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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just checking in :-)

So, what's everyone doing for the Fourth of July? We WERE going to go to Perry, Ga for their annual Big Bang Boom fireworks show at the Ga National fairgrounds, but seems they decide to cancel for so called more important things this year. This is the second time in four years they have cancelled the firworks show. Not so annual...so, needless to say I/we were dissapointed. Tho, last year, we were in Tybee Island for the week and celebrated the Fourth by watching the beach fireworks. This year, we decided to go to Atlanta to the Centennial Olympic park for the Fireworks spectacular with a few friends. We'll prolly go to the Atl Ga Aquarium or the Coke museum while there, but I'm leaning more towards the aquarium. As for today, I'm stuck here since I'm having to wait on some package. We missed it the past two times they tried to deliver, so here I am, stuck, waiting on this package. Fun times...I want to get out! Ugh....ok, I hope you all are having a good one. Hugs and God bless!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Oh, HAPPY DAY!!!

Well, I've gotta say today's shaped up to be pretty awesome!!! Not only am I feeling great, physically, but I am feeling great on the emotional and spiritual levels, too. I went to the Dr this morning and got my stitches removed. I was hoping they had the results back by then to see weather I have cancer or not. They didn't, so that was the one thing holding me back, from being fully relieved about this whole thing. They told me, "Maybe another week, we should know something by then". So, I was still holding my breath when we left the Dr's. Not 15 minutes ago, I got a phone call from the Dr's and they got the test results in. Everything was clear and NO CANCER!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! So, now I can move forward from this whole ordeal...it's been a crazy past week, but I am so glad I went thru it, because I am more appreciative of life itself and of the little simple pleasures that come along with it, as well as not really sweating the so called big stuff....It's a hard, but good lessoned learned. Love life and live it well.....every single day is a blessing and God gave you a gift each morning you wake up, by letting you have another day here on earth with your loved ones.....
Ok, have a good one everyone. Hugs and God bless...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Update on Surgery

Hey all! Surgery went as well as could be expected and I'm still breathing so that's a relief! I went in last Tuesday with my hubby and daughter and they were a huge support. I had to show up at 1:15 and it took a lil' over an hour, from the time we arrived to the time I was on the table, before I was put under. Wow...that anethesia is awesome! The anesthesiologist put together a great lil' concoction for me and I didn't feel a thing. The whole surgery took about two hours, I was told. They did tons of fun stuff to me while I was under, such as run a scope down my throat to check everything out, lazer off a bump towards the back of my throat, well more to the right side the uvula (the hangy down thingy) and cut out a lymph node from the side of my neck close to my jaw line. The Dr's not only an ENT, but he also specializes in cosmetic surgery, so the scar should be a minimal as can be, which is a nice lil' topper. The test results will come in at some point this week, and I guess we'll find out if all is well or if there is something else that needs treatment....scary thoughts fly through my head, as I think of all the aweful things that could be or might not be at all...Pray that all is well! Tomorrow, I go back to the Dr, for my post op and to get these wierd blue stitches taken out of the side of my neck. I look like the bride of Frankenstien! Sorry, no pics taken and no plans on taking any pics! Lol...there are only a precious few who have had the horror of seeing my stitches: Dr's and nurses, Hubby and Daughter and a couple friends and that's it.
That's all for now on the surgery stuff....today was Father's Day and I and my Daughter pampered Daddy and made him feel special. We made him breakfast in bed: scrambled jalepeno eggs, toast and bacon and juice with a couple cards on the tray. Later, we took him to see that Star Trek movie, he's been wanting to see since before it came out and then tonight, we had grilled out steaks. OMG, so good! Today was the first day, I was actually feeling good, so I'm glad I was able to pamper hubby some. Well, I hope you all had a good weekend. I hope all the Father's out there had a good Father's Day and those who were able to, let their Dad's know what a blessing he is. Have a good one everyone. Hugs and God bless...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thanks to those of you....

