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Madame Chipmunk
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0 posted 09-16-2002 09:24 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

Hi everyone...  This chipmunk is finally back, but there is a temporary hitch in my scamper...
Can you picture a chipmunk hobbling around on crutches?   If you can, then you get the picture.

I now have a metal rod going from the top of my left hind paw to my left knee.  It wasn't broken, but if I had walked around on it for one more day, it probably would've been.

I was awake for most of the surgery because I had an epidural, which is a longer acting form of a spinal (it was supposed to take 3 hours, but only took 2) and I had morphine via i.v. drip into my arm.  I wanted to be awake for the whole thing because chipmunks are naturally curious...but somehow, I fell asleep for the best part...  I wanted to see how they put that metal rod in, but they may have turned up the morphine a bit higher then, thinking that it was too gruesome for me to see and so I ended up taking a nap for a while.
After it was over and the epidural wore off, they gave me a pump with a button to press, and any time I felt pain coming on, I could press it and it would deliver pain relief immediately.  It worked very well except that the morphine made me so ill that I couldn't eat anything for 3 days.

On the day after the surgery, they made me get out of bed and walk around with a walker.  It was VERY painful at first, and it took 2 nurses and David to get me back into bed.  Moving that paw back into that bed again was indeed so painful that I screamed out loud in agony.  Eventually, David and I were able to do it ourselves, without a nurse... and now that I'm home, I can do it without any help from David... and I have graduated from a walker to crutches.  I also can put weight on that paw once again, and I am actually only using the crutches for balance.  In a couple of days, I'll probably graduate to using a cane... and finally, I won't need any help at all...  but, I still have to have radiation.  However, it looks like I will be able to go to the poet meet because my wounds have to heal before I can start the radiation.  I have an appointment with my orthopod on the 25th, and if we can leave for Florida straight from Ann Arbor, we might make it there on the evening of the 27th or the morning of the 28th.

I don't know how long I can sit at this computer tonight but I did want to let you all know that I was okay and that David is taking excellent care of me,  and I also want to thank you all for your unending prayers....
~ lots of loving chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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1 posted 09-16-2002 09:36 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Lyra

It is so good to see you and I know although you have had a set back...your scamper will be back.  I can hear it in your words and so that means it's in your spirit, where it counts.  Don't try to do too much...take it easy and let David help you.  Big hugs to you...I so admire your gumption, ya know!!

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2 posted 09-16-2002 09:58 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Lyra~
God bless you sweetie~
I'm praying for you to get stronger and stronger~
You are an amazing lady~
Take it slow ... you've been through a lot~
Love n' hugs~
~*Marge*~

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3 posted 09-16-2002 10:09 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Hi Lyra, you perky little chippymunk! So good to hear that everything went well. You wanted to watch the procedure?! Good Grief!!! You certainly are brave. Now, don't you go scampering about too much. Just rest up and let yourself heal. Hopefully you will be able to go the poet meet. Bless You. hugs, Chris

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Well then - this is pretty much all good news, isn't it?.. You're going to be walking on sturdy paws.. and you're going to Florida - How great is THAT!..

I'm really glad this is working out for you, Lyra - I know how much it means to you.  You're one strong lady, m'friend..God Bless..
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5 posted 09-16-2002 10:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

The chipmunk's back?!?! No nuts are safe!!

Your coming to Tampa is music to my ears, dear lady...can't wait to mee ya!!
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6 posted 09-16-2002 11:10 PM       View Profile for the_loner_23   Email the_loner_23   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for the_loner_23

Welcome back babe!!!!!!! We missed you

Cold hands means a warm heart

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(big hugggsssssss in tears) Oh Lyra, I am sooooooo happy you're back, I was praying for you every night while you were in the hospital and I delighted to hear the news that you are slowly graduating from the walkers! Oh Lyra, I am so happy you may be going to the poetry meet, I wish I could meet you so badly there but all the same I am happy for you and hope if you do go you have the time of your life!



