Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A DIY project to look forward to

I am home. Think I'll pause right there to take in just how good it feels to be able to write that.


The trip home wasn't nearly as tortuous as I had expected, except for the hour inside Walmart filling prescriptions and shopping for jello. The animals were all very happy to see me. I have no pictures of the reunions; hugging was more important than focusing.

Frankly, I'm shocked by how good I feel and how much I am able to do. I know what you're saying. Stop shaking your heads. 
I will listen to my body and follow doctor's orders. Within reason. They trust me to do the right things,
as long as those things don't include any heavy lifting for the next five weeks. They even gave me 
my very own staple remover so that I don't have to make any unnecessary trips to town.



Let the DIY project begin!

62 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm sure your reunion with your critters felt really good. I won't worry about you too much...Smooch will be there to watch over your every move. :) Take care and PLEASE follow doctors' orders.

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  2. Wonderful news. Welcome home! You're active and in great shape and more importantly you love your critters and your life. All that positive life energy is flowing through you and restoring your body. Maybe no lifting, but I suspect there will be some supervisin' goin' on.

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  3. Monumental congratulations on your returning good health, your freedom, and your very own staple remover (cool!!). Soooo glad about the happy end to a very scary situation.
    Get completely well and be well!
    P.S. I think you should get a special prize in the category Humor in Hospitals.

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  4. Welcome home!!!! take it easy so you stay there. Bet they were the best fur baby hugs.

    Wendy

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  5. The mother of all DIY projects!

    Glad you're home :)

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  6. There really is no place like home! Great news. Happy healing.

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  7. That does not look like a fun tool.
    Can you use it on fence staples later, reuse, repurpose, recycle????

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  8. Just wanted to send you get well wishes from a California fan. Hadn't read the blog in a few days and was quite surprised to find you out of commission. :( Glad to hear that you've returned to your slice of heaven. I'm sure all your furry and feathered kids are glad to have you home. Take care,
    Vicki ~

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  9. Fan-Tas-Tic!

    I know what you mean about getting all the pharmacy/shopping errands done after leaving the hospital (only I'm usually the healthy one , aka: personal assistant & designated driver).

    Good to hear that the ride home went well. Speed bumps leaving the hospital grounds usually give us the most trouble. At least you don't have any major stairs to climb and your posse is happy to have you back.

    We could have used our own staple remover a few times -- it would have simplified recovery.

    Take it easy.

    M in NC

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  10. DIY staple remover? I bet that tool will come in handy for all sorts of things! Do rest and follow Docs orders so you don't have a relapse! Love on your critters and let someone else do the heavy lifting.

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  11. Wow, I bet it feels beyond wonderful to be HOME, sleeping in YOUR OWN BED!
    And I bet all the critters were intrigued by the odd smells you brought home, and aware that you weren't quite up to par yet.
    I'm so glad you've weathered this whole experience so well.
    I'm continually grateful to your friend for getting you to medical help in good time! The alternative doesn't bear thinking about, and thank goodness, now we don't have to think about it.

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  12. Welcome Home!! Glad to hear you are feeling better and are back with all your critters! Animals always make you feel better and put a smile on your face. Best Wishes for a speedy recovery!!

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  13. Home is where you need to be to heal quickly now. Being in your own environment and with your critters has to feel soooo good!

    Wow, your own staple remover ... don't think I've known anyone with that privilege before!

    Take it easy and keep us all updated.

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  14. Wonderful news! I bet Smooch is one very happy dog today. Slowly but surely and you'll be back firing on all 8 in no time.

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  15. welcome home, and you are very brave, i can't even stand to think about pulling my own staples... yikes

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  16. Congratulations! Please limit your Self-Surgery to staple removal. We don't want to have to wonder where you are again!

    By the way, that's a really outrageous diet plan!

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  17. Great to know you are home, Carson. One more experience under your belt in removing your own staples. Geeze Louise! I didn't know that was possible. Thanks for letting me in on it.

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  18. Welcome home!

