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Updates galore :rolleyes:

 
1) I finished my last classes on Monday and did my final fit test and exit interview for the Living Well program yesterday. On the one hand, it feels like this has been the longest 6 months of my life, and on another, it feels like its gone very quickly. I even made my initial deposit on the surgery.The only thing that really sucks is they told me they were going to submit to insurance, and then told me I needed a letter of necessity from my PCP. At no point in the past six months, nor on any paperwork, have I been told I need that. I love my PCP but he is unfortunately the type that to get any paperwork signed, I'll likely need an appointment and to shove it directly under his nose to get it done. Sooooo close and yet so far :)
 
2) So last Wednesday was supposed to be the big day of the research study. A full 12 hours of being hooked up to various IVs and machines testing how my body processes glucose. I got there at 545 am....and left at 745 am, after two hours of them attempting to get dual IVs in me. I'm not normally a hard stick, but vein after vein kept blowing. They finally exhausted all options and sent me home. They and I want to reschedule, but they need it done prior to my pre-op appointment apparently, which could easily be this month, and they arent sure they can get me back in that quickly. They hinted at wanting me to delay my surgery to get me rescheduled, but I'm not game for that. So we'll see!
 
3) I joined a gym, as the weather is getting cooler and before I know it, I will have every excuse to not get out and walk or hike. Also, because speaking of hiking, I know strengthening my legs would super improve my endurance ability for hikes, so my goal for cold weather is to come out swinging as soon as snow melts off the trails in spring. Theyre developing an old quarry into a metro park near me, and I'm psyched, but it looks like the trails in it will be considerably tougher than what I've been doing so far, so thats considerable motivation to hit the gym and get stronger!
 
4) My little brother in the military has made it to Tennessee. They were initially planning on sending him all the way home (Ohio) for his hernia surgery, but now they are keeping him there for it. We'll probably be traveling down to see him in the next couple weeks. 
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Congrats on getting through the six months! So glad you've made it without any major obstacles. Getting so close now.... :D

That's too bad about the IVs not working. I hope you can get in before your pre-op appointment, but I agree that delaying the surgery in the name of science is a lot to ask. Once you've got that date, it's hard to want to put it off.

How's your new gym? I hope it's a nice environment. Anything to keep you going, since that appears to be the secret! Then, in the spring you'll be in fabulous shape and much lighter so you can properly enjoy the hiking. Believe me, it's way more fun when it doesn't feel like you're going to keel over from panting so hard <- me hiking before.

I'm glad you'll get to see your brother. I know it's hard to be far away from a loved one when there's a medical thing going on. 

Best of luck in the home stretch!!!

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3 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

Congrats on getting through the six months! So glad you've made it without any major obstacles. Getting so close now.... :D

That's too bad about the IVs not working. I hope you can get in before your pre-op appointment, but I agree that delaying the surgery in the name of science is a lot to ask. Once you've got that date, it's hard to want to put it off.

How's your new gym? I hope it's a nice environment. Anything to keep you going, since that appears to be the secret! Then, in the spring you'll be in fabulous shape and much lighter so you can properly enjoy the hiking. Believe me, it's way more fun when it doesn't feel like you're going to keel over from panting so hard <- me hiking before.

I'm glad you'll get to see your brother. I know it's hard to be far away from a loved one when there's a medical thing going on. 

Best of luck in the home stretch!!!

Thanks! :D The new gym is nice. Lots of equipment to keep me changing it up, because I get bored so easily. 24/7 too, so I can make it work before or after work. And yes! I can't wait until I'm not the reddest face, panting person on the trail. 

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Great update! You made it through the 6 months! Sorry they threw an extra hoop in at the end. Boo!

Ouch on the IV thing! That can be torturous. I totally understand that you wouldn't want to postpone for that.

Way to go on joining the gym! Excited about your new park!

I'm glad you'll be getting to see your brother and that he'll get fixed up very soon.

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Gee @delilas Lots going on! and nearly there. 

Glad your brother isn't having his surgery in Europe as first thought. Bit of a drive to see him but better than a phone call to Germany! Congrats on the gym membership too, and boos to the study iv people. FWIW I was a very hard stick and I sounded like a junkie telling people where I had veins that could be used for blood sampling or ivs. Now my forearms have easily visible veins and that is history.

(I have this adolescent male childish thing about having big arm muscles and veins to support them. Yes I did 20 minutes of biceps work and lots of push-ups in my yoga routine this morning. Just to feed my vanity). 

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Yes, I'll take the states over Europe any time, as far as having family members nearby!

I've always had 'deep' veins, worse now that theres a good layer of blubber on top, but I'm pale as a ghost, so they're still darn visible! It just wasn't my day, it seems :D

I can totally understand adding in that bicep work and pushups, @BurgundyBoy! For my fit-test I had to do pushups and man, forcing out 18 on-my-knees pushups left me sore for two days! But, 6 months ago all I could do was 10, so progress is progress :D 

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@delilasAin't it the truth? No matter where we are starting from, progress is progress. Kudos again for joining the gym and figuring out the hiking scene. 

re: biceps: the sad thing is, my Perfect Wife's affection for me will not be changed by my having bigger bolder veins atop bigger bolder arms. Probably the opposite since my role now is Official Eye Candy. So this is just feeding a remnant adolescent ghost that still, amazingly, has some life in it. Am choosing not to think of what that means about what adolescent garbage still has currency in my head. <_<

Having said that: POST those on-your-knees pushup numbers as time goes forward, we will swoon at them as they shoot up!  :D:D:D    (Is this an adolescent comment, or a supportive one?? Or both?? Egads!!)

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@delilas great job on joining the gym!  Love your ambition and goals!  Go for it! 

If you have to redo the test, drink lots of water first since being hydrated makes starting IVs ten times easier!

So exciting that you're so close!  Hope you have a date soon!

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