Monday, November 30, 2009

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just wanted to share with ya'll, too...

I'm offering a "Cyber Monday" special for all Close to My Heart orders placed on my website tomorrow. All orders placed on my website on Monday, 30 Nov, will receive one of the new Spring 2010 Idea Books FREE, along with another thank you from me. You must submit your order on my MyCTMH site on Monday, 30 Nov. All orders will then receive their free idea book and thank you in the mail from me. The website is if you're not seeing the links in this message.

Love and Hugs to ya'll,

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

So, I'm a little late, but FB was up to date! lol I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some down time with family and friends. I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving and took some time to reflect on what you're truly thankful for this year. I know I have a lot to be thankful for - I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, a roof over my head, food on my table and shoes on my feet. Those of us who can say that are richer than a great part of world. Be thankful and do what you can to help someone who might not have all that you do.

Love and Hugs,

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Updates from San Antonio...

sort of, anyway. Not much new going on, unfortunately. Still crutchin' or rollin' around with my cast. Counting the days til 8 Dec when I go back in and will hopefully get it off, at least for the exam and stuff. Not sure what will happen then if they'll put on another or that will be it and I'll start the physical therapy portion.Once that starts, I'm probably looking at 6 months to a year before I'm fully healed and recovered and back on the court. I hope I'm back on the court, anyway!

I know I'm certainly getting very tired of dealing with this stupid cast! More than tired of bumming rides from people, too! I want my independence back! lol

Well, off for now, but wanted to give a quick update! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Love and Hugs to all,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back from the doc...again...

and he said after reviewing the MRI that the tendon is already starting to heal on it's own, so he didn't recommend surgery. He said he didn't really think going in now was the best idea. Maybe if they had done the MRI when I first injured it, he would have recommended it, but 2 weeks later when it's already starting to heal, he didn't think it was my best option. He felt that casting it and letting it finish healing was a better choice and then we'll see what happens.

He said that, after it heals, if 6 months down the road or so I'm still not happy with the progress or how things are going, then we could always do surgery then and mentioned something about using a portion of another tendon in the same area to replace the damaged portion....I don't know - didn't really follow exactly what he said about it. I just know that for right now he recommended letting it continue to heal in a cast and then doing physical therapy and stuff.

He said it could take 6 months to a year for full recovery. I'm soooooo hoping that it doesn't take so long! I'll be going crazy by then if it's still not back to normal, or as close to normal as possible, anyway! lol So, for now I'm on "bed rest" for 72 hrs and then I can go back to work on Mon. He put in a consult for me to get a Roll-a-bout, which is one of the little things you can rest your injured leg on and push with the good leg to get around. It should make things a little easier to get around than the crutches are. Hopefully it does the trick.

I definitely have to be careful with the swelling because I can't just loosen the bandage now! lol So, that's where things stand for now and I go back to see him again in 3 weeks. I'm hoping that this will be healed and I'll be moving well enough to be able to come home for Christmas with no issues and still be able to bring Baylee back with me for a week. By then I should be doing pretty good, so I don't foresee any problems.

Just say a little prayer for a quick, full recovery!

Love and Hugs to All,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day!

I just wanted to drop by and leave a quick post today to say thank you to all the veterans - past, present, and future - that are serving or have served in our Armed Forces. Be sure to take some time today to say a prayer for those deployed, as well as those fighting the fight here at home, and think of those who we have lost who made the ultimate sacrifice.

God bless you all and GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Back from the doc...

and it looks like surgery is probably in my future. I'm getting ready to do some research to see what I can come up with, but the Physicians Assistant that I saw today makes me wonder. He came in to talk to me after the ultrasound and while they were re-splinting my foot and said, "So, what kind of activity level would you like to have in the future?" O actually looked at him rather dumbfounded and said, "Well, I'd like to be able to do everything I've always done." He then wanted to know to what level I am athletically active and what I want to be able to do....if I was a runner or what. I thought to myself, you do see that I'm lying here in a uniform, right????? Wow - I was amazed at the question! I told him it would be nice to be able to play volleyball again and basketball and if I decided to go for a run to be able to do that, too! lol

Apparently, part of the decision whether or not to do surgery is how active someone wants to be afterward, because healing in a splint only has a 10-15% chance of re-occurrence of the injury, but healing from surgery drops that to 5-10%.So, I'm hoping at this point that they go ahead with the surgery so I'm better off in the future. I was just so flabbergasted at his asking that question to an active duty Soldier! It made for something to laugh at later with the Soldier who was driving me back home, but sure made for a shocked expression from me when first asked! lol

So, that's the story for now - hopefully I'll know for sure what's going on with surgery on Thursday morning. Say a little prayer and wish me the best!

Love and Hugs,

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Howdy, ya'll!

Well, it's finally the weekend and I am just relaxin' hoping to take it easy on the achilles this weekend so I'm ready to go again on Monday. The later in the week it got, the more it seemed to hurt, so I left work a bit early a couple of days to get it up and rested. So far today it seems to be doing pretty good, but I'm just keeping it elevated and chillin' so I have my energy for next week. I'm teaching all day Monday, so hopefully it goes well and the achilles doesn't start hurting.

I go back to the doc on Tues and hopefully I'll find out if I'm going to have surgery or not, but since they've not done an MRI - just an x-ray, I am guessing I'm going to have to schedule the MRI before they'll tell me. Who knows - I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst! lol At this point I really just want whatever is going to heal the fastest! I'm not liking the having to depend on others for things - kinda makes it difficult for someone who is as independent and stubborn as I am! ;-)

So, everybody say a little prayer that I actually get some answers on Tues. and learn what I'm looking forward to. Have a great weekend, all!

Love and Hugs,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Long day today...

after a pretty quiet and relaxing weekend. I went back to work today after resting and elevating my foot for the previous three days. I got caught up on some sleep and some of the TV shows that I watch. I absolutely LOVE having them all online now - it makes it so nice to just go to the website and choose the episode you want to watch! LOVE THAT!!! lol

The foot is doing OK - I go back to the doc on the 10th and hopefully I'll find out then whether or not there's going to be surgery. At this point, I'm almost thinking it might be a quicker recovery time if I do. lol Either way, I just hope it passes quickly, as I'm not a very good patient and not a fan of pain! Thank God for a friend of mine, Stephanie, who is helping me out and got me some groceries this weekend and stuff. I don't know what I'd have done without her! I'm also pretty fortunate to work with some great Soldiers who have been helping out in the "ride" department since I can't really drive right now. I am a pretty lucky girl!

So, that's it for now, but I will keep you all posted as to what the doc says when I hear more.

Love and Hugs to ya'll,