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KathyBlue - Monday Aug 15, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Good morning, girls!

Yesterday I went out TWICE, yuppeyay! :-)

First we went to lunch at MIL's house, 10 min-walking (normally, but now it took twice the time and thousand times the determination to get there), two times actually, back and forth. Then, at night, around 8h30 PM when the sun was about to go down, we had an other 10 min-walking. I felt a bit better!!! I don't say it didn't cost because it did, and especially by the end my limbs were screaming and my chest wanted me to shut down the whole machine (aka body) for a while.

I wonder what is this ache in one of my shoulder blades. Maybe it's a sign of recovery, maybe it's a sign of something else. Have to ask the doctors on Wednesday, if it still remained by then. Too bad my Dr. is on vacations... we'll meet only on the 14th September.

And other thing, I am simply UNABLE to rest on my back. I lie down, on my back, and after just 5 minutes my tummy starts to ache like stupid... I don't know why. I haven't felt this back in the hospital. I was laid on my back most of the time from the very beginning, but since I've got home I hadn't been able to lie on my back, only on my sides. This causes me the shoulder blade problem I guess (not the aching but the funny "muscle-pain-like" feeling), and restless nights because I have to change bedsides various times over a single night.... AHHH... well, on Wednesday it makes 3 weeks.

Good news is: man has been so nice to me since Friday! OK, he went to a marriage on Satuday and left me alone for the whole day but he brought me a slice of cake and lots of sweet kissies. He spent Sunday with me and he was understanding and patient and loving. I had my back fondlings I'd been craving for days. I hope he remains like this, it'd be so much better and easier for all of us!

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 08/15/2011:
glad to hear you got out... You are so strong to go through this!! Thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery...

sweetpea1977 on 08/15/2011:
Well, its nice knowing that your man can show feelings after all,lol. I hope he keeps it up!! :)

Sending gentle hugs and lots of love your way!

Umpqua on 08/15/2011:
Great news on the walking, and I'm glad your man is showing some attention and affection. You deserve the very best my friend!

liza36 on 08/15/2011:
It's so nice you are getting up and out a little. Keep up the great job, even though it's painful, it's necessary for recovery. Let's hope your man stays attentive to you...you need and deserve it!!

V on 08/15/2011:
As I said before YOU deserve to be treated like this ALL the time :) Love you Kat...Meowsers!!

KathyBlue - Sunday Aug 14, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Good morning, girls!

I'm in a very sensitive mood. My mother is here on Skype at the moment, preaching about patience, while I'm trying to explain her that I'm BORED to death between four walls and my body's screaming because of being constantly in bed. I don't feel my shoulder blades and there's a "black hole" in the middle of the back. I'd use a loving, caring hand to cuddle me and massage me softly. SORROW...

Well, have a nice Sunday, girls.

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

nita51 on 08/14/2011:
Sis,,,soooooo sorry about your surgery and all the discomfort you've been experiencing. I've just missed out on so much about you sweetheart, all due to my computer woes. I have your picture in my scrapbook and it brings me a lots of joy, to acknowledge your fierce accomplishments. keeps me hanging in there. I miss you so much, Please let me know if you need anything, I'd be more than happy to send whatever you need. Please continue to get better. When you're better, I'm better. ...Love you & bunches of hugs

V on 08/14/2011:
This is truly heartbreaking...I wish I had the funds to swap my ticket out and come talk your ear off,pamper and take care of you :( I know this has to be killing you not being able to move about freely, but in order to heal properly, you have to sit/lie there...Is it possible to call your buddy from work or your friend that you went to the outdoor play with(I think his name is Jorge??) Anyway, it sounds like you could use some company...Skype some of your friends from Hungary, start a new journal all about what you are experiencing...I am sorry you are going through this with little support...

Umpqua on 08/14/2011:
I'm so sorry Kat, I wish I was there too. I'd cook for you and play some board games. I agree, maybe some friends and coworkers can come by for a visit? I'm thinking of you.

Bikiniwax85 on 08/14/2011:
Will pray for your speedy recovery dear and can't wait for read more of your inspiring post :) hugs

biscottibody59 on 08/14/2011:
I hope what you're going through today is just part of the recovery process.

I wish you all the best!

sweetpea1977 on 08/14/2011:
I wish I was there too Kat. I'd do all the cooking and cleaning as well as cheer you up with my silly antics. :)

Im sending lots of hugs, love, and healing thoughts your way!


