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Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey everyone! I'm baaack.

So yesterday's one mile feels like 5 miles to my spine today. I really think it's that walking stick. I know they are great for balance and supporting upright walking, but I think dragging it around is a hindrance some days.

But I am determined to get off my tush here soon and waddle out for the first 2 laps. And if that is all I get done, then fine. I also need to vacuum, but like the child I am being treated like, I have only to do my room and bathroom. LOL

I've got to get a new sleep schedule set up since Joe is leaving for work at 4am every day. UGH! And if I'm not right there, he wakes up. Last night I even let Max sleep on top of him!! Well, Joe DOES like to cuddle, so if Max wants to fill in every once in a while I'm cool with that. Besides, all my good shows are on after 8pm and Joe tries to get to sleep around 9:30! HAHA This should be interesting.

Oh, you guys are gonna love this. In this day and age of technology where a computer can decide whether you are driving safely or not (and get you fired since you can't fight it), this is a picture of how they unload woodchips at the mill... Yes, they are lifting the entire truck into the air. Not just trailer!!

Funny, huh? Mom has seen this while on the road with dad and she says it still freaks her out!

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TREYONE 8/29/2014 8:07PM

  Take it easy!!!! Glad to hear you are doing better!!!!

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ROCKPORT9 8/29/2014 1:54PM

    Take good care....try not to push yourself too much. Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/29/2014 1:54PM

    Can you DVR? Sounds like some compromises on sleep might have to be made. Go Ang!

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Funny pictures after surgery...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Me right outta the box and without morphine, but with Joe

Me finding the morphine button finally...

My staples up the center of my back.

The nerve decompression stitching on the side of my left knee...

ET Phone Home??

Right as soon as I got home and settled into bed for the first & only day of rest I've had...

Yep, I was still a little morphine-dopey. But I was sent home with no drugs other than what I am already taking, so that's a good sign.

And this was the first day I realized waistbands hurt so I wore a dress 8/25/14

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JANISMKW 8/31/2014 9:15PM

    Glad you are back and that your surgery was so successful!
You and Joe look so content together. I'm happy for you that you found each other.

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MIAMIRN 8/28/2014 11:51PM


That last pic of you is great! How did you pull it off after all that surgery? You look beautiful! emoticon

Get better and better, soon. I know you will!

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TREYONE 8/28/2014 9:32PM

  emoticon So glad to hear from you again!!! Glad to hear you are healing and starting to feel better!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/28/2014 4:35PM

    I am glad you are starting to feel better!

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SEATTLE58 8/28/2014 4:20PM

    I'm so happy to see you back on here, Angie Baby, and that you're giving out one of your darling smiles too. I hope that you can start feeling better and better with each passing day and that all the pain you've had will be all behind you and that you'll never know that amount of pain again!! Loving ya,
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PROPMAN1 8/28/2014 1:49PM

  emoticon You look just fine.

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ROCKPORT9 8/28/2014 1:23PM

    You are awesome! emoticon

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9 Days Post-Op!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

And I'm doing almost great. I hate riding in cars because it hurts like a $%@$^, but I have walked a mile on a few days, a third of a mile on others, and a half mile on a couple.

I can walk!
I can stand up straight!
I can have normal bowel movements again!
I can sit down and not cry every time!

It really is amazing and I am so not used to this kind of improvement. I walked 22 hours after my surgery. I first walked one lap around the hospital ward with a walker. Two hours later it was 2 more laps and then sleep. At 7am (since you can't sleep in hospitals), I walked 3 laps with the walker and decided I was ready to go home. I saw my doctor at 8:30am and he was absolutely happy with the walking, and I was in the car by 9:41am and headed home.

I found out later that my neurosurgeon is one of the top-ranking brain surgeons in NE Florida, and he removed a tumor that no one has wanted to take off my spine for over 10 years. It was benign, so no big deal, but he said the roots WERE a big deal and he got rid of it. I did mention to a friend today that had I known he was also a brain surgeon, I would have had him go in there and try to fix some of the short-term memory loss, depression, AND the FAT part of my brain that insists I eat True North Nut Clusters at 2am!! Yes, I've become a sleep eater.

Anyway, I gained 15 pounds in the 1.5 days in hospital... fluids and all those carbs they push on you. And I will happily tell you that I lost all of it but the 3 gnarly pounds that refuse to budge. I met with my bariatric nurse practitioner yesterday and she told me I was doing great, even with the 3-pound gain, as she expected me to have gained way more from not being able to move BEFORE the surgery. She agreed that the one mile a day a few days a week is where I should stick to for now.

