Please don't hang up
Friday, March 31, 2006
Deep Breath...
....In...Deep Breath out...

I talked to Jeana today. I was honest and told her all my thoughts and questions. After quite a few emails, I realized that everything everyone, including Jeana, said was true. Maybe I was making a big deal over nothing. Maybe I was overwhelmed with facts and decisions and overlooked the simplicity of all of it. Maybe I should really just go to God as I am and tell him.

So I did.

Jeana said I should tell God I wanted him in my life and to help show me the next step, so that is what I did. Right here at work. I closed my eyes, said a few words and wrote back to Jeana.

I don't feel changed. I didn't expect to. I did feel kind of relieved though to be honest. Now, I'm not making any promises. I don't know if I'll be in church on Sunday, I don't know if I won't make some huge "sinner" mistake tomorrow. But I am going to put an effort into learning how to pray (I suck at that.) and tonight maybe I'll read my bible.

This will be quite interesting for me. I feel like this long, winding road is in front of me and I'm scared to death to make this first step. I am sure God will help me.

Thank you all for all of your help and thoughts and emails. A lot of you have helped me in different ways and I really do appreciate it.

Thank you for all of your prayers. I don't know what to say about that. If you don't mind though, continue to pray? I am going to need all the help I can get.

I am not saying any of this to boast or anything. I just want to update people on my journey and thank ALL OF YOU for everything.

It is true, you can make friends on the internet...

Thanks again. We'll talk again on Monday.

Susan
posted by Susan @ 3:34 PM   35 comments
Thursday, March 30, 2006
My favorite Christian Songs!
Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about My favorite Christian songs!


1. With his love, sing holy - David Phelps
2. End of the Beginning - David Phelps
3. What If - Nicole Nordeman
4. Cry out to Jesus - Third Day
5. I Can Only Imagine - Mercy Me
6. Amazing Grace
7. Just The Way I Am - Big Daddy Weave
8. Precious Memories - This was my Grandpa's favorite song and we had it sung at his funeral
9. I Choose Now - Anthony Evans
10. We Live - Superchic(k)
11. Voice of Truth - Casting Crowns
12. Cry On My Shoulder - Overflow
13. Redeemer - Nicole C. Mullin



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posted by Susan @ 10:06 AM   9 comments
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Immortally Yours...
So, I drive into work this morning, totally on auto pilot as I listen to my David Phelps CD, really clueless to the outside world. I pull into the parking lot and see this HUGE motor home, limo and random cars all over the parking lot. I turn my music down and survey the scene.

Mostly men are scattered about, seeming to be packing things up into a van and a few trucks. I slowly park my car and step out, feeling a bit nervous with all these men running around. One smiles and says hello and I nod and smile back.

~Bit of background here - our company just moved into a new building. Our first day here was 3/13. This building is ENORMOUS. We have about 1/2 of the second floor. Cincinnati Bell (our local phone company, duh) is moving into about 1/2 of the first floor. So, I basically just assume that the men and trucks are from Cincinnati Bell. Of course, I hadn't thought of the motor home and why Cincinnati Bell would need one of these but you never know.~

So, I head up to our floor, kind of anxious. WELLLLLL, come to find out, they were filming here! Yes, read it again...I will wait...... FILMING!

I had seen an article in the Hamilton Journal awhile ago about the filming of a vampire movie here in Hamilton, OH. They were going to film parts of the movie at the old Mercy Hospital in downtown Hamilton and are using some of the larger (meaning more pricey) houses in West Chester (about a 5-10 minute drive from Hamilton). They also have filmed at the Greenwood cemetery and used restaurant in Middletown. (Again, another 10-15 drive from Hamilton). So, needless to say, we all knew they were filming a "vampire movie" and that's about it.

WELL! The movie is called Immortally Yours and should be out the end of the Summer-early fall from what I can tell. I don't know if the movie will ever make it to the "big creen" (obviously that is the goal) or if it will go straight to DVD. Either way, I know myself as well as a lot of my co-workers will be seeing it, one way or the other.

Why they were filming here I am not sure. Our building is surrounded by a huge lot of grass and TONS (I do mean tons here folks) of trees. We also have two ponds in the front and just across the street is the Little Miami River. My colleague Brett said last night would have been a good night to shoot with the moon and all the fog.

