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12 May 2006 @ 11:41 pm
One Year.  

A year ago today, you performed the DS surgery on me.
You did a fantastic job - I've had no problems, and I
will be eternally grateful.

I wanted to give you a few details:

- In a year, I've lost (numbers deleted to protect the easily shocked)
- My endocrinologist has taken me off all insulin and
pills and my glucose levels, both daily and my last
hbA1C, are completely normal.
- My hypertension is still present but easily
controlled by medication.
- I can walk and can do many things that I couldn't a
year ago because of my limited mobility.

I don't want to take up too much of your time, but I
wanted to send this to you today.

So. Wow.

I promised wordplay that I would post, but in some ways, I don't even feel capable of the task. How do I sum up the ways my life has changed in the past year?

* As I said, walking. I can walk!! It's easily the single most amazing thing - and the thing I wanted back the most. A couple of weeks ago, I walked around the mall near where I live three times (this mall is HUGE, btw) and was fine. A few weeks before, I walked up 4 flights of stairs. Last week, I went to a party at a friend's house without thinking too much about it, whereas before I probably wouldn't have gone at all because I wouldn't have been able to park close enough OR make it up the stairs to his apartment.

I can stand in queues; I can take a walk on my lunch hour; I can use the treadmill at the gym.

Of course, the corollary to these good things is that my knee went out again, likely from the extra use. I saw the ortho yesterday and he gave me the news I expected - surgery is inevitable. The official diagnosis, eight years after the Great Kareoke Injury? A torn ACL. Wheeee! We're going to try physical therapy first, but he warned me that it likely won't help - apparently it usually doesn't for this. Imagine my joy.

* Health stuff. The diabetes, which was heading towards doing me serious harm because it couldn't be controlled, is basically non-existent now. I only take three actual medications - everything else I take is a vitamin of some sort. I still use the CPAP at night, but only because I want to wait a while longer to have a sleep test.

* Clothes. I've dropped a bunch of sizes, but I'm still all over the board, which only proves that sizes are inconsistent as hell. Shopping is FUN now, which is dangerous. Except for shoes - still hate shoes. Blah.

There's probably more, but I'm tired! Tomorrow, I'll have more plus pics.

But I really want to say thanks to all of you who've been supportive of me during the past few years as I struggled to get the insurance company to approve and then actually had the surgery and then had to learn to live with everything. I feel very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. ♥
I feel: pleasedpleased
I hear: Westlife - Thank You
Starry Eyesanemonerose on May 13th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
This is all so wonderful to read. I wasn't around for all of the hassle with the insurance company (although I heard about it via LJ-land and was wishing you all kinds of luck), so don't know a lot of the details surrounding the whole process, but I'm so happy to see how many great things have happened since you were finally approved. I look forward to seeing more pictures! The last set you posted were just fantastic. ♥
Vicki: Cedric grinhermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you so much!
heidi∞: pinksparklyheidi8 on May 13th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Hon - I think that in addition to the doctor, write to your insurer. Let them know what they've saved in the medicines you don't take and the diabetes-related visits you don't and won't have, and send it all up the chain of command. You never know, it may help someone else.

And congrats again to you, for doing it & making it this far, and further.
Vicki: Kate by Sophiehermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you recall, but I'm not with the insurance company that I had to fight for over a year anymore - they aren't even the ones who paid for the surgery. My company left CIGNA due in part to the hassles they put me through and our current company approved and paid for the surgery. So... CIGNA doesn't care about anything I have to say, I can assure you.

Thank you!
Moonaloon: happymoondroplette on May 13th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I'm so, so happy for you, Morri! It's a delight to read things have improved so much, though I know it's not even a small measure of the happiness you're experiencing :)

(btw, I hate shoes too)
Vicki: Nicky grinhermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!

(shoes are from the devil, or maybe my feet are. Or both)
Teesside Snog Monster: southparkjiggery_pokery on May 13th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
*huge grin*

Just YAY, and all sorts of hope for the future for all of us that sometimes the good things in life turn out to be at least as good as they promise to be. :-)
Vicki: Rachael GRINhermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's nice that sometimes things DO actually work out well, isn't it? *has hope*
piperki: yaypiperki on May 13th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for you. It's wonderful to hear your updates--your joy really comes through. GOOD FOR YOU!
Vicki: Chibi!Mehermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
Faster, plebe! I do believe I have the vapours!: Yule Ball -- Viktor and Hermione GoFslytherincesss on May 13th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)

This is just wonderful!
Vicki: Lush honey by satinelunehermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)

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Vicki: Nicky sportyhermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's weird how much has changed in a year. It really is.
the creases and flecks in the maptropes on May 13th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for you. You don't know how happy it makes me to see you posting often and doing well. :)

If I ever ever make it to Chicago, we should have lunch.
Vicki: Westlife funny faceshermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks!!

We really, really should. If I'm still here, anyway. :)
Becca: Cheer Bearspiritedrinoa on May 13th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. So amazing, and I'm so happy for you. It's amazing the things that we take for granted sometimes. The simplest things - like walking, and the difference it cane make between being able to and not being able to.

Vicki: Sean grinhermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
I just had to point out the fact that you said CANE instead of CAN. It amused me. :))

Beccaspiritedrinoa on May 16th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Not nearly so amusing as my replacing "thong" for "thing" a week or so ago.

I've been doing a lot of that lately. I guess I really AM in need of my upcoming vacation. Hee.
You say bitch like it's a bad thing: woo-hooquidditchgrrl on May 13th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
That is crazy, wicked awesome progress...congratulations!
Vicki: You just put your lips together and...hermorrine on May 15th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!