We all understand you are feeling a little weary still from the hospital and anxious of the radiation so get a good nights sleep and we will all be here when you feel better! (big hugggssssss and kiss on cheek) God Bless You and Dave!!!



By the way, thank you so so much for your beautiful reply to Paul Wilson's tribute to me, when I read that I cried and flooded in tears, you are a beautiful person, one of the most compassionate friends I've ever known and you will always be a golden friend in my heart! God Bless You!



Yay!!! We all love you, our sweet twittering chipmunk!



Love,
Noah Eaton


"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (09-16-2002 11:37 PM).]

Bill Charles
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8 posted 09-16-2002 11:41 PM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

Little chipmunk - if the chipmunk is back none of the nut trees are safe. But for the solution to the crutches, I will send you a bag of nuts for the little chipmunk so you won't have to climb for them......

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9 posted 09-16-2002 11:59 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

luv ya so glad all is better.....I hope you are back to your normal self soon....I am praying for you daily.....


Lauren~

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10 posted 09-17-2002 12:27 AM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Lyra~ Glad to see all went well. Hope you have a blast in Tampa. If you stayed down there for winter, you wouldn't have to scamper around to gather all those Chipmunk nuts.LOL. May God protect you and care for you always...Paul
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11 posted 09-17-2002 05:07 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Oh Lyra, I am so glad to hear all went well.  Brother you couldn't pay me enough to watch something like that (I cover my eyes during Chicago Hope) LOL.  I am so glad to hear your strength is coming back but you are a tough lady and you'll do it and arrive in Florida on your own steam you just watch!  Congrats kiddo, it worked out so you can go to Florida and I know how badly you wanted to go.  I hope your trip is all that you wish it to be and more, and I pray for your health to get only better each day, Love, Sharon

The most valuable thing you own is a smile, wear it, and share it.


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12 posted 09-17-2002 06:57 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Wonderful to hear you are home and on the mend Lyra. It's great to have you back, and I'm so glad to hear you're going to be able to go down to Florida for the poet meet. That's great news!  Take care.

Best wishes and hugs,
/Kit
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So very, very glad that the feisty 'munk is back on her feet and almost wagging that little bit of a tail...I'm so glad you can take morphine...I'm allergic to the junk.  Yikes!  You've got more courage than me...I don't want to watch what they are doing!  I'm thinking they knew best, too, to allow you to "nap" a little while they did the more gruesome stuff...

and now you're going to be in fine shape to scamper on down to Florida and scurry in and out of adventures...just watch out for those Floridians...it's "tourist season"...or so I've heard!
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14 posted 09-17-2002 10:01 AM       View Profile for amigo   Email amigo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amigo

Lyra....wonderful...i'm so glad everything is going on smooth for you to help you go to Florida...be strong...my prayers for healing are always with you...
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I could imagine your smile as you wrote this Lyra. It's wonderful how quick you're healing (don't over do though). I'm glad you're going to the Florida Poet meeting..have a great time!!
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Welcome back Lyra. David is cool. Scampering to Florida should help with the healing process. This group of poet healers is mighty powerful, and some are real nuts, so you'll be in chipmunk haven!
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Oh thank goodness our little garden pest has returned. Been pretty boring out there in the back 40 without a pest to shoo... and scat...and shush away.

Best mend quickly though, cause with a paw not at 100%, you're likely to get caught digging.  

I'm so happy to have you back though, I'll leave some nuts and other goodies out for you.

With hugs and loves, Marti

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with hands -- a mountain, a star, the power of the ocean.
There will come to you wisdom,

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Lyra, I'm glad to see you home and healing and excited for you, knowing that you'll be making it to Florida.   You take it easy and don't overdo.  Let Dave look after you while you're getting better and don't be stubborn.     
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Madam Chipmunk, here's oxoxoxox; glad to know you're doing well and surgery was a success!  God bless.

eyssence

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Well, this is smiling news!!  Especially the Fla part.  I'm so happy for ya, Lyra.
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21 posted 09-17-2002 03:54 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

Lyra,

It is so good to have you back. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear things went well. Give ol' Mike a hard time for me while you're in Florida.

