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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.

Hugs

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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!

Cheers,
Heidi

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DORIS39 6/25/2011 10:56PM

    HI CAT, GLAD TO HEAR YOUR SURGERY WILL BE SOONER. IT'S NICE YOU HAVE THE SUMMER MONTHS TO RECUPERATE. BETTER WALKING NOW THAN IN WINTER.
WE'RE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU. WE KNOW YOU NEVER GIVE UP. JUST DON'T HURT YOURSELF.
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!!
Holly

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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.

cj

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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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

What are you gonna do til then? emoticon

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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?

Cheers,
Heidi

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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.

cj

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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 Cat...you 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 would...so don't feel badly about needing their help.
Hugs...hugs....hugs...

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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
Holly

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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!

cj

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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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SLCOLMAN 6/19/2011 9:29PM

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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 minute...so here's to you, Daddy..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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AMUNET_RA 6/19/2011 10:45AM

    emoticoncheers!! emoticon

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BRAVAH 6/19/2011 8:26AM

    Cheers!

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Accountability

Saturday, June 18, 2011

As some of you noticed, I reset my ticker to reflect where I really am right now, and that is squarely in Fattyville. I've been upset and frustrated for the past few months, under a lot of stress and in pain, and unable to be as active as I'm used to being. I took my eye off the prize and am ready to start trudging that weary road again.

So here it is in black and white:

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

I will update again at the beginning of July and own my progress - or lack of it - on the 1st of each month until I've reached my goal.

No excuses.

  
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DOTSLADY 6/22/2011 11:27AM

    Been there, done that gf! I hear what you're saying. Your poor bod has been under stress so it cascades. Take it easy on your bada$$ self, cause if you don't, who will?! You can hopefully take it down a notch by taking good care, which I know you try. I hope you find some peace within so your journey is a gentle one.
As-Salamu Alaykum (Peace be within you.)
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DISPATCH91 6/20/2011 9:47AM

    emoticonand you go girl

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QUEMBEL1 6/20/2011 9:11AM

    I love your attitude!

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NIMAWEYGH 6/20/2011 1:33AM

    Cat we all fight the battle of going forward and then going backward. The way to win this fight is just what your doing. Taking control, admitting where you are and that your having some trouble and choosing to get right back on the horse that bucked you off.

Trust me I know what your going through with the pain and inactivity. I have been unable to do any physical activity since the last week of April. I was 179.5 pounds and now am back to 184.5 but I am not every going to give up on my goals. I will reach 145 eventually and if I have to do it without physical activity then so be it.

We can do it you and I so you hang in there and know that I am emoticon you on.

Hugs and bunny snuggles,
Nims and the G girls emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/19/2011 11:21PM

    You can do this.

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50FITNFUN 6/19/2011 7:16PM

    As has been pointed out to me recently, we are not in this fight alone. No matter how discouraging our backslides may be, we are surrounded by team members and friends who understand. You do what you can, as you can while you deal with your ACL issues. Just know that I and so many others undetstand your frustrations and know that you WILL succeed in the long run. And speaking of long runs....I am planning on seeing you cross a finish line on January 8th, 2012! We will do this race to weight loss and stronger bodies the same way we do the race in WDW...together! emoticon emoticon

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ENDUROVET 6/19/2011 4:39PM

    OK, OK, I solemnly swear - I'll weigh in Mon AM as I should have been doing all along, follow your lead & adjust accordingly!

When are you getting your knee fixed BTW? I've had to defer an appt w/sports-medicine podiatrist due to life getting in the way, but I'm desperate to get back to running...

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MRSCRITTERS 6/19/2011 3:27PM

    Well done for being honest and good luck getting back on track, we are similar weights so can encourage each other and have a mini competition too emoticon
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ACORALSEA 6/19/2011 6:20AM

    A lot of us are right there with you. Can you get in the pool for a swim or water therapy? No impact cardio and the best overall exercise you can get, plus it's injury-free and could help you on the path to wellness, recovery and getting back on track.

