Monday, December 2, 2013

Quick Update




I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This is the first year I wasn’t home for the holiday.  We were down in Florida at Disneyland with my eldest daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.  It was fun watching the kids enjoy themselves.  We came home Friday and I can only say it’s nice to go away but it’s always nicer to come home.

Friday night I had some pains in my stomach and didn’t think much of it until the next morning when they got a little intense.  After confirming that I had a fever I called my doctor and he thought it might be wise to go to the emergency room and get checked out.  In August I was hospitalized with a bout of diverticulitis so we assumed it might be flaring up again.

After many hours in the ER and a CT scan I got the surprising news that I had appendicitis.  Lucky me, they said I needed surgery that night or the next morning.  Turns out Sunday morning was the best option for the surgeon.  So my appendix was taken out laparoscopically. I found it interesting that I was released from the recovery room after they were sure I was doing all right. 

The instructions for my recovery are no heavy lifting or exercise for six weeks.  So there won’t be any riding for a while.  I’ll be taking a break until I feel better but I’ll keep up with all my favorite blogs. 

Until next time

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  1. Wow... Glad you caught it quick, and medical emergencies are best handled at home - yes?!

    Your partner in recovery... ;D

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    1. CFS,

      I'm glad this waited until I got home that's for sure. Hope you're ding well with your recovery and things are getting easier to manage for you.

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  2. Glad you're OK - good timing!

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    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks. I guess if it had to happen the timing was convenient.

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  3. Well! That's a surprise update. Can't believe you were released from the hospital so quickly...pretty amazing. That lifting advise is no joke. Here's hoping you have a very speedy recovery.

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    1. Hi Lori,

      Thanks for the well wishes. Don't think I'll be lifting much anytime soon. I was surprised they released me from recovery too.

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  4. I guess on the bright side, it waited for you to get home??? Sounds like you had a fun Thanksgiving at least! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    1. Thanks Story. I'm glad I was home too and not in Florida or on the plane ride home.

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  5. So so glad to hear 'that' waited till you got home, and it was caught quickly and dealt with speedily. Amazing what they can do now, and to be released so soon as well. But I do believe that people recover a lot more quickly when they're home. Wishing you a speedy recovery, hope you're not in any awful pain. Wonder what the horses will make of their prolonged 'holiday' ;o) And glad you had a fun time away with your family.

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    1. Hi Joy,
      Thanks. We did have a nice holiday. The pain is awful right now but I do have pain pills that help :)

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  6. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Great reason to let someone else cook Christmas lunch this year while you take it easy. If I lived in the US, rather than the UK I would come and help out with the horses :)
    Take care

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    1. Hi Marie,
      Thanks for the well wishes. Thankfully, my daughter takes care of the horses.

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  7. Eek, I'm so sorry!

    I had my appendix out laproscopically about two and half years ago (though as it turned out I hadn't had appendicitis, which is a long story), and my surgeon was urging me back on a horse at 4 weeks out, funnily enough. He was very chill and very much got my horse endeavors. That said - I didn't feel like moving from my bed for the first two weeks of that. I remember that all too well!

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    1. Hi Amanda,

      You had your appendix taken out but didn't need too? That's awful. But at least you can never have appendicitis in the future so that's a plus, I guess? I'm not doing much but I can't stay in bed it would drive me crazy. I did a few loads of wash today. It was necessary though.

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  8. Oh, my goodness!! Thank heavens you went to the emergency room. Wow!

    The surgeries they can perform today are nothing short of amazing. Wishing you a speedy recovery and keep to the strict rules along the way. You don't want to take any chances of injuring yourself.

    Sending good wishes and gentle hugs of support. <<<<<<<>>>>>>>>

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    1. Thanks Jean. It's amazing how they can perform surgeries these days. I don't even have stitches, I've been glued together!

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  9. Best wishes and prayers for a full recovery. It always takes longer than you think or want but in the meantime, there is always Amazon shopping to keep up with the holidays!

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    1. Thanks d.j. I've got some Amazon wish lists to work from so that might be on the agenda for this week. Still have lots of decorations to put up, cards to write, gifts to wrap...

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  10. Hope you recovery quickly. So glad you got it treated promptly. Belated Happy Thaksgiving!

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    1. Hi Carol,
      Hope you had a great holiday too! Thanks for the good wishes.

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  11. wishing you a speedy recovery ....and hope the year ahead is a wonderful one to very thankful for x

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    1. Hi Sally,
      Thanks for the well wishes. I hope things are going well for you and your family. I've been wondering how you are doing.

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  12. Glad you were able to enjoy the family vacation & were home in familiar surroundings - and more importantly, that you are okay and recovering!! Take care & let other's help so you can heal.

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    1. Thanks aurora. I was lucky to be home if this had to happen. My husband went food shopping yesterday, it's been years since he's done that! Everyone is helpful and I'm grateful to have such a loving family. I'm waiting for my son to come over and bring the Christmas tree up from the basement. Then I'll have something constructive to do.

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  13. Thank goodness all is well!! And for laparoscopic surgery. My gall bladder was removed that way a number of years back, and my surgeon said I could ride the next week - which I did with no problems at all. I am betting your healing and recovery go quickly. Meanwhile, relax and enjoy the holiday season while everyone has a good excuse to pamper you!!

