Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Home sweet home

Home at last!!  Ok- it's not that I don't love my family- cause I really do. But to be in my own house with my things and my dogs and my fenced back yard.. Heaven I tell you. But this reunion is short. I came home yesterday afternoon and will be leaving again on Thursday morning. My sister is getting married this coming weekend and it's easiest for everyone if I am close at hand for any crisis that might arise- which it won't. Also, tomorrow morning I go to see my surgeon for a follow up appointment. Hopefully, she will be able to explain and alleviate the pain I am getting in my right leg. Maybe she will be able to give me a medical extension for work as well since I definitely don't feel like I am ready to go back to work yet.
My father is staying with me for the next couple days. It is so nice to have him here. Normally, when dad is here we work on projects around the house. Right now I am not able to help so dad is doing work around my house by himself. I love this man. I am finally getting molding in the kitchen and bathroom. Maybe projects will finally get finished around here. MAYBE.
Overall things are ok. I am exhausted and in some pain. Both dogs are doing really well. I haven't done any training with either of them in almost a month now. I am a slacker. I still need to work on a reliable recall for Kieran. Stubborn little guy won't even acknowledge me when I call him. Need to start over. Completely. He's had over a year to learn how to ignore me. But things are going to change! For the better.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Surgery update

Last week I had a schwannoma tumor removed from my abdomen. The surgery was a little bit more complicated than the doctor originally thought it would be. Can't do anything the easy way around here. The tumor was inflamed and had attached itself to my spine and my kidney. They scraped the tumor off my spine and removed it from my kidney- leaving me with just a few extra internal stitches.  This time around I felt much better than I did with the first surgery. However, recovery isn't easy for me. Vomiting, nausea and headaches every day that I was in the hospital. Now I am at my parents and I am still recovering. Tired most days but OK for the most part. I am not even close to 100% but I will get there. And it's so reassuring that I don't have to go through this again. It's over. The tumor is gone and I can move on with my life.

The best part of coming home to my parents house- We pulled in the driveway and I was walking up the path to the back door. My sister's step-daughter was walking Valkyrie up the hill. I could tell Valkyrie saw me because her ears shot straight up on top of her head and her tail started wagging frantically. Then the crying to get to me started. And the wiggling. I think my girl missed me. I know I missed her. (I missed the little K man too- but don't tell Valkyrie that)

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I hurt. But I hurt less than last surgery. 
Now sleep to recover. Will maybe update more tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I've been quiet here for almost a week. I even missed last weeks "Wordless Wednesday."  Geez. I am a slacker. Ok, probably not. I have been having serious nervous energy about my upcoming surgery. Nervous energy is not conducive to sitting in front of the computer typing up an update. So my house is practically spotless because of all the cleaning I have been doing. Maybe not spotless- less cluttered is more like it. I just want to come home from the hospital to a clean house and nothing to worry about.
This update is brought to you by nervous energy and randomness all thrown together. 
A lot has been happening in the last week that I just don't have time to write about. Training with the dogs is on hold for now. Both dogs have been making progress on loose leash walking so we will have to see if they remember anything when I am able to work with them again. Valkyrie and I probably won't make it out to any agility trials until the fall. Bummer. But we'll get over that. She enjoys training and so do I.
I did switch Kieran's food to Bravo raw chicken blend. Actually we are still in the process of switching. It hasn't been great but it hasn't been awful either. Crossing my fingers that it gets better. Especially since my sister is going to be taking care of him for at least the next week maybe a bit longer.
Maybe when I am sitting around the house doing nothing but recovering from surgery I will do a real update. Maybe.