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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Well, I've got some updates on my financial situation(s). Some good, some... not. Most of it remains unchanged. However, I finally was able to track down some Lost & Found info for the convention center and I shot out an email to the department. Well, wouldn't you know it, my license was in their possession! emoticon So, they were able to mail it back to me easy peasy. That's $26 still in my pocket... well... I don't have $26 at the moment, but you know what I mean. Funny thing is, when I got my license back and checked to see if it was damaged any further I noticed it expires on my next birthday anyway... in about 4 months. DANGIT! Hahaha, oh well! Maybe I'll go in and get a new pic and everything. My face is pretty round in the pic. My current face has slimmed down significantly. emoticon

That's pretty much the only financial fun that's changed. I'm still going to be mega broke. I'm half considering walking around the corner and getting a job at Jack in the Box, just until school starts... So, I'd at least have a little bit of money coming in to pay medical and dental bills. emoticon

Speaking of school starting, what was supposed to be an exciting and fun prospect for the upcoming semester has made a slight turn for the worst. All my paperwork for my practicum is complete and turned in, well within the deadline, and I received my assigned nursing home. It wasn't my first choice. Probably not my second, either. In fact, I'm not sure I wrote it down at all on my list of preferred places. It's about 20 miles away from where I currently live, in Carlsbad. Wouldn't be so bad, except that I DON'T OWN A CAR! I've been doing some research on how to get there via public transportation. The news is very not good. I would have to be on the first bus of the day (in my area) at 6am. It'll take 4 buses and almost 4 hours to get me to the nursing home. Which means I won't ever be able to make it there until 10am. Which is probably not a good thing, as I'm sure my "shifts" would be most likely to start at 8am (if not earlier). So, then I looked at taxi rates. To go that far it would cost me $120 a day, round trip, in taxi fare. I'm really at a loss. I have 3 weeks to figure out what I'm going to do about this. I can email my teacher and ask if there's an assignment closer to me, but the likelihood of that happening is pretty slim. We were told up front that there was a chance we wouldn't be accommodated with our first or even second choices... which is why we were to write down 3 of them. And, in order for me to be re-assigned, that means someone else or several someone elses would have to be reassigned, also. *sigh*

On the lighter news front, I've inadvertently adopted a stray cat that I found wandering through my yard about a month ago. I've wanted a cat for so long, and would have gone to adopt one at a shelter anyway, so this has worked out. She appears to be in very good health and remarkably clean. I went ahead and got some flea drops for her anyway. When we've built up enough trust, we'll take her in to the vet for a check-up and whatnot. (Also, when we save up some money.) Anyway, she's a sweetheart. We named her Meow Meow, after the mispronunciation of Thor's hammer Mjölnir in the movie Thor. It's a funny, lighthearted joke, so we went with it. The other choice for her name was Lt. Shineysides.

Meow Meow takes a nap

I've been seeing this go around the Spark webs lately. So, I checked it out myself. I still have no idea what it really means. How am I like a woman from Barbados?! What is that supposed to tell me, exactly? Anyway, it was sorta interesting... I guess.

To find out for yourself, and maybe you can figure it out, go to:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18770328

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/21/2012 11:01PM

    Awww MeowMeow is cute!

Need to catch up on blogs to find out "the rest of the story"... Practicum, drivers license etc. Mine is up in January, but I can renew it earlier. Wanting to do it this month or next, while weather is decent, because it is no fun to go renew my license in the middle of January! Especially when it is snowing or otherwise miserable weather!!

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SMILINGTREE 7/31/2012 9:43PM

    Meow Meow is super cute. Sorry about the practicum. That's rough, especially with your financial woes. *sigh* Maybe I will win the lottery. Then I would buy you a car :) or just give you some money for taxi fare.

I tried the country thing even though I didn't enjoy learning my BMI is higher than 92% of women in my age range in the world!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/30/2012 1:50PM

    Wow, so sorry to hear about you getting assigned to Carlsbad! Such a dilemma without an easy solution. I would definitely talk to your teacher and see if anything can be done.

Glad you were able to get your wallet back in one piece!

