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Honey, I'm Home's Morning Mantra ~~ Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh NO, She's up!"

Friday, March 28, 2014

Yes, Honey, I am most definitely Home!

An update after years of silence: Well, boy, it's been a real trip for a long time. The last time I talked to everyone was about 3 years ago and just wasn't in good health, mind or body, at all. Great news since! Finally I found a doctor that believed me instead of saying, "You look fine to me", and sending me home. I am blessing these 10 incisions in my belly, honestly I am. First was GERD so bad that it scarred my esophagus to the point the scarring had to be cut out. Then, a hernia going backwards and pressing against my lungs and heart. That caused my stomach to move up into my chest. Oh, it's been fun. But the surgeon wrapped my esophagus around my stomach to hold it down and into place. Next was the gallbladder. It was literally at 0% functioning and the bile was oozing out and around my other organs. The bile burned around my gallbladder so much that that scar tissue had to be cut out as well. It all ended great --- no more breathing problems and no more pain! Yipppeeeee. It's not the end of the story. During recoup, I got this darn stye in my left eye and hadn't had one of those since I was a kid. I bought some STYE ointment and did compresses with it as it instructs. A week later I woke up with the left side of my face HUGE and lumpy and eyes that couldn't open all the way. Scared me half to death. And the pain? Omg. So, off to my doc and she sent me to a specialist. No telling where the stye came from, but he said because it was all so close to my brain that I needed to start a very strong antibiotic immediately. You might want to remember this name: Levaquin. On the 6th day of a 10 day dosage, my left leg was really in pain, but I figured I'd just slept on it wrong. The pain increased and by the next day, I couldn't walk at all. I read the pamphlet and there it was, in tiny print at the bottom, "...in rare cases, Levaquin can cause tearing of the leg tendons and ruptures of the Achilles". Holy crap. I called the doc...."Noooo, that hasn't happened, pfft". I headed to the emergency room, well Mary took me, and the doc there said "You look fine to me", and prescribed a double dose of Aleve twice a day for 5 days. Gawd. Two days later I was in my regular doc's office and trying like crazy to get her to look up Levaquin. Instead, she did xrays to check for broken bones. Nothing. She sent me to an orthopedic surgeon. I told him about the Levaquin, but like the rest, he didn't think it was the problem. He gave me a cortisone shot in the calf. Helped for about 2 hours. I was back in his office 2 days later and darn if he didn't give me another cortisone shot but this time in the knee. Absolutely no relief whatsoever. He said he thought it might be a good idea to have an MRI and I agreed. Had it, results came back, tendon tears up and down the leg and a torn meniscus. He said, "Ohhhhh, you were on Levaquin". Yes, I am now in the twilight zone. It was the Levaquin that did it, but now all I can do is hope the tendons heal. Sometimes it's permanent and other times it takes up to a year to heal. Pfft. But the meniscus is a different story. He is thinking that Levaquin didn't help but the meniscus has to have surgery. Believe me, the pain was so much, I would have done it myself. So this next Wednesday, Apr 2nd, will be the surgical date, then I'm back out of commission for a bit but recoup won't be any worse than Oct's surgery. Oh I love this age thing. When I wrote the last post those 3 yrs ago, more happened with my friends. My friend, Lee, that was in the hospital at the time, died, then more died. I think at that post I was up to five. By a year later, it was 9 --- that included Mom, but made it a very hard year and I wanted to crawl under a rock. Things do get better though, don't they. We stand up, brush off, and get on with the job at hand: Life. Back to Oct for a sec. That August right before, I decided to buy a new car I'd wanted for 3 yrs. I thought I might just die being so darn sick and no one listening at that time, so I wanted to buy it and drive it before I couldn't anymore. I had to drive to another city to get this sweetheart of a car, but it was worth it and the day at the dealership was like Christmas and birthdays, and every holiday rolled into one. Best dealership I ever saw. They even waved goodbye from the sidewalk when it was all done. Anyway, here's my little 2-seater car, and then, the link to the vid I made 2 days ago at home that they have now posted on YouTube and on their Face Book page.

                 My CR-Z in driveway.jpg

                                              My vid testimonial link:

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oTDPvsfdOo&feature=youtu.be            

I would have embedded it here, but can't remember how to do it. We'll chalk it up to age yet again.  I’ll ask around another day.

