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Summoned by the Doctor this morning... (may be TMI for some)

Friday, August 17, 2012

...because my ultrasound and barium enema test results had come in. They found some stuff...


The ultrasound revealed fibroids in my womb. Apparently they are too small to remove, but are likely responsible for my heavy TOMs and some of the associated pain.


The barium enema confirmed that I have Diverticular Disease. There are quite a number of the little diverticula in the area where the bulk of my pain and discomfort is felt, so nice one Doc for figuring that out. :-) So that really bad patch I went through was definitely Diverticulitis.


I would have liked that to be it. After all, fibroids and diverticular disease is enough for anyone, right?


WRONG!!!


What is it with me and the number three? LOL


Yes, they found a third thing...


The barium also showed up a Polyp in my rectum. That is the kicker in all of this, because the diverticular disease is basically managed by diet, and the fibroids aren't a major issue at the moment.

However, this polyp is an unwelcome intrusion that requires further unwelcome intrusions! ;-)

I have to see a surgeon to have it looked at more closely, biopsied and possibly removed depending on how it looks when he gets his instruments up there for a closer inspection. Can't say I'm exactly thrilled to hear this. :-(

They are usually benign, but can be cancerous. Dr. P said that I could possibly live with a polyp in there for forty years and never have a problem with it, or even know it is there, but the fact is that once it is found, it has to be dealt with because it could create more problems down the line, even if in itself it isn't causing any trouble now.

Also, I'll have to have regular check ups after to make sure no more have appeared. Joy! Joy! Joy! My bottom on annual view for the foreseeable future!

So, I'm off to see whether there is a Diverticular Disease Spark Group. Somewhere where toilet humour is required for sure. :-)

Catch you later. Saving the rest of my news for another blog.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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JWOURMS 8/20/2012 8:17AM

    Laugh out loud funny slogan art. Sounds like your keeping in good humour while restricted to the bathroom.

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:32AM

    Sending good wishes, I hope all turns out well x

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BOVEY63 8/17/2012 6:24PM

    Prayers that all goes well with your visit to the surgeon.
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ANNEMAC5 8/17/2012 3:08PM

    especially for you ! glad you got my note now deleted.
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POLSKARENIA 8/17/2012 2:44PM

    Hang in there - I've had countless polyps removed vaginally - you'll be ok, I'm sure.
I had a myomectomy last year to remove a huge fibroid - it was about 10cm or 4" in 3D, not nice, but boy did I feel better after, and as soon as I recuperated I found that other health problems melted away too.... they had been masking the fibroid, which actually didn't cause me any pain until my doctor examined me, then it really hurt!!
Love your pics and quotes too!!

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CHICCHANTAL 8/17/2012 2:23PM

    Doesn't sounds like a lot of fun darling, I'm sorry. Be brave.

Since bad news traditionally comes in 3s, at least you got them all at once.

And trying to look on the bright side: if your bottom is going to be on regular view, you've got a terrific incentive to work at your sparking and get it smaller. You'll be a size 6 by Christmas and none of us will be able to find you! emoticon emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/17/2012 11:06AM

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2012 10:48AM

    Lex
what a pain in the a&se... sorry had to be said.

I am truly sorry you've had this diagnosis but at least there is treatment, however unpalatable/embarressing/inconviene
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With any ailment it's good to draw comfort from others going through it and help and advice that the docs usually fail to mention.

I hope it all works out for you Lex, I know that you'll do your darnest to remain positive, but if it ever gets too much you're welcome to let off steam in my direction emoticon emoticon

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TATINE 8/17/2012 10:48AM

    You sound like a real trooper! good for you for getting all the tests done in the first place!! i know it doesn't sound very pleasant and who would choose if they had the choice.....but hey, you are not alone! Wishing you lots of peace of mind within it all.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2012 10:37AM

    Awwww . . . wishing you good luck and (absolute a pun intended) and can put this behind you! Sorry, couldn't resist. But the good luck wish is real for sure. You're probably right that it would be helpful to join a group dealing with your issues . . . good luck!!

