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    Rare Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert CathyKeshi's Avatar
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    Good to hear from you KarinK, and happy you've found a little peace with the idea of a new guitar ... nothing so soothing as good music!

    I do hope you and Ida get away for those 3 days. I wonder, somewhat idly and with no science behind it ... but if the places she's afraid to go didn't seem to foreign and scary to her ... for example, if she got a few cards and/or notes from real people in the place you wanted to go, coupled with photos and books, might help the place become real and maybe safer for her to think about? Perhaps the hospital might have some more ideas to help with that.

    No matter what, your "trip" away always includes all the far-flung friends here on Pearl-Guide who wish you and Ida and family all the best Hugs!
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    Cathy, most places we would consider going are already familiar to her. But I have the exact same idea My plan for our trip to Tallinn includes not only a plan for a daily schedule but also showing her the photos from the day trip we all had there from Helsinki two years ago so it might feel more familiar.

    Sometimes it is hard even for me to understand her reactions. It still seems so new. Which makes me wonder how much she was hiding in the past but also gives me hope for her / our future as I think we will in time be able to return to a state of more normalcy.

    - Karin

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    Wonderful that you are getting back to your guitar. Such a lovely escape from everything around you and good for the soul ! Best of luck with your trip I do hope it's a smooth one. Wonderful to hear from you, sending big hugs !

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    Music heals the soul...I hope you have a good spring, and fun travels.

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    Very best wishes as always.
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    Hi Karin!

    Have not posted quite a while, been checking the forum from time to time though
    I am in Tallinn. If there is anything I could do for you, help someway before or during the trip etc, please let me know.

    Maria

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    Maria, I sent you a PM What a fun coincidence!

    - Karin

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    Hi Karin, hope you have a great trip and that things are working out for you. Take care!

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    Hello Pearl Friends, I felt it was time for another update.

    We made it through the trip to Tallinn. Ida would never have admitted to it but I saw her smile at times and even have fun with her brother. Going to Paris for two weeks this summer on a home exchange was an even bigger challenge. Thankfully we had a apartment so when it became too much for her after about a week, we still had plenty of space for staying in a lot of the time.

    Nothing comes fast or easy but it looks like third attempt at getting her back to school is working. It is a school for children with special needs with only 8 children in a class and 2-3 adults. She is there for 2 hrs, 4 days a week - under protest but we get out the door and we go there. Lots of physical symptoms and other kinds of struggles but I believe we can make her hang in there this time.

    I still play guitar, progressing bit by bit but most of all enjoying a bit more time on my own. The most amazing thing is that I just got a job! Some may remember I've talked about spending a lot of time playing a mobile game. Well, I now have a part-time job as Community Manager hired to handle the administrative work with events, make the new cards, represent the company in chat rooms and on forum, and help pass on information between players and owners.

    I can work when I want and where I want so I don't have to make a single change in my daily routine, I get to use not just my knowledge of the game and the people but also my background in marketing and product management. It is my dream job. The solution to my working dilemma I didn't know existed until at few months ago. I was introduced to the community as the new representative yesterday. Everyone seems really excited - and pretty jealous

    Pearlwise it is the same two cotton strings with Tahities on and a big one on leather every single day. Still in my goth phase.

    - Karin

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    Karin, that sounds like steady progress. May it continue!

    And congratulations on the new job. I am glad it fits so well in your routine.

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    This is good news! Thanks for filling us in.

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    So good to hear from you, Karin! Your new work sounds intriguing and interesting, and Ida is making steady progress~with your loving support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattye View Post
    So good to hear from you, Karin! Your new work sounds intriguing and interesting, and Ida is making steady progress~with your loving support.
    All the young people at my regular café as well as half of the players in the game are super jealous "You get paid to play???" It takes some experience and wisdom, though, to get along with everyone in a competative environment where people also sometimes spend a lot of money. Still fun to have a cool job.

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    Totally cool! Glad to hear things are going so well for ya.

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    Hugs to you and your daughter...

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