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Thursday, August 18, 2016

13 Years

Thirteen years ago today, I was at Forsyth Medical Center. At 2:10am, I had a baby.

Today, that "baby" is my beautiful 13 year old Princess!

She's smart!

She's funny!

She's talented!

She's tall! (This year, she's 5'6"!!) She may be taller than me next year!

She's more than I could have ever asked for and more than I ever expected!

I love my Princess! 

Happy Birthday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Just Waiting....

After finding out last Monday that I have an aneurism behind my eye, I have been pretty calm and relaxed. That's mainly because my family is making me take it easy. :)

I still do not know when I am going in for my neuro-surgical consult. I called and left a message for the nurse to call me. She called and they are waiting for the referral to be approved.  I guess that means it's not an emergency situation!!!

Now.... I'm just waiting for lots of things to happen.

Thursday of this week, 8/18, is a big day.  My Princess is going to be 13!!  WOW!  A teenager!!  Also, on Thursday, we have the Concord-Kannapolis "Battle for the Bell" Game! (Supposedly it is the last year that the game will be the season opener!!) We are CONCORD all the way! Go Spiders!!

On Friday, the Princess starts softball try-outs for her 8th grade year! How did she get this old?

Monday through Wednesday, we have the Kidz Crusade at church. I'm hoping to get to go.

Saturday is the Princess's birthday party. Last year, she decided to donate things to charity instead of getting gifts for herself. Last year, she donated 15 boxes to Operation Christmas Child. (Her goal was 12 for 12 years!) This year, she's collecting canned goods/dried goods for a local food bank. She's hoping to get 13 boxes to take--again for 13 years!

Next week, we have Open House to find out who her teachers are.

On August 29, she is going to start 8th grade!  That's still crazy! She is supposed to take 3 high school classes this year!

She goes to school for a week, then we have Labor Day.

As much as I don't want to wish my life away...  I'm just waiting for things.... as usual, I'm counting down!! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ONE Answer Leaves a lot of Questions

Over the past few weeks, I have been in the ER a few times. I have been to more doctors' offices than I care to admit. I have seen ER and hospital doctors. I have seen doctors in the office of my primary care physician. I have also seen a neurologist.

I have been in for more tests than I ever want to take! In the hospital, I had two CT scans. I had an MRI. And, I had a lot of blood work done. The doctors (outside of the hospital) sent me for more blood work. The neurologist sent me for a 2nd MRI (this time with the contrast dye). He sent me for a 2nd CT scan (with contrast dye this time). He also sent me for a Spinal Tap/Lumbar Puncture.

The results are in. I have ONE answer. The prelim results from the Spinal Tap are fine. We are still waiting for the final results; those might be this week or early next week. The MRI and blood work all came back normal.

I went for the 2nd CT scan yesterday. They called me yesterday afternoon. I have ONE answer.

I have a small aneurism behind my eye. The neurologist is going to send me for a neuro-surgical consult to get an opinion.

When I heard that from the nurse, I couldn't focus. I started crying. I hurried off the phone. I wrote down everything I could understand.

I don't know what it's called. (The nurse told me. I just couldn't write it as she was explaining that it was a small aneurism.)

I don't know which eye it is behind. I forgot to ask.

I don't know when I'm going to my neuro-surgical consult. The nurse is supposed to call me back with the date/time of that.

I don't know what can happen from this. I've been too afraid to Google it. I don't want to know the worst possible until I go to the consult.

I know that I'm scared. I know that I have been crying a lot.

Most of all, I know Who holds tomorrow! I am a child of the King. I am a patient of the Great Physician.

I am terrified, but I have my family and friends supporting me.

Until I go back to the doctor for the consult, I have ONE answer and so many, many questions.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Finally Recovering (Almost) and Other Updates

Since July 10th, I have been sick.

I have been to the ER 3 times in 3 weeks.

I have not been out of my house, except to go to the doctor, for 3 weeks.

On Thursday of last week, I had to have a spinal tap done to see if they can figure out these headaches. On Saturday, I ended up at the ER again because my neck and shoulders were completely stiff and painful. They gave me meds that made me sleep all day.

Yesterday, my neck and shoulders started feeling much better.  I can now sit up for longer than 20 minutes at a time. My headache is only at about a 3-4 instead of a 8-9.

On to better news.....

We have finally decided where the Princess is going to go to school next year. She has agreed to play softball again at the school. We are excited. We just have to make sure that she gets the classes that she needs to get into the IB program in the high school.

I'm still working on finding a full time job, but if I don't, I can always be a substitute teacher again this year.

Finally, I have lost down to less than half of the weight I was before surgery.  (I promise that as soon as I get clothes that fit, I will post before and after pics.  With my really baggy clothes, you can't really tell the difference now.)


And.....  in 14 days (not that I'm counting), I will have a  teenager!  I can't believe the Princess is going to be 13 this year!! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Still Recovering

I still can not sit up without having a headache.  After spending Tuesday to Thursday in the hospital, I ended up back in the ER on Friday night. (I didn't get home from there until about 4am Saturday!)

I woke up feeling much better, but then after spending a couple hours at the church doing a yard sale and hot dog sale, Tony had to bring me back home. I got really ill again.

Sunday, I went to church but I should have stayed at home. :( I got really sick again.

Today, I have been in the bed all day. (I'm getting a little sore from being in the bed all the time!) But, the doctor called in a new medicine for me. Hopefully after a couple doses of it, I will be able to tell a difference. 

For now, I rest a lot and pray and hope that the headache goes away so I can get back to life as I know it..... you know... normal (or whatever that is!)!!