‘Soft on Terrorism?!’

While giving the State of the Union address to the nation, on the night of Jan.24th 2012


President Obama could be overheard telling Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta “Good Job”


As he walked down the aisle of the U.S. House chamber on Tuesday night, after shaking hands and slapping backs, President Obama stopped and pointed at Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

“Good job tonight,” Obama told his Defense secretary. “Good job tonight.”



At the time nobody knew what the President was referring to, until……



Following the State of the Union, President Obama immediately went to the phone and informed Jessica’s father that his daughter, who had been held captive by Somali pirates for 93 days was safe!



The father of Jessica Buchanan, the American rescued by Navy SEALs in Somalia along with a Danish colleague this weekend, described in an interview with CBS News the two most amazing phone calls he said he has ever received.

 John Buchanan told CBS News one was the call he finally got from his daughter, right after President Obama called following his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

 “She said, ‘Daddy, I love you, and I’ll be fine. I’m OK.’ It was just after, over 93 days and I hadn’t spoken to her. It was pretty amazing and incredible that she’s fine and (the SEAL teams) were able to do something and get her,” Buchanan said. “We’re just extremely grateful to God first, and to the U.S. government. They’ve been great throughout this whole thing – from the first day there were there, supporting us.”



U.S. Special Operations forces rescued an American hostage and her Danish colleague in Somalia early Wednesday in the kind of daring raid that the Obama administration has said will be the hallmark of future U.S. military missions.

Officials said the raid, by members of the Navy SEAL Team 6 unit that killed Osama bin Laden in May, demonstrated President Obama’s focus on the narrow, targeted use of force after a decade of large-scale military deployments.

The mission is “yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday morning.


Bear in Mind this comes after the previous year May 2, 2011 President Obama was attending the WHCD


While putting his presidency on the line to capture America’s most wanted man. A man that the hapless  Bush administration gave up on looking for!


Biden: I remember walking up to his office and saying, “Look, follow your instincts, follow your instincts,” and him coming down the next morning to say, “Go.”

Pfeiffer: I went to see “Fast and Furious 5.” In the middle of the movie, I check my BlackBerry, and I have an e-mail from someone on the national security staff inviting me to a meeting. So I leave the movie to get back to the White House. As I’m coming in, the cast of “True Blood” is outside the gate trying to figure out why their tour has been canceled. We decided we’re going to do [the announcement] in the East Room and [the senior adviser David] Plouffe and I walk over to look at the setup. There’s just two guys slowly moving chairs. Plouffe and I are like, We better go get people so we can do this ourselves. We may have killed bin Laden, but we don’t have a room to speak in.

Biden: As I got out of the car at [the vice-presidential residence], my wife was sitting in her bathrobe on the steps. She gave me a big hug, and we could hear people at our gate singing “God Bless America.”



So the next time I hear anyone talk about Benghazi, ask them about this:




209 Responses to “‘Soft on Terrorism?!’”

  1. 6 cookemom
    May 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Here’s my real message. Why is that first video playing whether I click on it or not? It happens everytime I refresh the page or leave and come back to the tab. I mean it’s interesting and all, but I’m all for choice.

  2. 16 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Somethings never change. [sigh!]

  3. May 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Yawns. I just haven’t been able to get going all day.

    Congrats, cookemom!

    • 18 Dudette
      May 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Late night partying, eh? 😉

      • May 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        I wish! Went to bed at 10.

        • 20 cookemom
          May 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

          You do know that going to bed and actually going to sleep are two different things, right? So cut it out and get some rest, why don’t you? Well, you don’t have to cut it out entirely, but you should either start earlier or finish sooner, so there’s actually sleep factored into the equation.

          • May 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

            I’ve been known to sleep through earthquakes. If I’m in bed by 10 I’m asleep within 10-15 minutes. I probably do need a sleep study done on me, though. I snore something awful.

