Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gallbladder is Gone

Yesterday I went in for lapriscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder. Everything went really well. The doctor told Caleb that I had hundreds of stones. Many of them were the size of the previously lodged stones which gave me so much trouble back in March. So, it was a good thing we decided to remove my gallbladder. The main reason we decided to go through with the surgery was because there was a high chance of a stone becoming lodged and causing pancreantitus again and much worse, potentially life long problems such as diabetes.

With my current low fat diet I haven't had very many symptoms, but the fear of pancreantitus was always in my thoughts.

Now I don't have to live in fear! What a huge relief. I honestly can't imagine being able to eat without that constant worry. It has been a very long 5 months and I am thankful to be putting this time behind me.

Please be praying for a quick recovery. I am in a lot of pain and am feeling nervous about Caleb's return to work on Thursday. My stomach feels like part of my guts were taken out (Caleb says I must be in touch with my body, since that's about what happened).

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement these last 2 days.

On a side note, Amelia is trying to suck her thumb which is super cute!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School

It is that time of year where pencils are pretty and the pouches are even better. Where cute folders are on display all over and backpacks and lunch boxes are themed. This is the start of the jean season and close toed shoes.

That is, for everyone else.

This year, is the first year in many, where September means nothing different. I will wear flip flops until it grows cold, I don't need to purchase any pencils or folders, school books are replaced with novels and backpacks are for travel.

Next year will be kindergarten for Cole and we will be back at the shopping and transition. However, this year we are happy to be doing the same thing next week as we did last (well, sort of, because next week I'm having gallbladder removal surgery, so it'll be an interesting week).

Anyway, we're enjoying the crisper evenings and love the idea of sitting down with a cup of coffee to read a fun book!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quick Trip to Florida

Hi. As many of you know, I went to Florida to say good-bye to my grandpa. I wanted to be a support to my dad as he waved farewell to his dad and his last remaining parent. I know it was a difficult time for him as we all re-lived moments from Nate's funeral. Death is so final and even when someone is ill (such as grandpa was), it is still sad to know that it is the end. I am thankful that grandpa found a personal relationship with Jesus later in his life-- it didn't make him perfect by any means, but it gave him forgiveness and and eternity with God. I imagine he and Nate (they had a very special relationship) sitting somewhere and catching up.

While I didn't get any pictures of the actual funeral, I did get pictures of the fun times we all had together as the legacy grandpa passed to us.