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More Surgery?! Reup?! School?!

April 2nd, 2017 at 01:09 am

It's been a while since I've last written but I've been dealing with some things.

Surgery from the gallbladder removal was successful and I am recovering well. I haven't lost any weight unfortunately from the removal so I'm back to losing it through persistence (which wasn't that great to begin with...).

So not long after the surgery, I went to get my first mammogram (turned 40 last year, so therefore I get to have one).

They found a lump and after a biopsy it was simply put, a non-cancerous tumor. My options are to have it removed or for the next two years, to have a mammogram every 6 months.

I've chosen to have it removed but not until September. There is simply too many things occurring right now for me to have surgery.

My 1SG (and the incoming 1SG) has informed me that I will not be able to reenlist until I go to the promotion board and BLC. That means I will not be able to reenlist til September at the earliest... I only have a limited amount of time to reenlist and that cuts my window down even more. This means that I'll have to start the getting out process even though I intend to reenlist because that's how the army works.

So not only do I have to contend with the tumor and getting rid of it. I also have the added pressure of now completing school BEFORE the surgery. And I also wanted to get back to college to complete my degree.

Although, I have been making promotion points for the past 15 months in a row... so it's just getting old now.

But it is what it is...

Surgery Update!

February 11th, 2017 at 06:24 pm

Well it is the beginning of the third day after surgery and I'm doing better than the day of lol.

The day of surgery I arrived at the hospital and while waiting, the power to the hospital went out but the emergency generators did kick on. So my surgery didn't happen at the time that it was anticipated. The Surgeons wanted to wait until the power was stable. They had to actually stop in the middle of another surgery when it first went out.

The surgery did go well and my gallbladder was successfully removed. It was done by laparoscopic so therefore I only have four small incisions in my abdomen. Three of them don't hurt at all but the one in my tummy button is the worst. That's the one where they pulled the gallbladder out. I figured that they went in at an angle because it's mostly the center of my abdomen that is painful. The doctor was very cool and gave me pictures of my insides. One of my gallbladder before removal and after it was gone (I asked if he would be able to). SO COOL.

I had a friend stay with me the first night but I'm on my own for now although she does check up on me. Both myself and my parents are very grateful that she was able to do so. Especially since it was last minute and I didn't know I needed someone to stay with me until a few hours after my surgery was done. I take my pain medicine and try to stay ahead of it. I've learned to only take one of my percocet instead of two no matter the pain, which is less than the abdominal pain I suffered BEFORE surgery. It somehow affects my breathing when I take two. I don't understand why but I think it's the dosage. It didn't do that in the past... I also have grunt candy (ibuprofen 800mg) that I take to supplement it as well per nurses orders.

I do have only one current issue that should go away in due time. I cannot sit up for long periods of time. I tend to start getting light-headed. It feels like my blood pressure is dropping but I don't have a BP monitor to check it. Guess I should purchase one eventually... But the time I'm able to sit up gets longer and longer. I do get up and walk around my apartment so I'm not always laying down.

Other than that I eat only when I need to and very little. I like the chicken broth I bought but should eat more, but since my tummy hurts when I eat I keep it to a minimum. (I see how people lose a lot of weight after an abdominal surgery)

My incisions are glued together on the outside so I don't have to worry about having my stitches taken out. Last time the nurse missed some and I ended up finishing the job when I returned home. LOL.

I contact my parents daily by video call, so they can monitor me too. My follow-up is in one week and hopefully if I can't drive by then, I'll find someone to take me. My friend will be on holiday then so I'll have to find someone else.

I'm pretty much just laying on the couch with my wedge pillows (best thing I ever bought right now) and I have almost 30 books to keep me company all within easy reach. I'm drinking water but definitely need to eat more.

At this point, I'm hoping that this post is clear and understandable. Being on the medicine I'm on makes me feel loopy which I distinctly dislike. I've gone over this post several times so I hope it's good to go and forgive me please if I am rambling.


February 4th, 2017 at 05:51 am

So what had happened was.... lol

For the past month I've been having abdominal pain. REALLY BAD abdominal pain. On a scale of 10 it was about a 7.5 at worse. So a few weeks ago I was in the ER, on morphine.. Between then and now, I have had 3 pregnancy tests, 1 CT Scan, and 2 ultrasounds.. NOTHING... absolutely nothing was found.

So finally the Doctor ordered a test to see how my gall bladder was functioning because I'm the right demographic for it (I'm 40 years old). So the test is to last two hours and occurs this past Wednesday (Feb 1st). I showed up at 0830 and was told I'd be given this radiation so that they could track the functioning and I could actually watch it on the monitor. They allowed me to sleep the whole time because I wasn't allowed to move anyways.

So as two hours slowly roll by, I'm watching the monitor and talking to the technician. The whole time the only thing that shows up on the monitor is just my liver and large intestines. So they decided to do a delayed test which means that I had to do another one at 1300... Again, nothing on the monitor but liver and intestines. So she calls the doctor and lets him know what's happening and he's like "come see me right now".

So off I go and at about 1400 he tells me that my gall bladder isn't functioning. So I get recommended for gall bladder removal surgery because if it's not removed then bad things like death will happen.

So I'm like ok, I'll get surgery within the month or so, not a big deal. The surgery department calls me THAT DAY. Not even an hour later... Tells me to come in the next day for the consult. So I'm thinking.. maybe this is serious...

