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So, I knew that there would be no way that this week’s POTW post could top last weeks’. I mean, come on — Burning Man is hard to beat! Then there was the issue of my camera being cleaned (that Playa dust is not sensor friendly.) Oh, and then there was this other little issue.

Surgery! A boob job, but not the fun kind — that’s the little joke I came up with to make having a “complex adenoma excision” seem more entertaining. Some of you might remember that I found a lump in my breast last fall as I was gearing up to leave for Southeast Asia. After a biopsy revealed it was not-cool-but-not-cancerous, I decided to delay the removal because, frankly, surgery is one of my least favorite ways to spend a day. I knew I’d have to get it taken care of eventually, though, and with another long open-ended trip ahead of me I knew that now was the time. Actually, I thought June was the time, but a bunch of bureaucratic BS pushed it back to this past week. My travels have shown me how inefficient our healthcare system is and it’s hard not to loudly regale everyone in the dingy waiting room with tales of how hospitals in Thailand are like five star hotels. That said, I have received great care throughout this situation.

So now I’m in “recovery” if by “recovery” you mean “refusing to take pain medication so that I can answer emails and don’t I understand what the concept of taking a rest means,” according to my mother. I apologize for the wonky posting schedule right now and all of your emails that I will be a little slower than usual to respond to. There’s only one photo this week. I’ll make up for it with a big surprise in the next one…

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PoW 117

Can anyone guess the surprise?

In other news, the are now open. The grant I won from this organization paid $1,100 towards my Divemaster and introduced me to some amazing pioneers of women in diving! Take a look, there might be a scholarship or grant that applies to you…

Many thanks to those of you who have already taken my reader survey! I am humbled by the outpouring of responses. If you haven’t filled it out yet, there’s a pretty great prize pack awaiting someone!

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31 Comments...
  • memographer
    September 11 2013

    GET WELL, ALEX!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 11 2013

      Thank you so much. On the way there already.

  • Melanie Fontaine
    September 11 2013

    Hope you get better soon and that the recovery will be speedy and unproblematic, Meihoukai! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thank you so much Melanie. I appreciate these kind words šŸ™‚

  • tyrhone
    September 11 2013

    And here was me thinking it was a guy thing to put off health and hospital visits for when we could be bothered. Glad it wasn’t serious and go ahead and treat yourself to those pain meds šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Ha, no, it’s me too šŸ™‚ When I checked in for surgery the nurse looked at my chart and said, “Hmm, looks like you’ve been putting this off for a while…”

  • Ron
    September 11 2013

    Have a speedy recovery! Its ok to take meds for pain! (:>)

    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thanks Ron! I do take them when I really need them but wow, they totally knock me out!

  • Must for Wanderlust
    September 11 2013

    Aw get well soon girl! šŸ™‚ x
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  • john bourke
    September 11 2013

    Dear Meihoukai,I have been “indisposed”. I was so sad to hear about your condition and operation. You are an Angel ! In my thoughts and prayers. Please take it easy.All the best, john

    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thank you John, I appreciate your support!

  • Caty
    September 11 2013

    Meihoukai use this time to relax a little and take things easy.(using my teacher voice here) Hope you feel better soon so you can get ready for your next big adventure.Get well soon and that you never have to deal with stuff like this again!Ah and you are killing me with the suspense here…don’t know if I will have internet next week when I’m at the surf and yoga retreat! =( But can’t wait to catch up on your blog when I get back.

    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thank you thank you, Caty… and enjoy your retreat! It sounds divine!

  • Lisa
    September 11 2013

    Hope you get well soon! Wish you all the best from Germany, Meihoukai šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thanks Lisa, I really appreciate it!

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    September 11 2013

    Take it easy!! Your mom is right šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the WDHOF info – I’m applying this year!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      You go girl — I’m rooting for you!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    September 11 2013

    Oh Meihoukai, feel better soon and for the love of God, take a REST!!!! (I have to agree with your Mom on this one..) Glad the surgery went well, lots of love xx
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    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thanks Sarah, I promise I am taking it somewhat easy (responding to comments counts as taking it easy, right?) Loved your post about whale sharks. Amazing, so glad you could experience that.

  • TammyOnTheMove
    September 12 2013

    Oh you poor thing! I hope you feel better soon! xxx
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    • Meihoukai
      September 12 2013

      Thanks Tammy, getting there šŸ™‚

  • Lisa H
    September 12 2013

    Get well soon!

  • Nadia
    September 12 2013

    Only good thoughts your way!

    • Meihoukai
      September 13 2013

      Thanks Nadia. I’m feeling better even sooner than I thought.

  • pilar
    September 13 2013

    Take care beauty!!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 13 2013

      Thank you so much Pilar, I really appreciate it!

  • Feel better quickly my love!

  • Kristen Noelle
    September 24 2013

    Our bodies can do some pretty amazing things…but damn those physical malfunctions! You’re such a trooper though, wonder woman… I know you’ll have a speedy recovery. Best wishes.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 25 2013

      Thanks Kristen! Two weeks later and I am feeling a million times better already.