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    1. Hi Billie,
      The new methods of surgery are amazing and there is a lot less cutting and down time which I'm grateful for. I hope I heal quickly and get back in the swing of things. Sitting around is not my thing, i need to be moving.

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  14. Well that was unexpected! I am glad that you went to the hospital and that the surgery was over quickly. I can't stand the anticipation of those sorts of things. Your horses will just have to enjoy a little vacation.

    Happy Belated Turkey Day!

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    1. Thanks Val. It was unexpected, no one was more surprised than me when they said I had appendicitis and would be operated on that night or the next morning. It just seems so random that I would get something like this at my age but actually one of the operating room nurses said her grandfather got this at 91. Oh well, you just never know.

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  15. OMG!!! Glad you were able to get it checked out in time, and taken care of in time!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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    1. Hi Merri,

      I was very lucky to be home and have it taken care of.

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  16. Glad you're okay! Well, if it had to happen at any time of year, this is a good time because now you will have more time to concentrate on the holidays guilt-free. No worrying, oh, I should have ridden the horse today.

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  17. Hi Debi,
    Thanks I'm glad things turned out ok too. As soon as the pain goes away I still have the tree and some decorations to put up. I'm going to start wrapping presents today and doing the cards. The horses will have to wait for a while. I'm sure they could care less.

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  18. Oh my, that's a bit scary! But I'm so happy to hear that you're on the mend. :) These things happen so fast, and we just never know what tomorrow will bring. So glad you're going to be alright! At least it's the best time of year for lounging around inside where it's warm and cozy, right?
    Your Thanksgiving sounds fun. It's great to mix it up a bit with the holidays, and being around kids is always enlightening, and tiring. But I agree. It always feels so wonderful to come back home!!! Blessings my friend, and take care of yourself.

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    1. Hi Lorie,
      Thanks for the good wishes. We had fun away this year. It's such a joy to watch the children be in awe of things they saw. But it is good to be home too.

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  19. Aww that sucks, but I'm glad it went well and that you are okay. Also glad you were home and not still in Florida when it happened!

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    1. Me too! Wouldn't want to have Mickey operating on me with those gigantic mouse hands.

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  20. You take care of yourself, ya hear? Seriously though, I'm so glad they caught it quickly and you're on the mend. The horses can wait until you're 100%.

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    1. Thanks. I'm taking it easy until the pain lessens. I'm sure the horses could care less if they're worked. They don't even come in half the time.

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  21. So sorry - I am late to this! Glad you are doing fine and they found the cause and fixed you right up! Happy thoughts for a speedy recovery. Your horses will be glad to see you again. They like it when we give them a break - and then they like our return too!

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  22. Thank goodness it was caught quickly! (And done laproscopically.) I wish you a comfortable and speedy recovery. The horses will be happy to be horses and have some time off, especially in December, lol.

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  23. I had another hip surgery just before Thanksgiving (on purpose) so I'm more or less out of commission too. Walking with crutches AND not being able to lift anything really puts a crimp in the style! Take the time to slow down and do stuff like organize photos on the computer, shop online, read good books, and now and then you can go smell the horses and rub some velvet noses!

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    1. I hope you're feeling better soon. Hip surgery sounds painful and walking with crutches can't be much fun. Sounds like you have some good plans for taking it easier. Thanks for all the good ideas for recovery.

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    2. I meant to say thanks for the good ideas for keeping boredom at bay during recovery.

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  24. Well oh my goodness-I wasn't expecting that news! I've always had a weird fascination with appendicitis-I hope it wasn't too painful! Happy you are home and able to rest-good luck recovering and happy holidays...sending the best thoughts your way! Sue

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    1. Hi Sue,
      It was the last thing I was expecting too. Thought I was too old to get something like this. Apparently not.Thanks for the well wishes and happy holidays to you and yours too.

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  25. Arlene, So sorry to hear of your surgery but glad it went relatively easily. Hope you have a speedy recovery!!

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    1. Thanks Jan. hope you're doing well too.

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  26. Oh no, not surgery! Hope you are on the mend very quickly. I've very behind the times and look forward to catching up with you. I did take a quick peek and see you have a very charming cat added to the family.
    Have a very Merry Christmas! Marvel

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    1. Thanks Marvel, I'm feeling much better now. And yes, Milo is very cute and lovable and doing well. Good to hear from you.

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  27. Hey Arlene, I am so glad you are in touch with your body and acted in time. I've heard too many horror stories of people ignoring the signs. My own father is one such story. Well take the time to heal and relax. All the best.

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    1. Hi Paula,

      Thanks fir stopping by and for the well wishes. I'm much better now.

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  28. My goodness, I missed this news from you when it happened. So sorry to hear of your crisis, but I'm glad the surgery went well and you are on the mend.

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    1. Thanks! I'm feeling much better now. Just have to get stitches out Wednesday and I'm good to go.

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  29. Glad to hear you're feeling better!! Merry Christmas to you, your family and herd!!

    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda. Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

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  30. Just catching up on my blog reading and saw this :(. I'm glad the surgery happened quickly and that you're on the road to recovery. Hope you have a restful and happy holiday seasoon!

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    1. Thanks Carol. I'm fine now, just need to find the time to put up a new post!

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