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A Good Report

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A big thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We went for Bill's post-op visit yesterday. The doctor removed the tube from Bill's kidney and he is a happy camper because he was able to sleep in our bed last night. He'd spent the previous week on the sofa because that was the only place he could lay with the tube sticking out of his back. The doctor has scheduled the next procedure for March 1. He will try breaking up the two largest of the five remaining stones with the sound waves, an outpatient procedure like he did on the left kidney. He's hoping that they will respond to that procedure and break up. If not, we will have to explore the possibility of another surgery. I pray it doesn't come to that. It would be so wonderful for this to be behind him on March 1. It's been a long and exhausting journey for all of us and a very painful one for Bill. Thank you again for walking this road with me. I appreciate you so much.

*hugs*

Missy

  
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PAGONA 1/25/2010 9:08PM

    I'm hoping he will feel much better better soon

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JOYSONG50 1/25/2010 8:01PM

    Great news. We're yet praying you both. Hope he doesn't have to go through another surgery. Take care.


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CAROLYNVIL 1/25/2010 7:07PM

    still keeping you both in my prayers. glad to hear the good news. carolyn

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JBDIAS 1/25/2010 10:22AM

    Glad to hear everything is going good. Our prayers are with the both of you for the up and coming March 1 that everything is going to be okay.

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THEBOOKBINDER 1/25/2010 10:07AM

    That is so awesome, I am so glad all is well. Many hugs from my famil;y to yours.

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WOODSYGIRL 1/25/2010 12:34AM

    I've said a prayer that God will heal Bill entirely and he'll never have to experience that pain again. I've had kidney stones two times in my life and I can honestly say it was the most painful thing I've experienced (far worse than the gallstones and surgery). So I empathize with Bill. Such wonderful news that he was able to sleep in bed and the tube was removed!!! He's a happy guy for sure!

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/24/2010 10:14PM

    Yayyyy! I'm so glad to hear the good news.. I will continue to keep you both in my prayers..

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GREATGRANNY55 1/24/2010 2:06PM

    Hope Bill is back to normal very soon. Glad to see another Saints fan on SparkPeople! Geaux! Saints!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/24/2010 2:00AM

    I will continue to keep you and Bill in my prayers. Give him a gentle hug for me and a BIG congratulations for quitting smoking! I'm very proud of him, as I am sure you are. I'm sorry that he has to go back to the ship but hopefully he'll not have any more pain for awhile. Love to you both, Dawn emoticon

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SJG1953 1/24/2010 12:02AM

    You and Bill are still in my prayers Missy. I pray surgery will not be needed. Blessings, Shirley

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/23/2010 10:37PM

    That is GREAT NEWS!!! Please tell Bill that your SparkFriends think if he's married to someone as special as you are, he must be a pretty awesome man! It's so good to hear you "smile" in your blog! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/23/2010 10:27PM

    Bill and you remain in my thoughts and prayers. I am always happy to hear good news and know that the Lord is working in your lives!!! Thank you for the update!! Now it is time for you to take better care of you!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LAURIES_PLACE 1/23/2010 10:23PM

  This is so very wonderful. More prayers coming your way. The lithotripsy (is that it?) worked so well for my mom, I am just hoping it helps Bill this time. Agreeing with Leah that we will blast those stones away with prayer!

laurie

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SECRETMUSIC 1/23/2010 9:53PM

    So happy he can move around more easily now. And I'll continue the prayers & thoughts going your way!

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GINNJEN2000 1/23/2010 8:32PM

    That is wondeful news. I bet he sure missed his bed and will no longer miss that awful tube. I hope that the soundwave can break them up and no further surgery is needed.

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TRAVELNISTA 1/23/2010 8:30PM

    Happy News! emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 1/23/2010 8:17PM

    We want CC well...check out the healing rooms in your area....
Glad CC is back in his bed..no fun on the couch...
xoxo
Nan emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/23/2010 8:07PM

    Happy for you both, Bill is more comfortable and you have him feeling better, which I know makes you feel better. Keeping you both in my prayers and thoughts that all goes well in March.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/23/2010 8:03PM

    Glad things are going well. Hope you are getting some rest now that the surgery is behind you.

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/23/2010 7:39PM

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So glad to hear he got a good report!! Sending healing blessings and prayers his way...

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THEADMIRAL 1/23/2010 7:35PM

    Thank you for the update! Lord willing, this painful journey will soon be over for him. I'm keeping him in my prayers.

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PEPPERLEAH 1/23/2010 6:25PM

    We'll blast those stones out with prayer. I know we are all going to keep this situation lifted to our Heavenly Father. When two or more are gathered...well, there are big BUNCHES of us praying.

Please take good care of yourself, too. I know how draining this kind of thing is on a family. Praying for you and your entire family, as well.

Hugs;
Leah

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PEGJOHN1997 1/23/2010 5:59PM

    I'm still praying. Glad to hear he's doing so well so far.