And now, let me take this time to thank ALL OF YOU who continued to post little notes and well wishes on my blog. There is no community like you and I never forgot a single one of you. I wondered very often how everyone was and what they were up to, you know, all the good scoop, but I really just sort of died out and hid for a long time. Once I start on recoup and can sit at the computer for bursts of time, I'll post again AND I'll visit. After all, I was part of this great blog family then and want to get back into the groove. Face Book? No, I don't have one and might be the last person on Earth without it. I'll see you again. Go laugh at that vid done completely off the cuff, no script, and only one take, and with a mouth so dry I could swear I was spittin' feathers.

Much, MUCH love to you all~~

JennyD

XOXOXO

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PS/ I redid this on Live Writer that I’d forgotten I had. In the meantime, Beth posted the sweetest note to me and she was comment #1 ! What a sweetheart! Here’s what she wrote (and I’m pasting it):

BethFri Mar 28, 09:15:00 PM

God bless you Jennie. You have been through hell and back!! I have been on Levaquin and I had a severe allergic reaction to it. It is number 1 on my list of meds that I am allergic to.
You have my prayers!!! HUGS!!!

32 comments:

  1. Toodie (Nancy) has been on so many blogs and deleted them. She has many health problems. I will put your bog address in my blog this morning and hope that it will be seen and you will be contacted. A good number of our blogging friends are on facebook now.
    HUGS!!

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  2. I am visiting you from Beth Marie's site. Happy you are feeling better . . . Oh my lawd, you have been through the muck and mire these past few years. Iope it is way, way behind you and you are feeling as fit as a fiddle and ready to zip around in the foxy new car!

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  3. Me again, writing from my iPad and sometimes it locks up before I am finished. Just wanted to close with,
    Welcome Back . . . happy to meet you!

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    1. I ran over to your page and to Susie's and had a great time reading. Left you both long notes, lol. Beth can tell you I'm famous for that, but just wanted to add a note here that my posts are usually NOT so maudlin as this was or the one before. Usually it's the insanely ridiculous and funny things that I either remember or are happening at that moment. I LOVE a good laugh :D

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  4. Jenny, I picked up your blog from Beth. Who has been thru a peril herself. I really enjoy my visits with Beth...we usually compare weather when it's just alike.LOL
    Dear Jenny you are so strong and to go through so much. I almost hate going to any dr. because they want to do that experimental thing....I call it shotgunning . I am on 3 meds and one of them is because of the other two...I do not want to be on meds. Too dang scary as your blog proves. I will pray for you and this surgery. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  5. YOU are my shot in the arm of happy!!!!!!
    Wait....let me pinch myself....
    OMG! I missed you like crazy girlfriend!!!
    I thought you hung yer bloggin friends out to dry.
    I got weepy reading all the health issues you went through. Good Lord seems most doctors don't have ah lick of common sense when it comes to what ails ya. I know, got'em here too.
    I could go on an on . You have made my day an then some girl. Big ole hugs and kisses to ya. My blog is thinned out of friends. Ya well I've been not to bloggin savy much. I'll be back. I hope you stay bloggin. Hugs!!

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    1. TOODIE-NANCY!! Where are youuuuu?? Your blog is gone and omg, how will I ever know how you and Hugh and the pets are? Gosh, I've missed you, not kidding. Please open up your page again, ok? Beth misses you, too. But doggone, we'd been friends for eons! I don't do facebook and it looks like everyone left here for there. Shoot, I'd never find them anyway after so long. Ohhhh, Toodie, I'm so glad you ran across this. SOOO good to hear from you. MUAH!

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    2. I do not know why it doesn't show up. hmm. Here is my blog
      http://twiddeldee.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi Jenny, It is so good to see you back. However I thought I and my family had been and were going through a tough time, until I read this, WOW, it fades somewhat in comparison. I do believe many are suffering at the moment though and old age sure doesn't help :) Hope you go from strength to strength and hope to see you on here again soon. I still blog but not as often as I did and I am on facebook most if not every day. :) Hugs Nita.

