Sunday, August 9, 2015


As promised, I'm expanding on why I'm doing my "Do Things I Can't Do" giveaway. It's been a crazy journey, but I'll keep it short and brief. 

Update: Just kidding. It's pretty long.

In the end of February, Dave and I were at the grocery store after we had gone to the gym. We were in line to make our purchases, and I blacked out. I sat on the floor of that grocery store for a good few minutes until I had my bearings, and we were able to head home. I thought for sure it had to do with the pre-workout we were taking. Too much caffeine for me or something like that.

Well, unfortunately for me, the blacking out continued to happen. It was soon accompanied by intense dizzy spells. We decided I should probably see my doctor. After running a panel of tests, (including wearing a groovy heart monitor for 2 days) we determined it was the arachnoid cyst on the back of my brain responsible for my problems.

I went to see my neurosurgeon, and he agreed it was the problem. I have had the cyst most, if not all my life, and symptoms can start that randomly. It needed to be removed. After a long consideration, and lots of prayers. I felt it was the right thing to do.

Fast forward to July 9th, 2015.
I had been pretty anxious about my surgery, and the day of, I was pretty much a basket case. My parents and Handsome were with me all through pre-surgery prep, which was a great comfort. I was wheeled into the area where you meet the anesthesiologist. She ROCKED. She helped me fell calm (probably had to do with the fabulous medication she gave me) and I was asleep before the put me under.

The surgery was an absolute success. I had the best outcome for my surgery possible. I woke up crying in the PACU, and was taken to ICU for my first night. The rest of the nights I was on the Neuro/Ortho floor, where I had fantastic nurses and care that helped so much with pain. I was encouraged to walk as much as possible, and my PCT's always took the time to help me walk around the nurses station. (Shoutout to all of you fabulous healthcare workers out there!)

\I was released after 4 days, and Handsome took fantastic care of me (and all my lovely neighbors brought me dinners. They were delicious, and so thoughtful!)  He worked later that week for a week, so my mom took fabulous care of me as well. (She even made me clam chowder, my favorite!) I was able to attend my sister-in-law's baby shower, and one of my best friend's weddings while I was staying with my mom! (She helped me get ready, and look pretty even though I hurt pretty bad.)
Carson + Nolle's Wedding. You can't even tell I had surgery.

I have good days and bad days, in regards to the the pain, but I'll be back to my normal self in about 3 more weeks. For now, I've enjoyed all the extra time with Handsome. I'm so happy everything is going smoothly, and that I'm healing well. Even if I have to wear a dorky neckbrace. 

Love him. And my marshmallow looking neckbrace

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