Enjoy Meow Meow!

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RAINYFRIDAY 7/30/2012 9:14AM

    Hey, so glad you found your license! It's such a pain to deal with lost ID. I really hope that there is some way for you to be able to work someplace closer to home. 4 hours is a nightmare and the cost of cabbing it is totally unreasonable. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!

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ABB698 7/30/2012 12:06AM

    Glad you got your license back! Meow Meow is so cute, glad you found each other. Hope they can work with you on the location thing of your nursing home! Carlsbad would also mean traffic...ewww. Good luck!

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JBINAUSTIN 7/29/2012 4:22AM

    Meow Meow is a cutie. Good luck with the bad work location. I like the idea of calling them up to ask for ideas. When my husband was in live-in rehab after his stroke, some of the staff (and occasionally me) stayed in a spare room when we were too tired to drive home. That might help you sometimes. Or maybe someone else who works there lives near you and wants to carpool.

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DEEJON123 7/28/2012 8:35PM

    Why don't you try calling where you have been placed and ask if they know of any room and board or other accomodation that can be arranged? Just a thought. My daughter while getting her medical degree was stationed about 220 miles from our home. She contacted the hospital and her precepter was kind enough to offer her the extra room in his house for free. You never know if you don't try.

Nice to get a kitty, they can be fun. This is a beautiful looking cat.

As for paying for medical and dental ..... I am so glad I live in Canada, no worries in the medical department, all paid for and no seperate monthly charges for healthcare that they used to charge, they made so much money off of it, they stopped charging where I live! Too bad no programs like that in the USA (I presume that is where you are) As for dental, paid for by my employer, perhaps in the future this will be the case for you too.

For now, hang in there, school doesn't last forever and it's time that is well invested! BEST OF LUCK !!

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LODESTONE 7/28/2012 8:12PM

    Glad you got your license back, adopted a kitty; but the transportation thing stinks. Maybe someone else got assigned to BFE (for them) and would like to trade! Might be worth asking.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/28/2012 7:08PM

    This city has always had the lamest bus system on the planet. Totally not user friendly.
The cat is adorable.

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QUIERRA 7/28/2012 6:56PM

    I wish you luck in figuring out your transportation woes. On the bright side, your cat is adorable. :)

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JSALERNO 7/28/2012 6:51PM

    meow meow is adorable!

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SHARONPENNING 7/28/2012 6:48PM

    I use to "adopt" all kinds of stray cats. I started out by leaving cat food on my back porch for the really skinny ones, and found out about 5 cats were eating there regularly. On very elderly cat found his way into my house. I discovered him one night when I got up to use the bathroom. He was eating from my house cat's bowl. He'd been around long enough that my 2 house cats didn't pay any attention to him any more. He was living in the box spring in my guest room during the day. A trip to the vet confirmed he was at least 19-20 years old. He stayed about a month, then disgraced himself by "spraying" my leather jacket. The pound charged me big bucks to take him, but it was better than putting him back outside to die. emoticon

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PARAN0RMAL 7/28/2012 6:36PM

    Congratulations on adopting Meow Meow! I rescued a puppy back in January and it's the best decision I've ever made. She sure is adorable!

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Stand Up Paddleboarding!!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

On Saturday I went stand up paddleboarding with a handful of the San Diego Spark Team. Talk about a fun day! I'm so glad I got to go and spend an afternoon with such wonderful people. Especially since I've been feeling so down in the dumps lately. Here are a few photos of the fun!


Easiest to start on your knees until you get the hang of things. Also, this was the "wake zone" and we were paddling our way to calmer waters.


Got the hang of it! It was actually really fun and not nearly as difficult to maintain balance as I was thinking it was going to be. I'm actually in the wake zone, going against the current, in this section. Buff arms after this!


Members of the San Diego Spark Team! So much fun and, as always, the best company EVER!

Afterward, we went to a restaurant and had sushi. It was a nice, healthy way to end the outing. I enjoyed every minute of this adventure! And thanks to Felicia for manning the camera(s)!

