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Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yahoo! Good news!

We’ve had some pretty miserable wet and dreary weather the last three days down here in the swamp.  I had two days off that were mostly spent inside, and today I divided my time between the VC and working a few very cold hours out at the Chesser Homestead.  We only had a total of six visitors today, and I was surprised there were that many considering the weather.

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                                      A few more photos tonight from my boat trip to Monkey Lake.

As many of you know, I’ve been waiting for weeks to get a surgery date for getting my new hip.  Since I seemed to get a helpful person at the hospital last week, I was giving her a little time to arrange things.  Then, last night, my cell phone began to ring at 4:55.  I flew out of my chair (not exactly in my condition, but you know what I mean) to answer.  When I picked up the phone, the call was immediately dropped. Annoyed  The number that showed on the phone was that of the hospital in Waycross.

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I waited a couple of minutes, and then called them back.  Got an answering service that said everyone had gone home.  Shucks!  I went to work this morning figuring they would call back this morning, and I could check for messages when I came back to the rig for lunch.  There were no messages.

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So after my stint out at the Homestead this afternoon, I called them from the VC around 4:00.  After being put on hold a couple of times, the scheduler said she could put my name down for surgery on January 8.  Halleluiah!  I’ve finally got a firm date!  There will be at least one other appointment before then that she will let me know about next week.  I was hoping it would happen before the end of the year, but tonight I’m just happy to finally have a definitive time line to get ready.  Now I can firm up a kennel for Emma, and find a place to move to.  I had put those plans on hold until I knew when things would actually happen.

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First thing I did when I got back to the rig tonight was to call my brother, Kurt, in Arizona to let him know my surgery date.  He’ll be driving east to the swamp to be my caretaker and chauffeur for a couple of weeks.  He doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve been developing a little ‘honey-do’ list to help keep him occupied while he’s here.  Since I don’t have a honey at the present time, I’m thinking it couldn’t hurt could it?  Winking smile  I don’t want him to get too bored, and I’ve chosen things that I think will be a snap for him, but a real challenge for me to accomplish.  At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations! So happy you finally got scheduled. And, just for the record, I like your story and I'd stick to it too! :)

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  2. You will be like a new spring chicken in a
    couple months :)

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  3. That's such a relief to have a firm date. In a month it will be over and you'll be on the mend. I've read about a couple of people lately who had hip and knee replacements and are as good as new. That's good news, indeed! :)

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  4. I am really happy for you. So nice when you can finally say this is the day and make some plans. Great to have a brother to help out.

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  5. I found myself sighing a big sigh of relief for you. I am SO glad this is finally going to happen. Hey... you'll still be able to do the Christmas Bird Count this year. Seriously... best wishes for everything to go just as it should!

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  6. Great news thatt you have a date for surgery. I know I always feel better when I have something I can work towards with a plan. You'll be up and feeling great before you know it!

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  7. YAY!!!! I know you are thrilled to have made some progress. I predict an uneventful hospital stay and quick recovery.

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  8. I' m sure with your natural strength you will be back on your feet in no time!

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  9. Great, great news Judy and I'm so glad your brother is coming to help you!!

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  10. Super! I am soooo happy for you. Wish it were sooner, but we will take what we can get. I do have to laugh. If my brother came to help me......oh Heaven help me! lol

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  11. Glad to hear you finally have a surgery date and that your brother is going to be a real honey in helping you out! :-)

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  12. Glad you finally got some results! At least you'll have Christmas and the holidays behind you before you need to concentrate on the surgery.

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  13. Gee I hope he doesn't read the blog. Might have an excuse for not coming. LOL

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  14. That's your good news??? I thought for sure you were going to say you finally got a picture of the elusive Red Tailed Woodpecker Hawk! ;c)

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  15. So glad you have a firm date for your hip replacement. And the honey do list is a great idea. Good luck on both!!

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  16. Congrats on the upcoming surgery date. A new hip and you'll be feeling like a new person - all set for another 1 million miles on the road.

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  17. It's not often that someone wants to celebrate a surgery date; but I get how relieved you must be. Here's to doing the 'happy dance" after your successful recuperation.

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  18. This is great news Judy. I know you are relieved to have this rigamarole out of the way. I still say your difficulties do not speak very highly for Mayo and I hope you'll let them know how difficult it was for you.

    On the up side - that's a great brother coming to help and you are a clever sister to "plan ahead" for him. :-)

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  19. New hip scheduled and the prospect of getting some chores done! Sounds like it's going to be a Holly Jolly Christmas season for you!!

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  20. So glad you finally have a date. Well, not a date date but a surgery date. :)

    Also glad you have a brother willing and able to come be there for you. And I like your idea of how to keep him from being bored.

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  21. I'm so glad you finally have a surgery date. And how wonderful you will have someone to do all those little (and big) jobs that are just perfect for a man to do.

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  22. So, you think your going to put me to work, EH? HMMMMM...Well I hope you can afford my rates.(LOL) See you in a couple of weeks.
    Kurt

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  23. Sooo happy u finally have a definitive date! Ur in good health otherwise so I'll be willing to bet that u'll be back on ur feet in no time at all. I imagine u'll be surprised at how good u'll feel once it's done and ur on the mend. What a great brother! The honey do list will probably be just the thing to keep him occupied-most guys find it difficult to just sit around so ur probably helping him as well as getting ur things accomplished. Will keep u in our prayers.

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  24. That's good news, Judy. Now that you've accomplished the hard part (getting a firm date) the surgery itself is bound to be a smap, right? ;) I'm sure your brother will be glad to make himself useful while he's helping you convalesce.

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  25. Hallelujah, indeed! We have our fingers crossed for you. BTW, I have brothers... their rates can be high (but they're worth it!).

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  26. I know that must be a big load off your shoulders. Sounds like your brother can hardly
    wait to get started :))

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  27. Hallelujah is right! Finally getting the date set is a nice Christmas present.

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  28. Like your header photo. Nice feeling inside to have the surgery date set & get things organized. Always great to take ongoing & future problems & put them in the past where they belong.........

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  29. Glad you got the date and can plan accordingly. Hope nothing else come up. Good luck on the surgery!

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  30. Great that you finally have a date! I am sure your brother will appreciate your making sure he does not get bored.

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  31. awww. . .brothers are a wonderful thing. If he's anything like my brother, he will appreciate the honey do list, and knock it out in no time flat. . .yaaa for you!

    Janice
    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing Blog
    FaceBook.com/ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing

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  32. So happy for you that you finally have that appointment. I know that you will feel so much better afterwards. Best of luck to you and please keep us updated on your progress through your blog.
    Escapee Hugs,
    Karen Bennett

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  33. Great news, now you can look forward to some long hikes next year.

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  34. Woo Hoo! I'm so glad that you finally have the date set. I know you will feel so much better one that it is all over and done with and are recuperating. I hope that you have a great holiday.

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  35. butterbean carpenterDecember 14, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,

    Kurt is a good brother; is he older or younger?? I haven't heard from my brother since I called to see how he as doing and he told me he was going to haave an operation, but never called to tell me about it.. His daughter told my daughter that he was doing okay, so, I didn't 'bother' him again; that was 6 months ago.. I wouldn't count on him for anything, any more!!!
    Good luck with all you have on your plate; we'll be praying for a quick and complete recovery!!!

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  36. Great news and I'm glad your brother is coming to nurse you along. Maybe he won't want you to put Emma in a kennel.

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