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David Loofbourrow 0 171
I took an opportunity to get away for a few days. Both sets of doctors have encouraged me to reduce my stress, which has been peaking around 6.2 to 7.0 (Richter) at times. I REALLY needed some BFF time -- to escape into some order and sanity, take a break from the chaos of the house packing and...

"Getting the Call"

A Transplant Testimonial

David Loofbourrow 0 185
I borrowed this from one the support groups I am in. I think it will help us understand what I'm facing in both short and long term. When I open up about my fears, doubts and decisions, this will give you some context. Note I have 'blurred' the names and locations and [commented...

Back Online

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 175
Ready or not, I am slowly coming back "online" with my daily and weekly routines. Not sure I'm happy about it! Glad to be feeling better, but a little frustrated with how quickly the energy runs out. As I mentioned last week, getting meals on the table for Dad and nephew Ethan...

Ready for some help and company

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 159
I am better, to the point I am realizing more of my limitations! Wow - who knew resting was so hard! Today is a good example... We (nephew Ethan, Dad and I) have been planning a trip to Costco to order Dad an updated prescription glasses. Dad's illness last week exhausted both of us,...

When you are supposed to do nothing...

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 154
...do you really need a day off? YES Thursday did, in fact, end in a trip to the Auburn E.R. for Dad. His legs "weakness" got the doctor so worried she called me up special to encourage us to bring him in. I was SO GREATFUL that she smoothed the way by calling our case in to the...

Week of transitions

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 157
Remember back to grade school when we saw that cartoon about the evolution from ape through various stages to Homo Sapien? (See pic) That's been my life this week - walking all hunched over and gradually getting more upright with the help of rest and ice-packs. My tweaked back is about 90%...

Headed home

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 145
Tomorrow is a big day for me - FIRST I have to make a round trip from my East Bay retreat into the "City" for my first follow-up appointment with the surgery team. This is not as easy as it sounds. It's only 40 miles or less but will take well over an hour each way for what is...

Not a Survivor - a Hero

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 208
A few have noticed my language as I have talked about the cancer, my interaction with it and the surgery. I have been very precise, I think, avoiding any "war" or "victim" language. I am being careful NOT to frame cancer as happening TO ME but rather happening IN ME....

Music to float by

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 146
Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on bariatric surgery, weight loss, exercise ideas and support from yesterday's post! I'll let you know what I decide after my chat with the nutritionist and my medical team. Another topic I faced at the BDoL was the surgery itself. I am told...
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