    Julia

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  19. So glad that you are home!! Home is the very best place to work on your speedy recovery.

    I'm totally jealous of your staple remover. I've always removed sutures from all of our critters myself (also to spare them from an unnecessarily stressful trip to the dr. to get that done.)

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  20. Oh Carson, seriously?!?! You are way tougher than I.

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  21. Oh, while I'm glad you are home, PLEASE don't overdo things! I had 2 c-sections and believe me, you just CANNOT do certain things around the house or ranch...let your body rest & recover. Can somebody come over and help you?

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  22. Diane from NC9/4/13, 6:21 AM

    Glad you are on the mend and at home. Can't wait for the staple removing photos. :) You are going to share them with us....right?

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  23. Well, i left last Thursday for vacation and i was looking forward to seeing what i missed at 7MSN while i was gone. HOLY COW!! I'm so glad you are all right and home now. I had no idea people could get colic like a horse. Stupid sand. I hope you feel 100% soon. Now i have to go back and read all the comments. That should take til' noon, LOL

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  24. Anne Boleyn9/4/13, 6:38 AM

    SOOOO happy that you are home and I won't even mention how many times I checked here yesterday in hopes of this good news. Gotta say I am a teensie bit envious of your DIY project as I love to remove stitches and have never removed staples (but have had them removed and think "quickly' is key).
    Looking forward to following your recovery!

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  25. Great Carson! However, I think I would be making that "unnecessary" trip to town. You won't find ME removing my own staples. You're a better man.... I mean person than me. As to not focusing your camera, you need to focus on getting well. We can imagine the reunion with your critters with very vivid MENTAL pictures.

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  26. Glad you are home. Good luck on taking staples out, hate that part.

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  27. I am back, i thought you might feel better if you watch the video on Sprouts and wings farm..
    http://sproutnwings.blogspot.com/2013/09/just-thing_3.html

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  28. Click your heels three times and say ,there's no place like home! Glad you're feeling better. Take care of yourself, please.

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  29. Let's see some pictures of you and Smooch on the daybed, surveying your domain.

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  30. So happy your are back home! Not so sure about the do it yourself staple removal though.....

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  31. Congrats! Now for the day to day, slow process of healing and gaining strength. It will all come back - it just takes time.

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  32. Oh wow! That will definitely be a blog post! LOL Glad you are home, I know it was a joyous reunion. Mind the doctor's orders...........within reason! :o)

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  33. Oooo, what a cool DIY project! I've removed plenty of stitches, but never staples. Will you really be doing it yourself, or will Danni be helping you? :)

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  34. now that's a great project! how fast you can remove them, that is great! I hope you are not alone on your ranch, because I would worry for you

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  35. Well done girrrrrl!!! You have an amazing will. And recovery powers. Take it easy. Hugs.

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  36. Welcome home! I bet it feels good to sleep in your own bed, relax in your own chair, enjoy your own sunroom. Make sure you do a LOT of that. :)

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  37. Michelle from BC9/4/13, 8:41 AM

    Boy, do your loyal followers know you well. We all thought the same thing when we saw the picture of the staple remover! My first thought was .......I wonder how she's going to re-use that!
    Glad that your home.

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  38. Just want to add that I've had lots of surgeries and staples. Mine didn't hurt a bit when they were removed.

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  39. You are a badass, and removing your own staples is kinda fun. Or at least I thought so.
    Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery!

    Marcia

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  40. Carol in N. Colorado9/4/13, 8:56 AM

    Congratulations on being home. Your recovery/healing process is going to go so much faster being in your own bed and around the critters. Hugs to your ranch hands. Ick on the staple remover as I don't think I could remove my own let alone help someone. Take care!

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  41. Maybe you can keep the staple remover on hand to use later for removal of cholla cactus barbs from the herd.
    Welcome home!

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  42. Well, wasn't that nice of them and how much did that little thing cost you ?

    Seriously, when my hospital bills came in it was shocking how much they charge for the room, the surgery, etc.