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  7. Hi Jenny- I'm visiting from Curtis' blog. He was someone who I knew so little, yet liked so much and I know he was very dear to you. I'm so glad that you have had your problems diagnosed and made it through to the other side of much pain and loss. My dad died at the end of January, and the pain is still intense- I can't imagine losing so many loved ones in such a short period. I think of you and Curtis often, even though you don't know me, and I am glad that you are in a better space now.
    Best-
    Gail

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    1. Oh, Gail, how wonderful to meet you and what a great surprise! Lol, I was positive that I was the only person still posting on Curtis' page. I imagine I'll do that until my dying breath. If he were alive, he'd tell you we shared a vein and it was true. I miss him all the time.
      I am SO sorry to hear about your dad. I lost Mom in 2009 and yes, the pain was intense for close to 2 yrs and there are still times I break into tears without even knowing it's coming. So I understand and Gail, I wish I could help as it's such a tough thing to go through.
      I tried clicking on the blogger "G in Berlin" but can't get there. I think it's on a pvt setting. I really hope you see this note to you.....in fact, I think I'll run back over to Curtis's and tell you to come back and read it. Hope that works.

      Again, it was just super nice of you to take the time to come by here and leave such a sweet, and personal note. Curtis would have loved you :)

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  8. Thanks, Jenny. I'll have to check my blogger settings. I have been pretty quiet since last year- we moved back to the US to be near my dad, and I had twins. So life has been wild.You can e-mail me at gwberlin9@gmail.com, if you like. If you were on FB, I'd friend you:-). Curtis was just a really sweet man and one of the first people I ever "spoke" to while blogging.

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    1. He sure was. He was funny as the devil, smart as a whip, played the Southern slang card for all it was worth, and if a person knew him well, they knew he was having a ball with that. A true lover of animals, a reader, a do'er, and he could turn a phrase writing or talking that could make you 'see' everything. Everyone he met saw he was the real thing. What a loss to this world, but what a gain to Heaven.
      Gail, I don't have FB and might be the last person in the world to not have it, but I tell you, when I started blogging all those years ago (2 of them), it became addictive and I've heard that's what happens with FB, too, so no, I'm not going to open a page there.......pfft, I say that now, haha.
      I think my email shows on the profile page, but you're certainly welcome to mine and can use it any time you feel the urge. If you do, I'll reply when I can, but I won't be too close to the pc for a while due to surgery coming up. But later, oh yeahhh. jennyd412@verizon.net

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  9. .....I meant I had 2 different blogs, sheesh. Where's Curtis to proof read when I need him.

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  11. Well, I found you through Mary Beth and you are stuck with me now. lol Glad to meet you- sounds like you have had a crappy time of it. The thing is when things go so far down they can only go up from there. Here's to a good Spring (after Surgery) and summer. I am your newest follower- xo Diana

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  12. I am just popping back in- I see I sent you two little love message above. I will delete one of the duplicates when I am done here. Thanks for popping by my blog. Did you know that you are a No Reply blogger when you leave a comment? That means I can't reply directly back to you and neither can anyone else. I am no computer guru but here is the link to fix it if you want to do so. Just thought maybe you didn't know.xo Diana

    http://morefromyourblog.com/no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix-this/

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  13. Just got your message about not being able to follow. After you hit follow go down to the bottom and there is the word options there somewhere. Click on it and it will tell you that you are following. Ignore that part and hit follow there. That should do it. I am telling you here this way because of the No Reply thing.

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  14. Welcome back..been quite a long time..glad you are back among us bloggers..now join up at Facebook and keep up to date with all of us easy. You were missed!! <3 Hugss

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  15. Jenny-Maybe I can help you in the morning. Email me directly at dianakos1@gmail.com and I will see if we can figure it out. I am doing a post for Monday that tells how to follow when you get those messages. xo Diana

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    1. Ok, it's a deal. I've been going back and forth from the Blogger Help to my settings and can't find a thing out of order. I'll write to you tomorrow, and Diana, thank you SO much. Whew, my eyes are falling out of my head, lol.

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  16. Hi Jenny. A pleasure to see you here again. I hope you are able to continue and that your worst problems are over.

    Gorgeous car and I can't remember Lucy's sweet face. How old are they now?

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    1. Oh, gosh, Carol, good to see you, too! Sam is now 10 and Lucy is now 9. The time flies. The old cat blog is still there but hasn't been updated in years but even though Lucy was young then, the general look is still the same. Go over there and look at that matching mustache to Katie's. Tuxedos are great; of course I can't leave Sam out as Maine Coon is great, too. Shoot, they ALL are.
      The old cat blog (only 2 pages, so look at both for the pics) is:
      http://lucythebeautiful.blogspot.com/