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THENEWME43 1/23/2010 5:44PM

    Thanks for the update. We'll "keep on keepin' on" with the prayers!

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/23/2010 5:11PM

    emoticonHey, great news...Making great progress!!! emoticon emoticon Keeping you both in my prayers. emoticon

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GABY1948 1/23/2010 5:00PM

    Goes without saying, Missy, our prayers continue for you both. I pray for the Lord's healing hand on Bill and the ordeal to be over! Love you, Sister! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERJAN 1/23/2010 4:57PM

    Glad it went so well. Is he in pain? It seems this is taking an awfully long time, partly, I assume because of Bill's work schedule. I pray it continues to get better.

Love your Saints image. Tomorrow will be an odd year for us. We are Packers/Farve fans, and I'm up for a job in Minnesota. But we'll be rooting for the Saints anyway. My daughter said that the processional at her church last Sunday was a rousing round of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Quite amazing (but then I'm convinced that the reason church is normally at 10:30 in Wisconsin is so folks can get home to watch the Packers.).

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PURPLELVR7 1/23/2010 4:32PM

    That is great news, my prayers are with Bill!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 1/23/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds like there is progress! I'll pray that another surgery isn't needed. Hang in there--sounds like you're getting to the end. emoticon

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3CATSLEP 1/23/2010 3:47PM

    That's what we are here for emoticon
Love ya,
Laura

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JOYATLAST 1/23/2010 3:47PM

    God Bless You BOTH! I sincerely pray that the worst is behind you.

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WALNUT5612 1/23/2010 3:46PM

    I pray that the 2nd surgery in not necessary.

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IUHRYTR 1/23/2010 3:42PM

    We're here for with prayers and positive thoughts continuing for his next hospital visit. -- Lou

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Amazingly Good Progress

Sunday, January 17, 2010

It blows me away how much difference a day can make. Today Bill is very comfortable, is not in agony when he urinates (which he was for DAYS following the last procedure), eating well, and he's laughing and enjoying his day. All I can say is thank God! Thank you for the avalanche of prayer and well wishes that has been poured forth upon us. Knowing you as I do, I'm not one bit surprised, but what DID surprise me was the number of people I don't even know who have left such kind comments. I am ever amazed by this wonderful community of like-minded folks. Now that the worst of this crisis is over, I hope the pool is open tomorrow because I am SO ready to get back to it in earnest. It's a holiday, so I'm not sure if it will be open or not. Then I can start lining up repairmen because the microwave and dryer are broken. My cell phone fritzed and the new one should be here tomorrow. And I need to get my van over to the mechanic because something smells nasty, probably a leak in the power steering pump. Ahhhh, the stuff of life, huh? Ain't it grand?!!

I want to share a photo of my handiwork with Bill's dressing. The white frame was peeled off that huge bandage afterward. Isn't it neat to be able to see what's going on in there? I love these things. They used them on my amputation site, too. The gauze is around where the tube comes out of Bill's kidney, out of his back, and then the tube is taped a bit lower on his back and has a port for the larger tube that runs to the cath bag. The drainage is MUCH lighter today, which is a very good sign. You wouldn't believe the grit in the bottom of the bag. Thank God it's draining out there instead of passing when Bill urinates. He's being spared that much pain, at least.

Then I had to share with you the sophisticated way they keep track of things in the hospital. This was a little funny and a little scary, too. lol

I love y'all. You are the BEST, and I am SO thankful for you. Please forgive me for not replying to each of you individually. I would surely miss someone if I tried.

Missy

P.S. Oh, it looks like it's Saints and Vikings next week. Sorry to my friends who are Cowboys fans. GO SAINTS!!



  
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JOJO58 1/21/2010 9:16AM

    So awesome, I'm glad the worst is over and he is feeling better. I love the great news. Have a beautiful day!!

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3CATSLEP 1/19/2010 7:32PM

    WOW - too cool - I'm so glad he's feeling better. Good luck with all the repairs. I will be praying for you!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/19/2010 6:36PM

    Bill is soooo fortunate to have you on his team! All the grit on the bottom makes sense!

I like the marker "THIS SIDE" as a reminder and guide for the doctors.

Keep up the good work.

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SPARKLE72023 1/19/2010 3:23PM

    You are so good at multi-tasking . . . . hee hee hee . . . . from nursing, to coordinating repairmen . . . all of it !

What a blessing that medicine has advanced to the point where they can drain all that sediment out thru a tube instead of thru "nature's tube" .... sure is sparing your Hunny lots of pain & extra damage too.

Ok. Everything (almost everything) has broken at once & is getting fixed so that means things will go so smoothly here on out that you might even have a boring 2010.
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JOLOVESRUM 1/19/2010 12:53AM

    Oh my call the lawyer, Bill has been framed!


I am so glad things are progressing well. Give Bill A Gentle hug. Get some rest.
hugs Jo

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GABY1948 1/18/2010 8:31PM

    Missy, this is awesome news and so happy his pain is minimal! You ROCK as a nurse...I have a weak stomach! LOL Praise God for all!

