Friday, March 27, 2009

Tonsillectomy Update Day 2

I'm alive! I guess that is the good news. The bad news is that I am in quite a bit of pain. Here's the rundown of my past 2 days. 

I went into the surgery center yesterday morning around 10:30. They were running late so I didn't get taken back until around 12. I wasn't really that anxious at first, but having to sit in the waiting room for so long brought the nerves. It helped to have my momma sitting next to me. They took me back and gave me the IV. I talked them into putting it in my arm versus my hand (It is so much worse in the hand!) and she even gave me a stick of litacane to numb it. I didn't feel a thing! After a series of nurses, anesthesiologists and doctors came in, they were finally ready to take me into surgery. The anesthesiologist gave me some medicine that took me from "80 to 20" to help relax my nerves, and that is the last thing I remember. The surgery took around 30 minutes and I no longer had my adenoids (they atrophy in adults, but they weren't sure if I would still have them or not) so they just took out my tonsils. I remember waking up in the recovery room and the first words out of my mouth were "where is my mom?" Followed by, "I am in a lot of pain." They gave me some pain meds through IV and I fell back asleep for about an hour. I usually get so sick after anesthesia, and the thought of that just made my throat hurt. But my doctor also gave me some anti nausea medicine that worked like a charm. I felt so blessed not to get sick, that would not have been fun. The doctor met with mom while I was sleeping and told her that they were even worse than he had originally thought. So I am glad to be getting this done and over with now versus later in life! Then they took me into another recovery room where I got to see my mom and take my first dose of Vicodin. I was felling really good. I was even able to eat mcdonalds on the way home because my throat was still numb from surgery. When I got back home I immediately crashed on the couch for a few hours. When I woke up from my first nap, I got my first dose of reality. This was not going to be fun! I was in quite a bit of pain. I took a steroid to control the inflammation and another dose of vicodin around 4 which put me right back to bed. I still feel a lot of pain, even with the medicine, so I would hate to imagine what it would be like without it. I couldn't even make it through Grey's Anatomy, which if you know me, you know that means I was really not feeling good! I took my last dose of meds before bed around 10:30. Mom kept out my medicine for me to take if I needed it in the middle of the night, but I really didn't want to have to take it. I am concerned that I am going to get to the point where I can't sleep without it. I woke up on my own around 3 am and "toughed it out" by sucking on my numbing lollipop and managed to fall back asleep. Bad idea, no, downright stupid idea. When I got back up at 7am, I was in excruciating pain and had blood on my pillow. Thats when the tears game. I was just so upset. Mom quickly got me another dose of medicine and I felt better within 15 minutes, thank heavens for good medicine! Today has been an ok day. I think the key for me is to keep up with the vicodin and get plenty of water/rest. I did manage to take a look back there with a flashlight and it is straight up nasty! It was worse than I had expected it to look. Kristin came over today with Breck and got nauseous when she saw it, blah! I am still not able to really talk well or breath through my throat because of the swelling, but I am a happy girl after my pain medicine. The doctor told me that days 1-3 would be the easiest, which has me a little concerned, because so far it hasn't been easy at all. Apparently when you start to scab the pain increases substantially. But for now I am enjoying spending time on the couch eating ice cream! I will try to post updates over the next few days. I have such a wonderful family and friends and so appreciate the continued prayers, especially in the coming days when the scabbing begins. And the best part of all? I think mom and I are going to get massages tomorrow. I feel relaxed just thinking about it :D Hope your week/weekend is going better than mine! 

PS- if you have tried to call, I apologize for not answering :( Right now it is a bit hard to talk and ends up drying out my throat. But I SO appreciate the calls and will be sure to call back when I can get the pain under control. Love you all!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Puppy Love

Breck sure does LOVE Sage! 

Going Under The Knife

So, after 23 years of sore throats and ear issues, I am finally going under the knife to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Yuck! I found out a few weeks ago that I was going to be having the surgery, but just started to get nervous a few days ago. March 26th is the big day, which is a little over a week away. From what I have been reading online, this is not going to be a fun, at all. I see lots of ice cream and applesauce in my future :) Hopefully I will breeze through recovery and be back to normal in no time! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Look Who's Walking!

