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This and thaaaaaaaaaat…..

******* January 26, 2017 *******

yeah yeah yeah…

I know, I know. I’m very overdue for this blog. So I think it’s time to update y’all on my Amytastic life….


So, I had my first surgery on the right eye for my Graves Disease. Below is the slideshow on all of that….

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I’m having the left eye surgery on the 7th of February. Just around the corner. At Jacobs/Thornton Hospital. I’ll be there overnight, so feel free to check in or visit… Bring food offerings… Hahaha! No, like seriously. I had no food last time because I got out surgery later and I didn’t have the heart to ask Rob to get me food. There’s hardly any food offerings in that section of La Jolla unless you visit the mall… Yeah, no!

Thanksgiving was especially awesome… Excellent food offerings by all three of us.

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As for Christmas, we were sad to not attend my amazing Godparents dinner because I was Looking a bit GOONIESish!

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I made the exact dinner my beautiful and hardworking Godmother Angela made for the family tasty!

New Years was even better. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a kiss at midnight…

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And so that leads us to today. Sitting a Shiley. Pre-op stuff. The best thing is…  We get to spend the night with my favorite BFFs and brothers from excellent and beloved mothers, Robbie and Gregg. And I get to see FINNIE!! I’m just now getting into Prim’s inner circle. She’s slept on the guest bed with me and STAYED!! I’m flabbergasted! She finally lets me walk her and pet her and even pick her up and hold her. Making moves there!

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So so that’s my life in a nutshell since the last time I updated!

…. And if you are Aunt Judy’s (my dads first wife) husband…. A BIG HUGE SHOUT OUT to you for keeping up with my crazy!





So, like…

So like it’s 4am on today and I’m awake.

Sooo many random thoughts…

Life, reborn

Old becomes renewed

Days are tree limbs

Mornings and sunrises

The sun is my Sustinence 

Sunsets are reflections


Until the new day

1 Year. Humbled.

(As spoken at today’s meeting. March 15, 2016 – Noon.

The Huddle on Goldfinch, San Diego, CA)

  • Thank you Anna… There is no one better to have done this today. Your guidance has shaped me. Any time I had questions, needed a reading, needed advice… You are always there. You are one of the most kindest, gentle and extraordinary people I am honored to call my “person”.
  • Mom, Sitsi Angela and Parino Joe… I just can’t make amends enough..
  • Mitch, you saved my life. #BestPrivateNurseEVER!!!
  • My family. You are #Everything!

It’s not as rare anymore, being rather speechless, but I really, honestly, have nothing to say…

Except, I will say this, Humbly. To everyone here at The Huddle and those not able to be at this meeting..

Your support and love, all of the things I have done this past year. I didn’t know I needed all that support until I truly realized I needed it. If you call upon, the answers will make themselves known.

It’s not just my sobriety.

All of you have helped me accept my new journey, my life diagnosis. You have taught me how to not avoid. How to define avoidance and what it means to have acceptance and freedom from avoidance. And friendship. True, real, friendships. New and  old.

And when I have or have tried, you helped me change that defect. You all hold me accountable. I have learned to replace the negative with positivity.

I am forever grateful and truly humbled. From then, now and the future. God Bless you all, I love you.

With deep humility in my heart and soul,


P. S., See, I told you Dr. Michel Mendler, Dr. Alexander Kuo, Dr. Sathya Pokala, Dr. Irine Vodkin, Dr. Yuko Kono, Dr. Albert Ding, Dr. Joshua Rubin, Dr. Sheri Rosen, and especially my Psychiatrist, Dr. Kurtis Linderman (feel very sorry and please pray for this kind man for listening to my malaise) and all the many nurses (especially you, Joanie Salotti – knock knock… I’m talking ’bout you Joanie… We have some pickle to eat!!) and support staff at Grossmont and my beloved UCSD Hepatology and Liver Transplant Departments. I did it and will continue to do so! #LifeChange #NeverStopWorking


My Georgie the Tortie Can Mangia!

Check him out, chomping his food…

Georgie, My Therapy Tortoise

I love Georgie! He’s my “Therapy Turtle”. Heck, if y’all can have therapy dogs, I can have my turtle!!

I have had dogs and cats in my life. Many have died, many are on their way. I lost my son, Blue and I’m still thinking of him (OK, truth here, I still sleep with his doggie toy kong at night. DON’T JUDGE!).

I’m tired of people and animals dying on me. So I thought to myself, what can I have to love that won’t leave me. My cousin Mitch told me about this tortoise his friend had (Shane has a reptile business).

George was born exactly one month to the day of what I like to call “Amy’s Incident”. He was born on April 15, 2015. I knew there was no way I could get a reptile past my mom, godmother and sisters without looking a fool so I let it go.

Around July, on a random day, I was, as usual, resting in bed post-paracentesis, and Mitch and my mom come in and ask me to follow them. I said, “Mitch if this is another ‘come see what my demon spawn cat is doing activity again’, I’ll kill you”. I him-hawed around and asked my mom if this was really truly important. She said yes. So I followed them and they blind-folded me (usually I don’t mind being tied, but from my mom and cousin, now that’s scary) and told me to stand. So I did and then they let me look and there he was. My Georgie!!!

I was soooo excited! I also couldn’t believe my mom was involved in this.

I’ve had him now a few months and he is soooo beloved by everyone. My godmother, nieces, nephews, friends. Shoot, even the tourists on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame!!! He’s cool with Eastwood! He’s even visited the Sunset Strip!

He’s been on vacation.

He’s taken car rides. He goes where I go (as allowed).

He’s growing. Not so much in girth but in strength. He’s started to burrow, which I hear means he might be about to hibernate. Nooooo! Not my Georgie. He can’t leave me for a few months!!! I just can’t let that happen. He’s too cute not to see on the daily! Just look at that little booty!!!

HaHa! But a tortoise does what a tortoise must do. And so he does. And I love him for all that he is.

Even when he’s SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG!!

Tortoise Kisses,

Amy & Georgie