Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

HI everyone,
I don’t know another blogger who could step away for 5 days without writing a new post and still get 45 plus comments. I mean it when I say I have the best readers! You all just took the ball and ran with it, chatting with each other, raising new questions, discussing doll stuff and ALL without me, your fearless leader! I love you all for that! It did my heart good to read all your comments and I DID… several times…my goodness, you ladies have a wealth of information that you can share!

If you happen to get my blog posts through your email, and it comes to you with the BLUE title, and not my actual website, you REALLY should click on the blue title of the post called “A Few days off…” and scroll to the end of it…(it’s very short) and just read the comments from everyone. They were heartwarming, informative and very comforting. You can see that post if you click HERE.

I received so many cards and emails and comments and phone calls from you all, and there was no way I could keep up with them all. There is no way on earth I can thank you for your outpouring of love on me and George. Many of you have gone through this yourself or you’re taking care of a spouse and you sent links and names of doctors and hospitals and I was overwhelmed at your kindness. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough, but it’s all I know how to do.

If you’ve been away for a few days you might not have noticed, but I had to take a few days off to get myself together. I’ll try to be brief as I don’t want this to overrun my blog posts and be a drag for everyone. My hubby was diagnosed in 2013 with bladder cancer but during his 3 month check ups, if any new areas inside his bladder were suspicious, they always came back superficial and not much to worry about. Occasionally he would have to take some treatments but they cleared up. But a few weeks ago, his doctor noticed a suspicious spot and wanted to do a biopsy. Unfortunately, this time it came back positive and the growths had gone into the muscle area surrounding his bladder. If the tumors invade the muscle wall and get outside the bladder, the cancer can spread anywhere in the body.

Our doctor here met with us and told us the bad news and recommended a Neo Bladder. His bladder, prostrate and lymph nodes in the area, would be removed and a new one would be formed out of his intestines and everything would be attached inside and somehow it would all work pretty much like normal, but could take up to 6 months to get the hang of it. I’ll spare you all the details, but that’s the gist of it.

Anyway, on Tuesday we were sent to St. Louis to meet with someone who was supposed to get us started down this path. It was supposed to be an appointment where we went over my hubby’s history and reviewed what had happened and find out what would be happening in the future. His doctor here had faxed all his notes and the pathology report and disc’s with images on them to the hospital in St. Louis. W-e-l-l… when we got there, a doctor came into the room and said, “So, what’s going on?” My hubby proceeded to tell him why we were there. Then it became clear that the doctor didn’t know anything about his case… because he said he didn’t have anything from our doctor here. We were shocked! So the doctor told my hubby to just TELL him what was going on, from the beginning, but when he started, the doctor quickly cut him off and said, “Cut to the chase, get to the bottom line…I don’t need to know what happened in 2013, just tell me what happened last week!”

Since he didn’t have any records to go by, he decided to put in one of the discs from the CT my hubby had just had, and he began talking to us, like we were supposed to know what the images meant…”look at this black spot, it goes all the way down on the side, and what do you think this little lump is, and this dye shouldn’t be pooled on the bottom like this… etc.” He was scaring us and it wasn’t anything like what our doctor here had said.

My hubby asked if we could call his doctor here and ask them if they had sent the records, so the doctor stepped out and we both were in shock and I’m telling you the truth, I almost walked out! I’m not an angry person at all, but I was getting that way and fast! We weren’t prepared and were caught off guard by the way we were being treated. My hubby cooled me down and said, “It’s okay, he’s just taking our information and we’ll never see him again, so let’s just get through this.” My hubby got in touch with his doctor and they said they had already faxed all of his information, but this new doctor gave us a different fax # and said to try it. They said they would send the 58 pages again.

When the doctor came back in, he sort of dismissed all that he had said, and told us, “oh, by the way, the doctor that was supposed to do your surgery is leaving next month and moving to Florida.” I very cowardly asked, “So who will be our doctor now?” He said, “Well, I guess it’ll be me!” You can imagine the look my hubby and I had with each other!!!

