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Another quick update - daughter's surgery

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Melanie's surgery went very well yesterday. We are still in ICU today and she's great as long as she has plenty of pain meds. Will move to a room later today. Thank you all for your comments and prayers and good thoughts and wishes! - will try to keep y'all updated!

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SPARKNMOM 6/21/2011 8:49AM

    Glad all went well...

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GMO_JEN 6/17/2011 4:38PM

    Glad she everything went well, and that's she's doing good. Sending prayers for a good recovery.

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NYC_NATIVE 6/17/2011 4:18PM

    Glad to read this! Phew!

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LIBRA73 6/17/2011 4:10PM

    That is great news girl! Hang in there! It's almost over!

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JUSTME29 6/17/2011 11:54AM

    I'm so glad it went well. Sending my best hopes for a good recovery.

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ASILLA 6/16/2011 7:31PM

    Wonderful news!!

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CHERI_F 6/16/2011 8:25AM

    Thinking of you and your family. Stay strong!

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KIMDONN 6/16/2011 8:19AM

    Glad it went well. Keep us posted!!!

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ANATASHIKI 6/16/2011 3:07AM

    glad to hear she's fine. what kind of anesthesia did she have? I felt very weak for a whole month after a 3 hours general anesthesia-it's true I needed an elephant dose at my weight. be strong, she still needs a lot of help

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SEASONS_CHANGE 6/16/2011 2:55AM

    Hang in there... you have a lot of people sending well wishes and love your way!

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DISPATCHER04 6/15/2011 9:37PM

    I'm glad to hear it, Renee. ((hugs)) Be kind to you. :)

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TASOGAREBAN 6/15/2011 4:39PM

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Good news to hear! Take care of yourself as well, lady! emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 6/15/2011 3:35PM

    Thanks for the update! That is so good to hear that all went well! Now the pain, yes, it is horrible! Keep as comfortable as possible! I bet you have learned how to line up the pillows already. My DH bought extra pillows to have at home too. Getting up for the first time is the worst! But each time will get a little bit better. She will pull through this! I know this has to be hard on you as a mom to watch and not be able to take the pain away. Just remember that this will improve her life, just something that she had to go through. God has different plans and paths for each of us.

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DAISY443 6/15/2011 2:56PM

    So glad all is going well! Take care of yourself, too!

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STORMMIEONE 6/15/2011 2:53PM

    Glad she is doing ok. Keep us updated. emoticon

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ONBEACHSIDE 6/15/2011 1:59PM

    Glad she has come through the surgery. Do stay ahead of the pain. Make sure everyone who touches her washes their hands. They will not be surprised if you ask if they have washed them. Keeping infection away is the biggest issue to recovery.

Take care to you and your family.

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Update on things

Monday, June 13, 2011

Just wanted to let y'all know that my daughter's surgery has been rescheduled from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM ....same day... tomorrow the 14th.

Preoperative tests are done and we've talked to many at the hospital who will be helping her this week.

Thank you to everyone who is praying for her/us.

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ASILLA 6/14/2011 9:16PM

    Thinking about you & yours, hope all is going well.

Comment edited on: 6/14/2011 9:18:30 PM

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DISPATCHER04 6/14/2011 8:50PM

    Hoping all has gone well today. Praying here. emoticon

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NYC_NATIVE 6/14/2011 6:32PM

    I hope everything goes well. Sending lots of positive thoughts & prayers your way. *hugs*

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/14/2011 4:18PM

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts! I hope all goes well today!


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LIVING4HIM_INWI 6/14/2011 2:06PM

    You're in God's hands; He will take great care of you, your daughter and your family!

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GMO_JEN 6/14/2011 1:42PM

    Praying for you and your family emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 6/14/2011 12:24PM

    Good luck today! Keeping you and your daughter in my prayers!

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JUSTME29 6/14/2011 9:45AM

    Hang in there. *hugs*

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STORMMIEONE 6/14/2011 8:59AM

    Keep us posted. emoticon

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LIBRA73 6/14/2011 7:28AM

    Prayers! Thanks for the update! Hang in there!

