Archive for February, 2010

one down, one to go, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well I have an update for all my readers. For those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you know that my Aunt passed away on February 2nd, I started having stomach or pouch issues and had to have a revision and I had previously scheduled bilateral brachioplasty of both arms for February 10 and 11 this month. Well I went ahead with these procedures and have been recovering since. My WLS revision for a hernia and lysis of adhesions went well. Then two days later I undertook that task of a my visit to a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Not for the faint of heart. I had one arm done on Wednesday February 10 and the second arm completed the next day February 11th.

Needless to say my recovery of my arm procedures has been rough and very painful. The surgeon removed a piece of skin from each arm about 4×12 inches. Ugh! Pain proceeded to follow over the last 2 weeks. An infection developed and I am on antibiotics and I had to return yesterday to have some lymphedema fluid removed from one arm. Not expecting another needle! So I have to use compression bandages and wraps on both arms for the next six weeks for optimal healing and less chance of scar tissue to develop.

The above photo was taken for me the morning after the first procedure, just before we went for the second arm to be completed. My right arm was done first followed by my left arm. I am very happy with the shape and size of my arms, but never expected the level of pain that I have experienced over the last two weeks!

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panna cotta, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I am desperate, with no real cure…soon any way. I am hungry for travel. These last few months I have endured lots of tribulations and I am so looking forward to summer travel 2010. Italy to be exact. The world’s Culinary Capitol. I have not started to count down days, yet let alone hours til departure. But soon I will. We have already started to craft our travel itinerary for this adventure! Int he meantime I will keep day dreamin’ about far-away places! 🙂

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Happy Birthday #5 Emma

i luv this child, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Five years ago this beautiful child came into our lives and we have been blessed with her presence! Happy Birthday dear Emma!

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all decked out, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well 37 days of sickness came to an end on the early morning of February 2nd 2010. My Aunt Tootsie (Ruth) passed over the Rainbow Bridge to the other side. She lived with pancreatic cancer only 37 days after being diagnosed with it. This is her tribute!

Ruth (Tootsie) Pelletier passed away peacefully at a local hospital on Tuesday February 2nd, 2010 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and friends. Tootsie attended school in Millinocket were she lived all her life. In the 1940’s, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Shipyard in Portland, Maine tacking Liberty Ships during war time.

Tootsie was well known in Millinocket as a person who was always doing something for others. Many local folks have enjoyed public suppers expertly prepared by Tootsie and her constant companion, Delores and their capable crew of helpers. She loved her family and friends (she had many) and loved to play BINGO which she called “BEANO”

Tootsie was an active member of the VFW Auxiliary, a 60 year member of the American Legion Post 80 Auxiliary, and a former member of the Millinocket Elks Emblem Club. She will be sadly missed by those whose lives she touched. Tootsie was someone special to everyone she knew and she made others feel like the most important person in the world to her.

May you rest in peace Dear! “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”-Eskimo Proverb

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