        • 22 Dudette
          May 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          Ah! Then TOO MUCH sleep… er, rest… too much… um, okay never mind! 😀

  4. May 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Posted this at the end of the previous thread, so I’m posting it here. Someone may have already posted earlier today though, but here’s a sensible, rational, reasonable discussion of the AP BS without disolving into faux-gressive flame-throwing by Booman. Even his usual commenters aren’t being idiots.

    My Initial Take on the Associated Press Thing
    by BooMan

  5. May 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  6. May 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

  7. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    May 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Great summary, LP. Nice to have it all in one place.

  8. May 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    When I watch the interview with PBO on OBL once again, I choke up at the knowledge that he went through such a tense and trying operation but immensely grateful at all the precautions he took and the confidence he had in his entire team. Absolutely astonishing moment for our country.

  9. May 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hey TOD FAM:

    Doing okay today. Didn’t sleep last night so they’ll be upping my sleep meds tonight to see if it helps. Had another radiation session, hospital treated me to an acupuncture session and music therapy so that kept my mind off things for a bit. Also had physical therapy though it was all in bed and not like other sessions. Still waiting on other doc to come back from vacation to determine what needs to be done with pain in my right leg. Lost appetite today but will try to eat dinner.

    That’s pretty much it for today. Had my usual emotional ups and downs of course. Glad Holder held his own today. Won’t allow anyone to take him down because of MSM craving for an Obama scandal. How disturbing is all this anyway?

    Okay, I’ll lurk for a bit now unless ya got questions. I’ve let people on twitter know I have cancer so it’s okay to ask about it if you see me here or there.

    • May 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      GB, wishing you the speediest of recoveries! My family just went through similar circumstances……I hope you get well soon.

      • May 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        Thanks, Lovelyplains. I wish I could say I’ll get well soon but I gotta keep it real.

        • 39 utaustinliberal
          May 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          GB, You are one brave and wonderful human being.

          Keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you so much good luck. We’re all here for you.

        • 40 Gazelle62
          May 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          GB, keeping it real is good but hope is even better(ask POTUS). 2years ago I had a huge brain tumor removed along with 2 large skin cancers. I kept it real but hoped and hoped and today I have fully recovered. So stay positive, surround yourself with people that make you feel good and provide you with positive energy so that when you do get some not so good news you have a reserve to fight with.

          • May 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

            Wow Gazelle; Had no idea you went through that. I will keep this in mind when I get low. Thank God you lived to share your story.

            I really am surrounded by the best people. Friends, family and perfectly perfect strangers.

        • 42 prettyfoot58
          May 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

          Wishing you the best.. keeping you in my thoughts and prayers GO….(hugs))

    • 44 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing updates with us Gobrooklyn. Sorry about last night, I can’t imagine having to go through half of what you’re dealing with. Lots of virtual hugs and positive thoughts to you! Hope you sleep better tonight. Hang in there, friend. 🙂

    • 45 EricFive
      May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Please don’t trouble yourself with this media created tsumani of bullshyte. PBO will brush this nonsense from his shoulder as he always has. My prayers are with you.

    • 46 Gazelle62
      May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hello GB, I do not have any questions for you just good thoughts and prayers. Hope you sleep tonight, nothing like a good restorative sleep and free of pain of course. Again I think about you and pray for you every day.

    • May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      GoB, sorry to hear you’re not getting good sleep. I hope your medication is adjusted to fix that and you find more comfort. Sleep is so important. Wishing you a better night and strength.

    • May 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{GB!!!}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} So good to hear from you. Missed you Dearest!

      I’m sending you buckets of virtual hugs (and cheesy puffs)!

      Remember to surround yourself with people and things that bring you peace, love and laughter. Tell anyone else they can “git ta steppin’!” Do what the doctors tell you, but listen to what your body tells you too.

      You can borrow the mantra I’m gonna use as soon put my mind to getting back to the gym: “I am strong and powerful! My body is a finely tuned machine!” [Say loud! Yell it through the roof! It works!]

