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Accountability - July

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Hi, again! emoticon

In June, I acknowledged how much I've backslid during a stressful and chaotic time in my life. My June stats were pretty grim:

June weight: 287 lbs.
waist: 54 inches
% lard: 52
BMI: 50

I had knee surgery a few days ago and gained 11 lbs. of water and inflammation, which I am still losing. Still, I've made some progress:

current weight: 283.8
waist: 53 inches
% lard: 50.6
BMI: 48.7

So down a few pounds, down an inch on the waistline, down a bit on the % lard, and some progress on the BMI. At 50, I was classified as "super obese". Now, at 48.7, I'm considered "morbidly obese". Yay? emoticon Yeah. I've a ways to go, but at least I'm moving in the right direction.

I am on crutches and not able to really do much yet. I don't know how long I'll be laid up, so in July, I'm going to focus on excellent eating choices.

July goals: 15 lbs. (the rest of the surgery weight plus a bit more)
waist: 50
% lard: under 50
BMI: 46

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DORIS39 7/8/2011 12:02AM





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50FITNFUN 7/6/2011 11:57AM

    I wouldn't normally suggest this, but had you talked to your doctor about possibly using water pills to get rid of the surgery water weight you've gained. I know that when I had my back surgeries, the doc put me on them for a few days beacuse he wanted to relieve any extra stress the water weight was adding to my back. The same may apply to your knee. I'm not saying to use them strictly as a diet aide, but it is something worth discussing with your doctor if you are interested.

Either way, Chip, I know you will do good. We both haave to be in good shape for January. Hey...we could even get matching outfits for the Relay!

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/5/2011 11:03PM

    You can do this! Take care of yourself. You will be rocking it in no time!

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DOTSLADY 7/5/2011 10:21PM

    I hate the "MO" word. My mother always said, "I'm petite underneath." Just remember that! ;0)
Keep talking, we're listening. emoticon emoticon

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DISPATCH91 7/5/2011 10:34AM

    emoticonbaby steps my friend, baby steps

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FLORIDAFAN 7/5/2011 9:24AM

    YOu can do it Cat!

Hope you are feeling well today

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FUNFROG79 7/5/2011 8:07AM

    You are totally making progess! I love your goals! emoticon

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MAPLELEAFMOM 7/4/2011 6:47PM

    emoticon You know you are full of ' emoticonness' and you can do anything you set your mind to emoticon Sending lots and lots of quick healing thoughts and prayers your way emoticon Rest up so you can heal up !!

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_LINDA 7/4/2011 4:10PM

    Way to go for heading in the right direction!!! The only thing you can do recovering from knee surgery is hit the pool. Use a flotation belt and work out in the deep end, no impact to the knee but a great workout! Of course, healthy eating is a must, watching and tracking calories very carefully which is what I am gearing up to do with this horrible foot surgery coming up.
Hope you have a fast recovery and get back to normal soonest!
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DISPATCHER04 7/4/2011 6:26AM

    Cat, you can so do this! GO GIRL!!! :)

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SUETINGE 7/3/2011 10:08PM

    Great goals, Cat. emoticon

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SIXFULLERS 7/3/2011 9:41PM

    Cat - you can do it. You can reach your goals.

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L*I*T*A* 7/3/2011 9:34PM

    awesome progress post op.......
way to go!!!
keep on...keeping on.....
blessings and hugs........lita

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/3/2011 9:04PM

    I am so proud of you for losing when you were facing surgery and all that stress!! You rock my friend...and i hope you are doing ok with the pain and it goes away fast!!
I'm headed for the pool..its a chunky dunk night!

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CJBAGGINS 7/3/2011 6:34PM

    Yay for the progress!
Those classifications for obesity sure don't make any sense. You would think 'Morbidly Obese' would be the last one!

So glad you've dropped a category, though!


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BRAVAH 7/3/2011 6:05PM

    Hi Cat!

Good for you. Way to make progress despite everything! And awesome goals! You can do it. How are you feeling?


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

I had my knee "done" yesterday. It was a long day, because the surgeon had an emergency. I hated waiting, and as the hours dragged on, I got thirstier and thirstier, but I was happier to be the person waiting than the person having the emergency, so it was ok. My brother kindly took off work to travel, collect me, get me to the hospital, and wait with me. He has an open jeep, which I didn't think about beforehand. I left the house looking decent and arrived looking like Amy Winehouse after a serious bender! I made my (cue ball bald) brother go to the gift shop and buy me a brush to try to set things to rights! LOL He stayed with me in the waiting bay as the hours dragged on. The poor guy was falling asleep in his chair. I felt so bad that I told him to go home and enjoy the nice weather.