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HANNALA1 6/14/2011 7:14AM

    Praying!!!! emoticon

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DAISY443 6/14/2011 6:39AM

    Keep us updated! Hoping all goes well today! Hugs!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 6/14/2011 3:51AM

    Keep us posted, there's a gazillion friends on here sending much love and positive energy to you and your family!

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Why the spark-break?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today's my oldest daughter's 17th birthday! Happy Birthday to my Melanie!

I'm taking a spark-break because she is about to undergo extensive surgery Tuesday and I will need to focus on her for a while.

Prayers for the surgery and for her quick and full recovery are welcome.

I'll pop in now and then to give an update.


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KIMDONN 6/16/2011 8:22AM

    Hope she had a Happy Birthday!!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 6/12/2011 11:17PM

    Pray with me.... Dear God, We are very thankful for you and your healing powers. We lift up Melanie and her family to you at this time. Please watch over them and give them peace that this surgery is taking place at the right time and for your purposes. Please guide the surgeon's hands during the surgery. Guide all of the staff to do the right thing at the right time to bring Melanie through a very successful surgery, one that will help her to live a very active and fruitful life. This I pray in Jesus' sweet name, Amen!

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ONBEACHSIDE 6/12/2011 7:55PM

    I hope Melanie had a great birthday today. Best of luck to her and the family on the surgery.

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DAISY443 6/12/2011 6:18PM

    Best wishes to your daughter. Let us know how things are going!

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SUNSET24 6/12/2011 1:56PM

    She will be in our prayers, hugsssssssssssssssssss

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STORMMIEONE 6/12/2011 9:46AM

    Happy Birthday to Melanie! Wishing her a speedy recovery. We'll be here when you get back. emoticon Take care.


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LIBRA73 6/12/2011 8:54AM

    Prayers will be coming your way!

Focus on her and enjoy the time together as much as you possibly can, anyway. Hugs girl!

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ASILLA 6/12/2011 7:17AM

    Happy 17th to Melanie! Sending healing thoughts for her surgery. Take care of yourself too as you tend to her needs and those of your family.
Will be here when you come back :)

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MRE1956 6/12/2011 6:48AM

    Wishing your daughter a speedy recovery.......and please take care of yourself as well!


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JOHNWBROCKSR777 6/12/2011 6:45AM

    Best wishes to you and your daughter.

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LADYRH 6/12/2011 6:00AM

    Blessings on you all, and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

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June, One Day At A Time

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Well, I totally blew it this last week or so of May. I fell off the wagon big time and just sat in the road for a few days. :/ Not good. Don't wanna weigh, not even to get a June 1 "where I'm at" start. I even blew my terrific water and vitamins streak I had going. ... dangit!... So, I'm revamping for June.

I have a lot going on in June in that my daughter is turning 17 and having major surgery. I'm not going to let dieting or my weight stress me out. I just don't have time for that.

I like WW, but decided not to stay on the WW site. I just don't want to keep paying for it. My last day is June 11th. I have the books and a PointsPlus calculator, so I can still do the plan... and will.

June will have to definitely be one day at a time. Which is how I'm going to plan it out...

Wednesday, June 1 - work day, court day, Will stick to WW diet and my daily allowance of 33 pts. I will exercise for at least 15 minutes, drink at least 64 oz of water, take my vitamins. >Did all except the exercise.

Thursday, June 2 - work day, stick to WW 33 pts, 15 minutes exercise, 64 oz water, vitamins. >Went over on points and did no exercise.

Friday, June 3 - day off! Going to pick up Melanie from Girl's State! It's very hard to stick to WW 33 pts when we're in town all day and all food is "fast". I will carry my WW restaurant book and hopefully be able to make good choices. I'm also going to drink 64 oz water, take my vitamins and try to get in 15 minutes of exercise. >Went over on pts, no exercise other than shopping.

