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    Hey Everyone.....

    Been awhile...okay just a few days. I've been missing in action cuz my life went crazy for awhile.

    I had an insane weekend with nothing but problems at the race is Seattle....everything from my truck breaking down to no hot water in the hotel when I needed my 6 am shower....that one is never good for your sore joints and muscles after sleeping in a hard hotel bed. We managed to get a free hotel out of it. I'll spare you the rest of the gory details. Luckily we made it home safely.

    Since we've been home, we've been hearing a cat meowing for the last 3 days. My kids reported that they had seen it on our roof while we were out of town. We searched and searched, my husband even went up on the roof and looked all over. We could hear a far away meow off and on and we'd search bushes around our yard....under the deck....no cat. Finally, yesterday I walked out on my front porch, heard a LOUD meow...looked up and a cat was peeking out at me from the small screened vent to my attic.

    Yep....a cat was stuck in my attic. I immediately panicked, cuz it's been really hot here. I climbed up in my attic, where it was scorching hot, and the cat was scared and wouldn't come to me, he was stuck behind all the boxes. So I carried a bowl of water, and since I had no cat food, I tore a hot dog into tiny pieces and took it food and water. I coaxed the cat out by throwing the hot dog pieces. Finally, after I climbed down a ways, it ran over and ate and drank ravenously.

    We listened to it meow all day, but it was too scared to come out. So I left the attic stairs lowered and left the garage doors up all day. I reached a local PAWS cat shelter and arranged to pick up a 'live trap' today. Finally, after we left it alone, it managed to climb down the ladder about 10 pm last night and exit the garage. HOORAY!

    But what a crazy 5 days I've had....I feel like I've been on the show 'punked'....been looking over my shoulder for a few days for the cameras wondering where Ashton Kutcher is.

    I just thought I'd check in with you, let you know I'm still sane....barely. And today, I'm off to an appointment with my Orthopedist Hand & Wrist specialist. If you could...I could use some positive thoughts and prayers for this one....I'm hoping he's not gonna say it's time to fuse my wrist. It's been causing me quite a bit of pain lately, and it's started to affect my elbow and shoulder as well.

    Hope you all have a good day....pain free....or at least tolerable.

    I'll check in later after my doc visit.

    Best wishes n Hugs to ALL...

    Fondly,

    Lori

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    Hi lori

    what a mad one you been having!!!! i'm sending as much postive thoughts and prays to you!! lots of love H xxx

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    Well,

    Look who the cat dragged in! (Sorry, bad joke.) I'm sorry things went so bad, talk about one problem after another. Did your husband at least win the race? No hot water, a stowaway cat in your attic, bad enough. But the thing with your wrists, I really, really hope that you don't have to have the fuse done. You have all my positive thoughts, I'm not very good at prayer, but I'll say one anyway.

    I'm glad the cat finally found it's way out of the attic. Too bad you couldn't get it to a shelter though, it sounds desperate. Hope someone get's ahold of it and finds it a home.

    Good luck at the Orthopedist, let us know how it goes.

    Rob

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    hey lori,

    i have been wondering where you were the past few days...i was hoping you were just have an extended holiday and enjoying the spring time. So sorry about the issues at the race, and then the cat....i know you really worried yourself over this one.

    Please let us know about the dr. appointment, i hope you get the answers that you want.

    so very very very very glad you are back.
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    AWWWWW, Sorry it didnt go all that well LOri! Oh man, i was thinking about you and i was hopeing you were having a fun time raceing! well, at least you found where the meowing was coming from!! Theres something thta was accomplished!! I hope it gets better for you Lori!!!!! Just rest and have dreams about a hunk of a man waiting on you hand and foot!!! I know you love your husband BUT its ok to have a little dream now and then!!!
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    Hi Lori,

    Flippin heck what a time you've had.Think you need another break now after all that.We've missed you!! I'll be sending those good vibes out to you and so hope the appointment is successful for you to ease the pain.So glad the cat finally escaped.....mmmmm hot dogs....good choice !! You get all the rest you need.You know where we are when you feel better.Tell us how Bruce got on...? Sending you love n lots of good thoughts
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    I am still here,just been on new meds so unable to function like i used to.I will pop back,just know im thinking of you all and hoping you are keeping on keeping on.xxxxxxx

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    Hi Guys....

