My Health and Work Update

As most of you know, I have had two surgeries since the first of April. My first on my foot was a complete success. I went to the doctor on June 20th and was told I am doing great and can be released. My foot has healed beautifully and give me no problem at all.

My second surgery was much more complicated. If all was well my surgery was to take 3 to 4 hours, mine ended up taking 8 hours. My doctor is the best in the country for this type of surgery. He did what he needed to do and now said I am fixed. The healing process for this surgery is going to take some time. I also went to this doctor on the 20th. He said I am doing well but since there was complications, the one month healing time-table will have to be extended. I have essentially been working from home since April 3rd. I will be able to go back to work on July 8th. I am looking forward to going back. Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home. It is the people I miss so dearly. My co-workers and boss are being very supportive. I usually go in to work two times a week to trade paperwork and check on things. We are going to get even busier soon, so it will be nice to get back to the office.

The one thing I miss most with these surgeries is bike riding. Before winter I was riding my bike a minimum of 15 miles daily. I have been told I can walk so for the last week I have been walking daily weather permitting. Walking does get me out, but there is nothing like the feel of the wind in my hair as I bike ride around the park. I hope to be able to bike ride before the weather turns cold, but I will not be pushing it. At this point my healing is far more important.

I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. They are truly appreciated. I hope everyone has a great summer!


Finally…I had a great day!

I thought it was time to share some good news in my life for a change. I have to tell you about my Thursday. The day started out for me with an appointment to my foot doctor. This went very well. I was able to get my stitches out. It hurt like hell, but I am so glad to be able to get my foot wet and wear my own shoes! I was also told I could drive short distances. Considering I have been confined to the house for the last three weeks, this news was a blessing. I will never take my mobility for granted ever again.

After the doctor, I went to work. I have only been going in once a week per doctor’s orders. It was nice to get out and be around people. I was able to clear up all the problems that were waiting for me. It felt good to clean up my paperwork. The doctor said I can go back to work in two weeks. It looks like I will be at work for eight days before my next surgery. I am so grateful to my company for supporting me in working from home.

I also made an exciting purchase yesterday. I am now the proud owner of a 2000 Palomino Mustang pop up camper. My sister-in-law heard about it through a friend. She knew I was looking for a camper with a very limited budget. When she heard it was for sale for only $500 she thought of me right away. My sister-in-law is the one who got me started in camping. She knows her trailers so much better than I do. Especially with my recent foot surgery, I asked my sister-in-law to take a look at it for me and give me her opinion. She went to look at it yesterday and called me to say it is worth way more than the $500 they are asking. The only problem was that they wanted her to take it right now. I told her to bring it to my mom’s garage where I will be keeping it and I would give her the money. My mom has a two and a half car garage and the camper pretty much fills it up. It is 14 feet long! Listen to all the camper has to offer! It is air-conditioned, sleeps 8 with a king size bed, queen size bed and two couches that make into beds. It has a refrigerator, three burner inside/outside stove-top, sink, two dinettes one of them U-shaped, a large outside storage box, plenty of counter and cabinet space. It also has a cabinet that stores a portable toilet! I cannot tell you how anxious we are for our first camping date in July. I have to get a tow package installed on my Lexus but that is a small price to pay.  We are so looking forward to camping at the Indiana Dunes with the two dogs. It will truly be a family affair.

I am writing this from a hotel room in Vincennes, Indiana. I cam to town to watch my beautiful daughter graduate college. The four and a half hour drive was well worth it to see the look of pure love on my daughter’s face when I got to town.  She knows I hate car rides more than anything and with my foot problems it was a real fun experience. NOT! It doesn’t seem like it has been three years since I brought my daughter down here for the first time. She has worked extremely hard and will be getting dual Associate degrees in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management. I know she wishes her dad was here to see this.  I have told her he is watching from heaven. I will be in the crowd proudly watching my now grown daughter complete another phase of her life. This has been a great couple of days. I think it is about time that I have things go right for me. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come….





When One Week Turns Into Six…

I have stated in previous posts that I had foot surgery this week. I thought I was going to be off work for a week. Well I just went to the first follow-up appointment and it turns out I will be off for not one but six weeks.

The doctor said although it looks like the growth removed is not cancer, I still need to give it adequate time to heal properly. He told me today that I am not allowed to drive for about six weeks. The fact that the growth was on the bottom of my driving foot plays a big part in this. My doctor would rather go the cautious route and be sure I am properly healed before getting back to my normal life.

Now I just have to explain to my boss that I will be off much longer than anticipated. I am hoping that my ability to work from home will be in my favor. This longer recovery period will mean that my two surgeries will overlap. I think this will be a good thing because when I do come back I will be back for good. I hope my bosses see it this way also. So much in life is unpredictable I have learned one has to go with the flow. You can only plan so much but in the end it is God that determines what will ultimately happen.


So Much Can Change in a Week…

It doesn’t seem like a week since my kids left to go back to school.  So much has happened in our lives in just this short amount of time.  Monday was normal for all of us.  I had work and the kids had school nothing different there.