Speaking of being stressed/down in the dumps... in my last blog I forgot to mention ONE MORE FINANCIAL STRESSOR! How could I forget? I guess my list is pretty long... easy to overlook. At some point during Comic-Con, I lost my driver's license. Or it was stolen. Really, I have no way to verify either happened. All I know is, my license is gone. The bus depot doesn't have it. And I can't for the life of me find the Lost & Found info for the convention center. So, it'll cost me $26 to replace it. I guess I'll be waiting to do that until next month. Not that I'll have more money then, 'cuz I really won't. ARGH!

Anyhoo, all my paperwork and stuff is going to be mailed off tomorrow for my DSS practicum. That's one stress about to be taken care of. I went grocery shopping today and loaded up my fridge with lots of healthy yummies... fruit, veggies, lean meats... And I have some meal ideas to get me through the rest of the month at least.

So, if you're the praying sort, please keep me in yours. If you're not, send me some good thoughts/vibes. For those that have been checking in on me and encouraging me and offering to be a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen, you are so precious to me and I appreciate it so very much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  
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LUCYLU22 7/27/2012 11:12PM

    What a fun day! I am so sorry to hear about ALL your financial stressors. I will definitely keep you in my prayers!

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CALI1156 7/24/2012 10:55PM

    woo hoo...hubby and I were in Dana Point and saw paddle boarders and I wondered if I could do it, or not. LOL! So glad to read your blog and feel more confident about trying it out! emoticon

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 7/24/2012 3:48PM

    I'm so glad you had a great afternoon to take your mind off things for a while. Not that it solved anything, but the break from reality hopefully reminded you of the awesome things going on for you right here at Spark! I can feel your financial stressors. I'm about there myself. I just keep reminding myself that I've been here before and it's always worked out. So I keep chugging along, taking/making opportunities as I can. The thing about life is that every situation is temporary - the good ones AND the bad ones. So when this negative stuff passes, relish in the positive. Sending warm, positive vibes your way, woman!

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/24/2012 11:58AM

    That looks like soooo much fun ! I am dying to try paddle boarding ! My cousin in CA promised to take me whenever I finally come out for a visit.

And you got to go to Comic Con in San Diego ? Now I am totally envious ! geek that I am, I've always wanted to go !! bummer about your license. if it doesn't turn up, at least you've let the authorities know it went missing and you have a replacement.

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TARANITUP 7/23/2012 12:03PM

    Looks like such an awesome time!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/23/2012 11:54AM

    So much fun!!! I really can't wait to do it again! Thank you so much for organizing! I just wrote on the facebook page that I was feeling it yesterday in my triceps. Must have worked them good on Saturday!

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RAINYFRIDAY 7/23/2012 11:47AM

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I was too scared to try this one out! Eek. :P

I'm sorry you've been having such a time of it lately! Sending positive vibes your way :D

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/23/2012 9:07AM

    Glad you had the opportunity for such fun and so much stress relief. Take are.

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LODESTONE 7/23/2012 8:47AM

    Glad you had a good time and a chance to forget all the crap going on for awhile. Nice to have a group that can hang together, have fun, and eat healthy all at the same time. Take a deep breath and know that your buds are all here.

Hugs.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/23/2012 5:08AM

    That looks so much fun!

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JSALERNO 7/23/2012 4:48AM

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Explaining Myself for This Week

Friday, July 20, 2012

So, the last few status updates here on SP haven't been too terribly chipper. Obviously that's out of character for me. I consider myself to be a stable, cheerful, optimistic individual that experiences the usual ebb and flow of human emotion. You know, what is considered "normal" (although I don't think I am by any means!)

This month started off really great and then took a really ugly turn for the worst. My grandmother had thrown a few extra bucks my way and I got a bit of an extra tax refund back, so I had a little bit of a money buffer zone. I was planning on doing some small, but fun, things for myself since I'd been cooped up from recovering from surgery and I know next semester is going to be loooooong and very, very busy. Basically, I was just going to see a bunch of movies at the theatre that I was excited for. That's pretty rare for me. I wanted to see Brave, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Magic Mike, Ted, The Dark Knight Rises, and more.