.....who have been a great support and encouragement to me the past few weeks leading up to my surgery. Tomorrow's the big day. Yes, I'm pretty nervous, but there is also a strange calmness. I think it may just be acceptance that this is something that can't be avoided and that whatever happens, happens. I know I would be a bigger wreck, if it hasn't been for those of you who have been praying for me and been so encouraging and supportive. Today, I cleaned my house inside out, upside down and all the ways in between. I cleaned partly because I am trying to keep busy so I won't dwell on the near future and partly because, well, who wants to be in an untidy, messy house when they aren't their 100 percent best? Especially, if you CAN'T clean.....might as well clean up while I can....I don't think I can prepare any more than I already have. I bought easy to prepare meals for the next few days, for my hubby and daughter and a few "soft" food items for myself. The house is cleaned, the laundry folded and put away, the dishes done, the trash taken out, a small suitcase bag filled with things to take with me to the hospital and last, first, between and NEVER least, I have prayed...check, check, check, check...not much else to do, now. Well, now that all my chores are finished, I'm kinda sittin' here, reflecting and trying NOT to think about tomorrow....VERY hard to do. So, I'm gonna hop off here and watch a movie. Have a good one everyone and again, thanks so much for your prayers and warm words of encouragement! Please, keep praying.....Hugs and God bless,

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Surgery

Well, it's gonna get interesting next week. I'm having surgery, tho not a major surgery, but surgery just the same. I'm going "under the knife" on the 16th and I'll just put it to you this way; if you don't hear from me after a month or so, then the surgery was prolly unsuccessful. Let's pray for a very successful surgery. Not to go into great detail, 'cause I'm sqeamish as it is about stuff like this and I'll spare the rest of you who are either sqeamish as well, or bore easily, but I'm having a lymph node removed in my neck, right under the jaw line. It's the one that everyone has that supposed to swell up when you get colds and stuff. I also have a lump in the back of my throat that has to go, too, so basically, two surgeries in one. Fun times! A word of advice to those of you who just love watching those medical dramas like I do. DON'T watch any medical drama shows anytime soon before having surgery, if they make you in the least bit paranoid. 'Cause I have all kinds of great lil' scenarios playing out in my warped brain about any kind of possible complication that could happen during my minor surgery. And in each of my nightmarish fantasies, I end up dead, or with some type of permanent disfiguring damange. Not good... I love watching medical shows like Scrubs, (which is not a drama, but still can inflict some paranoid tendancies) Grey's Anatomy, House and Private Practice. Not to mention a few of the reality medical shows on the Discovery channel. Why, oh why must I have such an insatiable appetite for this kind of stuff? This....torture...it's addicting and let's be honest, it's fun. Like a scab, we can't help but pick.... We love trying to diagnose the symptoms before the Dr's do. And when/if we do, then by golly, we feel smarter than those tv Dr's and think we could make a killing once we get our PhD. Oh, and another good piece of advice. DON'T look up your symptoms online. It almost never ends up a harmless diagnosis. I could look up the worst possible fatal disease, just for funsies and I could be perfectly healthy and feeling great and then I see the symptoms of this aweful fatal disease and guess what? I'll prolly have a few of the symptoms! And even tho, I don't have this disease, it's now stuck in my head and I'm obsessed over the very slight possibility of having the dreaded disease, tho highly unlikely in real life but in my warped brain, I'm 99 percent sure, I've got the disease now. Then I start feeling sick and then I'm thinking I'm gonna die within 24 hours. Talk about paranoia. I'm not a hypochondriac, but watching medical drama's turns me into a temporary one at least an hour afterwards and then real life hits me and I feel dumb for thinking I or someone I know might have whatever the latest medical drama show has diagnosed. Call me up and give me your symptoms and I guarantee I'll find the diagnosis. It wouldn't be just one diagnosis. It would be at least 20 diagnosis's. And don't be surprised if you have an extrememly rare, almost unheard of disease. Your symptoms could be nothing more than a sore throat and I'll diagnose you with some sort of aweful terminal throat cancer, when really, your throat is sore because you slept with the fan on the night before. You know, on second thought, just go to the Dr.
So, I have been pretty good lately. I did not look up my symptoms online. I went to the Dr and I have listened to just him. I miss my medical drama shows, but I am abstaining from them until after my surgery. It's for the best of my mental health, which, if any of you know me personally, knows just what a mental case I already am.
Today, I went in for my pre op. I was made aware of possible complications. Not the best thing to enlighten someone who is already scared for her life, that she could end up paralyzed, in pain for the rest of her life, disfigured, or die. I would much rather be happily ignorant and oblivious at this point. But I understand, they are obligated to make the patient aware of the possibilites, good or bad, so they aren't held liable, after I sign my death warrant, er, I mean consent forms.
So, I think I will take off the rest of this week to reflect on my life and prepare for surgery. If any of you who are reading this, like to pray, please say a prayer for me. I look forward to posting again, at least within the next month, at the longest. And if not, well, farewell!
Hugs, God bless and God willing, I'll talk to you soon...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Back home and in the afterglow...