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/18/2010 4:05PM

    All good news Missy...you're the best nurse for sure!!
Hugs Janet.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/18/2010 4:05PM

    All good news Missy...you're the best nurse for sure!!
Hugs Janet.

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IMAVISION 1/18/2010 3:17PM

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All praise & glory to our Jehovah-Rophe!

I am praising the good Lord for how He is working things out for your Bill's speedy recovery, Missy.

I am thankful that Bill is experiencing less pain than with the first operation.

Praise God for His unceasing goodness to His son, Bill!

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LOVESLILACS1 1/18/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks for the update! Hopefully, all your repairs will go as well....

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THEBOOKBINDER 1/18/2010 12:01PM

    Thank you for the update!

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SECRETMUSIC 1/18/2010 11:39AM

    I'm so happy to hear things are going well -- thank you so much for posting to keep us up to date! emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 1/18/2010 10:33AM

    I'm thrilled to hear Bill is healing quickly and feeling SO much better than his previous days! Loved the pics too...amazing stuff. I hope you can get your swim in today...something tells me you will have a great workout!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/18/2010 7:47AM

    I will continue my prayers for a speedy recovery for Bill. Glad to hear he is doing so much better. How are you? You taking care of yourself?

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KOOOKIE1 1/18/2010 4:44AM

    OUR GOD is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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THENEWME43 1/18/2010 12:25AM

    Thanks for the update!

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/17/2010 11:19PM

    So glad to hear Bill is doing so much better this time around. Sending our thoughts and healing prayers out for you and Bill.

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Sandra

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SJG1953 1/17/2010 11:13PM

    I'm so glad the pain has let up on your DH. God is indeed GOOD!! Prayers still going up for you both. Hugs, Shirley

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TRAVELNISTA 1/17/2010 10:55PM

    So happy to hear DH is on the mend and so quickly too! emoticon

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/17/2010 10:23PM

    Awww.. I'm so glad he's feeling better. Just remember to take care of yourself too! emoticon

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PARAEAST 1/17/2010 10:13PM

    Missy
So glad that he is doing good! We all are praying and God is so GOOD!!!

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/17/2010 10:01PM

    Glad he is feeling better! YAY! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 1/17/2010 9:59PM

    I am so thankful to hear that he is doing so much better! Our prayers remain with you and Bill.

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/17/2010 9:44PM

    My prayers are with You & Bill. May he continue to get well.

May God guide the Doctors as they continue to work with Bill.

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YATMAMA 1/17/2010 9:42PM

    I feel compelled to add that the tube is red, and that it is not filled with blood, AND that Bill's hiney is NOT showing. LOL The tube us high up on his back and the sophisticated communication system (aka a Sharpie) is on his hip.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/17/2010 9:42PM

    This is such happy news and definitely answer to prayer! Give Bill a gentle hug from me.. not too tight, don't want to hurt him! A BIG HUG for YOURSELF! I love you my sister/friend. I hope that you get to hit the pool tomorrow. I'm going in the morning myself. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 1/17/2010 9:33PM

    Now that is something that Captain Cookie is willing to pull his pants down and have you photograph his back side for us sparkies...ROFL....He is a real man eh!!!

So glad he is feeling better and not in much pain...Prayer works!!! And of course you have equipped yourself with a bizzillion prayer warriors the hospital probably was full of Captain Cookie Angels on Prayer Assignment and Healing...lol...

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Big hugs and much love,
Nan

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BIGDAD1211 1/17/2010 9:32PM

    I am so glad my brother is doing well! And he is truly blessed to have you there taking care of him! Tell him I said get well soon. Even though I know he may milk it a little just to have you playing nurse a while longer! emoticon
God bless you both!
Your Bro from the East
Greg
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SUSAN134 1/17/2010 8:51PM

    Ah Missy, so glad that Bill is doing so well - what a relief to you all! Had to chuckle at your comments about the super
technology in the hospital and then the words "This side" scrawled on Bill's skin. hee

Hugs to you!

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/17/2010 8:37PM

    What good news Missy, I am so glad he is feeling better. Hope you can get to the pool and just have a little relax time. Keep taking care you both.
Hugs and love
Deb

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SUSIEPH1 1/17/2010 8:23PM

    Thank you so much for keeping us imformed on Bills progress.
Of course we are all sending you hugs,prayers,good wishes,etc. I am sure if one of us was going though the same type of pain, you would be there for us too. We are a wonderful bunch of Friends, I have never experienced anything like this before!. It amazing. Take care both of you!.
Our love and best wishes to you and Bill xx
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/17/2010 8:06PM

    Interesting photos...I enjoyed the writing. lol My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and Bill. I am so glad he is comfortable and doing so well. Praise God that this is all draining and getting lighter in color.
Hopefully you will be able to swim tomorrow. I understand that your toe and foot are feeling better also.
Get your repairman all lined up and get those repairs completed. Way to go on getting your new cell phone...if it is coming by mail, probably won't be there until Tuesday.
You sure do have an awful lot going on. Praise God that you are dealing with it all with a smile.
Blessings and hugs, my friend,
Helen


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IUHRYTR 1/17/2010 8:04PM

    Such good news. Continued blessing to you both. -- Lou

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/17/2010 8:02PM

    Glad things are going well for Bill (and you)!

