Thursday, July 17, 2014

Five Favorites: Do You Have Hello Kitty Weed?

Linking up with the perfectly perfect Heather for a round of Five Favorites.....

A little backstory first:
Last Friday, I had my scheduled abdominal hernia surgery. It's been something I've been happily avoiding since Will was born, nearly 2.5 years ago, but it was time and we really like our general surgeon, so I scheduled it.
 It was supposed to be same-day surgery, which was a huge relief to both Kyle and I, but it very nearly ended up not being that way. 
Apparently, I wasn't very cooperative about lying still while under heavy sedation and kept asking for Kyle, so they put me under general anesthesia. Also, the hernia was pretty large. 
After recovery, they gave me the option of staying for a day or two, or going home. You bet your sweet bippy that I got as dressed as fast as I could and made Kyle take me home!

Some interesting things happened during recovery and over the last few days, and they are fast becoming my favorite stories to share ---- also because I'm home-bound and this is the only material I have.

1) As I became more awake and lucid during recovery, my nurse leaned over and asked me "do you remember what you said to me when you were first coming out?". Of course, my answer was "um, no??". She gave me this huge smile and said, "you said, 'Did you guys give me Abs of Steel?'".
credit here

2) Since I've had 7 c-sections, I know a little bit about recovering from surgery, and I tried to have as much of my surroundings planned out and prepared beforehand. Staying hydrated is really important, especially when you are taking painkillers, but it can be difficult to move your body in order to actually consume beverages. That's where this comes in handy:
The "Catholic" part is optional, but why take the chance?
3) Kyle generously took a week's vacation to stay home and care for me and the kids, and I tried to have a few things planned out for them, so they wouldn't go stir crazy. In all of my preparations, I forgot about entertaining me! Fortunately, my awesome youngest sister showed up the night before my surgery with an armful of magazines and bags of bite-size candies! 

4) Kyle has been doing all the jobs I normally would do this week and that includes a lot of driving. In Illinois, you are required to use a hands-free device with your cell phone while driving. So, Kyle has been using his voice recognition texting to send messages. The technology may not be perfect. Here is a sample of his texts to me:

And my sister texting me after receiving his texts:

Joe was working at the pool's concession stand and Kyle wanted to ask him about the funnel cakes. This is the text Joe received: "Do you have Hello Kitty Weed?", to which Joe replied, "No, we don't have weed of any kind. Sorry."

5) One final not-so-favorite: a prayer request for me. Apparently, I have contracted a staph infection in the vein where my IV was placed. I'm on heavy-duty antibiotics, but staph in the bloodstream isn't anything to mess around with, so prayers for a quick healing would be very much appreciated. I promise to offer up any discomfort for your intentions! 


  1. Uh, something just happened to my comment. Let's try again.

    I cannot.stop.laughing over those texts. Cannot. My kids are begging to know wha't funny but when I try to explain... Oh well.

    Lots of prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery. Take it easy and keep up the abx. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Micaela! Every time I read them, I laugh so much my incision hurts! Who said "laughter is the best medicine"???

  2. Praying for you! You don't want to mess with staph or so I've been told by a team of infectious disease drs last December when I landed in the hospital with a serious infection from a small cut.

  3. Praying and laughing, must start ONLY voice to texting for ever and ever now.
    now, your and of steel shall be accomplished upon eating all your sisters sweets and reading such pius selections whilst laying prone!
    BE WELL and Stay.... sane?

  4. I wish I could have some very very Harold salted pretzel too!! LOLOL
    MK, you crack me up!! You guys are hysterical!
    I hope you feel better ASAP. Staph is no joke.. Doing a novena right now and will add your intentions.

    1. Thank you, Heather! That is really too sweet of you, but I will take it!!

  5. OK… so if I want Abs of Steel, I just have to re-read your husband's voice texts every day for the next two weeks. Seriously… I cannot see my keyboard right now because of the tears. Wait… I feel the burn wearing off. Heading back up to re-read.

    And I will add you to my novena prayers too. I'm betting it's the same one as MamaH. St. Anne, right?

    1. Aren't they hilarious?!? Precious gems of humor!!!

      I'm doing the St. Anne novena, too. Hmmmm.... Maybe I should add myself in to my own intentions......

  6. Oh how I needed a good belly laugh today!
    Thank you Lord for sending Mary Kate's posting my way!

    Praying for you sweet mama...

    1. Ha! I'm glad it made your day a little funnier!!
      Thank you for the prayers!!

  7. Wow, I have a laparoscopy scheduled for next month to remove hernia and somehow you blog made me relax. You have a really positive and humorous approach to all things and I'll pray that it stays the same. And those voice texts were really hilarious, I wonder how you managed to control you laughter.
    All the best dear and get well soon, also pray for me to have a tension-free hernia repair.