Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Finishing up 2010 with a bang!...and an ER visit

So- Monday I spent some quality time in the Emergency Room of Baylor-Grapevine Hospital. Just what I wanted to do to begin Christmas week of 2010.

I first went to the CareNow and then ended up in the ER.  The ONLY reason I went to the CareNow in the first place was because I had such a sharp pain in my side that I was worried it might be my appendix...and from what I hear- it's better to have it taken out rather than have it rupture.....or so I hear... :-)

So I went in- had some tests run and the CareNow advised me to go to the ER.

Since this was my first time at an ER (and careNow) I wasn't really sure what to expect- or what I really even needed.  I had a couple of friends and co-workers ask if I needed anything and I politely declined.  After all- I was just going to be sitting in a waiting room. 

But after an hour of waiting- I got a message on my phone from a friend asking where I was at.  At the same time- the doors open to the ER and in walks Carolyn (not my sister....although she pleaded with me to allow her to come).....

When I saw Carolyn- I burst into tears.  Upon telling this story later- several people were like "Minda!!! I asked if you needed anything or if you needed me to come!"  My response was "....well,  honestly until I saw Carolyn's face- I didn't know WHAT I needed." 

So- after another period of waiting- they finally called me in and I said goodbye to Carolyn.  Seriously- Carolyn- if you ever happen upon this blog post- There are no words to describe just how much your showing up in that ER blessed me.  Realllly.

So I go in to see the Dr and he basically tells me the same thing as CareNow- that he's not comfortable ruling out my appendix- but that he's thinking it's kidney stones.

So- I get prescriptions with instructions to check back in with them.

I had a meeting at 5:45 that evening that I didn't want to miss- so I dropped off the prescriptions at the walmart close by and headed to my meeting.  At this point- I'm feeling TERRRRRIBLE.

I go back to WalMart to get my meds- have to wait a while- problems with insurance- etc- and walk away with only 2 of the meds.

While driving home- I feel so wretched and I just lose it....again.  Tears, streaming- I just hate being sick.  I hate not knowing what the problem is.  I don't want people thinking I'm faking it- I just hate it.

So while I'm driving home- I call my mom to figure out what I need to do about the 3rd medicine- and she gives me instructions. I get off the phone and start crying AGAIN! I don't WANT to call the ER and get the prescription fixed. I just want to go home, take some pain meds, and get in bed!!!!

And that's exactly what I did. 

Went to work the next day (w/o the pain meds...cause I can't drive after taking it) and worked til about 1 before calling it quits. Went and got the final med- came home- saw that my temp had spiked up again- and I just took the meds and took about 3 naps.  I'd wake up in between- watch some TV- then pass out again.

Finally- at 7:30 I was done.  I fell asleep and slept til 6:20 this morning.

Went back to work today- feeling ok.  My side is not hurting- but my body just feels 'off.'  I don't know what's wrong.  I have continued to feel nauseous, and at around 2:30 today- felt my temp spike again.  So I left work at 3 and came home.  I did call the ER and they suggested that at this point- since my stomach no longer is experiencing the sharp pain- that I just call my primary care physician.

So I came home- took more meds- and have been laying on the couch.

Now here I am- Wednesday night- laying on my couch- and blogging about my painful story. :-)

Grateful my side is not hurting anymore...thankful for friends who have been praying!

Monday, December 20, 2010

December in Pictures

Took some friends home to Paris and decorated Christmas cookies!

The mug from starbucks that I've been checking out for a while showed up on my desk this morning!!!

Mollie taking a break in front of the Christmas tree!

Bought myself this ornament this year :-) Such a fun reminder of March 2010!

Lady at work reprimanded me and told me to put on some lipstick.  So I went and bought Fire Engine Red and have been wearing it. :-) I'm not passive aggressive at ALL! ;-)

Gorgeous morning sky.

White Elephant gift exchange for work with one rule- gift must be displayed on desk for a month.  I got a toilet seat!!! SO- of course I did a little decorative work  ;-)


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Musings

My roommate, Hailey, asked me 2 weeks ago what my favorite part of 2010 was.

Such a loaded question.  With so many answers!  I’ve been wanting to do a blog to sort of ‘wrap up’ the year- but hadn’t figured out how I would to that….So here’s the deal.

I will try and break down the year in the best way I know how…

The new Year started in the most amazing fashion- A Black Out Masquerade Party with hundreds of the coolest people I know and I’m so lucky to call them friends! 