Anyway, not to tell you everything, (although I have told a lot), the doctor was rude, crude and so unprofessional… he talked about how my hubby needed to get his bladder out in 3-4 weeks, call his secretary and she’d set up a time on some Friday. Oh and he never got any Friday’s off to go play golf or go to a car show because he was always doing someone’s surgery. He joked about if my hubby had the surgery where you have to pouch on the outside of your stomach instead of the Neo Bladder, he’d always have to be on the “shirts” team and not the “skins” team if he played basketball. He said it didn’t matter to him which surgery my hubby had, the type where the bag was on the inside of the outside… it was just an 3 extra hours in the operating room if he picked the Neo Bladder, and that was just an extra $350 in his pocket, but he’d just as soon be at home with his wife.

I’m getting too critical, I can hear it in my writing… but we were confused, devastated, and really torn up. When we walked out of his office, and got to the car, my hubby said, “What if I don’t want HIM doing my surgery?” Then we just sat in silence in the car as we drove away… about 20 miles later we pulled into a parking lot and we decided to call his doctor back here in town. I tried to hold it together, but it was like an open wound and all she had to say was, “Awww…I’m so sorry” and the flood gates broke loose. She told us she would find us another doctor… She made it clear that they HAD sent all the info that was supposed to be there and even said they confirmed it 2 times!

She gave us the name of a doctor in Nashville TN, at Vanderbilt, so we decided to see what happens with him. Vanderbilt doesn’t appear to take our health insurance, so we asked the nurse to make an appeal on our behalf, to the hospital and see if they might consider doing it. So now we are waiting… I don’t like to wait!!! I’ve looked on the computer at so many sites and hospitals and physicians who do Neo Bladders and I usually end up in a heap on the computer crying my eyes out. My hubby found me that way yesterday morning and he had a long talk with me. He said this wasn’t on my shoulders, I didn’t have to fix it, he needed me to be encouraging, not to cry so much, be normal, sew, do a project, write a blog post. He was telling me not to worry, let the Lord take care of everything, and I know he’s right, but I’m just having a hard time keeping the tears at bay! Maybe tomorrow I’ll be better.

Anyway, I didn’t intend to write all that, but now you all know “the rest of the story” and we can all be on the same page. I took my hubby’s advice and ventured into my sewing room. I cut out a sweet nightgown for Willa. I know…I’ve already done a few things for her, but I thought maybe I’d see what you thought of her nightie and make them in my spare time for all those little girls who will be getting Wellie Wishers for Christmas. I made some little slippers to match and then added a bunny (thank you very much Susette!) to go with the set. I had fun making it… it also fits Nahji, one of the Hearts for Hearts dolls. I managed to get it listed on Ebay and you can see it by clicking on the picture at the right side bar, or click HERE.

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Thanks for listening and praying and commenting and most of all, for just being my friends…I AM TRULY BLESSED!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Once again — WELCOME BACK!
    And Happy Halloween.
    It’s hard to know what to think about this doctor. He reminds me of the title of a Cindy Lauper album — She’s So Unusual. In this case, HE’s so unusual. And we are so grateful that he’s not common.
    I did run into someone similar, but my problem was a badly broken arm, which is difficult but not life threatening. My father drove so my parents were with me. As it became clear that the doctor was unusual, I looked at them, hoping that they could think of a graceful exit line. Their mouths were hanging open in astonishment. No help there. I said, “This seems quite, um, good. Thank you so much for your help.” My parents were already on their feet so they headed for the door and we left. I said, “Find a place where we can fix this.” I was thinking of a restroom in a family restaurant. My dad chose City Park Zoo. It went with the experience. For years afterwards, my cousin used to see the doctor and his wife at social events. She was always in a cast of some sort.
    One of the best things about a blog is that there are so many people involved and sometimes someone will provide just the hint you need. You do need a doctor you can trust and a computer is a huge help with that. It’s just that finding the right person matters so much.
    The nightgown is wonderful. I love the pink soles on the slippers. This outfit would be lovely for any doll, but it goes very well with the Wellie Wishers garden theme. The blue bunny is absolutely the right touch.
    I am so glad to have you back. Keep keeping us up on everything.