Also, I had Comic-Con this month. WOO! Once again I got chosen to be a volunteer and I could write a whole series of blogs about the fun I had all weekend. Sitting through panels of my favorite shows, identifying cosplayer's costumes, camping out next to the convention center overnight, spotting celebs in the crowd, donating blood, free schwag, and so much more! In fact, here's a few photos...

Walking Dead panel (one of my favorite shows!)

Supernatural panel

Inside the Frankenweenie graveyard

Maybe I'll post some more later. Anyway, for 3 hours of work a day, it was well worth it. I had an absolute blast.

But, the first sign of money trouble ahead came with an email sent to me the late afternoon of July 6. It was from the program director for the DSS program. Suddenly, "they" decided to make a bunch of deadlines for everyone to get their paperwork in. The only requirement prior to this email was that it was done WELL before school started. So, I was planning on getting my physical and TB test done around the first of next month. Well, now I had only 20 days to get that done. Also, there was a new policy instituted for a drug test and background check. That had the same 20 day deadline. And it cost me almost $70, out of pocket... and we won't be reimbursed for it. Knowing I had some money cushion, I just sucked it up and paid for it. Then, I have a doctor's co-pay for my physical. $25... ouchie. Then, I had bloodwork ordered from the doc because apparently last time my cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels were "creeping up" and she wanted to check them again to see if they've gone back down to more normal levels. Oddly, I wasn't told about that before. So, that was an unpleasant surprise. Turns out I had a "small" balance at the lab (I'm guessing something having to do with my surgery) and they wouldn't do my bloodwork until I paid it. So, luckily, I had a tiny dab of space on my credit card and paid it. Another $60 there. All of this is just for a practicum class- 2 units- to get my DSS certificate! Geez! (Not to mention books, a lab coat, and "professional" clothing I'll be having to buy, too. Don't get me started!)

The next ugly thing to come up was the first day I volunteered at Comic-Con. I was working in the afternoon on Wednesday. I hadn't had a chance to eat anything at that point, so I was chewing some gum while handing out the iconic giant bags and schedules. Suddenly, my gum got crunchy. I was like... "Hmmmm... gum isn't supposed to be crunchy." Turns out I a) lost a filling in one of my molars or b) chipped/crumbled said molar. Either way, it left a gaping hole in my tooth that, thanks to my packed back-to-back schedule for the con, I was not going to be able to take care of until Monday. So, first thing on Monday, I call and get a quickie appointment since it was considered an emergency. They do some x-rays to find out the dealio is and I'm informed I have "a lot" of cavities... many on the verge of requiring root canals and need to be taken care of ASAP. It has been a while since I've been able to take care of my teeth like that. I used to be very vigilant about it. Then I stopped having insurance. Boo. Well, needless to say, the "down payment" for my dental treatments took up the remaining money cushion I had. And will take up all my grocery money AND THEN SOME next month for the remaining few initial payments before becoming lower monthly payments. That I'll be paying for the next 17 months. Woo.

On top of financial stress, I've been troubled by a few other things. My fingers have been really stiff and sore in the joints lately. I wouldn't be surprised if I had rheumatoid arthritis thanks to all the RA medication commercials I used to make fun of. The narrator always made it sound so dramatic. And he never said it out: rheumatoid arthritis... he always said it R-A. Karma, man.

And one of my roommates and I (and the other roomie) aren't getting along too well lately. The two of us feel the third is being a bit selfish and inconsiderate when it comes to things around the house. Last night when we got home from the grunion run we attempted (with marginal success) we found one of our living room blankets just thrown haphazardly on the floor. I just washed that blanket THAT DAY and the floor over there has not been vacuumed in I don't know how long. So not cool. This is also a regular occurrence, not only with the living room blankets, but also the throw pillows on the couch. Why the floor seems to be a good place to throw those, I'll never know. The floor is filthy and that's just plain ol' NOT WHERE THOSE BELONG!!! And the roommate doesn't wipe down the kitchen counters when it's crumbed up from making food. And this roommate scolded me for something like I was a child. It was something I did because of my tooth emergency and the roommate had to rearrange some social plans to accommodate. So sorry the gaping, painful hole in my tooth was so inconveniencing for YOU. Next time, I'll ask my body to not have any more emergencies so that you could easily go hang out with your friends. The two of us roomies are starting to feel the resentment grow with the third one. And at this point, I don't know what to do about it. I'm too pissed off to have a calm, rational conversation with the other roomie, so I dunno.The third roomie doesn't like confrontation, so I doubt I'd have any support there.