So I see the Surgeon and she tells me that I'm getting surgery NEXT WEDNESDAY (the 8th)! DEFINITELY SERIOUS. This is being considered as emergency surgery. After she talks to me for a bit, and I'm telling her stuff that has happened. She states that the time that I went to Korea and about this same time last year when I was vomiting and having nauseau was when my symptoms actually started. I even had an EGD and the Doctors there were like "it's just bad acid reflux" and gave me prescription prilosec.

She also tells me that if the pain spikes again (because my tummy is always tender and I'm in pain a LOT), to go directly to the ER and they will do the surgery then and there. (I hope it doesn't spike because I need to clean my apartment and car lol).

So now I'm a few days from surgery and about to clean my place and do as much as I can before Wednesday.

The good thing that I learned is that I should lose weight, at least an average of 15 pounds. This is great because I'm still trying to lose about 50 pounds.

But I am very grateful to know what the problem is and have it taken care of. Ironically there have been about 4 other people in my company that have had this same surgery. I don't know if it's the altitude here or what... (I live in Colorado).

By the way, I don't have gall stones at all. My gall bladder is just no longer functioning correctly.

I'll keep ya'll updated though!

Getting Ready to Move!

February 9th, 2015 at 04:45 am

Well folks, it's about that time! I'm getting ready to move to a different duty station. I'm not ready to say where yet but I've been REAL busy this last month.

The first thing I did is get all my stuff out of storage and now I have it all in my roommates house. Which means I REALLY have to go through it. I'm getting items ready to go to a yard sale and to donate. I'm going to utilize the internet a lot as well as the newspaper to get rid of a lot of stuff because I really don't want to take all of it with me.

My roommate has actually offered to help which is very nice of him. I figured he could go through all my paperwork and pull out anything that has to do with the military and then I can organize that later.

Hopefully I'll make a couple of hundred out of this and can put it in my savings account!

Changing Phone Numbers

April 13th, 2014 at 03:30 pm

I'm considering changing my number for personal reasons. How what were the cons socially that was associated with this. I've had my number for a LONG time.

2 years left!

April 9th, 2014 at 02:18 am

I have only two years left of paying alimony! YAY ME!!!

I've already been paying for four years and the time is coming up for that to end. I AM EXCITED!



Moving Again

April 8th, 2014 at 01:16 am

I'm moving... again... I'm losing my current roommate and will be needing a new one. In fact two!

I'm moving to a 3bdrm/2bth apartment and will be charging $500 for each roommate but it's all inclusive. Meaning cable (no HBO, Showtime, Starz, Max), water, electricity and internet.

I'm moving in less than 4 months but my question is this.

Should I start packing little by little now? Such as purchase a few boxes if I can't find any for free and start packing here and there? Or just wait until a week before I move?


It's A New Year!

January 1st, 2014 at 07:32 pm

It's a new year and a new time to get things started. Of you haven't don't it last year because "things came up" then erase all that.

I excited! There are things I didn't accomplish last year but I will make it a point to accomplish this year. I also want to start the wheels rolling on things that will take a while to accomplish like my degree.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Really Weird Phone Call

December 11th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

This morning at around 4:30am I received a call from a number 473-520-9762 which came up as unavailable. It rang twice then hung up. My being in the military I started assuming that someone was trying to get in touch with me from my unit.

I don't believe that was the case.

I've tried calling the number back and although the music is REALLY up my alley it just keeps stating "please wait for the operator".

Has anyone else received a call from this number?

I have no idea from what and to call at 4:30am is RIDICULOUS.

By the way, I've looked on the internet and some people have stated that the caller ID for them is from Grenada but that is all.

I Have Been Remiss

November 12th, 2013 at 03:03 pm

Yes, I have been remiss...

I have not been as diligent concerning my finances as before. Life has gotten in the way and I have not let finances be a part of my life. Well that will be changing this month. Why?

My birthday is on the 18th! Time to realize what changes I want to make and make them. Not only financially but physically and mentally as well as emotionally.

I've even gained weight in the last few months...

So I've started back to being physically active and eating better. (destroyed 3lbs so far).

On a good note the interest rate on my timeshare has FINALLY gone down from 17% to 6%. And they backdated it! They applied a savings of $1,693.68 to my account which means that my principal went from $6,849.48 to $5,155.80. Mind you I got this in Aug 2011 and the principal was $7,618.52. Plus my payments went from $132.80 to $85.07.

So now my objective is to redo my finances and see how to apply the extra amount to my finances.

Baby Clothes & A Bit of Fun

September 6th, 2013 at 03:04 pm

Just bought baby clothes yesterday for about $30 from a friend's wife. I will also be cruising the yard sale this Saturday because I'm looking for a road bike. I may also purchase more baby clothes.

As for entertainment I will be going to bingo this Saturday. It'll cost at least $17 but I thought I'd give it a try and also there is a chance to win prizes. If I win, I win but my intent is to have a bit of fun.

So Far So Good

September 5th, 2013 at 04:13 pm

This month one of my goals is not to spend as much even with my "allowance". There are some things that I want that I'm going to try and find a cheaper price for. Such as a road bike. This weekend there is a yard sale on my post. So I'm going to look there for a bike and baby clothes for the grandchildren.

But other than that, I've only been spending money on things that I need. Which is great but then again it's only the fifth day in LOL!

A Nice Little Surprise

September 1st, 2013 at 05:55 pm

Today I went to pay my rent. I was expecting to pay more because last month I didn't pay for the washer/dryer I'm renting from them because they put it in after we moved in.

'Lo and behold when I got there they stated that the are not charging me for the partial and I just pay the $860. WOW!

I just saved money again! Even if it's about $25 I'm satisfied with that! I really do like my new place. =D