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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Moving on to Plan "B", Pain, and Politics

Yep. It's me. In pain, but it's me. I really try hard not to agree with hubby that I am a wimp when it comes to pain, but man! This freakin' incision is killing me. I got past the gas (sorry, if too graphic, but I think that was one of the worst pains!) and now I have developed some swelling beneath the incision about 5 inches in length....and those 5 inches hurt....BAD! It's a burning sensation. Tomorrow afternoon I get my stitches out, so I will definitely be asking about it. If anyone knows how to make that "swelling" go down, please let me know. I'm so sick of being in bed. I DO walk....around the house. So, I'm pretty much bored, in bed and in pain. Too much to be able to sit up to blog. Oh! Did I mention I was HOT? No...not sexy hot....hot as in feeling-like-a-sweaty-pig hot. Yuck! Poor Scott woke up at about 2 am last night and said, "Honey, I HAVE to put the AC up. I just noticed there's icicles hanging from my nose." heh! Poor guy.

So, by the comments and emails, I take it you enjoyed my witty husband's humor. Isn't he awesome? And he cooks and cleans, too! I did good, huh? Yep....my Mama is proud!

Speaking of my Mama. She was amazing. She remained 24/7 with me at the hospital so that I would not be alone. My sister took AJ and the other kiddos were in school.

Remember I had mentioned that my Mom would be here this week helping me out and doing all the things I couldn't do? Well, bless her heart. I feel so bad. During one of Gustav's tropical storm bands, my Mom was running in the rain to get in her car. She slipped and broke her wrist. Not only has she been in horrendous pain, but she had to wait 3 days until the holiday weekend was over to see an orthopedic. The emergency room only put her arm in a splint and told her she needed surgery and to see an orthopedic surgeon ASAP. Praise God, she did go to the doctor today and she does not need surgery. Her wrist is definitely broken and she is in a cast for 5 weeks. Please keep her in your prayers.

So, we move onto plan B. My sister has stepped up to the plate and is now driving back and forth from her home to mine (just under an hour EACH way!) to take the kids to school, pick them up, and do everything that needs to be done in between. All of this while lugging her 1 year old, sweet little Seth, with her. My Dad drove across the state as a surprise on Saturday morning and babied me by making me huge amounts of food, not letting me out of bed, and just reminding me of why I love him so much! I thank God every single day for my wonderful family and their amazing love and support for my family and myself. I am so very blessed!!!

Although this is the first time I could muster the enery to sit up long enough to write, I have read each and every email and am so grateful for all of the prayers and support. Your words of wisdom are priceless. I had no idea I had so many bloggy friends that were actual nurses. I did want to say that I had a total abdominal hysterectomy, but did not remove my ovaries, hence so need for HRT. So, that's why I am a bit baffled that I am so freakin' hot all the time. What's up with that?

For Terrye, you asked what I thought about McCain's running mate? Well, I don't think I've ever expressed political views on my blog except for the fact that I am a HUGE advocate for a child's (from conception) right to life (Check out my I VOTE FOR LIFE image on my profile). I have to tell you that I, like many people I have spoken to, have thought about which one of two evils I was going to vote for at election time, or even if I was going to vote at all. Sarah Palin has changed my whole outlook towards these elections. She is smart, a go-getter, a mother of 5, including a down syndrome baby who was NOT aborted!!!! (Many of you know down syndrome kiddos are extremely close to my heart, but that's a whole other posts). I digress. She is Christian and lives her faith. She supports our troops and recognizes the sacrifices that the men and women who servc our country give so that we, as Americans, can live in a free country. I "get" her. She IS what America needs. Yes, Terrye, she is "DA BOMB!"

And oh yes, Cindy McCain is a SHINING example of an adoptive mother. She has a heart for cleft children and orphans and learning about her missions has certainly given me a heart for her.

I will definitely get back to everyone's emails, but please give me a few more days. Right now, that burning sensation is already getting to be "too much" so I'm logging off. Much love to all and thank you for your prayers.

PS Scott loved his reviews and is looking to give interviews to perform "guest blogger" spots elsewhere. You guys have created a monster! :)

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Sherri said...

