Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ever Wonder What Your Appendix Looks Like...

I am still in the hospital and hoping I will get to go home sometime today. I do feel like I got a little more sleep last night. Friday night was pretty sleepless with all the post-op vitals and assorted IV medications and making my way to the bathroom. 

I did get up at 4:30-ish for the bathroom and by the time I got back in bed it was in quite a bit of pain. After some Percocet I went back to sleep until about 7:30 or so. 

They brought me this yesterday. Since it hurts to take a deep breath and they want me to avoid pnemonia. I am supposed to take a deep breath and blow out into this 10-20 times an hour. This is a painful task. 

I do love the socks they gave me. I don't have them in wrong, they have the grips on both sides. 

I had a nice bit of nausea after breakfast, and now I am all drugged up with pain pills and anti-nausea meds so it might be nap time. 

When I see my doctor later I will find out if they are sending me home or not. 

And just in case you were wondering, they gave me pictures of my very sick appendix. Look away now if you don't want to see it. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Latest Speed-bump...

I should have known after my longest run in months last Saturday that I should not have said anything about how great I felt. 

I even got a good seven mile run with some of my favorite running friends Thursday morning. By about 10:30 I was feeling horrible and ended up leaving work. I thought I would be ok with a little rest before the softball game and the orchestra concert. 

I still felt horrible and missed the game, but sucked it up and went to the orchestra concert. 

Camy looking very serious!  They did so well. 

Afterwards I got a couple pictures of the girls and their friends. 

Carson and Cassidy. 

Camy and Elizabeth. Camy did not want her picture taken, but then she posed for one with Elizabeth's mom. 

Josh and the girls went to dinner after with his dad. I had them drop me off at the house and was in bed at 8. I slept horribly and finally decided to go to work and called my doctor on my way to the office. 

They worked me in at 11 and since Dr. Stout suspected it was my appendix he ordered a CT scan. I headed back to work to wait for them to call with the appointment and headed up to Mercy at 1:30. I got all checked in and they made me drink 1,000 ml of something that tasted like lemonade. 

I had to pee three times before they actually did the scan. First time for a CT scan, they tell you to hold your breath, just like a mammogram. Less boob smashing though. 

They immediately had the radiologist look at the scan and determined appendicitis. I was then sent to the ER to be admitted. 

This picture was before they gave me an antibiotic and pain meds that almost immediately had hives all over my face. So then it was 50mg of Benadryl in my IV and new antibiotics, which were followed by so crazy jitters. 

They sent me to surgery and it turns out I had a very sick appendix. It's gone now but they gave me some nice pictures of it. Lol. 

I didn't sleep well last night with all the checking of my vitals, getting up to go to the bathroom and having blood drawn. Now I am waiting to find out if they are going to let me eat anything. I am officially starving. 

I don't know if they are sending me home today or not. Guess I will know more when I get to see my doctor. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sunday Food Prep #1...

I've been seeing posts by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean talking about #sundayfoodprep and I thought it sounded like a fantastic idea.

For the second week in a row I decided to get myself together and get ready for the week. We can talk about week two next week.

Here was week #1


  • Watermelon
  • Frozen yogurt bars (I suspected these were made with tainted Chobani yogurt because the morning after I ate one I was nauseous and sick to my stomach. Not good.)
  • Soaked navy beans for the crockpot.
  • Washed and ready grapes, thanks to Carson.
  • Broccoli, carrots and Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes ready for steaming or snacking.
  • Lettuce for salad.
  • Roasted new potatoes.
  • Quinoa and stir-fry veggies. (We didn't get around to using these.)
  • Hard boiled eggs.
  • Peanut butter sweet potato bites.

I think I learned a lot the first week. I was a little too ambitious and we didn't eat it all, but it was so nice to have it all prepped.

We had crockpot navy beans with cornbread and some leftovers Monday. I had steamed veggies with the roasted potatoes for lunch one day. Friday night I made roasted broccoli and chickpea tacos with some mashed sweet potatoes with some of the same seasonings.

Overall it was a huge help to have all those veggies ready to go when I needed them. Cuts down on the PB&J.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mumford and Sons...

Saturday started with a 4:30 am wake up call. All my fabulous running friends had 18 on the schedule, and since I am currently building back up for half marathon training and bike crash recovery I was shooting for 8-ish super hilly miles.

We met to run the east side hills, and let me say how dark it is out there at 5:30 in the morning. It's a little scary when you can hear the dogs barking and it's too dark to see them. I did get the batteries in my headlamp changed today and it's going to be a whole new world on Tuesday morning.

I got in ten hilly miles before heading home to crawl back into bed for a short nap. We got around and the girls and I headed up to Edmond to pick up Paige. First stop was for food.

We went to The Garage.

These two never sit next to each other.

Paige and I. The lighting in there was really bad.

After lots of fries, we headed to Guthrie. I was very impressed with how the city handled the huge crowd. We parked in a big red dirt covered field and caught a tractor to the park

Camy, Carson and Paige. They did get slick out of the super bumpy field we parked in. I might have been driving a little fast, which may or may not have contributed to the extra bumpiness.
We got in the park, got our concert t-shirts and found a place to lounge in the grass and waited for the sun to go down and Mumford and Sons to come out.

Super sunny shots of us laying in the grass.

Paige is so serious. I don't think my chin is ever going to look normal again.

Carson was doing a little reading.

It was a great show. Mumford and Sons played for about two hours and played almost every song we wanted to hear. They even covered a couple of Beatles songs with the other bands that performed over the weekend; Come Together and With a Little Help From My Friends. We sang at the top of our lungs and danced around and had a fabulous time.

We got Brock to take our picture when we dropped Paige off. Can you tell we are tired and covered in a layer of red dirt? We were. The girls and I made it home at about 1am. It was a very long but great day. I can't wait until the next concert.


Monday, September 2, 2013

August Training...

I didn't recap July, mostly because it was not a good month of training for me, and now August is over and I am nowhere near where I had hoped to be on September 2nd.

I logged 57 miles in August, which was five short of where I was in July. By August 11th I had already rode 76 miles on my bike and I was well on my way to feeling confident about the Half Ironman at the Redman Tri that is three weeks away. I was back in the pool, and while I am never uncomfortable in the water I was getting in the grocery of tri training.

All it took was one small rut in the road to completely derail my fall plans. Everyone I have talked to about my crash/wreck/accident (I still can't decide which makes me sound tougher) has heard me say that I know how lucky I am. While it was bad, it could have been much worse. But to go from the middle of tri training to the sudden stop of a broken bone, separated shoulder, road rash, insanely bruised legs, and banged up face is not easy. It was not easy at all. You end up with a lot of free time.

Day 12 post accident found me sitting at my desk realizing I was going to miss another Saturday group run, and I'm not embarrassed to say I had a mini meltdown. It is one thing to not be able to run because of a sprained ankle or strained quad, but not running because of an injury that didn't involve my legs was especially hard. Injured shoulder means very limited cross training options.

This was unlike any injury I have ever had. It was inescapable, everything hurt that first week. I still have some discomfort in my shoulder, and I would kill to be able to sleep comfortably on my right side. When I saw my orthopedic doctor last week he said that my shoulder is healing well but it'll probably be another month before it feels completely normal.

My face looks much better than it looked here. Yellow is not a good color for me.

Camy and Carson and I had some girl time on Friday and Saturday night. We watched Sixteen Candles, Admissions and Warm Bodies. Camy and I ordered Chinese food on Saturday and this was my fortune.

How fitting. It's not always easy, and sometimes the plan will change but I will keep going one step at a time and see where the road takes me.