Despite all this, I've been trying to stay on some sort of healthy track. For Comic-Con I packed healthy snacks- fruit, veggies and dips, cashew butter and jelly sammies on wheat, homemade trail mix, pretzels, etc. I drank lots of water (and coffee!), so I tried. I've been keeping relatively active with just normal household activities, but I'm pretty ready to get back into an exercise routine. This Saturday I'll be going stand up paddleboarding with the members of the San Diego Spark Team!!! Thank goodness. I need to do something fun and healthy with some great company.

I wish I had cash so that I could do some fun stuff later in the year. I wanted to do the Iron Girl 5k and the Color Run, which are both in November. But, if my financial situation remains unchanged, I won't get to do ANY 5k's this year. I've only done one total. I want to do more and have fun. Oh, well.

So... we'll see where the next few days and weeks take me.

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 7/25/2012 2:18PM

    There is a way for you to be able to run in some 5ks and not pay the entrance fee. Some races will let you run if you volunteer your time at another race. Races aren't cheap. My friend runs in marathons and she pays $100+ per race. if she does more than one race a year, you can see how fast the fees add. I had signed up and paid for the Spartan Race I'm going in November. Did that before I got laid off. By enrolling a head of time, I saved on costs. but, it was still a bit pricey. can't ask for a refund either. totally non refundable.

anyway, talk to the local running chapter/charity that runs those 5K events. See if you can volunteer for a couple of races to get free entrance to one you want. that's worth a try. 5ks can add up fast too.

oh and to make a little money on the side, have you considered a yard sale ? Tis the season. one man's junk is another man's treasure. So, why not turn some of your junk into treasure ? it's a way to clear out your closets too.



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SMILINGTREE 7/21/2012 11:38AM

    You already know that my household is experiencing a bit of financial stress, too, so I understand how that feels. One thing I tell myself constantly is that it is not hard to make money - you just have to figure out a way. Even if it's just a little, it will help. We are selling stuff left, right, and center, and I think I'm going to go round up some purses and handbags at thrift stores and sell them on ebay for a few dollars in profit. Not much, but something.

Sorry to hear about all of your health issues. Tooth problems are scary. I'm glad your dentist will accept payments. Maybe the joint pain is something less drastic than RA! I read something the other day...there's some kind of really good herbal supplement for strengthening joints. I can't remember, but I'll look it up and let you know if I find it.

Have fun with the SUP. I have a friend who has offered to let me try hers out, but I haven't gotten to yet. It looks like a lot of fun.

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LODESTONE 7/21/2012 6:41AM

    How awful that karma knew how much extra $$ came your way, and then pitched a fit for some more. Always seems to happen that way. Keep hanging in there- karma may just bite your roomie in the butt- may not help, but could make you feel better. Just sayin. Take care.


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JSALERNO 7/21/2012 5:42AM

    emoticonI'M SORRY THINGS WENT SO WRONG FOR YOU.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/21/2012 1:36AM

    Yikes, I hope things calm down for you. Take care.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/21/2012 12:14AM

    Oh my goodness! I was stressed just reading this, I can't imagine how you feel living it! I'm glad you had a fun time at Comic Con and of course we'll have a blast tomorrow! See you then!

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WOLFKITTY 7/20/2012 11:32PM

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I understand.
Hugs,
Jocelyn

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3 Week Post Surgery Ass Kickin'

Sunday, June 24, 2012

As in, I'm kickin' ass... in the healing department. I mentioned not too turribly long ago that I had busted open (while shopping at Target, no less) the day my staples came out. Happy to report I have only a bit of scab left before my skin is totally fused together and ready to leave a hideous, Frankenstein-like scar instead. There's a possibility I'm being a little dramatic. emoticon Regardless, I'm happily healing and am almost normal. I still have some soreness around my bellybutton (under the surface) which is where they rammed a camera up to my chest. The gnarly almost-healed incision still gets sore if my shirts are rubbing on it for too long. And if I'm laying on my side and my skin stretches a little too much, I'll feel some soreness.

