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photo of knee 3 months after knee replacement

Sunday, September 28, 2014

well havenīt told lotfi i am posting this as he would go mad as it is very unislamic.hopefully allah will forgive me but i wanted my friends to know what i am actually dealing with and why i need so much lymphdrainage a week also to my blc team the FBI why i put so much weight on between hallange because of the fluid in my knee.

in this first photo even though it is late in the evening well early morning really you can see (well i hope you can see and that i am not just deluding myself lol)the thiness of my ankle compared to the swelling of the knee.as i said in my last blog my left knee is 15cm thicker than my right since the op.it will also give others who are concidering this operation an idea of the size of the scar that will be left.



and here is a more close up of the knee.sorry it is at a funny angle but i have took the photos myself.



hope any muslim spark friends out there wont think me aweful for posting theese photos but i did it more to help me to see the knee and put it more into perspective.the physio said it can take months even weeks for the swelling to go down.he even said it might never go away completely even.i hope he is wrong there ,lol.looking at the photos because of the angle they are took at i just realised how fat my legs are.something i have to work on i guess.thanks for taking the time to read this blog.take care and keep smiling.p.s.donīt tell lotfi i posted theese photos.

  
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SAASHA17 9/29/2014 6:47AM

    U are a rockstar Karen...glad its healing..and Allah loves everyone, trust me a few pix wont anger him..hugs..

Manasa

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-SUSANO- 9/29/2014 3:23AM

    The scar is good, very neat and tidy, it will fade, mums did and her swelling went down eventually, but can't remember how long that took, sorry.

Your secret is safe with us, we won't tell Lofti, and I am sure Allah knows you are helping others with this emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/29/2014 2:24AM

    Thank you for sharing

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MICKEYH 9/28/2014 11:41PM

    Thank you for sharing photo of your knees despite the fact of your religion. You are so kind and courageous women and many of us who are going through what you went thogh will surly appreciate this post. Looks to me your wounds are helping quite nicely. Hope to the swell will go away soon. Sending healing vibe and prayers. Get well soon my dear. emoticon emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 9/28/2014 9:09PM

    Looks like it is healing nicely!!! You're getting there!

HUGS!

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BRAINBENTT 9/28/2014 8:50PM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 8:48PM

    No, it's not awful. Just letting you know that the scar will fade. I had mine done almost 7 yrs. ago and it took probably 3 yrs. for it to fade. Oh, you can still see the "zipper" but it's less pronounced.

Yes, I surely can see the swelling. Hope that decreases for you. HUGS

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post op control and general things update

Saturday, September 27, 2014

i just realised when i answered a sparkfriends blog re her LTKR that i had forgotten to update you all on my 3 month post op check up.being the lazy person that i am i will just copy and paste my reply to her blog then after that will do a general update.

hi steph love glad you are home now and all went relative well for you.wow only 11/2 hours recovery room i was two days in recovery room and over two weeks in hospital then had to go to rehab for three weeks.also had to have a small second op 5 days after the big ltkr.the pain is extreme hope they have given you some strong painkillers to help.it does get better though as your knee gets more mobile.i just think it is strange that my knee hurts more now than before the op but they assure me it will eventually go away.i had my three month check up the other day at the hospital and the drīs are pleased i still have to use the crutches another month(occassionally my knee gives way for no reason as the nerve apparently doesnīt pick up or forgets to send the signal to the brain)i also have lymph drainage 3 times a week(left knee leg still 15cm more swollen than right not operated leg)and physio theraphy 2 times a week along with hot /cold(ice)theraphy two times a week.i also have physio theraphy exercises that i have to do on a daily basis at home.i am now allowed to turn my knee and leg abit and have been given exercises to strengthen the inner side muscles now i can turn the knee.all in all it will be a long strong process but we are both strong and we can do this.know i am here for you love.take care and keep smiling.

