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Another “eye-cation” at “The Thornton Hotel”…

Well Hello My Pretties, and your big dogs too….

I had my Left Eye Orbital Decompression on the 7th of February. As is always, a pleasure.

My Orbital Decompression with Drs. Bobby Korn and Audrey Ko went as smooth as ever! I did wake up with some sort of gloved turban situation, but I was thankful for being safe and alive and finally having my left eye look somewhat like my right, which has recovered beautifully.

I’m not sure of the next steps, as I will be seeing Dr. Korn again in about 3 weeks, but it is already looking beautiful.

Couldn’t have more amazingly supporting doctors and nurses! All of them were there for me beyond the job. Thankful is not enough!

LOok at that turban situation I have going there!?! I woke up and looked in a mirror and was like, “WTF?” I swear it was attached to my eye.. That glove… WHAT IS THAT.

Anyhoo, so without further ado, here I am in all my facial glory… (Comments are necessary, please!!!!)

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This and thaaaaaaaaaat…..

******* January 26, 2017 *******

yeah yeah yeah…

I know, I know. I’m very overdue for this blog. So I think it’s time to update y’all on my Amytastic life….

 

So, I had my first surgery on the right eye for my Graves Disease. Below is the slideshow on all of that….

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I’m having the left eye surgery on the 7th of February. Just around the corner. At Jacobs/Thornton Hospital. I’ll be there overnight, so feel free to check in or visit… Bring food offerings… Hahaha! No, like seriously. I had no food last time because I got out surgery later and I didn’t have the heart to ask Rob to get me food. There’s hardly any food offerings in that section of La Jolla unless you visit the mall… Yeah, no!

Thanksgiving was especially awesome… Excellent food offerings by all three of us.

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As for Christmas, we were sad to not attend my amazing Godparents dinner because I was Looking a bit GOONIESish!

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I made the exact dinner my beautiful and hardworking Godmother Angela made for the family tasty!

New Years was even better. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a kiss at midnight…

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And so that leads us to today. Sitting a Shiley. Pre-op stuff. The best thing is…  We get to spend the night with my favorite BFFs and brothers from excellent and beloved mothers, Robbie and Gregg. And I get to see FINNIE!! I’m just now getting into Prim’s inner circle. She’s slept on the guest bed with me and STAYED!! I’m flabbergasted! She finally lets me walk her and pet her and even pick her up and hold her. Making moves there!

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So so that’s my life in a nutshell since the last time I updated!

…. And if you are Aunt Judy’s (my dads first wife) husband…. A BIG HUGE SHOUT OUT to you for keeping up with my crazy!

 

 

 

Fun stuff I’ve been up to… Yet still single.. SHOCKINGLY…

So, like, I’ve been busy these days. I’ve had some fun stuff going on that is helping me in my…

AMY’S RESURGENCE TOUR 2016!!

Here are some photos of what

Robbie and I have been up to:

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Here are some photos of what

my dentist and I have been up to:

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    Good times at My niece Angela’s Mission Beach Volleyball Practice:

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    Ranch stuff and goings-on:

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  • Well, that’s about it. Nothing new in the liver department. Blood test are great and I’m getting back to work.. Thanks to my sister Virginia for giving me the time at sports games and practices with my niece and nephew…

  • Love to everyone… When I update, I’ll update… Otherwise follow me on Facebook and Instagram!!

Amy

1st Post-op Ultrasound!

All went well. My “little nugget” is placed “Patent TIPS Placement” – whatever the heck that means….

On the 24th, I’ll see Dr. Hamed Aryafar for results and how the surgery on January 28th, went. So I’ll post a blog after that appointment about all of this.

All is well in Amyland. Taking a few “Amy Days” because I’m sick of myself! LMAO!!! So, I’m going to take a few days vacation and sun, swim and golf! Been awhile since I did, for lack of a better way of saying, ME!

For those of you celebrating the man-made “holiday” (loosely said, adjacent), hope you get what you are deserving of. I know of one person who should get the complete opposite, but I digress.

Shout out to Anna Banana, Richie Rich, Ruthie, Billie, Carolyn, Donna Marie (we have a mutual friend, small world), Father John, Brock, and ALL my friends at The Huddle!

Also a shout out to my buddy, Steve P., and everyone in Pine Valley.
Miss you all MUCH! 

Here’s my “little nugget”, aka “Little Schnitzel” (thanks Steph for the perfect name!), all snug as a bug in a rug! He’s the metal looking one inside my dead liver… WHERES MY FOIE GRAS?? I’m totally gonna wait until they can transplant a duck liver up in here!

Anyhow, love you all,
Amy

  

A few odds and odders….

I was going through some of my cloud with the photos from all the testing and procedures that went into my pre-transplant workups.

So I thought I’d get them all uploaded and share them with you all.

Bare with me as I’m having technical difficulties with my iPad app, but God willing, they will all be up and in the sidebar Gallery soon!!!

In the meantime, here’s a few I might not have shared… #RealLifeShit #DontLetThisHappenToYou

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The above are the papers to which I signed my life away…. Serious stuff huh???

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This was hysterical… Sent it to Gary… Because. I’m mean. LMAO!!

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Hey girls, check out that computer… Hahaha!

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Cute huh??? I get to have him again January 14th!!! I’m kinda excited… Shhh.. Don’t tell boyfriend… J/K (or am I?)

