Sunday, November 29, 2015

Alex started a Go Fund Me campaign for his wheelchair van

  Alex launched a new Go Fund Me campaign. We would love you to share the link to his campaign on your Facebook. You just never know who is going to see it and decide to help Alex.

  I decided to do a layout with the picture I took of him for his fundraiser. in the little booklet on the right I put his story. People are always asking him how he came to be in a wheelchair. He decided to tell his story on his Go Fund Me page.
  Here it is...

Hi. My name is Alex Finn. I live in Findlay, Ohio.
I need a wheelchair accessible minivan.
I have cerebral palsy and am a quadriplegic.

I work 3 days a week, 2 at Blanchard Valley Industries (I like working in the greenhouse and working the paper shredder). Fridays I go to KANDO art studios where I paint and work with little projects.
I am often asked why I have cerebral palsy. When I was born (I was 11 weeks early, doctors couldn't find a reason for that) the doctor in the delivery room made a very big mistake. Although I was doing fine he attempted to intubate me but he pushed the tube to hard and it went through my throat into my chest cavity, he didn't know he had done that and turned on the oxygen. The oxygen went into my chest and squeezed the air out of my lungs collapsing them. Another doctor came into the room to check on me and knew something was wrong, he figured out what it was and re-inflated one of my lungs and helped me breath until special team of doctors came to get me to try and fix the mess the first doctor made. Unfortunately the duration of the lack of oxygen left me with a traumatic brain injury known as cystic PVL which causes cerebral palsy. The damage is in my brain and affects my gross motor skills. I can not walk, sit unsupported, transfer, dress, toilet or move myself.
I have some use of my right hand and I like to use the computer and PlayStation.
People often say "Well I hope you sued the doctor."
Yes there was a malpractice suit. You would not believe how many things that are against the rules go on in our so-called legal system.
1st my lawyer told my mom right before she was going to testify that the judge said that mom couldn't tell that she had told the delivery room nurse she did not want the pediatrician on call to be in the delivery room . Mom knew he wasn't a good doctor and wanted the pediatrician she picked called. When mom spoke to her chosen pediatrician she said she would have come she was not called.
My lawyer had black and white proof--literally --someone in the birth hospital changed times on the records and the time was crucial but whoever changed the times forgot that a set of records had been sent with me to Children's hospital and that set had not been altered- My lawyer showed both sets to the jury. The doctor who hurt me was not even a board certified pediatrician- he had take and failed his boards more than once. A couple of weeks before I was born that same doctor was supposed to go to a class at the Children's hospital and practice intubation procedures on premies--he did not show up for the class.
The judge had Parkinson's disease and kept drifting off on the bench. At the end of the trial (because the judge was having trouble speaking) she had her new court clerk charge the jury --the clerk had never read the orders before and stumbled through them. when the jury went to deliberation she dismissed the 2 alternate jurors. The next day one of the remaining jurors went to the judge and told her that he needed to be dismissed because his job said they had to have him back-- that juror worked at the hospital that was involved in the lawsuit. That juror should not have been a juror on this case. Many other things went on during the ordeal, it reads like an episode of how to get away with malpractice. The verdicts-- Guilty of Negligence-ZERO damages.
How can that be? A juror told my mom--well the the judge can change that--we weren't sure how much to award. And anyway he has great parents he'll be fine.
WHAT??? No the judge couldn't. And besides the judge was friends with the hospital people. The hospital even gave her free meeting space for her Parkinson support group. And about the hospital--they offered my pediatrician "Chief of Pediatrics" a week before the trial.
Her testimony was not what had been expected at the trial. It was not what she had said during depositions.

That is the story of me.

I need a wheelchair minivan. I am lucky. I have people who will drive me but I need a vehicle that I can drive my wheelchair into so that I can go places.

Thank you for reading  about me.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tylor Swift in concert. Columbus, Ohio

In my previous post I introduced Alex and told you bout his quest for a wheelchair accessible van.
Tonight I listed the 12x12 scrapbook layouts that I created from photos we took of the Taylor Swift RED tour concert. Here is a link to one of the ebay listings.
The following layouts are up for auction on Ebay.

