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Audrey Hepburn: Beauty, Class & a Kind Heart

Friday, May 27, 2011

As Far as Health Matters, I Have to Say it's Been a Good Week!

On Tuesday, I had to go to see my endocrinologist. Since my adrenal glands no longer work, I have to take steroids b/c my body can no longer make them on its own. My endocrinologist is the doctor who has to keep an eye on all of that fun stuff so I have to see him twice a year. For once, I actually stepped off of the scales in his office happy!! I've lost 5 lbs. since last time I was there, which is good. He was kind of upset with me the last time I was there b/c I'd put on a bit of weight. Since that took place before Thanksgiving & Christmas of last year, I figured I'd actually gained weight so it was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Another good thing is that my blood pressure has come down & it's low enough that I'm off of my meds for that!! I don't know if it will stay that way but for now, I'm happy with the situation. I also had to go up to my mom's work this week & have my eyes checked. My sight has gone down a bit so that's a bit of a bummer. I was born with a small cataract on one of my eyes, so I figured this would eventually happen. Plus, steroids can mess with your vision too, so I had a few things stacked up against me. On the plus side, I did get a REALLY cute new pair of glasses. I'd had the same pair since Christmas of 2005, so it was long overdue. This week I also received a phone call from one of my reconstructive plastic surgeons to let me know that I was one of four people IN THE NATION being recognized for an honor the American Society of Plastic Surgeons gives out each year! It's called, "The Patients of Courage". On the ASPS website it says, "The Patients of Courage Triumph Over Adversity program honors reconstructive plastic surgery patients whose lives were restored through reconstructive plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence the lives around them. This award is supported by Mentor Worldwide LLC. ASPS members nominated patients who carry an optimistic outlook on life and positively affect people around them, despite the difficulties of their reconstructive procedures.". Kind of awesome that out of all of the people who were nominated, I was one of the people picked. My mom & I will fly out to Denver sometime in September with the doctor who nominated me & we'll all attend a banquet that will honor me, along with the 3 others! I think we'll be there for 3 or 4 days. One of Mom's younger brothers (she only has 6 brothers) lives in Denver with his wife so it's kind of a bonus that we'll get to spend some time with them. Not to shabby! Probably sounds a bit silly to some people but if you only knew how many surgeries I've had! I seriously have lost count but I can tell you if it's not at least 50, it's REALLY close!! I have a few more appointments coming up within the next month so I'll be sure to keep everyone updated!

I realize it's blurry, but this is the Patients of Courage logo.

1 comment:

  1. CONGRATS on "The Patients of Courage" honor! That is neat & exciting. I know you girls will have a great time in Denver. You both deserve a wonderful trip!!!