Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday Favorites (Despite a Hard Week)

Happy Friday!  This week has been a l-o-n-g one over here.

I had surgery on Monday.  It was supposed to be a fairly simple procedure.  I woke up thinking all went well only to find out things were more complex than expected, the surgery didn't happen as planned and I was being referred to a specialist.  I was SO sad to find this out.  I was really anxious to have it done and behind me after over a year of keeping an eye on things.  I am hoping the specialist I see comes up with a fabulous game plan for me, but right now, I'm a little nervous about all of it. 

I am very thankful that I didn't have a bad reaction to anesthesia this time (remember how sick I was for hours after I had my C-section!?!) and I felt sore, but no nausea post surgery.  That was a huge blessing!  Now we're on to working with a specialist and scheduling another surgery.  I get to meet with him this afternoon.  I'm optimistic that he's the best and will know how to help me. 

I'd really appreciate your prayers for me and my family during this process.  I know many of you are moms or busy ladies who understand that it's really hard to be out of commission when so many people are depending on you.  I also have one black and blue arm from an IV gone wrong and two blood shot eyes.  I look like I've been through the wringer.  I'm a literal picture of the chaos of 2020 - ha!

I would have never dreamed 2020 would involve me having 3 surgeries.  I'm a healthy lady and had never had surgery before this year.  I hope one major take away from this year is how important it is to take care of myself.  I'm learning to advocate for myself, schedule regular well checks and make sure my health is top priority to ensure I'm able to take care of my family.

Like many of you, 2020 has been one full of challenges for our family. 

I would have never believed it if you would have told me that life would involve the words quarantine, social distancing, school shut downs, wearing masks and so much isolation due to Covid.  I'm still getting over Fletcher being attacked by a dog and dealing with scars (his) and emotional scars (the rest of the family).  I never would have guessed I would have to have a csection or have health issues to deal with that required surgery.  And who knew back to school decisions would be so stressful?  I think we have a solid game plan for Olive and Fletcher to return to school, but nothing feels easy right now.

Leo is BY FAR the biggest blessing of 2020, but honestly, I could have done without the rest of the trials.  I realize that life has been hard for everyone so I just want to send you a virtual hug today and to ensure you that you aren't the only one struggling this year.  Anyone else feeling this way about the year?  I'm hoping to push fast forward to the remaining months, find highlights along the way and focus on the positives.

I'm praying for God's protection and guidance as we navigate the days ahead.  I am also listening to Rend Collective's Song Counting Every Blessing on repeat.

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing.
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see.
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing.
Surely every season you are good to me.

Speaking of blessings and positives, let's see what the highs were from this week despite some major lows.

Ready for surgery on Monday.  Kevin has been working from home for months, but I appreciate him rearranging his schedule time and time again for me to make it to various dr appointments.  Can't wait to put all of this behind us. 

A care basket from a friend was such a thoughtful surprise.  Something for the kids, for me and for the whole family. 

These 3 cuties.  They're so sweet together and I'm really thankful for them.  They've learned how to give gentle hugs, learned to do some more things for themselves and have been perfectly happy with all of our low key days at home.

My parents came up to stay with the kids while I had surgery.  The kids loved having them here and my mom texted me this picture after they left.  It's pretty accurate - Leo constantly surrounded by the big kids.

Olive requests pumpkin chocolate chip cookies year round.  I made her wish come true this week and we enjoyed some pumpkin cookies.  Here's the link to The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thanks for listening to me ramble today.  And thanks for be here.  Wish I could give all of you a big squeeze today and say better days are ahead for all of us!! 

I've got an appointment with a specialist this afternoon and I'm praying he'll be confident in my treatment plan, case and surgery going forward.  I have no clue what that means for scheduling, blogging and real life.  So I'll be back to blogging whenever I can and would appreciate prayers in the meantime for a speedy recover.  Lots of love to you!

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  1. I’m so sorry. Thinking of you!

  2. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with health issues...that is always so scary. Prayers to you for quick answers and a speedy recovery and that you can put this all behind you permanently! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Much love to you, sweet friend! Praying that you find grace and strength for all your needs today!! And I'm with Olive, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are always a good idea. :)

  4. I’m so you’re going through this, Whitney! I woke up thinking about you, and I’ll be praying today! Keep me posted! {{hug}}

  5. Saying a prayer for you, sweet sister! I had my baby boy (third child) same time as you (April)...had emergency surgery nine days later. Hugs. Postpartum is hard anyway and babies are both blessings and challenges,let alone during a pandemic! Love the ways you are choosing to focus on joy. I've been trying to listen to Klove a lot or uplifting podcasts. Trying to connect with real life friends more too. Praying for you today!

  6. So sorry to hear that the surgery didn't go as planned... I'm still waiting anxiously for my surgery that was postponed from the spring but the further we get from the date the more I worry about unexpected "surprises" that could crop up (never mind the fact that my Dr. is not 100% positive that this will fix me). I'm not looking forward to the recovery either. Thankfully my boys are much older and self- sufficient. I can only image how hard this is for you with little ones around. Hopefully you'll have answers soon!! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  7. I'm sending a virtual hug your've been through the wringer this week. I'm so sorry to hear you had to go through all the prep and stress of surgery with no real results. Praying you get a path forward with the specialist.

  8. I am sorry to hear that the surgery didn’t go as planned. I will keep you in my thoughts. I hope the specialist can figure out a new plan for you. Take care of yourself.

  9. Prayers and positive thoughts headed your way. I'm so sorry it's been a rough week!

  10. Praying for you to heal quickly and the future surgery to be smooth.


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