Monday, July 11, 2005

First a big thank you to my branch of TKGA (South River) who sent me these last week

They're gorgeous, and I'd be willing to bet that particular florist is sending flowers to my doctor for all the business that's been stirred up for them because of me. (Trevor likes the flowers too - you might be able to see him peering around the back there)

I'm doing better. It helped to have a blog to dump it all into (which is what blogs are for, right, personal mind-toilets) and the comments I received just blow me away. I wasn't begging for ego-strokes, but man... how do a bunch of what are really essential strangers know just exactly what to say? Thank you all. A big part of this is that the thyroid controls a lot of hormones that fight depression... and I don't have that anymore. So while I know that I'm under a lot of pressure right now, I also know that it's not my fault that I'm reacting this way, I'm not crazy or losing my mind, my body just isn't working right. And once I go on meds, we'll play around to get me on the right dosage, and that should help tons with all of this. I'll find out tomorrow when that will be, and I'll let you all know, of course.

On the outside, I'm healing well. (Here's a gory shot of five days after the surgery, the day I got my stitches out. Here's one of Friday, two weeks to the day after the surgery. Had I been thinking, I would have taken a shot of the lump, so you could see the full progression, but I'm not putting it back in now, even for you.)

I am happy about the healing. Aslan is not. It seems we have a little addict on our hands. What would make a guy beg his mommy over and over everytime she so much as looks towards the bathroom that it's time to put Neosporin on? What would make him yell and hollar and degrade himself to the point of begging like a dog?

Well, if one were to read a list of the inactive ingredients of Neosporin, one would find this: cocoa butter, cottonseed oil, olive oil, sodium pyruvate, vitamin E, and white petrolatum

Didja catch that? Olive Oil.

It may be time for an intervention. (No, Aslan is NOT allowed Neosporin - there are chemicals that I don't want in his tummy. But beg, he does...)


Blogger Amanda said...


You'll get there. Remembering that your hormones are out of whack will help and giving yourself time, like you are, is great!

You're in my thoughts,

12:13 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Ha! My cat loves to beg for Neosporin too!!!

1:59 PM  
Blogger KatyaR said...

I once had a cat who was addicted to IcyHot--any time I used it on my knee I spent the rest of the night with her trying to get through the Ace bandage!

Glad you're feeing better--hang in there! The scar looks really good--it will fade away to nothing in no time!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Lanea said...

I'm sorry you have had so many difficult, sad things happen so close together. But I am very glad that Aslan and your other pets are there with you to entertain you. Keep healing, Amie.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Carolyn B. said...

How funny that Aslan wants to be a Neosporin junky! My dog -- who has to be kept firmly away from the chocolate scents that lure him -- goes into a sniffing ecstacy whenever I use my Burt's Bee's cocoa-butter foot cream (smells like chocolate and, faintly, mint); I don't blame him, because to me it smells good enough to eat too.

No wonder that the pets we love are stress relievers. I hope Aslan continues to provide warm feelings and comic relief for you. Best wishes --

6:00 PM  
Blogger Shel said...

Hi gal,
I just noticed your blog today, although I've been at KR for a couple mos. I also have papillary thyroid cancer, and Hashimoto's. Your neck looks so good!! Mine looks like that and I am 3 mos post surgery!!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

You're some kind of woman, Amie -- the best kind. Thank you for sharing your trials with us. You're in my thoughts, too.


10:17 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I haven't read today's post... and hubby is expecting me to join him in front of Guns, Germs and Steel on TV... but I really wanted to thank you for your support and offer of even MORE support. I am likely to take you up on it. I'm starting the chemo on Friday. Haircut Thursday... (will hit Sally Beauty supply tomorrow for some "temporary" Red/Auburn WILD stuff. (Not quite as wild as cool aid though.

Let's trust your MD that you'll be find AND that your voice will come back. Sometimes I think it is cadence, volume and variety as much as timbre that makes a speaking voice sound nice... And if Diane Rehm can have a successful radio show..........

I'm glad they caught it early enough that YOU feel optimistic.
(I hadn't thought about putting a link to my ACTUAL boob picture on my blog... but I might!! :-D)

thanks again... I'll be back to read all the details.
Clever name, Aslan. Is he Leonine in attitude?

10:20 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I did it... go look!!
How are you today? Are you home all the time, or are you working part time? all the time? I do best when I see people "outside"... How's your DH managing.... I loved your wedding photos.... Thinking of you and sending you "pink light" for healing and all that.

3:33 AM  
Blogger vi said...

you are healing beautifully.....
I imagine by the holidays you will be fully back into your ( ok so it is going to be a bit different) life
I am so happy for you that you will be better soon

12:54 PM  

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