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BRAVAH 6/19/2011 6:20AM

    Hi Cat,

Way to own up and be in a place where you really can start again. No excuses is awesome! You've been quite challenged with all your physical issues. Hopefully, you're on the mend now, and can start adding activity back into your life.

Sending love, healing vibes, and kudos for you for starting again!

Cheers,
Heidi

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SLCOLMAN 6/19/2011 12:38AM

    Being honest about where you are is something that I have been struggling with for a few months. Kudos to you for doing it!! I hope that you see much success :)


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1MIN17SECB412PM 6/18/2011 9:41PM

    emoticon I know what it is to take steps forward then slip n' slide right back down to the starting line again, Cat. You're gonna' fix this you know why? You've got all the strongest & best training *here* & you're smart, that's why! I look forward to seein' you slap them lbs out a' this world, girl!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/18/2011 8:16PM

    i am here for you. i'm not losing and i'm ANGRY about it!!! i know how determined you are and i KNOW you can do this!!! big hugs...what can i do to help?

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MDMNINA 6/18/2011 7:38PM

    Have you had your knee surgery yet? You need to think about recovery before you think about weight loss. emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 6/18/2011 6:55PM

    Cat - I'm traveling that weary road with you again too...I'll be here for you if you need me. You can do this. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting through the move, the sickness you dealt with, the gum infection and the pain...you will get back. I'm sure of it. Did you have the surgery? How did it go?

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DISPATCHER04 6/18/2011 6:52PM

    Girl, half the battle is knowing what you're dealing with. Take that info and BATTLE! You can totally do this! :) And we're right here behind ya! :)

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CJBAGGINS 6/18/2011 3:51PM

    I'm here, too, with my pom poms!
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Of course, my ninjas are ever-ready to provide much-needed "encouragement", when required.
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We know what we need to do, Cat. The hardest part is doing it.

As weary as that road is, at least it's not as lonely as it could be.

cj

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AMUNET_RA 6/18/2011 3:24PM

    ...and I'll be here, cheering you on!! (Of course, I'll be in The Temple of Isis...but we have other ways of communicating, right?)
~~B

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Gruesome Gums

Saturday, June 11, 2011

On May 18th, I had routine gum surgery. On the 20th, I said good-bye to Beirut







and flew to the U.S. for knee surgery. It seemed so simple, and yet --

I developed a nasty infection in the gum. My cheek swelled and turned black, and the gum puffed up to twice it's width. A few days later, I started seeing things that just didn't look right, and after two weeks, I couldn't help but notice that I had nasty halitosis no matter how I tried to be diligent in my hygiene. I made an appointment with a dentist, sure that he would poo poo my concerns and reassure me that this was part of the healing process.

The cheerful dental assistant led me to the chair, settled me in, took a look, froze like a bunny in the headlights, and the next thing I knew, the ENTIRE STAFF of the clinic was gathered round. The hygienist retracted my cheek gently, they all peered in, collectively gasped, and reflexively recoiled.

So, yeah, that worried me a teensy bit.

The dentist got me an emergency appointment with a periodontist, they helped me with directions since I don't know the area very well, and off I went. The periodontal team seemed, well sanguine isn't really the word, but not terribly fussed about the condition of my mouth. The (handsome) doc cleaned things out a bit, gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way with a check up scheduled for a few days later.

Clearing up this infection mattered to me not only because I have cute teeth and would like to keep every one of them in my mouth where they belong, but because I was scheduled for knee surgery yesterday, and they won't operate when someone has a major mouth infection. It impedes healing and makes all that tubing they use problematic.

A little back story here: those of you who read my last blog know that I lost my job in Afghanistan because of my knee and will have trouble getting another one so long as my medical status is undefined. So getting the ACL rebuilt and going through rehab is super important to me. I called a surgeon from Beirut and set things up, arrived and discovered that the small town office team really didn't know what to make of me, hadn't quite grasped the situation and was not inclined to be helpful. Office Manager Sue seems to have taken a pretty strong dislike to me and was peeved when I got a June 10th surgical date, feeling that I should have been made to wait longer "for my turn".