I eventually got to the OR. Everyone from intake to the operating room was lovely. Because I had a spinal, they asked if I wanted to be awake and watch. I said no way! I think the anesthetist was disappointed with my wimpiness. Well, I don't make her watch me work, do I, so fair's fair. emoticon

The surgery went smoothly and faster than expected. I had a meniscal tear as well as some cartilage just hanging out. The ACL had a cyst on it that was removed and sent for testing. I had a torn ACL, but not badly enough to be reconstructed. HUGE BONUS!

I had been told I'd be in overnight, but they said I could go home early. I didn't have anyone to come get me, so my poor brother volunteered to turn around and drive all the way back to come get me. So from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m, he was pretty much driving me around or waiting for me. The releasing nurse and I had quite a time of it arranging me into my brother's jeep, but we eventually managed. Getting me back out proved equally entertaining. Thank goodness the drugs were still in my system!

I'm in pain and hobbling on crutches. It's tricky, but I will manage. I'm housesitting, so no one's here with me, but a lovely friend drove out from the city after work last night and looked after me. The sweet woman is returning tonight, even though it's a huge commute for her.

The best news? Instead of a 9-12 moth recovery timetable, we're looking at something more along the line of 9 - 12 WEEKS! How awesome is that? emoticon I asked the surgeon if I could possibly be racing again by autumn. His response?


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MSEMBERSTORM 7/5/2011 11:01PM

    Hell ya! That is awesome. Quicker recover and you will be out and about in a lot less time then you thought. Good for you! Now take care of yourself and don't over do it. Hugs!

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MDMNINA 7/5/2011 11:50AM

    Yeah, those darn crutches are tricky! Glad the surgery is behind you. I wish you a speedy recovery!

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ELVENSONG1 7/5/2011 11:16AM

    Yay Cat! I wish you a speedy recovery. Race on over here!

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_LINDA 7/4/2011 11:53PM

    So very glad you will have a shorter recovery time and was not as serious as thought! Hopefully they will find nothing with that cyst!! I am so glad you had a wonderful brother looking after you and a great friend! I will have to look up who this Amy Winehouse is. I watched all my knee surgeries, got a little queasy when he sawed my bone off, but other than that was okay. I did refuse to watch the surgery with the pins being hammered in my toes, that was just too yucky :P
Hope you were able to enjoy your 4th of July holiday weekend!
Sorry for the late comment, realizing I have missed a number of blogs with my busy week.
Take care,
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MAPLELEAFMOM 7/4/2011 6:51PM

    emoticon I am sooo glad it went well and it is done!! That is fabulous that the recovery time could be waaaaay shorter!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 7/1/2011 10:52PM

    Cat this is just wonderful news. What a difference in recovery time. Woot woot!!!

You will be so much better soon it will all be worth it. I envy you having it done already. I just found out yesterday I have a meniscal tear myself and will have a scope soon. Dr says 5 weeks non-weight bearing but I am gonna prove him wrong too.

I will be praying for you and that you have the speediest recovery ever.

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Hugs and blessings

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CJBAGGINS 7/1/2011 6:40PM

    Wonderful news, Cat!
I'm so pleased that it went well, and that the news was good regarding no reconstruction of the cartilage. Also, the recovery news is splendid! Woot!

Big emoticon for you wonderful brother and friends who are helping you out!


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SLCOLMAN 7/1/2011 5:09PM

    So happy to hear that the surgery went so great after the delay!! I hope that the recovery is speedy and full!!

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DOTSLADY 7/1/2011 11:51AM

    emoticon emoticonprayers have been answered! emoticon emoticon ... sure appreciate your update and prognosis cause you've been on my mind. YAYAYAYAY on so many fronts. Sorry you're in pain, and hope you're able to take advantage of your down time in other nice ways. Pet the dog for me.


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BRAVAH 7/1/2011 6:18AM

    Oh Cat!

What wonderful news! Soooo happy to hear about the remarkable diminishing of your recovery time! And - racing by fall... woohoo! Good news all around!

Amy Winehouse after a serious bender... hahahaha! Excellent! As for watching, I don't know. I had an orthroscopy in '91. I wanted to watch then (couldn't under the circumstances), but not sure I would want to now.

Again, I am so glad to hear that everything went well, and that you are at least mobile - even if you're slow. It will get better every day! Good luck!

Sending recovery vibes!!!


