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Monday, October 27, 2014



Back to the Minnesota Zoo.
Let's travel through the Russian Grizzly Coast...

The Amur Leopard...
More Animals )

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Saturday, October 25, 2014



To coin a phrase from Alexander, today was Jon and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Pt. 2.

I asked my friend, thirteenrocks to do me the huge favor of changing my dressing/packing on my incision/wound. He was super nice enough to drive down from Rochester after his shift at the hospital so that I could take a shower in between taking it out and putting it back in.
Thank heavens he did because after taking off the bandage and taking out the packing I very suddenly got VERY lightheaded and dizzy. :o I quickly sat down on the toilet and put my head between my legs, as well as a fat person can. Not sure how long I sat there, but finely after some time I went back and laid on a bed and Kevin repacked my wound. So much for a shower at this point. I laid there for awhile longer and finally got up and let Kevin get on his way home.
I don't know what caused it. I am usually not squimish. Possibilities? Watching/feeling the packing coming out of my back. The pain pill I took before hand. The off and on sleep I got after the surgery.
So I went straight to bed. I ended up waking up every couple of hours or so. That's what happens when you just nap sleep. Or at least that's what happens to me.
Still feeling bleck.

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Friday, October 24, 2014



Quick Update...

It took 2 1/2 hours of poking, cutting, pushing, proding, and the cysts are gone. I HOPE...

They did the two little ones first and it wasn't bad. It was just very time consuming.

Then they went to work on the big one. OMg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because of the infection in it, the lidocaine that they were using to numb me up, didn't last very long. :o I would be really curious to know how much lidocaine they used all together.
The big cyst was left open and just packed with dressing.
Anybody want to volunteer to come change my dressing tomorrow?

They gave me a prescription for Oxycodone, and I popped one about an hour ago. I can totally see why they say, don't drive while taking them. OMg, my head is spinning. :o
I have never taken a narcotic before in my life. :o

I am on a weight restriction, which in turn means, Jon can't work on his station. On my station you have to be able to life 35+ pounds, I am on a 10 pound restriction. So I am currently off work until at least Nov. 8th.
I do not recommend this as a way to get some time off from work. :o

So who wants to change my dressing for me?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014



Looking for some good thoughts and prayers for tomorrow morning.

For some time now I have had some cysts on my upper back. My doctor is aware of them and has been okay with just leaving them as long as there wasn't a problem.
Well, about two weeks ago I started to have a problem with the big one. Two are about the size of a dime across and the big one is probably closer to 2 inches. Anyway, the big one started to feel painful, so I thought I better look into getting them removed. I had an appointment last week with Derm. He described them as the skin tissue collapsing on itself and then filling it. Well, that's a simple expaination. So, I made an appointment to get them removed on Nov. 11th.
As the week progressed it got more and more sore. I sleep on my back and I was having trouble doing that because it hurt too much to lay back on it.
So I called Monday morning to see if I could get an earlier appointment. They said if I switched doctors I could get in Friday morning. I said YES.
Then yesterday it looked like the big cyst was starting to form little pimples on it. All I could think of it was going to pop/burst. Tonight when I got up, sure enough, it was weeping. UGH... So I took my shower and put a guaze dressing over it. 13+ more hours to go.
Why can't life be simple?
So I am REALLY hoping that things go smoothly tomorrow morning. PLEASE...........

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Monday, October 20, 2014



The Northern Trail Animals...

One of the junior Amur Tigers.

Follow the Animals )

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Friday, October 17, 2014



After coming home from vacation I made a couple of trips up to the Minnesota Zoo, and now that vacation pictures are done, I thought I would share a whole punch of zoo pictures.....

The Red Ruffed Lemur
The Animals of the Tropical Trail... )

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