Helloooooo Blogosphere!

I’m back! That’s right- I am still around! I am sleeping A LOT people (luckily something I’ve never battled with)!
I am so touched by all your messages and good wishes!
I am walking slowly (they woke me up at 2am the morning after my surgery to go for a walk), and I’m not driving myself yet- I’m not allowed to go back to the gym until at least 4 weeks have passed and then I’m only allowed light cardio. I’m looking forward to the weight loss that this op results in- I lost about 4kg in the two weeks before I went in, and the doctor reckons most people lose between 6 and 10kg after the surgery. I was on “nil per mouth” for the whole of Wednesday (not even water) until after the op, and then I was allowed ice-chips only. By Thursday morning I was allowed a cup of Rooibos tea and by Thursday lunchtime I was on a “clear fluids” diet- black tea, consommé soups and jelly. Now I am on fluids only for two weeks with absolutely no lumps- even jelly must be chewed! Basically I am allowed fruit juice, soda water (so I can learn to burp again), baby foods, soup, custard, soft porridge and jelly. I can have milk and yoghurt as long as its fat free (the fatty rich stuff apparently makes you nauseous). Thereafter it’s soft foods for another two weeks. Soft fish, skinless chicken, rice, pasta (wheat free) and so on and everything has to be chewed to mush and taken in small bites. Absolutely no bread, cake, steak, chops, biltong, alcohol or spices for the full six weeks. My staples will come out in two weeks time (there are 5 cuts with 3 to 4 staples in each).
Damien stayed with my brother and SIL for the week (I’m staying with mommy and daddy darling for a couple of days since I may need help to climb stairs), and he came here on Saturday round lunchtime. He immediately went to sleep for two hours! He played PS2 and jolled with his cousins and literally wore himself out!
I’ve missed my cats terribly- I haven’t seen them since Wednesday morning. Mommy darling has been to feed them and love them a bit, and it seems Greebo and Taxi managed to open the door to my bedroom while I was away and gave Grampa Scratchy a bit of a hard time. I hope he’ll be okay- mommy darling said his eye was all bunged up!
I should be going home tomorrow, and then things will be getting back to normal, and I’ll be spending the next week or so catching up on all of your blogs!

Okay Bunnies

Today I underwent absolutely the second worst experience of my entire life! It was called an esophageal manometry– and I say second worst because my two gastroscopies (with no anesthesia or sedatives) in 1998 were the worst thing I’ve ever undergone- bar none!
Currently I have a thin tube attached to a machine and it goes in my nose that goes down into my stomach. The pipe is taped to my cheek, goes over my ear and is then taped to my neck. It’s a 24 hour PH test and I have to note the times I start and finish eating, the times that I start and finish lying down, and the times I get heartburn or chest pains. The shitty thing is this little pipe will only come out tomorrow morning when I’m admitted and I can feel it in the back of my throat every time I swallow!

FFF#54

This week, JJ in Purgatory gave us a starter sentence that hinted a “volatile” bit of writing if I could wrap my mind around it (Oh, you lying bastard. If I had known…). I hope I don’t disappoint! Pop over to JJ’s to find out how it works- but do not ask him about the rules or if something is or isn’t allowed by the rules or if you think it’s too late because it’s after noon on Sunday, because then a single gnat will buzz around your head for the period of one year and then will get stuck in your eye… according to JJ that is…

Oh, you lying bastard. If I had known you were completely incapable of keeping your word to mother I would never have stuck with the plan till now.

Well Stephie…

Richie- we are THIS close- we are so close I can TASTE it, why the fuck would you bail on me now!?!

Actually …

Ohhhhh- I get it- it’s your share isn’t it? It’s not enough for you is it… you want more do you?

In fact…

Dude- this is so unfair- I’m doing the same amount of work as you are, maybe more! The money should be split half-half, like we agreed!!

In point of fact…

Oh MAN did I know you were going to pull this on me again. You always do this, Richie!

Steph! Geez! Will you let me talk- all I said was “maybe” and you launched into your little tirade! I was going to say that maybe we should use the hot wax instead of regular car polish so we won’t have to do this again soon. Sheesh- I’m quite happy with splitting mom’s twenty fifty-fifty like we usually do. Keep your friggin panties on sister!

Apologies

Sorry there’s no cartoon this weekend- Damien didn’t get around to it.
The schools closed on Friday for a week long break and I dropped Damien at home at about 11am. I seldom let him stay home alone so this was a real treat! He rented a Star wars PS2 game from the video rental place we usually use… and I don’t think he moved off the couch all day!!

This is how he spent the day… and most of the evening…