January 27, 2008

how many flavors are there?

so, i have about 4 more antibiotic pills to take . . . Oh, I can't wait to be done with them. I was told that it is a strong one that could basically eat through my stomach --killing ALL bacteria-- so that I should eat yogurt after EVERY pill (i take an antibiotic pill 3 times a day!). I am sooooo sick of yogurt!! lol --seriously! I don't have to take them at any particular time. The nurse suggested spreading them out throughout the day -so I am stuck eating yogurt 3 times a day at any odd hour of the day --even when I'm not hungry. it makes it very hard to willingly eat yogurt when i am already full and know that I will feel ucky and nauseous after eating the serving of yogurt --what a litty non-important ANNOYING 'thing', huh?! ha ha :(

So, here I am . . . eating my yogurt. This one is 'harvest peach' --i'm running out of flavors to enjoy. I have on more day plus one pill --it's a 5 day dose-. I'm almost done -yay!!! :D

I am sooo close to 'normal' -ha ha!! We've had a nice day today --keep chris in prayer, he got hit w/ fever and a bad cold. :(

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 24, 2008

update of my week (thursday to thursday)

this might not be a short one . . .

so, last thursday I went in for my surgery. we got there at 5:30am to find out that the place doesn't even open up until 5:45am. why they told me to be there at 5:30am?! I have no clue . . . so, I wasn't nervous; I was very confident that everything would be great. Sure enough, after one hour and twenty minutes of surgery, the doctor went out to update chris. All good news, they removed what they went in to remove and he didn't find anything else that needed to be removed or that would cause any more problems. Great news! :D Then I started waking up and that alone is a hilarious story!!! lol If you have ever been under general anesthesia and then remembered the 'waking' moments . . . enough said!

I get to go home a lot sooner than expected because I was able to wake up a lot sooner than expected -I was told that it normally takes between one to two hours to fully wake up. Well, I think it only took me about twenty minutes for my first loopy conversation and then twenty minutes later I heard the good news that I could go home!! :D

Recovering at home was going very well on Thursday. I was super sore, totally expected. I had SUCH an appetite because I was ordered to stop eating at 1pm the day before. So, I took it slowly and enjoyed soup and light foods. Friday morning, chris cooked a yummy egg omlet breakfast!! **He's officially the chef in the house now! He's discovered his LOVE of cooking since Thanksgiving and our household meals have just been yummier and yummier!! Praise God for that!! :D** Well, by 3pm, Friday, I started to feel "not right". I felt feverish and I didn't have an appetite. The highest my temp went was 99.5, so I didn't worry too much. My parents brought Kryssa over for about 2 hours -to visit- (she had been with them since that Wednesday). They went back home, and took Kryssa, and I was just a little concerned with the way I was feeling. I was having trouble breathing and I just was not comfortable. I was told that each day should get better and better and that I should feel back to "normal" in the next few days. Well, by 7am Saturday, I couldn't lay in bed with the discomfort and pain. I got up when I felt like I was going to throw up . . . sure enough, I did and a particular pain just got worse and worse causing me to throw up even more. I called the nurse and I was told to go to the ER. She told me that what I was feeling isn't "normal" in recovery from the particular surgery I had.

By the time I got to the ER, I was sooooo much worse. I literally felt that if I had to say one more word, I would pass out. The pain was so extreme and it was that much harder to breathe due to the location of the pain. I knew I must have looked severe when the triage nurse, at check in, asked me "how can I help you" w/out even looking at me and mid sentence she got a glance at me and told me "ma'am you need to come around and sit down". Normally you sign in and wait and wait and then get your vitals taken and then wait some more and then finally get called back and then wait and wait some more to see the ER doctor. Well, everything happened so fast. By the time chris got in to the ER from parking, I was getting in a wheel chair going straight to a triage bed. She had taken my vitals and my bp was so much higher than my norm and my temp by then had gone up to 100 point I don't remember (not high, I know -but after a surgery anything over 99 is dangerous. Especially me, I normally run a temp of 97 -it's rare when it's 98.6). So, within 5 mins of getting to the bed, the ER doc and three nurses assist in asking a series of questions, drawing several tubes of blood, starting my IV w/ fluids, morphine, and something for my nausea, my blood pressure was concerning so they set it to check every 5 mins, I think I remember them saying. I don't remember much -just pieces here and there- due to the pain and discomfort --chris's concerned look scared me. But he never really said anything --I just saw it all in his face, when I could get a glimpse here and there. I just felt so faint. My eyes weren't even working! I remember thinking "open your eyes, michelle. look at the doctor." When I did manage to crack them open, everything was spinning and hazzy :( So, it was best when I just stopped trying to focus on anything other than breathing and listening as best as I could. When I asked chris if I was pale he just looked at me with a very sad look and said, "you look very . . . sick". :( Well, the doc felt around and thought it was my gallbladder. Chris and I got really concerned and I started crying, I remember. I told chris, "okay, now I'm really scared; I don't know what's going on. I feel like I'm going to pass out...". He was so comforting and that is when he sent out a request for prayers.

