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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ok, so, I'm headed for surgery Tuesday morning - less than 48 hours away.
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I'm nervous and tired, but really looking forward to having it over with. A positive attitude is important.
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My friend, who had surgery 2 weeks ago, was finally released to an assisted care facility, after 11 days in the hospital, and she will remain there for the next month or so. She's got a very positive attitude and the doctors/nurses are very happy with her progress. Thank you for your positive energy!
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I'll try to update after surgery, but I'm guessing there may be some painkillers involved, so if I say anything embarrassing, wait until I'm fully coherent to tease me about it.
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~Melissa

  
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ON2VICTORY 4/22/2013 9:17PM

    Hang in there Melissa.... and no worries on the painkillers, we can all be a bit smary at times ;-)

lol... had to reference the smary....

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LAKOTALADY 4/22/2013 7:43PM

    Hope all goes well and even if you do say anything embarrassing, we'll know it's the drugs!! emoticon

Good luck and get well quick! emoticon



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MT-MOONCHASER 4/21/2013 10:44PM

    I hope you will do well before, during and after the surgery.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/21/2013 8:17PM

    I hope the surgery goes great!

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TECAVINESS 4/21/2013 7:37PM

    Wishes and prayers for a quick recovery. emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 4/21/2013 5:46PM

    Hi, Melissa! So glad to learn of your friend's slow, but steady, progress. I've been thinking of you and will be so glad when Wednesday has arrived, because I'll know you're out of surgery and breathing more easily - or well on your way toward doing so! - by then. This less than two days 'til surgery must feel so nerve-wracking. I well remember what it felt like before my hysterectomy :::shudder::: But yeah, you will feel terrific on the meds emoticon And blog away while on them, my dear - you have earned it! (I remember wandering from room to room here in the house with a cup of tea in hand, giggling relentlessly, when I was on "the stuff" :) All the best, Susan

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 4/21/2013 5:20PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Request for my SparkFriends

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My friend had emergency surgery last week for a major internal infection. They worked on her for 5 solid hours. She's still in the hospital, though maintaining a very positive attitude, it looks like she'll be moved to assisted care soon, where she'll be hanging out for at least another month. I'm helping take care of her cat, mail, email, etc. while she's away from home.
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My surgery is next week, so her sister is coming to help look after the house and cat while I recover. (Boy, what a pair we are!)
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Here is my request. Her name is Karyl. If you wouldn't mind, please add her to your prayers, positive energy, warm thoughts, meditations, whatever you believe/practice. She's been through some wicked trauma in the last week, and a little extra oomph never hurt anybody.
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Thank you!
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~Melissa

  
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ANASARI 4/16/2013 10:17AM

    How is your friend doing? Hope you are well, too!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 4/15/2013 3:23PM

    Sending prayers.

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MJREIMERS 4/15/2013 7:36AM

    Prayers are on the way for Karyl and for you! Hang in there!

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ANASARI 4/14/2013 9:06PM

    Will do! Good luck with your own surgery coming up, too!
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3G1RLS4ME 4/14/2013 8:45PM

    praying for both of you in jesus name amen

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TWEETYKC00 4/14/2013 8:35PM

    You got it!

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ON2VICTORY 4/14/2013 8:27PM

    Wow, you are such a good friend! Btw..great job on getting on that homework..positive energy on the way!
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CIRANDELLA 4/14/2013 8:21PM

    Melissa, as you move toward your own surgery - and also in the face of the tremendous medical trauma Karyl has endured - I wish you both peace, strength, and all the good health in the world as you face the days ahead. I know you'll be glad when you've both emerged from this tunnel. There is no stressor like physical illness and/or surgery... All the best! emoticon - Susan

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LYNNA1968 4/14/2013 8:16PM

    done

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Say it with me, "I love ME."

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Learning is something I love to do. Seriously, I'm just finishing my second semester of college at 28.
It's something I think I'm fairly good at.
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HOWEVER, the lesson for today's blog is one that has taken me years to work on. I have to "study" this information every. single. day.


First, some rules:

I have been the CHAMPION of talking *ahem* 'crap' about myself. So, anyone who reads this blog entry, whenever it may happen, is NOT allowed to demean themselves, even just for 1 day. It takes time to break an ugly habit.