On Wednesday, I returned to the periodontist, who cleaned a bit more, expressed concern that there was so much pus, and advised against knee surgery on Friday. I wanted to see how his little clean up played out, still hoping for a recovery.

The gums were swollen to more than twice their normal width, and the good news is that the clean-up reduced that somewhat. Instead, they swelled vertically, covering my teeth!!! I won't describe them further, except to say that it was super gross, and I was a bit unnerved. I was also sick of running a fever, after two straight weeks. For heaven's sake - on Thursday morning, I took two Tylenol, two Day-Quil, and a 5-Hour Power shot just to get out of bed!

The periodontist was adamant: I needed to come in soonest. He also insisted on personally calling the orthopedic surgeon and telling him what was going on. Yikes. It sure was nice of Periodontist office manager Ally to give me a ring and let me know that I wasn't having knee surgery on Friday, because nasty Office Manager Sue never did. In fact, the only thing she did was call my emergency contact and inform her that even though I had somehow squeaked in the first time, the surgeon wouldn't be able to book me now until JULY! (With a four - six month recovery time, so I'd really be buggered.)

So we drove back on Thursday. I don't know what I was expecting. More of the same, I guess. The periodontist and his team booked me after hours to get me in same day. (I know! Handsome AND nice!) My first inkling that I was in for a treat was when they kitted me out in surgical garb. The next thing I knew, the whole office was in the surgery with me. I have never received so much numbing agent in my entire life I tried not to think about the implications too much. The office manager held my hand. The assistant chirped encouraging platitudes, and the periodontist went at it.

And at it and at it. The surgery took almost two hours! The original surgery involved three teeth. The infection had spread to over eight teeth's worth of gum and gone into the bone. The doctor described the infection as "spectacular" and took photos. (Half of me heard that and thought "Vindication!" while the other half thought emoticon "Holy &*%$#!") He said he was surprised that I had been up and about at all, given the fever, swelling, and level of infection.

Now I'm lying low. I need this infection to heal because I need the knee surgery, and also because the doctor informed me that if this procedure doesn't heal me, the next stop would be the ER. I made a long list of things to do whilst in America, but visiting an emergency services center wasn't on the list!

In between there, I had a birthday.



I am trying to make the most of the time by visiting with folks, but I am also feeling stressed and nervous about my future. One step at a time. Heal the gums and save the teeth/jaw. Get the knee surgery and aggressively rehab. Convince would-be bosses that I'm up to the demands of the job and line something up.

And I feel sure that a Wawa hoagie is in there somewhere, too! emoticon

Thanks to everyone who has supported me through the drama and celebrated my birthday with me!

  
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ENDUROVET 6/19/2011 4:43PM

    Ouch! I should have read all the way back before asking about your scheduled ACL surgery...

Hope you are on the mend now, sounds like they are on the right track!

Sending healing, anti-inflammatory wishes,
luv Val

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DANIMITE2 6/14/2011 2:15AM

    Your description of the medical team viewing your infection totally cracked me up! I can totally hear you saying it in your adorable accent. emoticon It sounds like someone from Hufflepuff put something in your pumpkin juice to turn those gums black!

I am so sorry you're dealing with all of this, Cat. It's hard to watch someone with your spunk have to be set back by so many hardships, while those with perfectly healthy bodies make couch potatoes of themselves. Know that I'm praying for you and thinking of you often!

I hope you had a fabulous birthday. Thank you SO MUCH for my sweet birthday card. It really made me laugh, but I was more touched at the idea of your thinking of me.

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FLORIDAFAN 6/13/2011 8:53AM

    Wow Cat! and ouch! I do hope that the gums are going to heal nicely now, and then on to the knee surgery.

Well Hoagie fest runs through the end of the month so make sure you get one....LOL, heck might as well throw in Tastykakes too with all that you have been through.