Saturday, June 4 - I'm hoping we can get the pool put up today! All that work will be exercise enough for me. I also plan to stay with 33 WW pts, 64+ oz water, and vitamins. Youngest daughter's friend is spending the night, I'm thinking it would be a good night for tacos. Can I stay within those 33 pts with TACOS??? > I ate way too much but got in a lot of water and exercise! Pool will go up tomorrow I hope!

Sunday, June 5 - church day! I plan on it being a lazy day with sunshine, outdoors and maybe hamburgers on the grill. Swimming if the pool is ready... which is one of my favorite forms of exercise. Again ... 64+ oz water, vitamins and sticking with WW 33 pts. >Hubs said our ox was in a ditch where the pool is concerned, so we didn't go to church... we did get the pool up and it's filling now. Looks like there's a leak in a seam :/ no sure yet. I'm drinking a ton of water and got in a lot of exercise working on the pool again, but eating a lot, too.

Monday, June 6 - day off! however, laundry NEEDS to be caught up on. So a day of laundry, sunshine and swimming I hope. :) + 64 oz water, vitamins and 33 WW pts.

Tuesday, June 7th - long work day. 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 15+ min of any exercise.

Wednesday, June 8th - work day. 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 15+ min of any exercise.

Thursday, June 9th - same as June 8th

Friday, June 10th - off day! Preparing for Melanie's surgery, packing bags, that night probably letting her have friends over. Her birthday is Sunday and surgery is Tuesday, so the rest of the summer will be healing. If we go out to eat, WW is out the window. will stick with 64 oz water, vitamins, and for today... 30+ minutes of exercise (swimming I hope!)

Saturday, June 11th - more packing & preparing, 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 30+ min of any exercise (swimming?!)

Sunday, June 12th - Happy 17th Birthday to Melanie! also church day. Out to eat again possibly and so WW is once again out the window. but the rest can stay in check: 64 oz water, vitamins, 30+ min of any exercise (swimming?!)

Monday, June 13th - no plans to stress myself over food, water or anything else. Today is the day we take Melanie to the hospital for their pre-op tests, registering, etc... also a doc appt this afternoon. We'll be staying at the Ronald McDonald house.

Tuesday, June 14th - surgery day. My only focus will be on Melanie for the next several days. I will eat as good as I can by making the best choices I can given what's available and time. I'm not going to worry about exercise or food or vitamins at all... I can get in the water by just drinking water only.

Wednesday - Saturday, June 15th - 18th - days spent in the hospital.

Sunday, June 19th - perhaps coming home today, that would make it a really HAPPY Father's Day!

Monday, June 20th - continuing to focus on making Melanie as comfortable as possible. At home I'll be able to get back to something a little more regular: 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 15+ min of any exercise (swimming?!)

Tuesday - Friday, June 21st - 22th - same.

Thursday, June 23rd - this is hubs and mine 25th anniversary! I doubt we'll do anything other than out to eat to celebrate, IF that. I really don't want to leave Melanie alone, yet. But Happy Anniversary to us. :)

Friday, June 24th - gonna keep trying ... 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 15+ min of any exercise (swimming?!)

Saturday, June 25th - same... plus helping Melanie work up to walking a mile a day. I will be with her. Doc wants her walking a mile a day by the end of the first week home. We'll see. 64 oz water, vitamins, 33 WW pts, 30+ min of any exercise (walking)

Sunday - Thursday - June 26th - 30th - same.

then on to July.

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TASOGAREBAN 6/1/2011 3:41PM

    I hope your plan works out! You can only do so much so one day at a time is usually the best way to go! Good luck!

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MARTY19 6/1/2011 12:27PM

    I'm impressed with your plan. I'm lucky to plan for one week and you have your month charted out. emoticon

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LIOCORO 6/1/2011 3:06AM

    I love your plan! It's so detailed, you have put some serious thinking in it and it sounds awesome :)
Your June sounds pretty busy, though, so I wish that everything will be fine with your daughter and that you'll find some time for relaxing, too! One day at a time is a great way to cope with all this, wish you all the best with your personal June!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 5/31/2011 9:55PM

    That is so great that you are planning ahead! Keep that list with you, focus on it, remind yourself why this is important!

