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Paying Forward The Hope!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I have received SO MANY well wishes for my upcoming gall bladder surgery this Tues. 3/24 that I wanted to thank EVERYONE for all your positive, HOPEFUL energy! It really adds so much to my sense of calm, confidence and hopefulness regarding my abilities to deal with slowing down for a bit and moving beyond the pain.

At the same time I know I continue to offer hope to others to assist them in overcoming obstacles in their lives.

SparkPeople brings us all together as such a community of STRENGTH in which we all serve as *bridges over each others' troubled waters*!

I love this place and am SO GRATEFUL to have each of you out there for support!

Keep the SPARK and keep PAYING IT FORWARD! :-)

Don

  
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JAZZYJUDE 3/23/2009 2:26PM

    I DID IT! I even posted a blog! I walked a total of 1.9 miles...
Here's to ya babe! emoticon emoticon Jazzy!!

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JAZZYJUDE 3/22/2009 6:18PM

    You are gong to be just fine hun! I had my gall bladder laproscopic and the healing time was quicker than being under the knife. Not sure how you are having it, but my recovery time was one week of total rest and then I progressed to moving around...slowly! LOL But all in all, never had a problem afterwards. Good luck babe! Will be sending extra positive vibes and walk an extra mile for you Tuesday!
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JIBBIE49 3/22/2009 1:01AM

    I sure hope you will be getting your APPENDIX taken out, while they are in their removing your gallbladder, so you won't ever have to have it removed later in a second surgery. My brother had an appendix attack at age 54 and his ruptured just before going into surgery, and he was in ICU for six days.

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CHRISTYARIEL 3/20/2009 10:39PM

    I'll be praying for you! emoticon

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TRAINOF4 3/20/2009 10:33PM

    I SOOO believe in paying it forward. Or to put it another way, what goes around comes around! LOL!

I know things will go great for you. Don't fear pain, it won't be so bad! You've been through worse things in life & have great things ahead of you.

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Next Tues.: Goodbye Gall Bladder!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Well at last the date has been set! Tues. 3/24 I'll be heading in for my gall bladder surgery.

Looking forward to putting this behind me...of course not eager for the pain of recovery, nor the end of my daily cardio streak which I've been keeping up faithfully since Jan. 6th! I worry a bit about gaining weight while being unable to work out, however I hear one's appetite isn't so hot following surgery so I'll take it one day at a time. Still kicking around the notion of going vegetarian, but not sure about this just yet...will be open to it if my body seems to want to go that route, however...

Till then, going to try to ramp up my workouts, hoping for another couple of bike rides beforehand to keep my spirits high.

Don

  
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TWUKAWITZ 3/23/2009 11:26PM

    Hey Don,
Just saw your blog....I want to wish you well with your surgery and recovery. All the previous advice is so true. Listen to your Doc and your body. Stay ahead of your pain, eat what they say you can, and when they say get up and walk...just do it. We all know how important movement is in post-op healing. Just don't overdo. I did one day and paid for it the next. Ah well, turned out ok in the long run and you will too.

T

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BEAUTIFULDAISY 3/23/2009 1:19PM

    Go Don,
Sorry to hear you have to have surgery, but I am glad it will be therapeutic for you. Keep on Sparkin'! emoticon

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KENSINGTONC 3/19/2009 2:13PM

    Best of luck to you! I hope it goes really smoothly.
Liz

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ANDALEX 3/18/2009 11:54PM

    break a leg! thanks to your health consciousness, i'm sure you will heal quickly and be back at it in no time. keep us updated!

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ANDALEX 3/18/2009 11:54PM

    break a leg! thanks to your health consciousness, i'm sure you will heal quickly and be back at it in no time. keep us updated!

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TRAINOF4 3/18/2009 10:46PM

    Hey there, glad you have a date finally set. that will get a resolution & make you feel better in the long run, right!?

Ask your MD what sort of diet they recommend for you post-op if they don't offer it.

Stay ahead of your pain with whatever meds they give or suggest, don't overdo it too early. Follow your doctor's instructions, but also your own instincts. I know you're going to be A-OK!

I'll put your surgery on my calendar so I can send healing thoughts your way for a successful op & recovery! emoticon

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LADYWEZ 3/18/2009 6:50AM

    Good luck Don. Just think about how easier this recovery will be with all the weight that you lost. You have been amazing.

Will be thinking about you next Tuesday.

