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Guess who?

Posted by laurie on February 6, 2013

Wow, am I ever glad to be back! Thank-you a million times, and then a million times more for your thoughts and prayers over the past week. Phillip read me the comments each day. I’m in rehab, at Phillip’s hospital, and I hope to go home this week. Like really hope to go home this week. I’m walking well, off the narcotics, eating real food, and I’m lighter to the tune of three feet of intestine! I have a large vertical incision and Phillip and I are starting to think about how we’ll keep Sherman off my stomach while I log a couple of weeks of couch time before going back to work. And more still before I can swim. But I’m quite happy to be alive, I went from a stomach ache to the OR in 5-1/2 hours, and any more delay would have been quite bad indeed. I think the worst of this is over. Thank-you a third million times. You guys are just wonderful!.

P.S. Last night I had to approve of 18 comments, so that might clear up the trouble people had with posting.

41 Responses to “Guess who?”

  1. Jacqui said

    Welcome back to your digital home! Keep up the good work! Arooooo from Phoebe and Nathaniel!

  2. Carla Guyer said

    Welcome Back Laurie! Hope you continue to improve and that you are able to go home this week!

  3. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    So glad to hear from YOU again, Laurie (although we are all grateful to Philip for taking the time to do postings about your condition)! Best of luck to you during your rehab time so you are back home before you know it.

    Keeping Sherman (and probably Stanley) off you for two weeks will be a challenge, I’m sure. However, sometimes dogs understand more about a person’s condition than we think. Once they get past the initial crazy joy of having you back home, their behavior may surprise you. Arooo from Cody and Henry!

  4. NJ said

    Good to have you back. I echo everyone’s comments in thanking Phillip for keeping us posted and to you, thankful you are getting better. 4 beagles and 2 humans in this household say take care.

  5. Darlene said

    Yea-glad you are feeling better and getting stronger. Don’t over do it!

  6. Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

    I echo all the other comments, and am so glad you feel well enough to post. πŸ™‚
    What an ordeal! Rest well, and continue to heal. We’re all pulling for you!

  7. Karen Spivey said

    Welcome back Laurie! You lost 3 feet of intestines! Boy, that took guts–literally! Can’t wait until you are back home. Why not have Phillip make you something that will protect your stomach from the dogs? Or you could walk holding a chair in front of you.

  8. Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Glad you are on the mend….2 weeks on the sofa will be appreciated by the boys!
    take it easy!

  9. Joan said

    I could use two weeks on the sofa with the dogs. But not the surgery and stress of recovery. I am glad you are on the way home. Your babies will be so happy to see you.

  10. Peggy Michaels said

    Penny said that your continued recovery was her favorite Brithday present. By the way, after my gallbladder op, I found that Penny was very considerate. She’d sit on my lap, but arrange it so she did not put any pressure on the sore spot ( of course, it was outpatient surgery). Perhaps Sherman will figure it out.

  11. Laurie first of all I’m glad you are mending well. When I had my stomache surgery, literally cut from stem to stern, I always had a little pillow with me to protect my stomache so Lily wouldn’t jump up and get the incision. I was lucky though, I was a month out after surgery before I saw her so my incision had more time to heal. Unfortunately, for me the issue wasn’t my incision but rather my legs that were in horrible shape and that is where dear (yes said sarcastically) Lily decided was to be her spot when she wanted to snuggle. Best of luck with your recovery and I’m sure the boys will be conisderate and will only snuggle in the good places.

  12. Rebecca Campbell said

    Welcome back! So good to hear from you. Thanks to Phillip for keeping us updated. I’m sure home will look like heaven to you. Those Beagle boys will be insanely happy to have you home. Our boys always manage to find the sore spot and lay against it, not on it, as if to be a living hot water bottle πŸ™‚ Hope Sherm and Stanley do the same.

  13. harperlea said

    Welcome back Laurie!
    Holy Cow! 3 feet of intestine?! Scary stuff!
    So very happy to hear that you’re progressing so well.
    I echo everyone’s comments- much thanks to Phillip for keeping us in the loop…
    Just think of all the books you can read while you’re recuperating!

    I think sweet Sherm and Stan will be mindful of your sore spot… Shotzy was so careful of my knee…. She just KNEW.

    I bet you will have a really cool scar …. That’s why I don’t have any tattoos… I have a lot of cool scars to tell my stories πŸ™‚

    Sending more thoughts and prayers on your contined recovery from the Lash Pack in California

  14. Libby and Emily's mom said

    Welcome back! Glad you are on the up swing! Heal well and fast.

