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    thanx Misabi. how is the wee frella this morning ???
    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

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    Hi Ladies

    Hows the head this morning Gwamma? Lots of water and green tea and you'll be back to normal in no time!

    Shopping went very well in Auckland, managed to knock a few chrissy presents off the list. Found a fantastic book for my mum based on the 'Call the Midwife' series - my mum is a midwife so she totally 'gets' that programme. Found a Jack Reacher book of rules for DH, a dolls pushchair for DD (to replace the one her older brother broke), lots of gifts for my neices and a few stocking stuffers. BUSY!

    Off to my appointment with the specialist in a few minutes, to discuss my MRI results on the toe. Not sure what result I want, although obviously nothing terminal LOL. Would be nice if there is a quick fix so I'm hoping for that.

    Misabi - hows your baby today?

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    printing the immigration paperwork this morning. fun times!

    so much printing.

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    yay gotta love those official paperwork mountains! at least you will get it out of the way once you've done it.

    internet was down this morning so i went for a ride on the harley. saved pacing around sporadically ringing telecom to abuse them and getting the bot. i went to town to get some coffee beans, got a bottle of olive oil too to make the kids some mayonaise which i had to stuff up my leather jacket to carry home. made me look like i had some bizarre mishapen beer gut. i remembered halfway home that i had forgotten to buy a lemon to make the mayonaise with lol

    friday i am gonna go out on the piss. i have to face 6 weeks being totally overrun and mob handed. and worse the ex hubby is back in town for 3 whole weeks with nothing better to do than irritate me. so yeah, i need a party before then. how's the head gwamma?

    misabi how is the boy today?

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    on a slightly different subject, i have had some patches of red skin on my cheeks. just at the top of my cheek bones below my eyes where the skin is the thinnest. it was/is almost broken skin or little red capillaries? not totally sure how to describe it. i so dont want to end up one of those old women with red patchy skin. i am not 100% if it is sun damage as it is just below my sunnies line or caffeine induced as i have the odd red vein on the sides of my nose too. i dont want to have to cake with makeup to cover it. cant live without caffeine so... i have been trying. no sugar or grains at all. liquid minerals. vit E. vit K. and about 5g vit C a day. and they are fading. the patches are smaller and my nose ones are much more subtle. typically i cant say which of those particular things it is but still. i will keep with it and see if i get any more improvement. definitely off the more natural moisturisers with SPF in. I did go thru a phase years ago of being self righteous and organic and breaking the bank to get living nature stuff. my face got covered in freckles with their sunblock on. i have been using SPF15 skin food as i ran out of the high SPF stuff for a few weeks. lo and behold the freckles all reappeared on my forehead. so back to Olay!

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    Seaweed that is interesting about the skinfood not working so great. I have used it for years and love it, I have lots of freckles and moles on my face anyway so it would be hard to tell if I was getting more than usual! I wonder if it is sun damage causing the red patches? Maybe get yourself a free consulatation at Caci to see what they can do for you? You don't have to actually do any of their treatments but they might be able to give you a better diagnosis.

    I've been trialling the oil pulling that you all recommend so highly. Just a week into it now and its a bit hard to see if I've made any progress because I had one nasty pimple brewing before I started the oil pulling which is now full blown and I havn't seen any improvement in my acne scars - which google tells me I should. I went with a mix of CO and EVOO to start with and just on my face for now although I might work up the courage to go the whole body soon.

    Well the conclusion of the specialist was that my toe is showing signs of early degeneration, there is some swelling and a few burrs in the joint but nothing that can be fixed. He's recommended some of those awful exercise shoes that they advertise for toning your bum and legs, the ones with the rolling foot. Will look into that begrudgingly.

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    LL get into the gelatin and the sodium ascorbate for your toe! i was getting clicking spine and very sore hips about 5 yrs ago. Mum is 80 and she has had 2 hip replacement ops so i was not keen. i co-incidentally got into the sodium acorbate and gelatin for my wrinkles and interestingly my aching hips and clicking spine totally disappeared. so much so that last time i went to see the really good male sports massage therapist, he commented how it is very unusually to find a woman in my age group who you can massage into the hip joint with any pressure without them feeling alot of pain. it may all be anecodotal and it may just be that i also cut the gluten at a similar time. we get our gluten intolerance from my dad's side tho. so who knows, but it is worth giving it a try.
    skin food prob is good from a moisturising pov altho i find i get nasty clogged pores from it but it is the sun damage bit i have probs with. i never block anything other than my face. all my latin and jewish blood went below my neck i think and my celtic and gaelic blood went above my neck lol i dont think we have a caci but it would prob make me feel pretty depressed to go to one of those places.

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    I have broken capillaries on my face. Every doctor/dermatologist has told me that it's usually genetic, and since my dad has them, so also do I.

    The fix that is available to me is laser treatments. This is only a relatively recent development (in the last 3 years) that they can use it for this (or, that it's wide-spread) as I was told there was nothing that I could do for years!

    Now, I'm saving up for the laser treatments to get the 4-5 of them on my face cleared up. I discovered it when I went to talk about tattoo removal, and they also talked to me about general other things I could do if I wanted (scar treatments, etc). Pretty cool stuff, really. Mostly, I'd rather spend on capillary fix than tattoo removal, and it would be fewer treatments and less money besides.

    And honestly, it's not that expensive. I think it's $80 per 45-minute treatment? And you need between 1-4 on average. Something like that.

    I have to pay $1k for the immigration health check, so. . . yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
    I have to pay $1k for the immigration health check, so. . . yeah.
    Oh no, thats alot of money! Little story I will try to tell without breaking any confidentiality........I used to work in Haemodialysis and we had a newly immigrated American who started on dialysis soon after moving to the country. She had known kidney disease before she immigrated and our consultant contributed to her immigration health check and advised against acceptability knowing that she would be headed down the dialysis path soon. She was still accepted into NZ, and is now (she may have since passed away so I don't know for sure) costing the NZ taxpayer upwards of $100 000 per year in hospital costs (rough estimate). Oh and she is also semi-famous on account of her career - probably makes lots of money. Corrupt much?

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    I think they can overlook things if you are going to bring something to the country. I don't know if it's corrupt, or just relative to the given situation.

    In our case, we are on the "long path" with the long term business visa. I was really nervous that we would have needed to hire kiwis at this point, but it turns out that we are still OK.

    The real frustration for us was the increase in fees. We were expecting the medical to cost more -- so no worries there (it's $800 for an X-ray alone in the US). But the immigration fees themselves.

    We were given notice that "fees would go up July 1." And so in June, I went and asked them "how high" so that I could determine whether I wanted to file THEN or after. They said "no worries, it won't go up that much."

    The original price to lodge was $790. That was until July 1.

    When I checked it a few months ago, and it's $3,200 to lodge the application! I wish they had told me it was going to go up 4 times! I definitely could have lodged in June.

    Then I got slammed in Oct/Nov, and so here I am, filing a lot later than i would prefer!

    Thankfully, the visa doesn't expire until end of Feb, and we should get acceptance sometime in late Jan/early Feb. Everyone goes on holiday from nwo until mid-jan, so who knows? Anyway, with luck, we'll be through it all soon!

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