My appetite is what I'd consider normal, but not MY normal. I'll explain: I've been eating multiple small meals during the day instead of major meals. I like this a little bit better to some degree, but my normal is 2-3 big meals and 2-3 smaller snacks. All told, I'm sure I've been eating normal amounts of food, just spread out more. I haven't been tracking, so I don't rightly know.

My energy level is a little different. I still find myself tiring fairly easy, although I'm growing impatient and would like to be back into some sort of active routine. I know that because I've still got some belly soreness that I'm not ready for a full-blown routine, so maybe I'll start with something small... like walks or easy hikes or something. I'm able to do chores around the house and tend to my garden, so already I'm getting somewhere with this energy building. I need to exercise (ha!) more patience. I'm a pretty patient person until things start to drag on, and right now it feels like things are dragging on.

Speaking of garden, these are some exciting samplings:


Since my last update, post-surg, I've kept as busy as possible. I've gotten to do a lot of pleasure reading, which I hardly ever get to do thanks to school. I read the Hunger Games trilogy and was completely entertained by it. I loved that little series! Although my dreams for the time I was reading all were post-apocalyptic style. Which is not cool. I also read The Help and found that I enjoyed it as well. I thought it was a slow start and I really didn't like how it ended, but overall was an enjoyable read. I read a snippet of first book of A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones). I'm hoping to actually get to read the series as I enjoyed the sampling.

I did finally get to meet my lovely "niece" yesterday, which of course was the highlight of my week! Aibree is the daughter of one of my closest and best friends since I was a freshman in high school. She's 3 weeks old, and just over 8 lbs. She was so precious it was like I couldn't hold her close enough to me! I fell totally in love with her. I'm so excited to watch her grow up.



I've also been listening to some crazy music, some that would be good for exercise, some that's just kinda nice. I was never an Oasis fan and I think the brothers are total egomaniacs and just plain huge a**holes, but Noel's solo work is so much better and I've been addicted to this one song:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NMUDb3Ewhs
Total douche or not, he's a wonderful lyricist. How romantic is that lyric: Let me fly you to the moon, my eyes have always followed you around the room... I gotta get back on my hormones STAT cuz all this girliness is making me sick. HAHAHA!
The next song is quick and catchy, but makes zero sense to me and the "special" brownie trip video is just... well, stupid.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x1wjGKHjBI
And I've been listening to the Van Morrison station on Pandora regularly. Some of the stuff they attribute to that station are kinda odd (Queen? Aerosmith? Really?).

And lastly, I've been able to update my blog (with two more already in the works). If you haven't checked it out yet, I'd like to highly recommend you do so! emoticon
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P.S. I don't believe you have to sign up for an account or anything to comment, either. Just FYI!

  
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SMILINGTREE 6/26/2012 11:13AM

    Beautiful garden, gorgeous baby, and happy news all around! It sounds like you are getting more done while convalescing than I do during a "normal" time. This is just a wonderful post! Happy healing.

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RAINYFRIDAY 6/25/2012 3:24PM

    Aww, what a little cutie your niece is! So happy the healing is going well. Keep up the great work :D

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JSALERNO 6/25/2012 4:29AM

    CUTE

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WOLFKITTY 6/25/2012 1:56AM

    Whoa! Wow! I have so many comments that I wish we were having a phone conversation (who even does that anymore?) so that I could tell you as we went along. ;)

I like the series but couldn't handle the horrifying dreams for Hunger Games. glad to see that I wasn't just over sensitive.

I'm so glad that you're healing, Jill!! I'll be keeping good thoughts for you!
Hugs!
Jocelyn

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ABB698 6/25/2012 1:26AM

    Glad to hear you are healing well! Albree is adorable and you look simply fab, Jill!

