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See ya

There it is:

My cardiologist said my surgeon recommends waiting 6 months after surgery for any dental work. Made it! Phew!

It was pretty magical. The extraction only took about 10 minutes from when I sat down in the chair to when the tooth was out. 

It doesn’t hurt much, which is great. The biggest bummer is that I could only have liquids yesterday and now, only soft foods for the next week. No popcorn? Nuts, chips, and such. All my favorites. (I even just bought a pound of mixed nuts with a nut cracker as a Christmas tradition from my youth!)

Oh well. At least the tooth is out. And my oral surgeon said upper wisdom teeth are less likely to get dry socket because of the way the vascular system is positioned in the mouth. 

Hooray! That was an annoying 4 weeks. Glad it’s in the past.


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6 months!?!

I had surgery on May 31st. I guess because November 31st doesn’t exist, that makes today 6 months post op. How is that even possible?!?!

Just yesterday, I finally looked at the couple of pictures JJ took of me when I was in the ICU, still asleep. It was a little emotional. Kind of made me sick to my stomach to see all the tubes and buttons and wires and things. However, I’m glad he took them and I was finally able to see them. (I won’t be sharing them here. Sorry – too personal.)

I will share one story from the ICU. When I started waking up, they wanted to know if I was awake enough to have the breathing tube removed. Of course, it was impossible to talk (since I had a tube down  my throat), so I motioned with my hand for a pen. Also – not easy to do because I was tied to the bed. Some patients start ripping out wires and stuff because they aren’t thinking straight on all the medicine. At first JJ handed me a pen – which was so frustrating because he stuck it in my left hand. I could not simply just move and set it in my right hand, as I’m right handed. When they finally got it all figured out, I wrote them a note. To Paraphrase:

“On one hand, I would really like this tube out so I can speak. On the other hand, I do feel really sleepy still.” [Insert them asking me if they can untie me or if I was going to start pulling out the IVs] “My brother had an aneurysm. He did that. I will not.”

So there you go. Drugged up Debra still thinks fairly clear – however – the nurses, then the anesthesiologist, and later my surgeon thought it was hilarious. The anesthesiologist and the surgeon both asked to take a photo of my note. Apparently, in 30 years of work, no one had written one before. Which I found shocking. But then again, I was at a children’s hospital. Many of their patients can hardly read, let alone write.

Here, six months later, things continue to go really well. I feel great. I have much more energy.

Other than my hypothesis that my heart is smaller, therefore more efficient, therefore better circulation, therefore my wisdom tooth came in, everything is dandy. But seriously, my tooth (which I didn’t even know I had until my pre-op dental clearance appointment in the spring) came in and it came in quick. In the spring I was told “It may come in, in a year, in several, maybe never.”  When I went to the oral surgeon at the end of October, one little edge had cut through the gum. They said “Oh – At your age? It will probably be a very slow eruption. It could sit right there for years and make hardly any progress at all.” UHM!!! 4 weeks later the entire tooth has come in. It does make my face hurt a bit but – hey – it’s not heart surgery so I can’t complain too much. I’m having it pulled on December 8th. Can’t wait. I’m tired of trying to brush it way back there.

Beyond health stuff are enjoying the Advent season. We decorated and turned on the music the day after Thanksgiving. I have a few fun things planned for the boys, baking and such.

I’ll leave you with a picture of our Christmas tree and nativity.





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Where are we now

WOW! Did I really go an entire month without posting!?!

In 8 years of blogging that has only happened a few times.

I guess after doing 22 “by the numbers” and not having much to report – I took a little break.

As far as our emergency fund goes, it’s about the same – 50% done.

We did have our foundation fixed which cost 3,700 so – that was money that DIDN’T make it into the emergency fund (but it also didn’t create more debt since we cash-flowed it).

Other than that November was crazy busy!

*Z had 2 doctor’s appointments and I had one.
*We went to the Bush Library Museum & the Perot Museum
*My Parents came for Thanksgiving.
*I made my first Thanksgiving Dinner
*My brother and his family moved back to Texas
*We helped them get some painting done
*I had a birthday and we had our third anniversary.

What a great (and exhausting!) month it was.

