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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

As a follow up to my surgery, I have to say that so far it has been an amazing thing! I feel so much better, I can't even begin to start. And the good folks at University of Pennsylvania Hospital deserve some serious props because they took very good care of me. My surgeon, Dr. Daniel Dempsey, head of the Gastro-Intestinal Department and Chief Surgeon, I'm sure had more important people to slice and dice on, but instead was taking care of me and even gave me and my husband his personal cell number in case I had any questions, concerns or issues.

The procedure was a bit more involved than initially planned, but I am getting stronger every day.

Thank you all for prayers and good thoughts. They all paid off.


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SPEEDY143 6/12/2013 1:30PM

    emoticon you've suffered long enough... time to really live emoticon Blessings for your continued healing emoticon

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NHES220 6/11/2013 12:32PM

    So glad your surgery went well. Good luck with your continued recovery!

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DR1939 6/11/2013 12:23PM

    emoticon I am delighted that this has been a success so far and that it has every likelihood of being a longterm success.

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WALLINMW 6/11/2013 10:37AM

  Yay!!!! Eat protein with every meal to curb hunger!

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FIRECOM 6/11/2013 10:32AM

    I love it when a plan comes together. Congratulations on a successful surgery and I am so very glad that you are feeling better.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

I met with the surgeon. He seemed fairly confident that all would be fine regarding my upcoming procedure.

Like many educators, I am postponing surgery until school is out, even though this is a ticking time bomb. However, both the GI doc and the surgeon think I will be fine waiting for another month to have surgery.

Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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FIRECOM 6/11/2013 10:34AM

    based on your latest blog, your decision worked out OK. Good on you.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/14/2013 2:39PM

    best wishes emoticon

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DR1939 4/14/2013 11:22AM

    Please keep up informed. Will be thinking of you.

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THEMANSLAYER 4/14/2013 10:43AM

  Good luck. Hope all goes well.

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What is wrong with me . . .

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

You will note this is not a question. Like "WHAT is wrong with me??" It is a statement. What is wrong with me . . .

I have always been a vomiter. No, not bulimic. I just throw up. A lot. Always have. My parents used to arch an eyebrow at me and explain to other people whose children were not vomiters, "Well you just can't take her ANYWHERE." We even had to have supplies in the car for my eminent episodes of car sickness. My best friend looks at me with envy, "I so wish I weren't puke impaired."

You'd think I would lose weight, but alas not really. Which I guess is a blessing.

However, I started vomiting in November. And I have not been able to stop. Only here and there, have I had a day without throwing up. No matter what I eat, what I don't eat, what time I eat, how slow I eat or whether I drink water or don't drink water, I have been throwing up everywhere between the Jersey Shore at the Bering Sea.

And I started losing weight. Although I have been giving minimal lip service to the Sparking way of life, I knew the 10 pounds in one month wasn't due to my commitment to aerobics, my weighing and measuring of everything passing my lips or my gulping of 64 oz of water daily. Clearly not since I only manage one or two of those key points per day at best.

Two endoscopies of my stomach and esophagus later, I have discovered that I have a hiatal hernia. Ordinarily these are mildly annoying causing some heartburn. Mine is of the tragic variety requiring surgery in order to be corrected. It is almost like a second stomach formed at the side of my esophagus.

I am very grateful for the wonderful doctor (affectionately known to me as Boris the Doctor) who through his incredulity at my way of life, managed to finally figure out why I throw up so much. I will have the surgery in the late spring/early summer and maybe be well. Finally.

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JIBBIE49 3/24/2013 10:37PM

    I would want to have the surgery YESTERDAY if that was me. I don't like the burning in my thoat after I throw up. Hope u get well quickly.

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 2/14/2013 11:20AM

    Glad they figured out what was wrong. Hurray!

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DR1939 2/7/2013 12:43PM

    I am so glad they have discovered what is wrong and that it is repairable. Best wishes for the surgery. Keep us informed.

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DONEGIRL 2/7/2013 8:40AM

    Delighted to hear that the problem is treatable- I was getting worried for you as I read through your blog. Hope you will be able to manage until the surgery-good luck! Nóirín

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ADELE66 2/7/2013 3:51AM

    Very glad to hear that you finally have answers. Life is going to be vastly improved after that surgery!