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Gallbladder

Thursday, June 07, 2012

CAUTION: Weak stomachs should skip this one. Photo at the bottom contains "graphic" material.

Today marks one week since my surgery. It hasn't been nearly as hellish as I was expecting, which as you can imagine is a huge relief. I'm not saying its been all that easy, either. Without my mom here, I'd have starved to death and probably had infected wounds from never taking the dressings off. Possibly still have not showered, either. Her help has been invaluable.

The day before my surgery, my friend came over and gave my hair a trim. He went just a little bit shorter than it was the last time I had it done (by my request). This turned out to be a fabulous decision because I was unable to wash my hair for 4 solid days. GROSS.

The night before I couldn't sleep, but I expected that. I was very anxious. I always get anxious when I have to wake up really early in the morning in general because I'm always afraid of oversleeping or not being woken by my alarm. As much as I try to relax and calm myself, it always happens. This time, that anxiety was mixed with my anxiety regarding surgery. My alarm went off at 4:45am, but I was already awake and planning my morning. I showered with my "special" soap- I'm guessing some sort of anti-microbial something or other. Threw on my "surgery pajamas" that I also wore when I got my wisdom teeth removed, and packed a little bag for my mom to keep in the car. We arrived at the hospital and I got checked in at 6am.

I changed into my hospital johnny, robe, anti-skid socks, and mesh underwear. They drew my blood and took my vitals. Then, I waited in the pre-surg room with my mom. We walked down to get me prepped. I got to lay down on a bed that had a big inflatable "blanket" on it. It looked like one of those blow-up loungers for a swimming pool, but it pumped warm air through it. Kept me pretty toasty while they prepped me. Since I couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight, I was pretty dehydrated and the nurse was having difficulty starting an IV in me. My shriveled-up veins wouldn't yield up any juice! It finally took my anesthesiologist to jab the top of my hand (the 4th location tried) to get it in there. Finally, they wheeled me to the OR, which looked very space age and intimidating. The last thing I remember is my buddy the anesthesiologist putting on oxygen mask on me. "Here's some oxygen for you." And I said, "Hey, thanks!"

Next thing I know, I'm waking up in recovery. I remember a nurse saying something to me, but for the life of me, I don't know what it was. I also was totally unable to see anything. My eyes were so blurry. Apparently they had put some sort of lubricant in them to keep them from drying out, but it was gooey, not liquidy. She handed me a tissue so I could wipe my eyes and I just started blinking non-stop to try to clear my eyes. Soon after they called my mom in and wheeled me to my room. My eyes were still so blurry I have no idea what my attending nurse looked like. My mom said the first thing I told her was that I couldn't see anything.

I got to my room, a shared one unfortunately, and just rested for a bit. I didn't feel any pain or nausea or anything, so that was good. I actually felt pretty good, as I recall. My friend Kaleena came by with a gift, but I was so out of it, I couldn't really muster up enough energy to talk to her much. Then the head nurse found out my mom was from out of town and if you're in a shared room, they don't let family stay with the patients overnight. So, they worked on getting me a private room, which was secured pretty quickly. They wanted me to walk there, though, but they had just given me a dose of dilaudid (synthetic morphine) and a lot of it, so literally 2 minutes before they were going to move me, I threw up. They got a wheelchair (I think, its a little fuzzy) and wheeled me to my new room. Private bathroom, lounge-chair for my mom, and a window. I was indeed blessed.

Later that day my other BFF and roommate showed up to visit and see how I was. That whole day I only felt tired and nauseated. I ended up throwing up again for my next round of dilaudid while she was there, but she took care of me. Emptied my spew container and washed me off, so my mom could take a restroom break/food run. I stayed on clear liquids that day, but was drinking water with ease. Peeing was awkward because my abs were pretty much numb and weird. I slept really bad, mostly because I kept being woken up every few hours for the nurses to take my vitals and draw blood and administer pain meds. My mom didn't sleep much either and the chair actually bruised the beejezus out of her arm.