      Love you, Honey

      Here’s some fightin’ music for you:

    • 51 sherijr
      May 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm


    • 56 symmetry11
      May 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Keeping you in my thoughts.

    • 58 desertflower
      May 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Always in my thoughts, GB. Hoping that you feel better soon

        • 60 HZ
          May 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

          Gobrooklyn, I pray that you will have a peaceful and restful night. I lit candles in the music/library room for you tonight. I also prayed for your recovery.

          I pray for the best doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists in that wisdom will be granted to each of them as they take care of you.

          I pray for people who have a spirit of ‘goodness’ within, love within, and a bundle of beautiful positive energy to surround you. Speak to the goodness that you want;speak to the hope that you want and believe in; and most of all speak to the times when your goodness of spirit may have to fight off the natural human feelings when our bodies are trying to fight off the low energy levels. But you know which path that you want for you, so know that this little senior is a prayer warrior and filled with hope and faith for goodness. And for sure, you have a loving and caring family here who is lifting you up daily.

          Sleep beautifully tonight, I hope and pray.((((((Love you dearly)))))))HZ

  10. 62 squarepeg
    May 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Do people know how non-profits work? The IRS is painfully specific about what they are and are not supposed to do. The NAACP got investigated for the same thing. It’s not that serious. I almost like it better when average people thought the news was boring. The fact that so many (uneducated) people have so many strong opinions about about subjects they know nothing about makes me shake my head so hard.

    • 63 EricFive
      May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Most of the folks in the MSM know better. They are willfully spreading false info and playing dumb (Maddow really doesn’t know the difference btw a subpoena for phone records and warrantless wiretaps?) to stoke the fires of SCANDAL. There’s no business like show business.

      • 64 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        You are right Eric. The whole goddamn media (yes including Jake Tapper & CNN) are complicit in this attempt to distract the public from the GOP’s malfeasance, and undermine our President and Attorney General’s credibility. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.
        But, Karma…

    • 65 57andfemale
      May 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      The point is, it’s the Tea Party and Republicans that are doing the intimidating. They want to intimidate the IRS into NOT doing their jobs, so these a**holes can form groups, funnel money any and every way they wish, with no consequences and no taxes. Frankly, I wish PBO had toned down the rhetoric on this yesterday.

  11. 66 Ladyhawke
    May 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Holder addresses AP, IRS controversies

    By Steve Benen


    There’s also a political element worth considering, which Rachel will be talking about in more detail on tonight’s show: a reporter seemed to suggest the administration’s policy has shifted towards targeting news organizations and Holder noted that he and the president support a “shield” law to protect reporters from intrusion. That proposal would be law now were it not for opposition from congressional Republicans, many of whom are now complaining about the circumstances they helped create.

    There is a certain degree of irony hanging over this story. Ryan Lizza offered this recap: “GOP calls on Holder to investigate leaks. Holder appoints US Attorney. US Att. subpoenas AP records. GOP calls on Holder to resign.”

    I’d just add that the U.S. attorney subpoenaed AP records thanks to an existing vulnerability the administration doesn’t support, but can’t fix thanks to Republican opposition.



  12. 67 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    WASHINGTON — The IRS used “inappropriate criteria” when judging organizations hoping to gain a tax-exempt status and allowed that criteria to stay in place for 18 months, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report obtained in advance of its official release by The Huffington Post.

    The much-anticipated report notes that the IRS suffered from “ineffective management” which allowed for agency officials to discriminate against Tea Party groups, often resulting in “substantial delays” in process applications and “unnecessary” information requests. The tax agency has taken some action to remedy this, the report found. But more needs to be done so that “the public has reasonable assurance that applications are process without unreasonable delay in a fair and impartial manner.”

    The full report is below. More updates are to come.

