Friday, December 7, 2018

Little Buddy has new wheels and a finish.............


Just in case you hadn't noticed somebody is growing.  Growing so big that he needed a new walker.  I met with the equipment rep at Physical Therapy a few weeks back and we discussed many options.  The one she suggested I was not happy with and frankly I should have stuck to my guns because I just know it is not going to be right for him.  I also needed to order a different, extra walker for school and she sent me a quote that was sky high.  So I went online and found an even better one.  Little Buddy is just in the middle of this walker as far as fit goes, he has about four more inches to grow and it won't work anymore.  Yet it is light weight and the, "ride is really smooth!" according to my little guy.  He loves it, it doesn't squeak, it maneuvers beautifully and it was not expensive at all.  I  will be meeting with the rep and PT again on Tuesday to discuss why the huge walker was suggested, return it and get them to order something more appropriate.  We will be keeping this one for home.  I know it is all about making money, but still you should have the children's least restrictive option available because it is what will work best.



My last Christmas present is done.  This was my car crochet project.  When a child from work would cancel I would sit in my car and crochet a few rows here and there.  Eventually it got long enough and here we are with a finished scarf.  I made this with a size H hook and the remaining skein of the Entice yarn made for Silver Threads and Golden Needles yarn shop in Franklin, NC.  Remember I bought it a few years ago on a visit there and ended up making the East End sweater with it earlier this year.  So I am guessing 300 yards of yarn used for this pattern.  The funny thing is I made a very rookie mistake making this scarf.  I started off with 7 treble crochet clusters and ended up with 7 double crochet clusters.  I didn't even realize I had switched until it was completed.  I am glad that it isn't too noticeable and frankly I put a lot of work into it so it is being given as a gift even if I should keep it or donate it. 


After a very long and challenging week at work I came home to find this at my front door.  It is from a far away friend that I adore.  It made my day, thank you so much for thinking about me my dear, dear friend.

Okay, I am out of here, Little B and I have homework to get done. 

25 comments:

kathy b said...

That is so frustrating. Lil B looks very happy however and that is one good thing. His toothlessness is adorable. Love your new sheep . And the scarf is going to be very loved Im sure

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Taller wheels - good hunting for a reasonable price. Happy boy!
Joy

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes, I agree … you should have the children's least restrictive option available because it is what will work best. Little Buddy looks happy in your photograph.

Love your car crochet project, it's such a nice colour.

Thinking of you and sending my good wishes.

All the best Jan

Lilbitbrit said...

Yes they should think of what is best for the child. Glad you were able to find what you wanted and at a better price. What a lovely gift. Take care and have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous said...

You are exactly right Meredith. They should be thinking of the children first and not profit. Your little guy looks very happy with his “new ride”. I am amazed at how far he has come, working with and living with you. What a blessing you are to him and I would have to say it goes both ways doesn’t it? I think he is a huge blessing in your life. He sure keeps you on your toes doesn’t he?
Your scarf is gorgeous. And if you don’t tell anyone there’s an error in it no one will ever know. And finally. That sheep. Oh my goodness it’s cute. That was a perfect gift for you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend, and that you have some time to relax.
Blessings always, Betsy

Araignee said...

Look at Buddy go!!! Those wheels are really sharp! I'd keep an eye on him. He looks like he may have a speeding ticket in his future!

Eileen said...

Little Buddy sure looks happy with his new 'ride!' Congrats on a finish, the scarf, it looks great. Hope you will be able to slow down and breathe here soon, you sure do a lot!

Nance said...

Sigh. I know how you feel, finding a yarny mistake just as you think a project is done. I just finished a gift myself, only to notice that the bind-off looks wonky. I've put it away until the morning to decide if I need to rip back and give it another go. (I'm hoping NOT.)

Teresa Kasner said...

I like the look of the new walker.. it looks spiffy and I'm glad you stood your ground and got what you knew he would like best. It makes me mad when medical people try to gouge patients. Bravo on the scarf finish.. its recipient will be very pleased. I'm happy you like the new addition to your wooly flock!! You're adorable.

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Becky L. said...

