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just tall enough

…to snag a bite.

surgery

I had surgery last Tuesday. Crazy huh? I will share a brief version of my story below. It’s about how my IUD went wrong and I had to get it removed. If you are interested, read on.
I started having back pain a little over a month ago. It wasn’t unbearable but it was every day. It reminded me of the cramping I’d have before my period so I didn’t pay too much attention to it. After about 2 weeks of the daily reminder and no period or relief, I called in to my midwife for a visit. In the meantime, I “Googled”. Never do this. By the time I went in for my appointment 3 weeks later I had diagnosed myself with a whole array of illnesses and complications. Most of my concern though centered on my IUD. The major red flag for me was that I could no longer feel the strings of the IUD. This is something you are told to check monthly following your period…I was one of the small percentage of women who didn’t get a period while using the IUD so I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d felt them. I knew they were there a year ago and that now they weren’t. Fast forward. I went in for my visit. My midwife couldn’t find the IUD strings or even feel the IUD when she checked me. She scheduled an ultrasound for later in the week to see if it had implanted itself in my uterus or had fallen out. Both cases she said were rare. Ultrasound- IUD imbedded pretty far inside. Next, visit with a doctor. Prep for that visit: 800 mg ibuprofen and a Vicodin an hour before and a ride to and from the appointment. Ok, now I’m nervous. Feeling loopy, met with a new doctor at that visit. Using a variety of tools and lights he tried to locate the IUD to remove it. The discomfort was minimal. Lots of cramping. Some post visit bleeding. But no luck on the removal.
Next step: surgery. A hysteroscopy to be exact. Basically the same as this doctor visit but with me fast asleep. A little over a week later having had no food or drink since midnight (having removed all of my jewelry, nail polish- including my new pedicure-, sans lotion, make-up and hair product… ugh!) and having had quite the anxious previous nights sleep, I was checked in to preop for my procedure. I got wheeled into the OR, was told I was going to get sleepy and woke up feeling pretty drunk. Slowly the world came into focus and I was told that the IUD was out! Deeply imbedded, strings wrapped around it, but out! With prescription to take it easy for a week I was out of there! I thought I should share this story because when I was told that I was in the small percentage of people that this happens to, I was struck by how shocked I was to be the exception. I always think that things will go according to the plan. I’m one who listens to those ‘risks’ that doctors share but then quickly overlooks them or throw them into the category of ‘that won’t happen to me’. Once I was in the minority though, I didn’t want to be alone. I searched out individuals who could relate, who could offer encouragement. So, I’m just throwing this experience of mine out there so that maybe someone else can find comfort in my story. It wasn’t life-threatening or dangerous. But it was annoying and frustrating and something I was really angry that I had to deal with. There is such power in shared experiences. I am thankful for all of you who have shared yours with me.
Kurt felt the need to document ‘zombie’ me throughout the day post surgery. I was stumbling around a little, slept a lot, found it much more comfortable for my spinning head to keep my eyes closed,  but couldn’t help smiling that this was OVER! The grogginess lasted about 24 hours. Way longer than I expected. My mom and Ava prepared us a yummy dinner. The Turri’s brought us an ice cream treat. Kurt was home from work all day long. Besides the surgery part, it was a pretty great day! Best part though, it’s out and I feel like me again.

meet our new nephew and cousin

Rhett Axel Prochnow

Born: 8-11-2011
9 Pounds 14 Ounces
Brand New.  Everyone wanted to be touching him at all times.
Ava was in heaven.  A real little baby.  Just her size.
Crashed Out (during the day only, from what we’ve heard).
So tiny and perfect.  What a gift!
Can’t believe he’s a whole week old.  Keep growing sweet boy, we are so excited to know you!

adventures

Blogging has not been on my radar lately.  It makes me sad that I’m not getting to share all of the fun happenings in our lives.  But it also make me happy that we have been staying so busy with friends, parties, house projects, little trips, and just enjoying getting through the last of this summer heat!  Here is a short recap of our recent activities:
Some of our favorite friends brought us the the spray park for the very first time.  What has been my deal?  Why hadn’t we tried it before?  It was so much fun!
One of those mini-trips I was referring to… Kurt took a flight out to Phoenix to pick up his new car!  We were so blessed by Great Grandma Wood to give us such a great car.  Ava’s words: “it’s soft, it’s quiet,it’s bigger, and it’s cool!”  We agree!

And finally, our little project that has been occupying evenings, weekends and most importantly date nights! If Date Night has been this much fun working on our deck, I can’t wait to experience them on a finished deck with somewhere to sit that isn’t in the dirt and somewhere to set our beers that isn’t on the sawhorse!
So, did anyone see this↑ situation in the Golden Pride parking lot on Juan Tabo last Saturday?
So, we headed off to Lowe’s to pick up all of our Trex boards and we loaded them in the truck.  We attempted driving ever so slowly home.  A split second before the above picture happened I yelled for Kurt to pull over.  He did and our entire load of Trex slid out on the street. So let’s recap: we loaded 20 16 foot Trex boards (45 pounds each) onto our cart at Lowe’s (and then rallied many men throughout the store to help us push our cart to the checkout), then loaded them into the truck. After they slid out (above) we put them back in, eventually realizing that that same thing was probably going to happen again, so we unloaded them into the street again. Finally, we figured out that we could stick them through the cab window into the truck, so we loaded them up again, got home safely and unloaded them to our backyard.  That’s six loads and unloads in 2 hours.  Needless to say, we did NOT do any further work on the deck that day!
Happy 3rd Birthday Thomas!  Happy 1st Birthday Peter!
Seeing The Bigfoot Election on the big screen in a completely packed theater was so awesome!  This film that the most talented Ryan Turri shot and directed is making a serious run.  It has been selected for the Albuquerque Film Festival, the White Sands International Film Festival, and the Hollywood Film Festival.
Side-note: Asper Kourt’s first ever music video has also been selected for the Albuquerque Film Festival this coming weekend… If you’re there be sure and check it out!

welcome

I was just getting ready to post this pic
but instead I get to post this one
It took me a day too long to get on the ball.  I don’t even care.  We are so excited to welcome this new little boy bundle into our family. Thank you for being prompt little man.
P.s.  your mom did an amazing job getting you here, thank her someday.

happy birthday brody

Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Brody! We can’t believe you’re 5… We love your kind heart.  We love your big laugh and silly smile.  We love your gentleness with your little cousins.  We love your energy and playfulness.  We love your honesty.  We love your hugs.  We love you Brody!  Prayers that your first day of 5 is totally awesome!