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/14/2011:
I had to chuckle when you said your mom is on skype and you are on DD. haha, it would be kinda funny if you were talking to her as you were typing here simultaneously. but, on a serious note, is everything alright???? Why are you in so much pain??? I hope you feel much, much better. :-(

hollybelle on 08/14/2011:
Awwww, Kat. I'm so sorry. You said this would be the hardest part for you - the resting and staying inside.....Wednesday will be two weeks, right? Next two weeks will be way better, I'll bet! Hang in there. As for Mom-well, Moms may mean well, but sometimes they just muck it up-I can say this because I am a Mom and I sure can muck things up that I mean well about for dear daughter! Have you read all your books that you were saving for this recovery period? Can you get more? What can we do to help you though - like the others I wish I was there, too! Am thinking about you. If good thoughts could carry you to recovery you'd be there already, huh? You can make it though. Almost half way there, right?

chidogs on 08/14/2011:
Kat, how frustrating for you. You are feeling well enough now to not be happy with the resting bit. Very understandable. I agree with hollybelle, Mom is just doing the Mom thing. Let her, she is probably just as frustrated as you are. We are all there with you in spirit, fluffing pillows and bringing in trays of healthy yet yummy foods to share, telling you jokes and watching tv. So just imagen that room full of friends. This will pass, and you will feel wonderful. Take care. Gentle hugs.

KathyBlue - Saturday Aug 13, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

AHHH brrr... tiring day yesterday! The dinner went OK, the cake was perfect as always, the pizzas were OK and delivered in time. It was just a bit too much (in time) for me, I had to go to bed twice to recover a bit. I hate showing weakness...

And now my arms are aching so much, a very cruel muscle pain is on me, but you must know the feeling: a muscle pain so intense that it makes one breathe harder! I think, - and I'm no doctor but can add up one and one - that my organs in the chest have to rearrange. And my breasts are "in the air" now, instead of falling on my torax... and they are heavy to me now. When I lift them manually I feel a relief. Well, 20+ years of bad posture have their ugly consequences.

xoxo! Kat

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/13/2011:
Progress is going to be slow and painful at times Kat. I have DD breasts and they weigh 6 kilos, so I know what it is like to have to breath with a couple of bricks on your chest. I can't sleep on my back. Take your painkillers Kat, don't feel that it is a weakness to take them, it is only sensible. I am sending love and hope that your rest is peaceful.:)

Just42day on 08/13/2011:
So how does it feel to be 30? You are NOT showing weakness by taking care of yourself!!!! Cut yourself some slack young lady!!! You just had surgery. You need to rest when you feel you need it. It's part of your recovery and the better you take care of yourself during this the time, the faster you'll recover. So there!!! I'll stop my lecture now. Just want you to feel good and continue doing as well as you are. :)

hollybelle on 08/13/2011:
What Moogy and Just42Day said-I agree with, Kat! Take care of yourself and take the medications for pain. It is NOT showing weakness, it is showing care for yourself through this time. If you don't want to stay "out of it" with max dose play around with it a bit to see if you can take the edge off the pain if you take a portion of the dose. I'm sorry your muscles are hurting. Time, time, time will heal. If you hae questions about the process, call the doctor. They are used to getting phone calls from patients with all types of questions, I'm sure. I know you are anxious to get back to a routine. It will happen, hang on. These days will pass and it will be better. Love and peace to you in these next days, Kat!

KathyBlue - Friday Aug 12, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

so, thirty it is...

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/12/2011:
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Katlin, Happy Birthdaya to YOUUUUUUUU!

Umpqua on 08/12/2011:
Happy Birthday!! I hope your day improves and you can have some fun :)

loveray on 08/12/2011:
welcome to the 30 club!! entering the best years of our lives!! hope you are feeling well. xo

V on 08/12/2011:
Welcome!! Come on in! The water is fine ;) love you!!!

thinkpositive on 08/12/2011:
Happy Birthday to you KathyBlue!

sweetpea1977 on 08/12/2011:
Happy birthday sweetie!! Lots of love being sent your way!!

