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Thursday, July 22, 2004   22:52 EST
 
Hi everybody,
 
It's been a long time since my last journal entry.  I've been quite busy with my new dog.  As you read here on the website, his name is "Yuko".  He's an Italian Greyhound, and he's 3 months old, now.
 
Last month I went to the USA (Maine to be more precise) to take a course in "Raw Culinary Arts" with a famous Raw Chef.  He was just amazing.  His name is Chad Sarno and you can check out his website at www.rawchef.org.  I met some really nice people there and I've sent in some pictures of my time spent in Maine.
 
I am moving foward with my plan of starting a raw restaurant in Montréal. Well, that will be after I'm done skating.
 
My training is going pretty well.  I'm doing a hard week of aerobic training because next week I am having another surgery (the last) to get the hardware removed from my back (screws and pins).  So I will go 2 weeks without training probably.  I am a little bit afraid of getting the surgery because I don't like the general anesthesia.  I feel like sh*t afterward.  But I don't have a choice.  After that I will start the ice training and get ready for the Chinese World Cups in October.
 
See you soon,
Jonathan
 
Note from the Webmistress:  To see the full  photo albums from Jonathan's Raw Foods Course and his photos of Yuko, click on the photos below.

Photo submitted by: Jonathan Guilmette
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A sleepy Yuko rests between the pillows (& on someone's pants!)

http://www.rawchef.org/services/
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A delicious salad from http://www.rawchef.org/services/

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Thursday, July 29, 2004  22:17 EST
 
Hi everyone,
 
Here I am 2 days after my surgery.  It was not that bad after all.  I got out of the hospital the night of my surgery (same day).  Pretty fast here in Canada.  That's how it is with the Québec health system.  The hospitals are full so they don't want to keep you for too long.  They send you home as fast as they can.
 
The first day I was in a lot of pain. I felt like a bus ran over my back.  Now it's better, but the skin hurts quite a lot.  I can't move very fast and the new scar has to heal for 10 days.
 
I have muscle pain, too because they had to move some soft tissue to remove the metal pieces.  It feels like I have bruises all over my back.  I don't know yet when I will be able to start training on the ice, but it's going better than I was expecting.  Let's hope for the best and say I will get on the ice in 2 to 3 weeks.
 
Bye for now,
 
Thanks to everyone who sent me some cards and good words (and good vibes)
 
Jonathan