Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Getting Rid of my Goat

My gallbladder, that is.  Brett said he felt like he was living with a goat because my gall stones made me burp in a distinctly goat-like way.  Its embarrassing enough to be burping at home, in front of the love of my life, who tried to snag a goodnight kiss between eruptions, --but at work?  Downright unprofessional.  I spent a lot of time working with my door closed, or on conference calls with my speaker phone on mute.  I would sneak a burp or two on the stairwell on my way up or down from my office but they still popped out in public occasionally.  I did pretty well managing the acute episodes (severe pain) with my diet but I wasn't always successful and this girl cannot live happily without cheese, cream or well marbled meat.  I love fruit and veggies, truly I do, but every once in awhile a chocolate malt just calls my name.  This morning I had surgery (my maiden voyage with general anesthesia, I was a bit nervous) and they took my gallbladder out.  So far, the recovery is going well.  I'm sleeping a lot and dreaming about milk shakes, pizza and reuben sandwiches.

Yesterday we signed papers for the house.  They were sent to the seller, who does not live in the area, and he signed them today.  I have been told that he dropped them at FedEx and they are winging their way back to the title company.  If the stars aligned, the title will be recorded with the county tomorrow and Oak Creek will officially be ours.

In other updates, the fire down by Aspen Meadows was 70% contained this morning.  There were a few minor flare ups due to root balls igniting (does that sound right, Feral Janice?) according to the fireman who was escorting residents up the mountain.  The road is closed to non-residents indefinitely.  When I checked FB a little bit ago, one of our neighbors had posted that there was a significant flare up and the fire was off and running again.  I hope they corral it quickly.  There is a fire station down the road from Rancho Capistrano with "hot shot" fire fighters -- remember the expert elite group that were killed near Flagstaff Arizona?  Same elite group.  We always felt an extra measure of confidence knowing they were close by.  It sounds like they, and the multiple other agencies that helped, are doing a fantastic job.

At Oak Creek Ranch, Brett has been busy.  He dug out the star thistle on the dressage court and then used his tractor and box scraper to level it out.  Next he attached the harrow and dragged it.  The arena is beautiful and begging to be used.  The surgeon told me that my abs should not be damaged too much by my surgery -- the gallbladder is above the abdomen, wedged under your right boob -- so I'm hoping Winston and I will be out there soon.


  

 

13 comments:

  1. okay, truly hoping the final filing is tomorrow!

    glad the surgery is over for you, too! so much going on in your life at once...

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  2. Wow, I was not expecting your surgery to be today! You sound like you are doing very well....no lifting please.
    Brett has done a beautiful job with the dressage court and I can't wait for you to be living at Oak Creek.

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  3. Oh, that makes me want to ride in a real arena something fierce! I'm glad your recovery is going well and should alleviate the embarrassment! I can't wait to see more pictures and updates as you make this lovely farm your own!

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  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery. The ring is beautiful. Just waiting for hoof prints. Take it easy and don't push it though.

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  5. Your arena looks awesome,hope you have a speedy recovery and that you will be riding your Winston in there soonest! So glad the purchase of your new place is finally settled. Brett is such a good guy for doing all the work that he does on the new place!

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  6. Good God are you a multi-tasker or what??? Get better soon to enjoy that absolutely make-everyone-envious Dressage arena!


    And yes, the same way a tree will let certain branches above ground die off to conserve when there is a drought is the same that they do to the underside of their roots - so with this kind of tinder sometimes it can be a complete burn out...and then if its resin based like pine or cedar it also has "fuel" to burn...so sorry that it got away from them again; hopefully they can get it contained and burn/clear the inside to prevent hot cinder from escaping the perimeters...

    now back to that dressage ring - ITS GORGEOUS!!!! CONGRATS, you TWO!

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  7. sheesh, I'd forgotten you had surgery looming over you as well as everything else! Sounds like you are doing well. Take it easy for a bit, you need plenty of rest.
    You know, nothing strenuous like moving house, cleaning out old barns, anything like that... ;-)

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  8. Wow! You certainly have been busy! Glad the surgery went well and hope you're back to full steam soon.

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  9. Everything is on the up and up now and that beautiful arena is calling your name (and mine!). You are going to feel so much better with your goat gone. Thank goodness about the fire and the title. Yay!

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  10. The arena looks wonderful. Waiting for hoofprints. Glad you braved the surgery and I hope the results are all you were expecting. Welcome home!!

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  11. Hope you will feel better soon. That dressage ring looks great and before you know it, you will be riding there. Are the dogs home now? I know they will be thrilled to get back to normal.

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  12. So.flipping.jealous.

    Of the arena, not the surgery. Or the never ending property madness.

    Looks like things are looking up - be patient with yourself until you heal up!! :D

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  13. Wow you are a busy girl a surgery thrown into the middle of this chaos you are amazing. Rest now and since I read your new post I am going to stop talking now. Take care of yourself glad surgery went well and you are fine. Hug B

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