Sunday, February 5, 2012

SQUEE!!!!!

Very Happy Sam!!!
Ok, this is just a very quick post to say that I was accepted into my absolute favorite, #1 first choice school, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health!!!! It is rated #1 in America in public health, has a lupus center, and works to study chronic illnesses! Could there be a better match for me?  Ok, yes, so if it were located in a safer city, but still. It's a one year program for people with doctoral degrees, so it won't take long and I'll be around geeks like me!

Love,
Your new favorite public health policy lupus advocate.

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations Sam! Visiting by way of your Mom's blog. And took a peek at your wish list.....may I knit you some fingerless gloves? Looks like bamboo and rayon is safe. Purple? Or?

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    1. Wow, that would be amazing. I have this huge melanoma scar on my wrist/hand that I have to keep out of the sun. Purple or any other non-pastel color would be awesome! Thank you so much for the kind offer!

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    2. OK, just chatted with your Mom and we'll meet up Thursday to pick out yarn. For myself, I make short ones, just over the wrist, but I'm thinking yours should be longer? To the elbow? Do me a favor, measure from your wrist to how far over the fingers you'd like your hand covered, and from your wrist up to elbow or however long you'd like them to be.

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    3. Measuring from my middle finger to how far down my wrist it needs to be to cover the scar, it's 11 inches. If it helps, I also measured the distance from the, for a lack of a more technical term, bump at the wrist joint down to the end of the scar, and that measures 3.5".

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    4. If I understand....you'd like the glove to cover 3.5" down from the wrist joint bump (technical enough for me) over the top of your hand. And then from that end of the glove (which should be about your middle finger knuckle), you'd like the glove to continue 11" up your arm. Do I have it right?

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    5. The 11" is the total length, including hand, middle finger, and scar. The 3.5" is just the wrist bump down to the end of scar measurement, as that is the length of my wrist that I would like to keep covered (they tell me the scar is even more photosensitive than the rest of me). I hope that's clear?

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    6. Oh yes, got it, very clear. Can't wait to get the yarn and get started. Hope you have a good day!

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    7. And you! If you want an idea of the length of the scar, I posted a picture here: http://samvskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/yes-it-can-happen-to-you-too.html I tried to post one of the less-icky pictures, but if such things make you squeamish, you might skip it. Otherwise, it might help give an idea.

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    8. DebbieR (rodgersjd@aol.com)February 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Sorry to bug you again, but your gloves are in prprogress and now I'm doubting my understanding. Do you want the gloves long enough to cover to the end of your middle finger? (per your comment 2/8/12 7:37am above, when you note middle finger, do you mean to the end of your middle finger?) Also, I don't want them to be too tight around your forearm, so could you measure around the that circumference, too? So happy for you that things are looking better.

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    9. The total length of eleven inches included partly up to the top of my middle finger. I don't know how long fingerless gloves go up the finger, so I'd say that 11.5" would cover the total finger, wrist and scar, and hope that's helpful. My wrist at it's thickest part (where the bump is) is about 6.5" in circumference.

      Again, please let me know if these aren't the right measurements. It's a good thing I'm a seamstress, so I have tape-measures all over the place! It's kind of hard to measure one's own wrist, though, so all measurements are somewhat approximate.

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    10. I can make them to your needs. Fingerless gloves typically cover just the knuckles (where the fingers join the hand) but I can easily knit yours longer to cover more of your fingers if you wish. The choice is totally yours, just tell me what you want.

      Thanks for the wrist measurement. I'd also like the measurement around your arm where the gloves will end, I'm guessing that is an inch or two above the scar. Again, I can knit them however long you want them. I need that circumference to make sure they won't be too small.

      Hope Dragon is still giving you giggles.

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    11. The measurement around my arm where I envision the gloves ending is 7.5". As to the length, the distance that I gave you for my hand extends almost to the second knuckle of my middle finger. Since both of my finger joints are arthritic I was hoping that it would be doable to extend the fingers a little bit further. I hope that answers your questions? Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

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  2. Such a beautiful photo, Sam! You don't look sick in it at all. xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I was playing with my nephew at the time, which always makes me happy. Since I'm unlikely to ever be able to have kids of my own, I really dote on my nephew and other peoples' kids (when they're healthy and therefore not dangerous to me). :)

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  3. I found your blog a few weeks ago. Yours is the first Lupus blog to make it on to my favorites bar. It's informational with personality! I'm not surprise that you got accepted into your first choice school. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much, what a kind complement! I try to present information in a way that doesn't bore people to tears, because I've spent the past...let's just say over ten years being bored to tears in science classes and lectures. It gave me a "what NOT to do" sort of an example! :)

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  4. I too found your blog from your mom's. Congrats on getting accepted at your first choice! And depending where you are in Baltimore, it can be a really safe city. It's not all "The Wire."

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    1. See, my memory of Baltimore includes being on Druid's Hill (whatever that is) at night, with helicopters using searchlights in a manhunt directly above me as I helped someone move. Led to a slightly scary impression of the city!

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  5. Wow, congratulations Sam, that's wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! I'm very excited! Especially because my parents are both from MD, so I know the state...at least a bit.

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  6. I'm so excited for you Sam!!! I'm still catching up on reading my mail, that's why I'm late with congrats. I'm bouncing up and down in my chair, instead of jumping up and down for you, but the joy is the same! So happy for you, my sweet honorary niece! (Haven't given up on the mother-in-law position yet!) :)Much love to you! <3 Sharon

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