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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   22/12/11, 11:36 am

buggar em I say... if they dont like seeing my nipples hanging out the bottom of my Tshirt they can avert their eyes... seriously though you are right...nice to see em bloody lovely to wave em goodbye.

Yes saw the doc ... all is well and he asked me to come back in 6 months to see wehre I am at.. if it is a good deal fatter he will discuss my options ... if I am still the same he will pat me on the back and say well done I suppose... me suspects he is of littl faith and thinks I will be a tad huskier by then.



Poor bloody husband of yours linda, I do hope the poor basket is getting plenty of loves and sympathy. You must be a little worried Linda, I know I would be.

Ahhhh Christmas, I have been shopping yesterday and today and it appears the panic has hit people because one has difficulty getting a car park and the shelves are quickly emptying... I am done with gift buying thank goodness and will go food shopping on Saturday.... tomorrow I pick up the Turducken and prepare it for its 6 hour cooking on Xmas day...yes I am insane but you already knew that
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   21/12/11, 08:26 pm

Yes it is a bit of a pain in the proverbial. He had some more stitches out yesterday so only the back ones remain. They have to stay in for 3 weeks. He is booked into hospital next Thursday for sentinel node treatment. It will be a long day as the theatres are officially shut so if any emergencies come in they take priority. He isn't staying overnight though. Then on Friday he gets the back stitches out. He is having a proper GA this time not the twilight.

I know exactly what you mean about having someone else in the house. you have to wear a bra and be decent. It sux LOL
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   21/12/11, 06:41 am

Yes Linda, my brother is staying here. Just another person around when you're not used to it sort of changes routine. Means I have to be somewhat respectable in the clothing department (often get around in a nightie when I'm on my own but I either have to get dressed or drag out the dressing gown, that sort of thing). He's no trouble, really, not demanding or anything. Just means I don't have all the freedom that I usually do. It's only for a few weeks so I guess I can cope! :-)

I broke the news to my sister today that I won't be able to make it on Christmas Day. I think she may have had some warning from my brother. I just feel it's going to be too much to then come back for a night of work, having had very little sleep and most likely not in my own bed. I think she feels a bit jaded about Christmas this year, too, as her daughter has work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and her husband only has a couple days off too, whereas he usually starts a 4 week break. All a bit topsy turvy, but I'm sure Christmas will come and go just the same and in 12 months time we can go through the whole process again.

Linda I don't like the sound of all that Alan is going through. At least he has you there for support, which I'm sure is a comfort to him. Must be bloody annoying, though, when you think they've got it all and then there are signs that he may need more treatment. Hope things sort themselves out soon.

So, Zippy - do you reckon you might get a diamond ring for Christmas, just to make up for the disappointment? You could always drop some hints about what you really want, and how you will need pacifying to quell the raging beast within.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   20/12/11, 09:26 pm

How is it going with your brother Losingit. Is he staying with you?

Zips didn't you have a docs appointment?

We are taken up with doctors appointments at the moment. Alan is getting some more stitches out today. Then next Thursday he has to have sentinel node treatment to see if the melanoma has spread. It is apparently going to be a long day but at least in Ballarat. So shopping today, bridge tomorrow, and we are probably going to Geelong for Lisas christmas present as I saw something down there in my travels while Alan was in hospital. I am pretty sure it is much cheaper than up here. I thought I was organised with christmas presents but now Lisa is back with her boyfriend and he is coming for christmas as well so I have to buy another one. I think I might get my prawns down Geelong. It is hard doing the last minute stuff as I don't want to go to the shops on Saturday if I can possibly help it.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   20/12/11, 05:37 am

Im not feelin the seasin this year either Loosinit.

Quite cross with the other half at the moment... I asked him 4 weeks ago to organise my sons xmas present and he informs me this morning he did it last week so it wont be here till after Christmas... I am not and repeat not a wife at the moment!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   20/12/11, 05:30 am

Guess everyone is in Christmas mode as the forum is very quiet. I am just beginning to feel a bit better . . . . . . .not so much joint pain, not as tired, not as swollen, but I still feel like crap most of the time. Never mind, things will improve eventually. Can't quite remember what it was like before this thyroid gave up on me.

All the weight I am carrying is of course making things seem worse than they probably are.