So far today... a third of a mile is done and 2 loads of laundry. It's really hot outside but 2 laps at a time is good enough for me. And I always use my walking stick. Even the dogs refuse to go out in this heat!! They are so used to me laying around all day that they must be in shock because they won't leave the covered porch!!

Oh, and Joe is working again! He is training this week and officially starts on Monday, driving truck hauling wood chips. He's home every night and since he was in the tree removal business previously, this sounds like a good fit for now. We shall see how it works out as I've heard negative things about the company, but you can always find complaints and very few times find compliments!! So I am praying for the best and keeping a smile on my face for not having to live in that dang truck a month at a time. LOL

Thank you all for your support and your well-wishes. They are all appreciated. I am recommitted to getting my arse a bit smaller and my middle GONE! And I will stick with the bariatric meds for now and see how it works for the first couple of months before making any decisions. I have 20 pounds to lose to get to my lowest weight since joining SP, so that's the current goal.

Big hugs and prayers for you all,

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MIAMIRN 8/28/2014 11:46PM

    Hi and Congratulations! emoticon

I didn't know what kind of surgery you were going for. All I knew was you were feeling awful! I'm so very glad it's working out well. There's nothing like medical success. You can walk? Wow! That is so awesome! I'm very glad for you!

See you in the forum.

Have a good night sleep.

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JANISMKW 8/28/2014 10:06PM

    How great that your surgery went so well! Life changing, right? Amazing what brain surgeons and spine surgeons can do nowadays... my mother and BIL can attest.

I know what you mean about the memory loss. A few years of constant pain from RA (before I got to a treatment that worked) caused me to have depression. My only symptom was short-term memory loss. A neurologist ruled out all other causes. I was in a good mood, sleeping well. My therapist tells me it is slow to return to normal but mindfulness and games like on (which I haven't tried yet) can help.

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ROCKPORT9 8/28/2014 1:05PM

    How wonderful! Great surgery and your determination to move!

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Everyday woes...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Well, Joe has been online looking for jobs. It really sucks that there are so many out there that pay nothing, but unemployment barely covers his child support. Who ever decided what the unemployment pay rate is should have to live on that money for 6 months and see if they can save up for a full roll of toilet paper at the end of the month! They can't, if they plan on eating.

And now everyone wants him to go back to school for training... He's 54 & they don't like his diploma as it is a registered private school and issued online. So they suggested a GED class before he can take even a welding course. Ha! And they want him to live on loans & grants.


I am now flat on my back because the epidural has finally completely worn off & I can't get an appointment prior to the 14th, although the doc suggested I call to get one when the pain returned since my herniated disc is sooo "impressive". I just LOVE that something that is oversized on me is impressive and it's not my bra size. LOL

Anyway, I am playing ostrich & sticking my head in the sand today. It's imperative to Joe to be here for my surgery on the 19th, which I'm now told is "outpatient with 23 hours of observation". Huh? Doesn't that sound like an overnight stay to you, which means in-patient? I don't know, but I was reading about the surgery online Sunday & freaked myself out completely. They evidently cut your LARGE back muscles open to reveal your vertebrae & then do the drilling out & cutting on the disc. Now, I've been told that my spinal column is not supporting my upper body and that only the muscles are supporting me. So now I wonder what happens when they cut those lower back muscles?!?

So there is the rest of the stress... Money & health. Aren't those almost ALWAYS the big ones? All I know is that while I wish Joe could go to work tomorrow, and he actually COULD start training tomorrow, I'm still happy he'll be here for my surgery. But then he's gotta go to work so I can get better... And he fusses over me more than my mother! But he needs to pay his bills, so he has to go to work. And I get to go to sleep for a month!!

Peace & Love, My Peeps!