March was spectacular with the most amazing birthday EVER followed up by an awesome visit to South Carolina.

April/May brought lots of transition as I left my job of 3 years at Winfree Academy to take on a position at Life Outreach International helping to kick off their social media department. It was a transition that I am so thankful for- with lots of ‘new’…. New job, new co-workers, new schedule, new dress code…;-)

June/July/August was an interesting couple of months....14 weddings in those 3 months. Yes. 14.  Lots of travel happened in July- South Carolina for the 4th- Arizona the next weekend- South Carolina again at the end of the month…. OH! And I moved too!  Ha.  I got a new roommate and we moved into a new apt complex which I love! (the complex AND the roommate)

September/October/November- Yeah…I’m still trying to figure out where those months went….?  Anyone?

And here we are in December. 

Let’s discuss some silly favorites.

  • Favorite purchase: in June I bought a electric piano. Best money spent this year!
  • Favorite gift: my kitchenaid mixer!!!!
  • Favorite book I read this year: Beth Moore “So Long, Insecurity” (WOW! So. Good.)
  • Favorite YouTube video: Hide yo kids. Hide yo wives. Nuff said.

On a MUCH more serious note- (and by serious- I mean- most of this will be written in my journal- not this blog post) ….  This has been my most favorite year ever with Jesus.  I’ve spent more time with him this year probably than I’ve ever spent with Him.  I’ve had some of the sweetest moments with Him and I’m trusting that He will take 2011 to a new level.  (which is even hard to imagine because this year has been so deep.)

I have dug into His Word more than ever before and have leaned on the Truth of His Word more than ever. It’s amazing what happens when you hide his Word in your heart. Those Truths will be what surfaces when faced with difficult situations (and I’ve faced them this year…for sure.) If bitterness/anger is hidden- THAT will be what surfaces when faced with uncomfortable situations.  I’ve known that all too well in past years and that is a Minda that no one deserves to see or deal with.
Thankful for this year.

2010 was a game changer for me. 

He is good.

(also *winner of the CD was Josephine Luu!* I'll send it this week!!!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

10 Days

I'm in the middle of a 10 day 'babysitting/housesitting' job.  Not really babysitting, cause the kids are older- (ages 11, 13, and 15) but still.  I'm the responsible party while the parents are in India for 10 days. The job started on November 28th and will end on Thursday, December 9th.

Today is December 5th....and we're all still alive!!! :-)

Really though...the kids are awesome. They are well-behaved and a lot of fun to be around!
The thing that was the most challenging at the beginning was bed time.  The guys go to bed at 10pm.  And...well. We know Minda goes to bed early.  That first Sunday night- at 7:30 my eyelids were drooping and I was like...."umm....really!?!!? 10???"  I painstakingly made it to 10pm. I precisely sent everyone to bed and went to bed myself.  Evidently I passed out right away because I had several text messages from 10:06 and 10:08pm that I never heard!  

I got the kids off to school, headed to work, then came home, made dinner, did homework, etc.....

I made it to 8:45 pm before getting too tired.  Progress, my friends...progress. :-)

On Tuesday night I made it til 9:30 before hitting my wall.  I told the guys that at 10pm they were needing to go to bed.  I got a fight that I had to take these:

ooooh Yeah.  Play station 3 remotes went to bed with me! :-)

On Wednesday night, I introduced the boys to the wonderful world of cake pops!  They were impressed and also blown away at how long they took to make.  But really liked them!

Thursday night I was a pro at the bed time thing and I didn't even to go bed myself until 10:30!!! Wooo! Gettin better!  Friday morning I had a rough one.  I didn't get my coffee, I felt rushed....Oh, did I mention I didn't have coffee?  Yeah.  I didn't.  On Friday night- I got the night off (all the boys were stayin with friends or family) and I was able to celebrate Helen's birthday!!!

I came back on Sunday morning (that's today), cleaned up the house a bit- played in the backyard with Matthew- and then got to watch as he showed me he could fit through the doggy door!!! It's true! He could fit!  So here we are.....on Sunday night.  I'm thinking about setting all the clocks forward a bit.... Do you think they would notice? To pass the time, Christmas decorations went up, I went for a run with Luke, and made pumpkin pancakes for dinner. Good day so far! 1 hour and 10 minutes left before bedtime ;-)

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