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BRAVAH 6/13/2011 6:56AM

    Hi Cat,

OMG! What a story! And here I was thinking that you were in the midst of your knee recovery. What a long road to knee surgury via periodontal emergencies! Sheesh! Well, I certainly hope that the pre-knee-surgery problems (including a rotten apple receptionist in the orthopedic office) are behind you. I'm sending healing vibes for your jaw and for your knee surgery! I wish you all the best with the job as well. So, are you completely located in the states at the moment? Where is MacDuff?

Cheers,
Heidi

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CJBAGGINS 6/12/2011 9:56PM

    Wow. You never do things by halves, do you, dear?

I'm so glad the mouth infection was finally dealt with, despite run arounds and the completely unhelpful assistants and office managers. Yay for bits of humour and getting to spend time with a few nice/handsome people in the peridontist's office. And a big
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A happy and speedy recovery to you!

cj

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 6/12/2011 7:40PM

    i'm sorry you're going through this, especialy during your birthday. belated birthday wishes !!
i have extreme dental fright and i hope you get well and don't suffer with that from now on!!
i hope things heal quickly and you have your knee surgery. good luck !!

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MAPLELEAFMOM 6/12/2011 12:44PM

    Wow, what an adventure and what a way to spend your birthday!! Sending lots and lots of healing thoughts your way. My mouth also hurt just reading all that!! I guess we must remember that everything happens for a reason, we just aren't sure why at the time it happens! Please keep us updated on how things are going with you. No dull moments for you emoticon Sending lots of healthy thoughts and prayers your way ! Also have a Wawa hoagie for me (why is there no emoticon for a hoagie? LOL!!) Take care of yourself...

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DOTSLADY 6/12/2011 9:09AM

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Happy Birthday emoticonto YoUUUUU!
Aw, sweet cheeks ( emoticon) I hope you are recovering!! The dentist wouldn't see me for 6 months after my heart attack for fear of infection. Now I see why! YIKES!

I don't know how you'll do it, but I know you WILL because you have WILL!
emoticonI'll be singing for you a long while. HaPpY Biiiirthdaay to Youuuu. And maa-any moooore! (And a pinch to lose an inch!)
emoticonYou are SO fab dahling!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 6/12/2011 8:04AM

   

Holy crap, what a kerfuffle. I'm glad they were able to fix it all up, albeit with a 2 hour operation. I can't even imagine how much your mouth hurt before and after. Mouth infections (especially down to the bone) are pretty dangerous and can affect all parts of your body, so you are lucky you had such a great dentist et al.

Hope you are feeling better now and I have to say I'm so glad to actually see you in a picture. You are one pretty lady and happy birthday if I missed it, things have been up in the air down here.

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XANADUREALM 6/12/2011 7:14AM

    From someone with knee problems ... until you can get the surgery...wrap your knee with an ACE or elastic bandage. It will help prevent more strain on your knee and help with the pain.

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QUEMBEL1 6/12/2011 6:49AM

    emoticonHopefully things will improve soon. Love you!

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DDUNKIES 6/11/2011 10:28PM

    my poor Cat- i am so sorry for all the pain you've had to go through- i hope the healing starts immediately if not yesterday!!! the picture of you is lovely- sending good vibes your way- love ya donna

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DORIS39 6/11/2011 9:10PM

    WELL, CAT, WHAT CAN I SAY? EVERYONE HAS SAID IT ALL. BUT I SURE WISH YOU WELL. AS YOU KNOW, I HAD BOTH MY KNEES REPLACED. IT DOES TAKE AWHILE TO HEAL AND GET BACK TO NORMAL. HOWEVER, AFTER SAYING THAT, YOU ARE IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE THAN I WAS, AND MUCH YOUNGER. THAT IS DEFINITELY A PLUS.

THAT MOUTH INFECTION SOUND TERRIBLE. AND, YOUR DESCRIPTIVE WAYS MADE IT ALL TOO REAL. OWEEE!

TAKE CARE, AND OUR LOVE GOES OUT TO YOU. emoticon

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DISPATCH91 6/11/2011 7:06PM

    Bless your heart, that is an ordeal I am glad you found a good doctor plus it doesn't hurt that he is easy on the eyes. emoticon

So sorry that the witch of another constant office manager acted the way she did. Maybe she needs to be turned into a emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 6/11/2011 5:37PM

    I'm with Linda--I like your picture best. :)

((hugs)) for your whole traumatic ordeal. The good thing is that after something like that, you really enjoy feeling GOOD for a change. LOL.