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B-LYNN1ST 8/22/2014 10:11PM

    Where do they get off? He has enough. I don't know what they are talking, it must not be accredit for your home state. I never could figure that one out myself. If he can get a grant with the kind of diploma he has... then he should be able to go to that welding school or a trade school. The GOV is SO backwards. I really believe they want to keep people in a lower class bracket. Pay this, do this and you'll get ahead. That's what they say, but you never cross enough "t's" and dot enough "i's".
It's a total miss understanding, and those GED teachers don't teach. I had a friend who failed it 5 times. She paid 60 bucks every time. Do you know what that is?
That's 300 dollars she didn't have to waste all because they didn't take the kind of diploma she had. All she wanted to do was go to Nursing school. So, we got together and I got her into a "CNA" Nursing program at one of the 2 year community college for 1500. It covered everything she needed, and now my friend is making a good living as a private care provider, but we had to rally around her as a family to get her going in the right direction because they turned her down. The government wasn't trying to help her. Snaps are okay, but when you have a income less than 600 because of Child Support. And you get snaps to feed 2 do they expect you to have a life. You have to pay for the power bill and the rent. You can only do so much. It's hard, but we have to get up and fight daily, work for hours to make sure we provide a better way of life, because the unemployment office isn't helping at all. My friend told the woman one day. I need a JOB can you help me find a JOB. We have nothing. And how can you live off 189 a week? On top of that get your stamps cut by 104 dollars. SMH! With 2 kids to feed including yourself.
I'm so sorry. I hate that Joe is dealing with this kind of Roller Coaster. Sometimes I feel the crime rate would go down if they put the same amount of money they put into the prison system. My cousin came out with all kinds of Diploma's and even a damn degree. All I could say is. I be damn. My friend had to pay all this money, and you went to jail for a crime and you got an education for "free" that's a load of BS if you ask me.

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TREYONE 8/10/2014 7:13PM

  Very best wishes for your ongoing recovery. I am so happy you have met someone who cares about you and wants to be there to support you!!!!! Know looking for jobs stinks, I tried for ages to find something that I could do just a few hours a week (all I can do physically), but was told thank you but you are a bad risk. Thanks. I needed that. Tell Joe to hang in there - he will find the right job. It is a frustrating world when you try to do what you can to support yourself, but have the deck seems stacked against you. Prayers for you both!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JANISMKW 8/5/2014 9:17PM

    Very best wishes and prayers every day. Back surgery can be life-saving nowadays. Hope yours is a superb success!

Try to relax and visualize your surgery going very well and your back healing beautifully, before surgery and especially as you are going under anesthesia. It is proven to improve results and speed healing.

Some info from Prevention Magazine publisher:

Best to you and Joe. At least you have each other to face troubles with.

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SEATTLE58 8/5/2014 5:57PM

    Oh my poor Angie Baby Lovee, I'm thinking of you big-time. I'm wishing you the best of luck with everything that is going on in your life today and all days! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 8/5/2014 5:20PM

    Owie surgery! Prayers and hugs being sent! emoticon

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I finally did it...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I finally fell in love with a man that can handle me. ALL of me & doesn't want me to lose a single pound. But since men know diddly about carrying around extra poundages on the degenerating joints, he's been told that I get to lose at least 45 pounds and he can't say a word. And he's finally okay with it after a 10-day stint in his truck when I went over-the-road with him. Haha!!

You REALLY get to know someone by living in an 8x10 cube & sleeping crammed up on the other person every night. LOL. And I loved it. And we're gonna do it again after I'm out of surgery & have recovered.

Anyway, he saw me counting my tater tots at dinner & realizes that there is a lot to deal with when trying to get healthy. Now I just gotta keep him off if me & away from me long enough to get it done AND NOT TELL HIM HOW MUCH I WEIGH.

So I'm back. And I'm BADASS. And I'm in love & glowing & HAPPY. And most importantly, I'm recommitted to my health for myself, my hellhounds & my newly extended family. Oh, and did you know that making out burns 467 calories an hour? Never tell a man who wants to see his woman lose weight & be happy THAT little factoid!

Big hugs & Returning feeling of PEACE & JOY,

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BKWERM 8/1/2014 12:39PM

    I'm so happy to finally see you get the relationship that you deserve. He sounds like a true winner. Enjoy!

And, BTW, I'm glad you're back. I've missed you.

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JANISMKW 7/31/2014 9:38PM

    Whoa, good for you! You deserve lots of happiness.

I think it's ideal that he will just love you and be with you as you do your thing on your quest for health.

So good to hear from you, especially that you are well.
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ROCKPORT9 7/31/2014 8:03PM

    You deserve it all! emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/31/2014 7:56PM


Wow oh wow girl!!!!! You have been really busy getting on with your life. I am so happy you found someone who loves? you warts and all. I have so many intrusive questions for you. WHere the he## have you been woman? I was going crazy waiting for you to reappear. Welcome back and let's do some quality sharing.


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SEATTLE58 7/31/2014 7:40PM

    I'm so happy that you've returned and with such luscious news!! HeeHee! He sounds like a "Honey" and as sweet as honey is too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 7/31/2014 7:30PM

    I am so happy for you!

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