    • Thanks Marilyn,
      I am glad to be back too… not sure if I can keep up with the pace I had going before, but I’ll give it my best shot.
      Even at a young age, I think a doctor you don’t feel at ease with is easy to spot! Good for you!
      Now to just find ours… :o)
      Thanks for your compliments on Willa’s nightgown! It was fun to make and it took my mind off things for a little while. I was happy to have the blue bunny too…he does go very will with the blue flowers.
      Thanks for the welcome back.
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Linda Doyle says:

    Oh gosh Jeanne, I just don’t know what to say after reading about all the troubles with this “strange” doctor. Never in my life have I had such a doctor! I’m so sorry to hear that such wonderful people in such a vulnerable place could be treated so unprofessionally. I hope and pray that you do find someone that can help George soon. We are all pulling for you both.
    See what a wonderful circle of friends YOU have created? I too, kept up with the blog during your absence and was glad to see you pop in every once in awhile. You were truly missed!
    That is a darling nightgown! Clever you, since the Wellies only have a pajama set from AG!! Who doesn’t love a nightie? Those slippers are adorable too, and who can resist the little bunny?

    • HI Linda,
      I hope you had a really nice time in Branson! That is a fun area to go to and there is so much to see and do there.
      Willa is loving her new nightgown and wasn’t too happy when Nahji had to try it on for pictures… oh well…
      Thank you Linda,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Dear Jeanne,
    You have just written the letter, complete and extremely well written, that is to be sent to the Missouri State Medical Board, to the hospital where George was to have had the operation and to the American Medical Association. I did medical transcription for 18 years. Yes, there are doctors out there like this, but they need to be stopped and they are if patients report them. The report he dictates on George’s visit will reflect none of this tone. Please send a release form to that doctor’s office and they will send you a copy. By law they have to release it. This doctor is either on something or should be. There are alcoholics and drug addicts in the active practice of medicine and they need to be reported. No need to do other than send what you have written. No threats or recriminations, just send a copy of your blog as it is. The hospital wants to know about this before they get sued for this kind of behavior and because they are losing money (the bottom line, literally, for modern medicine). Your local doctor won’t get involved because of the code of silence among doctors. Patient have to do this. It will be confidential and not affect his treatment elsewhere.

    On a happier note, glad you have the little bunny and he can go to a new home with the lovely little robe for Nahji and friends. The slippers are a triumph. Please consider making another one or two or three sets for American Girls. We will love it. Welcome back and better luck with a new doctor. And, yes, I am in a state of enraged shock.

    • Susette and Linda — and others — have experience in the medical field, and their advice seems useful to me. Susette pointed out that doctors can get help and that they may even be offered help by the State Medical Board if the Board knows there’s a problem. I would try to find one that didn’t need it and, because I always play it too safe, I would wait until I was sure I didn’t need this doctor before sending the information to the Board.
      Joy says to get references. I asked one doctor about that and he said, “Google me.” He had trained many of the doctors in his field. That’s a fairly basic method, but it will probably work, at least as a first step. List the ones that look worth a try, then see what Google says, and ask Laura for more information on Health Grades.

    • HI Susette,
      I’m not sure I have the nerve to send a letter to someone about this doctor…although if you asked me at the end of the day on Tuesday, I would have gladly turned him in… but I’ll have to think about this before I do anything… maybe he was having a bad day or something…

      We are still waiting to hear back from Vanderbilt, as they are only 3 1/2 hours away, but my anxiousness is getting harder to control…. I want to get started with “something” instead of just waiting…
      I do have some doctors names that I looked up… maybe I will google them… and weed some of them out like that!
      Thanks again for the little bunnies… they are the perfect size for the Wellies.
      Thanks Susette,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Prayers for you and your husband as you journey down this difficult path. There may be more stumbling blocks ahead, but like George said, it’s in Gods hands and He will help you get through it.

    What a darling little gown for your Willa! The little matching slippers are adorable! Looks like you had a good “therapy session” in your sewing room!

    • HI Karen,
      Yes, I think sewing is my therapy right now… it feels almost like normal when I’m in my sewing room…
      Thanks so much,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Linda Doyle says:

    Dear Jeanne,

    After reading Susette’s comments, I agree, please do send a statement to the State Medical Board. I worked for many years, after teaching, for Medicare in the fraud Department. I was privy to the State Board information on doctors who abused their practice. I did see cases like this, and even worse, unfortunately, and they did sanction these doctors, or even took away their license. Even if you are the only one reporting this doctor, you have started it and surely someone else will do the same. If no one says anything, it just keeps going and harming people. I know that you are primarily right now looking for someone to take care of George, but when you find the time, report this horrible doctor. Praying for you!

