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A. Age: 27
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom.
D. Dogs: I would LOVE a dog. Dustin's not ready for the commitment, though.
E. Essential start to your day: Not talking to anyone for awhile.
F. Favorite color: Blue
G. Gold or silver: Silver
H. Height: 5'2"
I. Instruments you play: I played trumpet in middle and high school. I was in the marching band (I <3 marching band!). I can still play basic songs, but nothing too exciting.
J. Job title: Senior quality assurance analyst
K. Kids: Someday.
L. Live: Metro-Atlanta, Georgia
M. Mom’s name: Carol
N. Nicknames: Liz and Lizzie are the most common.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Quite a few - spent about a week in the hospital when my hand got an infection from a raccoon bite in 2003, then I've done another  two - three hospital stints when the infection spread to my arm. Then there was another hospital stay when they removed part of my armpit lymph node... then another hospital stay back in December when I had gastric bypass surgery.  lol
P. Pet peeve: Bad grammar.
Q. Quote from a movie: "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - the most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line"!
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: Two older brothers, Ben and Bradley.
T. Time you wake up: During the week, 6:30. On the weekends, usually around 8:30 or so.
U. Underwear: I like cotton.
V. Vegetables you dislike: Mushrooms.
W. What makes you run late: Dustin. He's always running late. Drives me crazy.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Dental and my hand. I think that's it. Surprisingly, I've never broken a bone.
Y. Yummy food you make: Does it count if it's take-out?
Z. Zoo: I love the zoo!
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The Cheezeburger Network is interested in buying the rights to one of my raccoon videos for $200. The money would be used for rehabbing expenses (for example, I just bought $230 worth of formula for this baby season). Is there any reason I should *not* sell my video to them?

I've just sent an e-mail to Cheezburger asking the following questions:
1) Can the contract specify that the video description must state that these raccoons are wild animals that are being rehabilitated and are NOT pets?
2) Can the video description link to my wildlife rehab website?
3) Is the $200 negotiable - can I get $250 instead?

I'll post the answers once they get back to me. Anything else I should be worried about? Cheezeburger Network is pretty animal-friendly, so I'm not too worried they'll use the video for awful things.
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It's been a month since I had gastric bypass surgery and things are going pretty well! I'm eating more "normal" foods, including steak, salads, and other non-soft-foods (Dustin is jealous, because at one-month out he couldn't eat any of the things I can!). I can't have extremely fatty or sugary foods, of course, but it's nice to be eating something other than mashed potatoes. :-) As long as I remember to eat slowly and chew thoroughly, then I don't have any problems. I still don't have any feeling of hunger or satiated, so it's hard to remember to eat 5 - 6 small meals a day. I'm up to about 4 meals a day, but even that's hard to accomplish sometimes.

Through this whole ordeal, I've been trying to be very conscious of my body and follow my body's cues. The bariatric program gives you guidelines on what you should be eating at each post-op stage, how much you should be eating, etc. While I'm not eating more than the full cup of food per meal, sometimes I eat only half a cup of food. I certainly haven't stuck to the soft-foods diet they recommend, either. It's been difficult, more psychologically than physically, to not be able to understand what my body is telling me. Is that pang in my side because I need to eat, or is it because I ate raw carrots three hours ago? Am I nauseous because I'm full or because I ate the wrong thing? All of those cues that I once knew are foreign to me. It's a bit stressful.

I've lost 34 pounds, which is right on track for what they want you to lose in the first month. It's funny - I thought I would be weighing myself every day, but I really don't think about it that often, only about twice a week. I'm not as concerned with the number on the scale as much as I am about being healthy. It's the right attitude, but it's a lot different than my weigh-himself-twice-a-day husband. :-) My clothes are looser, though I haven't dropped down a size yet (I probably can, but it's habit to just pull out the same clothes every day at 6:30 a.m.). I'm feeling better, too - although I still don't have my normal energy (or more!), I'm not as exhausted as I was a couple of weeks ago. Between having major surgery and my body adjusting to starving itself (I'm only taking in about 500 calories a day), I was getting pretty fatigued.