*Siiigh*....well, I'm home and in the afterglow of the top most awesome family vacation we have taken thus far. It was that AWESOME! Aside from that one tiny lil' run in with the prospective stalker chick I blogged about previously, everything else was wonderful and it put the stalker chick out of my mind for the rest of our vacation. I won't go into great detail about every single thing that happened, but I will summerize and throw in a few highlights. We got to our vacation destination on the 30th, in the afternoon and we spent the day getting settled in, swimming, fishing and trying to forget about the stalker waitress we had the unfortunate experience with. The next day, we stayed in as well. We swam all day and got to know the owners of the house, who stopped by to make sure we were all settled in. On the 1st, we went to the Animal kingdom and it was like a really clean, really expensive, beautiful zoo with a few Disney characters thrown in. On the 2nd, it was our Daughter's birthday. She was pampered from the moment she awoke until the time her head hit the pillow that night. She was dressed in a beautiful formal princess dress, tiara and had her hair and makeup done. We took her to the Magic Kingdom, where five minutes after entering this magical park, our Daughter was invited to meet Cinderella privately. It was such a huge birthday surprise! We then took her to a royal lunchen that took place at Cinderella's Castle, where she met Cinderella yet again, along with a few other famous Disney princesses. The whole day, we did many wonderful things and we finished out the day by watching the fireworks at the castle. I finally got to ride the monorail back out of the park, since we rode the ferry boat in; something I have been wanting to do.... On the 3rd, we spent the day at the house, swimming and fishing, and we had a mini birthday celebration/swimming party with cake and presents. We didn't get to do the huge brunch, nor sleep in that morning, like we had planned to do for that day since we were tuckered out after the first two days of running all over the first two parks. Apparently, the owners forgot they had an appointment that morning for some guy to come over and spray the inside and outside of the house for possible pests. So, we get this phone call from them at 7 am. Surprise!!! Great..... No sleeping in for us and no brunch since not only did this pest control guy come in, but so did the owners, who decided to chat with us for three frickin' hours, but it was all great aside from that. On the 4th, we went to Hollywood Studios on a spur of the moment change of plans, because of thunderstorms in the forcast that day. We were going to go to Typhoon beach, a water park, for the day, but yeah, those thunderstorms weren't going to let that happen. So, anyways, we went to Hollywood and had a great time and then around 5-ish pm, the skies broke and we ran around for about an hour in rain panchos. Thank goodness I grabbed those just in case! After the storms passed, we finished out the day, shopping for souvineers, snacking on food and watching Fantasmic. A really awesome 30 minute water works, lazer and fireworks show. Just awesome.....








On the 5th, we went to Epcot. My favorite park, right under Magic Kingdom. My favorite thing about this park was the World showcase. You could experience a lil' piece of each of the following countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Germany, USA and the United Kingdom. Germany was my favorite of these showcased. We had lunch at the Akershus Royal Banquet hall in the Norway pavillion and got to meet more princesses and then for dinner, we ate at the Garden Grill resturaunt, which was a slowly spinning resturaunt, so you never tire of the scenery. We got to meet Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Chip and Dale there and the food was dynamite! After dinner, we left the Disney parks for the last time. It was bittersweet...On the 6th, we stayed in and relaxed and swam. We had a friend over for the day, who recently moved to Florida a couple months ago, so it was nice to see him again. All in all, a relaxing day, good food and I was able to get all the packing done and the house cleaned. On the 7th, we went home. We still got to sleep in before leaving, tho, so that was nice! Well, that was our vacation in a nut shell! Today, hubby had to go to work, but Daughter and I spent the day, relaxing and didn't do one productive thing today and that includes unpacking. Nope, I'm not ashamed. Lol...have a good week to those of you who stop by! God bless...