  6. I worked with some arrogant doctors for years…. so, when I was assigned to work with Residents – 6 at a time – I made sure they knew that we *all* put our pants on the same way. I’m sorry you/your husband had to deal with that guy. You *do* need to feel confidence and camaraderie with people taking care of you…you’re smart to be looking for another. Best wishes to you… ((((((((((((((HUGS!))))))))))))

    • Thank you Mary,
      Yes, that’s it… to feel confident in your doctor… that’s what we want most of all!
      Hugs back to you as well,
      blessings, Jeanne

  7. I totally agree with Karen,…you had a good therapy session in your sewing room, Jeanne. The nightgown, etc., just seem exceptional. Nahji looks absolutely gorgeous in it and Willa is very cute in it.

    I’m so glad you are surrounded by many, many folks who are cheering you on. You know that I’m “backing you up”. Take care, dear one.

    • HI Becky,
      Thanks so much for your sweet compliments on the nightgown set. It was a nice diversion and has been a really long time since I made a dolly nightgown. I enjoyed putting to together.
      I’m very blessed to have so many friends… like you!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  8. Aww, Jeanne, that is terrible the way you two were treated. I hope you find someone else who is more interested in your husband, rather than money in his pocket or golfing on Fridays. ((((((HUGS))))))

  9. She’s back! Yay!
    I am so totally upset with your St. Louis visit. It sounds to me like the doctor probably did receive your information but was perhaps too, should I say lazy, to read all of the paperwork. Figuring he could just skip it and have you guys tell him the story concisely. Definitely a difference in personality and not a good one. I agree with Susette. No playing nice guy here. No one should be treated the way you were.
    On another note, before sending information to the medical board, is there a way you can ask for references on him? Talk to others who have had surgeries by him? Yelp reviews? Because if he is the available surgeon, it may be necessary to use him. I believe an insurance appeal can take a long time? Did the doctor give you an email so you can contact him with all of the questions he surely did not answer? Since he has an opening very soon and soon is the answer, maybe try the options.
    The Wellie gown and slippers are so perfect for that special extra for her. Sweet.
    Keep your spirits up and in your spare time, bug the insurance company. Squeaky wheel as they say.

    • HI Joy,
      Yes, I’m back… and it’s so nice of you to say so! I have missed you all!
      We are just trying to get the right doctor as soon as we can… tomorrow is my hubby’s day off, so we might hit it hard then…
      I’m glad you like Willa’s new nightgown… flannel is so fun to sew… :o)
      Blessings, Jeanne

  10. Dear Jeanne,
    So glad you are back with us. What a horrible way for a doctor to be. We have had a similar experience with a doctor as well. Some think that are so superior that they can’t listen and have NO bedside manner. Still my dod is a periodontist I have experience in the medical field and know quite a bit of the medical terms. Sometimes this put you at an advantage and at others a disadvantage in the doctor think you are trying to one up them on knowledge. I worked in my dad’s office during my high school summers and for a year after college and then from home for years after that, so I encountered many colleagues who were rude etc. This site may be helpful: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/…/54075-urmc-open-neobladder-inf.pdf‎
    I agree with everyone that says to report this doctor for his rude treatment of George and you. Get on Health Grades and type in his name to see if there are negative comments about him from others.
    On a happier note, Willa’s nightgown is adorable. I just pulled our my own flannel nightie last night as the weather is becoming chilly at night. Her little slippers are so cute as well as her blue bunny. I don’t typically dress my dolls for bed , but little girls love to. I do have Felicity’s nightgown, lappet cap and slippers. I thought that one was too cute to pass up., so it’s what she is displayed in in January.

    • Just wanted to add one more thing. regarding the little female mackerel tabby I caught last week. She went to the vet and was sprayed today. Our vet said that she had a large ovarian cyst that would have burst soon and killed her. We literally saved her life. She’s fine now. She’s very tiny at 7 and 1/2 pounds at two years. Her name is Willow (as in gray pussy willows). I believe God brought her to us so we could help her.
      Praying that you will find a skilled and Godly surgeon for George.