Here's a good guideline for getting rid of the negative way we talk to/about ourselves: (Yes, I talk to myself all the time.)

I read somewhere, in a brilliant book, that we should never say ANYTHING about ourselves that we wouldn't feel comfortable saying to a close friend.
Think about your best friend. Would you look them in the face and say, "You look really fat today." "God, you are so lazy." "How could you be this stupid?" or "Boy, are you worthless, or what?"
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I wouldn't, and I'm guessing you wouldn't either. Sadly, I bet most of us have said these things to ourselves at some point.
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Whether it's about today, or something in the past, we need to change our own minds.









I've never had a moment when abusing myself made anything better. Ever. It's an ugly cycle we don't have to perpetuate.





So, wherever you are, whenever you see this, remember this.





As I'm on the journey of learning to love myself, this has been a major truth for me.




If you start hearing those negative comments in your head, sit down and write down 5-10-20-50 things you love about yourself. Put them somewhere that you'll see them. They'll be a reminder of how awesome you are.


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MIATIA1 4/7/2013 9:31AM

    Great Blog for we have to love ourselves first in order to love others and to have them love us...

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BONNIEMARGAY 4/7/2013 3:20AM

    Thank you!

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 4/7/2013 12:12AM

    Wonderful blog. I have been working on this for some time too.

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MISSTANNIS 4/6/2013 7:53PM

    Fantastic! What a great view on life! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 4/6/2013 6:35PM

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You, dear Melissa, are light years wiser than your chronological 28 on the planet! Every substantial change we undertake cannot begin without that crucial seed of self-love...or attempts to make such changes can only be fleeting. If you've learned THIS MUCH before even turning 30, I can't begin to imagine what a sage you're going to be by age 40! You're a VERY quick study, it goes without saying...

"Repeat process" indeed emoticon And there's a very good reason we've been gifted with that middle digit. It should be accompanied by a special little sticker that reads "USE AS NEEDED"!

Love your quotes. I can tell you invest a lot of time - and a lot of yourself - into finding them for us!

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EXPOGIRL50 4/6/2013 5:37PM

    What great thoughts...ones to hold onto and follow!

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ON2VICTORY 4/6/2013 5:31PM

    I need to take this and ''rinse, lather, repeat''

This is an official no crap zone...and it is patrolled.

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Never. Give. Up.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I may only be 28, but I've had a million chances to give up in my life. There's a long, ugly story behind that statement, but that's not the point I want to make here. There are days (yep, we've all had them) when our goals seem SO FAR AWAY, and we have that thought that it might just be easier to give up. Being unhappy or disappointed is never easy. Sometimes we forget that.

There are many days where I need to remind myself of the how, what, and why I am doing what I'm doing to get where I want to go.

I have this hanging on the wall in my bathroom:


So, here are a few things I'd like us all to remember on those particularly craptacular days when quitting sounds like not such a bad idea...

First of all...

I happen to have a life that I'm very happy with. I've worked my *ahem* off to get where I am right now. I want to have a healthy body so that I can enjoy all of the good things I've worked so hard for, for a nice long time to come.

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This is my new motto. I think it's going up on the wall as well.

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And then...


Oh yeah, and don't forget...


And one more thing before we go...


One Day At A Time, I can love myself enough to NEVER GIVE UP.
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CIRANDELLA 4/5/2013 10:20PM

    What strong, powerful, inspiring thoughts! I really needed 'em today...and what a gold mine I've found here this evening! You've got an eye for the bestest :) - Susan

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HEALTH4LYFE 4/5/2013 7:00AM

    I recently posted something on one of my team threads about not giving up on oneself. Your blog reinforces that. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all the inspirational quotes!

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IMREITE 4/5/2013 12:40AM

    what a great blog. any idea if there are posters of the 2nd picture? reminding me that success will come to me if i work my something office is great to keep me in my workout area.

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GRANNYGRIGGS 4/4/2013 11:25PM

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 4/4/2013 11:13PM

    Great blog! Never give up has been today's thought of the day for me today.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 4/4/2013 5:16PM

    I love these. I especially love, "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday".

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AMAZINGMOMMY4 4/4/2013 2:56PM

    WooHoo!! Keep it going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEET_CAROLYN 4/4/2013 2:15PM

    Thank you for your encouragement!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/4/2013 10:44AM

    Good blog!