now onto the general update.lotfi left on thursday to go on his first ever real holiday and his first ever time in a hotel.(he has once been in a motel for three days with us when our car broke down a few years back in italy as we were on the way back from tunisia)but has never stopped in a hotel.i booked all inclusive for him and his nephew and they have gone to the turkey the place lotfi has always dreamed of going and where we had talked about going together before we married so it was long overdue.just that we couldnīt afford it for also me and the kids to go as we need money when we have to go to tunisia etc with lotfiīs father being so ill.plus it is school time so kids couldnīt go anyway.so because i am alone with the kids i couldnīt go to my zumba class last night as i had no one to look after ayman and ayyub but zakariya went to the zumba class alone which made me very proud of him as he is the only child in the class as it is really for adults and there is only one other man who goes otherwise it is all women.so i must be doing something right there the kids also had their capieria classes again.probably spelt that wrong,lol.aymans firsst day back at his pre school this löast monday went well so we are slowly getting back into the school/sport routine again it is just trying to fit in all my theraphy re the leg in etc.also have to get to sorting otr aymans speach theraphy again as he has had a big break with the summer holidays etc so that is something for me to do monday as well as sort out the refferal s for the specialist from the pedratrition that lotfi forgot to get when he took ayman and zakariya to the specialist while i was in rehab as we have become a reminder(i didnīt even know lotfi hadnīt took it with him)saying if they donīt get it by the end of this quartal.meaning by tuesday we will be sent a bill and have to pay it ourself,lol.which mean on monday once i got the kids off to school i have to walk to underground go one train then one tram to get to pediatrion .then quiet a walk(well it is when on crutches.pick up the referrals they need the kids medical insurance cards to ptint them which is why io have to go in,lol.then walk back to tram tram to underground where i have to take two trams to hospital where the specialiists are give in the referrals the walk back to undergraound.two underground trains to get home then walk home and to school bus stop by 12.30 to pick up ayman from his preschool.so basically loads of rushing around,hoping and praying i miss no conections and have to wait or i wont be back in time for ayman.then after that give ayman something to eat then straight out for my physio which i will have to take ayman with as lotfi is not here then rushing back home intime for ayyub and zakariya coming out of school 3.30pm.then quick break before ayman has his adventure gymnastic.while he is there prepare dinner for us all .pick up ayman home for dinner.getting kids ready for bed etc before i can actually begin to relax.did i say i wasnīt looking forward to monday.on a good note i had a big for me NSV .nothing to do with weightloss but for those who donīt know or who hasnīt guessed i am what people say a people pleaser and when people ask me to do them a favour i usually say yes weather it is convieniant for me or not.well today i said no to oneof my friends who wanted me to pick her son up from school.i donīt normally go to the school as ayman comes with the school bus and thursday i picked her son up going specially tothe school to do it(now remember i am on crutches)she is a fit,thin and healthy 26 year old but is lazy.she told me she was feeling ill so i did it even though to go so long was painful as my knee is still painful .she then phoned me friday to ask if i could pick her son up again.while while i was at school to pick him up on the thursday i heard off his teacher that even though they have been just two weeks back at school she had only picked him up herself once in the two weeks getting other people to pick him up for her.so knowing this when she asked me again i said no sorry i couldnīt as my knee was still hurting from picking him up yesturday which was the truth it was hurting a bit but not as much as i lead her to believe,loll.was that bad of me.i hope not but i felt like i had broke through some sort of invisible barrier saying no.i felt uncomfortable but hope that in time i can get better saying no to people and loose the guilt that goes with me saying no.

here is the photo of todays mid day meal made completely by my son zakariya who as you know is 11.when i say made completely i mean he decided what we would have he even went to the turkish shop himself to buy the chicken brust.and he cut,seasoned itall and cooked and served it all himself.it may look alot beut remember it is served on a side plate.we actually serve all our dinners on side plates the big plates we only use as serving plates when we are doing it like a buffet form.



