, Holly and Jeremy you guys did my heart a world of good Aww Selkie not only did you do my heart a world of good you made me smile and laugh so thank you so much. I'll add some of those to my to do list. PS had to cut the emoticons in the quote as apparently I was trying to post more than the forum allows.
  3. Hi all, thought I'd pop in and let you know my operation went well this time. It turned out to be more involved than just a large hernia repair and I woke up with tubes everywhere. We were all quite cautious for the first few days (surgeon,nurses and anesthetist included) but no complications this time! I'm 2 weeks post op tomorrow ( Monday) and things seem to be going well. Am seeing the surgeon tomorrow and hope to be cleared to do more than sit, lie or walk but as I don't want lumpy to return I'll follow his instructions. But have to admit to be bored out of my mind ... It's coming up to a
  4. Selkie I hope it's a quick and cheap fix for you. You go Kat, look forward to hearing how it all turns out. I finally got confirmation that my hernia op is next Monday ... I'm the first op of the day so pleased we won't be waiting around. Because of the mistake last time and the subsequent issues we have mixed emotions about this op But what we keep hanging onto is that once the 3 month recovery period is over I can finally start a return to fitness programme that will bring me back to how I was before it all went wrong. And then I can start working for decent lengths of time on my houses
  5. Happy birthday Roxy :yay:. Sorry you have the flu at the same time, but trusting you'll be better really soon. Jeremy I'm really sorry to hear you're going through such a tough financial time, I pray this ends soon and that you are able to get ahead soon. Deb it's lovely to see you back but I'm so sorry you had to go through such a horrible time. I'm still plodding along, I found some good deals on mini furniture so they're on their way and of course my Magnolia is whispering away, but I've explained to her she'll have to wait till I'm fully recovered. In the mean time I'm plod
  6. Thank you so much Holly and for your other post too :hug:
  7. Hi everyone Wow so much has happened since I last popped in, too much for me to touch on but I will say my thoughts and prayers are with everyone going through difficult times and my heartfelt congrats go out to all those celebrating good things! I'm well into my recovery now - finally! I still have memory and cognitive issues but I'm learning to adapt to them in everyday life, it may not be the same in my work life (when I can finally get back to working) as my prior to this quickfire and very accurate mathematical skills appear to have been majorly affected. I've also discovered I no
  8. Hee hee hee Holly, well if he did he's changed his calling! AW thanks Kat xxx
  9. Ooooh you're lucky yours hardly ever appears Holly (can't work out how to quote on my tablet) ... When I'm not wearing my binder my daughter and I reckon lumpy looks like a babies head ... Because of my scar and the scar tissue it's all on my left side.
  10. I have been checking in but haven't been posting as I've been very tired lately, partly due to my low B12 and partly cos life's got slightly busy. I have at least 2 appointments a week for my recovery and am spending time looking after my mum so dad can go out - she had an ankle fusion 3 weeks ago. Plus appts for my youngest son as his latest xrays have shown he has a bone fragment in his collarbone so he may need surgery. It was my birthday on Saturday and I was privileged to get to go to lunch with all 3 of my kids and my husband and had good friends over for dinner and 3 of my dear frien
  11. Hi everyone wow there's been lots happening since I was last on here ... My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone having a tough time. I've just found out I'm very low in B12 and folic acid which won't be helping my recovery. I also found out that where my bowel was perforated is the same part that absorbs B12 so I may need injections permanently ... A small price to pay I guess but I'd quite like to stop having new things to treat as a result of this. I've finally accepted that it'll take at least a year to recover and discover who the new me is and what if any long term issues I'll hav
  12. Kat I'm so pleased you've found a way to get your lump checked out and I pray that the days until your appt fly by for you. I also hope it's just an annoying cyst. Jeremy my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you keep checking in with the family here. I'm still slowly improving but am currently waiting for a technical review result from ACC (NZ has a no blame policy when it comes to accidents so we can't sue people etc and ACC is supposed to provide cover in place of this), apparently the first medical expert doesn't believe my symptoms are from what happened to me - apparently m
  13. Hi again ☺thank you all so much for your suggestions and understanding it means so much to be able to pop in here and be loved and understood! I've been enjoying having my oldest son pop in for morning smoko and lunch for the last few days,prior to me ending up in ICU I was lucky to hear from him for birthdays and Christmas.He took the 10 to midnight shift for the time I was in ICU and him and my youngest son took turns helping me eat dinner (I couldn't lift the food cover or cut my food initially) once I was on the ward.To have him in my life again is a real blessing that has come from thi
  14. Wow lots has been happening for everyone lately, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who's having a tough time. I've been quiet lately as due to the swelling in my brain from the septic shock I have some cognitive and short term memory issues so am unable to work on my houses at the moment... I get frustrated at my current inability so am trying to find new easy things to do. I'm waiting for a neurophysiological (not spelt right but can't work it out) assessment and once that's done I'll be able to get the right help. I also found out at my surgeons appt this week that I have an inci
  15. Oh Kathie, sending my condolences and prayers your way, sounds like a rough way to start the year. I finally have a craft room!!! Terry was amazing and built me some really good sized benches and my furniture hoarding from my grandparents home paid off as I can use the drawers in my room. I'm slowly pottering in it and organising it as it's my plan to dry build my Fairfield after my surgery (I'm having it on the 18th) so it can chat away to me as I finish my Magnolia. I can't wait to be able to get back to building and to use my new room properly. The flip side of having my new room is t
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