Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Straighten Up

That's what some people have told Bigger Girl, because she looks like she is slouching.

She also has had back pain, and is doing physical therapy.

The verdict is in.  She does have some kyphosis, and some scoliosis, but neither are so far off the range of normal as to need surgery.

She will always look like she is slouching a bit forward, even when she is standing as straight as she can.

Meanwhile, the physical therapy will help her learn to compensate for the slight curves when she walks, stands, and mostly, when she sits.  That way she can do them without pain.

Since today is the last day of school, it's good to know she won't be facing anything medical this summer.

On a totally different type of straightening up, how do boy teens manage to get spaghetti sauce stuck to the bottom of the plate, making it harder to clean the dishes?   It's also hard to straighten or tidy up anything once they have come through.  They leave the place looking like the decor is "recently ransacked."

Today is

Bluebell Day -- Fairy Calendar

Declaration of the Bab -- Baha'i

Elf Fest -- Lothlorien (near Needmore, Indiana; through the 28th)

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day -- because children need different care, they aren't just tiny adults

Festival for Vulcan -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Go For A Walk in Your Swim Fins Day -- no, i don't know who comes up with this stuff, and i don't want to

Julia Pierpont Day -- she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day today

Labour Day -- Jamaica

Linnaeus Day -- Sweden

Lucky Penny Day -- just a fun one, see if you find a penny today

National Taffy Day

Romeria del Rocia -- Huelva, Spain (pilgrims transport an image of the Virgen del Rocio [Our Lady of the Dew] through Andalucia, with no motorized transport allowed, accompanied by Gypsy Caravans; when the image gets to the shrine, there is mass and a few days of fireworks and celebrating)

Rosalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (rose festival)

Sacrifices to Leto, Pythian Apollon, Zeus, Hermes and the Dioscuri in the deme of Erchia -- Ancient Greek Calendar

St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk's Day (Patron of Belarus)

Students' Day -- Mexico

St. William of Rochester's Day (Patron of adopted children)

Tubilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (ceremony to purify the trumpet used in sacred rituals)

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

World Turtle Day -- sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue

Anniversaries Today:

South Carolina becomes the 8th US state, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Monaco, 1976
Ken Jennings, 1974
Jewel, 1974
Mitch Albom, 1958
Drew Carey, 1958
Marvin Hagler, 1952
Robert Moog, 1934
Joan Collins, 1933
Rosemary Clooney, 1928
Helen O'Connell, 1920
Scatman Crothers, 1910
Artie Shaw, 1910
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 1883
Franz Mesmer, 1734
Carolus Linnaeus, 1707
Emperor Qinzong of China, 1100

Today in History:

Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne, 1430
The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void, 1533
The Netherlands declare their independence  from Spain, 1568
The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War, 1618
After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, 1701
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals, 1785
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy, 1805
South American independence  leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, 1813
The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism (the Baha'i Faith), 1844
Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, 1863
The Canadian  Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1873
The fist transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC, 1887
The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released, 1929
American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana, 1934
Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China, 1951
Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured, 1960
The first version of the Java programming language is released, 1995
The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes, 1998
The fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure, 2005
Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts, 2006
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute, 2008


  1. no brace or anything though--right?
    small blessings?


  2. Oh my, I would feel so bad to hear someone say to your daughter to "stand up straight". I hope she just smiles and says that she has a slight problem with a medical issue but she is working on it! Hopefully, that will shut them up!

  3. Right, Carla, and a big blessing to us.

    Kay, i should have specified, it's mostly teachers and other "in charge" types.

  4. I hope her back pain eases up. Hope she gets 1000% relief from the pain.

    You mentioned Vulcan and I immediately thought of Star Trek kind of Vulcans. whoops! ;)

  5. It's okay, Josie, sometimes i have to read close to tell, also.