Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Day Of Relaxation

Today I spent the day taking it easy. I had to put a cold compress directly on my tongue because it swelled up on me. I did this several times today. I have been sticking to mainly soft foods....mashed potatoes and soft noodles. Of course there is some ice cream and popsicles and pudding thrown in there. I also watched a couple of fishing dvd's....not Wuthering Heights stuff but I enjoy them. Gets me excited about going to Canada to do some fishing.
I read something interesting today that I would like to share with everyone. Back in 2005, a Lake City, GA home was demolished as part of an ABC show called Extreme Makeovers. This is the show that Ty Pennington is in. The lucky couple whose house was demolished was chosen out of approximately 15,000 applicants. The family of the demolished house spent a week in Disneyland. While the family was at Disneyland, a new house (mini-estate looking home) was built for them. Atlanta-based Beazer Homes USA and ABC's "Extreme Makeover" demolished their old home and its faulty septic system. Within six days, construction crews and hoards of volunteers had completed work on the largest home that the television program had yet built. The finished product was a four-bedroom house with decorative rock walls and a three-car garage. The home's door opened into a lobby that featured four fireplaces, a solarium, a music room and a plush new office. Materials and labor were donated for the home, which would have cost about $450,000 to build. Beazer Homes' employees and company partners also raised $250,000 in contributions for the family, including scholarships for the couple's three children and a home maintenance fund. According to what I heard on the FOX tv channel, the yearly house taxes were also paid for the first 25 years. Now just 3 years after this beautiful house was built for this "deserving" family, the house is going into forclosure. The family used this free home as collateral for a $450,000 loan. The two-level home is set to go to auction on the steps of the Clayton County Courthouse Aug. 5. I think that all of the people that voluteered their time, the money donated for this cause and each and every person or business that was involved in this project, they are the true victims. I won't mention the family's name in order to protect their ignorance and totally irresponsible behavior, although you can find it all over the internet. I know that I will probably ruffle some feathers here but I have absolutely no sympathy for people that do things like this. I wish someone would give me a free home. They wouldn't have to send me to Disneyland, Disney World or any other nice place. Just shove me into a tent somewhere and get to building my new mini mansion.

The Day After

Good morning everyone,
I had a tough time sleeping last night. I was supposed to sleep with my head elevated. I tried that for a while and then tried to sleep like normal. No matter how I tried to sleep, it just wasn't going to work well. I did doze off and on. This morning the right side of my tongue was swollen. I have been sitting here with a cold compress on my cheek and hopefully some of the coldness is making its way to my tongue. I checked out my sutures and the doctor really did a great job. There are eight regular sutures and then another type of suture. You can't see any of them except one. I am very pleased at the suture work and I am sure that this will heal fairly quickly. It is so much better than the last time, where the two sutures had come out within 2 hours of me getting home. That is why I was in so much pain after the first surgery. It was just an open wound. But not this time. I can't express how relieved I am that this is over with. I will have to go back in a couple of weeks and have the doctor look everything over plus get the results of the lab test on the section that they removed. With a little luck, hopefully I will get good news. Now I can start looking foward to our trip to Canada. We are under the 45 day mark until we leave. I almost forgot to mention...I was concerned that the surgery on my tongue would have some type of negative side effect on my taste buds. Luckily everything seems to be ok and I can still taste everything. Today I plan on relaxing for the most part. I will get back into the swing of things as the days go by. Hopefully by this Saturday, I will be able to start going for my walks again. I will have to be careful though because we are going through a "heat wave" here...in the 90s. I think that I am going to go watch some fishing DVDs. I will talk more with you later.
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