life as we know it

Monday, September 24, 2012


I have a hard time stepping away for work, even for a day. I know how much money we need for the adoption and every day is a little step closer to meeting that goal. I also think that in the working world these days, there is some guilt associated with taking some time off, especially taking an unexpected sick day.

This morning, Nick woke me up at about 3:30 this morning. He was standing at the foot of the bed doubled over in pain, trying to walk. It's amazing how quickly you can become alert and jump out of bed when you need to. I asked him if he thought we needed to go to the ED. When he answered maybe, I knew it was serious because Nick would definitely not make that decision lightly. Within a minute or two we were in the car heading to the hospital.

His symptoms all pointed to appendicitis this morning and I was pretty sure we'd be going in for surgery pretty quickly. Although his clinical presentation looked like appendicitis, some of the tests havente necessarily supported that. Although it hasn't been completely ruled out yet, the doctors are exploring some other options, as well. All in all, I expected to be able to make it into work without too much of a problem, thinking he would just be in for a quick surgery and then to recovery. Needless to say, this hospital visit hasn't been so straight forward and here I am at 1:30 pm having not been able to go into work.

I'm trying to not feel guilty about that. I shouldn't feel guilty. Nick is my number one priority and I need to be here while we figure out what is going on. And probably for the first time (even more so than when I had my own gall bladder removed earlier this year - I took two days off work and felt terrible for doing so...) I am able top feel good about my decision to call in. That sounds ridiculous, right? Well, it probably is. Either way, I'm right where I should be. And let me tell you, Medical Center of the Rockies is where it's at. Nick is no longer NPO (nothing by mouth) and because his clear liquid lunch went okay, the nurse gave him a room service menu. With things on it like grilled salmon, French dip sandwiches, lemon pepper chicken and Asian stir fry. He also has this crazy big flat screen tv with normal television options, an entire movie selection and wireless keyboard that connects with the Internet up onto the tv. Not to mention this view people. I tried sharing a picture with you all, but it isn't uploading from my iPad properly, so you'll have to wait until we're home. Just picture the trees changing colors and a fantastic mountain view.

Nick's on his third movie while we wait for the doctor to get out of surgery and see what we're thinking about plan of care from this point. We'll keep you updated!

Monday, September 3, 2012


This weekend has gone by quickly in our house! Nick is back to work as a normal Monday since patients don't take a holiday, either, but the Just Love team (me! ha) were out at the Kids for Kyla 5K/10K. I really love running into some familiar faces at events like these and meeting new people who share our hearts for adoption.

If you remember, Kids for Kyla was the first grant we received for our adoption. They are a local Northern Colorado organization - I'm not sure how many people appreciate how cool it is to have a local group like Kids for Kyla around. Nick and I are lucky to be able to attend their events.

We have a bunch of new scarves in from Ethiopia (thanks Amy!) so we have re-stocked our fundraising items. As always, we have our Ethiopian scarves, a set of Ethiopia pillow covers, Ugandan paper beads and our t-shirts. Let me know if you'd like pictures of the scarves we have if you're interested in ordering! We're selling them for $20 plus a few bucks for shipping.

Our Just Love booth this morning

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day, too!