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LINDA25427 1/17/2010 7:55PM

    Glad--- Bill is doing ok praying for a speedy recovery . Take care of yourself . Enjoy the pool tomorrow . God bless. emoticon

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We're Home, Thank God. Please Keep Praying!

Friday, January 15, 2010

The outpouring of interest and compassion from so very many of you has flooded my heart with warmth. I could never catch up enough to message each of you who sent SparkPage, SparkMail, ActivityFeed, Blog, and Goodie comments. Please know how very much I have appreciated having your nearness at this troublesome time. You are the BEST and I love y'all so much.

We got up at 5:30 yesterday and were at the hospital around nine. They had to make an incision and insert a tube through the back, into the kidney, through which the urologist would insert the scope, the laser to break up the stone, and the basket to capture the bigger pieces. Bill went into the OR a little after two and didn't come out until just after eight. It was so exhausting. My left foot still gets very angry at the amputation site if I walk or sit too much and it was protesting violently by the time Bill came out of recovery. It'll take a few days to reduce the swelling and inflammation in it, I'm sure. The good news is that I walked almost 5,000 steps and much of it was running behind hospital staff as we hiked our way around. MAN those people walk fast! The doctor explained to us that for three solid hours, and then some, he hit that biggest of the six stones with the laser, then went in with the basket to fetch the pieces. Everyone who came out of the OR commented about this being the largest stone they'd ever seen. So we're home now and Bill's in extreme pain. He has the tube draining out of his back, into a cath bag, and it will be Thursday before we can have that tube removed. After that, the doctor will decide if he wants to have a tube placed in a different location to try to find the two larger of the remaining stones or try to get them with the lipsotripsy, as he did on the left kidney stones. He thinks they are too big for that but he is contemplating trying it that way. He just wasn't sure and I love that he is watching Bill as he decides instead of going with what the statistical right move might be. I love this doctor a lot. I haven't slept more than about 20 minutes at a shot since yesterday at 5:30, so I'm going to bed now. Thank you so much for holding us up with your love and faith and friendship. I cannot tell you how much I value you, my cherished SparkFamily.

*hugs*

Missy

P.S. I'm sorry if this is jumbled or has errors. I'm just too tired to proofread.

  
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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/17/2010 7:39PM

    You are both still in my prayers, I hope the pain is less today. I pray that they will be able to do the next ones with less stress and trouble

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SPARKLE72023 1/17/2010 7:08AM

    Aww... poor Bill .... poor Missy!!! You BOTH have been thru so much with this surgery. Like you said, thank God you have an intelligent, caring doctor who is treating Bill with special attention and not just as a "billable."

Wow! A huge, huge stone. It's surprising that Bill was even able to walk, breath, move around with that giant lodged in him. Thank God for modern medicine and the mulptiple treatment/surgical options.

Ok Missy, you've been a perfect Florence Nightengale to your Hunny but now you'll also have to take extra good care of your foot - - - you sure don't want to re-injure it and cause serious problems. I understand that when our men are having major surgeries our own health issues take a temporary back seat but don't get careless about it. You know Bill wouldn't want you to harm yourself - - - it wouldn't be good for him or for you!

I'm glad he's home and that way you won't have to run behind the fast-walking medical staff - - - down those FOREVER-LONG!!!! hospital hallways.

Hugs & Healing Prayers for Bill . . . I hope his pain will be minimal and will go away surprisingly fast - - and that the Holy Spirit will inspire the surgeon as to the best thing to do next for Bill.

Margrit

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FORMYDARLINGS 1/16/2010 11:44PM

    Missy, I am so glad Bill came through the surgery okay. He will be able to heal now and with time will be fine. Bless you and your family as you are watching out for him now,

Gini

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CAROLYNVIL 1/16/2010 11:40PM

    Keeping you both in my prayers.

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LIGHTHEART09 1/16/2010 10:34PM

    Captain Cookie is in our prayers...Be well and get some much needed rest!!!!!

Love you!!!!!
Nan

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/16/2010 8:26PM

    I continue to hold you and Bill in my prayers sweet sister friend. I hope that his pain is relieved and that the doctor is able to help. Bright blessings to you both. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/16/2010 2:17PM

    So glad to hear it went well.