Just42day on 08/12/2011:
Just another quick note to say I'm thinking of you and hope your b'day is wonderful. The 30's are really fabulous years!

chidogs on 08/12/2011:
Happy Birthday, it's still the right day where I am even though you may get this late on your part of the globe. Hope your day was grand and you got whatever you wanted! Gentle hugs.

nita51 on 08/13/2011:
left you a Birthday Greeting on my page,,,,hope you liked it. xoxo

KathyBlue - Thursday Aug 11, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age.

Good morning, Girlies! :-)

Today is the last day of me as a TWENTY-SOMETHING. Yes, I'd love to live closer to you, so we could turn this day an insane one, LOL.... I should have tried something crazy, an extreme sport or something. But then again, I don't have to buy my place in the cemetary, there is life after the twenties, some of you prove me day by day, right Rambona :-)))))))))))))))))

The next 10 years will be very important in my life. As a single, no-kid person, I have to think about the future, I have to discover what path to take. To be honest, at the moment I'd love to be selfish and think about myself as an individual, free, enjoy-the-life-to-the-most woman. But then, I do have my problems, don't I?! So, who lends me a couch for the next 10 years, along with a shrink? 

Well, my best friend's baby boy was born at 2:40 today (11 Aug) with 51 cms and 3600 grams. Should have waited +1 day, hahah. Then I'd gladly candidate myself as his aunt. Well, 11 is close enough, too, so I'll see what to do. The problem is that they're highly religious and I wasn't baptized so I don't have the right to sign for him in the church... that's why I'm still no aunt of my best friends' babies. But I'd love to beeeee . Rui loved Kristóf, my cousin's boy, but they are NOT religious so they opted not to baptize the kid - letting it be something he decides in the future..

Well, here's me jibber-jabbering while the clock ticks on... !!! XOXO have a lovely August day, girlies!


Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you're a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, "what happended to my twenties?" Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Your fifties you have a minor surgery. You'll call it a procedure, but it's a surgery. Your sixties you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn't matter because you can't hear it anyway. Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, breakfast the night before. And you spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate in soft yogurt and muttering "how come the kids don't call?" By your eighties, you've had a major stroke, and you end up babbling to some Jamaican nurse who your wife can't stand but who you call Mama. Any questions? (from the movie City Slickers)

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 08/11/2011:
I loved my thirties. It may sound old when you are in your 20's but very young to me ! And you sound like your recovery is going well. Enjoy your last day of being 29 & have a Happy Birthday!

V on 08/11/2011:
LOL!! Kat you are so funny!! Happy Birthday Eve!!

V on 08/11/2011:
YEP Prove them wrong Wolverina Life certainly doesn't stop at 30, just ask ME ;) LOL It is only the beginning!!

Umpqua on 08/11/2011:
Vouch for the 30s. 30s are SO much better than the 20s in my experience, because of my experiences. I thought I did a lot of living in my 20s but nope, there was much more to do. And SO much more yet to do!!

liza36 on 08/11/2011:
It's good that you are thinking and planning ahead. That is what someone who is responsible in their 30's would do! Enjoy the last day of the 20's. I see great things for you in your next decade!

sweetpea1977 on 08/11/2011:
The 30's have been the most exciting decade of my life thus far (I'll be 34 in November). I expect that life will be even more fulfilling when I enter my 40's! :)

Happy birthday eve!!

hollybelle on 08/11/2011:
Oh, Kathy - the 30s and 40s are GREAT - you'll see! The 50s aren't even bad if you surround yourself with people who have good attitude and try to have a good attitude yourself (which you DEFINITELY do). I predict you are going to love your 30s! That quote from City Slickers is so funny - I can hear Billy Crystal now - but those guys were so pitiful feeling sorry for themselves about lost youth! I am so excited about you being instructed you could take short walks! WOW, dear Kat - that is wonderful, wonderful! You take it easy and don't sign up for any marathons just yet :o) Let us know how your walks go. Have they said anything aboaut physical therapy yet? RE: not admiting pain - ah, you are very brave, and tough, I would add, but be kind to yourself! I'll be back by to wish you a happy birthday soon!

biscottibody59 on 08/11/2011:
So in about 4 hrs as I write this, that'll be "all she wrote" for your 20s! You're gonna make a great "teenager" one of these years hahaha!