The motor home and trucks are still in our parking lot. I'm wondering if they will be filming here again tonight.

This small, po-dunk kind of town is going to be in a film. OH!! OH!! I also found out today that the new comedy "Sons & Daughters" is supposed to be based here in Hamilton, OH. They did not due any of the filming for the show here but re-built it in Hollywood. How cool is that?

Not that any of you care, but I will keep you posted on the movie being filmed here. Also, here is a website (on blogspot no less) to keep up with the film.
http://immortallyyours.blogspot.com/

Check it out!
See you tomorrow.
Susan
posted by Susan @ 3:54 PM   6 comments
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Shopping with my brother!
My brother is home. From Florida. Well, actually, he went to KY then mom went and picked him up Sunday night in KY because he and his roommate/side kick had a huge fight and…well, it's all a very long story.

As usual, James left a city and left ALL of his belongings in that city. Yes, I know, he's stupid. But he is my brother and I love him.

Last night, I took him to see our father. Now, granted he hasn't seen dad since last July. Dad has lost like 50 pounds since then and has been very ill. He doesn't exactly look like that dad that James left when he moved away.

After we saw dad, I took James to Wal-Mart, a.k.a My favorite store. (Seriously, everything you need is at Wal-Mart.) I figured I'd buy him some clothes (from the clearance rack of course) so he would have more than a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to wear around. (DUH! It's cold in Ohio.)
Here is how that went. (I think this is kind of funny, so I wanted to share.)


Me - Let's go back here to the clearance stuff to see if we can find you anything.
James - Clearance?
Me - Yes. Problem?
James - I don't normally wear clearance.
Me - Oh I'm sorry, did you have money of your own that we could spend? We could go someplace else if you want to spend your money.
James - *silence*


Me - *pushes cart through aisle way, heading towards, yes, the CLEARANCE) Here, look, these shirts are only 7 dollars.
James - And they are ugly.
Me - Well there are more shirts over here.
James - *picks up a shirt, looks at it like it is trash and hangs it back up*
Me - Look…these shirts are 3 dollars.
James - Some of these are cool. *picks out some shirts, I then put back what I refuse to buy (like the beer shirts) and we put the rest in the cart*


Me - I'm going to look at some pants for you. Why don't you go over and find some boxers that you like? (Considering you only have the ONE PAIR of underwear you are WEARING)
James - You can't go find them?
Me - You want ME to buy YOU underwear?
James - *heads off to the boxer section, grumbling and then comes back with a pack of 3, size 2 XL*


(side note here - James is like 6'2 and MAYBE weighs 190 pounds.)

Me - I don't think you need a 2 XL James.
James - I have a big penis. (Seriously, my brother just told me the size of his UNIT??)
Me - *trying not to laugh* That really has nothing to do with your waist size. You want an XL because that will fit your waist.
James - Well, I might hang out.
Me - Why don't you go and look at the boxer briefs then? Maybe they will support you better and you won't have the "hanging out" issue.
James - *wanders off to contemplate the underwear issue*


Me - James? *pushing around cart, looking for tall, skinny dude* James?!
James - *turns corner with pack of XL boxers*
Me - I found these pants I think you should try on. They are a 36-34.
James - I wear a 36-38.
Me - No, you don't. Maybe a 36-36 but I can't find any that size. Could you just try these on please?
James - Where is the dressing room?
Me - *points to big sign just above our heads that says "Fitting Rooms"*
(Wouldn't you know it the pants fit.)


Me - Go and get a pack of socks please.
James - What kind?
Me - Do you know what kind of socks you wear?
James - Yeah.
Me - Well then, try those. *shakes head*


Are men seriously this oblivious or is it just my brother? Maybe it's his young age.

After at least an hour of fun (I use this term loosely) shopping, I head for the check out.

James - Hey.
Me - Huh? *I am deep in thought over if I should buy the plain M&M's or the peanut butter ones*
James - Can I have some PEEPS?
Me - WHAT?? *totally heard something else*
James - PEEPS? *points to the Easter candy aisle*
Me - Oh….um, yea. *picks the peanut butter M&M's*
James - You going to share those M&M's?
Me - No. *smiles sweetly*


I'm sure everyone else's Monday night was just as fun! (BLAH)

Susan
posted by Susan @ 3:15 PM   5 comments
Monday, March 27, 2006
Happy Monday!






Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Well, the concert on Friday night was AMAZING! I had so much fun and heard the greatest music. Spent way to much money buying cd's and t-shirts. I feel so blessed that I got to go and hear great Christian music.

Ana Laua started the concert. She is beautiful and talented. I bought her first cd of course! She is only 20 years old. She has the greatest career ahead of her. She sang this song called: "Completely". I really felt that she sang that song only to me.

For those of you who do not know, I am not a Christian. I have been struggling over the past several months because I really feel that I need God in my life. I have had several people helping me including: HolyMama, Faithful Mommy, Minnie's Moments, Corina's Mission.

Anywhoo….I have been struggling with all the changes that will have to be made in my life. These changes have scared the crap out of me! Ana Laura talked Friday night about how so many people feel that they have to change themselves before they come to know Jesus Christ. She said, "All you have to do is come to him and he will make the transformation." I got chills all over my body and cried when she sang that song.

Next up was Anthony Evans. He is the son of Tony Evans, Sr. He was amazing as well. He was so much fun and his voice just is so beautiful and breath taking. I bought 2 of his cds and a t-shirt. Plus I got to meet him! He's HOT! He has the nicest smile and he's so sweet. He signed my cd and talked to me about God. I was just blown away.

Then of course was David Phelps. Enough said. His music…well, there are no words. I strongly recommend picking up his newest cd. I LOVED IT. His testimony is written all over his music and all over his face. He's just the nicest guy.

Every artist stayed until they had talked to every person, signed every autograph, heard every word. They seemed truly humbled by our small, po-dunk town.

I ALMOST FORGOT! They also had a comedian. His name is Daren Streblow. I laughed so hard I was crying and coughing and crying and coughing.

I really think if you can, pick up some of these artists music. You will enjoy it.

Have a good day!
Susan

posted by Susan @ 7:36 AM   6 comments
Friday, March 24, 2006
Get tickets now!

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, get your tickets now! The fabulous David Phelps is in concert tonight! HURRY! HURRY! HURRY!


I am so excited. I get to see David Phelps in concert tonight. He is amazing. I don't know a ton about him, just saw him at a Gaither concert one night and was BLOWN away.

He sings this song called "End of the Beginning" that gives me chills and makes me cry every single time I hear it. (I have provided the lyrics) I really recommend picking up his music or listening to him online. I think you will enjoy it.

I will let everyone know on Monday how it went. :)

Lyrics to "End of the Beginning":
(Intro Music)
I was takin a trip on a plane the other day
just wishing that i could get out
When the man next to me saw the book in my hand
and asked me what it was about
so i settled back in my seat
a best seller i said
a history a mystery in one
and then i opened up the book and began to read from matthew mark luke and john
Chorus:He was born of a virgin one holy night
in the little town of bethlehem
angels gathered round him underneath the stars
singing praises to the great I am
he walked on the water healed the lame and made the blind to see again
and for the first time here on earth we learned that God could be a friend
and though he never ever did a single thing wrong
the angry crowd chose him and then he walked down the road
and died on the cross and that was the end of the beginning
Thats not a new book thats a bible he said and ive heard it all before
Ive tried religion its shame and guilt and i dont need it anymore
its superstition made up tales and just to help the weak to survivel
et me read it again i said listen closely cuz this is gunna change your life
(Chorus)
The end of the beginning he said with a smile
what more could there be? hes dead.
you said they hung him put nails in his hands
and a crown of thorns on his head
i said i'll read it again but this time theres more
and i believe that this is true
his death wasnt the end, the beginning of life
thats completed in you
dont you see he did all this for you!
(Chorus)
then he walked and he died but three days later (3x)
HE ROSE!!!!!!!!
Three days later he rose!
You see he came, he lived, and he died
but that was the end of the beginning
posted by Susan @ 7:28 AM   4 comments
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Why I love Sponge Bob Square Pants.


Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about why I LOVE Sponge Bob Square Pants!


