Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2018 11:56 pm


Date Joined: September 30, 2017
Last Online: October 17, 2018
Birthday: December 21, 1965
Country: United States

About Me

Last updated October 12, 2018

******On Wednesday, September 5th I had double total knee replacement. This is something I have needed for over 20 years but weighed too much until my recent weight-loss after Gastric Sleeve surgery in April.

I have a long road of Rehab ahead of me and many more months of using a walker to get around and then needing a cane. I am anxious for the day I can walk unassisted and without pain. Any prayers or positive thoughts are welcomed.

I was in the hospital for 2 days and a Rehab hospital for 12 days. I came home on Sept 19. .

My In-Home Physical Therapy will consist of 4 weeks and 12 hours over 12 visits. I was able to get the same therapist I love from when I had therapy after my Gastric Sleeve. We started therapy on 9/21. After that is done I will go to an Outpatient facility to do several more weeks of intense rehab.

Had a 3 week Post-op with Orthropeadic surgeon. He said my incision scars are healing good. He did some x-rays to check about the metal and plastic replacements and everything is in it's place and looking good.

****I am allergic to EGGS**** In the event I sign up for a swap that you may send food/candy, please note my food allergy. Thank you

On April 17th I had weight loss surgery. I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Basically 75% of my stomach was removed, leaving only the top portion which is like a tube.. Any positive thoughts and/or prayers are appreciated for the long road ahead!

My recovery has been slow, but not so much from the surgery itself but from the fact that I got dehydrated in the hospital which caused me to be weaker than normal. I also have 2 bad knees and the night I came home from the hospital I fell twice in the nighttime. This has considerably slowed me down. I had Physical Therapy and a nurse coming to the house. The PT has been great, she is great!
But that is finished now, sadly. Almost 4 months later I am still using a Walker to get around.

Hardest part is no Coke (or anything carbonated) or drinking with a straw. It creates gas and fills up stomach. I was on Clear Liquids for 4 days, Full liquids which includes creamed soups for 3 weeks while stomach healed. I was on soft foods for 2 weeks, and I am now on solid foods. I have to figure out a food plan that works for me. Stomach fills up with just a few bites so I will have to choose my protein and produce carefully. I have to chew until the food is mush which I am learning how to slow down and do that. If I eat too much I get a strong pain at the top of my stomach and almost instantly I vomit. Sorry to add that but I am transparent and tell it like it is. Learning how much I can eat.

Decided the easy part was quitting the Cokes. The hard part is not drinking anything 30 minutes before, during and 30 minutes after each meal. I am one who likes to drink a lot of water or tea and especially when I eat. Fluids fill you up too much and can make you vomit if you have food in your stomach.

On June 7th I went to a consult with an Orthopedic Surgeon about double knee replacement. I needed to find out at what point in my weight-loss journey I could have surgery on my knees. He said both my knees are "REALLY REALLY BAD". Of course, I knew that! He will operate on both at the same time. We discussed weight. He would consider doing it now. However, he found the best rehab results would be with a 71 + lb loss. I met my Goal! Had surgery on 9/5

Had 4 month check-up with surgeon, he is happy with my weight-loss so far especially since i can't get around much.

****Weight loss so far 88 lbs (5 Months, 24 days)**** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hello! My name is Tami

I am a Mom to two, a 29 girl (Holly-Amber) and 22 boy (Jacob). My son has Down syndrome and we are very involved in the "special needs world". I would love to hear from you if you live in that "world" too.

I am a Grandma to a smart and beautiful 7 year old girl. She is 7 going on 16. Ugh sometimes! :) She is my joy and I take being a Grandma very seriously. I call her my GrandGirl. Her name is Autumn Rose and we collect things that say Autumn or are Autumn themed on them. She loves seeing her name on things. She has started First Grade and is very excited! She has started soccer and loves it. She was in Dance but wanted to try a sport.

I also have my Mom (Susan) living with us all. Four generations under one roof doesn't always mesh well. But we try.

I live in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

I am single

I love to travel. Road trips are favorite, cruises are second. I haven't been on a plane in 28 years but I have seen most of the US by car. On Jan 6-13th 2018 we did a 7 day cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We had a great time of course! We have a cruise booked for Jan 2019 to The Bahamas, can't wait!

For Christmas we will be going to my Happy Place where my Soul is content, Queen Wilhemina State Park Lodge, near Mena, Arkansas. We have been going to the Lodge for Christmas (and other times) since 1989.

In July 2018 we took a road trip to the Austin, Texas area for my Mom's 70th birthday. She wanted to do a BBQ crawl of some of Texas's best BBQ places. We have been to some of them already and can attest to their greatness.Others was our first time. We like to go to places that have been on TV or are famous/iconic in their own right. We will plan a road trip around a place we heard about. We went to BBQ places in Taylor, Lockhart, Elgin and Driftwood Texas. I truly cant pick a favorite as they were all good. We had some fabulous sausage as well, especially in Elgin. It was too hot to stand in line for some other places so we are planning Part 2 in February 2019 when we can wait outside in the long lines.

In May 2017 for Mother's Day, we took a 100 mile trip down to our neighbors in Waco, Tx to the Magnolia Silo's as seen on HGTV's "Fixer Upper". It was everything I imagined and was what you see on TV.

