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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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Fun at the Shiley Eye Center

(This #Blog was started August 18, 2016… naturally I stopped writing because I couldn’t see..so I’m posting it with my update! I kept any mistakes in grammar and spelling, as is…)

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….Eyes dilated!! Beware… No clue if any of this will be in correct spelling, grammar or punctuation. So, as I’ve talked briefly before about, I have Graves Disease, otherwise known as Eye Thyroid Disease.

So they measures. They poked. The prodded. They measured again. The eye dropped for pressure. Drops for dilation. And now I’m waiting to see my team.

Hopefully… There will be a treatmebt/surgicaln plan mentioned..

Eating my protein bar and thinking about tonights Big Brother eviction… Is it? Could it? Please got let Paulie .

****** And so that’s where it ended..

And my update today begins…. ******

It took over an hour to get my eyes straight from being dilated and pressure drops and they hurt until the next morning from just about everything from that appointment, but I’m #eternallygrateful for #ucsd and #shileyeyeinstitute and all the doctor, nurses, specialist, staff and everyone. I cannot thank y’all enough!

Moving on…

They ended up taking more photos, measurements and all sorts of stuff for over an hour.

Treatment plan is that I’m going in for another #CTscan then returning in October to make sure my measurements, etc., haven’t changed.

I realize that makes no sense so please partake of this: Graves Disease – Shiley Eye Institute

So looks like I’m going to be going into surgery this winter for the 1st of 4 or more facial and eye surgeries to move my “#bugeye” back.

Circa 2002 and before…

 

And in more recent years, the decline and beginning stages of Graves Disease

(I’ll add captions with dates for progression of disease when I’m more awake!)

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Apparently, because of my #ESLF status and my bleeding issues, Drs. Kikkawa, Granet, and Shaw are thinking of working on one side of my face first.

I’m riveted to see how that’s gonna look! I certainly hope not like this:

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Good news… those #wrinkles will be a thing of the past as one of the final surgeries will be a face lift, so to speak. #thereisagod #plasticsurgeryisquicker #yesplease

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#yesplease

 

I have alot of stuff going on I need to blog about so I’ll really work hard to focus and blast some out here as quickly as I can.

Love y’all!
Amy

New labs and some random thoughts..

So today is whatever day it is and I’m sitting at #ShileyEyeCenter to have more and more and more tests done because of my #Graves.

Yep. New ailment! Cuz yep… WHY NOT!!

Graves info

Amy before the Graves started presenting itself….

 

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And years going forward to now…

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Anyhoo..

I went to my new NEUROGOD, Dr. Ross #Mandeville at #UCSD and we are working on my #Neuropathy issues. So God willing I will have my legs and feet returned to me in perfect form in time for next years beach season.

But he had labs done here they are.



Anyone have any thoughts?

I had my labs done yesterday for dr. Vodkin. Here’s those results…. Seems I’m all good in my hood. MELD IS 11 so STATUS QUO!!!

Tonight, I’m having dinner with Robbie and finally meeting his beautiful parents… I’m soooo looking forward to this! I adore them already! #AnotherSetOfParents is always nice! I’ll post photos over at my Facebook page later. So don’t forget to have a look.

Also, don’t forget to like and share my adjoining  Amy’s Sad Liver Facebook page!

With love always in my heart and soul,
AmyAnd Mister Jinx (my new baby!)

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

So many things… UPDATED!!!

… Where do I begin??

I’m going to just dive on in…

Let’s see, here is a photo of that amazing man who quite literally saved my life at Sharp Grossmont last year on that fateful, almost dead, day, March 15, 2015…

My Savior, Dr. Sathya Pokala and myself, March 2016

My Savior, Dr. Sathya Pokala and myself, March 2016

I promised him when I first met him on the 19th of March, last year, after he told me what happened, that he would see me in a years time. Sober, healthy (-ish, adjacent), and better than ever. (Bad hair due to a severe hypoglycemic attack just prior to seeing him… #greattiming!)

I was, just that. So I made my appointment and sat waiting for him in his waiting room. And there he was. The God who saved me and started me on my new journey. When I promised him last year, he said sure (with that “sure, right… heard that before!” look on his face) and all year I waited. And waited. AND WAITED.

I followed my new journey put forth to me to the letter, and kept every promise. Followed every rule. And now all of it has become my life. And I love it. And I’m grateful.

So a BIG HUUUUGE THANK YOU to

Dr. SATHYA POKALA at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

I also want to take a moment to also thank him for restoring my faith, somewhat, into Sharp Healthcare, this after Sharp Memorial Hospital dropped the ball on my beloved father and quite literally killed him, by negating and avoiding and ignoring the severe sepsis, aka “pseudomonas”, taking over his body and out of his arm (he had me take photos, this mere weeks before he passed away on Halloween, 2013).

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I am aware that this blog wasn’t the perfect time place to bring it up, but as I like to view life now, “there’s no time like the present!” And I also know that my father asked me to take these photos. When I asked why, he relplied, “just take them, they will be important one day!”

I didn’t question. And I kept silent for a very, very long time. Moral of the story…

DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU OR YOUR SEASONED (aka older) FAMILY MEMBERS!

And with the untimely death of the beloved TREASURE, Ms. Patty Duke, just 3 days ago,

SEPSIS is the number one killer in the ER at hospitals.  

Every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans. It’s been estimated that between 28 and 50 percent of these people die – far more than the number of U.S. deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. The number of sepsis cases per year has been on the rise in the United States.

And it is a silent one!