1. He's yellow
2. He's square
3. He's a sponge that talks
4. He is always kind to people
5. He's always using his "imagination"
6. He lives in a pineapple
7. His best friend is a starfish
8. He thinks catching jelly fish is fun
9. He works so he has a sense of responsibility lol
10. He wants to befriend even someone who hates him - Squidward
11. He loves everyone and every thing
12. His pet snail says meow - who couldn't love that? lol
13. He's so freaking funny!!



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posted by Susan @ 9:22 AM   10 comments
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Finally, A PRIZE!!!



Since I have been harrassed about telling you who I was in the picture, I am telling you! (I was just kidding about being harrassed)

I was the one in the orange & white stripped shirt. Are you happy now?!?! :)

And you guessed it....Spongebob is your prize, for those of you who guessed right. For those of you who didn't (which I think was no one) you can still have Spongebob. I would ask you to post him on your website, but I know you won't. HA! (Please? lol) And yes, I made it all by myself.

I have pictures of my new hair cut but I am afraid to post them. The first one, because of the face I made, it is AWFUL and makes my face look HUGE! Really.

Susan

posted by Susan @ 10:47 AM   4 comments
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Snow...Snow...SNOW!



So, I got up this morning at my usual time. (5:30EST) I was expecting to see about 2-4 inches of snow, as they predicted last night. Well, there was nothing! So, I turned on the news and listened to the reports as I got ready for work. They were saying the snow would start at anytime and we were supposed to get up to 4 inches before the day was out. We are under a winter weather advisory until 7:00 PM EST.

So much for spring huh?

The first picture is a radar of our area. The second picture is of Cincinnati about 7-8AM this morning. I live about 30-45 minutes north of Cincinnati but this gives you an idea of what we are seeing.

Stinks doesn't it?

Anyone up for going someplace warmer with me?

Susan
posted by Susan @ 10:00 AM   6 comments
Monday, March 20, 2006
I am brave.
Well, I did it. After all of these years...talking about it, debating it, thinking about it...I did it.

I made my appointment and I took some pictures with me. I told them this is what I want.

I CUT MY HAIR OFF!

This was a big change for me. I've had long hair all my life. She took like 9 inches off. It's hacked!

I LOVE IT!

Thought I would share. :)

Happy Monday everyone!

Susan
posted by Susan @ 1:49 PM   4 comments
Friday, March 17, 2006
Grandpa, I miss you!
My grandfather recently passed away in 11/05. I was very close to him. My grandmother and I were once very close as well, but in the past five years she's gotten dementia and our relationship changed drastically. My grandfather (rest his soul) quickly took her place in my life and we became fast friends. (Not that we weren't friends before mind you.) My grandfather has played a huge part in my life concerning my outlook on life and my feelings about God and faith. Any time I had questions in my life about anything, he was the man I called. Over the past years, I've taken one week of my two weeks vacation and spent it with him and my grandmother in Florida, making trips to the beach, eating Grandma's cookin' and lazing around. My grandparents always said that they felt so honored that their 9 grandchildren would come to visit them so much and how blessed they were to have such a loving family. I enjoyed these times more than anyone knows and am so blessed to have all those memories of them.

Grandpa arrived here in Ohio in October. My first night seeing him, I was shocked. A once tall, broad man now appeared shrunken and tired, his face hollow and his body shallow with weight loss. His eyes had the same spark, though now dimmed but he seemed tired and wistfull. I ran to greet him as though I was 5 again and was saddened by the frail arms that hugged me and his gruff voice (once soothing) mumbling how glad he was to see me. His time here in Ohio was short, as his failing health caught up with him after a week and half here and he was quickly placed in the hospital.

Among the doctors and nurses, my grandfather slipped away slowly day by day and I suddenly found myself preparing my heart and mind for his death. He died a short 6 days after he was admitted.