      • HI Laura,
        I appreciate all your help and encouragement to us… I’m glad you added that little snippet about your new kitty… she sounds wonderful and I’m so glad you saved her!
        Thanks so much,
        Blessings, Jeanne

  11. Oh Jeanne, I’m so sorry you went through what you did. Not only were you both upset about what George is facing, but then you had a surgeon who’s bedside manner is appalling and that is totally unprofessional and outrageous. I’m sure the two of you were stunned and feeling very alone. I wish I lived closer because I would hug you and let you cry as much as you want. For me, crying gets a lot out of my system.
    George is a good man, and doesn’t want you to be so upset. Both of you have the Lord at your side even when you feel alone, so don’t despair.
    Again, as others have said and I say too, you both are in my prayers and I care very deeply about you, dear friend.

    It was absolutely delightful that the girls had some really good discussions. I intend on getting back to that blog site to read everything. What nice ladies.

    Also the Wellie Wishers nightie is adorable. Love the slippers and bunny too. Those are my favorite type of jammies. I’d love to have one for myself just like it. Some little girls will be happy at Christmas to get your outfits.
    I didn’t get Lea because I only wanted her wig and I didn’t think it was worth paying that much to get a wig. I happened to have another wig I purchased some time ago and did a wig swap this weekend on the doll who was “maybe” getting Lea’s wig but didn’t. I couldn’t believe I actually got the doll’s wig off perfectly but I needed help getting the new wig on the doll. The doll now looks like I had envisioned her and I’m very happy with the result.
    Have a nice day, Jeanne. Take day by day, dear. We are all with you in heart and spirit.

    • Hi Paula,
      Is that doll your first custom? What does she look like? I like to look at all the customs on AGPT. I bought a #33 recently with the intent of having a new doll, but ended up taking off my Nellie’s wig and now she has #33’s instead. She is my first and only custom, but I love the idea of creating my own unique look. I kept #33’s eyes as well ( in case I ever get brave enough to swap eyes on some doll) and sold the rest for parts. I was a little scary removing the wigs, but they both came off perfectly in one piece. My renamed Nellie now looks the way I envisioned her as well. She can now cover Civil War, Victorian, pioneer and 1930’s as I had hoped.

    • Thank you Paula,
      Well if you hugged me I’d just fall apart…that seems to be what’s happening lately to me….so it’s probably better that you just give me that hug with you there and me here. I think my tear ducts must surely be attached to my shoulders!
      You’ll have to send a picture of your new girl…I always love looking at the customs done by people…
      Thank you so much Paula,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  12. Jeanne…life is too short to have to deal with such an unfeeling doctor.:( Don’t settle for less, and I know you won’t! Find someone you both feel comfortable with:) Lots of prayers for both of you!

    Love your WW nightgown set..those slippers are adorable! Thats to you, I now have Willa AND Camille:)

    • Thanks so much Shara,
      I’m sure we’ll find someone and hopefully soon!
      Glad you liked Willa’s nightgown set. It’s been quite a while since I’ve made a dolly nightgown… and slippers!
      So glad you have a couple of girls of your own… aren’t they adorable?
      Blessings, Jeanne

