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post #21 of 92

Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, anyone?

Hey, just checking in to see if anyone is going to the Talkeetna festival this weekend? We will be taking DS (who is 3), and camping in the "family camping area." I called the woman today, and she seemed really pleased to hear that good families were coming to enjoy music and other festival fun. If anyone else is going, let's meet up!

Crystal, I emailed your info to all my peeps in Fairbanks. I'll be with you in spirit!
post #22 of 92
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Crystal, did you talk to the General Manager? How about going up the line to the District or State Manager? It's important that there is some employee education set up to prevent this.
I agree. Even if you go ahead with the nurse-in, you need to have some contact with the staff, and know that you did what needed to be done to educate the person ("Josh") who treated you so rudely.

Something eerily similar happened to me when E was a baby. I was in Fred's, in the toy aisle. The girls were spending their allowance, and you know how long THAT can take. So I found one of those green step stools in the toy aisle, sat on it, and nursed E while he was IN A SLING and I was WEARING NURSING SHIRT.

I was asked to "go to the bathroom to do that," and when I said, pretty much: "WTF?" the lady said, "You're making customers uncomfortable," and she pointed to a very elderly couple in the MILK department.

Obviously I refused to be moved or to stop nursing my newborn, and I did complain in a very effective way...I went up front and asked for the manager on duty.

I got a face-to-face apology, and since I was known to the manager, he told me (the next time I was in there) that the woman in question had been moved to the home and gardening dept, and had had to undergo some training for how to handle situations that made HER uncomfortable.

Safeway is Union operated. They're going to want to do all they can to educate and prevent. I'd go that route first.

love, p
post #23 of 92
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Hey, just checking in to see if anyone is going to the Talkeetna festival this weekend?
you'll have fun! i went in years past but its definitely not my style...i feel like calling it a bluegrass festival is a little misleading. its a good time, but in my opinion, there are other festivals (like anderson) that are more musically oriented and more family friendly. check them out next year if you don't already go!
post #24 of 92
I agree, if you haven't been before, I would really caution you. I have been there several times, pre-kids and I wouldn't take my kids there, no way no how. The whole fun in the festival was running around on hallucinogens not about music. I hear the one in Anderson is much more family-friendly.
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My husband had a bike wreck tonight. Someone found him by the side of the road and called 911. At the hospital he was in and out of consciousness and couldn't remember his phone number. I called his cell about midnight and the doctor answered. He has bleeding on the brain along with being pretty banged up.

We were able to make it into town and see him for a few minutes before they life flighted him to Providence in Anchorage where they have neurosurgons in case they have to do brain surgery. He doesn't remember what happened. He couldn't remember if he crashed or was hit and only just remembred that he was in the hospital the last time they asked him if he knew where he was. They asked if I wanted to go with him but I thought it more important to stay here with the kids. They need their mother in a time like this. So yea, could use any prayers or candle lightings. Now it is 2 am and I am going to go snuggle the kids to sleep.
post #27 of 92
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My husband had a bike wreck tonight. Someone found him by the side of the road and called 911. At the hospital he was in and out of consciousness and couldn't remember his phone number. I called his cell about midnight and the doctor answered. He has bleeding on the brain along with being pretty banged up.

We were able to make it into town and see him for a few minutes before they life flighted him to Providence in Anchorage where they have neurosurgons in case they have to do brain surgery. He doesn't remember what happened. He couldn't remember if he crashed or was hit and only just remembred that he was in the hospital the last time they asked him if he knew where he was. They asked if I wanted to go with him but I thought it more important to stay here with the kids. They need their mother in a time like this. So yea, could use any prayers or candle lightings. Now it is 2 am and I am going to go snuggle the kids to sleep.
Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear this! I'll be praying for your husband and family. Please, please let us know if there is anything we can do - we live right near Prov and my husband works at the hospital. Anything. Really!
post #28 of 92
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
My husband had a bike wreck tonight. Someone found him by the side of the road and called 911. At the hospital he was in and out of consciousness and couldn't remember his phone number. I called his cell about midnight and the doctor answered. He has bleeding on the brain along with being pretty banged up.