  13. 69 Dudette
    May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

  14. May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  15. May 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Question for someone more knowledgeable than me and also more insightful. Isn’t Peter Fegan the Addicting Info author? Isn’t he a progressive and supporter of PO? I found this article on FB and don’t know if he is being serious or sarcastic????? Would appreciate other’s opinions.


  16. May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Nate Silver is opining that all these “scandals” will fire up the teabagger crowd and lead to another right-wing wave in 2014.


    The only way this will gin up the base for more than a couple of weeks is if they draw blood. The “scandals” have been falling of their own weight.

    But we have to be on it. We have to vote like our lives depend on it, because they do. And any Dem who runs away from Obama is useless.

    • 76 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Contrary to what a lot of people think about Silver, he’s been wrong MANY times before. And contrary to what the GOP thinks, he usually over-estimates the GOP’s chances and under-estimates the DEMS’ chances.

      I watched him very closely during the 2010 election and I was not impressed with his forecasting. He underestimated PBO’s popular AND electoral vote total. Like the rest of the MSM, he misattributed a lot of polling fluctuations to PBO’s first debate performance – something which never happened. As David Axelrod indicated (which I had suspected all along) that their internal polls in which PBO was leading NEVER changed after the first debate.

      Silver is working for the NYT – which is part of the corporate media and has a VESTED INTEREST in maintaining the status quo. If the GOP loses the house in 2014, that’s the end of the Republican party as we know it. The media (and their employees) do not want that to happen. Regardless of how liberal or progressive they claim to be, the MSM is largely a right- leaning to sharp right, conservative entity.

      • May 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        “And contrary to what the GOP thinks, he usually over-estimates the GOP’s chances and under-estimates the DEMS’ chances.”

        Charlie Cook used to do the same thing.

        “If the GOP loses the house in 2014, that’s the end of the Republican party as we know it. The media (and their employees) do not want that to happen.”

        This and this again. The dirty open secret is the Beltway media loves them some Republicans.

    • 78 Jovie
      May 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      The only reason it was a wave, was because Indes voted with the Republicans and and we forgot to vote in the midterms.
      Nate silver just has an opinion, if he backs it up with his simulations of many many polls, then we are in trouble.

      • May 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        He’s not backing it up with anything but his “gut”.

        • 80 Jovie
          May 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

          That’s good! Watch the polling and his simulations. That’s what counts.

          • 81 hopefruit2
            May 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

            Here’s what he does. He includes every which BS propaganda Right-wing poll in his algorithm which tends to right-skew his models (and he reports on the skewed models) and then as he gets closer to the actual election, decides to discard certain polls to be more credible.

            That’s what happened in October/Nov. And it drove the GOP nutz because they saw him pushing pro-Romney propaganda all along and then he suddenly shifted his models to pro-Obama in the last 3-5 days before the election. He had no choice but to discard the trashy RW data since the early voting stats had pretty much rendered them moot. There is no magic to his formula – it’s polling data and weighting. That’s all. Garbage in=garbage out.

        • 82 99ts
          May 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          Nate’s gut has never been a useful indicator – but his statistics are good – the only times he is been correct with the political “discussions”

          – calling out cheating pollsters
          – calling out the GOP and its reliance on cheating pollsters

          One of his major achievements has been to keep pollsters honest

    • 83 COS
      May 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      This should fire up the Democrats. If we stay away from the polls in 2014, we do so at our own peril.

  17. May 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hi everyone just had an opportunity to check in and there is so much that I have missed. I do know this though no MSM for me because I took a glance a few minutes ago and I had to turn off the t.v. Later!!!!!

  18. 85 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Inappropriate action from the IRS. And of course msnBenghazic wants to know how far up was the inappropriate action and who knew?

    Implying what exactly?

  19. May 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    GAAAAHHHHH, I take these idiotic reactionary statements!