I am late with things this year, not that I am ever super-organised for Christmas. Was nearly going to give the annual plum pudding truffles the flick, but then decided it's about all I give to some people so had better make a few. Fortunately I don't really do much Christmas shopping, but there are always a few gifts I need to buy. Still haven't got any, so I'm not sure how that's going to change in the next few days.

I am working right through Christmas so am thinking of giving the family get together a miss as it's an hour and a half away, and I obviously need to get there and back, and get some sleep, and be lucid for at least a few hours for lunch etc. I am just as happy to come home and get some sleep, and be somewhat refreshed for the next shift. Christmas won't be on a weekend next year, so it won't be an issue. I don't think my stomach needs the food, though of course it would be nice to spend a few hours with family (if I was awake enough).

Back to the production line . . . . . .
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   18/12/11, 07:51 am

That is fantastic. When I had fill out to go to phuket I was starving. I didn't realise how much the band affected my appetite. I still had 2mls in it and the total capacity is 4mls. I have 3.6mls in it and any less and it just doesn't work.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   18/12/11, 05:48 am

heya Linda... Nope still not any hungrier than I was with the band but as I said before I never got to my sweet spot so (my doctor made this point to me as well ) I probably wont feel a great deal of hunger difference with the band out as I did with it in.

we went to Hogs breath for dinner last night and an entree filled me up to full so my capacity is still low, however I dont have the same responce as I had with the band in... its a normal "had enough" feeling.

If I can stay at this point and not over feed my tummy and stretch it and get a taste for the bad food again I should be ok.

I am sticking to pure protein and low carb veg. I admit to small portions here and there of the odd square of chocolate but thats it.

Port pain is starting to subside but it is still quite bruised and tender... it feels hard too, almost to the point that I wondered if he really had removed it.

I have decided that if in 6 months time my weight has risen considerably I will have the sleeve done.... I wont get another band. As good as it was in the first 12 to 18 months the after was horrible and to be honest it was not any use for weightloss or maintanance..and as we know I am not alone here.

I have not felt this healthy or good in over 3 1/2 years... I feel great in fact and am very happy the band is out
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   18/12/11, 02:22 am

Hey Zippy how are ya? How is the port wound? Have ya got the feed bag on yet?

Losingit how are your aches and pains.

Alan had some stitches out on Friday. Still not a happy camper. Now they want him to have dye injected into the arm melanoma wound and wait 2 hours then have an xray to see if any cancer cells have escaped. Lovely, and to top that off they wanted his permission to show a picture of his arm before surgery in the medical journal because it is so unusual. Still haven't got the pathology results back yet either. Never mind he has fought and won prostate cancer so this is just another challenge.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   14/12/11, 10:05 pm

I love giving my hubby gifts he hates...especially when I like them cos I end up with them.

Loosinint I was feeling very washed out and deathly tired so started taking vitamins which has worked a treat.... when I think about it I have been surviving on next to nothing for quite some time so its probably the reason.

Port wound is nasty looking all black and bruised and swollen and hurts like a bitch and is very itchy... no infection just like deep bruising. Hurts to touch and gets jabbing pains when you move... much worse than when it went in.

Hunger is approx the same but not as bad as with the band but then I never reached my sweet spot in 3 and a half years and dieted through will power...as did you so I cant say having the band out has made any difference to my eating. So no weight gain as of yet .... no losses...but no gains at this point.

Perhaps my hunger will return however I do get cravings but am very conscouse that I will have massive weight gains if I dont tread on them so right now I am choosing to ignore them or feed them protein to make them go away.

Bathroom problems have been cured since removal...no more need for gluten free or dairy free....OMG thank you for that!!!

I am just taking everything day by day, I will say this that physically even though I am tired I feel a thousand times better than I did with it in. I cant explain that but for some reason I feel healthier... and its not because I am eating more because my eating has not changed one mouthful.

I am glad...no releived I have it out, I wont appologise for that statement and I surprise my self for saying it. 2 years ago I was singing its praises and loved my band now I am thankful for the loss it gave me but like any visitor that is greeted and made welcome... I am waving it goodbye with a good deal of releif and joy in my heart.