In July 2017 for my Mom's birthday we went up to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to go to The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile and Restaurant. It was amazing food and The Merc was everything you see on TV. We did a lot of Route 66 stops both ways as Route 66 is my favorite road.

I believe it is NOT the Destination, but the Journey!!

I am in Graduate school. On a break One day soon I plan on having a MBA. I love learning whether it is from a book, TV, a letter or postcard from someone.

We need to learn something everyday or the day was wasted.

I enjoy any postcard I receive. I realize someone had put thought in selecting that particular card for me and I appreciate the effort. I enjoy when there is something written on it besides the username. Make it personal. It is a piece of you that you are sending to me. Make it worth the postage. My absolute favorite postcard is a vintage, written, stamped, postmarked card. I love everything about the old cards, especially I like to read what the sender was saying. If you have one to share, I would love it!

As for stickers and washi tape, Yes, please! I love it all. Every postcard I send will have at least 1 sticker, washi and multiple colored writing. My cards have been described as a "party" on the back. I want the recipient to smile when they get my card. My envelopes will have stickers and usually washi as well.

I was born on the Winter Solstice. December 21 in USA I am a Sagittarius. Chinese Zodiac is a Snake

Autumn is my favorite season, followed closely with Winter. Spring is too humid and scary storms in Texas. Summer is just brutal in Texas! I prefer the Months that end in -BER. September -December is my happy time.

I am a Christian by faith but am more Spiritual these days. I respect all beliefs and culture. It is what makes us unique and the world go around. Please don't push your religion/beliefs on me and I won't do it to you.

Deep purple is my favorite color with yellow being my least favorite. Neon colored anything gives me a headache. Please don't send!

I dislike coffee. I love tea, will drink it hot but prefer it Iced and Sweet with lemon or a lime.

I don't smoke. So nothing I send will smell.

For TV, I am currently obsessed with The Big Bang Theory and The Goldbergs. I enjoy Project Runway and all the "Little Women" (Little Women: L.A., Little Women: Atlanta and Little Women: Dallas) shows. I love Project Runway and Project Runway: All-Stars.

I believe in the paranormal. I believe in Life after Death. My favorite ghost hunting show is Ghost Adventures. I have watched them since they first came on. They have captured great evidence of the paranormal.

I choose the mountains over the beach, the cold over the hot, and spicy over mild.

And most importantly. I keep my friends close and my enemies closer.


DixieDiane rated for 12 Days of Christmas Day 8 on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks
mejulia rated for O50&P A postcard with a note on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you, I especially enjoyed the note,
spicemom rated for 12 Days of Christmas Day 6 on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Hi Tami Thank you I'll open it up on Christmas day Spicemom
christywebb rated for 12 Days of Christmas swap day 5 on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the swap! I'll open closer to Christmas
JenniferJo rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I hope your knee is feeling better!
Gatzcat rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 9, 2018
ahnlynn rated for Color a Postcard - USA on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: The postcard is lovely! <3
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 9, 2018
PostcardAl rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: thanks for the card! Good luck with your knee recovery. All the best, al
shinyserra rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: I love this postcard and the beautiful stamps you chose. Thank you.
katmandu rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 71!!! on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Wow, both at once, you are braver than I am! Hope you are up and around now and doing better! Thank you!
Comment: Guess what showed up today? I hope your knees are healing well.
coffeeaddictjess rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 68! on Sep 23, 2018
offgrid18 rated for Mega Pen Pal Swap on Sep 22, 2018
Fabriqueen rated for Notecard Letter #1 on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I need to come up and see you. I don't think I have ever heard of chicken fried bacon or chicken fried ribs. Gotta check that out! Hugs, Diane
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 68! on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas" - love that :P
mags142 rated for Mega Pen Pal Swap on Sep 16, 2018
Comment: Hello Tami! Thanks for the extra goodies and I loved reading your note. I hope you keep recovering well and keep up all the good work with your progress! I hope you find some time to reply to your letter soon :)
LunaUA rated for Just Because PC Swap #27 on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very cool pc from Thailand! Very cool!
MisplacedfromPA rated for 12 Days of Christmas day 4 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks Tami. Love how you decorated the envie and used different stamps. I placed it on my cedar chest to open during Christmas.
sudeshnab rated for Eyes closed swap 22 on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful treasure you sent. It really made my day beautiful

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ButterflyLover on Oct 13, 2018:

Got the resend (but had already rated because the original must have crossed paths with this one). I hope your knees are feel better.

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 31, 2018:

MOre comments. lol

Poohtat on Aug 19, 2018:

monsbrick on Aug 14, 2018:

🧜🏾‍♀️ Hello from your future pen pal!

marhod5 on Aug 14, 2018:

Hi there! I didn't get any comments on my profile until I joined a few "profile comment" swaps. Those are fun and easy. Here a favorite quote for you:

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

~Albert Einstein

thelocalman on Aug 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the stamps!! I received them today and my girlfriend loved them! The postcard and the information about Fort Worth was also very intresting. Me and my girlfriend actually found out that she is penpaling with you currently. Her swap-bot username is @itsnobody . Funny coincidence ^^ I hope you receive my envelope soon :)

MsBellaDonna on Aug 7, 2018:

I'm happy to be the first one to leave a comment for you :)

"How far is near, and how near is far? If you're looking up now, we see the same star."

I think swap-bot is a wonderful way to bring people together!


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