So Chic!

Tallulah sporting her oh so chic oversized glasses!

We're At It Again!

Maria and I are headed to Cincinnati on April 8th to see Paula Deen! This will be our 3rd time to see her live. Both times, we have been the youngest in the room, by far. Truth be told, we just love her! I feel sure that if I ever got to meet her, I would just break into tears. I have her business card proudly displayed on my refrigerator. If you have never read her memoir, I strongly recommend picking it up. Talk about someone who has beat the odds. She is such an inspiration and an example of what a strong woman looks like. So, on April 8th, say a little prayer for us. We will be battling a group of middle aged women for a good seat, and they can be ruthless! 

Here are a few pictures from our past Paula related adventures!
This was taken in the gift shop at the Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah. We drove roughly 10 hours out of the way (we were en route to Watercolor for the 4th of July) just to go to Savannah. We took the Paula Deen tour and also had lunch at the Lady & Sons. It was WELL WORTH the detour, we were like 2 kids in a candy shop. Click here to read Maria's recap of that trip. 
This was taken in November 2007 at the Paula Deen Live tour in Louisville. Notice the age group represented in the backgroud of the photo. Do you see anyone under the age of 35?...I don't either ;) Click here for another one of Maria's lovely recaps. 

Impending Nuptials

Emily and Chris are getting married in 80 DAYS! Oh my word, how can this be? While I am so excited for this wedding, it also comes with the deep sadness that Emily will be moving away. It is a touchy subject for me (and Maria!). One big cry fest will be on the books for mid June. Ok, enough with the sad news, Im not in the mood to cry. Let's talk about the good news! The wedding is going to be in Lexington at Talon Winery and I am honored to be a part of it. I really do love and admire Chris and am thankful Emily has found someone so wonderful. I love you both! 
Jon and Kristina are getting married in 88 DAYS. Yep, if you do the math, they are getting married the weekend after Emily and Chris! I am also very excited about this wedding. Kristina is from South Carolina, so the crew will be heading south to celebrate the big day! I have never been on a "vacation" with a large group of friends, so this should be interesting. We are all in the process of booking hotels, planning car pools, etc... I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be a weekend to remember. 

Emmie Kate

Lynsie called Sunday morning to let me know that Emmie Kate is here. I am so excited! Lynsie is one of my best friends, we met in college and ended up living together for a few years. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Lyns was set to be induced on Monday morning, but Emmie decided to come on her own terms. She has a full head of black hair just like her daddy. I am in Florida this week, but can't wait to get back to Kentucky to meet this beautiful baby girl. Robert and Lynsie are going to be such wonderful parents. I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for this new journey in life. I don't have a picture of sweet Emmie to share, but I do have a picture of the GORGEOUS nursery that she will be coming home to. I will put up a picture of baby girl when I have one...I am hoping Lynsie will start a blog to keep up updated (hint hint).  

Monday, March 16, 2009

BLC March

BLC March- waiting in line outside the church
I know it has taken me a bit to post a recap of the BLC's trip to Elizabethtown, but better late than never! We all got together at my house Sunday morning around 5am. It was soooo early, but earlier in the week I called the church and they joked that we should camp out in order to get a good seat. We ate a quick breakfast and then got on the road by 6am. When we arrived, much to my surprise, there wasn't a huge line forming. We were able to stay in the van and chit chat for a bit before sending 2 at a time to hold our place in line. We were the first ones in the door for the 10:30 service. I was so proud :) The service started with worship (really good!) and then Kate came out. I saw her last year, but it was still a surreal thing to actually see her in person. She gave the same talk that she did last time, telling her story and the 6 lessons they have learned from the entire experience. I would guess that she spoke for around 30 minutes. She made a quick exit from the stage but they announced after she left that she would be having a book signing later in the afternoon. I was thrilled! The BLC headed off for lunch and then came back for the book signing. We were in and out in under 10 minutes. She was very friendly, and looked great. I was so happy we stayed for the signing, it was neat to actually have a short conversation with her. I always love anytime I spend with the BLC, and this trip had a little added bonus of getting to meet Kate. Stay tuned, in April the BLC is headed to Derby City to spend a day in Louisville. I can't wait!