Friday, October 11, 2013

On the way back to normal

It's been six weeks and one day since Smooch's and my world turned temporarily upside-down and inside-out.



Smooch has thrived on having an extra person in the house, and much to my surprise, so have I. 
You have no idea how happy I get when somebody besides me takes out the trash.



My surgeon told me yesterday that I can resume my normal activities, as long as they don't cause any pain. 
He also said I have to keep packing the ever-shrinking hole in my gut for another two weeks – 
not the news I had hoped for, but it's got to close up eventually.
Sooner or later, we'll be back to normal.

34 comments:

  1. Back to normal sounds so good. You will miss all your ranch hands I'm sure. Lets hope that wound closes up in a couple of weeks and this ordeal will be a distant memory. Take special care of yourself, Carson. We're all watching you!

    Best always,

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  2. Somehow, we never appreciate our normal until we can't manage it. There will be incisional pain--sometimes randomly. I have had three c-sections. The last one seven years ago. Every so often, I turn funny and stretch out a bit of scar tissue that I missed a thousand other times. It goes away and I don't think about it again.

    Welcome back.

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  3. That's good news, and your daybed looks wonderful.

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  4. this is good news you are doing so well, so hopefully another 2 weeks and the hole will go away..

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  5. Yay!! It's nice to see that end of the tunnel even if you are not quite there..... It's do-able!

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  6. Back to normal is good. I luv that quilt on your daybed eh!

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  7. Fantastic! Glad your so much better and normal is around the corner.

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  8. I'm so happy to hear the positive progress report on your healing journey. I can only imagine how tedious it has been for you, and how difficult it has to have been to be thrown off track of your daily routine. I'm so thankful you have had devoted angels to help you in your time of need...God bless them all. I see a 'reunion' down the road for all of them to gather together on the ranch once again, only this time for cake and beverages with umbrellas! Be good...

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  9. I am very happy for you. It's wonderful that you have friends who you can turn to in time of need. Although you are very independent and capable, there are some rare times where comradeship is priceless.

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  10. Just have to make it mend from the inside out. Will soon be lots of memories from all the ranch sitters and helping hearts.

    Welcome back to functionality! Smooch has been waiting oh so patiently for you.

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  11. Michelle from BC10/11/13, 7:46 AM

    such great news Linda, next 2 weeks will fly by.
    Did you make the quilt you are laying on? I really like it.

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  12. Janet Malone10/11/13, 7:47 AM

    Great news, Carson! Please resist the temptation to overdo. Slow and easy will get you there.

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  13. You've come a long way, baby! Yes, you and Smooch (and probably Hank and the long ears) will definitely miss your ranchsitters.

    Nancy in Iowa

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  14. Ditto to what everyone else has said; there's not much more that I can add except to follow your surgeon's advice and not try to overdo it, especially while you're still on the mend :)

    I second the vote for gettting all the ranchsitters together for a party when it's convenient .. now, *that* would make for some wonderful blog posts (and I suspect all your animals would agree!)

    Love the pic of Smooch w/ ?? sitting beside her; your sunroom window on the world around you is envious.

    Take good care of yourself, and keep healing!

    Maggy

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  15. Congrats on the back to normal thing and you will be getting the same for the whole in your belly in a couple of weeks. I'm most happy for you, and watching you and your pals these last weeks has been a joy.

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  16. Glad to hear you are almost back to normal, though it has certainly been fun meeting the ranchhands through your blog.
    I love these photos - lovely composition and lighting - and subject, too!

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  17. Yahoooooo! That is great news. So glad the Ranchsitters have helped you so much.

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  18. As my best friend and I tell each other when we've been sick: "if you get back to 'normal', I won't know you!" Linda, just get back to how you were before this enforced medical leave...:-) That's the recovery we're all looking forward to. Thank you to all these wonderful ranchsitters!! P.S. I really didn't know the best way to eat a banana!

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  19. Good to hear. Have a beautiful weekend.-ann from maine

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  20. Great news! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. It made me appreciate the everyday simple things.

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  21. That is great news! Hurray for normal activities!

    Susan (and Wrigs)

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  22. This is all wonderful news. I am so happy you are feeling much better. Take it slow and God bless you and those wonderful ranchsitters.

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  23. Six weeks and a day, huh? Jeez- it seems like just last week that Justina answered the phone at 7MSN and I knew something was horribly wrong. Let's never do that again, ok?
    I'm so happy the good (fancy-car-driving) surgeon has given you the thumbs-up for normal ranch life - this must be such a wonderful feeling for you. If you'd like, though, I'm quite sure that all your ranch sitters love you so much that we'd be willing to work out a rotation schedule so you'd never have to take out the garbage ever again... :-)
    (Hiiiiiiii Ethel!!!!!)

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  24. Glad you are 99% of the way back to healed! Just don't over do it in your rush to throw hay bales around! I know it's fun but use a little restraint ;-)

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  25. As we say at the Casa, normal is only a setting on a dryer. It's great to think that you are close to the nirvana that is your corner of the world. Great news from your surgeon. Super friends have helped you get through this medical bump in the road and we (the watchers of your life) have enjoyed their journeys and your renewed good health. Smooches from the Cuckoos

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  26. That is good news! I am surprised the surgeon didn't install a zipper. It would have made things easier. :-}

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  27. thats great news...so happy for you...i am taking over where you left off, i had a bad fall and broke both wrists so im in casts fom fingers to elbows on both arms....cant do a dang thing but wait 12 weeks till healing happens. i have one finger to type with tho!

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  28. Good news. Plus the ranch is in good order for the next few months. I hope you have a few visits planned though, I know that going back to loneliness is not always so joyful

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  29. Just have to say, Smooch is such a beauty. Love that second picture. Be well!

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  30. Great news, Carson! Pack away!

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