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Post by Ozchrissy » August 28th, 2012, 12:07 am

Hi all, and thank you everyone for your kind words. I am sorry I was very snappy but I was probably over reacting to what I saw as a complaint about my beloved board. I know that all topics here are discussed, that we do not only concentrate on ICD issues, but I didn't take into account of course, that those newer to the board were not here for those conversations. Just a hint, if you have a question, ask it, but don't presume that you are the first one to ask it. We all have posed the heavy questions, and the depth of the board is very apparent. If you do a search you will find that all of the hard topics have been covered. But we don't mind talking about them again, we all benefit from these topics.

I am doing it hard at the moment, after my surgeon's visit, the reality of my upcoming surgery really hit home. To briefly explain what will happen is it will take at least 8 hours, they will be deflating my right lung and cutting through a few ribs to allow access to the esophagus. I will also be having a feeding tube inserted in my intestine, my stomach will be reduced to a tube, my esophagus will be shortened by 15cm and my tube stomach will be re-attached to it. My stomach will be in the middle of my chest. Also I may loose my spleen as there could be connective tissue between it and my stomach, and it could bleed.

Needless to say I am chit scared of this operation, and the fact that I still have two weeks before the procedure, makes me very stressed. I will be in hospital for at least 2 weeks, and it will be 3 months recovery.

I apologise if I have upset anyone, I am very precious and prickly at the moment. This is why I am taking a bit of a break and spending a lot of time back and forth to a friends property. I cannot guarantee that I will be rational at all times, and I do not want to damage the relationships on this board. There could be a lot more 'hissy fits' before the 10th September. Wish it was tomorrow, but my bloods were not good as a result of the chemo, so I need this extra time to get my strength back.

I will be back, you can count on that, and will check out the board of course, but may not be commenting as much as before. Love you all, and hope you all stay well.
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Post by attagirl » August 28th, 2012, 12:33 am

God Bless Chrissy. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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Post by my2kidsrk » August 28th, 2012, 12:42 am

Anticipation is always the worse part. Im so sorry you have to go through all the things you are going through. I will be thinking of you and wish you a speedy recovery. Katie
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Post by efpat » August 28th, 2012, 5:05 am

Everyone can get snippy from time to time and with what you are facing its amazing how you are keeping it together.

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Post by freckles1880 » August 28th, 2012, 8:22 am

You are still on my good side. We love you and need to to get back to health.


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Post by Jim and Sparky » August 28th, 2012, 8:25 am

Oh Chrissy, you know how I feel about you! Bounce back soon!

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Post by ricatlga » August 28th, 2012, 8:48 am

Chrissy -

Certainly understand the feelings. When I had to have my mitral valve repaired, I just wanted to get on with it and have it done. Those last couple of weeks waiting can be a trial. We love you and are thinking of you always. Get your strength up and do what you have to do to stay sane in the interim.
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Post by ROBO Pop » August 28th, 2012, 10:01 am

No explanation necessary, however just some food for thought...If you hang around me, no matter what you do, you'll look like the normal one. Or would that make us the prickly pear? (hmmm, a little desert humor)
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Post by *karenb* » August 28th, 2012, 10:05 am

Hey Chrissy,

I'm here for you, along with the rest pof the gang! I understand completely about getting snippy - I don't even have the excuse of major, scary surgery coming up and I can still get narky and recently posted something that could be read as quite nasty and sarcastic - regretted it afterward, but by then it was too late! Friends are therefor the bad times as well as the good and those of us who've been around a while (and I'm sure newbies too!) understand. We want you here - even if you do feel like you're being snippy!

If you ever feel like a private snipfest you can pm me anytime and we can moan together!!

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Post by *karenb* » August 28th, 2012, 10:08 am

Couldn't resist this one either:

If life hands you lemons........throw them at people. lmao4dx
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Post by Suzanne » August 28th, 2012, 7:42 pm

Considering all your going through, I continue to admire your strength and coping skills.
As always, I continue to pray for you Chrissy.
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Post by AlexK » August 28th, 2012, 8:01 pm

I didn't think you were all that snippy.

On the other hand, after my first wife that's a pretty high bar to cross for anyone.

Plus I take beta-blocker.

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Post by Mike Thurston » August 29th, 2012, 6:39 am

Love and positive vibes coming your way from Indiana Chrissy. You have a great team assembled both here and at the Hospital. We will all send you our Angels and support. Take the drugs they offer and go to that special place in your soul where you feel at peace. You are one of the most courageous people I have ever been associated with and will do the best you can.
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Post by JR1966 » August 29th, 2012, 7:00 am

*karenb* wrote:Couldn't resist this one either:

If life hands you lemons........throw them at people. lmao4dx
:D Love that one Karen.

Sending you my best thoughts Chrissy

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Post by beachjay » August 29th, 2012, 9:30 am

'Busy waiting' is the worst. Build up your strength for the 10th. You are in my thoughts.....
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