I apologize for my absence.

To be honest, the repair of the big-ass tendon tear in my elbow has turned out to be much more of an ordeal than I expected.

I’ve had to readjust my expectations quite a bit ….

Which has been  sort of  depressing.

The pain is gradually decreasing.

I think, the first-week-post-surgery-pure-awfulness is behind me.

It will be a slow process moving forward because tendons are very, very, VERY slow to heal.


I see my elbow doc (not to be confused with my shoulder doc) tomorrow for my one week follow-up.

In the meantime, Paul Newman has been doing his best to keep my spirits up and encourage me.

(Not an easy task this last week!)

I know, in the long run, everything I’m going through is definitely for the best –

And long overdue.

But ..?

Short term it really does suck.

Last weekend was Mother’s Day here in the United States.

My mom is out of state.

I’m not allowed to travel yet, so I talked to her on the phone for ages instead.

My two boys are on a vacation, out of the country, together so I was unable to see them.

My daughter came by for lunch, and brought some beautiful flowers.

Gorgeous dahlias – photo taken with a point and shoot!

Isn’t it amazing how fresh flowers can just brighten everything up?

I think, by the end of this week, I’ll be out and about much more.

That alone, will cheer me up.

I’ve been doing a ton of art-play while recovering.

It’s keeping me distracted.

New Puppy, Frank, is expected to arrive today!

This is wonderful news for me and Fred!

Fred The Newf (17 months) doesn’t realize he’s about to be a big brother!

Is there anything better than a puppy to bring lots of smiles?

4 Responses to “Update!”

  1. Michelle

    I’m sorry that expectations have had to be lowered for your elbow pain, and healing. But I do know that if you rest it and only do what you are allowed to do (as opposed to, say, throwing a stick! – hubby did that) it will stop hurting sooner. 🙂 Praying for quick healing.
    And PUPPY!! Have fun with Frank and Fred 😀

  2. Lucylu

    OMG………can u not think of anything better to write about than: your shoulder, pain, Paul Neumann, pain, how u 🙂 ave the best doctors and surgeons in the world, pain, pain,pain, surgery after surgery, pain ,more pain, your wonderful doctors and how much they luv you, pain, Paul neuman,pain,pain. Instead why don’t u talk about the huge settlement you received for all your PAIN!! Enough already. We get it!!! You have pain. So do a lot of people—they just don’t write about it every single Damon day of the year!!!!

    • Suzanne

      (Or should I have begun with “Coward,” since you’re self-aware enough to hide behind a fake name when you’re acting like a horrible human being?)

      I don’t know what’s happened in your life to make you such a miserable, unhappy, uncompassionate, person but I hope you’ll accept my sympathies on your pathetic, angry, life – and deep rooted unhappiness.

      I did not receive enough of a settlement to even cover my first year of medical expenses after the car accident – you can’t get money out of a turnip. I don’t know what made you assume otherwise? You sound jealous over your incorrect assumption I became rich from becoming disabled. Maybe you wish someone would run a red, and you would have 11 surgeries, a life of disability, and excruciating daily pain … all in hope of getting the money I didn’t get? By the way, if I had received the money you imagine, I would give it away without a second thought if it meant I would not have had to go through what I have for the last ten years.

      (It has been a huge financial stress on my family to cover my medical bills – something you know absolutely nothing about.)

      I write about my life. I’ve had two surgeries in the last two months so, right now, I’m writing about those surgeries and my recovery. You wouldn’t believe the number of emails I receive from people thanking me for writing about this journey. People who learn about doctors they then go to, people who learn about surgical techniques that give them hope, and people who live with chronic pain who know they aren’t alone by coming here to read. If you weren’t so blinded by your own unhappiness, you would also have understood my recent shoulder surgery was a miraculous success, and I am now FREE of the worst of the pain. I’m ecstatic and giddy over this and my posts have been full of JOY over it.

      For whatever reason, you CHOOSE to come to my site and read – why?

      If you actually REALLY were reading (without so much internal bitterness and anger blinding you) you would see I write about many things. Really, whatever is going on in my life. I write about my travels … like New Zealand in February. I write about my work … shooting in Austin, the California coast, San Francisco, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, etc. I write about training my service dog, Fred. I write about my new puppy, Frank. I write about photography, cameras, my favorite things whether they be books, movies, makeup, and/or other items. I write about my activities with friends and family.

      As for complimenting the medical folks who have helped me?
      Well, that won’t stop. They read 24 and I want them to know how VERY MUCH I appreciate them helping me. My doctors, nurses, and PT’s have not only been wonderful to me – they have become my friends. They have gone above and beyond their normal “duties” to help me. I will never apologize for loving them for all they have done, and continue to do, for me.

      Instead of, anonymously, berating someone you choose to read online …
      Why don’t you use your time more wisely?
      I think it’s clear you need some therapy.
      Your time would be much better spent worrying about your own sad life.


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