I was able to share my thoughts and feelings with him before his death. I remember vividly pressing my warm hand into his cool one, tears streaming down my face as I finally told my grandfather what a huge role he had played in my life. My feelings like my tears, gushed out and at times I found it hard to even catch my breath while I was pouring my heart out to him. It was important to me to let him know how much he had changed me as a person, how much he meant to me and how much, if something were to happen, I would miss him. His now gruff voice, soothed my soul as he told me how grateful he was to have me as his granddaughter and how my life would go on, I was young mind you and how much he loved me and my family. He then included that should I ever want to see him again, in Heaven, I would have to straighten up my life and find the Lord. He impressed to me that I had already been shown the way by him and my upbringing and how much he wanted to see me on that "great other side." I was moved in ways I never imagined. All this week (of his hospitalization) I had never once thought of God or of Heaven. I had only questioned in my selfish manner, why this was happening and why was my grandpa so sick, after being such a wonderful man! No one deserved to be sick or die this way! Now, I sat stunned that even in his greatest illness, he was "witnessing" to me about his faith and his God. People from his church gathered around him and my family during his final hours, praying and "witnessing" as well.

His death was so hard on me. I miss him daily but I do have knowledge now...I will see him again! I was saved not long ago. By the Grace of God. I will see you again Grandpa...I can't wait!!
posted by Susan @ 9:20 AM   1 comments
Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

Hello there. Here are a few fun quizzes in honor of Saint Patty's Day! :)


You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.


Your Irish Name Is...

Caitlin Dillon


You're 40% Irish

You're probably less Irish than you think you are...
But you're still more Irish than most.
posted by Susan @ 7:54 AM   2 comments
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Thursday Thirteen about what I am thankful for!
Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about What I am Thankful for!


1. God
2. My Family
3. My mom - I know she counts under family but I am thankful for her twice!
4. My job - though I hate it at times, I am still thankful for it.
5. My car - it's kind of old and a little beat up, but it's paid for and it runs.
6. My home
7. My health
8. My grandpa - He's passed on to be with the Lord now but I am very thankful for the role he played in my life.
9. My friends - they are like family to me.
10. My blogging friends - they are becoming my "online" family! You know who you are!
11. To be an American!
12. Sponge Bob Square Pants - I know, I'm a nerd. I love him though, he makes me crack up. :-)
13. All of my books - I LOVE to read.




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posted by Susan @ 6:54 AM   6 comments
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
HELP! I NEED SOMEBODY!
Can someone make up something for me? I cannot seem to get a handle on it. Here is what I am looking for, I would like to make a very special award for all those who have guess right on my picture thingy.

I know some of you have made these things and they show proudly on your website. CAN YOU HELP ME?

Please?
:-)

Susan
posted by Susan @ 3:34 PM   2 comments
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Pictures of me!


So, can you figure out which one is me? :) I'll give you a prize if you can! 50/50 chance!

(Scrambles to figure out what the prize would be?)

Susan
posted by Susan @ 4:02 PM   6 comments
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sleep....Sleep....Sleep
I am so tired and I am not sure why. I can't stop yawning. Of course, it could be because I have been up since 05:15. And the fact that it has been raining for days (feels like months) here in Ohio.

For the most part it's been warm but it's so rainy it's kind of depressing.

I yawned again just now!

I know I haven't written much lately but I don't know what to write about. Nothing has "struck" me.

Any suggestions?

Susan
posted by Susan @ 2:00 PM   1 comments
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Thursday 13 about why I love my brother!
Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about why I love my brother!


1. He calls me things like baby, beautiful and sweet heart.
2. We look just alike - well, kind of.
3. Both of our names have 5 letters in it.
4. We have this love/hate relationship that only we understand.
5. He has this uncanny ability to put things in perspective for me.
6. I can talk to him about anything.
7. He is a fabulous cook.
8. He's fearless. I admire that in him.
9. We have our own set of private jokes that crack us up at anytime.
10. When we fight, it's like World War 3. But 20 minutes later, we're fine.
11. He doesn't care what people think of him.
12. He's very cute.
13. We love eachother very much!



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posted by Susan @ 7:19 AM   4 comments
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I hate Home Depot!
For those of you who don't know, I work for American Standard. This is a company that makes plumbing fixtures, i.e. tubs, toilets, faucets, etc. I handle our Columbus Ohio facility and I basically put together truckloads and schedule appointments.

Most of our freight goes through Home Depot. (I know most of you know who this customer is.) I really hate calling these people for appointments, hence my title. And I'm going to tell you why.