    Thanks for all your kind thoughts....especially you, handcuff Boy! Very funny...

    Well, it's been a long day and I'm totally worn out. The doctor was running an hour behind...so I went off for x-rays before the appointment...then waited in the exam room for a long long time. That's okay, I took a book and my music and headphones. I ended up sitting there for an hour texting my friend in Florida and she kept me company and made me laugh. I discovered texting is great for passing time in the doc office.

    Well...the verdict is not what I wanted to hear....I need to have surgery and have my right wrist fused. The last time I saw this doctor was 2-1/2 years ago and my wrist has really deteriorated greatly since then. It's a pretty big mess and it's twisting my arm and causing my hand to deform. We need to stop it from continuing this route. Unfortunately, they don't have a good outcome with wrist replacement because of the compact area in a wrist and all the nerves and tendons that are in there, so fusing is the only option. He told me I actually need to have a 2-part surgery (which can both be done during the same surgery, thankfully). The first part fuses the wrist so it's straightened and the second part deals with the wrist bone, itself, which because of the collapsing, is sticking further and further out. What they have to do is trim off the large bone and clean and reform it, to relieve the impingement on the nerve. The main nerve going to your hand, goes down the side of your arm, crosses under the wrist bone and up and over to the top of your hand. Right now that's slowly getting pinched and causing most of my pain.

    Anyway, I told the doctor that I LIVE for summer vacation and time off from my kids in school, so asked if I could wait until summer is over and do it in September. He said definitely, it's my choosing. He did say that I must have an incredibly high pain tolerance, because most patients that go through this, come in wanting the surgery much sooner than this. He was amazed that I actually still had an optimistic attitude and a smile on my face.

    One cool thing about the pain management for the surgery he told me is that they do it with a complete shoulder block, so you're just numb from the shoulder down and then knocked out with groggy medicine (because I can't go under anesthesia), and then when they send you home, they have a small catheter inserted in a vein in your shoulder that carries a continuous block, so your entire arm is numb for about 3 days post-surgery. That way, you get thru the worst of the pain without feeling a thing. I really, really liked hearing that. I hate the pain control with oral pain meds after surgery. I will have to be in a cast afterwards, told him I want 'hot pink'. And I'm going to have to start learning how to do everything with my left hand. I told him that one of the biggest frustrations for me is that I've always had beautiful handwriting, and that's something that's disappearing. I'm having a hard time imagining ME without my handwriting. Does that sound silly?

    So, that's the result of my appointment, in a nutshell. As I walked out, I felt the beginning of frustration....anger.....the 'this is so not fair' thoughts coming on, so I decided I was treating myself to an expensive lunch out. I was way past my lunch time and starving, so I went to a restaurant I've always wanted to try, overlooking a beautiful lake, sat on the terrace, ordered chips and guacamole, a glass of wine, and a hot crab sandwich, open face, with artichokes, grilled tomatoes and melted Tillamook cheddar cheese. I sat for an hour and a half, relaxing, sipping wine, stuffing myself, not caring about anything, except how beautiful the day was, and the fact that I am alive.

    I still have many things to be thankful for....and an important one now...are all the friends I have made here...thank you so much for your love and support. It means the world to me.

    With Love,

    Lori

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    hello dear friend,

    ooooh what a day you have had. I just can't begin to tell you how very sorry i am about your pending surgery. Hopefully, the surgery will be 100% successful, and you will regain beautiful handwriting.....maybe you will even graduate to calligraphy.

    Thank goodness for the shoulder block....wonder why it has taken them so many years to find this one. My daughter has had both shoulder and hand surgery (due to athletic injuries), and they were both so painful, sounds like the pain blocker will be the secret.

    OMG what an incredible lunch, wish i was there. I started to drool when you were talking about the hot crab sandwich with artichokes..... OOOOO here i go again, drool is running down my chin. you deserved this feast and then some....hope you had desert.

    your family of the sky will not let you face this alone.
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    Oh Lori!! I am glad that you took time for yourself and just reflected on the day. You are a strong lady with great faith. Your father in heaven is on your side, and so am I! I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there girl and stay positive . . . like you always do! (I was beginning to wonder if we were going to have to send a search party out looking for you!)
    A good friend will help you move, a GREAT friend will help you move a body . . . Let me know if I need to bring a shovel!!!

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