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LIBRA73 5/31/2011 6:21PM

    Sounds like an awesome plan. See there, you are a planner. I like to think I rubbed off on you! LOL!

I will be thinking of you and Melanie. I know that if her mom walks a mile a day by the end of that week, she will too! You are incredibly determined. I love that you are taking it one day at a time. By the end of July, we will both be ready for our 100 Days Til Halloween challenge.

Good for you, for looking ahead in a realistic way! Woohoo!

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STORMMIEONE 5/31/2011 6:14PM

    You could make tacos with chicken. Or skip the cheese + sour cream. We have beef tacos a lot. I try to fill my tortilla with lots of veggies, a little meat + cheese + of course Taco Sauce.

Sounds like you have a busy month ahead of you. Just take things one day at a time. emoticon

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Missing my daughter so much.

Monday, May 30, 2011

My daughter, Melanie, has gone to Girl's State for the week. We took her yesterday. She's so independent... she packed everything herself and would say "yes, mom" every time I asked... "well do you have ___?" After getting home last night I find a check list for packing they had given her. She didn't take everything on it. :/ I would have helped... and I didn't know about the check list.

Right now I'm wishing I had packed some secret notes from home. Why didn't I think about that BEFORE we left???? I'm feeling like a bad mom now. She's going to be so busy this week. They told her that it's not a week of "fun" but a week of long hours and hard work. Well... I hope they have fun anyhow, but I wish I could talk to her more often. I waited for her to call last night and it was 12:20 AM when she finally did... and then she sounded so tired. My poor tired little girl. I miss her so much.
Just got a call from her... she sounds much better, has had breakfast and said she's going to get along fine with her room mates... there are 3 of them. She said she forgot her roll brush to do her bangs... I would drive the 2+ hours to take her a brush if my hubs were up to it. :)

I love and miss her so very much.

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KIMDONN 6/16/2011 8:21AM

    She is so beautiful!!!

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TASOGAREBAN 6/3/2011 6:31AM

    Awww she's so cute! I don't have kids so I can't really give you any words of comfort but I think it's good that she is gone for the week, let her test the waters, y'know? Besides, you can look forward to all the phone calls and then hear all her stories when she gets back, right?

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/30/2011 10:18PM

    Aw, your daughter is so cute! It sounds like you and your daughter have a really good relationship. My mom and I had / have a close relationship like that. She'll probably have a great time and come home all excited to tell you about it. emoticon Hopefully the time will pass by quickly for you.


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SEASONS_CHANGE 5/30/2011 9:42PM

    awe... sounds like you guys have a very good relationship!


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DISPATCHER04 5/30/2011 9:40PM

    Oh, I know how that is. ((hugs!!)) She will be back soon. Stay busy, and maybe it will make her be back quicker! :)

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NYC_NATIVE 5/30/2011 7:01PM

    (((hugs))) Your daughter sounds so responsible. I hope both of you have a great week.

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 5/30/2011 1:20PM

    I'm sure that she is a great young lady and is doing wonderful! She'll be home soon and this is good practice for you, she is growing up and will be independent and on her own someday. That's our job as parents right? To teach them how to be independent? I know from experience that worrying doesn't get us anywhere. It's much better to take a few moments to pray. We can't be with our children all the time and watch what they are doing, but God can! Take Care!

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LIBRA73 5/30/2011 10:14AM

    She is so super smart and adorable! You will survive. It's so so hard when they are gone. My boys spend a week in the summer with the grandparents. It's a tough week!

Hugs, girl!

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STORMMIEONE 5/30/2011 9:51AM

    I'm sure she's going to have a great time. She'll be home before you know it. emoticon Hang in there

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