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  43. Welcome Home. I'm sure the reception committee was thrilled to have you back at the ranch. Now let the ranch hands make your life easier and you get completely well. I know you have the "como se llamas" to get those staples out...I mean it seems like an easy thing in the face of everything else you have accomplished in life. You are amazing lady. We at the Casa de Cuckoos send our undying love and admiration your way. Oma Linda

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  44. I had wondered in the past what you do in case something like this had happened. Good to know you did have a plan in place. Take it easy and do what the doc said. You will be right as rain in no time.

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  45. oh man....


    Glad to hear you're home and in the loving arms (well, you know) of your fabulous herd.

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  46. Congrats for making it home in what I suspect is record time :)

    As cute as those Drs were, I'm betting that the mugs that welcomed you back at the 7MSN were much cuter.

    Maggy

    *Not even going to mention that scary apparatus you're wielding from your hospital bed .. must be a cakewalk to you, compared with battling rattlesnakes and (ick!) tarantulas*

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  47. Here is a fun way to get back into the swing of things, have someone (is your sis still there?) take pics of your stitches, as you remove them, then you can add those wonderful diagrams you love to do, and show them to us!

    I just can't wait!

    Jo and Stella

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  48. Geez, Linda ... I hope you let your sister do the removal of staples ... Yikes! Or call in your farrier ... LOL I was getting concerned when there were no updates and then ... there you are in the doggone horsepistol getting cut open and getting gutted ... like a fish! Well, maybe not just like that. So glad you are back home and you were probably greeted with a lot of heehaws, neighs, mews and the hen girls clucking!! Do what you're suppose to do and don't push it ... lots of hugs from Marcia in CO.

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  49. Welcome home. Take care of yourself. Don't over do.
    Lynda in Michigan

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  50. Glad you are home! No head shaking from me. I remember all the lectures I got when I broke my leg, and I can say with fair certainty that you are the best judge of what your body can handle. Healing thoughts heading your way!

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  51. Oh hey, I am SO jealous of the self removal staples!

    Hope you negotiated an employee discount on the stay ?

    Welcome back :-)

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  52. Glad you're home! Take care....

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  53. It's been a while since I stopped by your blog and all I can say is JEEZ OH PETE! Glad all has gone well and you are on the mend and home! XOX

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  54. You're crazy! :)

    I love that pic! Glad you are home and able to administer hugs to all.

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  55. Hey Cuz. I am so glad to see you're home. Staples? You have stables. That's gonna leave a scar. I just had a portion of my colon removed. All I got was tape. 3 little tiny( like --- that) holes & a crocked one througj my belly button. We should exchange belly pics. Really! When they say 5 weeks they really mean 5 weeks. I pushed it a little too hard at 4 weeks home. ( just a little 3 mile hike in our local hills. i was tired of looking at the same houses on my block). Boy did I pay for that. Knocked me back a whole week. Take it easy. I really am so glad you're home and doing good.

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  56. I've been a silent visitor for awhile, stopping by whenever I needed a donkey-fix. Now I realize I was coming by for a super-charged-great-strong-human-spirit-fix. So glad you're home and better.

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  57. Dang, that's how you know your providers trust you. ^_^

    When there was no Thursday post to go with my breakfast, I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. Glad you're home and recuperating! I'm more of a lurker than a commenter but I just wanted to take a second and say how much I love your blog and your posse of furry friends. I'm glad you're ok.

    Are you going to liveblog the staple removal? ^_^ lol

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  58. Yay, you are home and in great spirits. Your very own staple remover, now that I am skeptical of :)

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  59. Oh my God! You are taking out your own staples! I am in awe. So glad you are home. :)

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  60. Glad you are home! You do have a slightly demented look about you, though--just what are you planning with that poor staple remover? It looks so innocent, please do not warp it.
    Just when did you get your hair cut? I swear it was longer. I must be loosing it.
    Google and I are at odds, so I must post anon.
    Amy

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