Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have a habit of moving from hobby to hobby. First it was cardmaking, then scrapbooking, then knitting, then quilting, then digital scrapbooking, then calligraphy. Well now I have a new hobby to add to the list: bookmaking. My friend Jenny taught me how to do this. I made two journals this weekend. Aren't they cute?
Friday, April 17, 2009
I tried to post an update yesterday, but after I started typing I realized two things: 1) I had way too much vicodin, versed, and dilaudid in my system to make a cohesive statement, and 2) everytime I sat up too long it made me want to throw up. Hence I'm doing better today because I'm able to type this. I'm still in too much pain to try and go to work though. So here's the rundown of my surgery, mostly praises because I was terrified of a few things:
- getting my IV. I'm not afraid of needles in the least bit (come on I had a bone marrow biopsy without any sedation, I can take an IV) but I'm notoriously hard to stick and it makes me feel bad when people can't get IVs started. Mainly because as a nurse you feel like an idiot anytime you miss anybody's veins, regardless of how hard they are. But no problems, my nurse got in in on the first try.
- going to sleep. This was where I thought I was going to freak out. There is a loss of control when you are put to sleep for surgery and I've been in plenty of surgeries where things get a little hairy and the patient never finds out. I was replaying all my terrifying surgical cases. But no problems, they gave me some versed before they wheeled me to the operating room and I hardly remember it.
- waking up in pain and being nauseated. I did wake up with some pain, but the nurses were quite on top of that. I was too asleep to ask what they were giving me, but they put something nice in my IV that made me all warm all over and stopped the pain. For the FBC nurses: I found out later it was dilaudid. Tell Dr. Frank that I liked it and I'm sorry he's allergic to it. But no nausea, Yayyyy!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
It's sort of a long story, I know. I told you that I wasn't going to see the oncologist for 6 weeks and decide on surgery. Well, I changed my mind. I decided we might as well have the lymph node removed and tested now rather than later. Mainly because it just seems pointless to drag this out any longer. So tomorrow I will have surgery at 1030am at Piedmont Outpatient Surgery Center. The surgeon said I could go back to work on Friday, so it doesn't seem like it's going to be such a big deal.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Have you ever been right in the middle of cooking dinner and reached a part in a recipe that stumped you? Well, maybe that's never happened to you, but as somebody who rarely reads recipes before she starts them, I have. I know, I know I really just need to start reading recipes in their entirety before starting, but I don't. Part of this is because I do consider myself to be fairly well versed in the cooking and baking area, but occasionally I find that I haven't watched enough Alton Brown or Giada DeLaurentiis to be ready to handle all situations in the kitchen. Hence my dilemma today when baking a lemon cornmeal cake and it said to add melted butter, cooled. Now doesn't that mean the butter will just get hard again? Here's the answer to my cooking dilemmas: chefsline. They are staffed by chefs that answer questions, how great is that!!! Now my lemon cornmeal cake is baking away nicely in the oven and the yummy lemon glaze is waiting to be spread over it.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Okay, so here's the deal with this book. My friend Regan said I just had to read it that it was amazing, and then someone told me it was hard to get into. That did it for me, I do not read books that are hard to get into. I give up very quickly if I'm not sucked into the book in the first few chapters. After much convincing from Regan I started it...and finished it in about 5 days. Yes, Regan you beat me...she read it in 1. Well I must say that this book is very good. I just have two suggestions. 1) have a conversation with someone whose read the book once you've read the first 10 or so pages, it helps to get a grasp what's going on. 2) catch up on Lost, since the whole time traveling thing is sort of similar. If you think about it that way it helps to understand.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Both Chris and I had the day off together, which is pretty amazing considering we didn't plan it that way. Our morning started off with a follow up appointment to Atlanta Hematology and Oncology Associates where we met up with Dr. Jonas. I had a few more vials of blood taken and another look at the lymph node in my armpit. It's unfortunately still unchanged, however he's encouraged because we probably have a reason because of the diagnosis of mono. He gave me the option of having surgery right now to get it out and test it, but he also thinks it's reasonable to watch it for another 6 weeks. So for now we wait and return in 6 weeks, if it's still there we're heading to the operating room. After that trip we ran a few errands and then went to The Silver Skillet for breakfast. The Silver Skillet is a total dive that's been in Atlanta forever. Because the diner is so old they've used it for tons of movies. Then we went and saw the Bodies Exhibit. It was incredible. The tickets were spendy, so we were excited last week when we got a buy one get one free admission in the mail. After the Bodies Exhibit we did a little window shopping...by the way H&M is my new favorite store. A few more errands and we ended our day at Jake's Ice Cream, a crazy ice cream shop in the Inman Park neighborhood which is in an antique store. And today we're finishing our day with Figo Pasta while we watch Lost.