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Happy Pi Day!

That is all. 😉

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One month down

We’ve made it one month. 🙂 We are quite enjoying this new phase of life and adventure of being married.

As we head into the Christmas week (which has completely snuck up on us!) we are continuing to putts around the house, organizing, throwing things out, combining, cleaning, and getting settled into our Home.

We are also wrapping up loose ends on wedding things, like pictures and thank you notes (I addressed 135 envelopes today.) I get the week between Christmas and new years off, so hopefully those extra days will help us get a little more accomplished, but also have some time of rest.

Other than that – I’ve finally picked up War & Peace again. See 5 years ago… or again 3 years ago… This time I am already 150 pages in (about 1 / 10 of the way through) and I am finding it quite enjoyable.

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Christmas Reading

With the holiday’s that means less time at work, More time to READ!

I finally read the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have wanted to read this book for the last 5 years or so. I started it last January, but did not get very far before life got in the way. So I started over this weekend and read the entire thing. It’s so beautiful! And what a great backdrop to better understand the world of Middle Earth. Thanks Vicky for reminding me that I wanted/needed to read this.

(for those who have read the Silmarillion – Check out the Children of Hurin. It’s a full book in greater detail of just a portion of the Silmarillion. The story of Túrin Turambar, and his sister Nienor Níniel.)

Next up: The Odyssey.


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Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. We just finished opening gifts and we tried something new this year: Online video conferencing for all the family members.

I received some nice puzzles, great clothes, a Christmas towel to decorate my kitchen, a bath set and a gift certificate for itunes. I can’t wait to pick out more music to listen to….perhaps some more Death Cab for Cutie!?!?

I have been hanging out at Lance & Katie’s so it was really fun to see the excitement in the girls eyes last night waiting for Santa. And then again this morning as Santa left them a gift and ate the cookies they left out.

So now it’s time for naps before the yummy christmas meal.

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The holiday

Happy 4th.

First things first: The sonics. I am sad. I am disappointed, I am mad. I honestly don’t see the WA state legislature getting anything done by the end of 2009 so the NBA is probably gone for good. I don’t even really like NBA basketball, I just like Seattle and like usual, East Coast bias, it’s all about money, and the fans get short changed. I was thinking this morning, if it was the M’s leaving, I don’t know what I would do. Honestly, I think I would cry.

Now for the Holiday. I don’t have any specific plans. The big fireworks show in town “Kaboomtown” is taking place right now. And I was not about to go by myself to an extremely over-crowded-with-people event. No thanks. Instead, I am listening the M’s game (currently winning!) and after this post, I am going to do some reading.

Tomorrow, I plan on sleeping in. I am also going to put some steak on the grill along with some corn on the cob. The only catch is, I need to grill for lunch because I am not about to be outside in the late afternoon heat standing over a grill. I would like to not die of heat exhaustion thank you very much. I am also doing chores tomorrow like consolidating loans, apartment shopping and laundry.

Thats about it. I may be hanging out with a friend on saturday and on Sunday there is church.

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Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all my friends in the north.

I was reading relevant magazine just now, and they said something that made me laugh

“As we anxiously await the celebration of our nation’s independence, here’s another reason to celebrate: Today, July 1, is Canada Day, a day to celebrate all of the things our cousins to the north have given us. We love you, Canada. Signed, America …” Then they have a link to a bunch of clips of Dudley Do-Right set to the music of “Don’t want to be a Canadian Idiot” by Weird Al.

Also, today I set a new life goal: to use “y’all” and “eh” in the same sentence.

To all my American readers, just wait, only 2 work days to go!

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Happy Leap Day!

Did you know….Leap Day will not fall on a Friday again until 2036? Therefore, Enjoy your day. Have fun! Celebrate.

In celebration of Leap Day:
**At McDonalds, free McSkillet Burrito on February 28 and 29 with purchase of a medium or large beverage (during breakfast hours).

**Einstein Bros. Bagels, coffee for just 29 cents to anybody who visits our restaurants and says “Happy Leap Day” to the order taker on February 29.

**Papa John’s will give customers special online offers on Friday, like three large pizzas with three toppings, all for $29.29

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