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Monday, November 10, 2014

I have not been really active here. Let's face it, I have been absent. Reading a few blogs but not posting anything.

I had surgery Sept 16th. should have been back to work 4 to 6 weeks after. Well, I'm still home. Going to the local health center 7 days a week to have the mesh taken out, getting the 2 sinuses that have formed cleaned and getting a new mesh.

from the first infection, to the trip to the hospital, to the second infection, to the health clinic visits and now, probably a new bacteria to kill; I have not been a happy camper. Not only I have not been back to work, but I had to cancel my classes at the U.

I have an appointment with the surgeon today. We will try and figure out what is happening and plan a treatment. I had expected to have some problems due to the loss of a few lymph nodes and the radiation treatment 2 years ago. But I never expected this. I don't know exactly why this is bothering me that much. For God sake! It's not like I have cancer again! it is only a wound that is taking a rather long time to heal.

I haven't been on a scale lately. My mind has been preoccupied lately. Now I am almost afraid to get on it.

So I am making that promise to myself to get on a scale in the next 24 hours and start making sure I don't do more damages to my weight loss..

On another note, fall is here. I love the colors of fall. the leaves that are changing and falling. Soon enough we will have snow and I will be glad to have the snow. Yes I am guilty of liking our winters, I am guilty of liking to shovel and loving the white blanket that covers everything.

I have taken 2 classes for the next semester : Introduction to IT engineering and Méthodes de communications. Since they have credited me for the classes I had to cancel, it is already paid for. I can't wait to start again. I loved going to classes in September. There is a good energy there.

This is getting to be a long blog. Sorry about that.

Talk soon!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/13/2014 4:10PM

    Oh my dear friend, I cannot imagine how tough it must be going through all of this. So much of it, as you say, you were not expecting and that has to have made it all the much more difficult to deal with. I am sorry that you are having to put up with these infections and the prospect of not knowing how soon your body will heal. But it will heal. And I am truly sorry that you had to cancel your classes for the time being. It is obvious how much they mean to you. Yet, it really is just for the time being and soon you will be making tracks, as they say. You are one very intelligent lady and no temporary delay will ever hold you back from reaching your goals in life.

Now, I also agree with Ken, when he advises you not to worry about the weight but to simply concentrate on getting your health right back where it needs to be. Just think, this really will pass ... and - You WILL reap the rewards of your surgery - You Will return to classes as soon as you get turned around - AND - any weight you might gain during this recovery period, you will soon get rid of once you are well and out there shoveling that lovely snow.

BTW, like you, I kinda like the white stuff, too. Well, sending you warm thoughts and best wishes today. I hope you will keep blogging during this down time and let us know how things are going.

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FITKAT62 11/13/2014 1:00PM

    Hope the future begins to get brighter soon! Enjoy your classes.

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DOVESEYES 11/10/2014 6:50PM

    Just take time to heal, then you'll be back to your marvellous self again.

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KING_SLAYER 11/10/2014 5:27PM

    Don't worry about the weight too much, just concentrate on doing what you need to do to get rid of the infection and be healthy!! Everything else will work itself out :)

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TOONIE 11/10/2014 11:07AM

    Sorry to hear that you have not been well. Hope that you are back to good health very soon.

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4RASCALS 11/10/2014 9:59AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hope you & your doctor can plan a treatment plan for you. Good to hear from you again

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sept 22nd, meeting with the surgeon today

Monday, September 22, 2014

well the surgery on Tuesday went well. It was a lot less painful than I expected so that was good news. I have an appointment today with the surgeon. It is a surgery follow up and he will take of the bandages. I will find out how much he has taken off them. One thing I can say is that I feel lighter already, who would have thought they were that heavy? I know it will take some weeks before the final look but even without seeing them right now and with the stiffness and lingering pain, I can tell you it was worth it. I feel better.

On another note, sleeping on my back all week has been challenging. I never sleep on my back. So it took a few nights before I could sleep longer periods. So between that and the antibiotics to take every 6 hours it makes for small nights. So I am feeling good but a bit tired.

Yesterday I have started to work on my school stuff. Found out there is a limit of time that I can work comfortably with the computer. I suspect this time will grow as the time pass.

thanks to those who took the time to send me wishes.

have a great day!