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DISPATCHER04 6/30/2011 11:42PM

    LMBO!! I'm still rolling at the description of you looking "like Amy Winehouse after a serious bender"! emoticon

I'm so thrilled for you and your good recovery news! :)

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50FITNFUN 6/30/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon emoticonLook Out WDW; the Stinkerbelles will have 4 srong legs in the Marathon Relay!! emoticon emoticonI am so happy for you that the damage was less than expected. I know you'll recover just fine and be aces all through rehab. In no time, you'll be back to work and back to training. emoticon emoticon

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SUETINGE 6/30/2011 5:32PM

    Wonderful news! Like Holly said - don't "brave out" the pain. Keep ahead of it.

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HOPEFULANGE 6/30/2011 4:54PM

    emoticon So glad to hear it went well and that you'll be back on your feet in no time. It's wonderful you have such a strong support team!

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FUNFROG79 6/30/2011 1:41PM

    Wonderful news and what a kind brother you have!

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DDUNKIES 6/30/2011 11:04AM

    oh Cat- that is such wonderful news- tell me do you have any photos of you looking like Amy Winehouse?!!!? that would be a scream for a Halloween costume emoticon in all seriousness- i am SO HAPPY for you!!! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 6/30/2011 10:23AM

    Excellent news!
You'll be racing again in no time...
Best wishes for a speedy & uncomplicated recovery my dear,

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DRB13_1 6/30/2011 10:04AM

    Sounds like the best things do indeed come to those who wait!
Glad things went well in surgery, and how exciting your recuperation won't take a year emoticon
Now take good care and try not to overdo... PT as prescribed.
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L*I*T*A* 6/30/2011 9:48AM

    awesome news!!!
so glad to hear you are on the recovery side....
blessings and hugs....lita

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DISPATCH91 6/30/2011 9:48AM

    So glad and happy for you. I wouldn't want to watch either. If it is on someone else not as bad but not on me.

Yeah for your brother, what a sweetie and such a wonderful friend.

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DEBULACLARK 6/30/2011 9:30AM

    Yayyyyy!!!! Hurray!!!!! Things are finally sounding better for you, my friend!!! HUGS! HUGS! HUGS!!

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SIXFULLERS 6/30/2011 9:22AM

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!! So glad to hear it went well and racing is an option in a much shorter time frame!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/30/2011 8:59AM

    woo hoo!!! LOL i love to watch surgeries. When i needed a broken piece of catheter removed from my heart i asked them to set me up a screen so i could watch, too..they thought i was nuts but it actually helped as i knew WHY i was feeling what i was feeling...
I'm betting you will be up and about in no time. did they give you pain meds? dont be brave..take them. if you can keep the level up in your system it wont be bad..but let the pain get bad it is much harder to quell. I speak from experience..on both sides of the bed.
I'm glad its over with. Watch your mail for a get well soon package!!!

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New surgery date

Friday, June 24, 2011

My surgery date has changed again. I'm now scheduled for knee surgery on June 29th. I know! What a saga! I'm glad that it's sooner than the previous date of July 8th, but it is a bit tricky, because no one will be around to care for me afterwards. My mother enlisted a nice neighbor's help, so things aren't impossible, but getting around - especially the intense physical therapy afterwards - is going to take some doing. Luckily, people I wasn't expecting to help have stepped up in a big way. I am extremely grateful for all the support I've received here and really appreciate people's kindness. Thanks! emoticon

Funnily enough, I'd had big plans for June 29th. Wawa will be honoring service people by serving the world's largest hoagie - 4.5 TONS! - that day, and I was going to meet a friend there to witness the spectacle. Of course, I'm disappointed by that, but getting the surgery 10 days sooner hopefully means recovering 10 days sooner.

In the meantime, I'm still wearing my monster brace. I try to go for little walks as I can, but the knee aches at the slightest exertion and can be very "whingey" as the day wears on. I just don't want to become a complete sofa spud. I also bought a pilates video to do during these next few weeks of limited activity. I hope that planning ahead will minimize this setback.

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DOTSLADY 6/27/2011 12:07PM

    emoticonMonster Hoagie is seitan. bwahaha!

Glad you're moving forward... it's soon ... will be thinking of you and giving you virtual hugs as you get to moving again! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 6/27/2011 11:17AM

    Now there is a definate day. WooHoo

Easy on yourself there sweetie.


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ENDUROVET 6/27/2011 8:56AM

    Excellent news! I am sending all the best vibes for a speedy recovery!

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HOPEFULANGE 6/27/2011 8:24AM

    Well, at least you won't be tempted to eat a monster hoagie! emoticon

Seriously though, good luck with the surgery and I hope your recovery is fast!

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BRAVAH 6/27/2011 8:20AM

    Hi Cat!