this is a photo of my portion.1&1/4 scoop mashed potatoe,half a chicken breast,3 chopped mushrooms and two tablespoons of zakariyas home made tomatoe sauce.he did a good job didnīt he.having said that i didnīt get to eat all my chicken breat as my nephew is also here on saturday and a fuzzy eater.he would only eat the chicken so of course half a breast was not enough for him so he ended having half of my chicken.the kids all had ice cream for afters as we do on a weekend but i had no ice cream as that is my nutritional goal for the blc weekend challange.no ice cream over the weekend.any way the kids want to go out on the bikes and scooters so i have to check they have their bike helmets on etc.hope you all have a nice weekend take care and keep smiling.thanks for taking the time to read this blog and an extra special thanks if you take the time to reply i do read all the replies even if i donīt get time to thank you all as often as i would like.

  
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MUSIC66 9/30/2014 6:38AM

    Great nlog

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DECLARE74 9/28/2014 6:02PM

    Zak did a great job - and I love the idea of eating off the side plates :-) I am going to steal that one :-)

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GODZDESIGN95 9/28/2014 4:22PM

    Praying an believing for your continued healing. Please pray for an important meeting tomorrow with the principal at school concerning my youngest son.

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MILLISMA 9/27/2014 9:13PM

    What a wonderful family you have. Be careful while you are running all those errands and hope it all goes well. Thanks for the update and for sharing you story. emoticon

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MICKEYH 9/27/2014 3:54PM

    You really teaching your son Zakariya very well for cooking and Zumba. So proud of Zakariya. He future will be bright I know it! Foods looks yummy! Way to go Zakariya! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 9/27/2014 9:13AM

    Glad for the update! And glad you are doing better and the family is well!

HUGS!!

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CIPHER1971 9/27/2014 9:00AM

    Flex that No muscle - I have found it gets easier, but not easy.

Fingers crossed that you make all your connections on Monday

Have a great day

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RDEE22 9/27/2014 8:44AM

    It makes me tired just hearing about the rushing around you had to do. Have a good weekend! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 9/27/2014 8:40AM

  Thanks for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2014 8:38AM

    Sounds busy! HUGS

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back to school,zumba and yesturdays dinner(photos)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

well zakariyaand ayyubs first day back at school this last week went well.i was abit worried about ayyub as he was starting a new special school.he seems to like it though but it is early days there are 9 other boys in his class and one girl.luckily this school also goes swimming so ayyub is made up about that.aymans pre school starts up tomorrow it is in the same special school that ayyub is in and his classroom door is only two doors away from one another.as the school has started back up over here so has our sports club that as it is held in the school is only open when school is open so this last week the kids and i started up the sport classes.i said and i as they have started zumba classes twice a week.even though i am not allowed to dance yet i decided to go.i sat on a stability ball at that back and did all the arm movements and one leg movements.it was such fun and even though i was sitting still worked up a sweat with the arm movements involved.another bonus is zakariya did the class with me.standing up of course.
yesturday we walked with the kids to the buga berg(hill)and was surprized to see they had an event there.the kids made toy aeroplanes out of wood with a caterpault to help they fly.people where flying kites and they even had this handglider thing to learn to hand glide.zakariya had a go and my heart was in my sleeve so to speak as they went quite high.the other kids where to small to go on it so i had them complaining how not fair it is that zakariya could go and not them,lol.you know how kids are and how long they can complain so say no more.on the way back we went to the local bio farm and the kids picked themselfs some corn on the cob



we had them for dinner last night along with salad



homemade pitta bread



with grilled chicken breast,red cabbage,cucumber,onions,tomatoe and a yogurt and mint sauce





the kids took the photos .they were so eager to eat their pitta when they made them that they forgot to take a photo of the finished product.

today this morning we went to the buga berg again as zakariya wanted to see if they were doing the handglider again.i was pleased to say they didnīt.so the kids flew their kites instead







as you can see by the sky it then started to rain so we came back.lotfi has now taken the kids swimming so i have peace to sort out school clothes etcc.for tomorrow.the beauty about the kids going swimming on a sunday is i donīt have to bath them for school tomorrow so one less chore,lol.anyway have a nice rest of the weekend.here there is lots going on in muüchen as the october fest started yesturday of course our kids want to go lol.will be takening them sometime next week.take care and keep smiling

