Here I am again! How are you? Happy New Year! Hoping everyone had a safe, happy holiday season! I've been wanting to blog for a while, but so hard finding time! If I'm not in a "writing mood" it won't turn out the way I want either, so .... I've asked Mark to try and entertain Hanz, as he's usually swiping @ my ankles to get my attention while I'm on the computer! During the week of course Mark and I both work and I miss Hanz and Bella all day long - when I get home, I can't wait to spend time with them! It's the reason I don't play games on Facebook (who has time?), because then I feel like I'm neglecting them! I'll sometimes be standing in front of the TV a few minutes, and I get the "rump bump" from Hanz! Stands on his hind legs and with his front paws he bumps my behind as if to say, "pay attention to me Mommy"! Love my furry kids! They enjoy being our shadows and follow us everywhere! Hanz is taking a nap so he can stay up late and watch The Golden Globe Awards with me this evening!
Ok, so had to go back to CO a couple weeks after my first reconstructive surgery with Dr. Robinson mid-November, because my lip came apart after he removed the sutures since the tissue in the area wasn't healthy.
Mark and I left Corpus Christi early and then ended up having an hour delay in Houston! Luckily, it didn't interfere with our connecting flight. But look who got on the plane in Houston - this nice lady had her furry kid with her - an Affin Pincher named Cooper! Such a cutie and very well behaved! That breed is like a cousin to the Brussels Griffon, like our kids! Bella would never sit still if we ever took her on a flight, she's be running up and down the isle and licking everyone! Hanz would be wagging his backside, just thrilled that there were so many people to have fun with! Yeah, like they would allow them out of the seat/carrier - funny!
With the anesthesiologist -
Can't remember how many days I had to stay in the hospital - but I do know I had a pseudomonous infection (which isn't surprising since my lip had been all opened up), so got some IV antibiotics while still @ SRMC. I believe we had a couple days after being released before our flight home, so I came back to SRMC a couple of mornings to get more IV antibiotics! I had posted this next photo on FBook - had to laugh when I saw this Suggestion Box down the hall from my room - because Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory is always filling that suggestion box @ his place of work! I hadn't realized I was wearing my Sheldon t-shirt until after I saw the photo!
Unfortunately, the meds made me nauseous, plus, having to be on liquids didn't make me feel any better! UGH!
I'm on an avm support group on Facebook and wrote a comment on there the other day and next thing you know, I get a reply from a fellow avm-er and guess what? She had recently started seeing Dr. Yakes and lives here in Corpus Christi, TX! She knew there was another patient in town, because Dr. Yakes has a world map in his office with pushpins showing where avm patients that come to see him are from - and there was a pin on CC, TX! So, made plans to meet up with Amber Brown - Mark and I wanted to give her the benefit of all our experience, even though our avm's are in different areas - there's so much to learn when you start treatments! Amber is super nice and we've since kept communicating! She also has furry kids, so she totally gets that about us! Amber shares our love of everyone @ Swedish and thinks Dr. Yakes staff is awesome too!
My co-workers are extremely supportive and I appreciate that so much! One of my probation officer friends down the hall from my area has a couple of Yorkies and she had company over the holidays (her cousin's girlfriend from Austin) that brought her Brussels named Romeo! She grooms him herself - cute!
I was asked by a co-worker the other day when I was going back to CO. Realistically - our goal was to at least stop the bleeds, which it seems that Dr. Robinson has done by cauterizing the capillaries in my gum area where the bleeds were coming from. I am still recovering from that Dec. surgery, and I need a break from the whole thing! I'm sure it's hard for anyone to imagine how difficult these trips are - especially now since we started surgeries with a new doctor. Reservations need to be made for flight, car rental, hotel; insurance to be verified - my secondary insurance never paid anything stating these surgeries were not medically necessary! I still have so many things that I need to have "fixed" in order to function normally and I just don't know if that will happen! If Dr. Robinson had a hard time finding healthy tissue working on lifting my lip - I can't imagine what will happen when he wants to start working under my chin area! There are still coils in there that need to be removed and several other issues that still need to be resolved! I am very blessed to have so much love, prayer and support - but it is emotionally, physically and mentally draining to go through this process! I just want to give up completely sometimes, no longer having the strength and will to endure any more! Not to mention, just tired of constantly not feeling well and having people stare at me like I'm a freak when I'm out in public! That does a lot to your self worth! I battle anxiety, depression, insomnia @ night - but at least it seems the bleeding is no longer a problem. That used to be a huge problem!