Hooray for an earlier date - and fingers crossed for an earlier recovery! I think your idea of planning ahead is a good one. Hopefully that pilates video will be perfect! Best wishes for your surgery this week!

Sending love and healing energy!


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DORIS39 6/25/2011 10:56PM

TAKE CARE. emoticon

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WILDRICE99 6/25/2011 9:05PM

    Four more days!!!!

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SLCOLMAN 6/25/2011 8:12PM

    10 days sooner!!! Yeah!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/25/2011 12:24PM

    I'm glad its earlier!! i dont know what WAWA is but sorry you cant go. I so wish i could come help you!!! Is it outpatient surgery? home the same day? or will you have to stay the weekend?
I am so glad you have people lined up. you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!
Love you!!

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CJBAGGINS 6/25/2011 9:49AM

    Oh, good! Ten days earlier.
Glad your mum has set up some neighbour help for you!

But sorry your hoagie plans will have to be put aside. It's annoying when we are looking forward to something, and it's cancelled, even when we know the new plans are important.


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SIXFULLERS 6/25/2011 8:14AM

    Great news on the earlier surgery! Good thinking for getting the pilates dvd. I hope the surgery provides relief (10 days sooner!)

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/24/2011 9:33PM

    Glad your getting in a bit earlier. Sounds like you have some plans. Just remember that you have to take care of yourself. You don't want to prolong your recovery by hurting yourself again. Keep kicking rear woman. You can do this!

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FUNFROG79 6/24/2011 4:24PM

    Speedy Recovery!

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SUETINGE 6/24/2011 2:41PM

    That is great news, Cat. I'll be sending prayers and good thoughts your way for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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NEWNAC304 6/24/2011 12:10PM

    Good luck on the surgery. I hope you get all the help you need. If I were closer I'd help!

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NAOMIEVA 6/24/2011 12:09PM

    Good luck! And just be sure to set the DVR... nothing is better for a speedy recovery than a little (big) Viking fix! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/24/2011 11:59AM

    wishing you all the best and praying your recovery
will be uneventful and quick and easy.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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ESBELL 6/24/2011 11:58AM

    Yeah! Glad there is going to be someone around to help out. And 10 days early is fantastic!

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DISPATCHER04 6/24/2011 11:37AM

    Go Cat! A Pilates DVD is a great idea! :)

10 days sooner is a good thing. Well begun is half done! :) I'm glad you have people to take care of you. emoticon

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My knee: the saga continues

Monday, June 20, 2011

I am on leave from work until I get my knee fixed. I was supposed to have the surgery on June 10th, but I was too ill from the gum surgery gone wrong and had to cancel it. That surgeon can't schedule me in again until August, so I started over today, seeing a new surgeon this morning. Everything went swimmingly, and I was schedued for July 1st. So yay for that.

Then the PA called shortly after we left the office and told me that there had been a mistake. *cue the music* The 1st is booked. So now it's the 8th. That's going to put me a month behind schedule. The people who wre going to care for me afterwards aren't going to be around then, making the after care a little tricky. I hate that my 2011 has been such a mess, and that I've inconvenienced so many people along the way.

With luck, I'll on the road to recovery and back on the job by August. Fingers crossed!

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DOTSLADY 6/22/2011 11:31AM

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WANT2CHNG17 6/22/2011 11:18AM

    Oh no - so sorry to hear about this! Hugs to you, and many prayers and positive thoughts coming your way.

You've got a buoyant spirit Cat - you will get through this. You've got a great big heart and don't worry about "inconveniencing" anyone; I wish I was closer to you so I could help.

Hang in there honey!

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SUETINGE 6/21/2011 3:40PM

    Cat, glad you've got a new surgery date. If I were closer, I'd be there to help in a heartbeat.

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L*I*T*A* 6/21/2011 3:23PM

    wish i could be of some help to you....
you will be in the recovery mode shortly...
wishing you all the best...keep us posted...
blessings and hugs...............lita

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QUEMBEL1 6/21/2011 9:31AM

    I wish I was close enough to help. Others have offered- take them up on it! You have a heart of gold and would help any of them if they needed it.

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BRAVAH 6/21/2011 8:29AM

    Hi Cat!

Wish I could help!!! If you were having your surgery in western Austria, I'd help take care of you! Sorry to hear that there have been more delays, but July 8 is better than August - and wasn't the August one with the b**chy receptionist?

Fingers crossed and healing vibes still coming your way. How are your gums doing?


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DISPATCHER04 6/21/2011 3:36AM

    ((hugs, Cat!)) I wish I were closer to help. Don't let this get you down too badly. This is just a setback--it's not forever.

