Sunday, August 8, 2004

It's a girl! :)

I have my hands full right now!!

Guess what... I finally did it! I've been talking about it for ages! I finally broke down and bought my dog "Gucci" his very own sexy girlfriend. So yes, for those of you that have been wondering, my recent camera phone pics of the new puppy are of MY new puppy, not someone else's. The newest addition to my family is a baby girl. She is a Tri-Colored Papillon (Brown, Black, & White). She is almost 4 months old and weighs close to 4 pounds. Here are some pics of "Chanel"...

Diamonds & Pearls
Awww... She's sleeping!

I named her "Chanel" to keep with the designer doggie theme that I have going. Hehehe! :) I figured that since I am stuck at home recovering from my injury and I can't be modeling with this big ugly neck brace that I have to wear, I might as well take advantage of my off time and put it to use!

I will be home each and every day for a while, so I figured that I can spend some of my time potty training a brand new puppy. The only problem is that I bought her from a pet store and she's sick. It figures huh?! As we were driving home from the pet store, "Chanel" turned into "The Exorcist" puppy. It was really bad! We pulled over and went to the nearest grocery store to pick up some stuff to clean up with since she made a huge mess, in spite of being such a small dog. We went through an entire container of baby wipes just cleaning everything up! I took her to the vet and she's on meds now. She already seems to be getting better. I am being really careful with her so that she doesn't get "Gucci" sick too. And as for "Gucci", he is not all that thrilled with her yet, I think he's pretty jealous. I'm trying to pay a lot of attention to both of them but this new baby needs lots of love. She's very attached to me already and cries if I don't have her in my lap. If anyone out there has any tips for me about introducing a new puppy to the family, I'd be glad to hear them.

Bobbi B.

Thursday, August 5, 2004

My road to recovery...

Hi there,

Pretty In Pink!Thanks everybody for your get well wishes and all that. I just wanted to update you all and let you know that I'm doing ok. As most of you already know, I was working for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) on a developmental contract and I got hurt in the ring. So I've been in a lot of pain since February of this year. I went to 5 different doctors and they all recommended surgery to fix my problem in my neck. WWE finally came thru for me and sent me out to one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, Dr. Youngblood in San Antonio, Texas. He's a great doctor and he's the one who has fixed a bunch of their wrestler's necks (Stone Cold, Lita, Hardcore Holly, Rhyno, Chris Benoit, etc.). On July 27th, I had a major surgery... a 2 level fusion in my neck @ c5-c6 and c6-c7, plus they shaved off some bone spurs, etc. So now, I'm as good as new! Yay! :)

As for how I'm feeling, I'm doing fine, especially considering the circumstances. The surgery was pretty intense, I'm not going to lie. They had to move my voice box over as well as my muscles out of the way so they could get in there and operate. Trippy huh?! As my friend Heather posted in my yahoo group, on the first day immediately after my surgery, the doctor and a few of the nurses were wheeling me in my bed back up to my hospital room. The doctor told me that at some point that day, I had to walk a lap around my section of the hospital. He told me that he would be sending someone from the physical therapy department up to my room. I told him, "Why don't we just walk right now?!". So immediately after my surgery, I was up walking around the hospital with him.

I wanted to let you guys know how amazing Dr. Youngblood is! He took such good care of me. He knew that I was worried about my scar, so he even went to the trouble of having a plastic surgeon come in and assist him with making my scar look as aesthetic as possible. I can't even begin to tell you what a caring doctor he is. Now I see why Stone Cold was raving about that guy! He truly is an awesome doctor. I already know that he fixed me. The stabbing pains in my back/neck/upper trap area were gone the moment I woke up from surgery. Same with the numbness in my fingers and the radiculopathy (pain that ran down my arm). I think I am going to get my strength back completely, it is already a lot better. I am very impressed with that doctor and would highly recommend him to anyone considering having back or neck surgery. If anyone out there needs a referral, let me know. There's a reason he's one of the top surgeons in the country!

I've taken some pics of myself in my groovy new neck brace, my new scar that looks like I got attacked and had my throat slit by some psycho killer (the scar actually looks really good right now and I know it will be undetectable before too long) etc.

I'm back in Cali now and things are going well with my recovery. I can't wait to get this neck brace off. I can only take it off when I shower. It gets annoying!

Anyway, thanks for thinking of me. :) I'm getting better each and every day and it's only been a little over a week.

I know that I am behind in responding to my comments but rest assured that I am reading everything.

Take care,
Bobbi B.