And ((hugs)) just because. :)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 6/11/2011 4:23PM

    That all, well...sucks. I want to know what they are doing to your knee that needs 4-6 months rehab even total knee replacement they say 3 months for!!! I am so so sorry this is happening. I am sending every ounce of positive healing thoughts, prayers, charms, etc i can that the infection clears up quick!!
I am hoping that you get a chance to come visit so i can do that castle for you!!!
hugs..love you..i'm here for you!!
Holly

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SUETINGE 6/11/2011 4:15PM

    First off, Happy Belated Birthday!

Second, OW! My mouth hurts just reading about this. I really hope the procedure on Thurs. got everything cleaned out so you can get on with your healing. emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/11/2011 4:09PM

    Wow hun. You have been through the ringer. I hope you get to feeling better soon and that your rocking and rolling soon. I will keep healing thoughts for you.
Hugs!

Hope your birthday was excellent!

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AMUNET_RA 6/11/2011 4:06PM

    My gums hurt just reading this! Ow ow ow!! Hope things are turning around soon, Cat!

Love you loads!!
~~B

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MDMNINA 6/11/2011 12:35PM

    Happy Birthday, Sweetie! You have sure been through an odessy! I hope you heal up soon. Between my ankle and your gums, we sound like a soap opera!!

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ELISELOVE1 6/11/2011 12:30PM

    i hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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SHORTTOOTH1 6/11/2011 12:04PM

    Wow! Just Wow! I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this. At least you found a doc who cares enough to make sure that you are getting the right treatment not just for your mouth, but who won't let you compromise your overall health with an ill advised knee surgery.

Just take the time you need to get better.

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_LINDA 6/11/2011 11:53AM

    So very sorry you had to suffer through all this :(( I just can't imagine an infection that bad :(( Hope it heals perfectly well and you have no more trouble! I actually have to take antibiotics when I get dental work, even just a cleaning because they are worried about my artificial joints getting an infection in the area because of the weakened tissues.. Its because bacteria from the mouth gets in the bloodstream so easy when you are being worked on..I am assuming they gave you broad spectrum antibiotics to help with your recovery here..
So very sorry I also missed your birthday :( It looks like you were having fun there at least before the boom got lowered! Never heard of this wa wa sub..
Its so nice to see your actual photo! I am so used to seeing those blond sexy, slim cartoonish pictures you are always putting on your profile, I wasn't sure what to expect!! So here is my opinion, get rid of them because you have a beautiful smile and I would much rather see your wonderful, pleasant face on my friend feed then those bottle blonde artificial women!
Those are lovely shots of your city, so sorry things didn't work out for you to keep your job :((...
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, look after yourself!
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ESBELL 6/11/2011 11:39AM

    ACK! that emergency gum surgery sounds horrid! I hope it all clears up soon, and that the knee surgery goes off without a hitch!


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SIXFULLERS 6/11/2011 11:26AM

    OMG! I'd wonder where i got the initial infection! I'm thinking about you and prayers for a full recovery.

And a Wawa sub! I WANT ONE TOO! (but not as much as Guissepes)

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SLCOLMAN 6/11/2011 11:22AM

    OMGosh! I hope that your mouth heals quickly and that you are able to get that knee surgery out of the way!

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WILDRICE99 6/11/2011 10:37AM

    When it rain, it pours I guess..on the bright side...you may see a rainbow! (I did see a double rainbow just yesterday after I ran a 5k...the sky must have been sending me a message "cheer up, you're done!")

Hope your 2nd surgery is a success and that you will be able to get your knee surgery done soon. Hang in there and preserve that smile...you do have very nice teeth! emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 6/11/2011 10:20AM

    Cat - hugs and prayers...I hope your mouth feels better soon and you get to enjoy that Hoagie... are you in PA?

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