Enjoy your birthday!

greengirl on 08/11/2011:
This is going to be the time of your life !! Enjoy your 30s :-)

KathyBlue - Wednesday Aug 10, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Hah, Holly, your last comment on my prev. post touched me! That ALWAYS happens to me - I have tons of stuff to ask at the dr's and then I just don't ask not even the half of them... Stooopid me. I should make a list - and I always swear to do so but never actually do. Donkey me.

Well, I survived the night without the painkiller and I'm ready to take it for the car ride. I also have an other challenge, I guess you know I live in a block of flats, on the 3rd floor and with no elevator. A good exercise, but now seems devastating, especially the going DOWNSTAIRS. I came up last week no problem, but then I walked around the house with too much air in my chest, and with its consequencies (pain in the chest and sides).

And yes, I'm much better than on last Saturday, of course. I'm taking it easy!

Ahh forgot to tell, we had a major (LOL) discussion at home because of the hospital food. I fell in love - ate fish dishes 2 times a day, and every morning a woman showed up with a list to offer: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, nighttime snack. And when I didn't like any of the suggestions, I could REQUEST other meal. And lunch and dinner had: soup, salad, main dish, sweet. Always tasty, no big quantities, not oily, not salty... and the sweets were amazing, boiled apple, boiled pear in Port Wine (didn't choose this one), forest berry cheesecake... Oh God, despite of the surgery and pains, at least 2 times a day I was in heaven. :-P So, after this explanation here at home, man sniffed and took way too upon himself. He's proud of his cousine and I love it too but he's 100% meat. And I love fish.

Now we have an other major discussion because of my upcoming birthday. He had his ideas and I vetoed them all because it's, afterall, MY birthday. And the number is pretty, round: 30th birthday. So, even if I'm locked up between 4 walls (I wanted to spend this b-day in Porto, up north, because it's Friday and 15th is a holiday so we could have had 4 days of partying, SNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFF what a waste), I want to have meals I like. He told me I was trying to force my "light craps" upon his family (MIL, FIL, SIL+hubs are coming). He accused me BEFORE listening of course. What I want is : pizza (order, bc I don't have the force to cook), a chocolate cake, small one BUT from a special bakery (not light, it's just one I really loved once and I don't accept crappy cakes anymore!!! MIL always offers me the cake, and it's so wrong because she doesn't have the money so we always end up having the cheapest, sleeziest supermarket cakes and for me the cake part is rather sacred, I'm from Hungary, come on, Central Europe, land of chocolate cakes and marcipan!). And I also want to serve an entrée with curd and boiled eggs. NO LIGHT stuff, really. I don't understand him, silly guy... he's been rather rude to me since I'm home. I'm in the bedroom looking on the white walls sometimes, and he doesn't come up with an idea to entertain me, he doesn't come to speak to me either. Whenever I ask something, or I show up around him, he responds me with sighs, like if I were a stupid, annoying person. It hurts me. You know, it wasn't like this in the beginning. Now you laugh, because beginnings normally are rose gardens, princes on white horses. Then appears the prince burping and farting all over the house, swearing, etc. and the magic starts to vanish. But we knew each other on the Internet and we used to speak on Skype, more than we speak now that we actually live together. We have no topics anymore. On Skype, he used to tell me amazing stories about Portuguese history, and he has so much knowledge. He promised me to tell me more when I moved in - no stories ever since. Sad...

Well, xoxo girls! :)

Good, the dr's appt went well. I have my bandages renewed, and has a new date of 17th Aug, and an other one in the middle of September. I had to wait an awful lot of time, and even when I finally was called, some old geezers objected because "they were promised to be the next". She had her arm tied up. Then the Doctor told her: "Mrs., this girl had a recent surgery." And me, all smiling, in my summer dress, eheheh... she looked at me suspiciously, and her 2 fellow old geezer companion also. I should have volunteered to show her my scar. :P
The Dr is always laughing at me because whenever he enters, he says loudly: "KATALIN!!! How are you???" and Katalin always says: "I'm fine!" and him: "How were the last days?" "They were good." And him: "Good, weren't they, hehe". So funny. I was on the bed after the surgery, he came in and asked me if I had pains, and I said: "No, I don't think I have pains. I'm OK. I just have to get out of bed, then my body will be juuuust fine." :-D Since then, he has been joking with me because I never admit pains. :P

Even Better news: I can leave the house for short walks. YAY!!!! :-)

Note: Humm, my doctor doesn't wear an alliance ring. (hehe...)


Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

moogy on 08/10/2011:
Lovely to have someone come and offer food to choose from, ah! if only we were rich!! It doesn't sound as if you and man have very much in common. He certainly doesn't seem to want to please you or make you happy. I wish you were with someone who wanted to do both. It makes me sad after all you have done that you don't have someone to feel joy with you. Love you Kat:)

sweetpea1977 on 08/10/2011:
Kat, I am so sad for you. Your man is jealous of you for some unexplained reason. I cant think of why anyone would be jealous of you other than pure selfishness. You suffered a lot before your surgery and it was something you needed to have done to have a higher quality of life. He should be happy that your life has been improved thanks to this surgery. "In sickness and in health" is a very important wedding vow that I take very seriously in my marriage. If my husband isnt willing to support me and love me during illnesses, trials, and tribulations, I will dump his ass and do it on my own with the support of true friends and family. You don't need this treatment, especially from someone who claims that they love you!! You deserve better Kat!!!

I swear to you that if I lived there, I would help you! If I worked, I would take as much time off from work as I could to keep you company and bring you whatever you needed. I mean it too, because I consider you my friend!


sweetpea1977 on 08/10/2011:
Also, Im pissed that he wont let you do what you want on YOUR birthday. Why cant he just let you do what you want to do on YOUR big special day. He is a self-centered brat that needs a good punch in the gut and in the face. I'd gladly do it for you Kat. I need the exercise! :)

At least you can rest easy knowing that we adore you, love you, and want nothing but the best for you.


Just42day on 08/10/2011:
Hope you're able to do what YOU want for your b'day -- particularly this year. You definitely deserve to be treated as a queen.

hollybelle on 08/10/2011:
Men! Most don't know how to nurture. They are typically ill-at-ease around situations that require empathy and care-taking. My husband loves me, but he is not good when I am sick. I think it has to do with sometimes I am stubborn abaout not going to the doctor when I am sick. I could go sooner and feel better sooner, sometimes. When I had some minor surgery a couple of years ago, howver, he was most attentive and held my hand after I came out of anesthesia and was in pain for several hours. You should definitely celebrate your 30th birthday in a manner you desire. Just a thought: is it possible to celebrate with his family and also with just the two of your or you too and friends? We also have this problem in our family both sets of parents want to celebrate with us, but we don't always like to conform to their idea of celebration so we get with them for one celebration and then we do our own thing on another day. It works out pretty well for us. Also, Kat - you have made such great changes in your life and the fragile male ego may wonder what that means for him? How he fits in with the new you. You are female Wolverine and very powerful - a force to be reckoned with, after all! Hope things clear up there on these issueso you think he's showing he cares by cooking for you? like I said straight off - Men!

Umpqua on 08/10/2011:
I hope you'll be able to do what YOU want to do on your birthday, it's your special day! I'm sorry your guy isn't being supportive of you, this is the time when you really need him. Take care xoxo!

V on 08/10/2011:
:( You deserve the stars, the moon and whatever your heart desires Kat..I only wish we were all closer to you!! I guarantee that your birthday would be the best one ever... I think while you are healing it is time to do a little inventory sorting out what serves Kat the best!! Love you!!!

liza36 on 08/10/2011:
I'm just catching up with everyone since I have been traveling and out of town, and I'm so glad to hear the surgery went well. I was definitely thinking about you!! I know the recouperation time can be long and hard after any surgery, so hang in there. I'm sorry to hear your guy is not very supportive of you - you deserve someone who is and who would take into account what YOU want to do to make you happy. I hope you both can resolve the issues, because all we want is for you to be happy!!

thinkpositive on 08/10/2011:
You deserve to have a wonderful birthday to your specifications. Maybe your guy will come around to your thinking. Glad you are doing well with medication and your recovery. ( Sounds tough though.)

V on 08/10/2011:
OOOH single doctor??? Hummm next appointment is on my bday :) So all I ask for a present is to flirt with "Doctor Feel Good" just like your buddy V would...LOL Oh hey and BTW...It appears that I have a new nickname dubbed by Moogy...RAMBOLINA...hahaha, I imagine we would make an Awesome crime fighting team..Wolverine and Rambolina...has a nice ring to it wouldn't you agree??? ;)

liza36 on 08/10/2011:
Sounds like good news from the doctor. Continue to recover well.