  13. Anne Johnson says:

    Dear, dear Jeanne, it is so very good to have you back! I am so sorry for the awful experience you and George have had! I, too, had a similar experience with a doctor like this when several lumps were discovered in my breasts (yes, both breasts). The surgeon to whom I was referred at a prominent teaching hospital here was considered top in his field, but his attitude with me was perfunctory and arrogant. He was devoid of any compassion and completely dismissive of my concerns to the point of being irritated that I asked any questions at all. He behaved like a two-year-old when I refused to set a surgery date immediately. When I told him I needed some time to absorb the information he had given me and discuss plans for the surgery with my family, he stormed out of the room in a huff, saying I was doing so at my own peril. The important thing was that I did not feel comfortable even discussing my health with this man, and I RAN AWAY from this place, never looking back. Now, here’s the rest of the story: I ultimately found a wonderful, compassionate doctor who saw me as a person with a life, a family, and individual needs. She suggested that we had time to take a “watch and wait” approach. After three plus years of biopsies, frequent exams, mammograms, and ultrasounds showing no changes to these lumps, they were re-classified as benign, and I live today having had no surgery at all! I realize that mine is an unusual case in this respect, but I had confidence in the waiting process because my new doctor took time to build a rapport with me and take my concerns seriously. That is where you and George must direct your energies at this point, Jeanne. So no matter what you ultimately do about reporting the doctor in St. Louis, the important thing now is to continue to seek out a provider that makes you and George comfortable with his path to health. You will know that person when you find him or her. I pray the Lord leads you directly to a Godly provider (I ask potential providers about their faith now), who will inspire confidence and reassurance in the health journey George will take, and I pray God removes all worry, fear and anxiety, and grants you and George both the courage, strength, and peace you need for the process, trusting above all in the Great Physician for George’s complete healing. HE will work through your earthly care provider.

    On the dolly side, Willa’s floral flannel nightie is very charming, and her fuzzy slippers with the pink soles are adorable! The nightgown looks equally charming on Nahji as well, and the little blue bunny from Susette is the perfect finishing touch. Seeing your signature white eyelet on the bodice with the sweet blue flower accent makes me feel like all is right with the world again, and I hope your time spent in the sewing room was good therapy for your soul! George is right to encourage you to do a little of what you love, as you will be a better helpmate and partner in health for him if you take a little bit of time for yourself. I pray you allow yourself that release, as I think it will be like a healing balm for your heart. I also think ALL the dollies on your shelf need a cosy new nightie for Christmas!!! How fun would that be?!

    I look forward to your blog posts and new designs, Jeanne, no pressures. Remember that we are all here for you, sending love and hugs!

    “To pray is to let go and let God take over.” Philippians 4:6-7.

    • HI Anne,
      I am so happy that your story turned out the way it did! What a blessing for you and your family! My only concern right now is finding the right doctor. George is off tomorrow so I’m hoping we can figure out something together.
      Oh, it would be fun to make all my girls a nightgown to stand in when they aren’t on the modeling table! Even a slip would be nice too! :o)
      I was in my sewing room this evening. George had a meeting tonight and I found myself in there coming up with my next doll outfit!
      Thanks so much for your encouraging words Anne,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  14. Anne Johnson says:

    P.S. Maybe you could add a matching eyelet ruffle to the hem of the nightgowns? I just love your eyelets!

    • Hi again Anne,
      It’s hard to see, but I actually did a decorative stitch around the hem of the nightgown.
      Thanks, Jeanne

  15. Melody Martin says:

    Sending hugs, good thoughts, and wishes for as many miracles as your dear husband needs! The little nighty is so sweet, hopefully it helped you feel better, at least for a little bit, to be doing something normal.

    • HI Melody,
      It did feel good to be sewing…it’s such a big part of most of my days…I miss it when I don’t do it.
      Thanks for your sweet compliments on the nightie…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  16. Hi Jeanne,
    I am truly sorry for what you and George went through in St Louis. I agree, this doctor should be reported. It’s a shame there are doctors out there that treat their patients with such disrespect. On a brighter note I am happy to see you took George’s advice and went back into your sewing studio. I think your night gown and slippers are adorable.
    I pray that the Lord leads you to a surgeon that is the right fit for you and hubby. Stay strong!
    Hugs
    Ingrid

    • Thank you Ingrid,
      I did take his advice…yesterday AND today… and have started my next doll dress.
      Thank you for your prayers for the right surgeon… that’s all I want right now…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  17. Hi Jeanne,

    I woke up very early this morning with you and your husband on mind, and I took a gander at my phone and there you were!!! I am so sorry for your troubles, yes I have had an experince similiar to this, I too had to get a whole new medical team, but it worked out. My thoughts and good wishes are with you !

    Love, Robin

    • Thank you Robin,
      Yes, it was time to return to my blog… everyone has been so wonderfully kind and patient while I stepped back for a few days.
      If it takes a whole new team, that’s okay with me… Glad your situation worked out…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  18. I’m so happy you got some sewing therapy! The nighty is adorable, and the slippers are amazing. I have been praying for you and George, and during my prayer time yesterday the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray about the doctor situation, so I have been doing that as well. No matter what the doctors say, God has the situation well in hand.

