No More Bikinis For Me

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

bikini time? I'd ever have worn a bikini to start with!  I'm more of a trunks guy except for that mandatory four years with a blue and gold Speedo during my Annapolis days!  I was what was known as an aqua rock...swimming was never my strong suit, I could do just enough to pass but not much better!

Last February I attempted to get an umbilical hernia repaired and that didn't turn out as expected.  A diagnosis of atrial fibrillation just prior to starting surgery meant a cancellation and some changes for me and a handful of meds to take on a daily basis.  The Cliff Notes version is the meds do their job, instances of afib are down to about once every few months and typically just for a few hours.  I eased up slightly on my dual career lifestyle (so fewer transactions overall, but I passed on a fair number of "red flag" prospects and referred out some others).

The hernia bump grew a bit until it was golf ball sized and we'd nicknamed it Kuato (Total Recall reference for you sci fi fans).  I stalled a bit getting the hernia repair done until we got past gardening/yardwork season. 

Yesterday was the day for Round 2.  3:30 wakeup to feed the dogs and cats, 5:30 arrival at Jewish Hospital, 7:30 surgery.  Outpatient and about an hour in the OR.  All went as fact they were a bit "sneaky" about the anaethesia, no warning (that I remember) that they were going to knock me out.  Next think I know I'm in recovery and getting back to coherence.  By 11 a.m. we're packing up and Liz is driving me home.  I've got an incision (glued shut) of 2-3 inches across the top of my belly button.  Inside are stitches and a piece of mesh to close up the dime sized gap in the abdominal wall.

All things considered, a very smooth day.  Pain is minimal and Tylenol is enough to keep the edge off.

The biggest change?  For the next 6 weeks I'm not supposed to lift anything heavier than 8 pounds (roughly a gallon of milk).

That means the Christmas lights stay hung! (we had snow just before New Year's so getting up on the roof was a no go).

And it means a lot of routine stuff is currently off the table.

Some of our cats are heavier than 8 pounds so I can't pick those up.  All but one of our Chihuahuas are under 8 pounds, so score one for the little furballs.

Picking up a full bag of cat food?  12 pounds.

Kitty litter.  40 pounds.

Real estate signs?  Not sure, but I know fully loaded more than 8 pounds, plus swinging a rubber mallet probably wouldn't be a genius idea either.

Lots of little things will need adjustments, splitting carrying things into multiple trips instead of one "pack mule" approach like I'm used to.

And I'd better lighten up my laptop backpack to the bare minimum!

The good news, most of my real estate activities don't require any heavy physical lifting.  I get hired for brain power, not brawn.  Showing houses, answering calls, blogging, website maintenace, all doable and I should be back to business as usual shortly.


Need a real estate guide?  That's what we're here for.  Further questions about buying or selling a Cincinnati area home?  Call Bill at 513-520-5305 or email and we'll determine how we can best help you!


Serving Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz 


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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bliz I'm glad you got this done and now you're on your way to recovery. Take it easy!  No heavy lifting for you!  Period!

Jan 03, 2018 10:32 AM #1
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

I bet you're glad it's all done and hopefully you are on the mend. 

Jan 03, 2018 12:24 PM #2
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

I'll bet you are glad that has been taken care of. Maybe hire someone to take down your lights? Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Jan 03, 2018 02:33 PM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm sure that Liz will be happy to pick up whatever needs picking up until you are well, cat food, litter and cats included.  The lights can wait and so can the signs.

Jan 03, 2018 06:05 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I hope you recover quickly.  I'm not sure I've ever had a pet weigh less than 8 pounds.  Hope you are getting lots of help with those chores.

Jan 03, 2018 10:26 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Stay mindful, Bill. It's easy to forget and lift something you are used to's worth it to prevent any setbacks. Happy New Year and rapid healing. D 

Jan 04, 2018 09:48 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Glad to hear it's done and you are doing well. The no lifting for awhile is going to be frustrating, but use it to your advantage. LOL

Jan 04, 2018 11:22 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill- I will also chime in on the no heavy lifting. Just before Hurricane Irma we gathered at our friend's house since they had the full house generator.  Larry couldn't lift anything because of his surgery and the other husband because he'd had eye surgery. So the other wife and I looked at each other and said ..."It's going to be up to us if anything happens!!!" LOL You don't lift anything!!!

Jan 04, 2018 04:09 PM #8
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Bill, glad to hear you're doing good. No matter how small, just the thought of having a surgery can interrupt your sleep for sure. OK, I'll say it too, no heavy lifting.

Jan 04, 2018 06:13 PM #9
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Listen to the docs and follow orders.  I hope you heal quickly and that soon, you'll be good as new. xo

Jan 05, 2018 11:28 AM #10
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Bill, Glad to hear you are mending.  Good you only need Tylenol.

Creative way to pull us in with the bikini intro, since you will have a scar near a bikini line.   Wishing you a speedy recovery. 

Jan 12, 2018 06:37 PM #11
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