Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I woke up long enough to tell the hubby and kiddos goodbye and then decided some more snoozing was in order.
My sister dear called this morning. That is always a treat.
I was wearing my "snowmen" pjs, until a friend called and said she might drop by. I got up and combed my hair, changed my clothes, tried to look like I cared what I looked like today. She still asked if she had woke me up... I think that now that she is gone, I will go find my jammies...
Found my book that I had bought, before surgery. An older book by Francine Rivers, that for some reason had not made it to my reading list yet. I know it will be good. Love her!
I have decided that there is ABSOLUTELY nothing to watch on TV during the daytime. Might have to check my chick flick bag from my friend. Or I could just take another nap...
I went in my kitchen today... UGH!!! I will let everyone off the hook, since yesterday is a FULL day with church activities, but the dishwasher getting unloaded and reloaded is a MUST today. I tried, believe me, I tried, but bending over still hurts like the dickens.
Did you know that all the "Minute Maid" juices, with the exception of the orange juice is all one dollar a carton at our store? The hubby was in charge of groceries last night after church. He LOVES a bargain. We are stock full of juice. :)
I finally had a craving for something NOT GOOD for me. I wanted a cinnamon roll. Have NO IDEA WHY, just thought they sounded good. The hubby was a sweetie and bought a can for me. I was good and only ate two. The old Mich wouldn't have told anyone about them and ate the whole can. He also rented "The Last Song" and watched it with me. I am one blessed gal.
Well it is a debate; movie or nap. I'll have to tell you later how it goes. Who knows, I might do a little of both.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Anyway during the prison term in the recliner I have had plenty of time to reflect on my situation. Here is the good, bad and ugly in a nutshell.
#1. Next time you plan on having surgery, especially in the tummy area, make sure you have exercised, strong abs like Jullian. I have a feeling the healing process would go much more smoothly. As it was, my flab is screaming out for mercy, since it has never been through much stress, since my childbearing days. Thinking when I get better, I might want to work on that just a little. Of course, since yours truly is allergic to exercise, I'm not sure how long that little goal will last.
#2. Although, I am not pretending as of today about the pain I am in, I still need to milk this with all I got. My hubby feels so bad for me, that I have pretty much had control of the flicker the last few days. Sunday the poor guy had to sit through the oldie but goodie "An Affair to Remember," last night was a showing of "Kate and Leopold" and tonight, well, I was given a whole bag of chick flicks by a friend, to lift my spirits and make me smile while hubby dearest squirms. FUN! I may just make him suffer through "Project Runway" Thursday night. :)
#3. Although I miss the cheeseburgers and pizzas, I have been on my low fat, no fried foods diet for a while now. Kev brought me my first burger in a month, yesterday. I was so excited, being the beef girl that I am. Hmmm... it wasn't as good as I remembered and I only ate half of a small french fry. Although being sick is not the best way to lose weight, I'm hoping that my tastes buds have changed enough to help me keep going in the losing weight department. I am up to a 25 pound weight loss. Small blessing.
#4. I enjoy the pampering that comes when mom is down and out and can't do a thing for herself. The hubby washed my hair for me last night and my daughter combed and blow dried it. Have i told you how much I love someone playing with my hair? Love it! Kayla even painted my toes, since yours truly can not bend over these days. Now there is a pretty pink color staring back at me, from the end of the recliner. Something to smile about. It is about the little things, people!
#5. I can feel the appreciation setting in... Hubby is having to juggle everyone from school (although he usually does the school route), soccer practice and getting dinner on the table. This morning the argument was that daddy didn't get baby girl up early enough to put her face on for school. I have the best hubby and kids, but sometimes they need moments like this to realize that mom does do something around here. Those little things add up. I could get use to this.
#6. When you are down and out, that is when you realize how people care. The dinners, the cards, phone calls, bloggy comments, etc... go a long way to making this gal feel better. I have felt the prayers though out this whole journey. What a blessing! Now I just have to write a billion and one thank you notes. Ugh! Everything comes with a price.