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14JESUSGIRL 1/16/2010 11:58AM

    Lifting you both up in prayers.
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LOSTINLOVE1226 1/16/2010 9:49AM

    i am thankful your home now prayng for a speedy recovery emoticon

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FILLANGES 1/16/2010 9:25AM

    Praise God for all His great works. Glad you are home now. Sleep well and know we are all praying for you and Bill and rest in the fact that God will continue to shower His Healing and Blessings upon you. God Bless. emoticon Rick

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MALEXANDER4 1/16/2010 7:57AM

    god bless you and bill. i will keep you both in my prayers

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/16/2010 6:27AM

    I'm so glad that the op went well yesterday. Can't they do an IVP to find the other 2 stones? That's how they found mine, with an injectible dye.. My prayer for you both today is that you relax, suffer no discomfort, and look to God for healing..

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GINNJEN2000 1/16/2010 6:20AM

    Wow that sounds like a long ordeal. Will be keeping you and yours in mind today.

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/16/2010 12:58AM

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers...

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BRAVEONE92 1/15/2010 11:50PM

    Missy,
I am so sorry to hear about Bill having to go through so much pain. Those kidney stones are so painful. I don't know how he is bearing his pain, with such large stones. I know that your poor leg is very sore and tired also. You've both been through an ordeal that is hard to bear. I will remember you both in my prayers. God bless both of you that he will heal both of you and give you comfort from all the pain. We know that God is the Great Physician, we have to put our faith & belief in Him, to heal us of our afflictions. Please try to get some rest for yourself, if that is possible. emoticon emoticon

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JOJO58 1/15/2010 11:28PM

    Hi Missy, I'm glad everything went well and he is home. Get plenty of rest now. You need to take care of that foot of yours.

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JOLOVESRUM 1/15/2010 11:18PM

    Missy get some rest while you can. When Bill rest you rest. You can't help him if you don't look after yourself. I am glad the worst is over.
hugs JO

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SJG1953 1/15/2010 11:15PM

    Still praying for you both. Hugs, Shirley

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/15/2010 10:33PM

    Missy, so glad to hear that the surgery went well and that you are both home. I will keep you both in my prayers and ask for healing and rest.

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MONAMOM 1/15/2010 10:29PM

    I am so glad you and dh are home and I will continue to pray for you both. God's love, peace and healing surround you both.

Hugs, Mona

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PEPPERLEAH 1/15/2010 10:18PM

    I am continuing to hold both Bill and You up in prayer. I am thankful you both are back home; there is no place like it when you need to rest and recuperate.

Sending much love & hugs;
Standing in prayer;
Leah

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/15/2010 10:00PM

    I am glad to hear you are home and that your Hubby is healing. It is good to have a doctor that actually listens and cares for the patient. Your blog is fine. I will to continue to pray for you and Bill.

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GRIFF2734 1/15/2010 9:53PM

    Missy Im glad you are home and you husband is recovering. Get some rest and let the Lord bring you both peace during this time. We love you dear sister you are such a blessing to all of us. Much love to you

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/15/2010 9:45PM

    Missy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and BIll during his recovery and also with you as you take care of your foot. Be sure to take care of yourself so that you will be able to take care of BIll. You both need plenty of healing rest, so please try to get it. Praying that the doctor is able to do the easiest of the procedures to get the rest of the stones.
May God continue to bless both of you during this time of healing.
Love and hugs,
Helen

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THENEWME43 1/15/2010 9:31PM

    Missy, I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate reading your update tonight. I know you must be so exhausted; thanks for taking the time to let us know how things are going. You and Bill have been in my prayers and it does my heart good to know you're back at home. Yes, sweetie, I'll definitely keep on praying. So sorry to hear he's in such pain, but thankful he's going to be okay. Praying you can both get a much-needed good night's rest tonight. Don't worry about anything but taking care of yourself and that sweet family of yours.

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GABY1948 1/15/2010 9:03PM

    Missy, I am so glad this part is over! You and Bill and the whole family have our prayers here for a sheedy and complet recovery. Get some rest and before you know it all will be back to normal!
Hugs,
Gaye

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3CATSLEP 1/15/2010 9:02PM

    So glad to hear the news! Take care of yourself so that you can take care of hubby!
Love ya,
Laura

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SUSIEPH1 1/15/2010 8:56PM

    Ohh Missy, Don't worry about your blog, it is fine.Just rest, and look after your darling Bill.
Thank you so much for keeping us all in the picture,of course we are all concerned, Sparks is like a huge family, and we all care about each other.In all my life I have never experienced anything like this connection we all seem to have.
Take care my friend,stay well.
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LAURIES_PLACE 1/15/2010 8:56PM

  Continuing to pray---for his pain, for your swelling, for the future treatments. Blessings and sweet sleep for you both tonight.

laurie

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CORIANNE72 1/15/2010 8:54PM

    So glad to hear that the surgery went well and that Bill is at home. Missy, remember to take care of yourself too so that you don't become ill from stress, exhaustion, etc. Prayers are with you and Bill during his recovery. May the Lord be with you to comfort and guide you during this time. Bless you both!

