Archive for January, 2010

The 6-week Mark!

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating you on my life and recovery. Yesterday marked 6 weeks post surgery and I have to say, many of us (friends, Family and Doctors & I) are stunned at how well I am doing.

My biggest problem now is to have the patience to not do anything too stupid or risky – The folks that know have told me that I cannot lift anything more than ten pounds for at least 8 – 10 weeks post surgery! I will not be able to have an official rehab appointment until the 10th of February! So until then – only walking – I have hit the 1.5 km mark officially – Yahoo! The good thing is I get a lot of testosterone to look at CFB Base Borden – WOW their training makes me look like an infant learning to crawl!!!

I have to remember this!

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”
Saint Francis De Sales

Any suggestions about how I can keep myself in check would be much appreciated! Love to you all – S

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We’re in the City early this week for the first round of many doctors’ appointments BUT! The folks we have seen are using words “magic, WOW, miracle” (let’s not get carried away) and “we’re all thrilled to be part of this whole thing!” So I guess I’m well on the mend.

What is the most important to me is that I got the go ahead to go to the Arctic with my mom in the middle of July this year. That’s my goal and that’s what I’ll be working towards now.

My first milestone? I have now been walking over a kilometre 5 times a week – next thing to do is to add some incline – stairs are still are a big problem but – each day will build stamina!

Sorry I’ve been of line a bit but fatigue is my biggest enemy now.

Also, I’ve actually been out in the social world – my voice will not get any better any time soon (they tinkered with the nerve to the vocal chords) so I’m not waiting any longer for it to catch up! I was so thrilled to see one of my “Butt Kicker” friends (Helen) yesterday and the Chamber folks on Friday, I can’t tell you how much you all mean to me – I’ll be around and loving to near from you soon – Cheers’ Susan

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Today Michael and I went to the Base Borden Fitness Centre and started waliking – he went a lot further than I did but I did 4/5ths of a kilometre (4 laps) and felt pretty good – good news is that my pulse recovered very quickly and I didn’t have to crash when we got home!

Today I also spent some time looking for quotes that I can post near my computer to keep myself motivated and challenged – here’s the one I found the most interesting – I don’t have the answer but I do know that I AM alive – any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you – inspiration is always welcome – I have a long,long way to go – Thanks for listening! S

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
Richard Bach

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I’m home, fire’s on and Life Does Go On! I have been pondering my successes since I started this blog and find myself in awe.

I have had the best medical care possible, the best friends and family, the best support from those that care for me and of course the best spouse period. However, while in hospital, I the chance to listen to a lot of complaining and moaning (from fellow patients) about sad lives and “why me’s?”. I learned all the “bests” in the world cannot possibly stand-alone without a very positive attitude! So for me, I now ponder a chicken and egg discussion – does a positive attitude come before a fabulous support network or the other way around?

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Monday, January 4/2010

First stop at the Rehab Centre today (thanks Tony) and now have plans to be back in beautiful downtown Everett for tomorrow evening! Yahoo! Lots more healing to do and lots more pain to get rid of but the progress is great and encouraging.

Here’s my quote of the day!

“The point of living and of being an optimist,. is to be foolish enough to believe that the best is yet to come.” Peter Ustinov

Lots of love to you all – I won’t be answering the phone myself for a while – need to protect my voice but keep those emails coming! S.

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January 1/January 2/2010

I have one resolution – to protect this magnificent gift that I have been given – as each day goes by I realize that there are many things that I haven’t seen or done or simply missed. What I do know it’s that my friends and family have never let me down and are always willing to share their strength.

I have reading as much humour as possible lately and my most current is to read short blurbs from Nora Ephron – now currently she hates here neck (it’s too wattley) and she hates her purse since it’s a black hole of junk. She admits that this may be small stuff but I look forward to the days to that Bertie the dog wants to go out and that all I have to ponder. Sure we are all sent stuff to “handle” just don’t forget that this is a simple series of stepping-stones in our lives – purse, neck, dog – whatever – laugh even when it hurts it’ll feel good. Trust me – this I KNOW!

Love you all – S

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