    In his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blasted the DOJ for its behavior, which included tracking reporters’ phone records within the House press gallery over a leak related to an attempted terror plot last year.
    “I have trouble defending what the Justice Department did in looking at the AP,” Reid said. “I really believe in the First Amendment. I think it’s one of the great things we have as a country. I don’t know who did it or why it was done, but it was inexcusable. There is no way to justify this. In my career, I’ve stood consistently for freedom of the press.”
    Reid added that he would make a determination about whether “legislative action” is needed in response.

    • 87 57andfemale
      May 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      But when Republicans renege, obstruct and stop this administration from fulfilling the wishes of the voters, Harry’s ‘disappointed’. When it’s a knee-jerk reaction without facts to attack the administration, he’s ‘outraged’. How does he keep his job?!?!

      • 88 Jovie
        May 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        He is listening to the wrong DC bubble folks. Probably nervous about losing the senate so he’s panicking.

    • May 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Meant to say, I can’t take……!!

    • 90 Jovie
      May 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      DC bubble. That’s his party in DC freaking out and he is responding to it. Unbeknownst to him, we don’t give a shit about that crap!
      Only T Baggers do.
      Also, We are finding out who the T Baggers are in DC, they are being smoked out with these allegations. You know, the ones who are raving mad. 😦

    • 92 COS
      May 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      What about National security Harry and the safety of our country? Is he defending leaks from the press over country safety?? sometime Democrats need to stick together and stop jumping on the republican bandwagon so quickly, before investigating.

    • 93 Nena20409
      May 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      That was early report. Reid made another statement…..chiding the TBGOPers. He should have waited and heard the whole story before commenting.

      This is Reid’s statements 4 hrs ago…….much later from the statements you referenced.


  20. May 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m not crazy religious, but I have had these pics on my mind this past wknd, actually since Newtown.

  21. May 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    • 105 Jovie
      May 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      And the Wings fold up to fit on the Carrier, like all other Navy jets.
      Reminds me of that stealth movie that was out about 8 years ago with Mr Foxx. 🙂

  22. 106 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  23. 107 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Tweety let me finish said the President should put money into jobs, it would give him something to do.

    WTF is he on?

  24. May 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you LP!!

    Just getting to work on a This and That – but you know, after today, I’m really not sure where to start 😕

    • 110 Jovie
      May 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Start with that mother ship stealth drone above this post.
      That’s not of this Planet! 🙂

      • 111 MightyPamela
        May 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Just my thoughts Jovie, they have taken some aerostructure from the downed ufo’s…. Problem, they are still using fossil fuels, and the machines are aimed at war not peace. Thanks Big Oil. Eff’ers.

    • 112 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      It’s easy Chips! Just start on “this” and then end on “that” 🙂

    • May 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Afternoon Chips! Thanks, I figured you would have a comprehensive post coming up, so I loaded up this placeholder. “I,m really not sure where to start” —no kidding…I have whiplash

  25. May 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    So, the damning IG IRS report? Not so much.

  26. 119 prettyfoot58
    May 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm


  27. 122 Don
    May 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    As I said on twitter earlier, relax folks, shortly when the Supremes pistol whip DOMA, those Republican dickwads are going to go Travis Bickle crazy.

  28. 126 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Yeah man

  29. 127 Don
    May 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I want to personally thank whomever leaked the story about the I.R.S, now because of that leak the I.R.S can now go after all of those groups that complained about the I.R.S. same with AP, to get to the bottom of that leak, the DOJ can now go after whomever leaked the identity of the operative that helped the C.I.A.

  30. 128 Bill R.
    May 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    • 129 Don
      May 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Damn! I was hoping that this scandal would stick.

      • 130 Dudette
        May 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 131 Jovie
        May 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        They will ignore these new revelations and regurgitate old ones.
        It’s what they do.

      • 132 dotster3
        May 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        NBC is still sticking with all the scandals—-hyperbole tonight without any recently revealed truths. David Gregory just said this all—the “trifecta of scandals”—- points directly to the “president’s trust”. Shameful—-tough for the rabid dogs to let go of the bite—–thought they had a juicy one.