Linda I hope your man feels better in a few days... they say 10 days before you start to feel normalish after being hacked open and have had anesthetic. So lets hope this is the case and he is feeling full of vim and bullshit for christmas day.... heres fingers crossed eh!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   14/12/11, 09:01 pm

Zippy if ya send me a $300 gift card I will spend it the next day. I promise.

Alan is very uncomfortable. He had the dressing on the face re done on Mon and had a shower Tuesday morning to wash his hair. It just wasn't worth it. We had to re dress everything. He is really not sleeping and looking forward to having the face stitches out tomorrow.

Yesterday I used my voucher from last xmas for a hot stone massage. 1 1/2 hours. I could have stayed there all day. It was heaven. I bought Alan one while I was there as it came with a lip balm gift pack as well as a special.

He hates massages!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   14/12/11, 12:40 pm

Zippy how are you feeling now, more than a week on from your operation? Hope the wounds are healing well and you are returning to normal.

Linda - how is Alan progressing?

Not much from me. Feeling extremely lumpy and bumpy again, very much the Sara Lee effect: layer upon layer upon layer.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   13/12/11, 05:22 am

Just as a suggestion, how about a round-the-world first class ticket and a porsche as well? I mean, you're obviously going to be a bit light on with only the things that she suggested!

I get your point about the gift vouchers/cards. It is a real dilemna. In fact I was reading somewhere just in the last day or so how many gift cards are not used, may even have been in yesterday's paper.

Well I might do away with any gifts this year, not that I buy many anyway. Always say I'm not going to, then in the last week I end up buying a few. My reason this year is that I had to have a plumber in today. I should have taken up a trade, that's where the money is. Some things you just can't avoid getting a tradesperson for. Mind you, I gave it a jolly good shot myself before I relented. Even with the right equipment he had difficulty.

Early pickup at the airport tomorrow, my brother is making his annual visit from the UK. Probably here for a month or so before he heads back. It has prompted me to do some long overdue spring cleaning, which of course I left to the last minute. Could have done without the 2 hours wasted with the plumber, but there you go.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   13/12/11, 04:13 am

I gave out a heap of gift cards last year but most never used them. I Gave my daughter a 200 dollar gift voucher to Gold class and she never bothered to use it and it lapsed so basically I pissed my money away.

My my mother in law didnt use her 100 dollar voucher to a beauty salon either and my son only spent 50 dollars on the 300 dollar voucher to the surf shop...it also lapsed... so I pretty much give up.... they are all getting bloody hankies this year.

My middle daughter was very precise...Prada sunglasses, chanel perfume and a guess bag... if I wanted to get her anything else she is open to being surprised... I am still picking myself up off the floor!
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   12/12/11, 03:48 am

MUCH BETTER LIVING ON THIS SIDE OF AUSTRALIA SO WE DON'T HAVE TO DO CHRISTMAS WITH THEM ANY MORE.

Oopppppps pressed the wrong button but maybe not LOL
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   12/12/11, 03:47 am

Yes I always try a million things on first to maybe get 1. Everyone knows not to buy me clothes now, but I had one tiny sister in law who always bought me clothes that were always too small for me. It really gave me the shits and I still can't stand her.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   12/12/11, 03:30 am

You know the one I really hate? Clothes! Yeah, ok - you THINK you know what size I am, and you may be right, however, I am fairly particular about what I will buy. FYI to the wider community that think they are doing me a favour: I don't wear round necks, I don't wear square necks, and I hate all synthetic materials. I never buy clothes without trying them on, so I don't see how someone else can think that what they choose could possibly be right. I'll have to give the fake smile, pretend to be appreciative, and then stuff the item in the back of the wardrobe.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   12/12/11, 02:56 am

Hear hear my thoughts exactly. Alan bought me some nice gold and diamond earings while he was in hospital on Friday. We just buy what we want when we want it. I hate it all being so commercialised now. Especially mothers and fathers days. The things they are telling you to buy and try to guilt you into are ridiculous.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   12/12/11, 02:40 am

I'm with the gift vouchers. I'd much prefer to buy my own gift, or not have one at all. Harsh as it may sound, even people who think they know you and your tastes, often don't, and you end up with stuff you can't use or don't want. Now of course there are SOME people who are very perceptive, and really do buy just the right thing, but they are few are far between.