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Last Day of my Olympic Challenge

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Here we are, at the final day of the Olympics, and therefore of our challenge. Please let me know how many gold, silver and bronzes you earned while exercising this last couple of weeks, and I'll hold the awards ceremony shortly. :-)

This is how it works:

From today (28th July) until the close of the Olympic Games on 12th August, how many medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze, can you earn while exercising?

Aerobic type exercise, i.e. jogging, cycling, aerobics, swimming, dancing, Exerbeat for Wii, or other exercise games, etc

10 minutes = Bronze
20 minutes = Silver
30 minutes = Gold

Strength-type exercise involving repetitions

5 reps = Bronze
10 reps = Silver
15 reps = Gold

My personal medals Table:

27th: 1 Bronze and 1 Gold - Dancing
28th: 1 bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
29th: 1 Gold - Karate, 1 Gold - Aerobics
30th: NONE
31st: 1 gold and 1 silver - Aerobics
AUG
1st: 1 silver - Boxing, 1 silver - Aerobics
2nd: NONE
3rd: NONE
4th: 1 bronze - mixed disciplines
5th: 1 Bronze - Dance, 1 bronze - boxing, 1 bronze - Aerobics
6th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Boxing
7th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Yoga
8th: 1 Gold - Dancing,
9th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Karate, 1 Bronze - Aerobics
10th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Silver - Yoga
11th: No ooomph day
12th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Bronze - Aerobics

Keeping it short today. Stinky headache won't leave me in peace. *growl*

Enjoy the Olympic Closing Ceremony tonight! Can't wait to see all our amazing athletes parading with their medals! Some will be bent double with the weight! LOL

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:24AM

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BOVEY63 8/15/2012 6:05PM

    Great job on your medals. Sure enjoyed the closing ceremonies!

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POLSKARENIA 8/14/2012 1:43PM

    Well done! You and Team GB did good!!
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_LINDA 8/14/2012 1:30AM

    Well done Lexie! I am at a dilemma. I have no idea how to count mine up. This is because in my bootcamp and Boxercise classes (taken four times a week, they do strength training reps inbetween the cardio. There is no way I could keep track or remember it all (except that it was a killer and FAR too many reps *arms feeling like they are going to fall off and thankful I have strong legs to hold me up*) I never exercise for less than 30 min at a time, and all my classes are 60 or 75 min long. So just taking the raw number of minutes without breaking it down into ST as well, I end up with 81 gold of just general fitness..
Oh I really loved watching the Olympics, and because of that and going to the Ex two evenings, I actually didn't get my usual number of fitness minutes in!
Great idea this was!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Hugs,
Linda

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SISSYFEB48 8/14/2012 12:09AM

    Good for you!

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SCREWIE 8/13/2012 10:48AM

    I didn't keep count either, but i think I managed at least an hour of something or other most days.

I just caught the end of the ceremony - Roger Daltrey still rocks! I grabbed the chance to give my niece a musical education :D

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SENATOR9 8/13/2012 9:00AM

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YOYONOMORE1 8/12/2012 7:31PM

    Lexi so glad to see you around on the boards and blogs. Hope you get rid of your headache.

Hugs,
Shirl

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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2012 2:32PM

    The closing ceremony should be spectacular...wonder who'll extinguish the flame emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/12/2012 2:20PM

    I've lost count. Hm, let me see. . . I make it six visits to the gym and four long walks, so ten golds.

I'd prefer them converted into Sparkgoodies please, and it's time you visited my blog too.

(rubs hands)

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The Power of Intermittent Fasting BBC article

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Spotted this on the BBC website today:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19112549

While I would agree that fasting has its place, I can't accept that forcing your body into starvation mode by only eating 500-600 calories every other day, and stuffing your face with any old junk in between is a healthy way to diet.

But at least it does say this diet should be done under supervision, and that it would not be suitable for people with diabetes.

The programme - Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer - is on BBC2 Monday night at 9pm, if anyone is interested in further details.

Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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STONECOT 8/6/2012 7:38PM

    I thought it was fascinating. I had known about the link between calorie restriction and longevity for a long time, but not why it worked. I thought it was something to do with food releasing oxidants. I would try it. I did the Cambridge diet for six months and that was 400 calories every day. I didn't suffer any ill effects at all. And i lost four stones, unfortunately it didnt teach me how to maintain it. This is sustainable. The stuff about 1200 calories a day is arbitrary anyway. One is not obliged to eat crap inbetween, just have a normal diet.

