3.05.2012

The Blonde is Back


Holy heck, y'all.

Well, it seems as though I survived my surgery and you are stuck with me for a while longer yet, friends. I'm really sore and bruised and am on enough meds to supply a small clinic, but I'm alive. And alive, my dears, is a pretty great way to be.

A Few Fun Facts:

1. My medicine has made my stomach swell to the size of a watermelon. Not the rest of me, just my mid-section. I'm told the swelling is fluid retention and "will go down". I sure hope so. Otherwise, I really hope Mason's has some sweet maternity clothes I can sport at the NWA Fashion Week show that S and I are walking in on Saturday.

2. Yes, I am a crazy woman for agreeing to be in a fashion show 12 days after major surgery. This may be my 5'4" self's only chance to grace a catwalk and come hell or high water - I'm walkin'.

3. My incision looks gnarly. I will spare you the pics. It's very Frankenstein-esque. Only on my chest instead of my head.

Obvi.

4. Scars are the new black this season. You heard it here first.


The surgery went well and the folks at Arkansas Children's Hospital took excellent care of me : ) I seriously fell in love with my nurses and am pretty sure they are some of the most under-appreciated folks in healthcare. Those women and men are angels in human form. On days when you can't even comprehend daunting tasks like sitting up or walking to the bathroom, they swoop in and save the day.

And give you another shot of Demerol.

Oh my, y'all. Stephen is amazing. He slept on that glorified folding chair that they call a bed without a single complaint. He was by my side for the entire ordeal, getting me apple juice and fluffing my pillows and taking copious notes each time the doctors made their rounds.

Writing down every aftercare instruction, noting each medication and it's appropriate dosage.

He held my IV tubes out of the way while I went to the potty. He made numerous trips to Walgreen's for random things one needs during a hospital stay, like Marie Claire and "granny panties", (trust me, WAY more comfortable when you're laying in a hospital bed than the sexier variety.)


He saw me at my worst.

And didn't take off running like an Olympic sprinter.

I also want to acknowledge my mama and daddy, (suddenly, this has become an Academy Award speech), ...they deserve major fist bumps, too. I have the best parents in the world and they've been such blessings these past couple of weeks. Really they're just awesome all the time.

My in-laws are utterly fabulous, too. Calls and texts and prayers 24/7 from those folks. I won the in-law lottery, I swear. My sis-in-law Sarah put together an adorable basket of candy, magazines and The Hunger Games book, which I've been dying to read. My husband came from great stock...and I'm proud to have come into such a helpful and loving second family.

And lastly, thank you to all of yous. That's right, yous. (Apparently, I'm Joe Pesci today. "Nice to meet 'yous"). Thank you for all of your prayers, emails, texts, Tweets and snail mail. There are some pretty dark days post-surgery and you all helped bring some much needed light into those days.

Blogging is a blessing - this has only been reaffirmed during the past week.

I'm not sure how much I'll be around this week. I'm still really sore and tired and it has taken me approximately 27 and a half hours to type this post. But I'm back...and still blonde...and still obsessed with Starbucks lattes (even though I've only had one since being released.)

And I'm wearing heels as I type this, even though I'm wearing sweatpants.

A bump in the road is no excuse to lose your swagger, after all.


Be blessed, lovelies-

51 comments:

  1. welcome back! happy to see you are recovering comfortable (and in style!) get well soon! xo

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  2. I'm so glad that you are back and recovering! Thank you so much for your sweet comments about nurses. I'm one and most of the time feel like my patients don't appreciate me at all...let alone remember my name. Your words were so sweet and just what I needed before heading into work tomorrow! Hope you get well extremely fast :)

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  3. I'm glad you're back and you are doing well! You are too funny--heels and sweats, who knew?

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  4. So glad to hear that all went well! Sounds like although it's still pretty painful, your spirits are high, which is always a good thing :) Great support groups make everything better! Sending prayers your way <3

    Tara xo

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  5. So happy to hear that you're doing well and recovering fabulously-- high heels and all! I knew S would take excellent care of you. What a great hubby! Sending you good thoughts for a speedy recovery. :)

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  6. I'm glad to hear you're recovering well!

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  7. so glad to hear your surgery went well... i am sure S is taking fabulous care of you!

    hope you like the hunger games... i LOVED it!

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  8. Welcome back, sweet girl! You are going to love the Hunger Games - such a great book!

    Cxx

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  9. So glad to have you back! I've been thinking of you! I will pray for continued healing! **hugs**

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  10. so happy to hear everything went well! i missed your posts...still praying for you:)

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  11. Glad that you are back and doing well. Don't push too hard in your recovery!

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  12. So happy you are doing well! And so happy to have my favorite blog back!

    Keep that swagger!

    xoxo

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  13. What an inspiration you are!! Keep up your stealthy swagger and I'll keep your recovery in my prayers!

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  14. Woo Hoo!! Glad you are back:) Prayers for a speedy recovery!!