V on 08/10/2011:
Okay for costumes we can wear TUTus... Wolverina and Rambolina, the crime fighting ballerinas!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL ;)

sweetpea1977 on 08/10/2011:
Yay, what a good report from the doctor. Im so excited that you can go on walks now!! :)

chidogs on 08/10/2011:
You sound like you are recoving very well indeed. I hope your guy smartens up and gives you the care and attention you deserve. It isn't about HIS family, it is YOUR birthday. He needs to see that. Keep taking good care of yourself. Gentle Hugs.

KathyBlue - Tuesday Aug 09, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Hello Girls!

First of all, I love you! Second thing in mind: I love you so much! LOL!

Yesterday was a full day, I had 2 visitors and it required me to stay out of bed for a longer period of time so I didn't have the force to come and write later. Nothing to report, I'm taking the med for the nights, which are a bit complicated but better.

Today it makes a week, huh. Tomorrow I have to report at the hospital at 4 PM. I'm very worried because coming home wasn't an easy task to accomplish and now I have to make it to there and back, no intervals whatsoever. The car ride was horrible even if FIL tried to avoid all the traffic, roundabouts and stuff... Ahh, I have to have more rest today so I can gain mental and physical force for tomorrow afternoon.

xoxo, love you! :)

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/09/2011:
Love to you too, I hope the ride to the hospital isn't too painful tomorrow. Get lots of rest today!

V on 08/09/2011:
kat I didn't even think about the stairs you have to tackle. let alone the car ride...Bring a pillow to cushion your back for the ride and take as much time as you need to make it up and down the stairs.. Love LOVE you too!!! <3 <3 <3

biscottibody59 on 08/09/2011:
You "sound" good despite the discomfort and inconvenience of it all. Hope you're getting good rest and good support from everyone around you! Take good care of yourself girlie!

All positive vibes sent your way from here:-)

mysterywoman100 on 08/09/2011:
are you getting nurses coming to your house. I didnt have to leave my house for 4 weeks to see the dr after my surgery because I had home health nurses who took my blood and removed my sutures

legcramps on 08/09/2011:
Good luck today! I hope you are feeling better very soon!

sweetpea1977 on 08/09/2011:
Love you too!

As for the car ride, take some painkillers 30 minutes before leaving and use a pillow behind your back as well as under your butt. And yes, definitely take your time on those stairs and be sure to hold on tight to the railings!!

hollybelle on 08/09/2011:
Love you, too, Kat! For the car ride - can you take some pain meds an hour or so prior and tonight write down all your questions you have for the drs. so you don't forget if you have some meds in you? They gave you the meds for a reason, I guess. Also - wth a week healing - hopefully it will be some better. God bless you - I'm sorry you are having so much pain. Be sure to ask the drs. all the questions you have - my dad clams up at the dr's office and tells he is doing "fine" when he is not. Don't hold back - they need to earn their keep - so ask! God bless you dear - it HAS been one week and hopefully next week will be better - and the next - and the next!

moogy on 08/09/2011:
Make sure you take a pain killer a little before your trip home Kathy, it should take the edge off the trip. Poor girl, Oh! I see holly is offering you the safe advice, we are older and very wise Kathy!!!! I am sure they will be happy with you:)

KathyBlue - Sunday Aug 07, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

hello girls,

I'm back home and slowly back to life. Right now I am unable to sit/walk/stand for longer periods, I have a very strict schedule and I can do only one task at a time. For example, I wake up and eat breakfast, then I have to get a pause. Then I am able to shower but then I have to get a break again in bed. My body is screaming and I'm trying to avoid the SOS painkiller meds. Everything's unconfortable now, the bed, the couch, the chairs... But I am getting there, I'm confident, patient and persistent. IF there's one thing I have learnt in your sweet company since 2010 January, is this: We can achieve everything with positive mindset and persistence. Giving up is not an option - we have only one life and we owe us the right to live it long and well!

Love you! Kat

The first night was terrible, horrible at the urgencies. From the second night on, I've been telling to the ceiling and to all the objects in the white hospital room, this: "Katalin, you are doing this. You are in pains but this day is already better than yesterday, can you feel it? Feel it, it's very important to recognize the steps. You're becoming a butterfly, and such transformation has its costs, but you'll be prettier, you'll be more confident and this will be over soon." Now I can talk to the mirror as well, and it helps me. Self-spirit-lifting techniques, huh?! I've been with very low blood pressure, so low that they were on me 48 hours after the surgery, with needles and machines to raise it. I feel great, I feel broken, but I feel accomplished and brave...