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MJREIMERS 4/4/2013 9:24AM

    YES! emoticon You are so right in every aspect of your blog! I'm glad you are seeing the positive side to this journey! There are many people here that are in your corner, that have your back and are supporting you! I'm one of them! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon together!!!! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 4/4/2013 5:23AM

    Wonderful!

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BEANIES_MOM 4/4/2013 5:22AM

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ALICIA214 4/4/2013 12:46AM

 

Truer words were never spoken. Keep up the good work.

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ON2VICTORY 4/4/2013 12:41AM

    Thank you for inspiring me to keep going.... there is no pain like the pain of regret.
I love your resolve..you are strong...btw... love the craptacular expression.. it so describes many of my times at the mine....

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AM217PERRY 4/4/2013 12:30AM

    Well said! emoticon

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LATTELEE 4/4/2013 12:26AM

  Love it!

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Sinuses and Mixed Emotions

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ok, so a few of you know that I've been dealing with this freakin' sinus infection for about 3 months now. I've been to the doctor a ridiculous number of times, 3 solid rounds of antibiotics, nasal steroids, neti pots, oil pulling, mucinex, pseudoephedrine, vitamins, tea, herbs, apple cider vinegar...

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You name it, I've tried it.

So, I FINALLY got in for a CT scan on Monday. Guess what - I need surgery. emoticon

My ENT showed me my scans and exactly what's wrong. Turns out I have what are called Paradoxic Curved Middle Turbinates, which basically means part of my sinuses on both sides grew in the opposite direction of where they were supposed to. They don't know why this happens, that's why it's a paradox.

We've all known I'm a bit bass ackwards, but now we have evidence! April 23rd, I'm going in and having part of them removed.

I know, you're all totally jealous. emoticon

The good news is that he doesn't have to break my nose. The bad news is that finals are the following week, so I'll be studying and testing while feeling like I've taken a bazooka to the face.
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Now, I'm really nervous as I've never had any kind of surgery before. I'm not looking forward to the recovery period. I'll be working like a mad woman to get ahead on my homework so I can get that week's assignments turned in the weekend before, and I've already spoken to my Accounting professor about taking that week's exam 3 days early.

I'm RELIEVED that we've finally gotten to the bottom of this stupid battle. I'm looking forward to how much nicer it will be when I can breathe freely. I'm looking forward to the amount of money I'm going to save on doctor visits, prescriptions, OTC meds, etc.

Not gonna lie, all this thinking makes me want to take a nap...


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AMAZINGMOMMY4 4/4/2013 3:05PM

    Hang in there. Sorry my other post about homeopathy came too late and may not have helped anyway. Just remember to drink your water and eat good food through the process. It will help you heal faster anyway!

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CIRANDELLA 4/2/2013 8:16PM

    emoticon Oh, no...although it's an answer to the frustrating, longterm mystery you've faced with this miserable, persistent sinus problem and the endless barrage of remedies you've patiently endured in hopes of a permanent fix, nobody looks forward to surgery... emoticon What an unusual problem the CT scan revealed, though - I've heard of people with reversed positioning of their abdominal organs, but never this problem.

My heart goes out to you and the added stress of having to face finals at such an inopportune time! If you can propel your mind in this direction, try to imagine that time in the future when not only will finals be over, but you'll be healing from your surgery...AND breathing easy - at long last - too! emoticon It's just a matter of getting through the interval in between now and the surgery...and finals.

We're behind you, oh, about 150%! All the best... Susan

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ON2VICTORY 3/28/2013 1:36PM

    awwwwwww :( hang in there. It is scary to go through as I have never had surgery either but it also has got to be a total relief to finally have some answers. im rooting for you. just remember that while you are recovering dont get down on yourself if you are not on top of it and struggle...its not your fault. give yourself a hug and be gentle.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 3/27/2013 7:44PM

    oh my. That sounds a little bit icky. A little bit icky indeed. I am sure the surgery will go well, and I hope the recovery is a piece of cake for you. And yes, you got to think how much better you will feel afterwards. I am glad they found out what was wrong!

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/21/2013 11:59PM

    Ouch!!

I sure hope all goes well with the surgery and you can put all of the sinus infections behind you.

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SEAFLOAT 3/21/2013 7:41PM

    Wow! Best of Luck to You!
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