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  15. Glad your surgery went well! There is pretty much nothing a great pair of heels can't make better!

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  16. Welcome back!! You were missed!! xoxo

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  17. Glad you are doing well post surgery!! I have been thinking about you a lot this past week. AR Children's Hospital is amazing. They have some of the best Dr.'s and nurses in the country! I spent my first few months of life in the cardiac ICU there. My mom has always said she couldn't have gotten through it without the nurses.

    Take it easy sweet girl!

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  18. Glad you have such a positive outlook! Feel better soon and I know you will rock that catwalk!

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  19. Glad all is well! Sounds like you've got a great team of people taking care of you. Hope you continue to feel better! Xo.

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  20. So glad to see that you are back in action and doing well after your surgery. Prayers for a speedy recovery. After all, the fashion show wouldn't be the same without you!

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  21. I'm so happy to hear that you are alive, blonde, and wearing heels even if you are in sweat pants :) It's the little things that count! I hope you're back to 100% soon!

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  22. yeeehawww!!! so so so happy you're back and feeling better. i've been thinking of you and hoping all is well. glad to hear from you. don't worry about rushing back to blogging, just take care of yourself...i promise we'll all still be here when you decide to return. :)
    xoxoxoxo

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  23. so happy to hear you are doing well. i've been praying for you and thinking of you! take care of yourself friend!! xoxo

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  24. So happy to hear from you!! Glad everything went well :)

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  25. Glad you are doing well! Keep resting and you will be on the catwalk in no time!

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  26. I'm so glad you're feeling well and have such a great hubby to take care of you :). I'm a new follower and love your blog!

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  27. Have been praying for you, and will continue to! So glad you are wearing heels when you blog!!

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  28. your little post bout s. made me tear up. you've got a keeper- and you are also amazing for recognizing all he did for you when you were down and out:-) Happy to hear you are recovering and can't wait to hear about your bad self on the runway in a few short days!

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  29. EEEK I had no idea! Glad you are on the mend pretty girl! LOVE YOU!

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  30. Love your sense of humor is still in tact! Still praying. Please let us know if you guys need any help!!

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  31. So glad you are back! The blog world has been a little too quiet for my liking over the last couple of days;)Happy to hear that you came through the surgery alright, and are already back to wearing your heels. You go girl!

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  32. It has been an honor to pray with you through this and so glad you came through it and are on the mend!! You're special to me. Love you, friend!!!

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  33. SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK! I missed you like crazy. Thought about you daily--soooo glad to hear from you! I know how intense recoveries can be, so I'm glad to hear you are doing well :) I had no doubt that you'd come through this with flying colors! Praying for you still and hoping the next few days go by smoothly! PLEASE let me know if there is anything in the world I can do for you, sweet girl! LOVE you!

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  34. SO wonderfult o hear you're back and in great health/spirits!

    I've been thinking about you and praying for you, and of course ever awaiting your glorious return the blogdom! ;)

    Keep healing, little lady, and take it easy! You just keep letting them pamper you, and enjoy the granny panties while you can!

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  35. Glad to see you're back! I've been praying for you (I pray for my blonde sister Leslie in Arkansas that I've never met...God knows who I'm talking about :).

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  36. THAT MEANS IT'S TIME FOR WINE!!!!!!!

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  37. So glad your surgery went well! Hope your recovery is speedy and you are feeling back to your old self real soon!

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  38. Glad it went well. Take care. Make sure you are pampered. So excited for you to walk in the show too!

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  39. I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well! Praying for a swift recovery!

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  40. Mission accomplished. New eyeliner is not waterproof. Ha!

    I am thrilled you're "up and about" and extremely THANKFUL for Stephen being around. Can't wait to see photos from your debut on the runway!

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  41. Glad to have you back! Rest up and take it easy. You have such a good attitude--I love it! Cheers!

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  42. I'm so glad that everything went well!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  43. welcome back! here's to feeling 100% better soon!

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  44. Glad you are back and doing well with your recovery. I don't blame you for not wanting to miss your cat walk opportunity but the timing is just rough. You'll make it!

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  45. Happy to see you are doing well!

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  46. welcome back!!! i'd love to see a pic of you rocking sweats & heels! i love it! i'd still walk in the fashion show too! super cool..you better post lost of pics after the show!!

    Xo MessyDirtyHair.com

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  47. Glad to hear you are doing well! I will be praying for a speedy recovery!!

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  48. I am happy you are doing better. Praying for a very quick recovery.

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  49. I'm so happy to hear your surgery went well. I will be praying for a speedy recovery so you can work it on that runway! If you get a chance, check out my latest post about my cleansing journey and let me know what you think! Much love,

    thalovingtouch.blogspot.com

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  50. I'm late to the party but SO glad you came through with flying colors! Your hubby sounds like he's right on track for husband of the year!!!

    P.S. When it comes to scars they are just like tattoos, only with a better back story. That's what I tell myself when I notice the one on my face next to my left eye. :)

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