Cori

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/15/2010 8:51PM

    Missy so glad Bill is home and hope that his pain will lessen. You need to get some good rest so that you can deal with Bill and his needs. I hope the Dr can do the lesser of all procedures. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Just keep us updated as you can.
Love and hugs
Deb

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IUHRYTR 1/15/2010 8:42PM

    Good news that he's home. One day at a time. We're here for you. -- Lou

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    Love you, Sister. I'm so glad that you are home! emoticon Tell your husband he has a lot of well wishes and prayers! emoticon

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Leaving for the Hospital

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thank you to the many of you who have expressed your compassion and faith, praying for my husband's surgery today. If the hospital has wi-fi, I'll be able to come on from the laptop. I hope, hope, hope that's the case so you can keep me company while he's in surgery. If there's no wi-fi but I have cell coverage, I'll try to get calls in to some of our SparkFamily so they can let you know how Bill does today. Thank you again for your support and your prayers. You'll be in my thoughts, of course, and I appreciate all of you.

*hugs*

Missy

  
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SPARKLE72023 1/17/2010 7:01AM

    Forgive me! I'm so sorry Missy - - didn't realize (remember?) that Bill was scheduled for surgery on this date. Like a dummy I kept waiting to hear about when he would be going in for it.
Duh!!

So glad it went well. Now for the really challenging part - recovery. At least he's got a beautiful angel (YOU!) with him, encouraging him and understanding how painful it is . . . yet able to inspire him to continue on the road to complete healing.

Prayers are with y'all - - and even though they're "late" for the actual surgery, they will be there in full measure for the healing process.
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LIGHTHEART09 1/15/2010 9:05AM

    Glad to know Bill did well, he has been in my prayers ....
BLessings,
Nan

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THENEWME43 1/14/2010 11:30PM

    Praying for both you and Bill, Missy!
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TRAVELNISTA 1/14/2010 11:27PM

    emoticon and emoticon Bill has a lot of people praying on this end and you know what the power of prayer accomplishes. He should be just fine! emoticon emoticon

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3CATSLEP 1/14/2010 10:19PM

    Keeping you both in prayer,
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FRAN0426 1/14/2010 8:40PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband tonight. Glad you have your laptop to help ditract and pass the time.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/14/2010 8:31PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bill today as always. May you hear some good news soon.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 1/14/2010 8:19PM

    I am praying your hubby did well and will heal fast!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/14/2010 7:38PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your DH. Let us all know as soon as you are able.

God bless.
Diane

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/14/2010 6:27PM

    Prayers for you and your husband today. I am sure all will go well..

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/14/2010 4:37PM

    Missy keep strong and you are in both in my prayers. Glad you do have wi-fi will help you keep distracted and encouraged.
Hugs
Deb

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/14/2010 3:38PM

    Hope all goes well!
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    Keeping you in prayer emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/14/2010 3:11PM

    So very glad Bill is finally having his surgery!! all will be well !! much love Susie and Bobby emoticon

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WALEB1002 1/14/2010 2:32PM

    hope all goes well...you're both in my prayers!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/14/2010 2:15PM

    You and your Hubby are in my prayers. emoticon

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My prayer for successful surgery & speedy recovery for your Bill continues to wing its way to our Abba Father's throne!

May you, too, be blessed with God's peace & comfort throughout the day, Missy!

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PARAEAST 1/14/2010 12:46PM

    Sending prayers your way! Please keep us posted!

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/14/2010 12:44PM

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Bill today...

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SUSAN134 1/14/2010 12:17PM

    Prayers coming your way Missy! Looking forward to your update that let's us know that Bill aced the surgery!

Hugs, prayers and best wishes!

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LOSTINLOVE1226 1/14/2010 12:17PM

    In my prayers... May God be with you!

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    Keeping you in prayer. emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/14/2010 11:18AM

    Missy -- let's hope and pray that this time the doctors get everything and Bill won't need to go back. We're here for you. -- Lou

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BIGDAD1211 1/14/2010 11:13AM

    Missy
You and DH are in my prayers even as I write this comment. Please text me if you can't get online with an update.
To God be the Glory!
In Jesus Name
Amen

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SECRETMUSIC 1/14/2010 11:08AM

    Thoughts and prayers...

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PEPPERLEAH 1/14/2010 11:06AM

    I have been praying all morning. Keep us posted.



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WALNUT5612 1/14/2010 10:24AM

    I am praying!!!

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PHILLIPSMI 1/14/2010 10:11AM

    Good luck!

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PEGJOHN1997 1/14/2010 10:10AM

    I have already prayed and I will continue to all day while at work today.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/14/2010 10:07AM

    You are in my prayers

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DBALZER 1/14/2010 10:03AM

    You and your husband are in my prayers!!!

