sorry for the long blog break - it's been a nice, slow recovery
from that crazy, all of a sudden, quick surgery!
just a little post today to share a recent layout I did for
Scrapbook Circle kits using the AWESOME
August kit: So Happy Together
as well as the add on: You & Me
Life Is Prettier With You:
I LOVE everything in this kit. It's all so fun, versatile &
so eye catching! This photo of silly Lilly "winking" at me
called for a whimsical, fun, colorful page describing her & the joy
she brings to our lives.
I sprayed the Pink Paislee Color Wash Tag with Gold Lame
Color Shine by Heidi Swapp - I wanted it the same shade as my
background base. It was fun to wad that tag up, spray it, roll it out to dry
and adhere it by stapling (no adhesive at all) to make it more 3D.
Framing her sweet face by using the exclusive SC wood piece next
to her photo ties it all together.
I hand cut my hearts from the patterned paper & glued them in the
center only, so they can fold up & out.
I love how this layout turned out! Our Sweet SWEET Lilly Pulitzer...
love her to death!
thanks so much for following along the past few weeks with
I thought I'd update you with a post I did on my iPad mini while in the
hospital & recovering at home.
(it took me all of 3 days to type this, I was THAT out of it.)
I sent this to friends & family who were worried & wondered
what was going on with me - and my "not so cute" acute appendicitis attack:
my story: (don't even feel obligated to read - but if you do, watch for squeamish
moments & get something to drink - you'll be here a bit, LOL)
I had an acute appendicitis attack that came on suddenly starting Sunday (9/29)
at the center of my belly. We were on our way to church & I
knew something wasn't right. It was an "odd" feeling.
Then - all of a sudden, sharp, intense stabbing pain started
when we were leaving church.
The pain felt like a horrible stomachache,
but I still went ahead with our plans to attend
my sister's birthday party at her house a few hours later.
While at the party, the pain increased but I didn't say much -
I just kept quiet, still thinking it was just bad stomach pains
& wondering what had I eaten?
Still I remained quiet - I didn't want to seem like a party pooper.
After the party, we came home and I went straight to bed.
I woke up Monday morning (9/30) noticing the pain was still there - but it had
crept to the right side of my body and all the way into my back. It was all in the lower
right quadrant of my body.
I thought I'd self diagnose & googled pain "in the right side".
The first thing that popped up was "appendicitis" and "gallbladder".
Seeing as how my gb was removed 2 years prior,
I was thinking maybe appendicitis or just a horrible stomach
pain that was unnerving, kidney stones, or a bladder infection. Who knew.
All of which I've never had, so I didn't know any of those pains at all.
I have a dear friend who had just texted me out of the blue who happens to be
an RN & I just asked her if I could bother her with a medical question -
She is married to one of my best guy friends who happens to be a fire fighter/EMT &
he was telling me about a pain technique that they check for appendicitis attacks.
Push in, let out. If the pain rebounds as you're letting out - it's an attack.
Nothing but pain as I pushed in. No rebound pain. Just pain. Period.
My friends urged me to get to the ER to just "see" what's happening. So I went to tell
Alan, let's go.
We headed to the ER (it's a stand alone, that acts with a local hospital near me)
& boy were they AWESOME! They treated me so well. Got me right in, started
testing right away. The doc took blood & just barely touched me, saying he's 99% sure
it's an appendicitis attack, but he was going to have a CT scan done to be totally
accurate. I went back for my CT scan & the technician told me it would be about
30 minutes to get the results back from the hospital. I got back to my room & not
5 minutes later my doctor walks in & asks me: "Have you seen Madeleine?" I say,
Yes...but trying to think what story he's about to tell me and how it relates...LOL!
He says: "definitely acute appendicitis & you are on the way to surgery." OUCH!
They'd already started a morphine drip & took blood from my iv (btw, they put the iv
in the worse place ever! The crook of my arm, which eventually had to be replaced.
It kept bleeding & leaking fluid. Alan was getting a tad squeamish here.
SO anyway...they scheduled my surgery at NH hospital then came to tell me
what is indeed going on in my body, what they're going to do about it and how much
better I'd be feeling in a few weeks. WEEKS? How about right now?
The doctor said my appendix needs to come out right now. I said "NOW? HERE?"
he says well no...but most definitely at 7:30 tonight when I've scheduled you..
Told me all about my wonderful surgeon & how much I'd love her, then orders me a ride
in the ambulance (MedStar) to the hospital - he said my "chariot" would be there
shortly. After what seemed like FOREVER - it arrived & loaded me for the ride over.
Alan followed & my family was already in route to the hospital.
I got to the ER at the hospital & then prep stuff started. I had a semi panic/asthma attack
(I was scared to death!) and had to have smelly alcohol under my nose. Next thing I know
I'm in terrible, excruciating pain & they're putting that big purple heating/cooling surgical
gown on me. I remember NOTHING immediately following.
Next thing I know I'm awake in a different gown, in extreme pain, screaming for Alan
in recovery. They got me all taken care of, sent me to a room & again, I can't go on how
good this hospital was to me!
Gave me great meds, but on Tuesday (surgery was Monday evening) I kept puking.
I was supposed to go home on Tuesday, but not with that action going on, so they kept
me again another day/night. I continued this pattern, then got relief, different pain meds
and finally, after one more puke incident, I could try real food. If I could keep it down,
I was allowed to go that afternoon. I had a headache from hades. It was from the meds and
no caffeine, plus no food. I literally thought I was dying. I was able to take a shower,
finish my lunch and alas...
they let me go home! yay! I was so glad to get to go. It took about 2 weeks for the pain
to go completely away. I don't have any now. I've seen my surgeon & she was happy
with what she saw.
While in the hospital, they did a scan of my ovaries. (they found something alarming in
surgery & just wanted it checked out). It's what they call "calcifications" and cysts.
I see a new gyno Nov. 4th to have that completely checked out. The Gyno told my surgeon
it's one of those things he sees often & isn't worried about it, just wants to check it out
I'm on week 3 from surgery & am almost fully back to myself. I still tire easily.
I need to get my strength back up & every day have added a different activity to get
my energy back to 100 %.
That's my exciting but yet crazy story.
Thanks for sticking with me this long!
I'll be back tomorrow with some Lily Bee fun!
Have a great one,