It was nice to ease back into work. Since we had so much snow last week, I had to work from home, which made it easier to transition back to work (I could take micronaps if needed, I didn't have to worry about the two-hour commute, etc). I'm SO glad to be back at work, though - after three weeks of a vacation and another week of being home-bound due to the snow, I was going stir crazy. I missed my coworkers! I missed being a productive member of society! I missed being BUSY!

I also missed my raccoons - even though I hardly interact with them now, it was hard for me not to check on them in the weeks after surgery. I didn't want to risk it, though - with five little (bullet-hole sized) incision sites on my stomach, the last thing I needed was to be mobbed by raccoons with sharp claws who want to play with me.

I've got my one-month post-op appointment with the surgeon scheduled for next week, at which point I'll (hopefully) be cleared to lift more than 10 pounds (I've been cheating occasionally) and resume normal activity and start exercising. I'm looking forward to it!

An update

Dec. 29th, 2010 01:22 pm
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I'm 8 days post-surgery and I'm doing very well! I've had a couple of minor complications (allergic reactions to two medicines they gave me and a local infection in one of my incision sites), but thankfully, nothing major. All my plumbing is hooked up correctly! I even started eating more "normal" foods the other day - spaghetti sauce with ground turkey, a Lean Cuisine meal, and a flatbread pizza - with no ill effects!

The most difficult thing so far is trying to learn the cues my new stomach is putting out. I've gone so long knowing what "hungry" and "full" feel like, but now that's all been flipped upside-down. I haven't felt hungry yet at all, which makes it difficult to remember to eat, as weird as that sounds. I'm not able to decipher "full" yet, so I have to eat based off of measuring my food - my new stomach can handle a cup of food, so I'm relying on measuring out a cup of food in order to know how much to eat. It's pretty weird. Thankfully, I'm doing well at eating slowly and chewing my food very well - I've only had one time where I ate (scrambled eggs) too fast and I felt bad for about an hour afterwards.

I'm still sleeping an awful lot. Between the residual affects of the general anesthesia and the prescription antihistamine I'm on (for the allergic reactions), I get tired easily. It's a bit annoying because I want to be more productive, but I'm trying to give myself a break. :-)

That's pretty much it!
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10:45 Dr. Lin called and said E is out of surgery and doing well. They hope to have her out of ICU and in a room by 2. -TheHusband

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7:49 Elizabeth is in the OR and is wearing a fancy metal hat that says to keep it away from MRI machines. We think it is to keep the aliens from reading her brainwaves -TheHusband

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Patient (Elizabeth) CLHOR-2010-25669 is now in preop -TheHusband

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I'm having gastric bypass surgery tomorrow! Eep! I'm excited, for the most part. Nervous too, but mainly excited for this new journey. I think I've done all the preparing I can, so now it's up to the skillful surgeon and God!

I'll update when I can- Dustin will also be on hand to update for me, if I'm too sinker out to do it!

Love y'all!
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Jackson Pearce, author of As You Wish and Sisters Red, is a good friend of mine. This year, she's taken part in Project for Awesome and featured Tails From The Hart, my wildlife rehab organization!



Not only does this bring awareness to wildlife rehabilitators and what we do, but hopefully some people will donate to TFTH, too. It's awesome to read all the comments from people on her YouTube video. Even cooler? John Green, another author, who started the Project For Awesome event four years ago with his brother, featured Jackson's video in HIS YouTube video! (It's the right top rectangle - click on it and it directs you to our video.) How cool is that?!
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Written by another rehabber:

Love of a Rehabber - The Circle of Life, Reunited with Nature

You came to me young and afraid
It was then that I prayed
Help me with this tiny one
Help him grow up big and strong.
And you grew with every day,
Round and round and round you'd play;
Then stop and look as if to say,
"Oh, mama, aren't I sweet?
May I have a little treat?"

When the day comes that we part,
my heart will pause then seem to stop.
I know how it will be..
you will run, then climb a tree.
This is great and meant and to be...