  
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MUSIC66 9/24/2014 1:19AM

    Great blog

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DS9KIE 9/23/2014 3:18PM

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CRYSALLIS1 9/22/2014 6:14PM

    Yum, yum! Also sounds like things are getting better in your world. emoticon

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ELIZACG9 9/22/2014 10:28AM

    It all looks good.. emoticon

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RDEE22 9/22/2014 7:59AM

    Love your Pitta bread photo. Is that the same recioe you put in the Blog 8/30?

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MICKEYH 9/21/2014 11:28PM

    Sounds like you guys had an awesome weekend. I just love looks of your bread. emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 9/21/2014 7:49PM

    Good for you for getting in your exercise!! Modification is key!

HUGS!

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SAASHA17 9/21/2014 6:53PM

    that sounds like a perfect weekend..glad u enjoyed it..

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MCJOYFUL 9/21/2014 5:46PM

    Love the pics!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/21/2014 2:59PM

    wow do I remember flying kites with my kids. what memories....

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MARGOO_GNU 9/21/2014 1:17PM

    I can just picture you bouncing on that ball in the back of class emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/21/2014 12:39PM

    lovely pics and dinner looks nommy.

Glad everything is going well at school for the boys.

Have a great day.

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LIFECHANGZ 9/21/2014 12:32PM

    emoticon isn't zumba a riot??? the food looks all fresh & delish! yummy! love kite flying... but that is 1 dark sky there! sorry it cut it short... thanks for sharing your day, it sounds lovely :)

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MILLISMA 9/21/2014 11:49AM

    What great news about the school! Sounds like you've all had a wonderful time....loved the zumba story. Your meal looks so good and healthy. Wish I could smell the home baked pita while it was cooking - one of my favorite smells has always been baking bread. Yum! Thanks for sharing your day and the fantastic photos.

big hugs to all......Mary Anne

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TRUTHNOW2 9/21/2014 10:53AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing those wonderful pics as always... makes it almost like i have visited with you and your lovely family.


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GEORGE815 9/21/2014 10:28AM

    Corn on the cob looks great.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2014 10:12AM

    Supper looks awesome!!!

Sounds like a good beginning to the school year. That's wonderful. I always want the kids to develop a love of learning in the early years that stays with them!

HUGS

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homemade vegan cheese

Saturday, September 06, 2014

i have been looking for healthy alternatives for snack food for my kids and came across this recipe for a vegan cheese dip
minimaleats.com/vegan-cheese/

now i canīt say if this is the best vegan cheese as it says in the recipe as to be honest i have never eaten a vegan cheese so i have no comparisment. to be honest i was a bit disappointed as to me it didnīt taste like the cheese i know and love.as most of my spark friends will know cheese,is my downfall,my kryptonite,my trigger whatever you like to call it.i love cheese and had hoped to find a healthier alternative .that doesnīt mean it wasnīt tasty it was just differant than i thought.first if you look at the cheese in the link it was a deep yellow and runny mine looked like this

in the food processor i even doubled the amount of lemon juice and water given in the recipe.in total it made a small jar and the bit in this bowl


even though it wasnīt as thin as the one in the link i kind of liked the texture and consistancy as it was similar to a humus.i find with the amount of seasoning they gave that it was a bit bland for my taste and i knew my kids wouldnīt eat it like that but by adding more garlic and cayanne pepper it was ok.i tried to figure out why mine was so thick compared to theirs when i had doubled the liquid.the only reason i could think of if the nutrition yeast i used as both i and the shop assistant in the reform house werenīt certain if we had the right stuff but reading the nutritiant value on the packet we came to the conclusion it was the same.here is the german equivulant i brought

if any of you know any differant let us know as i like experimenting.guess at some point i am going to have to try a vegan cheese from the shop to see if this recipe is really for the best vegan cheese or not.if it is i am sorry it would never take the place of normal cheese for me but as an occasional alternative will go.well mickey hope this helps love as i know you wanted feedback from this recipe.it tasted nice with tortilla chips and with blanched bobby beans but i didnīt like it much with carrots.weather that is because carrots was in the recipe or not i couldnīt say but donīt forget we all have differant taste so you might like it with carrots.