I remember at some point, I got up to use the restroom and I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror --I was SOOO pale!! Oh My!! I have never EVER seen myself sooo colorless!! PLUS, all the little blood vessels in my eyes and face had popped from all the force of throwing up --I looked HORRIBLE!! (I can laugh about it now but on Saturday, I really thought "oh, no, I hope I don't need an emergency surgery. :( What's wrong with me?!?!") My temp went up to a 102 . . . I sonogram and catscan was ordered --the contrast iodine that was injected in my iv, for the catscan, caused me to throw up again (due to the fact that I was already throwing up and still nauseous PLUS, they disconnected my morphine and anti-nausea meds to roll me over for the catscan --it was just too much movement on top of all the other stuff). Everything came back normal and the Doc was concerned that it was a 'gallbladder attack' -all the blood work and tests come back 'normal' but after 12 hours it hits again and shows in the tests-. So, I was admitted for observation (they kept me on antibiotics and fluids through my iv along with oral pain medication the whole time I was hospitalized). Well, 'observation' turned into "something's not right". After that pain started going away, I was finally allowed to eat -after two days- within the hour after eating, the pain came back and it was painful to breathe again . . . shortly after that a new pain started. The new pain was pinpointing the area of operation. My belly started to swell and the pain was excruciating!! It hurt to breathe, talk, move, walk, EVERYTHING!!! My doc was checking in on me daily and on Sunday told me that if I could be fever free for 24 hours then I could go home --he didn't want anything over a 99. But after my belly got so bloated and the pain shifted to the location of surgery, my doc told me that I had to be feeling better and fever free for 24-48 hours before he would send me home. :( He couldn't pin point the problem but said it must have been something connected to the surgery, because I was fine before the surgery. My blood showed I had an infection and that was causing the fever . . . there were several things that it 'might' have been and that really made sense of it all --but no way to be sure where the infection was exactly, besides in my lower abdomen. It wasn't until Tuesday evening that I started to feel better and had thoughts of maybe coming home. Tuesday night I had a temp of 99.1 and I really hoped that wasn't going to affect his decision in sending me home. I was praying that I would continue to feel better so that Wednesday morning I could say "I know that I had ONE temp of 99.1 BUT I feel soooo much better; can I please go home!?" . . . it's basically how it happened. Wednesday morning, he asked how I was feeling and I told him "SO much better!" and then he mentioned my temp and that the other tests still came back normal (I had another catscan done on Tuesday morning along with some bloodwork) --so I jumped in and said "so, can I go home today?! Please?" and he said that if I felt like I felt good enough to go home, since everything is looking good . . . Yes, he would write the order to send me home and that I had to continue antibiotics at home. I was perfectly fine with that. i was just sooo anxious to get to come home and see my little Kryssa!! She had been with my parents since the 16th and then I saw her for about 2 hours on the 18th. Poor thing had to bounce around from person to person the whole time I was hospitalized and then I finally got to see her again yesterday (23rd)!!! I didn't see her the whole time I was in the hospital -5 days, which may not seem that long; but it's different when one's with their child 24/7 and then alone in the hospital not able to see their child --let me tell you, it was NO vacation!!! :( Mental rest from the 'everyday home stuff' but there was so much more going on that the only part of me that got rest was probably my body after all the pains and all simmered down.

I'm just soooo thankful to be back home and slowly recovering to my 'Mishelly-self' again!!! I can't wait to be back on my feet to enjoy the rest of my vacation . . . lol, what a vacation, huh?! ha ha --but it just goes to show how God is soooo in control because if this would have happened while NOT on vacation --it would have been so much harder on more than just my family...

So, those of you who knew and kept me and my family in prayer, THANK YOU!! Those of you who helped out with Kryssa and/or gave me some company while I was in the hospital, THANK YOU!! And to those of you who didn't know but left me some comments/messages to see how the surgery went and how I was, THANK YOU!! :D I tell you, I am blessed --surrounded with such caring, loving, thoughtful, wonderful people, family, and friends!!!! Ah :)

continue to keep me in your prayers. --that recovery continues to go well. I will see my doc on Monday, again . . . I'll get an update from surgery and all.

Happy 'rest of the week' to you!

*I'm excitedly waiting for my sis to get here. She's coming in to town for tonight and tomorrow -to help me out w/ Kryssa! :) You know, as a mother, you just might not realize how much 'up and down' you do (snacks, juice, potty, "help", feedings, bending over to pick things up . . .all those little 'everyday' things!!) until God forces you to pause and break from it . . . it's not easy jumping right back into it -especially when you can't do all the same things physically . . . Kudos to all you moms out there that just keep on going and going and going . . .

