Thursday, May 13, 2010


Unfortunately this is going to be a quick update as my sight hasn't been great for the past couple days. The weather plays a huge role: when the sun's out it makes it much easier for me to see. Also, because my condition is cause by fluid, my sight changes as the fluid moves around my optical nerves. So basically everyday is a sight surprise!  On the plus side, my back and head pain has been tolerable and I haven't had to rely on any painkillers.

I am just over a week away from my surgery which will be happening on May 21st at 10:20am. I'm caught up on my paperwork and bloodwork. I've spoken to the anesthesiologist and pharmacist, both who assured me that after the procedure there will be discomfort rather than pain. I found that encouraging.

I'm nearing the end of Week 2 of the meal replacement program. Please allow me a moment to bitch and moan about it: I'm allowed 3 protein shakes per day plus certain vegetable (most of which I would never voluntarily eat). So for the past two weeks I've been living off cucmber, asparagus, lettuce, baby bok choy, broccoli and mushrooms - all of which can only be flavored with lemon, vinegar, or herbs. Not too bad you say? Try it for 3 weeks and then let me know how you feel! There is a method to this madness however: to reduce the size of your liver and the fat around it so it is easier to insert the band. Needless to say, though, I've been dreaming of food and have been fighting weird cravings.

 On the money front:
  • A HUGE thanks to all of you who have donated! 
    • Please keep donating! Unfortunately our bills won't magically disappear after my surgery (although that'd be awesome!) It doesn't have to be much... just a loonie or two. Believe me, I know times are hard!
    • A variety of fundraising events are being discussed. As soon as things solidify a bit more I will be posting details here and on Facebook.
    •  BUSINESSES: If you are interested in having donation containers in your establishment, please email me at kaoticekko [ at ] gmail [ dot] com. 
      Thanks so much for your support everyone! You ROCK!

      ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ Yes I'm in the shop, but so are fine vintage sports cars! You still can buy amazing things by checking out my SHOP and these other fine establishments:
      Plastic Wrap, Trap Door, The Rage, and Ransack the Universe! All awesome and all in TO! 
      I might even be up for some shows too if someone were to take on the the not-so-flattering job of making sure I don't fall down, I don't break anything, and that no one pays me in wooden nickels! WOW! I can see the line forming fast!!!) 
      Anyway, I'll still be moseying around and thanks for all the support! You all ROCK! 
      Creepily yours,
      Melissa Hamel-Smith:
      Owner and Artist of Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities

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