      Look at the pic of Lucy on her back. Is that not Katie or what, haha

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  17. Thanks for coming over to my "place" and leaving a terrific note. I twice wrote a response there and twice the "Publish" button made all go away without a trace. So here is what I said there: ""@Jenny - I posted a response and upon hitting "Publish" I watched it disappear. Maybe everyone HASN'T left the blog - maybe this is the current fate of posts. Thanks for your good wish re Priyo and me - so far so very good! Let us not cast stones toward those jumping the blog ship - since you were pretty much the first to jump. And I went back and checked your site several times over the years. Loved your auto ad - 1) You are a stunner, and 2) you are a natural on camera. George is long gone. I am pretty much committed to Priyo - that means no more 'fallbacks'! ""
    Anyway, I came here to see if I could respond and lo! you've written again! What a heel you have been through! I hope you are at the end of it and back to the shiny bright object you have always been in the blog world! maybe you will even encourage me to write again.

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  18. I meant to write "hell", not heel (the latter would be me...

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  19. Jenny, oh Jenny! What an awesome surprise to see you, buddy. It's been too long, and I no longer had your blog address!

    You have been through SO much; I hate that for you! God bless you, sweet lady. Hopefully, after the next surgery you'll be good as new. You are such a sweetheart, JennyD! Thanks very much for getting back in touch; I hope this will be a renewal of friendship us and all your friends!

    xoxo

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  20. Okay, now I'm linked back up to you, missy!
    xoxo

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  21. Oh my goodness what hell you have been through I know the pain of gallbladder problems but mine was nowhere near as bad as yours, oh how I hate doctors who don't really listen to anything we tell them and dismiss what we think as unimportant I hate being told I have to learn to live with the back pain because they can find nothing wrong with me...............oh yea if I could follow you via email I would as I would love to come back

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  22. Nice to see you back!
    Forget the past ans enjoy the life!

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  23. Hi Jenny, my oh my , you've been to hell and back and no mistake,... .The strange thing is, we have to trust that the doctors actually know what they're doing, and in some cases they entirely ignore you, the patient, the one who knows her own body best. .. Makes you shudder at the complications attached to some drugs, ... I hope the knee surgery is the last thing you need to face, ... my goodness I really hope so, my friend. Did I say it;s good to have you back in blogland? Sorry, just couldn't get over what's happened to you.. BUT I do love the li'l red car, what's her Name? Must name her... :-)
    About my Bess? It's always a wrench when I think of her, but she's left so many happy memories and brought so much love and laughter into our lives, ... well, how can I be miserable, just sad now and again. So no problem about your lovely comments.. I hope to drop by often, trouble is Blogger doesn't have a link with Wordpress and I tend to get behind with travelling over... (Beth will agree with that statement) .BUT I will try my bestest... hugs always...and lovely, oh so lovely to catch up. xPenx,...

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  24. Hi there Jenny, I did't know you'd been blogging again, till I picked it up from Beth, you didn't make any mention when you visited my blog, you naughty girl, well, how glad I am that you've re-surfaced, it was a real mystery for a long time, please, please don't do it again to us. we all love you, and your witty posts and comments are always a joy to read. I'm going to watch your video now. today is your op day, I do hope it's gone well I'd best shut up now or I'll have nothing to say on your later post. ta - ra XX Arlene

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  25. Welcome back Jenny, sorry to take so longjto get here just got back up north to our ranch and internet again. I am soo soo happy to hear you never gave up and are back with us again. I am going to start here reading you updates and get up to snuff. Still very busy so many take a few days. Wow what an ordeal you have been through. The whole digestive issues was exactly what I was heading for. I had such pain between and always fullness below my breast bone and my stomach looked like I was 8 months pregnant also was just coming back from a depression. Well finally got checked out after I was finally getting the burning up my throat, but by then my esaphocus was damaged and now have barretts in there. My digestive organs weren't working propertly so the first thing I did was almost quiet drinking for 1 year and most my problems got was better including the depression. I am doing so much better, but can't indulge in any the partying or delicious foods. Had I let it all go another year I probably would have been in your condition. So many people are having Gerd problems now and the doctors need to be getting to the source of the problems and getting people to change their lifestyles, almost everyone of my friends have Gerd. Well enough about me I am just happy you got through it all. You are one strong lady. Also so sorry about all the losses you had to suffer so close together. We are getting to that age when they are dropping like flies around us. I am now averages about 3 to 4 losses of friends a year. Cancer is just eating them all up. Well see you at your next blog I have to take the dogs for a walk. Sheaba has a dog friend over for a few nights. Hugs Carrie

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