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RUTHIEBEAR 1/14/2010 10:02AM

    I am praying. Keep us posted. YOu know we care. emoticon

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TAKINGBACKLIFE 1/14/2010 9:52AM

    My prayers are with you. emoticon

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MYRTLY 1/14/2010 9:50AM

    Good Luck Sweetie! I keep you guys in my thoughts today.
Love ya!
Myrtly

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/14/2010 9:44AM

    Missy, I'll be praying. You can text me at 806-786-0857. Love you! emoticon emoticon

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An office chair a big deal? Oh, YEAH!!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Most of you know my treadmill story (ad nauseum, I might add), but for those of you who may have escaped it until now, it'll be helpful to know it to understand why I'm so happy today. Here's the link to it: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2257103


From Feb. 28 through August I endured the horror of wound care. In August the surgeon released me but informed me that it would take a year to acclimate (as he put it) the foot to wearing a shoe and normal living. The next three months were spent ripping the new, fragile skin off of the amputation site every time I wore shoes, with the foot swelling up like a water balloon. Now the skin doesn't tear any longer, thank God, but the side of the foot where the "new" end of the bone is gets quite painful at times. The swelling is much, much better, but if I stand or walk too long it gets very swollen and angry.

Keeping the foot elevated and still get to the computer was a big issue for me. My friend Michelle/GETTINSKINNY ( my angel of mercy, as you may have read in my treadmill blog) took her truck to Big Lots for me soon as I was able to sit up without feeling like I'd pass out from the pain and went on a quest to buy a recliner for me. I've worked at home for the last 20+ years as a transcriber for court reporters and others, and I've always had my work station in my kitchen/dining area so I could work and still cook, be with the family, and the like. My little "office" in this house is on the dining table side of our kitchen bar. Just having my office chair in here makes things cramped. Imagine how impossible it became with a recliner in here all this time. It wasn't ideal, but it sure did add a lot to my life to be able to get to my computer and still keep that foot up. It is from that very recliner that at the end of May I stumbled over this SP site and met you wonderful friends.

There have been milestones all along the way since I got hurt. Being able to give up one crutch was a biggie for me. Being able to drive again was another huge one, reinstating a measure of my independence. Losing the second crutch and then the orthopedic boot and then wearing a real shoe were all important stepping stones that were leading me back toward normalcy and freedom. I felt less imprisoned with milestone. Each new step came with adjustments, of course, and I lost a bit of ground at times. They were painful. Despite some setbacks, I made and continue to make forward progress.

Today is a milestone day and I wanted to share it with you. Today I had my son put the recliner in the living room and I have returned to my office chair at my desk (which is really a triangular piece of board in the corner). I feel like I have returned to the big girl world and have taken one more step away from the world of being injured (and injured by my own stupidity, no less) and restricted. I feel like I have recovered a big part of who I am today.

As with recovering from my injury, on this journey of losing weight and recapturing life, every single milestone is important. The farther I get away from the conditions of being grossly overweight and the limitations imposed upon me (granted, imposed by my own hand and fork) by that weight, the higher the stakes become and the more painful it is when I lose some hard-earned ground. Again, as with my injury, I have to keep in mind that setbacks will happen, but my overall forward progress is what's really important. Focusing on that releases me to be able to enjoy my forward motion even if I'm at a speed bump.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. You make it so much sweeter. If you are at a speed bump or have had a setback, remember the big picture. Remember where we were a year ago today. IMAGINE where we will be in another year!!

  
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14JESUSGIRL 1/14/2010 7:32PM

    I admire your courage and determination to keep following your dream of weight loss in spite of such an awful setback. You are truly inspiring!
Love in Christ!
Lee
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GRIFF2734 1/14/2010 7:59AM

    Hi Missy thank you so much for your beautiful comments on my blog and I had no idea this happened to you I applaud your faithfulness and determination not to allow this injury get you down. What a wonderful inspiration you are to all of us. I thank the Lord for putting you in my life you are a very strong woman of the Lord and you have blessed me more than you know. I love you so much dear sister and I am always here for you.

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JOJO58 1/13/2010 11:28PM

    Missy, you have come a long way. You motivate me into being a stronger person. Thank you so sharing your story!! God Bless you.

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NANCERELLA 1/13/2010 11:23AM

    Missy, Congratulations. I am so happy for you. emoticon

Nancy

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ROZEEROZ1 1/12/2010 6:32AM

    Hi Missy. One step at a time. You have done great. Pat yourself on the back for taking those steps forwards. I am proud of you girl.

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PEGJOHN1997 1/11/2010 11:41PM

    Congratulations on getting back to normalcy. You are such an inspiration to me and others. I can't wait to see where we will all be a year from now.

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JLUVSHIKIN 1/11/2010 1:31PM

    I had no idea that had happened to you! Glad you are doing better.

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THEBOOKBINDER 1/11/2010 1:02PM

    So awesome!