Welcome home,
Pete
Madame Chipmunk
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22 posted 09-17-2002 06:47 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

Martie... thanks so much  for the warm welcome and the big hugs.  I know its getting better, but I just wish I had a more comfortable computer chair...
It seems that since I've been home, the only place I'm really comfortable is in a big easy chair or in bed with my feet raised up.

Marge...Thanks so much for your prayers... I can tell you they have been helping.  I am now actually able to put weight on that leg.

Chris...thanks so much...  Don't worry about too much scampering.  This chipmunk is still in pain and still taking enough Darvocet to make her sleepy all the time.

Nan...  its so good to hear from you...  I will definitely be going to the poet meet, but I can't guarantee what kind of shape I'll be in when I get there...  I hope to see you there too

Michael(Balladeer)...I can't wait to meet you either... but after that long drive from Kazoo... I may be back on crutches again for a while

JulieBird... thanks so much for the warm welcome... Its good to be back... but I can only sit at the computer for short periods of time without pain

Noah...  Thanks for that sweet welcome and for all of your prayers.  I'm still taking lots of pain meds so I keep falling asleep all the time.  You are such a good person, sweetie, and I greatly admire you ( kiss on cheek)

Thanks Bill...  Actually chipmunks are usually too smart to have to climb trees... we wait to harvest the nuts when they fall to the ground... but thatnks anyway for your offer.

Lauren... thanks so much for your prayers.  All is not better and I'm still not my normal self, but at least I can walk again without fear of breaking my leg... and thats a whole lot.  A few years ago, I wouldn't have even gotten the chance to have this surgery and my leg would have broken.  Cancer therapy has come a very long way, but my wish is to get rid of it completely

Paul... Thanks so much for your good wishes.  I wish that you too, could go to Tampa.

Sharon...Thanks for everything.... I really enjoyed the ebay ad for the Jewish kleenex holder that was made in Kalamazoo... and of course, especially for your prayers.

Kit... Thanks so much for your warm welcome.  One of these days, I would love to meet you.  We don't live that far apart... maybe something could be arranged.

Karilea... thanks so much for all of your caring...  I wish I could move my left leg as fast as I could move my tail right now...
but as for the morphine, it made me terribly sick.  I couldn't even look at food for 3 days and so they took it away and gave me Darvocet instead.  It doesn't work as well but doesn't make me sick.

amigo... thanks so much for your prayers and your thoughts

PDV... Thanks so much for thinking of me...
I'm not able to overdo because David won't let me.  He even washed my hair for me today.

Kacy... Thanks so much for your welcome... I am so glad to be back, but I'm having a hard time sitting at the computer right now, so I will have to limit my time for a while until the healing is complete.  Florida will be a wonderful medicine for this chipmunk... especially with all of those other nuts around.

Marti...  Yes, the garden pest is back, but she has to be real careful because chipmunks usually run at warp speed to escape gardeners and now this one needs crutches...so, if you see a chipmunk with crutches in your garden, you'll know I've come for a visit...   Thanks for all of the goodies!

Micheal(Auguste)...I'm definitely looking forward to seeing you in Tampa...  And don't worry about me because David has been doing all of the cooking, cleaning and laundry and he even washed my hair for me today...  I am a lucky rodent

CJ... Thanks so much for the oxoxox and for your blessing

Duncan...Thanks so much for the warm smiling welcome back

Pete... Thanks so much for the welcome back and I'll make sure to give Mike a very hard time for you in Tampa...LOL
~ lots of chipmunk hugs for all of you

Lyra

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I am so happy for you, Lyra! And, I am glad you are getting around a little better, and that you do get to go to the poets meet. *HUGS*
Madame Chipmunk
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24 posted 09-18-2002 12:57 AM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

Thanks so much, Sue... I hope your hand is feeling much better too!
~ loving chipmunk hugs

Lyra

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