Then along comes Tuesday.  I had to attend an offsite training for my work.  I have never done this before and it was a nice change to break up my work week. I talked to my daughter at lunch she had an all day cooking lab and was doing well. Mid-afternoon my cell phone rang.  It was my daughter and she knew I was in training so it must be very important. I went in the hall to take the call.  My daughter had just found out that her husband was no longer being deployed to Africa in June.   She was crying so much I almost didn’t understand the news. I asked her why she was crying and she said she is still in shock and is scared of what their lives will hold next.  They were counting on the money that my son-in-law would make while deployed to help them start a new life together when he returned. I told her not to worry that we will figure something out and to just be happy that he will be with her.

Wednesday and Thursday were very busy days for all of us.  My daughter is now very happy that her husband will be there for her graduation and their one year wedding anniversary. She had her senior luncheon at school and she was given an award for most outstanding student in the Restaurant Management program.  I am very proud of her, she has come a long way. They also got my son-in-law signed up for classes next year so he can get his degree in December.  Now all we have to do is find them an apartment at school that accepts dogs.  My daughter is also checking into possible employment for the fall semester.

I had a checkup at the doctor on Thursday night.  During the checkup, I was told I would need to see a foot specialist for a lump on the bottom of my foot.  I have a foot doctor that I love that has done surgery on me before.  I had an appointment with him today and he told me I will have to have the lump surgically removed. I have scheduled the surgery and now I have to go into work Monday and tell them that I am having surgery and will be out of work for at least a week. They are really going to love me.  At least I will be able to work from home.

This week held many changes for my family. Some good..some not so good.  We have to accept whatever happens and learn to deal with it.  Who knows maybe next week will make this week seem like a piece of cake.  Stay tuned….

Doctor Waiting Room Hell

As luck would have it, this was a week of doctor’s for me.  This is not how it was originally planned.  I try not to make more than one doctor appointment in a week because I work long hours and I schedule my appointments after work whenever possible.  I had three doctor appointments scheduled and every one of them called to say they needed to be re-scheduled for one reason or another.  This is how I ended up with three doctor’s appointments three days in a row. It was either do it this way or have to wait an even longer time to be seen.

Monday it was time for my 6 month check up at the dentist.  I originally had a 4:30 appointment scheduled which was fine because I can usually get off work by 4pm with no problem.  When I had to reschedule this in late January, I was told if I need a 4:30 I would have to wait until late April.  Since I didn’t want to wait that long, I settled for a 3pm appointment.  Now this means I have to leave work over an hour early.  I wasn’t happy, but I said I can do this for one day.  I left work early and arrived over 5 minutes ahead of my appointment time. That is where the waiting began. I ended up sitting in the waiting room until 3:30pm. I could have stayed at work for an extra half hour! Once I was called into the room, I did get my x-rays taken and teeth cleaned without further delay. Now I was told I would have to wait for the dentist to come look at my mouth.  I ended up waiting another 10-15 minutes for the dentist. Once he came in he checked my mouth and of course he found a cavity. In the over hour and a half I spent at the dentist, I only actually saw the dentist for maybe four minutes!  To top it off, now I have to go back to get my cavity filled!

Tuesday it was time for my annual eye exam.  This appointment was at 4:30, so it didn’t affect my work at all. Now I know from previous experience that the whole eye exam will take at least an hour and a half from start to finish.  This is not so bad because the wait time involved is never more than five minutes from exam to exam.  My eyes had changed so I had to pick out new glasses.  Nothing they showed me impressed me more than the frames I already have, so I told them to order me the same frames. Why should I mess with a good thing!  After an hour and a half  of exams and more than a few hundred dollars in payment, I was done with the eye doctor for another year.   Just think, I have insurance I can’t imagine what people without insurance have to pay.

Wednesday dawned the day of my yearly gynecology exam. I don’t dread the exam itself half as much as I dread the wait.  My appointment was for 5:40pm. This would be no problem at all for work.  I arrived at my appointment over 5 minutes ahead of time. This is where my true hell began. The waiting room was totally packed and I did good to find a seat. I know there could be many reasons why a gynecologist could be running late, but every single time! I did not even get called into a room until 6:50pm. For anyone who can do math, this is a full 70 minutes late and I wasn’t even seeing the doctor yet!  I saw the doctor long enough to get an exam and be told I need to go see a specialist.  It was at least 7:15 when I left his office. By this time all I wanted to do was go home and drop.

Now today I had to make an appointment with the specialist.  I was on the phone on hold for almost a half hour only to be told that they were busy and would have to call me back to make my appointment.  I finally did get a call back about an hour later. I only have to wait four weeks for my appointment.  Of course it is right in the middle of the work day, but I had to take what I could get. I can’t wait to see how long this appointment will end up taking.  I told my boss I hope to be gone only two hours for the appointment.  I have a feeling I am being too optimistic, but we will see what happens.  Stay tuned….