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SJG1953 1/10/2010 10:59PM

    Congratulations for reaching another milestone in your journey. I pray your life just keeps getting better. God is so good. You have been a blessing to me and a whole lot of others by coming into our lives. You make the journey sweeter on this end also. You are so wise to step back and look at the overall picture instead of closing in on the speed bumps! You have indeed come a long way. God bless you my friend. Hugs, Shirley

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/10/2010 8:43PM

    Congratulations! I'm not completely familiar with your injury, but I am glad you are healing.. emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 1/10/2010 8:23PM

    I remember meeting you on that recliner chair, we go waaay back in the spark archives....lol...So glad you are getting back to a normal life again and SPACE to move...
Much love,
Nan

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KEENTINA 1/10/2010 3:59PM

    What a wonderful support group of friends and family you have! It's fortunate that you were able to work from home despite the chair obstacle. Despite the accident, you are truly blessed and you may never have known just how lucky you are without losing that toe!

Great perseverance!

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Yes, my sweet friend, that office chair is a big deal! I am delighted to read of your progress & excited to "IMAGINE where we will be in another year!!"

You are such an inspiration, Missy!

Be blessed!

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FORMYDARLINGS 1/10/2010 3:13PM

    Congrats on making it to the big girl chair!! LOL I know all about setbacks. In Jan of /09 I decided to quit smoking. By May I had gained 30 lbs. I started smoking again but could not seem to get going on losing the weight. I ended the year at 30lbs over the start. Talk about disheartening. Thank you for this blog. It reminds me that setbacks, however long, happen and that now, since I have recommitted to losing the weight, I can move ahead and realize some accomplishments in the coming year. Good for you for moving ahead and I hope you get where you're headed this year.

Gini

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CHUBBETTE33 1/10/2010 12:03PM

  You are awesome and your positive attitude is contagious.
You inspire others with your courage and fortitude.
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TRAVELNISTA 1/10/2010 9:03AM

    Missy, you have come so far through that horrific accident. You have been such an inspiration throughout all of it. You have managed to keep up your exercise and look at all of the weight you have lost. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 1/10/2010 7:00AM

    Missy, that is wonderful news! I think of you all the time when I get on my treadmill. You have come such a long way! I have to say again how beautiful you look in your picture.

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THENEWME43 1/10/2010 12:56AM

    Oh Missy, thank you for sharing what the Lord's doing in your life! emoticon You've graduated to the office chair! I know that must make you feel so wonderful. You didn't know to appreciate it before, I'm sure. My, the things you must have learned along the way...

Rejoicing with you over the Lord's goodness in your life!
Annette

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/9/2010 10:57PM

    This is a wonderful blog! Thank you for your story, and your example of determination and grit! Praise the Lord that you have been able to recover like this! Love, Your friend, Lori

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    All I can add is "Praise God" and emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 1/9/2010 10:45PM

    Oh my goodness... I had not read the story about the treadmill accident, but now I am glad that I have! You have come through so much on your journey and I am so glad that you have improved to the point that the recliner could be moved and your back to your office chair! That has to feel so gooooooood!

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MYRTLY 1/9/2010 10:27PM

    Oh Missy I'm so glad you are finally getting back to normal. It's kinda like finally gettin' back home. Such a good feeling. You've done such a great job with your personal improvement journey and now that Dreadmill incident is becoming just a thing in the past.
WoooHoo for You!
Stop by sometime.
Myrtly

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PEPPERLEAH 1/9/2010 10:08PM

    That is so awesome! Those milestones are such a big deal. They keep us motivated, as well as helping us realize how far we have come. Recognizing our success and improvements in health/mobility are so necessary.

You are doing fantastic! And congrtulations on getting back to your desk!

Love you;
Leah

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GABY1948 1/9/2010 10:07PM

    Missy, you are doing so well on your journey! Good girl and your attitude is so admirable...how could I expect anything less from you? I am so happy at your progress and know that you will beat all the obstacles that the enemy throws in your path too...it's just YOU! And you are beautiful inside and out!
Huggs,
Gaye

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MALEXANDER4 1/9/2010 9:59PM

    missy, awesome blog. thank you. the story of the treadmill, ouch. I'm saving my pennies for one right now as i type and now i will be sure to have the proper equipment and tools at hand, ie: shoes, clip. have a blessed evening. I'm glad you get to have normalcy back in your home. michelle.

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JOLOVESRUM 1/9/2010 9:36PM

    I love that sparks has shown us to enjoy the little things that when we look at them NOW we see giant steps and ready for more leaps and bounds.

Congratulations on your new independence.
hugs and more hugs Jo

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/9/2010 9:36PM

    What a beautiful blog entry, Missy - and a very frightening story via the link. I am so glad you've come through this so well! Congratulations on clearing this latest hurdle and continuing to progress! emoticon Susan

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SUSIEPH1 1/9/2010 9:28PM

    Hi Missy!.
Great you are feeling so good ! and what a story ! you poor lass, such a painful journey. But, look what you have accomplished ! way to go girl!
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IUHRYTR 1/9/2010 9:21PM

    Let's adopt this phrase as our motto: "Progress is my goal!" Glad all is healing and you're back on the road to better health. -- Lou

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SECRETMUSIC 1/9/2010 9:17PM

    congratulations on one more step in the journey!

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