Surgery tomorrow to have my knee replaced. I just want to thank everyone who has been so supportive through these last few months. Been very stressful. As some of you know, in March, I had a triple whammy on one day: I found out in the morning that my position had been eliminated by the school district, in late afternoon i was struck by a car on I-75 and taken away by ambulance (car was totalled), and at the hospital when they took a scan of my neck, they discovered I had major growths on my thyroid. Thank God the growths turned out benign. Since then I’ve been struggling with pain from the knee, worry over my parents and the care for Dad, the slow demise of my cat, and well ….. the list goes on and on. It’s been very rough. I’m actually looking forward to the surgery so I can spend a restful month with no responsibilities and maybe no worries for a change.
I have, alas, used my struggles as an excuse to let up on my diet. I have not been logging my food daily, which is the single best way to lose weight. And, because of the daily pain from my knee, I have dropped my exercise to just once a week. Consequently, I have gained back ten of the pounds that I have lost. Cross finger …. I have been told that the stress of surgery makes most people lose 10 pounds during their hospital stay. I’m hoping!
Thank you all for your patience and support. Prayers tomorrow at 8:00 for surgery will be greatly appreciated.
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Jo at Toastmasters District ContestThis is a video of Jo Davidsmeyer competing at the 2010 District 47 Toastmasters Contest for Table Topics. This is an impromptu speech -- you are given a topic that you hear for the first time in front ot the audience, and you must immediately begin speaking. Hope you enjoy it!
Dear Jo, you don’t know me, but I just ordered your Combat! book through Amazon. I can’t remember what Internet trail I was wandering to wind up here, but when I saw you had a blog, and you are dealing with so many issues all at once, I decided not to lurk. I hope your surgery has gone well and that you are rehabilitating. My dear neighbor just had knee surgery (2nd replacement, other knee done last year), so though I haven’t had that operation myself, I’m familiar with the recovery period. I am so sorry that you have had so many sad and fearful moments in your life recently. God bless and keep you, may He comfort you and give you courage. I will be thinking of you and you will be in my prayers. Take care, Annie