Friday, June 22, 2012

Recovery is a team sport!

Recovery is a team sport.  Thank you to everyone.  Thanks for all the well wishes.  Thanks for all the notes.  Thanks for all the meals.  Thanks for watching the kids.  And a special thanks to Scott, the kids, and my mom for their tireless help and support this week. 

While everyone one else was busy helping me and the kids, I have been napping and hanging out on the couch.  But today is a big day - I actually got out of my PJ's.  Though, I expect at least another week or so of elastic waist bands, because my belly is still sore and I can't take the "good" pain meds. I have a big bottle of OxyContin and all it does is make me nauseous - what a waste.  No worries, I'm getting by Tylenol and Toradol (Advil's way better cousin).  

Even better than a good start to my recovery is the news this should be my FINAL SURGERY (please, let it be be true, because surgery sucks).  Unlike past visits to the OR, my doctor found a definite reason for my pain - not just the usual post-op "well we hope this surgery worked."  It turns out one of the ligaments holding up my lonely little ovary had torn.  The doctor said to Scott "no wonder she was hurting, that ovary was just flopping around."  He actually compared my ovary to twisting a testicle on a man.  I would have paid money to have seen Scott's face when the doctor made that analogy.

So with this week nearing it's end, we are all looking forward.  Jaley has her first swim meet, go Mini Sea Dragons.  Mick is having a special day with Nana.  And Sarah is headed to Mimi and Poppa's for her week at "Camp Harrell." 

Ellen Degeneres is starting soon, so I better wrap this up.  That is life in the stroller lane. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daddy's Home

It took 80 days for author Julio Cort├ízar to go around the world.  It took Scott 13.  He flew west, first to Shanghai, then to Bangalore, then to Delhi, and finally home completing the circle.  He is exhausted, but it was a very good trip.  He finally met in person some of the people he has worked with for years.  As wonderful as video conferencing is, face-to-face meetings are always better.  

While Scott was away, life here has kept up at its usual busy pace.  Sarah and Jaley finished school - and will be rising into 3rd and 1st grades next year.  Not much work was done in the final days of school, with lots of parties and performances - and a room full of parents with cameras in hand.  

With summer officially under way, camp time started.  Sarah and Jaley spent their days last week at a farm/nature camp - complete with gardening, horseback riding, tending chickens, creek stomping, pond swimming, and hiking.  It sounded like so much fun, I wanted to go, too.  Behold, they said I was too old to be a camper. Instead, I enjoyed some special time with Mick.  It is so rare that I have time with just him, it was really wonderful. 

In between our fun, there were lots of chores and infinite time at the pool.  Swim team is quite the commitment, with 3 practices/week, a Tuesday meet that runs well into the late night hours, and volunteer time for the parents.  If you are looking for us, come by the pool, since we are there more than home.  All that hard work is paying off, the girls are swimming better than ever and I'm sporting my best tans in a decade (despite applying sunscreen by the bucket). 

That is life in the stroller lane.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Have One When You Can Have Four?

Well, crap, I'm scheduled for surgery again.  Yes, normal people have a problem, have one surgery, and low and behold they are better.  But not me.  Apparently, I'm always the overachiever.  Instead of one surgery, I have dragged this out for four surgeries. 

For those of you, who are wondering what the heck I'm rambling about, I have been plagued for the past 4 1/2 years with pelvic pain.  It has been a saga that makes Tolstoy's War and Peace seem brief.  The pain has ranged from the joyous pain-free 2010, to the I can't get our of bet 2009, and everything in between.  Right now, I'm in the middle zone - wishing it was 2010 and happy its not 2009.  Thanks to about eight Advil and four Tylenol (and sometimes a little wine), I get my backside through the day.  But, I'm tired of living with constant pain.  Hopefully it ends as of June 18th, plus 3-5 weeks of recovery.

For the first time, my doctors (and I have seen many) think this is the magic surgery.  I sure hope so.
The odds are on their side, since at this point I have only one ovary left.  While four surgeries, definitely stinks, if I had it to do again, I would.  That is because, my piecemeal approach to a total hysterectomy gave me the chance to have Mick.  And having Mick, is worth much more than four surgeries.

So wish me luck on the 18th.  I sure hope that any future visits I make to the OR are as a nurse and not as a patient. 

That is life in the stroller lane.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Potty and Planes

All the talk around our house these days is potty talk.  Yes, we talk about the potty morning, noon, and night.  We even talk about the potty at dinner.  Mick is making the leap (or at least we are trying to make him leap) to the land of being potty trained.  At this point, Scott and I are 8 1/2 YEARS into changing diapers; we are more than ready to be done with this part of parenthood.  Mick is a week into underwear and thus far things are looking (somewhat) promising.  Please send positive potty thoughts our way, because we really want to stop spending all our disposable income on disposable diapers.

Regardless of Mick's potty training status, Scott won't be changing diapers for a couple of weeks.  He is off to Asia - first to Shanghai and then to Bangalore.  Most of his 14 days will be spent on airplanes, but in between he is meeting with a mix of Cisco employees, vendors, and customers.  No sightseeing or beach time - this is an all work, no play kind of trip. 

As for the girls their minds are already into summer, even though there are a few days left of school. We have been spending much of our free time at the pool for both swim practice and fun time.  Yesterday, they spent the entire afternoon outside building a fort with the boys next door.  It was the relaxing fun that only happens for kids in the summer.

As for me, I have been enjoying life without studying.  I haven't read anything more complicated than a magazine since passing my nursing boards.  How nice, especially since my summer of fun is coming to a close much sooner than I expected - but more about that in my next post.

That is life in stroller lane.