I have to add... I'm scared. I think I will get the results of the pathology tests done on what they took out of my breasts.. It is quite scary.

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RIBKNIT 10/26/2014 1:43PM

    Hi my friend :) I'm just doing a brief check onto Sparkpeople and have read your blog. I wish you the very best with your health; my heart goes out to you emoticon

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4RASCALS 9/22/2014 9:06PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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DOVESEYES 9/22/2014 8:02PM

    All the best for seeing the surgeon. Hugs

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HMBROWN1 9/22/2014 9:16AM

    I hope you recover quickly from your surgery! Best wishes!

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Monday Sept 15th.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yes I'm still alive and well. School has started and is keeping me real busy. Appart from the fact that I am going to school Monday to Thursday, that I work Monday to Friday, I have homeworks. So far the chemestry and calculus are not too hard, but there is quite a bit of homework. Plus I have this other class online that I have to make sure I respect the schedule.

I love school. The energy there is fantastic! I wish I could be there full time already! There are a bunch of clubs I'd love to be part of : The human machine club, the submarine, the race car... all of them competing in international events. Quite a few of those teams/club are looking for GTI(Génie des technologies de l'information) students. It would be so interesting to work with students in other fields of engineering! I just have to be a bit more patient!

Weeks are a bit longer than they used to! lol. Monday to Thursday I get out of the house at 6am and come back home around 10:30pm. I usually go to bed almost as soon as I get home. Friday I am back for 5h30 wich is great!

Surgery is set for tomorrow so I'll be home for 2 weeks. I have made arrangements with my teachers to work from home. I'll be happy it is finaly done.

Last week was sad because we had to bring our dog to the vet to end her miseries. She was loved and will be remembered.

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4RASCALS 9/15/2014 8:35PM

    Sounds like school is going great. You have a really busy schedule. Good luck with the homework, and also with your surgery. Keep us updated on your surgery. Sorry to hear about your dog. Cherish your memories with him. emoticon

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DOVESEYES 9/15/2014 8:13PM

    So sad about your dog, hugs.

Hope you get some much needed rest after the surgery.
You are going to need it for all the exciting days when you start back!!!

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VIVICHAMPERS 9/15/2014 1:57PM

    I'm sorry about your dog.

School sounds like it's going well, even if the days are long! Good luck with the homework!

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follow up from yesterday's blog

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This is the container we filled with concrete :

This is what it looks like this morning. Some of the grass hasn't taken so I just re-seeded some areas.

Next summer will probably be the time for the bench I want to build on the side of the fence and the outside kitchen. we'll see.

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DOVESEYES 9/7/2014 7:32PM

    How lovely the grass looks so soft...!!!

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4RASCALS 9/7/2014 2:42PM

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Sept 6th 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

it sure has been a busy week.

I started classes on Tuesday. Calculus. It was fun to be there. The energy is sooo good there. The other students could be my children but I'm having a ball rubbing elbows with them.

So, Tuesday and wednesday I took the car in the morning. I went directly to the U in the hope of getting a parking space there. Both morning none was free so I parked close to work. After work I went to class and then walked back the 1.9km to the car.

ON Thursday, I took a vacation day to go to the U initiation. It was a day at the Jean-Drapeau park.
I was a kid again... it was fun! we were painted, got wet and dirty and participated to quite a few activities. We got to meet some other student studying in the same dept. After a day of that we went to the pub.
It was nice to see how the kids reacted to me participating in the event. Some were very surprised and happy to see one could still have fun in an event like that.

On another note, I was called to be given my surgery date. September 16th is the date. I will be off work and school for 2 weeks. I have already made arrangments with my teatchers. I am happy it is happening so soon. I will finally be getting the surgery I asked for almost 3 years ago. The one that was postponed after I had my mammogram. Can't believe It has been 2 years since my lumpectomy. as of Aug. 31st I have been 2 years without cancer. That is great! 3 more and I'll be cured!

Here are pics of my summer project outside the house

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VALIENDRA 9/6/2014 11:20PM

    I'm glad you had a blast at your initiation. And your summer project looks.. unfinished? =)
Have a good weekend!

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DOVESEYES 9/6/2014 10:28PM

    Wonderful to be with young people and having a great time. Thinking of you when you go in for the op.

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