These days I'm happy with nothing. It means no-one has wasted their time and money on a gift I probably don't need, want, or appreciate. I'd rather just have some good company. At my stage of life, if you really need something you go and buy it yourself.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 11:07 pm

Hey zips what about gift vouchers? They said on the tv this morning not to give them but I much prefer to buy my own gifts. Everyone will understand that you aren't well. A G A takes a huge impact on your body.

The weird thing about this condition is that when you are in motion like in a car you are perfectly normal. It is once it stops that you get the rocking. It also makes it worse as if all the rocking you have missed out on comes and gets you as pay back.

So if I went on a permanent cruise I would be ok. It is only when it stops that you have problems. Weird but true. They have done a few different medical trials on it now in USA. It only confirms everything but hasn't found a cure.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 10:47 am

Oh Linda Poor poor Allan... he must feel like a truck hit him. Skin grafts are so very painful too...worse than the part they are grafting it to. I hope he has some mega pain killers poor basket.

There must be something they can do for your rocking, I cant imagine how horrible it would be to live like you are on a daily basis. I had the spins and rocking once with a middle ear infection and it was horrendouse so the thought of it being permenant would do me in....you are very strong to deal with it Linda.

Port pain is nearly non existant now but for some reason I still feel washed out tired and a bit sick on the tummy. we went out last night and I couldnt stomach much food... in fact this part... the way I feel now is what banding promised me to be... its kind of weird but I had to get the blardy thing removed to have it work... even just for a short time.

I am starting to feel desperate about Christmas because I have done no shopping. And to be honest I feel so blahhh in the gutz and so tired that part of me doesnt care... a large chunk does though and it is getting more and more vocal. If I feel like dragging myself out tomorrow I will head out and purchase a few gifts... tomorrow will be a good day because generally its a quieter shopping day.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 07:07 am

There is no other news, just being facetious.

Linda that sounds terrible for Alan. I wondered if it was going to be an overnight stay. I bet you were glad to get home. How do you manage the driving when you have the rocking happening?

Not much happy news in your house then. I suppose it's better to have the nasties removed though. Perhaps in a few weeks time he will feel a lot happier about it.

Went to the doc and he reckons I have a cold, not hayfever. Whatever, mate. I've never felt like this with a cold before, and as a general rule I just don't get colds. Oh, maybe now that I'm over 50 I can be susceptible to those more frequently too. May as well add another ailment to the list. If I could just get rid of the headache I'm sure I would feel so much better.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 05:38 am

What is the other news?

Hayfever is very bad this year especially in Melb. I didn't suffer from it until after hitting 50 too. I don't take a claratyne every day but if I need it I take one.

Alan is a mess. We got home at 9pm. The one near the eye
they did a skin graft on, so took skin for that from in front of his
ear. One arm is ok the other arm they wanted to do a skin graft on and
he said no so it is pulled tight. It has a bandage from elbow to thumb
and it is pretty big. The one on his back is very deep. So he has
stitches to come out in 1 week, 2 weeks & 3 weeks. Ouch. He has a swollen and black eye. He can't wash his hair as the dressings can't get wet. The dressing where the skin graft is and the skin taken from are pretty bloody. He will probably go into the clinic tomorrow and get the nurse to re dress them. He is not coming to the bridge xmas dinner tomorrow night. I have to go as I am the treasurer and still have to collect money.

Waiting around so long in the hospital sent my rocking into overdrive. He didn't go into theatre until 5pm and we were there at 1pm. We left at 8pm. Yesterday my rocking was really bad too but it is a bit more bearable today. I just wish it would stop and I could lead a normal life again.
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 03:45 am

Ah, that would be *went well*
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PostSubject: Re: 2008 Junies and Friends   11/12/11, 03:45 am

Linda I hope all went for Alan at the hospital.

Zippy how are you today? Do your wounds feel a little less sore?

Well, just to add to my complaints about middle-age, I now seem to have a bad case of hayfever. Never suffered with hayfever in my life. How can it be that someone suddenly succumbs to something to which I've always thought you had a tendency, or not? Ridiculous that I should have these symptoms now. How can I have lived 52 years with no hayfever, and suddenly the body decides to jack up on me? Fark, if I had a dollar for every ailment that has bestowed me (for the first time) since turning fifty I could retire now!

And in other news . . . . . . . . . . .
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