#7. Talking with God. I have been sleeping in the recliner, since laying in the bed makes me miserable these days. I am a side sleeper who can't sleep on her side right now. I can only sleep on my back for so long, before I wake up hurting. Last night, I was able to sleep in the recliner for seven hours before waking up, needing to visit the ladies room. Upon my return, there was a much needed conversation with the Lord, out loud. Don't get me wrong, I talk to God all the time, but with my hubby in the room, I am less likely to vent, praise and share for fear of waking him up and risk interruption on my date with God. As it has been, I have had one whole end of the house to myself every night during the sleeping hours and every morning while everyone is at school and work. This is defiantly a blessing.
#8. Although I can't wait to be up and running full force, I have to say I have enjoyed the "unrushed" moments with the kiddos. I have received more hugs in the last few days, then I think I have in the last few months added together. There has been no "rolling" of the eyes, and they have pretty much done anything I have asked of them. Being down and out can have its benefits. If I could only find a way to bottle this up for future use.
#9. Just call me pajama girl. Love having the excuse to stay in the comfy PJ's all day and not having a care whether the sink is full of dishes. Everyone knows this mom is on medical leave from daily duties. I even have a doctor's excuse. The silver lining of it all.
#10. Last but definitely not least, is remembering that I am my own person, made uniquely by God. It seems that when you tell someone what is going on they all have their own story to share. I never knew so many peoples have had gallbladder troubles. So far, I have done my own thing and haven't reacted like anyone I know. I have had to remember that during this healing process. I had to stop comparing myself to those who felt better and went to work after three days, I'm beginning to think they were probably younger and in better shape than mama belly here or they have super powers. Either way, this whole experience has been one of strength building, physically, mentally and spiritually. I also believe God has a plan. If He wants me to seem like a wus for a few days, then so be it. :) I'll play along and milk the attention.
Seriously? I am doing well. I still experience a little pain when getting up and down, but overall I feel better. I guess I will start the "thank you" notes here:
Thanks bloggy friends for your loving support and prayers during this time. You have all encouraged me more than you can know. Thank you and God bless!
Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
There were a few moments that I wasn't sure about, but overall my afternoon spent in outpatient surgery went well.
The last time I was at the hospital, I was a VERY sick girl. I had a gallbladder full to the brim with stones, and it was swollen and infected. I ended up sick. Fever, chills, nausea and diarrhea, led to dehydration and a three day stay in the hospital hotel. I then went home with orders to rest for a week and follow a strict diet until my surgery date.
That being said, it was hard going in for surgery. Because I had been following the diet and I had some of my energy back, I have been feeling good. It is so much easier to check yourself into the hospital when you are hurting and feeling lousy. Checking yourself in knowing you will NOT feel good when you come out is hard. Remember, I'm the gal who HATES needles and hospitals.
But I went. The hubby didn't have to pull me in kicking and screaming either. Although Jim-Dad liked to tease me about the prospect of a chase. (Yep! I was one of those kids you heard screaming and a nurse had to chase around the room.)
After what seemed like ages of waiting in the waiting room, they finally called me back. The hardest part is when they kept trying to find a vein for my IV. HELP! After about three sticks, they finally found a GOOD vein, that was ready and willing. So much so, that blood ran everywhere. (I did mention before how I HATE needles, didn't I?!!!)
After a few more visits with family, the nurse wheeled me back. Believe it or not, everyone was so nice in the operating room. Before I was down for the count, I felt babied. They certainly knew how to make me feel comfortable and safe. PEACE.
I woke up, with a pain in my tummy and the need for toothpicks to hold the eyelids open. I was the last surgery for the day at the outpatient clinic. Two nurses, the last two still working again babied me. The good news is that the diet did work and I had the easy surgery.
Wait a minute, did I say EASY? What I meant to say was easier. It sure wasn't easy!!! I am now siting in my couch recliner, where I have been most of the day. I feel good, except for the feeling of being majorly punched in the gut. So sore. Sorry now that I didn't have those tummy muscles in better shape.
But, I am enjoying being waited on by the hubby and kiddos. (I have a hard time sitting down and getting up, so help is needed. ) I am surround by magazines, gifts from the mom-in-law and chick flicks, borrowed from the hubby's secretary. I also have felt the prayers.
I'm hurting, the pain meds make me feel like I'm in a fog, and I'm tired of not being able to do anything, but overall I think I have been a good little patient. I pray that this surgery, when I am back on my feet will have done a uhaul on my energy level and that overall I will just plum feel better. I've told everyone I will hopefully be a new woman in September.