anyway thanks as usual for reading my blog and a double thanks if you reply.take care and keep smiling

  
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DS9KIE 9/11/2014 12:01AM

    I have yet to find a vegan cheese that taste just like cheese

well I'm glad the cheese sauce did turn out good

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SAMZA83 9/7/2014 4:03PM

    Hiya Karen, I must say as someone who has been vegetarian for 15 years and Vegan for 3 months (haha a whole three..) Vegan cheese scares me because I know and love the real deal! ...That being said even if you were disappointed you get major credit for at least trying something I as a vegan, with many a vegan cookbook cannot do yet! I have seen Vegan cheeses in places like Reformhaus if you still want to give them a go...just have your Euros ready!

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KOLA619 9/7/2014 7:50AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! I love cheese, too. I tried the store-bought. It wasn't too good.
I have made a lasagna-like recipe where the cheese was very similar to mozzarella. I'll post it in the group.

And thanks for the pics, too. I take pics, but never get around to posting a blog. I wish you could put pics in when you post..... Oh well.

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SWEDE_SU 9/7/2014 7:28AM

    thank you for sharing - although i had "given up" cheese for several years after going vegan, i found that it is also my trigger food when jumping off the wagon. that recipe looks like "queso" - a drippy cheese that you put on chips. i'd like to give it a try too!

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2014TODAY 9/7/2014 4:09AM

    THANK YOU for sharing your experiences! I want to try the recipe but I don't know what 'nutritional yeast' is either - 'Hefeflocken' - I might be able to find that as I live close to Germany! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 9/6/2014 10:41PM

    Looks great! And you did it! Sorry that you feel bit disappointed in taste. You think the key is the nutritional yeast? Taste may bit off for you but for sure it is good for you and your whole family member.
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MILLISMA 9/6/2014 10:18PM

    I've always like to try experimenting with a new recipe and I also LOVE cheese!!! Maybe I should give this a try. Thanks for telling as about it and what you did.

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 9/6/2014 9:47PM

    Good for you! I keep wanting to experiment with making things like that; but I'm afraid I will end up wasting the ingredients if it doesn't come out good!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2014 9:29PM

    Good for you for experimenting!

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CIPHER1971 9/6/2014 3:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, from that I don't think I will be rushing out to try it.

Have a great day

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BOOKLADY36S 9/6/2014 2:57PM

    That's neat!

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MNDEBBIE1 9/6/2014 1:43PM

    I have never tried making homemade cheese. proud of you for trying something new. You are my inspiration

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/6/2014 12:20PM

    I love homemade vegan cheeses. emoticon

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totally awesome mindblowing video,i just had to share.

Monday, September 01, 2014

i think this is just totally awesome and it makes you realise that with a bit of deadication and hard work what a body is capable of.totally amazing.if you like the video as much as i did please click the like button so that hopefully it can be shared to other spark members.once again thank you for taking the time to read my blog and a double thankyou if you take the time to reply.
www.ba-bamail.com/Content.aspx?email
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RDEE22 9/2/2014 9:34AM

    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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CIPHER1971 9/2/2014 5:06AM

    Thanks for sharing

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MILLISMA 9/1/2014 9:27PM

    All I can say is WOW!!!! That is AMAZING!

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DS9KIE 9/1/2014 8:39PM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 5:25PM

    Wow! Had to watch it several times to take it all in! Thanks for sharing.

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MICKEYH 9/1/2014 5:03PM

    emoticon amazing!! I think only Chinese people can do it. Thanks for sharing.

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MUSIC66 9/1/2014 4:45PM

    Awesome

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MCFITZ2 9/1/2014 2:44PM

    Truly amazing. Thank you for sharing the link.

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