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NIXY72 2/6/2013 10:01PM

    I'm so glad that they've finally discovered what the issue is and it's fixable! Hooray! What a joy it will be to be able to be "taken someplace" without risk of losing your previous meal.

I'm so glad that you now have an answer. I'm sure that in itself is somewhat of a relief.


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Again, the Anniversary of the Plane Crash

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It has been four years since I was in the plane crash. Every year, I honor that day with another section from what I refer to as "my Alaskan Adventures". I am again adding another segment:

It really wasn't until I was in a car accident in Bethel that I became aware of the caste system. The Korean cab drivers were, I discovered, the bottom rung of the social strata. I always tried to treat those who drive for me with the utmost courtesy. I don't like to drive much and to not have to drive in bethel was a relief. On this day I was particularly exhausted having slept unprepared for the overnight stay in a school on a wooden bench. Grateful to get out the following morning, I arrived in Bethel optimistic for an office day. But my plans were quickly altered when as the cab driver was dropping off a passenger, the cab was plowed in the side of the car by a large truck. The tiny native woman leapt out hollering at the driver screaming it was his fault. Sitting in the front passenger side I'd seen and felt it all. I stepped up saying right away oh no honey we were parked here. You hit us. The cab driver appeared relieved I'd spoken up. After the police were summoned, he turned to me you stay? He pleaded. Your English helpful? I cringed. I then called my office explaining where I was and what had happened. The secretary said oh Christy! What damn cab were you in? I told her and we laughed a little. The cab driver had some money stashed in the visor, counted it and jammed it in his pants. About a hundred dollars in twenties and ones, I was a little miffed he thought I'd steal his money. The police came, taking statements and collecting phone numbers. Finally we had the go ahead to leave. I asked the driver if he was ok to take me or should I call another cab? He said he would deliver me to my apartment. He refused my offer of payment. I thanked him and settled back. When we arrived at my hovel, I got out to collect my bags and it was then he shoved the sweaty wad of cash in my hand. Surprised I gave it back and said I'm not taking your money. He explained I'd helped. I said no again. He tried again to give me the money. I shook my head grabbed my bags and went up the steps to my apartment. I glanced back to see him standing and crying. It was then I realized how they must feel, lost trying to make money to send home. Not knowing the language or customs must be so hard for them. I am ashamed to say that I went inside, I did not have the strength to comfort him. I left him alone to figure it out for himself.

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1EMMA2011 1/27/2013 7:32PM

    You are an amazing writer with tons and tons of courage. Thank you for sharing your story.


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SPEEDY143 1/21/2013 10:27PM

    Sounds like tears of joy to me emoticon

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DR1939 1/20/2013 10:34AM

    Heartwarming story, but sad that there are still social castes everywhere.

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L1ZB3TH354 1/19/2013 9:31PM

    Don't feel bad for not comforting him. You did the right thing. You were probably in shock yourself. You both were not injured, and that is the most important thing, plus you set the record straight with the police. You gave him more than you think. I think he was crying, because he was grateful for what you had done.

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Sewing Again!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Overall, I've been in a general funk. My diet has been totally off. My job search has been fruitless. I'm going back to AK which I am not thrilled about because of being away from Walt so much. I miss my house in Ohio. I've had health problems. Problems with one of my kids. I could go on and on, but instead I will just say, I did finish a couple of nice projects. One was a bra. Yes, I made my own bra. It was a bit of a challenge, but it fits well and is very comfortable.

And I made a new handbag. I won't post pictures of the bra (aren't you guys the lucky ones???), but I thought I'd add a couple about my bag:

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1EMMA2011 1/6/2013 10:22AM

    I feel for you about your troubles and if I can help in anyway, let me know. You are a talented seamstress and good for you for having this as an outlet. I added you as a SP friend!


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GAMEGIRL7200 8/28/2012 3:13AM

    Neat bag!
I know what it's like to be away from your husband. We had our 19th anniversary last week. This morning I put him on a plane for Prudhoe Bay. He'll be back mid-October. This is one of his shorter stretches...
Have to just keep moving forward

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DR1939 8/15/2012 10:07AM

    Love the handbag. I'd like to see a picture of the bra. I'm glad you're doing something you love. I lived 50 miles from my husband for 10 years. We saw each other on weekends and sometimes during the week.

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NORCALMOM3 8/14/2012 11:43PM

    emoticon The hadbag is beautiful!!!
Sorry about the funky life stuff you are dealing with.

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