January 16, 2008

tomorrow's the day

Well, I'm sitting here just trying to relax. :) --I have been instructed NOT to eat anything else until further notice (sometime tomorrow, hopefully). I can only have liquids . . . If I would have known that my pre-op diet was going to start at 3pm (instead of 12am, like my paper work mentioned!) I would have eaten something for breakfast. BUT at least I got to eat a YUMMY Subway sandwich!!! YUMM-O!! And not only can I NOT eat any REAL food for who knows how long, I also had to drink 10oz. of 'magnesium citrate' --it tasted really funky!! Super sweet and tangy in a really wierd way!!! UGH!! :p

OH, and guess what happened today?! :( I LOCKED MY KEYS IN MY CAR!!! lol, what a day, today!! But, on the bright side, it was a great way to keep my mind focused on 'other' things. ha ha ha ;) I really couldn't (and still can't) believe that I put my keys down on the passenger seat and didn't remember to get them before I stepped out and manually locked all the doors . . . :( I was shocked when I returned to my car and saw them laying on the seat --with all the doors locked!! So, on top of all the co-payments I've recently dished out (and still have to dish out), I had to pay $37 dollars for the 40 seconds that the guy spent to 'Pop-a-Lock'!! ha ha . . . it took him less than a minute and "cha-ching" $37 just like that (snap)! WHAT A DAY!!!! HA ha . . .

I have to go and check-in tomorrow at 5:30am!! Super early, huh??!! The surgery is schedule for 7am. I will be taking Kryssa over to Grandma and Grandpa's house in about an hour or so. She will spend the night there and then Chris will go pick her up tomorrow night. She's knows something's up but she's not too sure what . . . it's a little hard to explain to her. So, there's not much more to blog right now --my nerves and extreme thoughts come and go but so far so good! Praise God.

Please, continue to pray for me and of course the surgical team . . . I signed paper work today that talked about blood transfusion and death. What a horrible paragraph to have to sign your name to --acknowledging that I am 'aware', etc..

Again, I will post as soon as have more to share . . .

Thanks a bunch for the prayers, support and encouragement! :) I'm thankful for it all --my spirits are lifted and I have peace; what more could I ask for right now?! :D

January 12, 2008

2,008 different things going on!!!

So, I've decided to sit and blog. Kryssa is supposed to be taking a nap (currently: she's still talking :( . . . ).

Well, today was the first day of AXSOTA class. For those that don't know or remember . . . AXSOTA stands for Andrea Ximenez School Of The Arts. I am a vocal Instructor and today was the first day of class If, by chance, you are interested in learning more about the school or even signing up for a class, visit the AXSOTA website.

I'm in the middle of baking a cake . . . mmmm, I'm excited! ha ha

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged --there's so much to say . . . First things first, I guess, I am off for about two months, from child care (while the family waits to welcome the newest little family member! And then the usual 6 weeks after that . . .). I'm a little mixed about the long break. I mean, it's not up to me, I know. lol. But I'm going to miss having the kids around for that length of time. BUT I am just soooo ecstatic to know that a new little baby will be joining Just Like Mommy -soon enough!! I'm really looking forward to enjoying all this time off --but at the same time, it might spoil me, hee hee. ;) --and Kryssa too!

Chris is currently working on a business plan and website for 'Yum-Yummies!' --God willing everything goes well for him and we get one step closer to the real thing . . .

Um, the newest TTC update is: I'm going in for a surgical procedure on Thursday, Jan. 17th (7am). So, please keep that in mind and say a prayer --That God guide the surgeon and prepare us for whatever results and news we may receive. I'd really really appreciate it. Thanks! I really won't know what our next step is until after the surgery . . . but I'll do my best to keep you posted. :)

Some super exciting news: We might be going to Hawaii in March!!! We are soooo close . . . we still have to wait until the end of this month, Jan., to find out for sure -but God willing it all works out to where we get to go to Hawaii. It's through his work with rankings and goals from 2007 (along those lines); so, we're just waiting to hear the final word on whether or not everything is what it needs to be -goal and number wise. Please God . . . **I am doing my best not to get my hopes up -just yet**

Oh, we went to Gruene yesterday, for my father-in-law's birthday. We ate at The Gristmill for lunch -it was super yummy!! Then we walked around and shopped; we had a wonderful time! I love places like that . . . there are so many little places we didn't get to visit -so we are definitely planning on visiting again, soon.

Wow, there's just so much that has gone on -it's hard to pick and choose what to include in the blog . . . and you definitely don't want to sit here all day and read it all either . . .

2008 is going to be even better than 2007 (which had many amazing blessings and life lessons/growing pains). I'm looking forward to celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary this July --we have so much more to learn and grow together as a couple, team, husband and wife, and family . . . God is SO Good . . . Good doesn't even describe Him . . . but as it's said, "God is Good. All the time." -Amen to that!!

I hope that you are doing exceptionally well or at least being optimistic in your life and thankful for what you do have. OH! I do want to share one more thing that I really benefited from . . . check this out (in your free time w/ a friend, your spouse, or just you and God): "The Secret To Happiness (Jan. 5-6, 2008)".