The next day I had jello for breakfast, but ate half a turkey sandwich and some cucumbers and fruit for lunch. No problems! I was so surprised to be eating solid foods. I was discharged later that day and went home with my further care instructions. I was finally able to shower for the first time since Thursday morning on Sunday evening. My mom removed my dressings slowly and carefully (and very patiently). Just before I was wheeled into the OR, my surgeon said they'd be gluing me shut. We were surprised to learn I was actually stapled. I do not do well with "medical stuff". I hate hospitals (all my friends know to NOT call me if they have to go to the ER) and things like vomit, saliva, stitches, open wounds, staples, etc. make me queasy. My own stapled stomach makes me light-headed and ill to look at. I think I could have handled being glued a lot better than being stapled.

My mom got me a stuffed animal- a fat cat that looks like one of my cats from the past. I call him Tubby Tabby. I've spent a lot of time on my computer, watching things on Netflix, researching nutrition stuff, compiling healthy recipes for people, and looking up grad school things. I'm eating almost normally now, with a regular appetite. I'm on vicodin which is keeping pain at bay very well, but it miraculously not making me sick. I think it's a pretty low dose or a dose that works great for me. Staying hydrated and as positive as possible. I have my post-surgery appointment on Monday and hopefully will be getting my staples removed then. I hope so because my wounds are ITCHING LIKE CRAZY! I have to remember not to scratch 'cause that would obviously be really bad.

So far no pain from eating food, but my stomach is sour so I've been downing Tums between meals. I'm guessing that has to do with the vicodin, actually. I've always had a sensitivity to NSAIDS, so why wouldn't this be much different? I can't wait to be up and back to my normal routine, or at least exercising on the regular. I'll keep you all updated.

  
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LUCYLU22 6/17/2012 2:04AM

    I am so glad that things are going well for you since surgery! I hope you will continue to heal, and feel better very soon. How did the follow up appointment go?? I am so glad that your mom was able to be there to help you out!!

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RSTM99 6/11/2012 10:01AM

    So glad it went well and this part is over for you - recovery is important, so no short cuts emoticon...take care!

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SMILINGTREE 6/10/2012 11:15AM

    Glad to read it hasn't been as bad as you'd expected. I bet you are right about the sour stomach, too - any sort of pain medication messes with me like that, too. Compiling healthy recipes and healing sounds like a pretty good combination :) Hooray for a normal appetite, too!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/8/2012 2:32AM

    Ahhhh glad to hear you are back in the land of living. I'm supposed to be in bed now, I have stuff to tell ya later!! Your holes looks exactly like my Mom's gb surgery. Can't remember if she was glued or stapled!? Funny! But I was stapled for the c-section birth of my son. Evidently they left one of the mop-up sponges inside my cavity and never heard back from the X-ray tech who doctor had ordered, and so doc just ripped the stitches off, went back inside and found the sponge, and stapled me again. Apparently it comes on tape, like a nail gun or machine gun, so easy enough to remove a bunch. They itched horridly. If I knew then what I knew now, I would have kept the wound hydrated with pure coconut oil!! It's great for tummy skin!

So I'll get some sleep and talk again later!

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ABB698 6/7/2012 8:47PM

    Glad your Mom is there to help and that you are itching, because that means you are healing! They did use glue on my last ab surgery, tiny incisions, but I did have 16 staples after mini-me's birth...I'm like you, seeing it makes me wanna puke....Hope you are done with surgery for good and feeling 100% soon!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/7/2012 7:54PM

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Thanks for the update.

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/7/2012 12:37PM

    Glad that you are starting to feel better! Hope it continues and you are back to normal in no time. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/7/2012 12:18PM

    Thanks for the update! I'm glad things are progressing along nicely. Sounds like your mom has been a great help! I hope you're back to tiptop shape soon!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/7/2012 9:00AM

    Glad you got that over with and are on the mend. Take care.

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LODESTONE 6/7/2012 6:13AM

    Glad things are returning to "fairly" normal- appetite and all that. Pain meds can do funny things to your belly- and the vomiting is not fun, either. Hope the staples come out soon and you can gently scratch the itch! emoticon

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JSALERNO 6/7/2012 6:04AM

    HOPE YOU'RE FEELING BETTER SOON.

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