And just look at how many friends you've had respond to this blog! You are blessed. :)


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CJBAGGINS 6/20/2011 8:39PM

    Oh, for the love of Pete!
Ugh. Glad you've got a new date set (and it's before the August time that would have been), but sorry that it's such a rigmarole and now your after-care will be non-existent. Hope it all works out after all. Is there any sort of cancellation list you can get yourself on? Although I suppose that that wouldn't help as you would have not much notice.


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MRSCRITTERS 6/20/2011 8:16PM

    I can imagine your frustration, but at least you have a date and can plan around that - you are lucky you dont live in the UK as you would have about 9 months wait!!

Try and stay positive, and before long you will be up and about and glad you had the surgery

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DEBULACLARK 6/20/2011 7:49PM

    Aw could always come spend time here...I'm off for the summer starting Friday...MacGruff could come too. Just remember, you would help others out...I know you don't feel badly about needing their help.

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/20/2011 7:39PM

    Jenkies that is frustrating. You will make it through this. I hope you have folks there to help you post op. Don't feel like you are a burden. You would help them if they needed it right? See I knew you would. Keep moving forward. Hope you heal quickly!

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50FITNFUN 6/20/2011 7:06PM

    Chip, you know I am not that far away from you! I have spoken with the darling hubby and told him of your situation. If you need the help, Nurse Dale can report for duty on Friday, July 8th and stay until just after lunch on Monday, July 11th. As long as you have a bed for me I can be on board for you. Just say the word and I'll be there. emoticon emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 6/20/2011 7:05PM

    I hope that everything works out smoothly with this and that you are able to get your after care worked out!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/20/2011 5:31PM

    I am so sorry to hear about this setback. I hope you can make the most of this time... emoticon

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DISPATCH91 6/20/2011 4:45PM

    Cat, just pay it forward afterwards. Remember you are loved and people wouldn't offer if they didn't mean it.

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BEXTRESS27 6/20/2011 1:02PM

    emoticon Just ring the bell and I'll be over with calorie-free cupcakes! (Chocolate is an NSAID AND a recovery-speeder!)

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MDMNINA 6/20/2011 12:36PM

    Come to Florida and have your surgery here! I will take care of you. Guess that's not to practical, is it?

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ESBELL 6/20/2011 12:03PM

    Come West Young Lady, Come West!

It's just me and the Princess all summer, so if you can find your way to Utah I'd be happy to help with your rehab & appointments. MacGruff would be welcome too!


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ENDUROVET 6/20/2011 11:55AM

    Well, DAYAMN! At least it's **only** a week's delay - but I know it's frustrating...

I ought to recount the story of how my original thyroidectomy had to be delayed 3 wks (w/my new job waiting) after my pony ran us through a barbed wire fence! Why on earth WOULDN'T the surgeon cut on me w/a few stitches crisscrossing my legs?!?

Fingers & toes crossed for a speedy recovery for you!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/20/2011 11:46AM

    I wish you could come see my doc. He is excellent, and big on quick recovery. last repair he did on me was on July 1st and i was working on the 3rd. no kidding. and it was a big repair.
anyhow...please dont think you are inconveniencing people!! and if you are really concerned, ask for a couple days of in hospital rehab. then you dont have to worry about anyone being there!!!
its going to go better than you think..i know it it!!!
If i didnt have cakes i'd come take care of you.
big hugs

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Happy Father's Day

Sunday, June 19, 2011

To all the dads of the world who took the time to really be there for their children and develop them into responsible, caring, productive citizens of the world - thank you. Men sometimes get a bad rap on the child rearing front, and let's face it - to some extent they've earned it. Men often act like women get drafted and they volunteer when it comes to raising kids, and too many of them never man up. Parenthood: it doesn't end with conception. So to all the dads who have put their families first, here's to you! emoticon Enjoy your special day! emoticon emoticon

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DOTSLADY 6/22/2011 11:22AM

    Nice words. emoticon emoticon

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CJBAGGINS 6/20/2011 8:37PM

    Well said!


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DISPATCH91 6/20/2011 10:50AM

    emoticonraising a mug in toast and agreement

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_LINDA 6/20/2011 1:57AM

    Amen! Mom found a gem the second time around. He never had kids, but he would have made a great father. Sometimes the wrong men sow the seed..

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/19/2011 11:20PM

    So right!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/19/2011 8:15PM

    excellent blog!! i was lucky enough to have one of the wonderful dads. I miss him every here's to you, were and are my hero and I am lucky to be your daughter!!!

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DISPATCHER04 6/19/2011 6:28PM

    emoticonHere here! emoticon

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    emoticoncheers!! emoticon

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