Thanks for the prayers.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
My father-in-law starts chemo.
I have surgery scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (a little nervous about that!)
And my kiddos will be enduring their second day of school. (6th and 8th grade, what a hard age.)
UGH! Please pray that our family doesn't go crazy with the timing of it all. As I told my hubby last night, through a few tears, "there is too much going on, I can't focus on ANYTHING!"
Overall, I am doing well. I have stuck with the doctor diet the last few weeks. I have done my best to prepare for this day. I have even kept busy so as not to dwell on it all (I have told you all before about my fear of doctors, needles and hospitals, right?!). Anyway, today is filled with a little bill paying (doctors want their money upfront these days, it seems...), laundry washing (last time I visited the hospital hotel we were caught off guard and Kev had to go shopping for underwear and a change of clothes) and stocking the refrigerator with the basics (so of course dad doesn't have to do last minute shopping to feed the tribe upon our return).
I am not sure when I will return, but I am sure to have plenty recovery time to play catch up here in blogland. Thanks for all the support and prayers.
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Fifty years ago
The anniversary couple.
The table decor. (My mother-in-law used gladiolas and magnolia leaves at her wedding, so we used those in the center pieces on the tables.)
The food. Fruit with a fruit dip, a cheese ball, a hot chicken dip, mom-in-law's favorite punch and ice water were served.
The photo table. There were scrapbook "guestbook" pages made by yours truly, for the guests to sign, a box for cards from guests, beloved family photos, a bouquet for the couple from my brother-in-law and family, and her wedding dress, which she made. The wedding dress was pink, so that is where I got the color scheme for the party. I went with her dress and flower color rather than Las Vegas gold.
What's a party without a party favor. These were handmade by a friend for the big day. Cute, huh?
The family took pictures on Saturday. Here is my favorite of the anniversary couple.
This is my favorite. My hubby, being the student minister that he is, insisted we take a "silly" pose. I love it!
Well, it was a busy weekend for sure, but a lot of fun. There was a huge turnout and Grandma and Papa enjoyed their big day.
Hope you had a GREAT summer. My kiddos go back to school this Thursday, so summer is officially over. We've bought school supplies, signed up for the upcoming soccer season and shopped for first day of school outfits... YEP! Summer is over. :( Did I tell you my son is in middle school this year? 6th grade. A new kind of chaos is about to begin...
Have a great week, friends. I'm going to try and find the time to stop by and say "hello."
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Jordan and I finished his "man cave." He LOVES it. I am so thankful for the time with him this week and that he has such a sense of accomplishment with his room. He is proud. Truth is, I had to tease my hubby a little bit, 'cause Jor said I yell a lost less at him than his daddy or papa when showing him how to do something. Of course I had to tell the truth to my son... I didn't know what I was doing either. :) I promise pictures to come.
Yes, Aunt Jo, I know about the "photobucket" block in the middle of my blog. Don't know where it came from or when. It was there when I came back from my stay at the hospital hotel. In fact I had to change the colors of my blog because that was messed up too. The hubby has tried to get it off. I have tried to get it off. So far, as you can tell, neither of us have been successful. Any suggestions? I don't want to lose my blog or erase anything... Does everyone see it?
Still on the diet. Haven't lost any more weight, but I do have my energy back which is exciting. Still plugging along...
I have, since my illness, rediscovered the "Gilmore Girls" reruns. Something about those two just plain makes me smile.
I have to go back to work tomorrow. NOT too happy about that. I really have enjoyed the time off. Maybe one day again I can be a stay at home mommy.
Did I tell you Kayla LOVED her CLEAN, ORGANIZED room? Well, she did. Of course I don't know what she was happiest about, her clean room or me finding the lost Ipod? Either way it was a win win situation for ME. I might show you a picture of her cleanliness in a later post...
Can you believe it is already AUGUST?!!! Where did my summer go. Bought school supplies the other day. This is in my "I don't get it file..." If it is on the school supply list and every kid in middle school and high school is going to need at least one composition notebook (Jordan needs three.), why wouldn't our Walmart have them? Seriously. Oh, I take it back, they had one box, but my SON was not interested in an "Alice in Wonderland" composition notebook.
Well, I have laundry to do, two suitcases in fact, so I think I will grab me a quick bite to eat and go attack it.
Have a great week friends.