1. 9 times out of 10, the people who answer the phone are rude. (We really think here, in our office, that Home Depot pays their employees to be rude.)
2. You sit on hold FOREVER. Seriously, I've held for a Home Depot facility for as long as 40 minutes or more. Just trying to get the receiving department!
3. 9 times out of 10, the people who answer the phone in the receiving department are rude. See #1.
4. They never EVER want to take our freight. It's always, "We don't have room for that." "We are over loaded now, how can I take more?" "We can't take that freight until we clear room for it." "I can't take that Wednesday (the date we ask for.) I can take it Friday." ~ Seriously then, STOP ORDERING THE FREIGHT!
5. Did I mention they are rude?
6. They are rude.
7. You seriously sit on hold for a LONG time.
8. The hold music is horrible. If you've ever seen a Home Depot commercial, you know what I am talking about. Imagine hearing: "You can do it, we can help!" about 100 plus times a day. It's a wonder that I have any hair left.

Home Depot is our biggest retail customer and everyone here in this office, hates them. I would say 90% of our office shops at Lowes because Home Depot has basically ticked off EVERY SINGLE person here.

Thank you for listening. I needed to vent. Can you tell that I have scheduled Home Depot deliveries today? :)

Susan
posted by Susan @ 2:03 PM   35 comments
Monday, March 06, 2006
Welcome back Me! :)
Well, I am back! (waits for applauds to subside) Did you miss me?

I missed you guys!

I know you are all dying to hear about my surgery so I will tell you day by day how it went:

Thursday: Woke up WAY too early and got ready to go to the surgery center. Arrived at surgery center and checked in. Was escorted back to a tiny room, instructed to change into a night gown (that is so paper thin...) and these lovely footie sock things. Got into a bed, got IV hooked up (that hurt so bad by the way) and waiting patiently for my mom to come back. Talked to mom and cried (I do that when I'm super scared).....then was wheeled off to surgery. PS~ I cried in the surgery room as well. Yes, I'm 27 and a big baby!
Woke up in recovery and swallowed. PAIN!....wait, it't not that bad....got some ice chips and water...swallowed again...still pain is not that bad...Was in recovery about an hour and half then got to go home.
Almost got sick in the car on the way home. Bumpy ride and all the stops made me sick to my stomach. Arrived home and promply changed into my "comfy" PJ's.
Really did get all the ice cream and popsicles I wanted. Went through like 6 boxes of jello and one box of popsicles the first day.

Friday: Pain still wasn't that bad. Eating jello and popsicles still. Pain medicine makes me very sleepy but I only sleep about 2 hours. Can't shake this itchy feeling I have. Am anxious to eat "more" food. I am STARVING! Get to spend about 2 hours by myself as my mom goes to see Grandma in the nursing home. Mom comes home, I take a hot shower and change clothes. Itching is WORSE, feel like my skin is crawling. Put call into the doctor. Mom rushes to store to get liquid benadryl. (We figured it out, I am allergic to the pain medicine.). After a few doses of benadryl and different pain medicine, itching goes away.

Saturday: all about the same, pain still isn't that bad. Popsicles, jello, apple juice and pain medicine. New pain medicine works faster just doesn't stay in system as long.

Sunday and Monday: Worst days. Pain is so bad, I cry a lot. Not sleeping at all. Grumpy, tired, hurting and scared. Wondering why on earth I did this? (Doctor did tell Mom that my pain would "peak out" on the 4th or 5th day then should settle down.) Found that chewing gum helps with pain. (I really have no idea why but it really does!)

Tuesday: Pain is backing off some. Chewing gum like crazy!

Most of the other days are just spent sleeping and eating what I can. So far, over all, I've lost about 6 pounds. Doctor said 7-12 pounds lost is average. Of course, I'll put it all back on once I can eat again.

Thank you all so much for all the thoughts and prayers! I missed you guys and your blogs!

Today is my first day back at work. I'm still really sore and after talking this morning have lost my voice. I'm tired and ready to go home! (Can I whine some more?)

I am so glad to be back!
Susan
posted by Susan @ 12:14 PM   4 comments
Please don't hang up on me just yet...try me out.
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