I'm glad you got things straightened out about LB walker. It should work with him, not against him. I agree don't tell anyone about the mistake. Most people won't notice. Adorable gift from your friend! Yep...those surprise gifts make your day and smile comes each time you see it. Have a super restful weekend and hope ya get along your homework done!!! Hugs!

mamasmercantile said...

We have equipment over here that we can loan unless it is a speciality that needs to be made for an individual child. I am guessing that isn't the case in America. He is certainly growing, that smile of his just melts your heart. The scarf is stunning, don't mention the minor error. The sheep was a joy, what a thoughtful gift.

CJ said...

What a lovely surprise to come home to. The scarf is beautiful, a really gorgeous, flattering colour. Well done on finding such a good walker, I'm glad it works well for Little Buddy. Wishing you a good weekend Meredith, CJ xx

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

It is really shameful how mismanaged the healthcare system is especially when it comes to the exorbitant cost of things. So many people don't think they have the right to question what's prescribed or seek alternatives. You are right to return it and voice your concerns. The scarf is gorgeous! H hook is my favorite and dc is my favorite stitch so I can see why you would switch somewhere in the midst of the making. I've done it many times. :) Have a good weekend.

Jo said...

Why, oh why is everything all about making money these days? Everything is a business, even down to children. Not all change is for the better. Little Buddy certainly looks happy with his new walker, I hope you manage to get the other one changed. Your scarf is fabulous, love the colour.

DelightedHands said...

I'm glad you made the effort to do the hunt on your own for his new wheels.
Maybe the PT crew will learn about other options, too!
The new scarf is very pretty and your pattern stitch 'idea' is great to fade to a smaller stitch!

tammy j said...

And that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown!
XOXO

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are such a great Mom and advocate for Little Buddy. He looks happy. Is her super excited for Christmas this year. My Tiger is bursting at the seams to get the tree up. Little Scout is also very excited as she has a much better idea of what is going on now. Christmas is love so relax and enjoy. Anyone would be thrilled to receive that scarf even with 'flaws' since we all are like that ourselves. Hugs.

Gracie Saylor said...

As I noted in my last comment, I am shocked to realize that little Buddy is in third grade even though I have been following his progress. I'm glad you are sorting out his wheel situation using your know how to make the best decisions. The scarf is a beautiful perfect gift, as is your adorable sheep. Thanks for posting and I hope you and yours have a happy weekend! xx

Christina Naula said...

I am so glad you found a "smooth ride" for your growing little man. I remember my parent's fight for the just right walking aids, special chairs etc for my brother and I am sorry to read nothing much has changed in the intervening years, profit before practicality. Your scarf looks lovely, you should keep it for yourself because you deserve a beautiful accessory. Hugs to you. xx

Babajeza said...

I asked my doctor about a body lotion. I wanted a really good one. And he said to me: The best body lotion is the one you use. So the best walker is the one Little Buddy uses. An who besides him would know which one is the best: You, of course. Stay strong! All the best from my parts of the world. Regula

Sandy said...

Scarf looks great, I wouldn't alter your plans. It's not going to be noticeable. Glad Buddy's got wheels that work for him and will be interesting to learn what you find out after your next visit and conversation. Totally agree with you, the patients needs must come first.

Caffeine Girl said...

Too many things are about making the largest profit, not providing the best product. I'm glad you found a good walker for LB. A little guy like that needs to get around as quickly as possible!
I think the scarf is gorgeous. I know I'd be tempted to keep it for myself.

Jodiebodie said...

In glad you asked LB what he thought. It is respecting his dignity as an individual to include him in the conversation and decision making. He may be young but he is certainly capable of telling you what feels good and what feels uncomfortable for his body. You would find out quick smart if he couldn’t handle a piece of equipment. To see his confident grin in your photo is proof that you did the right thing by following your instincts. He is lucky to have such a strong and clever (and resourceful) mum like you. I'm sure he feels valued even if he can't articulate that feeling yet.
Your scarf looks lovely. There are no errors - only design features!
;-)

Jo said...

I love a bit of car crochet! it is amazing what can be achieved in little pockets of time. Jo x

gaia said...

Dear Meredith,
Isn't it amazing how fast the children grow?!Yesterday'S baby is today's handsome young man :)
Your scarf is stunning!
Hugs,
Gaia.