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The lessons of recovery.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When they say take it slow, there's a reason for that. I tried taking my usual lunch break walk around the Capitol grounds, and came back quite fatigued. Tomorrow will be better.

Yesterday I went to my aunt's funeral, and peopled all day... meaning lots of conversation with people I haven't seen in years. My voice is tired. But I will say this: there isn't much more comforting than sitting in a corner listening to the family farmers of the area talking about crops, weather, and hunting on their land.

Memorable comments: "I have given five groups of people permission to hunt my land. I just wish they'd actually shoot the deer."

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SMARTIEBEE 10/16/2009 11:10AM

    It will get better as you continue to heal. Recovery from surgery takes a tremendous amount of energy - You need to rest so your energy is available to continue the healing. It is good you were well enough to go to the funeral - that is a kind of healing too.

Just keep taking it easy - I know it is frustrating not to be 100% - I am still battling this muscle cramp thing and get pretty frustrated not being able to get my long runs in - but I do have to let it heal!

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MSLZZY 10/15/2009 6:43PM

    The voice of experience! I do the same thing, thinking I should be 100% and finding out that take it easy means just that. It will get better so rest a little. Tomorrow will indeed be better! emoticon

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MARTINGE 10/15/2009 6:36PM

    i hope they will also.

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Couldn't wait to sweat again!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I guess this falls into the "it doesn't take a lot to amuse her" category. I got the stitches taken out today. Tidy little scar at the base of my neck. I'd been afraid to sweat on the surgical tape covering the incision, so had really, really been taking it easy the past week.

When the surgeon told me "no restrictions" on my activity from here on, I was thrilled to hop on the treadmill and do just that... sweat. Not a real hard workout, but my first breaking a sweat in a week!


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VSWINGLE 10/14/2009 7:08PM

    I'm glad to hear you're able to start up again...go for it!

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JEN4DICE 10/14/2009 5:20PM

    good 4 u!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/13/2009 10:54PM

    I'm sure that made you feel fantastic! Work back into it and have a great evening!

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CONCHA77 10/13/2009 7:39PM

    emoticonYou got right back up!
Keep it up! Connie

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SMARTIEBEE 10/13/2009 6:25PM

    WOO HOO! I bet that felt great! Good for you!

Glad to hear you are doing so well!


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Anybody else for celebrating Thanksgiving more than once a year?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ever since I discovered the coincidence between Columbus Day and Canada's celebration of Thanksgiving Day, I've been starting my own little gratitude awareness early. One year, though, a Hindu friend told me he didn't get it... why be grateful only one day a year? Shouldn't we be grateful every day?

Today, the simplest gratitutde of all: I'm grateful for life itself, which is precious every day.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/12/2009 9:53PM

    Your blog spoke great words of wisdeom. We need to count our blessing each and every day! In our busy world, we often forget to take time for gratefulness!

Hope your week is full of success, happiness and fun!

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MSLZZY 10/12/2009 1:34PM

    Your Hindu friend was very right! Be thankful and count my blessings every day! emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 10/12/2009 10:41AM

    You are so right, Barb! We should be grateful EVERY DAY! And there are so many things we have to be grateful for! Since I read this blog, I have been sitting here thinking about that and my list could be very long indeed. Good thing to remember when I start to feel sorry for myself for all the stuff I have to do that I don't want to do. I am truly blessed! Thanks for making me think!


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I knew this day was coming... detached from emotions

Sunday, October 11, 2009

It snowed yesterday morning, but I was just as glad it mostly melted off as the day got sunny later. This morning they had snow/rain mix in the forecast, but it held off. I was grateful, because this was the morning my son flew off to his next training mission. My daughter in law is a Southern gal, so I was glad the roads were dry for her driving.

I can say this departure is to his training mission, but in fact, I won't see him again for about fourteen months. So this was my last shot at a mom-ly hug and to give him those words of trust and love in person, that I'm proud of him and that I'll try my best to see his wife's OK in his absence.

This is one of the reasons I wanted that surgery (parathyroid, for those of you who asked) over with and myself well on the way to recovery now. One less thing for him to worry over.

And one more reason for me to continue to take good care of me. Daughter in law and I need to take care of each other, and to do that, we each have to take care of ourselves.

Spark on!

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REDD0G 10/12/2009 10:49PM

    Thanks to your son for serving in the military. All the young men and women in the service need our support and prayers. Red

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TXTITA 10/12/2009 6:24PM

    Thank your son for his service for me. Thank you and your daughter-in-law for your sacrifice. I know how hard this is. My son served in the 1st Gulf War and our son-in-law served 2 terms in Iraq. They both came home safe, but it's never easy for those of us that wait.

God Bless and Keep Him Safe

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MSLZZY 10/11/2009 7:09PM

    Our son-in-law is currently in Kuwait. His unit has been activated 4 times and deployed 3 times. This is his first deployment due to a variety of reasons. He is a former Marine who joined the SD National Guard. He is in Charlie Battery-147th based in Yankton. The unit is a very strong and bonded group.
Good luck to your family and your son. 14 months is a long time!

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SMARTIEBEE 10/11/2009 2:25PM

    It is hard, that's for sure. But at least you have your daughter in law close by for support, and to support her! It will mean a lot for your son to know he has you there to help her out!

My son in law is supposed to deploy to Afghanistan in Feb. It will be the 4th time he has deployed since 2002. The first 3 times were for Iraq. We are not excited about this! But he is a Marine, and he does what he has to do.

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VSWINGLE 10/11/2009 12:53PM

    I will keep you in my prayers. It's tough, but it's great that you are proud of him. That will help him stay focused on what he needs to do, and knowing you're supporting his wife is the best gift you can give him! (I'm speaking from experience on this one; I spent 30 years in the Air FOrce and had to leave my family behind more times than I can count. Now my daughter is in the Air Force and experiencing those same things for herself!)

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Everybody recovers at his or her own rate

Saturday, October 10, 2009

For me, day two was horrid, day three was toughing it out. Now, Saturday, fourth day after the procedure, I'm starting to feel more myself. I had a normal, healthy breakfast, and the nausea that was the bane of day two is gone. The headache and sinus swelling that was day three is much less.

I took myself off the pain pills they prescribed on day 2, after deciding they were at the root of the nausea, and just duked my way through yesterday. This morning, much more human.

Meanwhile, in sad news, as I have been recovering, I lost an aunt. My dad's sister passed away night before last. I don't yet know when services might be, but I hope I am recovered enough to dress and go.

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CARO1YN 10/10/2009 6:11PM

    Sorry to hear of you lose but as Doover says "Absent from the body present with the Lord" could not have been put any better.

I pray for you a speed recovery also, don't know what type of surgery you had but will keep you in my prayers.Sincerely,

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SMARTIEBEE 10/10/2009 11:40AM

    Barb, I am so glad to hear your recovery is getting easier! We all do recover at our own pace, and the thing to remember is that even if you feel really good - DON'T OVERDO! That is the thing I have the most trouble with when I start to feel better.

I am so sorry about the loss of your aunt. Keep her memory close, and she will always be with you.

My thoughts are with you.


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D00VER 10/10/2009 10:22AM

    I don't know what kind of surgery you had, but I wish you a speedy recovery. So sorry to hear that you lost an aunt too. When I have to attend funerals, I try to remember "Absent from the body, present with the Lord". It helps me. I wish you healthy and happy. Do Over.

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