Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tales of a welcomed hysterectomy....

Well folks. Tuesday I checked into the hospital to have a robotic assisted total hysterectomy. Might I say, it hurts!

I have been dealing with issues for years! Honestly, we have tried everything to take care of the problems. I have been seeing my current gynecologist for about three and a half years and I do t think they ever realized how much pain I have been in, on top of having extremely erratic, heavy, and frequent periods. I would have one for three months straight, then have nothing, then have one for nine days and a week later have another one.

This past November, I decided to be a bit more assertive. I told my doctor I was no longer interested in medication that was not working. She suggested we try either an IUD or the Nuva Ring. I told her I would try the ring for the three months as suggested. At the end of that three months everything was still the same although I had gained ten pounds. So I called her back.

They got me in the following week and I decided to be very assertive and tell her I was done with medical interventions and wanted to discuss hysterectomy. She assured me there was a protocol for insurance approval to which I said, "let's go!" That visit I had blood drawn that showed I was anemic, I had a uterine biopsy done, and I scheduled a pelvic ultrasound.

Two weeks later I got a call saying everything was fine and continue what I wAs doing. I was so shocked I just hung up the phone. After speaking with my cousin, I called back and told the nurse I wAnted to speak with the doctor that day. She called me later that evening and she told me that she had a colleague that does laparoscopic hysterectomies and she would present my case to her the next morning.

The next day I got a call saying the surgeon wanted to see me. I felt joyous!!! A week later I was in her office. She did a thorough work up and told me that even though I was young, I had had a tubal ligation almost 9 years ago and my child bearing years were way behind me. She felt comfortable performing the surgery on me.

Two weeks later ( Tuesday) I checked in to have my surgery. Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous, my husband had taken off work, my parents were going to watch my kids, and I was ready. Checking in, all the nurses and techs were wonderful. Dr. Tran explained everything and then I was wheeled into surgery. I had this amazing paper gown on that had a pocket for a heating tube to fit in that blew warm air into my gown. They had music playing..Michael Jackson and I told them this seemed like an amazing set up for a flash mob. There was a nurse on my right gently rubbing my right shoulder. That was really comforting. Then, I was being told to move into a bed in mg own room. ThAts how quick it felt to me.

In my room they had to give me oxygen because my sats were low. I slept off and on for the rest of the day. The pain kicked in on Wednesday! They pump you so full of air I was feeling major pockets of sharp gas pains. I got up to walk and go to the bathroom very cautiously. By that afternoon they discharged me to go home. They showed me pictures of the surgery and the surgeon said she was really glad we did the surgery because once the actually got in there, they found a cyst and endometriosis that none of the tests found. We could just address it all at once. I felt so validated. I just wanted the doctors to understand that this wAs a serious problem for me!

I have now been home 24 hours. One minute I feel really great and the next I feel awful. It feels like I have the worst stomach ache, plus I have PMS, plus awful gas, plus I have been punched in the pelvis 100 times. I am so bloated a swollen from surgery and I am weak. But every day will get better. I will heal and will never have to deal with this mess again!!! I feel so liberated! And in pain, but liberated!

I am so glad that I was able to have this done. So glad!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Racing birthday party...

So we had a racing birthday party for my son, Caleb, who will be turning 11 on Wednesday. 

What a blast!

Go kart party sneak peek....

Caleb's 11th birthday party is today at our local go karting place. 

So far, I have made a few is the first set of snacks..

This is going to be a very small party with just a few of his friends. A couple of them can't come but that's ok. We are ready to eat cake and race!

More to come!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Spring wreath...

One of my friends (and her children) is raising money to send her kids to church camp this summer. She is super crafty so they were making birdhouses, wreaths, and door hangers to sell. 

I ordered a wreath, and I am glad I did.

It is beautiful!

Now I need to work on creating a monogram to hang on the siding next to it. Hopefully I can get the supplies today and get started. We shall see. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

For as long as I am able to do things like this...I will. 

St. Patrick's Day was yesterday and I like to do little special things for the holidays. 

In the morning, I set up a little green decor for the breakfast table and gave the kiddos some shamrock necklaces. 

They ate shamrock shaped toast, yogurt, and fruit, and had green milk in glasses. 

I also made cupcakes for snacks and took some to my friend and her kids. 

For lunch, each kid had Lucky Charms, blueberry muffins with green sprinkles, rainbow candy, and a Sprite. Not the healthiest of meals but one day isn't going to hurt. 

These kids are my heart and I enjoy creating memories with them!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Break 2014

This Spring Break we took some time to go to Bandera to visit my in-laws and then take a couple of days to spend just the four of us in San Marcos. We had a really great time!

Bandera is the self proclaimed cowboy capital of the world, which is not for me because I am a true city girl. I cannot stand cowboy/country anything. But it is good for the kids to visit their grandparents and get out in nature. 

They had a blast with their cousin! They dug for fossils, they ran through the woods, they climbed hills, you name it and they did it. 

We visited an apple orchard...

We visited an old Native American settlement, Camp Verde...

We visited the Medina River...

We hung out at the B&B that my husband and I stayed at because the boys were spending the night with the grandparents...

We had a good time. 

Then the four of us headed an hour back towards home to the New Braunfels/San Marcos area. 

I felt at home! It was amazing to still have some of the beautiful Hill Country, but still be in civilization!

We went to Wonder World and did the cave tour, the train ride through their wildlife zoo, and did the anti-gravity house. 

We went to the Snake Farm Zoo.

We went back to Gruene to eat at the Gristmill and enjoy the town.

We shopped and played and wore the kids out! It was a great trip.