Do You Want The Good News Or The Bad News First?

If you already follow my personal Facebook page then you know the latest, that my wife, Tamara, had surgery yesterday to remove a tumor surrounding her left ovary. The surgery went great and the patient is doing fine, thank you all for your kind wishes for her speedy recovery. She should be going home today to rest. We still need to await the biopsy results, but everyone thinks it will prove to be benign.

I didn't write about this situation before because Tamara wanted me to keep a lid on it until it was over. It's been a hectic two months running around getting exams, more exams, more tests, and dealing with the Caja here (the government healthcare system). In the near future I'll be writing in detail about our intimate experience with the health care systems here, which I'm sure many of you are curious about. It's one thing to hear about it in the abstract, quite another to learn about a real-life experience. Suffice it to say, in this case we went private, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't use the Caja in the future.

Now, so that this post isn't a downer, here's something on the lighter side. On my other blog, Cloud Warmer, I have the same little, blue, floating Twitter Bird as on this blog. If it's driving you nuts, you now have an outlet for the annoyance. Someone over there mentioned in a comment that the bird is "creepy", so I put up a poll to decide its fate. That poll will likely decide the fate of its twin on this site. So, you can see just how important this is and you really should pay attention!

So, if you can't stand that little innocent-looking bird, vote Yes, if you like it, vote No, and if you don't care one way or the other, please vote, "Don't Care". It's high time that you expressed your deep apathy!


  1. Sorry to hear that your wife had to have surgery. Glad to hear everything thus far, went well. My hopes and prayers are with you for the future.
    Creepy? really?

  2. Thanks Nell!

    Yeah, creepy. I guess I could see that, but I enjoy watching where it lands. It would be nice if once in a while it would move instead of staring at me, though. ;^)

  3. Best wishes for your wife's speedy recovery! I personally do not like the bird because sometimes it lands on text and then I can't see what you have written unless I "refresh" the page.

    BTW, I always enjoy reading your blog :)


    1. Thanks MG, Tamara's doing well. We went to town and the Feria today and wasn't tired upon our return. - Casey

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    1. OK, I'm now a follower on your directory and left my info in a comment. Thanks for the invite and for joining my Google Friends! - Casey

  5. The bird doesn't annoy me, Casey but I do wish it would turn its head once in awhile. Anything that stares at me too long is unsettling... except my birds and dog...

    So glad Tamara is through the surgery and all sounds good. I am sending lots of good wishes for a speedy recovery!


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  9. Oh Casey, sorry to hear about your wife and the surgery. I do hope that all will be well with her. Take care and let me know how it goes.

    1. Everything went fine, though we won't get the biopsy report until tomorrow, Monday. No worries, however, and Tamara is starting to feel fit as a fiddle.

  10. Hi Casey, today I read this posting about your wife, sorry I didn't noticed earlier. I hope your wife is doing well and I hope she will soon recover. Take care, Paul PC4T

    1. No problem Paul. Tamara asked that I not write about it real-time, hence the delay in reporting. She is doing great right now, recovering very quickly. Thanks for the well wishes. 73!

  11. My best wishes to Tamara and yourself for her speedy recovery.

    1. Thank you Julian! Means a lot to have so many sending her best wishes. 73!

  12. Janine Applequist9/7/12 5:59 AM

    Hi Casey,

    My best wishes as well to Tamara and all of you!

    What an experience to move through! The way you are writing about it will be helpful to many people...

    I haven't really noticed this bird; looking for it, I found it inside the follow us on twitter box but it stays there, doesn't float around... maybe like me a bit...?

    Hugs to you all!

  13. Hi Janine,

    Seems odd pushing a reply up to San José and then back again when you are right over the ridge, lol!

    I took the little bird away, was annoying too many folks, that's why you can't find it now.

    Thanks for the best wishes and hugs!

    - Casey

    1. Janine Applequist10/7/12 2:36 PM

      Yup, right over the ridge, Casey...

      In high school I won awards for broad jumping. Maybe I should practice... Because by road, and en moto, even when it isn't raining... it is so close but so far away.

      I keep thinking that living in Costa Rica is a big incentive to begin working on teleporting skills!


  14. Hope that your wife had an amazing and quick recovery. I have to say personally I don’t mind the twitter bird. Not too creepy, but yes annoying a bit for sure. Can’t wait to get back down to Costa Rica for some adventures.


Thanks so much for your comment! - Casey