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/07/2011:
Oh how wonderful to see your name back up on the Recent Diary Entries list! You have been in training for this recovery, Kat! You have the confidence, patience and persistent to get through your recovery. Thank you for this reminder post that giving up is NOT an option. You give us here on DDs so much inspiration and support - thank you! Take care of yourself and be sure to do exactly what the docs have told you to do (sorry if this sounds too much like a nagging mother!!!). I truly do wish I was there to help you. Guess I'll just have to cheerlead along with all our other friends here from afar! Love, Holly

V on 08/07/2011:
Yayyyyyyyyyyyy :) Love you!!!

Umpqua on 08/07/2011:
Someone said it on the FB group, but take the meds if you need them! I made that mistake after my first c-section and learned there is no reason to suffer when the meds can help. Just be sure to get plenty of fiber if you do because they can constipate you. OK, I definitely sound like a nagging mother ;) Good to have you back, take care!

biscottibody59 on 08/07/2011:
Get well soon--I hope each day is a little better than the one before! Take good care of yourself!

mysterywoman100 on 08/07/2011:
Take the meds if you need them especially at night so you can sleep. Your body needs restful sleep to heal. After my knee replacement I took the narcotic pain pills at least twice a day for 2 weeks then cut them in half and took half a pill when needed. Then went down to half a pill at night. Then none. It is so great you are home and so good to see your name on the list, it made me smile :)

chidogs on 08/07/2011:
Wonderful to hear from you and I am so glad you are home! One day at a time and you will soon be up and back to normal. Take care of yourself, and yes, do use the pain medication when needed, before it gets really bad! Take care. Big but gentle hugs.

moogy on 08/07/2011:
Remember what I said Kat, they don't hand out gold stars for putting up with the pain. If you are in pain take a tablet, that is what they are there for. I am glad you are home and able to go slowly to look after yourself. You will improve slowly one day at a time and find that you are able to do more and more as time passes. Of course, this will be very difficult for a woman who is half Road Runner and half woman:)

Just42day on 08/08/2011:
Hope you had a good's nite's sleep! :)

hollybelle on 08/08/2011:
With me and Umpqua who needs a nagging mother?? What everyone said here - ditto for me! Loved Moogy's comment 1/2 Road Runner.....you will be hitting the road running again soon - one day at a time.

thinkpositive on 08/08/2011:
It was good to hear from you & to see that you are coping with the pain & that recovery is in process. I hope that the pain will diminish each day. Mysterywoman has been through surgery very recently so has some good advice. I wish you a peaceful and kind recovery.

KathyBlue - Tuesday Aug 02, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Good morning, Girls!

Had a terrible day at work yesterday. I should have known better and should have stayed at home. But then again, future is uncertain and I didn't want to take a day off, I may need it in the near future. I don't want to stay on social welfare for a whole month, I want to take my vacation days off so I can receive more than from Social Security... Does this make sense? I don't know the proper words I guess, but I can stay absent from work on grounds of health issues, that's proven by the hospital or doctors and who pays my wage while away is the state instead of the company. I pay health taxes for that. But then I receive less than I'd receive from the company, because the state pays a percentage only... Bureaucrazy issues! :-S

Well, I had a king's (queen's!!) breakfast today morning, scrambled eggs (2 eggs) with a slice of reduced-fat cheese and pickles, then a calcium-boosted yogurt with cereals and a huge mug of tea.

I didn't do the whole treatment yesterday, I managed to get one sachet instead of four, but it was OK. The pharmacy's boss told me to use only one sachet, but the box had other instructions, the "Treatment" consisted of 4 sachets in 4-6 hours. But that was nearly impossible. My stomach was like an aquarium, there were noises could be heard like bubbles coming from the bottom to the top, hahahah...

BTW I'm in a good mood. I'm going to make a "BEFORE" photo with my man now. Last day of being a hunchback!!!!

See you girls in a week! 

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

Just42day on 08/02/2011:
Great idea about the 'before' pic! Be gentle with yourself and let others care for you nonstop. You'll do great I'm sure! Looking forward to hearing from the new you next week!

