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Gerry Addicted Lust Syndrom (GALS).........Continued

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I haven't started packing yet, but I'll get 'er done. I work best under pressure. :rotflmao:

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I know you guys are going to have a blast.....make sure you have a :Gerritas: for me!!!

And please give everyone a big hug from me as well.

love and hugs,

Sue

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Yes, big hugs from me and Mel too, wish we could be there!

:makeout:

Mousie :wuv:

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I'm all packed up except for the carry-on bag which only needs my laptop added in, which I'll do in the morning. I even managed to fit two bags of stuff for the Shade Tree in my suitcase!

I wish all you GALS could be there! It promises to be a blast! I hate to play shout out here, because I'll invariably leave someone out! Suffice it to say, all who are unable to attend will all be sorely missed!

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The big problem with packing early is that you always need something you packed already...and it's usually in the bottom of the bag. So now I've repacked, added a few things I forgot and wonder how much of this stuff I will never use! Ah well.

I echo what Elissa said about missing some of our dear girlies. It won't be the same without you. God willing there will be another party next year and we will all be healthy enough and solvent enough (me) to get together then. I loves ya!

Hugs,

Suzie

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:tissues:I'm already missing the fun and excitement and you guys haven't even left yet ..... hopefully there will be another one next year and I can go!

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I loved seeing those that could make it to the weekend and send lots of virtual hugs out to those that couldn't. My GALS cup is full from all the hugs, laughter and unexpected moments. I loved meeting our new attendees. I was able to catch up with those I know, have some wonderful chats with others that I hadn't known as well before this weekend. With all that, there were still folks that I didn't get a chance to speak with individually. Maybe next year? Our time at The Shade Tree will be a treasured moment. Seeing a child light up when they got to CHOOSE what color spiral notebook they could have was precious. The moment when they realized they could have THREE made me realize I've been one of the lucky ones my entire life. While it was a bit overwhelming for this introvert amongst the well organized chaos, I will always remember the darling little girl giving a precious picture she had drawn herself to the volunteer helping her choose her school supplies. Her sweet smile moved me to tears. From the other side of Vegas, Fremont Street is well, Fremont Street. lol An eye-opening experience(and eye averting on one occasion) shared with a few lovely ladies is another one for my heart to always remember.

Too many other moments to list but as I sat back at our final dinner listening to conversations straight from the heart, I thank Gerry for being the catalyst that brought us together over the years. GALS has been a special part of my life for nearly 10 years. It's always been more than a fan club. I've met the most incredible women, laughed more than I thought was possible, learned a LOT about myself and pushed myself beyond my comfort zone. Thanks to all who have been a part of this over the years. I look forward to many more years together. You ALL are the best.

:hugs:,

Jilly

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You're so right Jilly! The weekend was amazing! The hotel and suite exceeded all my expectations, and of course, the annual time with my GALfriends has renewed my spirit for another year! It was great to see everyone who was able to attend, but some were sorely missed. One of my favorite things each year is that first day we arrive, usually the day before the festivities officially begin, running into each other by chance in the hotel. The squeals of joy and hugs probably make other hotel guests think we're nuts! I wonder if Gerry has any idea of the sisterhood that has grown all because of him?

I agree that our volunteer time at the Shade Tree was the most fun activity we've ever helped with. I had the "duty" of taking children from the activity center downstairs, upstairs to the school supply "shopping center", and back downstairs to the activity center. The younger ones proudly showed me their new treasures, while the middle schoolers and high schoolers played it cool. Yeah, whatever. They didn't fool me. Several of the mothers thanked us for coming and helping their children with their supplies. They did run out of a few things; pens of all colors and dividers. I've made a note to send them some.

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I can only echo the others with my joy over this weekend and the sadness of missing some of the people who were missing. I sing praises to The Rio Hotel, the accommodations, the attitude of the staff, the delicious food and the wonderful Big Kahuna Suite for the party. Much love and deepest thanks to Holly, Celene, KB and Cheryl for all their hard work getting everything organized.

As always The Shade Tree was the highlight of the weekend. I too worked as "escort" for the children from the activity center to where the school supplies were waiting. The precious Pre-schoolers were so excited! (Some were a little teary and scared going with some stranger but were soon thrilled over their goodies). There were a few older kids who said they hated school but they sure were excited about new school clothes! We witness a part of life that (thank God) most of us have never experienced in the faces of many of the women and children at The Shade Tree Shelter, and we are all grateful they have found a safe, protected harbor until they can find a (hopefully) safer and successful future.