We were able to make it into town and see him for a few minutes before they life flighted him to Providence in Anchorage where they have neurosurgons in case they have to do brain surgery. He doesn't remember what happened. He couldn't remember if he crashed or was hit and only just remembred that he was in the hospital the last time they asked him if he knew where he was. They asked if I wanted to go with him but I thought it more important to stay here with the kids. They need their mother in a time like this. So yea, could use any prayers or candle lightings. Now it is 2 am and I am going to go snuggle the kids to sleep.
Oh No G! I'm so sorry. Hugs to you and prayers to your Hubby!
post #29 of 92
Oh no G - I'm so sorry. That's awful. I live in Anchorage too so let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
post #30 of 92
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband, 1stimestar. If there's anything I can do for you, let me know.
post #31 of 92
Ok just talked to Justin. Thankfully my phone that doesn't have long distance on it, was able to call there directly. They have him pretty drugged up so he doesn't really know what is going on and couldn't tell me much. So talked to his nurse. He's now not "accutly critical". Justin had told me he thought he would get to go home tomorrow. His nurse said that his internal timeline isn't quite working but it would be longer then that. I THOUGHT one day was a bit quick. They will know more tomorrow. So for now, that's all I have. My aunt had the Chaplin go see him. He doesn't remember much of that but I know it made him feel better. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and offers of help. It's really a bit disconcerting to have him down there and us being up here not able to talk to him and care providers directly.
post #32 of 92
At least Justin was able to get on the phone. I can't imagine being away from my DH.
post #33 of 92
I really wish I could have talked to his doctor to find out more of what was going on. On the sheet they sent home with him, they only said "tramatic brain injury, follow up as neccessary", but nothing else! But my best friend is a PA here in town so we are going to have Providence fax his records to her so we can look at them.

He's home! Nothing like having to spend your unemployment check on a last minute plane ticket. No way could he have spent 8 hours in the car even if I'd had the time to drive down there and pick him up. He's pretty sore, shaky, banged up, etc. and still doesn't remember the accident. But ok for the main part. Thanks so much for all your prayers. I'm sure they made a difference. My poor son cries when ever he looks at him (he's pretty swollen, bloodied and bruised) and my daughter makes a great little nurse.
post #34 of 92
I'm glad he's home. I can't believe Prov's discharge "plan." Follow up thoroughly as brain injury symptoms can take a long time to show up. I would encourage you to follow up with the AK brain injury network for support. http://www.alaskabraininjury.net/ Are you guys eligible for family Medicaid or other public assistance? Please use it, that's what its for. Best wishes.

I'm working at home today so I took little man to the school. Obviously I need to get him some rubber boots as he came home soaked to his knees playing in a puddle.
post #35 of 92
Thanks. I had forgotten about them but actually know someone who is on the board of directors there. I used to work with her.
Here's a picture. He actually looks quite a bit better already. At first his eye was swollen shut and looked like a mashed up plum.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloud9doula/?saved=1
post #36 of 92
I have never had a negitive experience with the public (family is another matter) when it came to nursing in public. I always thought FBX was so use to it. I see nursing mommas all the time. Makes me sad to know that moms are faced with oppisition in our city...gerr. I am not nursing; yet but I will try to make it to support and help. Thank you for heading this one up Crystal.
post #37 of 92
I don't check in here every day, so I just got the news tonight, but Georganne, wow. Prayers going your way for sure.
post #38 of 92
Wow I have not been on in a very long time. These forums have changed. I take it you have to pay to have all the cutesy emotes in your signature. The adds are annoying I never thought MDC would go so commercial. I will have to look at membership if that's the cure to it and cause I want my emotes back.

This summer has been crazy with the weather, my garden is just now producing some veggies and I found out yesterday its because we actually have some hours of darkness. I might be able to fake that for next years garden with some tarps or something, see what I can get going.

I need some emotes lol.
post #39 of 92
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Wow I have not been on in a very long time. These forums have changed. I take it you have to pay to have all the cutesy emotes in your signature. The adds are annoying I never thought MDC would go so commercial. I will have to look at membership if that's the cure to it and cause I want my emotes back.

This summer has been crazy with the weather, my garden is just now producing some veggies and I found out yesterday its because we actually have some hours of darkness. I might be able to fake that for next years garden with some tarps or something, see what I can get going.

I need some emotes lol.

You dont have to pay to get the emotes in your siggy but I think do you if you want a picture under your username. However lately MDC has taken forever to load and that is HIGHLY ANNOYING my friend. Welcome back!
post #40 of 92
Try downloading Adblocker Plus (ABP). It's a great program. I only knew about MDC ads when I logged into a computer without it, and same for other websites. Adblocker Plus... It's free, I'm pretty sure. It should help loading time and annoyance a lot.
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