Date Joined: September 30, 2017
Last Online: February 21, 2019
Birthday: December 21, 1965
Country: United States
Last updated January 24, 2019
I have returned from my cruise and have rated all mail I received while I was away.
****Weight loss so far 110 lbs!!! (9 Months, 7 days)****
****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 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.
I am currently having Outpatient Therapy 3 times a week and as always I do my exercises at home every day. My Therapist hopes by Christmas I will be using a cane and not the walker. Or at least not so much. I am starting my 8th week of Outpatient Therapy and I have many more weeks to go.
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 had another follow-up at 7 weeks and he is still pleased. I go back to him Dec 6th and I hope to be on a cane only by then.
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.
October 22nd I had an appt. with my Primary Care. He has taken me off diabetic medicine and said I was now called a Diet Controlled Diabetic. He also halved my blood pressure medicine as I have been very low (100/60, 90/50_ with a pulse in the 50's. I have been on blood pressure medicine since I was 21 so to have it reduced by half is amazing. He thinks in 2 months he may get rid of one or both. We will see.
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.
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