Umpqua on 08/02/2011:
Wonderful attitude Kat, I know you're going to do great! I can't wait to get the word that it's all over and you're on the road to recovery. Hugs!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/02/2011:
Yes, if people offer to help you during recovery, accept it and make good use of it. :) Keeping you in my thoughts!


Em17 on 08/02/2011:
=)! xoxoxoxo

hollybelle on 08/02/2011:
I am going to echo what the rest of us have said here! I loved your comment about last day of having a hunched back! I am thinking of and will anxiously await to hear you are in recovery and doing WELL! XOXOXOXO!

getmebackto150 on 08/02/2011:
I will be thinking of you and knowing you will do great!! Can't wait to hear from you when you are doing great in recovery!!!!!

sweetpea1977 on 08/02/2011:
Kat, I just got your postcard from Silves. Beautiful!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me while on vacation. Love you!

chidogs on 08/02/2011:
Thinking of you. Hugs.

V on 08/02/2011:
Love you my brave friend <3

legcramps on 08/03/2011:
Thinking of you. Good luck :)

thinkpositive on 08/05/2011:
Hope it goes well for you! Be strong!

mysterywoman100 on 08/05/2011:
hope you rehab fast and everything goes well

chidogs on 08/06/2011:
I send you good thoughts every day and hope to hear a great report from you soon! Take care and gentle hugs.

KathyBlue - Monday Aug 01, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Hello, Girls!

I'm on tea and fruits/vegetables today. Tomorrow I must stop drinking and eating (nothing, not even water) after 8 AM...

But... I still had 1 hour tennis today! I lost because my mind was elsewhere, the weather was crappy but I still tennis.

My man's birthday is today, we'll celebrate with my M-I-L, S-I-L and husband. Her husband told me yesterday that he almost didn't wake up from his last surgery. I had nightmares. I hate the dude today. I'm not in the mood to socialize either!

I bought a solution for deep cleaning. A horrible terrible ugly drink with tons of sodium, and I have to drink 4 liters (135.3 oz) of it in 4-6 hours!

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

moogy on 07/31/2011:
Really no water, I think I would give them a ring and make sure. I have never heard of not having any water pre surgery. Enjoy your tennis Kathy, I am sure you find every minute joyful:)

Just42day on 07/31/2011:
Sending nothing but positive thoughts your way for the week!

sweetpea1977 on 07/31/2011:
xoxoxoxoxoxo sending lots of hugs and love your way!

Em17 on 07/31/2011:
Hope it all goes well =).

liza36 on 08/01/2011:
I'm thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way! I will be out of town for the next week and won't be checking or posting on DD, but know that I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during your surgery. All will go well, so don't worry. Sending lots of hugs your way!

Umpqua on 08/01/2011:
I'm thinking of you Kat and will be trying to send you positive vibes this week. I hope you have a nice birthday celebration with the man, and I look forward to his updates!

hollybelle on 08/01/2011:
Hope man's b'day celebration is fun - try not to think of stupid things people say - half the time they don't tell the whole story and they exggerate, too! I'll check in with you if you post again tomorrow, but you KNOW by now I will be thinking of you. I am looking forward to man's posts with info.....Put on some calm, beautiful music - Andrea Bocolli??? and try to relax a bit.....:o)

biscottibody59 on 08/01/2011:
I wish you all the best with your latest journey!

V on 08/01/2011:
What a horrible thing for that bastard to tell you( I really do mean this) When i went under the knife,I was placed in a quiet room with picture of the beach on the ceiling :) I drifted off so relaxed, and never knew what hit me...I woke up feeling refresh asking for a beer and a shot of Jager!!! I also thought that I had a boob job?? LOl I asked the Dr. why weren't my tits bandaged and why they didn't look bigger...LOL Please try to remain calm and relaxed when you get the anesthesia.. Think of playing tennis on a nice sunny cool day.. As far as not wanting visitors, i totally agree with you.. It is not the time to socialize ESPECIALLY with people you barely know..I hope they respect your wishes...Hey how long will you be there?? The reason i ask, I want to make sure to send your postcards from my trip to the proper place, i don't want you to miss any of it...Your postcard from your trip was breathtaking :) Just like YOU!!! I love you so much! You are an awesome and kind spirit and very inspirational to me :)

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