    • HI Carolyn,
      Thank you for your sweet compliments on Willa’s nightgown and her slippers. It brought back lots of memories when I used to make about a half dozen or more of these each week to sell at our local Farmer’s Market.
      I truly appreciate your very specific prayers…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  19. * Laura…I applaud you for rescuing the kitty, now named Willow. How wonderful it is that she is now living under your protection and care. I hope she thrives well and I know she is one grateful kitty. You, my dear, are a good samaritan!

    The doll I re-wigged was #49 and she had #47’s hair and brown eyes. I have 2 #47’s and one of the #47’s got #49’s hair. Confusing I know. (The 2 #47’s are great nieces of Melody Thomas!) Then, I decided I wanted #49 to have blondish colored hair with her customized brown eyes and I found one wig called English Toffee. It looks a little streaked but I think she looks just how I wanted her to look now.
    In removing the wig, I used no fingernail polish remover, only the spoon and was shocked I got her wig off so smoothly. What fun. I have maybe 4 dolls that have been customized by someone else so this was my first wig exchange done by myself. It took two of us to get her wig on. Her wig was very full and heavy. I will send pictures of her to Jeanne for you to see.
    I would love to see your customized Nellie with #33’s light red curly hair. I bet she is beautiful and I’m glad you can use her in your favorite era’s. Like you, I’m too scared to try eye swaps. I too like the uniqueness of customized dolls…just the way I want them to look. You have spoken of your dolls often as having name changes…do you mind sharing the names you’ve chosen? I go through a lot of searching in a certain era to find the right names for my dolls most of the time. My Cecile is an ancestor of Melody Thomas, and her nieces mentioned above. I doubt I’ll get Melody but I might get her clothes.
    Now I’m wanting to get #63 and have her eyes changed to brown or I could get #53 and leave it at that. I have a few modern girls, girls from the 50’s and Civil War and Colonial.
    This year, I have had a busy summer and now a busy fall so I’ve had little time to “play” with my dolls.
    I love it that you look for little items for your dolls in antique shops. Great idea.
    Enjoyed visiting with you.

  20. Charlotte Trayer says:

    Hi Jeanne, it’s late and I need to get to bed, but I just had to comment first.

    I’m so sorry about the way you were treated–that should not have happened!! I agree with the others, you do need to report him, for two reasons: 1–you need to be your own advocate and this is one way you can do so, and 2–you may, in the long run, be protecting other patients from actually having him operate on them! Well, a third might be, if he gets the help he needs, perhaps he can become the kind of doctor he should be!

    I once had to “fire” my doctor, but I was only in my 20s, and never even thought to report him! (He gave me a medication to which I was allergic, albeit mildly.) However, by then I had worked in a hospital for a couple of years, and Knew that this could not go unchallenged!

    I’ll be praying that you and George find just the right doctor for him, and that whatever surgery is done will be done in a timely manner, and covered by his insurance, and that he will have a full recovery.

    Have to add, I love the little nightie and slippers–so cute!

    • Thank you Charlotte,
      I appreciate your thoughts on all this. We are waiting…him patiently….me…not so much…on what to do next.
      I just wish it was all over with….or better yet…never started in the first place.
      I’m glad you like Willa’s nightie…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  21. bobi florida says:

    Dear Jeanne,
    I feel just horrible that you had to endure such uncaring and unprofessional treatment. It’s happened to us too, more than once, and I know the sick feeling it leaves you with. If I were to relate to you the story of what happened to me in 2012 when I nearly passed away and a whole slew of rude and crude doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me (they hate to admit that) you’d be steaming! I hope you can find some peace in your sewing and know that this awful experience just might prove to be an invaluable tool in the future…maybe even enable you to help someone else too. In the meantime, know that God is working on your behalf!

    • Thank you Bobi,
      I’m sorry I missed your comment from a few days ago. I can sympathize with anyone who has had an experience with a bad doctor. I’m sorry it happened to you too!
      Thanks so much for caring and yes, we are starting to figure out a few things and get started down this not so fun path…
      Thanks again,
      Blessings, Jeanne

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