        • 133 hopefruit2
          May 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

          Thankfully the media’s credibility is not very high, and particularly their slanted and devious reporting when it comes to this President is duly noted by the majority of thinking Americans.

          • 134 Jovie
            May 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

            It worked in 2010 bc people were scared shitless about the Jobs situation. It worked in 2004 because people were still scared about al Qaeda.
            That has since subsided.

            • 135 hopefruit2
              May 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

              You’re right Jovie. In fact that’s why the MSM is in overdrive to get people to vote for GOP in 2014 by dredging up some faux anti-Obama scandal because right now there’s simply no enthusiasm on the GOP side and they know that very well.

        • 136 Nena20409
          May 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

          Doster3 and “Competence” the daddy long legs, David Gregory added. This a guy who is losing to Bob Schieffer, 74 plus years old man…. in the Sunday Talk ratings…..and Bob is in only 68% stations less that David Gregory. Sheesh.

  31. 138 africa
    May 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm


  32. 146 Esi
    May 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    A quote that summarizes some of my thoughts on these fabricated scandals “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
    –Bertrand Russell

  33. May 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Not to besmirch a wonderful man who is no longer with us, but this would’ve have been nice to know, like I don’t know…6 months ago?

    • 150 Don
      May 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      And to spare Amb. Stevens family any more grief. I’m sure President Obama and S.O.S Clinton knew this but kept it to themselves.

  34. 152 Don
    May 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    But the most funniest thing about this whole Benghazi mess is that Jake Tapper dropped a dime on ABC, marinate on that for a moment.

  35. 157 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  36. 159 symmetry11
    May 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I am soliciting TOD families thoughts & prayers. I am having a hysterectomy on Monday. I am glad that my doctor & I are finally on the same page, but find myself getting a little nervous.

    • 160 Linda
      May 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Don’t be nervous symmetry….you will be fine……

      Also, you will love the freedom of no more periods…….

      Good Luck

    • 162 carolyn
      May 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      symmetry….I hope your hysterectomy enables you to feel as well as mine did. Mine was a huge relief……I did have a 51/2 pound extrauterine fibroid tumor, which was fortunately benign. Within six weeks I started feeling good, and within six months, I had more energy than I had had in at least five years. My life got on an even keel emotionally also……the doctor gave me a hormone shot in recovery, and put me on hormone replacement immediately. I stayed on it for several years. By the time I stopped, I had passed the awful heat and sweaty era…..I never suffered those.
      My chief recommendation is to follow your doctor’s recommendations for activity or lack thereof for whatever amount of weeks she tells you to. You will be very glad you did this. Life is much better without all that unnecessary (at my age) equipment. I’ll be thinking about you.

      • 163 symmetry11
        May 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        Thank you, Carolyn! I have been waiting almost 15 years for my doctor to finally say that he has tried all that he could. Finally, last month he said the words. I was relieved. I am grateful and looking forward to this changing my life for the better.

      • 164 carolyn
        May 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        It will solve the endometriosis problem……no more pain!!!

    • May 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm


      My bff had fibroid tumors. She opted to have them removed rather than the full hysterectomy.

      May your journey to health be swift and uneventful.

      • 166 symmetry11
        May 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks, LL!

        By the way…Kudos your wife. She is doing great. My best friend had gastric bypass a few years ago. It was the best thing for her.

    • 167 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Sending positive and healing vibes to you, and wishing you a safe and successful surgery. Nerves are perfectly normal so don’t be hard on yourself! {{{{Symmetry}}}}
      My maternal grandmother and one of my aunts had had hysterectomies and they both went on to live full, productive happy lives post surgery.

    • May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Wishing you the very, very best, symmetry. I hope all goes well and you are feeling the benefits of your decision SOON. Hugs to you!!