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:13PM

    I scanned the article the other day. It didn't seem that bad to me. I didn't come away with the impression that on non fasting days you binge.

And if I remember correctly they found that cholesterol and other stuff improved.

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BOVEY63 8/6/2012 11:21AM

    I wouldn't want to do it. Sounds pretty unhealthy.

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 12:53AM

    I heard of a Spark member wanting to try this diet and it sounded dangerous to me. The 1200 calorie bottom limit is just what they feel is the minimum calories needed to meet your body's daily nutritional requirements. To regularly go below it may set yourself up for health problems down the road if your body gets starved for certain nutrients. I hope this is just another passing fad that gets exposed for the rubbish it is soon.
Thanks for sharing this Lexie!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CCHEF1 8/5/2012 1:39PM

    I do a bit of intermittent fasting and enjoy it and find it helpful, although I don't follow any of the popular plans. Thanks for posting this.

Love your beautiful blog.

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SHAWFAN 8/5/2012 11:02AM

    I wouldn't be able to do it, that's for sure.

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2012 10:31AM

    This is just one man's experience.
No-one is sure when 'starvation mode' (actually 'metabolism dropping mode') kicks in but probably after 2-3-4 days.
I have been researching and trying out several of the many different ways of doing IF and have found what works for me-
3 days a week of 16-18 hour fasts (wed, fri, sat -due to work schedule)
7 pm (dinnertime) to 11 to 1pm on just water and green tea.
I have learned SO much about hunger and am finding it fairly effortless.
I try to work out in a fasting state.
I eat healthy all the time and would never 'eat whatever I want' on fasting or feasting day- that seems just silly to me.
It's too soon to tell how it will affect my wt loss journey (just one part of my path to better health) as I interrupted my experiment for 2 separate long vacations but will keep you posted.
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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2012 10:06AM

    interesting ..........but not for me..I likes me grub too much!

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SENATOR9 8/5/2012 9:54AM

    I would be very carefull

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Halfway through our Olympic Challenge!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

So, time to check in and see how all my Spark Pals are doing with the Olympic Challenge so far.

How are you getting on? Racking up the medals I hope! :-)

Obiously, I had to take a bit of a break part-way in, thanks to the barium enema, but so far this is how my medal table looks:

27th: 1 Bronze and 1 Gold - Dancing
28th: 1 bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
29th: 1 Gold - Karate, 1 Gold - Aerobics
30th: NONE
31st: 1 gold and 1 silver - Aerobics
AUG
1st: 1 silver - Boxing, 1 silver - Aerobics
2nd: NONE
3rd: NONE
4th: 1 bronze - mixed disciplines
5th: 1 Bronze - Dance, 1 bronze - boxing, 1 bronze - Aerobics
6th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Boxing
7th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Silver - Aerobics, 1 Bronze - Yoga
8th: 1 Gold - Dancing,
9th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Karate, 1 Bronze - Aerobics
10th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Silver - Yoga
11th: No ooomph day
12th: 1 Silver - Dancing, 1 Bronze - Boxing, 1 Bronze - Aerobics

Total so far: 5 golds, 3 silvers, 6 bronze

Now I just KNOW that some of you must have left me in the dust by now! :-) So, where am I on the leader table?

I felt well enough to exercise for 30 mins today without any ill effects, so I think I am more or less back to normal. :-)

Yay!!!


And in the real Olympics, are we Brits doing an awesome job or what!!!!

THIRD in the medals table!!!

And SIX- count them - SIX gold medals on Super Saturday!

I am so in awe of these incredible people!

And, of course, our amazing commentators are doing a fantastic job, sitting in their commentary boxes, observing and reporting with complete impartiality, no matter what - even when , for instance, we have a totally unexpected win in the Men's 10,000 metres...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNWwk
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Tickled me mightily, I can tell you! *grin*


We are always hearing the the Olympics are for everyone, and indeed, this was the idea behind the Opening Ceremony.

