Azurielle

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  • #1602016
    Azurielle
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    Sigh. Ok y’all I work at a doctors office. A back doctor and have worked in the medical field and adjacent to it since I was in my early twenties. I was also injured in my early twenties and herniated 7 discs in my spine and messed up my shoulder badly. I have done it ALL. Been the patient, been the one caring for the patient. Been the one having to scream at the insurance company for the patient. Been the patient screaming at my own insurance company. Been to the holistic healers, the chiropractors, the fancy specialists, the regular docs as a patient. Worked as a rad tech, a medical assistant, for those same docs. Here’s the things I wish people understood after almost twenty years doing all this.

    One- yes, in the U.S. our healthcare system is broken. But please stop blaming doctors and providers for it. They/we did not break it and most if us are not trying to scam you or keep you from getting better. I’m sorry if you think that or you’ve had bad experiences but most of us are at the mercy of the same broken system. We can’t give you the medication or treatment we’d like to that might work better because YOUR Insurance won’t let us until you try all the other useless stuff first, even when we know and they know it’s not the best choice. Even when I spend two hours on the phone fighting to try to get it approved and get told, no, sorry. So to you, it looks like we gave you something ineffective to keep you coming back. What you don’t see us that we already know we can’t win the fight with your insurance until you try and fail it first. When you all generalize how shitty and greedy and useless all docs and medical folks over here in the U.S. are you make us all think, why do we even bother? Why fight the system for people who literally don’t care and think the worst of us without any damned clue?

    Two- Chronic pain will literally cause mental illness, and further physical illness. It can twist you into someone you don’t even know. And when it’s “invisible” like back pain, people and even doctors and nurses, sometimes treat you like you’re crazy because they can’t”see the problem” and it’s not always quantifiable like cancer or diabetes. So try your best to give people with both chronic pain and mental illness some patience. They usually go hand in hand. No one believes that the people who have they could possibly be suffering”that much” and the stigma about even admitting to both remains.

    Three- Please be very, very careful with back alley/under the table people. I’ve personally had more damage and seen more patients come through many of my offices with more damage caused by these people than helped by them. With spine, often one improper adjustment can cause fractures and I see more than one of these injuries every YEAR! Often caused by chiropractors who adjust people who should not have adjustments or have pathology that is dangerous to go undiagnosed. Chiropractors also tend to give x-rays and radiation without ANY training in many states. If you found someone and feel great, good. Count your Blessings, but be aware that you got lucky and may not always be lucky. Just like not every doctor is a money grubbing jerk, not every Eastern medicine practitioner or chiropractor is legit or has any training or even a clue as to what they’re doing and could, in fact legit hurt you and you would have zero recourse if they did. A lot of these people are even medical docs from other countries, not Eastern medical practitioners, who just couldn’t get a license to practice here or someone who had a license and lost it.

    Finally, spine note only- if you have herniated discs, there are several classifications. Everyone, just about gets one or two past a certain age as the discs lose elasticity and height due to age and life factors. Most people have zero symptoms. A bulge can sometimes be reabsorbed. A herniation rarely is. An extrusion can almost never be treated successfully short of injections or surgery, depending on pain level and symptoms. Most herniations and all extrusions never go away. A disc, once bulged, is easy to damage again, like a water balloon that pouched out. It will always be weaker. Core strengthening for the back and learning how to bend/lift property so as to not reinjure is key to avoiding turning a bulge into worse. I learned all this the hard way with years of every damned treatment imaginable and eventually getting the pain under some control, only to overdo gardening because I felt “great”, bend wrong, and turn a herniated disc into an extrusion and go from great to being unable to walk at all, for two months and all usually treatment failed until surgery that I could not afford but had to do, was the only option.

    If you read this all, thanks for bothering.

    Hope everyone’s backs a feeling great today.

    Forever seeking an Old Green Fledge.

    #1602008
    Azurielle
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    I got a “Kayla” message. Anyone ever email her to try to find out what her scam is? And can’t the account be deleted, or does she just keep remaking it?

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    #1588932
    Azurielle
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    I’ll enter, please.

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    #1554093
    Azurielle
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    Well, I put stuff up in classifieds. A little afraid selling on Ebay anymore with all the issues, not to mention how much they and paypal take in fees now, but if nothing moves in a couple of weeks, I suppose I won’t have much of choice.

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    #1553108
    Azurielle
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    Thanks for the input. I’ll probably post a list of the stuff i can/will have to let go in the MP. Not worth selling on Ebay, yet. By the time they, and PP take their cut it’s hardly worth it anymore.

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    #1551680
    Azurielle
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    I sent you a message with some info.

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    #1549646
    Azurielle
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    I have some links for the most current facebook groups that people are selling BJDs though if you want.

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    #1548417
    Azurielle
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    New sculpting and some baby poads. Not grab bags. Just some production ones to go with the old productions ones, like the zeppard poads, or the peach poad.

