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Blog series by Natalie updated 10-21-2013 01:24 AM 7 parts 7051 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: Not exactly bouncing back

02-13-2013 04:41 AM by Natalie | 10 comments »

So, I already posted a note in a blog called, “What’s a woodworker to do”, about my recent unexpected surgery, and I was expecting to just bounce back from that relatively minor surgery, but I am now on “activity restriction” and have my left arm immobilized as the Dr’s punishment for me being too active too soon. In other words I went crazy last weekend, spending two full days in the shop ignoring the signs that this was not a good thing to do. But hey, ...

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Part 2: Getting better, getting going, slowly and carefully.

02-22-2013 01:21 AM by Natalie | 9 comments »

As promised I have been very good, mostly staying out of the shop. I did spend 3 hours in there last weekend and am no worse for the wear, but got incredible tired. So, I took a clue and went back my sedentary work in the house. The best news is that after all this time, (since mid Jan) I am finally beating the infection that has kept me down. Long story but they finally were able to get a good culture so they could identify the bacteria and get me on the right med. So, I’m on ...

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Part 3: Back in the shop, but not for long.

02-27-2013 07:59 AM by Natalie | 5 comments »

I am happy to be back in the shop. I am continuing to work on some shelves for the shop, but am now scheduled for yet another surgery next Tuesday. Sheesh! Too hard to explain, but its basically complications of the complications, of the complications. I’m really a very healthy person, but the radiation I had 10 years ago on one side is causing all these problems. I’m changing my expectations for my woodworking accomplishments until I get this thing resolved once and for all...

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Part 4: Thanks for the support

03-01-2013 06:09 AM by Natalie | 9 comments »

Thanks all, I am gearing up for the next surgery (Tues Mar 5th). The gearing up will include some time spent in the shop this weekend, as I am cleared for physical activity until after the surgery. I am also doing the usual house cleaning, catching up on paper work, grocery shopping and having my 3 year old grandson for a sleepover. I’m getting good at this now with this being my 5th surgery since Sept 12. In the shop, I have been working on some shelves to go in between the bracke...

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Part 5: Over that hurdle and on the downward slide.

03-07-2013 04:57 AM by Natalie | 4 comments »

Surgery went well, recovery is the usual downtime, and it will be awhile before l know how successful it was. My doctor and my husband conspired as to how they would keep me down, and this ranged from sending Bruce home with injectable sedatives, to using duck tape to the keep in a chair and/or a straight jacket. The doctor settled on putting my arm in a sling to remind me not to use it to lift things, pull things, raise it over my head etc. This is all about stabilizing my chest muscles. ...

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Part 6: Not the update I was wanting to post.

05-18-2013 05:11 PM by Natalie | 5 comments »

I’ve been waiting to send an update, because I just wanted to report good news, but I guess I just can’t rush this process. Truth is, I’m not I’m not exactly much farther along than I was and that troublesome issue is not resolved. I keep getting infections that make me sick and weak. It has to do with an area under my skin that doesn’t want to heal because of tissue damaged by radiation. I’m sure you really don’t want to hear the details, but the Dr is...

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Part 7: Last post for this blog

10-21-2013 01:24 AM by Natalie | 1 comment »

I put this out here for those of you who were following this post. The long story short is I’ve been feeling better and too busy to be on the internet. I will start a new blog called. The adventures of a wood hoarder. Natalie

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