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CHRISTYARIEL 3/17/2009 10:45PM

    I'll be praying for you Don! emoticon

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GMN5153 3/17/2009 4:07PM

    emoticonhere's a little Guardian Angel to watch over you during you hospital stay!She's carry all our prayers for you with her.One day at a time is the only way to plan for it.Everyone's recovery is different..so just do what you can do to maintain your weight and return to health. emoticon

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BUNN43 3/17/2009 2:03PM

    Hi Don - I had my gall bladder surgery about 38 years ago (emergency) when it was a huge procedure - my scar is appallingly large, and I was in hospital for about a week!! Now, however, with the cute little scopes they use to do the surgery, you have a tiny tiny scar, and much less invasive surgery - excellent results!! You will be shocked at how good you feel afterwards, and ohmygoodness - no more of that horrid pain from the stones trying to get out!! As for the possibility of diarrhea after losing your gall bladder, that is highly variable, so don't need to expect it.
Don't you dare rush into exercise however - give your body time - I'm sure you'll get excellent advice from your health professionals, and the great thing is you are in excellent shape!! You'll be having a very good "recovery". One of my clients - a mother of 2, 36 years old - turned up the day after her surgery, looking great, just "a bit tired". Cheers!
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AMYGRINER 3/17/2009 1:31PM

    I will keep you in my prayers. I had my gallbladder removed about 6 years ago. At first it helped me with my weight loss because (not to be graphic but...) everything goes right through you. Take it easy until the doctor says you can exercise again. Just keep your calories at the lower end until you can get up and move again.
Good luck!
Amy

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JIBBIE49 3/17/2009 11:40AM

    GB surgery isn't the difficult procedure it use to be, so I'm sure it will all go well for you! emoticonHappy St. Pat's Day Next year we will dance our JIG because we will be thin and in shape!! emoticon

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1st Ride of the Season...woo hoo!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What a GLORIOUS day for my first bike ride of the season! Mid-50's, not a cloud to be found...I felt so strong...! There is some *potent* magic stirring when I'm on my bicycle! Biked up around our local Chenango Valley State park 'round highway 79 and 369...I noticed I could bike up hills without shifting into lower gears as I've had to in the past. My legs are feeling so powerful!

I can tell this season I'm going to be traveling far and wide on my two-wheeled buddy!

Don

Oh...sported my bright blue SparkPeople t-shirt on this ride too! :-)

  
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FIFTEENACRES 3/16/2009 3:53AM

    Sounds like you're doing well too!

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JIBBIE49 3/15/2009 10:53PM

    emoticonIt is amazing how our bodies will get stronger the more we push ourselves.

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GETTO140 3/15/2009 8:19PM

    Thanks for the inspiring blog! Yes..I've felt better this weekend..did some good walking and today went a little further to work back to the distance we were going last summer. Even the dogs need to work back into it slow...just like us! emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 3/15/2009 7:41PM

    Don.... It is so nice that you have such nice weather to go bike riding.

They are saying another 5-8" tonight and 5-12" tomorrow.

Enjoy your nice weather I really mean it.

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LADYWEZ 3/15/2009 6:41PM

    I was wondering if you got out. I did scholarship interviews all day. Kept saying to the director "lets do these outside". I think she thought I was kidding.

Glad you got out there.

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Doing Better...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Instead of oversleeping an hour and a half I only overslept 45 mins.!

DOH!

But I *refuse* to use an alarm clock...going to keep working at re-setting my own internal alarm.

I still struggle so to get to bed early...it seems 10:30 - 11 is the norm...and then there's the occasional midnight! If I want to get up @ 6, my body keeps rebelling, saying "MORE SLEEP! YOU NEED MORE SLEEP!"

Don

  
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TRAINOF4 3/14/2009 5:58PM

    You DO need more sleep! Do your best to get those zzzzs, you know that proper rest is a major requirement for a healthy mind AND body! Still, I know what you mean about trying to get to bed at Xhour and then before one knows it - it's 11PM!

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Just When My Sleep Was Getting SO Steady...

Monday, March 09, 2009

...comes Daylight Savings Time...oof! Overslept an hour and a half this morning, blew my treadmill session out of the water!

Energy was low all day, but still got home and did my 'millwork tonight. It didn't rev me up, the music made it tolerable, but certainly not easy or rejuvenating...!

Turning in early tonight to get my "clock" straightened around!

Still no word from my surgeon on surgery date yet...

Don

  
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