Long overdue update #1: Wish me luck - an update

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Blog entry by Andraxia posted 09-20-2009 12:01 AM 1973 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone,

It has been a long time since I posted an update and beings I am going through a life changing procedure in 17 days I though it was high time I posted an update.

So a quick breakdown of past events.

- My friend who was abused by her now ex-partner has now settled down and is expecting a child. Her partner is a fantastic man who is if anything over caring of her. It is a rare day that he hasn’t had a breakfast laid out for her on the dining table with a rose and freshly squeezed orange juice. Her ex is in jail for a variety of offenses and wont be released for 7+years. They will be married next year and I need to lose weight to fit the dress she wants me to wear.

- My workshop has been partially neglected over the last few month as life events have taken on an urgency of there own. I have managed to turn a few items and make some simple boxes out of MDF (urgh!). I long to start a major woodworking project but that will have to be in the new year once my strength has returned.

- I am flying to Thailand on the 4th October for life changing (saving) surgery on the 7th of October. Not returning until the 27th October. Why Thailand? Because they have the finest surgeons in the world for this procedure and are cheaper to boot. In Oz I would be short $20-30K for the procedure. If I fly to Thailand I have the most advanced technique (which I can not have in Australia – they use an old outdated technique), and cost me $12-13K including air fares. A crazy world isn’t it????

So wish me luck.


-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 12:21 AM

a) I’m really, really sorry to hear about the recent experiences of your friend. I could feel my blood start to boil…. I’m glad she’s in a hugely better place, now, and that she has supportive friends behind her;

b) I will you all the best of luck with your upcoming surgery. I think you’re smart to be open-minded about the who- and the where- you’re having it done. I spent 3wks in Paris, a couple of years ago, because Paris is home to an ophthalmologist who is one of the world’s few true experts in a particular eye issue that I’m fortunate enough to have ;-)

I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you (and your friend). I’m sure lots of others will, too.


-- -- Neil

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John in SD

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 12:22 AM

The best to Belinda ....and may God be with you and the surgens

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 01:14 AM

Mt God bless you in your upcoming surgery. My prayers go out for your friend also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-20-2009 01:15 AM

Best of luck with your surgery and hope you get back to your shop soon.

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 01:16 AM


That’s great news about your friend. I was wondering how she was doing. As for yourself, we are saying a prayer for a successful procedure and a speedy recovery.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-20-2009 01:23 AM

i read all your blogs ,
and want to wish you the best ,
in your upcoming medicals .

for the kind of person you are ,
i know creator will bless you ,

my prayers to both you and your friend ,
and her new additions !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 09-20-2009 02:15 AM

I wish you the best success and a very speedy recovery, with your upcoming surgery. You’ll be in my prayers.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#8 posted 09-20-2009 02:39 AM

Belinda, you and your friend are in our prayers. Will be thinking of you and hope for a speedy recovery. Hope to hear from you soon.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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F Dudak

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 03:03 PM


I wish you well with your surgery. Three years ago I travelled from the US to Belgium to have hip surgery by one of the best surgeons in the world. It was a life altering experience and really opened my eyes as to how our medical system works here in the US. Good luck and remember to stick with your instincts despite the naysayers. Enjoy the wedding!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 08:58 PM

God bless you and your friend….Looking forward to your return to the workshop , Belinda : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-21-2009 09:24 AM

I will be thinking of you. Dont forget to keep us updated the anxiety will kick in the longer you leave it.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 11:17 AM

Glad to hear your friend is doing well. Hopefully this relationship she is in will be a permanently good one!

Best wishes on the trip and surgery. Lumberjocks are equal opportunity supporters and I’m sure you will find immense support amongst the crew here.

Best wishes!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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Rob Drown

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#13 posted 09-23-2009 01:57 AM

Will be praying for you. A good attitude and a sense of humor are powerful medicine.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Mark Miller

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#14 posted 09-28-2009 10:09 PM

Hi Belinda I am a newbie on here but the best of luck I know everything will go great for you!! Mark


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