In this spirit, a group of Old Age Pensioners at a sheltered housing facility decidfed to prove that ... in style...

The Jessop House Games:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uhxR
VyGW-o


Inspired to turn the kiddie's paddling pool into an aquatic centre now? LOLOL

Today, I have the women's marathon on in the background at the moment, and delighted to see that it has stopped raining at last! Poor things were getting well drenched earlier. However, what I'm most looking forward today is watching Andy Murray in the tennis! He is Going for Gold in both the Men's Singles and the Mixed Doubles!!!

I have about everything it is possible to cross crossed for him, and for his doubles partner - Laura Robson.

So, enjoy your day! And see how many medals you can earn before the end of our challenge. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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P.S, I use the 'add link' button here at spark, but for some reason the links don't always work. If you can't get through, go to you tube and search 10000 metres commentators to see link one, and The Jessop House Games for link two.

P.P.S: Thanks guys for spotting the extra 's' in the links. I've taken them out and the links are working for me now. Hope the same for everyone else. I'll make sure I edit those out in future. Don't know why they are there, but Tara says it has something to do with website security. *shrugs*





  
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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:15PM

    I've been sick for a few days, so my medals aren't really going up. I'll try to make up as soon as I start getting better.

Well done you :)

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BOVEY63 8/6/2012 11:20AM

    Way to rack up those medals!!!

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_LINDA 8/6/2012 1:10AM

    LOVE,LOVE, LOVED that video of Jessop House Games!!! Too much!! those folks have an AWESOME sense of humour!!
I have a great big goose egg for today. Not a stitch of exercise what so ever. The only movement was dish washing a few times and back and forth from the couch to the snacks :P
Have a marvelous Monday!
Hugs,
Linda

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SENATOR9 8/5/2012 9:24AM

    Team GB is doing awesome We felt the same way in 2010 winter games in Vancouver emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/5/2012 7:51AM

    Hi Lex
I had to go to YOU TUBE to view your links (I think it's because you have an "s" after http that it doesn't work.
But both were brill, loved Jessop House!

Team GB is doing an amazing job and I heard last night that it's the best we've done since 1908!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About bloody time then..

This is going to be a year to remember; The Jubilee and Olympics!!

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CHICCHANTAL 8/5/2012 7:47AM

    I've got five golds so far but feeling really lethargic today. Maybe later . . .

When I click on your links, the : disappears, it works ok if I edit it back to https:// in fact it works with or without the S in

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Back and recovering nicely. :-)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Well, it all went better than I'd hoped when I went for the barium enema yesterday. The thing I was most worried about was the potential side effects of the buscopan injection. So, as I'd figured out from various things I'd read that they were not always necessary, it was the first thing I asked about when I got in there.

I had two radiographers in the room, the lady leading the fun and games and her young male assistant. The lady said that if the injection was worrying me that badly (it was quietly freaking me out) then me not relaxing would affect the effectiveness of the injection anyway, and make it hard for her to do her job, so we could start without it and see how it went.

Well, as soon as she said that I relaxed, and they could tell I was feeling happier because I positively jumped onto the examination table. :-)

So, I won't go into gory details here. Don't want to put any sensitive souls off their dinner. LOL

I'll just say that it was a very interesting experience, with some weird sensations. There is no room for ladylike behaviour during this procedure, as things are a little out of your control. :-)

It often felt weird, and at times uncomfortable, but not really painful until the last few minutes when the woman finished the main examination, and the young man had to take four standard x-rays and pumped me full enough of air to make the pain like the cramps I've been suffering. But it was only a few minutes, and when he released the tubing, and deflated my spare tyre, most of the pain went.

I followed both their and Anne's advice (thankyou so much for all the support and advice Anne!) and drank plenty of fluid, but by the time I was home the pain was back with a vengeance. You get left with quite a bit of trapped air after the procedure, and this can cause a fair amount of discomfort, and I was getting a lot of pain.

Then it occurred to me that when they put the barium into me they had me rolling from side to side to coat the bowel effectively, so I thought that maybe rolling about on my bed would help the trapped air find the exit, so to speak.

