Sunday, January 31, 2010
And here is a collage of the final result...we are thrilled with it.
AND Big Daddy installed the darling light fixture...buh bye 70's lighting, hello cuteness!!
you can of course clickety to biggefy the collage pic but here are a few close ups too...the GORGEOUS new vanity and sink...LOVE it!!
the darling toilet paper holder...she is in love with it!
I love this shower curtain and behind it is a working shower...yep, not just a tub a working shower...oh happy day!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
J is 14 now...I know, she just up and grew into a teenager overnight, frightening, but also really fun. Between her church activities, school, 4-H and friends we are basically running around getting her from one party, meeting or event to another. She is having the time of her life and has made HUGE social strides in the last few years.
The pics below are from a Saturday Night Activity (SNA) at church. Once the kids turn 14 they are invited to SNA and this was an SNA dance. Remember when J was going to Cotillion ? Those were preparing her for these dances, building her confidence and helping her feel good about herself and getting out there to "bust a move".
isn't she ADORABLE? Her Aunt Amy got her this darling dress, it is soooo much cuter when she is not posing in front of some seriously wrinkled curtains...it should be noted these went up 2 days before I went into the hospital, they are on my list of things to deal with when I get the energy.
ANYWAY, she had a great time at the dance. The best was when she was telling us about the dance and she lit up and said, "I danced 3 slow dances with Jimmy and he is so tall that my arm got really tired but, I didn't care." HILARIOUS right? You remember Jimmy right? He is now about 6 feet tall, J is 5'3"...oh the cuteness. BUT we had to have the whole "crush talk" when J came home from church the next day and said, "I got Jimmy's phone number so I can text him".
I was in the other room when I heard J ask her dad a question:
J: Daddy, when you had a crush on someone did you tell them?
Big Daddy: ummm, good question. Yea, that is a good good question. Wow, that really is a good question.
Me: (yelling from the other room) Good idea boo boo, just keep repeating yourself and maybe it will reverse time to the days when she didn't ask such questions.
yep...times are a changing, but so far it's been a lot of fun!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Soooo when the beautiful bouquet came of HUGE yellow gerbera daisies, and little yellow and white daisies with a lemon floating inside the vase. My heart smiled. The card was darling, and about the lemons that life was sending my way and that I needed to get my squeeze on and make lemonade (it was more creative than that, but you get the idea). The flowers really lifted my spirits. Not just because my family loved me enough to send me something bright and cheery but because suddenly I didn't feel forgotten.
Those flowers have all died now...except for this one Gerbera Daisy...hanging on and bringing me sunshine everyday. I move it around the house wherever i am. I ask J to move it for me too, she calls it my "happy flower".
I can relate to this flower. I should be dead, but I am not. And even though I have more bad days than good right now, I know that soon I will have more good days than bad.
So I am gonna try and keep a sunny face...like my gerbera daisy. I am going to remember that even though the phone has stopped ringing and I am not getting any floral deliveries, that I AM in people's prayers. I KNOW this, because I am getting better everyday, and that is miraculous.
PS. Jordan has been praying every night for me and she said the other day when I did something that was more "like myself" that made me laugh. She said, "uh oh looks like someone is starting to feel better, I guess my prayers are good!" AMEN to that!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
well its kinda detailed but...back in August i got a really bad burn, from my curling iron, on the back of my neck. it took a loooong time to heal (silly but important detail) Then in October i got a really bad kinda wicked cold...kicked my butt, big time...unlike any cold I've had, and it would NOT go away. THEN in November i got a little bump on the scar, from the burn, on my neck...it hurt, like BAD and over the course of the weekend it went from a small painful bump to the size of an orange. bizarre and painful. so i went to the Dr. she put me on an aggressive antibiotic and gave me vicodin for the pain. i went home and slept...and slept and slept. Big Daddy just came in and gave me meds and helped me to the bathroom thinking the vicodin was really messing me up. i drank a gallon of water through out the course of the night. the pharmacist had told him that i might be very thirsty and a little loopy from the vicodin. somewhere in the middle of the night i got super hot and refused covers even tho Big Daddy said my body was freezing to the touch. THEN in the morning, after he took Jordan to school, he called the Kaiser advice nurse and she said call 911. the last thing i remember was him coming into the room and getting me dressed and carrying me down the hallway to the front room. i don't remember the paramedics, ambulance ride or the first 2, of 7 days in the ICU.
basically i was/am an undiagnosed Type 2 diabetic and because of the infection in my neck my blood sugar was off the charts in the 500s and my body temp was 31c. they called it diabetic keto acidosis i was closer to death than life for almost 48 hrs. most people don't come back from that and they told Big Daddy, it was a miracle.
so 2 months later my body is STILL kinda messed up because of almost dying and the time in the hospital. my vision is impaired, my motor skills like walking, holding things without dropping them and even fine motor like opening packages, buttoning, zipping etc are impaired. i have a lovely stutter now and then and i can barely get a full sentence out before my mouth won't keep up with my mind. the Dr says it could take as long as 6 months to get "closer to normal".
i had surgery on my neck. they removed about 2 inches deep of tissue. i got released the day before thanksgiving. Big Daddy learned how to "pack" my wound and changed the dressing 3 times a day. he has been a pretty good nurse and has even learned how to cook (cleaning, not so much). J has been a real trooper, doing whatever she can to help out, great kid!!
Then the day before Christmas Eve i got some HORRIBLE pain from my belly button to my spine on my left abdomen...just in that space and then within 24 hrs a really bad rash formed...SHINGLES...lovely. i guess it happens sometimes when a body goes through such stress...lucky me. worst pain ever...shingles attacks the nerve endings..horrible. i am STILL having pain, the rash is gone but the pain is still there...annoying. the meds i am on for the pain are causing "the leans"...i just fall over when i walk, i feel myself starting to go down but i cannot stop myself, i just hit the floor. and of course i cannot drive. i really can't do anything. i am not the kind of girl who sits around. i actually cook for my family every night. so this is hard for me.
THEN a week or so ago i was diagnosed with pneumonia after a chest xray was ordered when i was having a hard time breathing...CRAZY. its just one more thing...depressing. so more meds and more issues.
sooooooooo that's what has been going on here...
my diabetes is already totally under control thanks to meds and diet, and because i am awesome like that. i haven't had to take insulin much at all...giving myself a shot in the tummy is bizarre... its type 2 diabetes so it can be fixed/managed just by a healthier lifestyle...so i am watching my carbs and already doing really well with my glucose around 70-90 most of the time. and as a bonus i have already lost 26 lbs...sitting on my couch watching TV. LOL
I know this was long, but i have had so many emails asking and I thought i would just try and cover it all here. I am determined to get well...i am really over it. My little family went to lunch and a movie Saturday and it nearly killed me. my body paid for it for sure. but i NEED to get out of the house.
Also I just wanted to thank everyone who has sent cards and flowers and Good Mail...y'all rock. It has all truly lifted my spirits and I need that right now.
PS. the next time you see your Doctor ask about the Shingles vaccine...not kidding, I do not wish this pain on anyone! I would rather be run over by a mac truck.