2 of Alex's Clay creations are also up for auction.
 Meet Harvey
and Erve!

All about Alex- Raising funds for a wheelchair van.

  Many of you know we have a son who has cerebral palsy. Alex doesn't let his disabilities get in his way. Unfortunately a lot of barriers and inaccessibility do hinder things he would like to do and places he would like to go. Alex is in need of a wheelchair accessible van.  Sadly Alex is only able to work part time in a shelter workshop situation where he makes a few dollars each week. No where near enough to cover his actual needs, forget about wants. Luckily for Alex he lives with his parents (we love him and take good care of him).   Many people assume since Alex is 24 he should be on a waiver and that would help provide for his needs. Alex is on a waiting list for a waiver. He has progressed from number 135 to 118 over the last 15 years.  Alex and I (his mom) have been talking about ways to raise money for Alex's van. I don't work outside the home, I have to be here to care for Alex.
Here's Alex. Keep reading  to get to know a bit about Alex and his idea.

An interview with Alex
  • Q- What do you like to do in your free time?
  • Alex - I like to listen to music, paint, work with clay and play Play Staion games.
  • Q-  Who are your favorite singers?
  • Alex - Taylor swift, Toby Keith, Eric Church and Alter Bridge
  • Q- What is your favorite game?
  • Alex- Wrestling!!!!!  
  • Q- Who are you favorite wrestlers?
  • Alex- Kane, Rhino and Edge!  
  • Q- What is your idea to raise money?
  • Alex-  I want to make some of my clay creatures and I want you (me mom) to make scrapbook pages from the Taylor concert to sell. 
  Well here goes. Alex completed some creatures and I did a layout for each song from the Taylor Swift RED tour.  I took the pictures at the concert in Columbus, OH in May 2013.  I love taking pictures and scrapbooking so this was a fun way for me to help Alex. 
Below are the creatures  and  the next post will have the Taylor Swift RED tour concert layouts.
I am going to put them on EBAY to auction them and all proceeds will go into the account we have set up for Alex to save for his van.

 I plan on writing a future post of Alex's story. I has been a long and winding raod since the very beginning.

Thank you for taking the time to "listen" to Alex.  Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested. 

Dria Finn


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Let's make flowers!

Oh this is fun!
It would take me forever to get the petals to look just the way I wanted them using the ball tip tool.
I got into my  hubby's  drawer of bolts and screws,,,these are called pan top screws.
I made a ball of Sculpty clay then pressed the head of the screw into it and then baked the clay.

and then here is the finished flower

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bring on the Bling!

  Frilly and Funkie have a new challenge called "Bring on the Bling" you can fine their fabulous blog and challenges here.  Bling is definitely something I like to play with. For the challenge I did this layout of my daughter trying on wedding gowns. This is NOT the gown she choose. I lost track of how many shops we went to and how many gowns she tried on before finally saying yes to a dress.  In the future--AFTER the wedding there will be layouts of Julie and her dress. For now I have to make do with making layouts of dresses she said NO to .

Just like wedding dresses , layouts are about details...

Thank you for taking the time to look!
Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

IRS Phone SCAM!!!

  Today I got a call from the IRS they left a message on my machine to return their call at 209-813-0138.  I was instantly on guard. We have our taxes prepared. I know all the information is correct. What could they possibly need? I returned the call.  The person who answered was- Sgt. Joseph Paul from the IRS.... ummm with a very THICK middle eastern accent. He claimed to be with the IRS. He asked for my name and I answered and then he said we needed to pay them NOW to avoid prosecution. He asked me for more information and I asked for his badge number. He hung up on me.
      From what I have read and the inquiries I have made the IRS will contact you via mail NOT via phone. DO NOT give these callers information.
Inform your friends and relatives of this  scam.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tim Tags of 2015

I used Tim Holtz techniques from his March Tag for 21015 to create this tag.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's time for Vacation

Frilly and Funkie has a 'It's Time for a Vacation' . I decided to see what I could come up with.
I used a  large tag and added distress inks and stains  get the watery look.
Wouldn't you like to be in a tropical place with islands white sand beaches and mermaids :)