Again, a huge thank you to the organizers and also to Gerry for bringing us all together. To my sisters of the heart, I miss you and can't wait to see you again! :wuv:

Suzie

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You GALS are terrific - and I know you leave a good impression on others when you are serving and they know that Gerry Butler fans have big hearts. I'm really glad you had such a great time - you all deserve it. Cheers! :Gerritas:

:hearts:

Bonnie

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Finally got hubby (Pal Good Sport) into the orthopedic doctor for his right knee pain. He spent a miserable Labor Day Weekend with pain in both knees! It got so bad, he asked to go to the minor emergency clinic on Saturday. They also diagnosed an ear infection he didn't realize he had, I guess because his knee pain was so severe. Anyway, the orthopedic doctor did Xrays that show severe arthritis in both knees. He recommends injections and special knee braces, with possible knee replacement surgery later. It may take up to two weeks to get authorization from the insurance company, so he's seeing his family practice doctor on Monday as well for followup on the ear infection and pain medication refill. We're also going to put in the paper work to get disabled parking permits.

Our daughter, Erin, has a broken toe and is hobbling around as well. I better stay healthy! It's a good thing my shoulder and elbow are healed, or we'd really be in trouble here!

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OH Elissa, I feel for Bill (and you and Erin)....at our age it seems pain comes with the territory...lol. I hope that when Bill does have knee surgery he does laser surgery. There is a doctor out here in Napa County that invented the machine that replaces knees with some kind of computer thingie (???)) and there is hardly any down time. My brother in law had his knees replaced and within weeks was back playing golf while my girl friend chose to go the whole surgery route the old fashion way of cutting and her knee has never been right ever since. You can look him up and see what he does:

Thomas Coon, MD, is a world-renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeon who pioneered minimally invasive knee replacement surgery in the United States. Using highly specialized instruments—which he helped develop—and state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Coon performs a breakthrough alternative to traditional total knee replacement: minimally invasive quad-sparing total knee arthroplasty. He has performed more than 8,000 total and partial replacement surgeries during his career and trains physicians worldwide in his techniques.

Since getting home from disneyland I feel like I need not only knee replacement....heck I need a full body replacement...I am bruised all over from getting into the rides and out again......it used to be so easy....lol. Not anymore!

hugs to all my sistars!!!

love,

Sue

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Sue, that information about Dr. Coon is very interesting! I need to find out if there's anyone in the area here that does that. We really hope Bill won't have to have surgery because of his history of blood clots.

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Elissa, Fred (that's my brother in law) has a lot of medical issues and he was up walking the next day....and like I said within a few weeks his pain was gone and he was able to play golf again .... pain he had been suffering with for a long, long time (because this big bad brute of a retired cop is really a sissy...lol...and had never been in a hospital or had surgery before and he procrastinated for almost 3 years living in horrible pain) before he finally had it done.

I surely hope they do! And if not, see if your insurance will pay to have it done out here...you can stay with me :-)

hugs,

Sue

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Thanks, Sue! I did some research, and there are several doctors here who do minimally invasive robotic joint replacement surgeries. That's good to know if it comes to that.

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Absolutely....that's good to hear Elissa.

hugs,

Sue

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Update on Bill. We saw our new PCP today. Our doctor is retiring, so we saw the doctor who is taking his place. He took a very thorough history, did an exam, and gave Bill a prescription for an arthritis pain medication at a slightly increased dose over what he was taking. Still no word from the orthopedic doctor, so I guess they're still waiting for insurance clearance for injections and braces. Bill just took the first dose of the new pain med about an hour ago. I hope it works for him. Bill's ear infection appears to be cleared up. He has only 2 more doses of the antibiotic to take for that. By the way, we really like the new doctor. We both like him much better than the guy we had!

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Another update on Bill. He still has not been able to see the orthopedic doctor! The insurance company really has been slow to approve the knee injections the doctor recommends. We finally received an approval letter by mail on Saturday, so Bill called the orthopedic doctor today. They said they still didn't have anything from the insurance company. :wall: He told them we have a letter and gave them some numbers they wanted from it. They agreed to set up his injection appointments, but told him to bring the insurance letter with him. He gets the first injection on Thursday. Let's all pray that these injections work! God help us if we have to get insurance to approve surgery!

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You got it, Elissa. I have a couple of friends that have done the injections and they had really good results. One of them could barely walk and she's much, much better.

Hugs

Bonnie

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Elissa, I hope Bill does well with the injections. I'll be praying for him.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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I've been praying for Bill and for you Elissa....this is probably as hard on you as it is for Bill.

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Sue, we know how hard it is to see someone you love suffer. If prayers help Elissa and Poppy and Tammy deal with hubby's illness, then I will never stop saying them!! I will certainly never stop praying for those big guys either!

Hugs to all,

Suzie

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Prayers rising Elissa!!!

Diana

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Thanks everyone! I'll let you know how he responds to the first injection. He's supposed to get a series of three over three weeks in both knees. The doctor also mentioned hinged knee braces, but I don't know if that was to be instead of or in addition to the shots.

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Amen Suzie! Nor will I!!! Elissa, give Bill a hug for me....

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