I implore you, to keep abreast of your parents healthcare. ALWAYS ask questions. And if you are still concerned, SCREAM AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS for proper medical care. Seniors and children get thrown to the wasted ode because of their inability to financially care for their medical (for the most part… If you get my drift!!!)

At any rate, sorry to go off-topic, but I feel like it was time to correlate why my stay at Sharp Grossmont wasn’t just about my living, but was also meaningful to me because it was as if he died for me to live. And he’s been with me ever since I almost died that day.

It also lets those who have been with me when I’m driving past Sharp Memorial Hospital and hear me growl, like a very angry cougar!

Grrrrrrrrrrr!

Grrrrrrrrrrr!

You know I just had to change the depressive tone back to happy stuff! And now on to other news…

I added a link to the video of Dr. Hamed Aryafar explaining the results of my TIPs Shunt Surgery…

Dr. Aryafar explains my TIPs Shunt surgery & results

Took some pretty great photos in the last few weeks… Just me, and life… Fun stuff…

Have a look at the gallery on the main page on the right, or I guess, below….

(BTW.. I’m still hoping the “Dog Stork” will send me a new angel to my doorstep!)

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Well, that’s it for now… Please share, comment and for the love of The Good Lawd that all is holy, LIKE THE PAGE AND POST!

Stay well, healthy and wise,

Amy Kristen Suter, aka “Miss Cordelia Parker Chase”

(It’s an inside GBF thing!)

UPDATED!!!!! My TIPS Video/AA Birthday & I’m stuck on the 10th step!

So I had my appointment with #TheCardioGod Dr. Hamed Aryafar today. The heavens opened up when he walked in the room.. (You will see this when viewing the video I will add in this place when it finishes uploading…)

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It was, as usual, extremely informative and life-altering! I was told about what to expect, whether I can still drive, among other things. All in all, a positive result.

 

I then went to #TheHuddle to my home group (#AA) and lead today’s meeting. I haven’t been able to have this grateful task in a while due to me usually having to leave a bit early due to a doctors appointment and/or liver transplant support group. For this day, I am honored and humbled. I spoke of matters of the heart and understanding in the program. By matters of the heart, I don’t mean love and men or women, etc., I meant love and understand of all things while working the program. 

Ironically, this leads me to the 10th Step, with which I have found myself stuck on… 

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Chapter Ten, page 92, states:

  • Such a radical change in our outlook will take time, maybe a lot of time. Not many people can truthfully assert that they love everybody. Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been quite indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder—well, we have really disliked or hated them.
  • Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.’s nd we need something much better in order to keep our balance.
  • We can’t stand it if we hate deeply. The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.
  • We can try to stop making unreasonable demands upon those we love. We can show kindness where we had shown none. With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand and help them. Whenever we fail any of these people, we can promptly admit it—to ourselves always, and to them also, when the admission would be helpful.
  • Courtesy, kindness, justice, and love are the keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically anybody. When in doubt we can always pause, saying, “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” And we can often ask ourselves, “Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me—today?”

And continues, “Understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our entire lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these pop up in our lives, we ask God to immediately remove them. We discuss them with our Sponsor or Friend in AA and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code.”

So when one of my character defects appears during the day, I don’t have to take action based on that defect. I can begin to practice the 10th Step. And if I do act out on a defect, then Step 10 also gives me the tools to straighten out any harm I might have caused. Once we’ve gone through the process of spotting the defect, asking God to remove it, discussing the problem with someone if necessary, and making amends if we’ve caused a harm the book tells me now to turn my thoughts towards someone that I can be helpful towards. After all, the book does say:

“Love and tolerance of others is our code.”

This takes lots of practice but with God’s help and guidance, it can be done if we work at it. #WorkWorkWork

So, today was pretty incredible. I arrived to my meeting, early, and sat with Brock and Anna and caught up on their lives. We also discussed the cake I’ll be ordering from Costco for my 1 year birthday! Because, who doesn’t love #CostcoCake? Please consider attending on March 15th at noon at The Huddle on Goldfinch, if not for the camaraderie and fellowship, but hello…. CAKE!!

Quick #Assholio update… Status: NIL… #CUT

So I’ve been doing a lot of Big Book reading lately, and have begun to realize that there are new flaws I must work on in my life going into my 2nd year of #sobriety:

  • Transformation
  • Tolerance
  • Feeling “just ordinary” or “unheard” and the need to also be too vocal

Some of these new things, ok, all of them, were rather blatantly unseen by myself – of myself.

You see, we all have flaws. But it is how you choose to handle and deal with them is what makes the difference.

Anna brought up #Transformation with me due to all the changes I have made in my health, life and love. This will be next on my agenda to dig deeper into. I believe that for transformation, I must have #tolerance and #respect for others thoughts and feelings as well as keeping abreast of my own, equally.

So wow, yeah, that was windy! So, I must sign off and get that video uploaded.. Therefore…

#Bygones,

Amy aka #MotorMouth 

 

Another Hole I Must Dig Out Of..

Well, after a stint at the hospital and numerous tests, I’m newly diagnosed with Hypoglycemia… Which I was diagnosed with waaaaay back in 2001 after my Gastric Bypass.

Assumed it left the building. Oh no… because you know I just needed yet another Amy Ailment… I truly am becoming my father!!!

So now I’m testing my blood sugar and keeping a diary. It’s only been 4 days and I have no fingers left… With the exception of the right middle finger that’s currently out of commission, the rest of my tips are killing me… LMAO!

Anyhoo, I’m good, for now. I see the #CardioGod Dr. Hamed Aryafar on Wednesday for my Interventional Radiology Post-op. I’ll blog then.