So why does this tear me up inside
even though I am full of pride?

"If I could talk, here's what I'd say
Thank you for taking me in that day.
For feeding, cleaning and cuddling too..
When I was young and so brand new.
All to prepare for this one awesome day
So I could be free and do as I may."

So where do these tears come from?
This was a job that was well done.

"No need for you to cry too long,
for I am great big, healthy and strong.
Can climb a tree and swim a stream,
From day one this was my drean,
I am so very ready to roam,
please trust I'll find myself a nice home."

Oh, why does this make me ache inside
Now that our goal is satisfied?

"Its okay, your work is done,
now let me go to have my fun!
I'll be free, no need to fret,
Miss me some but don't forget....
When I was a babe you cared for me
Now I have grown to be wild and free!
Reunited with nature, its supposed to be
For the circle of life is now up to me."

He needed a rehabbers helping hand,
All grown up but still my little man
Forever and ever born to be free....
Reunited with nature as it was meant to be.
For the circle of life is what he will see.

Linda J. Sweeney
Wildlife Rehabber
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It's that time of year again! If you would like a holiday card from me, please leave your address below. I know that some of y'all have moved this year, so please give me your address, even if you think I already have it!

Thanks!

[Poll #1652101]
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Oh hey, guess who got interviewed for one of our local newspapers.

I did!

Text for the linkphobic )
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On October 24th, 2010, I released nine raccoons back into the wild. They had come to me for a variety of reasons - some were orphaned or abandoned by their mothers and one had been hit by a car. With the help of my husband, Dustin, and my aunt Michelle and uncle Glen, we successfully released these 9 raccoons!



*Song is "Do What You Do" by Noah and the Whale.
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Some of y'all may have heard that a couple of weeks ago, a 9-month-old baby was mauled by two raccoons in her home here in Atlanta. Since the story broke, I've had a variety of emotions: sadness and horror, of course, and fear that people would jump to the wrong conclusions about raccoons based upon this one incident, and decide that all raccoons are rabid, vicious creatures. I also knew that there had to be more to the story than the news was reporting, because two healthy raccoons don't just go into someone's house and attack babies randomly.

Well, it came out yesterday that the father had been keeping the raccoons in the house as pets. Yep.

We're talking about it on a raccoon rehab e-mail group I'm part of. I've copied and pasted my response to the group below, in addition to my e-mail to the author of the AJC article.
Click to read the e-mails. )
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My brother Bradley and his wife Heather are expecting their first baby in June!

She's currently nine weeks along and they had their first ultrasound this week. Things look good so they've officially announced it. Hooray! I'm so excited for them - they're going to be fantastic parents!
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Rubber Ducky, you're the one.
You make bath time lots of fun.
Rubber Ducky, I'm awfully fond of you.

Mailbox

Oct. 3rd, 2010 12:24 pm
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My parents got a new mailbox and were kind enough to donate their old one for use in the raccoon habitat (it was Dad's idea). My husband drilled a couple of holes in the top of the mailbox so it can be cleaned and drained easily and mounted it upside-down from one of the beams in the ceiling of the habitat. The raccoons LOVE it! Surprisingly, it's a huge hit! Each time I go to check on the raccoons (which is about every other day now), there is always at least one raccoon curled up inside the mailbox. Sometimes, there are two cramped in there (I have no idea how this is comfortable).






Here's a video of one of the raccoons checking out their new toy:



At night, it looks like the raccoon is levitating in mid-air.



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As part of the raccoons release criteria, they need to learn how to hunt for, catch, and eat fish. Each week, I purchase feeder fish so they can practice their skillz.

In the video, you'll see a couple of raccoons snip at each other. Chance, the newest raccoon to the group, was a little bit snippy with some of the other guys when they started to encroach on his territory. That's okay, though! One of the other things they need to learn how to do before they get released is stand up for themselves against competition for food. They never compete to the point of hurting one another (I would never allow that!), but the snipping is totally natural and prepares them for when they interact with other animals in the wild.

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From qwantz.com.

Guess what I'll be buying this weekend? ;-)

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