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Marietta, my beloved nurse going on 9 months now!!!

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No sooner did I buy the above cute neck massager, did Ozzie think it was a new toy….

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And this is what is stuck in your body if you retain a boat load of water… Aka Aceities!

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I’ve had this awesome jewelry piece for 10 months now!!!

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Because I’m hysterical on hospital questionnaires!

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My home…

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Dad’s former home… It’s right next door to my new one!!! #Memories #Life #Survivor

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My beautiful heart!

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UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center, where I’ll be hanging my hat and calling home going forward!!

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The above are random outtakes!!

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The amazing, a little rough around the edges blunt but a total pussy kitty, Dr. Michel Mendler.

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Dr. Yuko Kono, my heptologist who along with Dr. Michel Mendler, gave me the tools to climb out of my first few holes I dug for myself. They have saved my life!

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My overworked Psychiatrist, Dr. Linderman.

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My saviour, Dr. Irine Vodka, ahem, Vodkin! I tend to mistakenly call her that… And no, vodka was definitely not my drink of choice. Ha-ha!

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Just a bunch of random procedure photos and I threw in some cute ones of yours truly… Because… Vain.

Ha!

Enjoy..

Ciao,
Amy

TV and my usual stuff..

I realize that this is off topic, but I cannot believe that after, oh wow I think, MY WHOLE LIFE, I’ve never NOT watched The Golden Globes.

I’m flabbergasted and flummoxed!!!

So the red carpet apparently just happened.

I didn’t even know they were on tonight! Since being kidnapped by my boyfriend up here Mount Laguna, I haven’t been watching tv. I did see an episode of Modern Family on my ABC app, but I’ve been busy with the snow, doing work for his business and a filing all my medical stuff, I’ve just not had enough time.

Not to mention, it’s gorgeous here!

 

As you can see, I’m terribly bored… Just kidding.

Anyway, Golden Globes, wow. I guess I’ll have to read about it and see the red carpet online…. Yes, he finally conceded and got me wifi with his Verizon! Yeah me….

Next up… DirecTV for the summer… Now we all know, Miss Amy cannot be without all that is BIG BROTHER,

TV will have to wait. I’ll go out and enjoy my free ice..

Love and Warmth,
Amstergirl

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Making snow angels

Making snow angels

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Ozzie

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Gary and his gorgeous daughter, Chelsea and her friend, Christina

New Year New Steps

01/02/2016
2016??? Who the eff knew I’d get here??!!

But I did and I’m incredibly thankful and indebted to so very many people. So, let me create a list….

I’ll date and timestamp this so we can see just how long it takes to create my humbling list… 01/02/2016 6:14pm

* God

* Daddy

* The most amazing, incredible, parental units anyone could ask for, my Daddy Ted, Mother Sandra and Giuseppe and Angela Brunetto

* My sisters, Antonina and Virginia, Brother, Ted , Brother-in-law, Anthony

* My nieces, Giuliana, Angela and Graziella

* My nephews, Giovanni and his cutie patootie poopie, Zeus McGoose and Chef/Weatherman/iPad Guru, Joseph (who has been one of the most amazing caretakers and support systems in this present earth. God truly gifted me with this young man who continues to hold me accountable and makes sure that I am forever well-fed!)

* My Uncle Frank and Aunt Susie

* My bestie, Cousin Matt Perry (and love lovie, Waylon)

* Don and Steve, who continue to believe in a wonderful future of love for me

* My cousin Mitch, who saw and heard things no one should ever see or hear his “little sister” (cousin) say and do!!

* And all, and I mean, ALL, of my “Lunch Bunch” friends at The Huddle… Anna, Richard, Billy, Ruthie, Brock, Father John, Shelley, Dr. David, etc., as well as all the staff who work at The Huddle, for continuing to force feed me such amazing food!

* My nuggets at The Ranch!

* My doctors, nurses, kind caretakers on the ICU Unit at Grossmont Hospital as well as the nursing staff on the medical unit

* Dr. Pakolav for keeping it real and harshly telling me my “new reality” – see, I told you I could do it!!!!

* Dr. Michel Mendler, Dr. Rubin, Dr. Ding, Dr. Kono, as well as all the nurses and the amazing support staff in the Hepatology Offices at UCSD Hillcrest.

I would be remiss if I didn’t sit for a moment and reflect back on how far I have come. It didn’t happen overnight and it certainly couldn’t have worked if I didn’t have the help and support of the group of amazing human beings above.
By the way, I forgot to keep time. Let’s just say it’s 01/03/2016 and I’m at Sonic Burger eating cheese tots. So yeah….

Now that we have started a new year, I have the incredible privilege of being under the best liver transplant team I could ever imagine. They are a gift from my higher power, for sure. Dr. Irine Vodkin (I call her Dr. Vodka and laugh… And no, vodka was not my liquor of choice), Joanie Salotti, Terry LaForce, my nutritionist, my social worker, my therapist, all the support staff, and the great group of men and women in the fight along with me in my transplant support group.

Thank you all so very much for helping me dig out of the many holes I created for myself over the years as well as the last 2 since my dad passed over.

I present to you…. A new me!

With love always,
Amy, in the fresh white snow….
P.S. And Gary, it goes without saying, grazie amore!