  15. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    I am sure glad you are back and well on the road to recovery. In no time you will look back on this as just a blip in this year. Keep working on everything, get your strength back and we look forward to brighter days!

  16. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

    Welcome back! Glad to hear you are doing so much better!

  17. Marilyn & Snoopy said

    So glad you are feeling better !!!

  18. Hunter's Mom said

    Wonderful news – I hope you continue to recover as quickly as you has so far

  19. Maggie Mae and Odie Bug Jackson- Texas said

    Oh my! So glad you are back and typing!

  20. Baci's mom said

    I had a spot of surgery last November that earned me some couch time. I spent about a week swathed in a comforter with Baci curled up next to me. We watched old movies and a lot of cooking shows. I got up mostly to eat (one morning I had cookies for breakfast) and tend to Baci’s needs. It was a very restorative week for both body and soul..

    Rest up, Laurie, and let your body heal itself. You may find that Stanley and Sherman understand your situation and will be very gentle with you. If not, they will certainly do their best to distract you. You’ll be back to normal soon.

  21. I rarely, if ever, comment, but I’m glad you are doing so much better. My recommendation is to have a breakfast in bed style food tray over you at all times on the couch. it could also serve to hold things. I know people say he’ll stay off but I know my Winston would forgot and climb right on me in a moment of excitement. Good luck and may your incision heal quickly.

  22. Susan Hann said

    You’ll feel so much better once you get home! I think your recovery has been amazing. Before you know it, you’ll be back in the pool and that first swim will feel wonderful! I agree with the pillow idea – keep it in front of you, like a shield!

  23. Karen Spivey said

    I suggest that when Laurie gets home she should greet the dogs from across the fence first until the excitement dies down (2-3 hours!). That way they’ll hit the fence instead of your incision. It’s funny how most people and dogs seem to know instinctively where you are hurting and then go for it. Ouch!

    • Lynne said

      When I was home recovering from knee surgery this past summer our beagle Judy knew enough not to jump on me. I had two separare surgeries so it was twice going into the hospital, into rehab and then back home. She was so smart and knew not to jump on my knees.

  24. Linda UK said

    Great to have you back, Laurie πŸ™‚
    I could lend you Dylan, he is not a lap beagle but rather lies next to us. I don’t think he finds us as comfortable as the couch!!
    Hope they have pumpkin pie in the rehab unit (I’ve never tried it but will make it one day, it’s not on many menus here in England!)

  25. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Three feet?!! Wow. And 5.5 hours – that’s so scary. I’m so, so glad things worked out the way they did Laurie. I’m sure your fitness level helped there, and will continue to help you through your rehab. Hang in there!

  26. Lynne said

    So glad that you are back. Be careful and do not over do. You do not want to set yourself back. Keep up the good work and do what the doctors say.

  27. JC said

    Welcome back Laurie! I don’t know how the boys will contain themselves when you first get home…

  28. Bobbie and Mark said

    We are so glad to hear that you are feeling better, Laurie. We are wishing for a speedy recovery time so that you’ll be able to go home to see the boys real soon.

  29. Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

    Laurie, Maybe Dr. Phillip can set up SKYPE so the boys could visit. Daddy feeding them in just not the same. Glad you’re feeling better. Continued progress in your recovery and continued prayers. We are so happy, we have missed you!

  30. Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    Lovely to hear your virtual voice again Laurie!!! You need some Beagle cuddle therapy now, so get well enough to go home quickly! x

  31. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Yay, wonderful to “see” your voice Laurie. You’ll be home surrounded by your boys before you know it.
    The pillow idea sound good. I honestly can’t remember my girls ever jumping on me the two times I had surgery (I do remember worrying that they would) They curled up next to me, pinning me in one very warm spot.

  32. Elizabeth said

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Laurie! Take care, and keep up the good work!

  33. Patty in San Jose said

    Woohoo! Laurie is back and coming home soon! So glad you are doing well.

  34. Carol, Libby's mom said

    ::-) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ There are not enough smiley faces to put up to let you know how happy Libby and I are that you are in Rehab and will be home soon. Very glad you were up to posting today. Many thanks to Phillip for keeping us up to date. Sherman and Stanley will be thrilled to see you. Bless ALL of your hearts!!!

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