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+Devon Thornton got me a Valentine's Day card! So very sweet, but I couldn't get her anything :-(
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Thanks :-)
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OK well I guess I'm well overdue giving you guys some kind of update, so
I'm going to attempt one now.

Last you heard it was the day of my operation and I warned that I'd be offline for a few days (which was correct, wasn't allowed phones in ICU, was totally cut off!). When I went in for the operation, they took me into the anaesthetic room and hooked me up to some needles ready for drips etc. Then from my point of view I was moved into another room to continue the preparations. Huh.....odd....shoulder aching a bit. Must have been lying funny. Wait. That clock says its gone 6pm! I came in just after 1ish! Finally worked out it was all over and I was in the waiting room to go to ICU. Parents were quite worried as it had taken so long because we'd initially been told I'd be taken to ICU still asleep. So either it took longer than they planned or the wake up process takes a while or some combination of the two.

So I was finally on the ICU ward, and given my own personal pain relief button that can be pressed at minimum intervals of 5 mins. Other than the lack of phones etc, it was a great ward, with close to one on one care.

Eventually they decided I was ready to move out, so they brought me to where I am now, the thoracic ward. Basically they specialise in chest and lung related surgery and recovery. Had a bit of a shock the first couple of days as I found out they were getting me out of bed into the chair and moving every day. It makes sense from a physio point of view but I was completely caught off guard and felt uninformed about what was going on. Things have settled down now though and I'm getting more used to it all. I'm getting slowly better at standing and doing the few steps between bed and chair and physio have said we're going to try some actual walking today (I use a frame for support still) which I'm a little nervous about but am wanting to do well at. It would be a lot easier if they'd taken the chest drains out by now as they are the things that get in the way the most when I'm even just doing the few steps. we'll see how it goes anyway.

Feeding wise, they plan to stop the one into my veins tonight and see how I cope with just the nasal feeding tube, which is now at a much higher rate. I seem to be tolerating it so far. Until today I was only allowed to drink water, no real food. Today I'm allowed to move to other drink types, but they don't want to shock my stomach too much too soon.

Xrays have shown some good inflation, but it doesn't seem to be quite able to finish the job. Supposedly getting some device to help train deeper breathing to help that along. Hope it doesn't all just go back how it was!

That's all I can think of right now, and sorry for such a long post!
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Don't apologise for the long post. If we couldn't be bothered to read it, then it would be on our heads. I'm glad to hear directly from you and it sounds like you're progressing well. I'll continue to pray for you as I have done. Hopefully normality(or some form of it) will be restored soon.
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Got to do something with +Devon Thornton today that I haven't been able to do for ages. I'd missed it so much and it made me so happy! Can't wait for more!

(And I don't care how dirty you're all making this in your minds, because seriously, what stuff like that could I possibly do in my current state?! I mean it takes me a couple of tries even to stand up. And then I need the support of a frame!:-P)
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LOL you don't have stand up. enjoy the meal
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This seems appropriate +Devon Thornton!
 
It's National Toothache Day so let's all join Mr. Bean in trying to rip our teeth out. Er, scratch that! Let's just all have a nice floss, shall we?
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Hahahaha! I celebrate that every day these days :-P
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Disgusting!
 
WTF is this, I don't even....

Author L.J Smith (of Vampire Diaries fame) is fired by HarperCollins from writing her own book, and now a ghost-writer will be writing under her name, with no author control whatsoever.

Words fail. This is all shades of ridiculous, and I'm angry just writing this.

http://parafantasy.blogspot.com/2012/02/this-is-utterly-ridiculousi-cant-even.html
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I agree, I don't think it should be legal to write the kind of contract that binds people for life. It just isn't fair!
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Out of curiosity, who here uses whatsapp messenger? Had to start using it as Devon and I were using too many normal texts. 
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Me, I do - great app, has never failed on me at all!
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Actually feeling hungry today:-( no fair! 
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Well no, I'm still on liquids only.
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Fort those wondering what the use of a tablet is. I'm now able to browse online and go on social networks on something bigger than my phone while stuck in here without needing to manhandle a laptop, I'm able to rest it in my lap and move it away with ease, if I tried with a laptop I don't have the strength to even get one off the table. So yes, tablets have a place! :-D 
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I couldn't decide if I should get a devoted Tablet or not....
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Google+ update: "Stream no longer jumps to top on automatic update" thank goodness! https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus
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Note to self: getting only working micro SD card wedged in the slightly wrong but very tight spot of the card slot in your Xoom is a BAD idea. Don't do it people. 
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