I'm so glad to hear from you! Wow--your mother really went all out for you. Bless her heart. I'm glad she didn't have to have surgery. But I know from when my son broke his wrist that they splint it and keep it that way for a few days because they can't cast it until the swelling subsides a little.

And I am totally with you about Sarah Palin! I'm excited!


Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom! It sounds like you have been blessed with a wonderful family.

mom2-4boys said...

You two are to funny!!! Get well soon, I miss you!!!

When Nevin broke his arm they put it in a splint for a few day too. Nevin is a bit of a klutz so I made him stay in bed. Hope your mother feels better!!


PS I feel the same way about Sarah Palin.

Aus said...

Hey - we're just glad to 'see' you on the 'net! For now just do the 'right thing' - and that is REST! Don't hack me off or I'll be in the car with restraints to keep you resting until you're better! I know - it's maybe the hardest thing in the world for someone like you (or my bride too) to rest - but you really will get better faster if you do....so - you want to drag this out a couple weeks - or get back on your feet faster - hummm?

hugs to you - your family and all your care givers for being there for you!


The Byrd's Nest said...

I did really enjoy your hubby's posts...he is quite witty and made me laugh!

I had the same hysterectomy that you did a long time ago and once you get past the first few weeks, you should feel much, much better. I don't know about the being hot thing since you still have your ovaries but I am extremely hot natured so God help all of us in this house when I DO start having hot flashes! oh my!

Praying you continue to have the help you are getting and praying for God to heal you AND your mom...bless her heart!

The Princess's Mommy said...

Glad to see you back. I did enjoy Scott's posts, though! He's too funny!

Here's what I learned from my past life as a nurse: when you're in there messing with that uterus, the ovaries get a little ticked off and start acting out. So, the hot flashes just may be your ovaries way of getting back at you. They'll settle on down and hopefully the flashes will be less and less!! (You're not running fever, are you? That would be whole different story...)

Sorry to hear about your mom. You DO have one awesome family. We should all be that lucky!

Take care of yourself and walk as much as you can. It'll work that soreness out faster!

Love you,

Janette said...

Ohilda, I am so happy that your surgery went well and that you are on your way to recovery. I know it's hard with all the little ones around, but take your time in healing sweetie. God always has everything under control.
Love ya!!

The Ferrill's said...

Ohilda it is SO great to "hear" from you again, although I LOVED your husband's posts! I am praying for continued smooth recovery for you. And I am praising God for all the help you've received! I hope that swelling will go down and you will soon have much relief!

Waitingfaithfully said...

Ohilda is back! Thank you for putting up with the pain long enough to give us all an update dear friend! Hope each day has you feeling stronger, and in much less pain. Praying for your mama's speedy recovery as well. Bless your sister for filling in.

Hugs from Texas~


Walker said...

Praying for you & for a speedy Recovery!

I was catching up on your post & you have been blessed with some GREAT helpers my freind!

That was so sweet of your husband keeping everybody updated! Look out.. Scott will be started a blog! ;)

Walker said...

Oh, PS...

I agree,Palin IS Da-Bomb!

Michelle said...

Hi Ohilda!

Great to hear from you! I hope the pain gets less and less each day!!

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's wrist! : ) Boy, you are surely blessed with a wonderful family to help out so much!!!!

Feel better!!!

A Crystal Garden said...


Ok, how did I miss for over a year that your sister has a son?? Wow have I lost touch!

Hope you and your mom are feeling better soon. No fun dealing with this kind of stuff.


Nicole said...

Ohilda, Still praying for you! Feel better soon! In a couple of months this time will be a distant memory! And I'm with you: GO MCCAIN and PALIN!!!
praying for TA for LOGAN!!!

Doug and Terrye said...

Oh Sweetie, I'm so concerned that you may have had an infection! What did the doctor say when you went to have the stitches out? You've got to give us an update! I'm praying for you.
And just like you, my ambivalence toward the election has now turned to enthusiasm! ;)

Terrye in FL

Charlliesweb said...

Bless your heart Ohilda! I'm so glad you're doing better, besides being hot, in pain and swelling. Hmmm... did I say better?? lol

Glad you're home though. :) You have a wonderful family! :) I've never had that kind of help myself, you're very blessed!

Keep getting better :)

Great job blogging Scott! :)

Charlotte T.

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