    • 174 prettyfoot58
      May 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Wishing and praying for the best outcome…Sym…((hugs))

    • 179 Nena20409
      May 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm


      Wishing You the very best.

    • 181 Don
      May 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Bless you symmetry!

    • May 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      My thoughts and prayers are with you Symmetry, please rest up…..everyone at TOD is behind you, only wishing you the best! Please let us know how everything turns out in due time.

    • 187 Dudette
      May 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm


      I’m praying for a smooth surgery and an even smoother recovery for you. I

      I’ve been there — massive fibroids. Only sorry I waited as long as I did. I procrastinated and ruminated over it for so long before I relented, once she finally went in to get that crap outta me, doc said it was starting to “consume” (her word) other organs; she said 1-2 months later and I might’ve suffered major (life-threatening) trouble. [Yes, seriously!] Oddly, I suffered very little pain, just what felt like normal cramps. She wanted to write an academic paper on my case. I saw pics of the tissue. [Think of the movie Alien and you get the idea]. Okay, that went too far. It’s not really that scary. Poor attempt at injecting humor there. Just want you to know you’re not alone.

      If keeping your ovaries is an option (i.e., you’re not high-risk for o-cancer — very few are), definitely tell doc to keep ’em. So glad I did. Less long-term complications if you do. Either way you gotta do what’s best for your health.

      For me it was relatively smooth sailing after my first two weeks. My Dad, who was between jobs and had promised the whole 6 wks of my recovery, left me to fend for myself after a week and a half, so he could look for a job. [Boy was I pissed] But I was moving around the house okay by then, so I forgave him.

      Keep lots of pillows handy. Heck, treat yourself to some new ones. You’re gonna want to cocoon yourself in nice fluffy pillows and pressing one against your tummy when you try to stand or sit down will be be crucial. Avoid trying to go up and down stairs early on. I lived in a townhouse at the time. That part is really no fun. [My doctor would’ve choked me if she’d seen me crawling up and down my stairs that first day home.] Walk as much as you can though when doc says you’re ready. But rest, rest, rest. Read trashy novels, listen to music that soothes you. Oh yeh, best thing from that whole experience: sponge baths in the hospital! I kid you not! Talk about pampering. I offered to pay my nurses to come home with me, but they wouldn’t go for it. 🙂

      You can DO this! Go get some healthy!

    • 190 mtmarilyn
      May 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Symmetry11, prayers for you. I just had a dear friend go thru this and she is doing great 3 days after. They do it so differently now. Blessings on your and your family.

      Also for all those in this wonderful TOD family who need out extra thoughts and prayers.

    • May 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Will keep you in my thoughts, symmetry and wish you the very best outcome and speedy recovery.

    • 194 sjterrid
      May 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      My thoughts and prayers, symmetry for your surgery tomorrow. Hope all goes well, and you recover quickly.

  37. 196 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    wishing you only good things, symmetry! I’m sure that you’ll feel better than ever after the surgery is over and done with:) Half the battle is the worry leading up to the actual surgery….I’m sure that you’ll recover well and feel better than ever! Hugs and good thoughts….

  38. 199 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  39. 202 desertflower
    May 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Since I missed the tribute to Stevie Wonder yesterday… thought I’d add this…and dedicate it to those lying Republicans that NEVER LEARN!

  40. 205 Cman
    May 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Benghazi scandal: Doctored email (3 days to crumble)

    IRS scandal: Liberal and Conservative groups were targeted, Tea party groups just got it more cause they were all over the place and a new group emerging each second from Sheldon and Koch money. (2 days to crumble)

    AP scandal: There were multiple interview done (500+) before District Attorney (read not holder) issued subpoena, oh and Holder was questioned as part of the investigation. (1 day to crumble)

    All the trolls calling for Obama’s impeachment yesterday, today looking like abject fools. (Priceless.)

  41. 206 Jovie
    May 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  42. 207 amk for obama
    May 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Well done, lp.

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