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This weekend we had way too much to celebrate.  Two graduations, three birthdays and one Mother's Day.  Squeezed in amongst Nate's impossible soccer schedule and my current weakling tendencies.  There wouldn't have been quite this much if we weren't uh behind in birthday celebs in a big way.   Congrats to Laura & Mark on both earning their M.A.s on Saturday!  I'm proud to be part of a well-educated family:) And Matt, Mark, and Laura are all a year older as of April-Mayish.  We celebrat...

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I came home from the hospital loaded down with some new plants and flowers, and discovered some changes in my plants at home as well.  I told you I was going to try herbs for the first time this year.  Here's a look at the basil that I've grown so far.  One set of leaves if much larger than the rest.  These were grown earlier.  Too bad that currently the thought of basil anything makes me want to wretch and go back to the hospital all over again.  I'm hoping this goes away before my basil ...

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1.  It's a fail-proof weight loss plan - 6 pounds in 6 days.  Of course along with this, you are forbidden to eat or drink anything for 4 out of those 6 days.  And I have a feeling that part of recovery is gaining back those 6 pounds in the next 6 days!   2.  A good roommate in the hospital.  Okay, those of you who met her may not have thought so between the groaning, cursing and everything else that you heard.  But she had a much longer hospital stay than I and she helped me kind of lear...

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I sounded all finished in my last post, right?  I thought I was.   I got my release orders at around 2pm on Wednesday, but told them I was going to rest for 30 minutes before calling the transport services, as I was feeling worse than in the morning.  Well, I continued feeling poorly and the wheelchair continued failing to show up.  I'm tagging this one on God, because I can't imagine how much bigger the ordeal would have been if I had actually left hospital grounds.  By 3pm I was feeling a...

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What an unexpected week this has turned out to be.  One surgery turned into two on Monday night at 10:50pm.  Yes, apparently doctors like to make decisions and relay them to patients at this hour.  I have been poked by surgeons at 2:30am because that's when they have time, met an anesthesiologists at midnight, and had a member of respiratory team make me do breathing exercises at midnight.  That's besides my nightly wakeup at 12:30ish to check my vitals and my next one between 5 and 6am to c...

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to have some new friends over for a fun brunch, to clean up and spend some time relaxing with Nate, then to make a Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce and go celebrate my friend Em's birthday with her and friends.  It was a good plan and I suspect it would have been mighty fun if ...   halfway through brunch I hadn't felt the most searing pain in my right side.  If I hadn't thrown up five times in the bathroom while everyone was trying to keep their own food down in the dining room....

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So last week I got an MRI. I told you about it, right? How I realized when I got up from the machine and was wondering why my hair was so wonky that I had lost a bobby pin somewhere in that dern thing? That gave me a little giggle. Well, the MRI showed something (a slight protruding disc) but assured me that this could not be the cause of the pain I am having. On to the orthopedic surgeon this morning. I wore a skirt because I was headed straight to work. Please never do this to an appointment...

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