Friday, November 20, 2009

A Little Update

So yesterday I had reconstructive surgery to repair a deviated septum in my nose. I didn't really know what to expect going into it and I still don't know what they actually did to me. I was in the waiting room for over two and a half hours because my surgery was almost an hour late and the next thing I know, I'm on the surgery table, getting an IV and told to breathe deeply. The last thing I remember is the surgeon telling me, "sleep well dear, remember to breathe through your mouth when you wake up." And then I was out. Being put under is pretty crazy. I think it took less than a second for me to fall asleep. An hour and a half later, I vaguely remember hearing one of the nurses say my name as I tried to open my eyes and breathe. But they put vaseline on my eyes during surgery for some reason so I couldn't really see and I had a breathing tube down my throat during the surgery and my nose was packed with stuff so I couldn't really breathe.

Once they gave me some ice chips and a cloth to whip off the vaseline, things started to improve. I got wheeled into the recovery room and just hung out while they gave me some drugs. Things were looking up. But when I sat up to start getting dressed, I got really nauseous and almost threw up, so they made me stay longer to get more drugs. My dear sister Jess got my prescription filled while I waited in the hospital and then drove me home a few hours after the surgery. I was very excited to eat when I got home and very thankful that I was able to keep it down. My Aunt Linda and cousin, Kristy (who is a nurse) stopped by to check on me because my parents are on vacation. Kristy helped me with my drugs which was great because I didn't really know what to do with them.

After a pretty terrible sleep, I woke up bright and early so Jess could take me back to the Doctor's to get the packing in my nose removed. I asked him if it would hurt. He said no. He lied. Overall, I think the recovery might be a bit more than I bargained for. I have a splint inside my nose, a cast on the outside of my nose and a gauze mustache for the bleeding. My eyes are swollen and turning black and blue, but I have drugs so I don't feel too much pain. Breathing is the biggest issue and I am mostly just uncomfortable and dizzy. I get my nose cast off in 10 days, but I am not supposed to do anything stressful for two weeks because that often causes bleeding and slows the recovery. From the little I did hear though, apparently the surgery went well and I will be all fixed up in two weeks.

Thanks to my sisters Jess and Jodie who have brought me places and food to eat and to Aunt Linda and Kristy for checking on me! You are all wonderful!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today's the Day

So today I go under the knife for the first time ever. I'm getting my nose done. Well not really, but I am getting my deviated septum in my nose fixed so that I can breathe easier and apparently it's a very similar surgery to a nose job :) 12:45pm today is my surgery time, prayers would be appreciated. I've never gone "under" before so I'm a bit anxious about that and I hear that it is a fairly uncomfortable surgery. But in about two weeks, I should be good to go, so that's great! Just in time for December! Maybe I will post before and after pics :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I can't sleep

I love to sleep. But not only do I love to sleep, I need to sleep. Ideally I get 8-9 hours of sleep per night. I am not one of those people who can function on 4-5 hours of sleep a night nor do I wish I were. I am next to useless when I don't get enough sleep...there are many people in my life who can vouch for that. I am also pretty blessed because I usually don't have a problem falling asleep. It literally usually takes mere minutes for me to fall into a deep sleep once my head hits my pillow. It's a gift.

However, there are those occasional nights when I just can't sleep (these happen more often now that I have a legit job with pretty major responsibilities). My mind is overwhelmed with many thoughts of what I need to do tomorrow, how my surgery is going to go this week (oh yeah, I'm getting surgery this week), how the food drive is going to go on the weekend, etc. Plus, the more time that goes by, the less sleep I know I am going to get, and the more worried I am about my level of competence the next day. So I lay here, not sleeping, but rather writing this blog. I have heard that it helps to write things down when you have a lot of things on your mind. So here it is:

  • I need to fit five days of work into three this week.
  • I am going for reconstructive nose surgery on Thursday to fix my crooked septum so I can breathe easier. Prayers are appreciated :)
  • I have what feels like a million things to do before this surgery.
  • I'm not gonna lie, I am somewhat concerned about how my nose will look once the surgery is done.
  • I have been helping plan a food drive for the Abbotsford Food Bank at UFV for their home opening games this weekend...we are trying to help "Feed Abbotsford." Please drop off donations if you are around! The food bank is low on food this year!!
  • We have been trying to get door prize donations for the food drive and it has not been very successful, if you know anyone who would be interested in donating a last minute door prize, that would be much appreciated!
  • I want to be a writer but I am inspired at such inopportune times that I never actually get to write.
  • I am itching for excitement. An adventure. Something that will stir my heart.
  • Jesus says, do not worry about tomorrow. Okay Lord, I'll try.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I'm graduating! Woohhooo!! I've been done school for five months, but today I get to walk across the stage with my classmates in my cap and gown. I'm actually quite excited! I can't wait to celebrate with family and friends! Pictures to come!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Love at first sight?

Lately I have been pondering the there such a thing as love at first sight? I'm not talking about the, "Oh my gosh, he is so hot, I think I'm in love type of love at first sight." I'm talking about the honest to goodness, inexplicable, real love type of love at first sight. These days I tend to lean more towards yes than no. As it turns out, I am a hopeless romantic. The more my heart seeks after the Lord, the more I figure out who I am in Him and the more I realize that this is just part of who I am and I actually think that's pretty great. But it's not just being a hopeless romantic that makes me think that love at first sight is legit. I will try to explain...

Jesus loved us the moment he thought of us. The very second we were conceived he loved us more than we could ever fathom. In other words, Jesus loved us at first sight and continues to love us even now that our ugly, sinful sides have been exposed for everyone to see. Now, here's where I pull this altogether. As Christians, we are supposed to seek after Christ and try to live as He did as a human on Earth. Our purpose is to be as much like Jesus as possible so that our lives are a testament of His grace and love. So, if we are constantly trying to align our hearts with Christ and love others as Jesus did, then it would seem to me that love at first sight is very possible and you could even go so far as to say, a commandment. If we are to love our neighbours as ourselves, then it would seem that love at first sight should really happen on a daily basis. Thoughts?

I do realize that this is maybe a different kind of love at first sight than the more well-known romantic type of love at first sight, and for the record, I believe in that too (for similar, but more lengthly to explain reasons). Maybe I will write a book about it :)