Sunday, November 30, 2008
If you look to the right of this post, you can see that the "Count Down" clock is Tickin.... as we edge closer to our departure time to Sydney .... I'm so excited!!!
The picture to the left is is my "Bundle" Pile it may look like chaos to you .. To me, this looks perfect. I started packing this way a few years ago & I honestly believe it does a very good job. This only works well, if you don't need to pack and un-pack alot, Ergo: Great for a cruise.
This www.onebag.com website has an abundance of helpful information, for the professional or novice traveller.
PACKED!!! I am officially done. Everything is in here for a 22 day Holiday in Austrialia & New Zealand. I'm packed for Hot Days, Chilly nights, Wet Days & Formal Evenings...
Our next hurdle will be getting to Los Angeles (LAX) as a Non-Rev (Airline Employee) for our departure flight to Sydney (SYD) You are nothing if not creative as Non-Revs, it may take us an entire day and two/three or four flights to get us to LAX . . We just need 2 seats, problems is ... Flights are pretty full!! Not a surprising fact these days.
Wish us luck!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!
Monday, November 24, 2008
6 Month Update: No More Purple Pills!!!!!
Hello everyone who does a google search for:
Laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication.. I notice I get quite a few hits about my blog on this subject, My surgery was 6 months ago,, How am I doing?
I'm doing GREAT! I'm so happy I had the procedure, I wished I'd done it sooner....
- No more Purple Pills
- Sleeping all night with "zero pain"
- I've actually lost weight
- My eating habits have changed for the better
- I can't finish a soda
- Smaller meals, More frequent
- I can't eat bread that has not been toasted
- I can't burp to save my life
- The air has to find a way out (You do the math)
- You must eat slower (which is actually a Pro)
These are just a few of the highlights, It has actually changed the way I do everything from exercise to sleeping.... Those of you with Gerd/Acid Reflux know the misery we have (Did have, Ha ha)....Those who are considering this procedure I say what are you waiting for..? Please, by all means if you have any questions ask your Doctor, If you want to talk to someone who has been thru this along with with all the other goodies that goes with it ... don't hesitate to ask ..... @ FlyAArmy@gmail.com. My Doctor gave me the text book spiel about what I could expect, she handed me all the pamphlets, I read all the information... I just wished I could of spoken to someone prior to the procedure. Not that it would of really mattered, Once I heard that I would not have to deal with heartburn anymore... I ran to the operating room and said: "I'm next"...
Of course, I went thru all the pre-op procedures:
- EGD with biopsies
- Esophageal manometry
- 24 hour pH study off acid medications (7 days off PPIs; 48 hrs off H2 receptor blocker)
- I was @ 87% stomach acid level...A Normal person is at 14%
- Barium esophagram
TBH (The better half) & Nurse Maid, said he was actually impressed at how quick I recovered. I followed the "Diet" they give you for about 3 weeks, Then I said the heck with this and started eating real food as tolerated... (Nacho's not a good idea for awhile.. just an FYI) I wish you all the best & Thanks for lookin ....
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I clicked & clicked my Combat Boots together & said "There's no place like home, there's no place like home",, Pooooooooooooooffffffffffffff .....17 days later .... here I am "Home"....
I was so happy to arrive last night, late, but HOME!
I slept in my bed, with my sheets, snuggled up to The Better Half on my left & our fuzzy 4 legged creature on my right, I am home!
I am an ANCOC Graduate!!
Thank You, Thank You...
To those of you who are Military,, you understand, To you all civilians, It's like receiving a degree, after years and years of studying. . . . It's like crossing a finish line!!
I took pictures of my cell ~ I mean Barracks ~ they were accidentally deleted...I had a basic trainee tell me a few weeks ago "Being in Basic Training ..was like being in prison", I asked her .."Have you been in prison?".. "NO" She said: Then how would she know..?!!?!!?!!
That got me to thinking, One of my classmates is a prison guard, I came into class one day and asked him,, "Do prisoners have more bennies than we do here @ Fort Devens?"... He let out a hardy belly laugh & he said, "Yes, they do".. I'm not complaining mind you... (Okay, I am...) You just don't know what you miss, till you don't have it,,, No Television, No Internet, No Phone (thanks Sprint), No Private bathrooms, lumpy bumpy mattress, 100 thread count sheets, fuzzy green wool blankie, no coffee pot, & mess hall food & No Blogger. It is what it is!! The class rooms were top notch and I excelled in class 94.87 GPA, What else was there to do? You had to study, the sun set @ 4:30pm and around 8pm.. you were thinking, well I might as well go to bed!
My calender is busy busy, for the next 2 weeks.... Keep lookin for Updates!
- My Bifolcals
- Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (6 Months & Going)
- Unpack, Laundry, Pack, Unpack, Laundry & Pack
- Meeting the Son's new Girlfriend!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I know it has only been 5 days since I checked into GI Jane land here @ Fort Devens, MA. They gave us break...An entire 30 hours... What to do, what to do.... ???
I took my good ole trusty rental car, my GPS & found a hotel in Natick, MA 27 miles from base. I decided to treat myself to a real bed, TV, Internet & Pizza!!!!! I've been living in the Barracks and eating Mess Hall food, No Television, No Internet, No cell phone signal (Thanks, Sprint) 100 threat count sheets & a nice comfy green wool blanket, Hot or Cold water, NOT BOTH! Torture I know, Someones gotta do it,,, If you didn't have the yuck, how would you know when you have the good?
When I return to Fort Devens we go on our FTX mission, (FTX = Field Environment) for 72 hours! Nothing like a bunch of Admin type folks in a field type environment playing war games!! Half our class has been deployed to Iraq and or Afghanistan, I will be leaning on them for guidance, since we are graded on this exercise. Then back to the class room for our last three classes/tests before graduation on the 16th!!
Now, that we are all caught up... I'm going to log off and enjoy my room... & if anyone is counting... We have 23 days till we depart for Sydney, Australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 3, 2008