So that's what I did! I went upstairs, laid on my bed, and rolled about, hearing the most extraordinary noises as the air started to shift.

Then I went to the toilet, and did the longest, loudest parp you ever heard! And all the pain just went! Magic!!! :-)

So remember this technique if you ever have a barium enema and am suffering from trapped air afterwards! Seriously, it works like a charm! In fact, I'm thinking about writing to the team at the hospital to thank them for being so nice to me, and to suggest they might like to add the advice based on my experience to their aftercare brochure. Who knows, it could help other people too.

So most of the barium has since been flushed out, and things seem to be almost back to normal in the input and output department.

In the last week I dropped from 12 stone 11 1/4 to 12 stone 7. But I do not recommend barium enemas as a weightloss tool! Too much hassle for too little reward! LOL



All in all, though, I seem to have got through this procedure with a lot less hassle than some people, and a lot of that I put down to being a sparker. SP has got me used to drinking copious amounts of water - vital for keeping hydrated during the laxative stage, and for flushing out the barium after the procedure is over.

Also, I had the good sense to keep strictly to the menu plan the hospital gave me, so I was effectively as clean as a whistle when I arrived at the hospital, making it easy for the radiographer to get her pretty photos of my innards without having to use the injection.

Anne's advice on eating as little as possible the day before the laxative so there was less to flush out also helped make the laxative day go smoother than it otherwise might have.

My girls being here to help and support me was a real boost to keeping me calm.

And last, but never least! All my spark friends who have been supporting this scared lady get through a very daunting few days!

THANKYOU SO MUCH!!! *BLOWS BIG KISS*

So, I got up this morning, feeling absolutely great! Put on my exercise clothes, came downstairs, started to exercise, and discovered a few minutes in that, actually, I'm a wee bit wobbly still, so I cut it very short, and will make sure to rest over the weekend and then build back up to my usual amount. I just felt so much better that I thought I could get away with it. Nope!!! :-)

Abd what was the first thing I wanted to eat when I got home from the hospital?



Chocolate?



Cake?



Crisps?



Fish and Chips?



No, no, no and no...



What I fancied more than anything else I could think of...



A bowl of porage with some cooked apple on top!



It tasted so incredibly delicious, I can't tell you!!!

I followed that up a short while later with some plain crisps and dips, and had potato salad, salmon, cold meat and peas for my evening meal.

Very satisfying! Yum. :-)

So nice to be back on real food. :-)

I am having a plate of my pork chow mein tonight, on a bed of noodles, with loads and loads of veggies in it! I can hardly wait! :-)

Enjoy your weekend! I certainly plan to! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/9/2012 4:06PM

    I'm glad it went okay for you!

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:26PM

    Great to hear you have got through the experience relatively unscathed :)))

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_LINDA 8/5/2012 1:32AM

    So glad this ordeal is over for you and that it wasn't as bad as anticipated -nice lady radiographer bypassing the injection part, got to really like that!
Way to get back on track so quickly!
Have a Super Sunday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 8/4/2012 8:11PM

    So glad it went well for you and that you were given such good advice. As always you put such a comical spin on it!
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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2012 7:53PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/4/2012 4:27PM

    I'm so glad it all went well for you!

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NJMATTICE 8/4/2012 2:11PM

    I have never heard of the expression, "parp", but I like it. (and I knew what you were talking about. It is an otomatopoeia!) Congratulations on discovering a new way to eliminate pain! And thanks for sharing your experience. Here's to a good report.
Love,
Nancy

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2012 1:14PM

    Glad you're through your ordeal Lex and still with your sense of humour intact.
Have a good rest this weekend, your bod's been through quite a bit (understatement of the century LOL). emoticon emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/4/2012 11:18AM

    Glad you got through the procedure with no difficulty, and that you were able to release the pain afterward. Take your time getting back into normal activity. Give yourself a day or two. There's no harm in that. emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/4/2012 11:15AM

    I ADORE the kitty pic! My large cat has been trying to drag me to the kitchen all afternoon, but he got discouraged when I blew in his face.

So glad things went relatively well yesterday. Doubt it's anyone's idea of a fun occupation but you seem to have carried it off with verve, aplomb and something similar to music. emoticon

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