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    #1548416
    Azurielle
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    New sculpting and some baby poads. Not grab bags. Just some production ones to go with the old productions ones, like the zeppard poads, or the peach poad

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    #1544003
    Azurielle
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    So ultimately, those of you in favor of never making this sculpt available again through other limited runs because it was offered as a kickstarter “exclusive” would rather have Windstone not produce something that may or may not be profitable, which might help to keep their small business going, which those of us who have run/been involved in one of them, know that the profit margin is usually not very high, because you never would have bought them if you had known they would be released again later, and/or you would rather be in an “elite group” of people who could afford the whole kickstarter and buy up to the level where you could get one of the bean poads, who can say that they have one of these sculpts, and/or that by re-releasing them in some sort of limited run without any of the colorings offered on the Kickstarter, it would decrease the value be it monetary or “personal” of your sculpts? Look folks, I really do get it, and it was said it was an “exclusive sculpt for Kickstarter.” But as it is a painted item that could be taken to mean that it was an exclusive painted sculpt. Meaning that it could be re-released in some other fashion, painting wise, without having Windstone to run yet another Kickstarter which has considerable cost in time (which is money) to run. The secondary market and “recouping” costs aside, small businesses do not always know what is going to be wildly popular ahead of time, and what isn’t. To force said small business to limit something that turned out to be a good money maker and nit-picking over words for something that was offered as a “gift” or “extra” isn’t supporting the company. It’s being selfish and wanting something that no one else has. Different example. In my doll hobby a sculpt was released as a limited run. It turned out to be hugely popular, but at the time of release a lot of people couldn’t afford it yet, just missed the deadline, or came into the hobby after it was released. The small company, needing to make money to stay afloat, made a few very minor changes and re-released it under a different name. It was not as popular because many people still wanted the original one. So they came up with a way to re-release it on a limited basis. This angered some of the people who bought it when it was considered limited and would not be repeated. Why? Because they were no longer the only ones who had it. It was no longer as rare as it became attainable, albeit less so than the basic sculpts, and the “value” of their doll was “decreased.” So again, unless you are buying something because you intend to re-sell it, and unless you are non-supportive of a company doing what it has to do to stay in business, even if it means angering a few people, Windstone choosing to re-release something popular really shouldn’t be an issue. And I say all this not being a huge fan of poads, and I did have a very nice member who was able to afford the kickstarter level to get a bean poad (which I, at the time, was not) purchase an extra for me, but I am a huge fan of Windstone and supporting them whenever I can afford to. And that means I don’t think anything should be considered so “exclusive” or limited that the company is not “allowed” to re-release something they made as I have seen too many other niche small business in various hobbies go under for similar reasons. And all that said , maybe the bean poads are ridiculously hard to paint, like anything hatching, apparently, and Melody and co will say, no, they are not worth the hassle to keep making more of them. That I would respect, but not the cries of people who  supported a comic book kickstarter and are mad that a “reward” for the Comic Kickstarter might not be “100% no one else can have it but me exclusive.” You all are great people and this has always been the nicest hobby community I have ever been a part of, but I can’t understand the mentality here.

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    #1543990
    Azurielle
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    Most of the stuff I back, and see, on Kickstarter is stuff that is likely eventually going to be released for sale to the general public. Just usually backers get it sooner, and often for less cost. The whole point of Kickstarter isn’t exclusivity. It’s to back something that might otherwise not get made because the artist cannot afford to do so without guaranteed backing to cover the cost of starting and producing it. To be forced to limit something to just a kickstarter, from a business standpoint, is not a good idea. Especially something as popular as the bean poads seem to be. Would also be like saying that if you didn’t get in the kickstarter you would never be able to read the comic. Again, foolish. Maybe you get a nicer copy, but if its something that makes a great deal of money, why wouldn’t Melody, or whoever else, want to release the same comic, albeit maybe without as many bells and whistles? As far as the bean poads go, no, they should not be exclusive if selling them is profitable for the amount of time and effort it takes to produce them Maybe the type of paint job done for the Kickstarter is never repeated, but to stop an entire sculpt that might be something profitable for the company makes no sense. Yes, we are all collectors and all love Windstone, and no, nobody likes to see the value of a special piece decrease, or you shell out a lot of money for a test paint on E-bay and then a nearly identical color comes up LP or production. But let’s not forget that Windstone is a business and fantasy figures are not a necessity, they are a luxury item. Which means that, given the current economy, and the amount of time and effort that we know goes into making them, and that we know Windstone is not some huge corporation, every bit of profit maybe critical to the survival of the company.  And if that “test paint” hadn’t come out, and lots of people hadn’t like it and “squeaked” for more, then it might never have become production at all. So that one piece might retain some of the value but it would only ever be one piece.

    So yeah, unpopular I’m sure, but frankly coming from more than one hobby and doing a small hobby business as well, and seeing how hard things have gotten even for well-known sellers and artisans, sorry, but if it makes enough money and is popular enough to continue making, then yes. Come up with a way to make and sell more. For the people who are mad because they assumed something would be a “one off”, or whatever the question should be would you have bought it and supported the company, or not? Not how much the value of X item might decrease if more of a similar item is released later. This happens a lot in my other hobbies. Yes, some people get mad, but the people who missed it, couldn’t afford it the first time around, weren’t even in the hobby yet only to realize they missed out on something they would have really liked, will all be happy to buy said item if it comes up again, even in some slightly altered and/or limited run again. And the people who are mad because they can’t get three times the original cost of the item on the secondary market, well, that just says that the reason you bought the item wasn’t because you wanted to keep it anyhow.

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    #1543961
    Azurielle
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    My rainbow fledge. I know, not very special or unique, but the fledge is and always will be my favorite sculpt, and rainbow my favorite color. Picking one is super hard, but there it is.

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    #1542965
    Azurielle
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    Kim, they look silver/gray to me.

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    #1542949
    Azurielle
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    Here’s mine. As expected, not even close to one of the ones I wanted, even though the flowers are pretty. Just not my style. It’ll be up for trade or even a blind trade from the store.

     



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    #1542919
    Azurielle
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    Yeah, the turquoise one at the top right in the second row is my favorite, but someone beat me to it. Well, fingers crossed I get one similar. I’ve no luck with the grab bags though.

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