Jun 22, 2012

Twinkle Twinkle

Jun 20, 2012

Surgery

I had my neck lump removed yesterday. I had to be at the hospital at 6 am, which was earlier than I expected. The night before I got to bed around 10:30, since Max doesn't fall asleep before then usually. Then I couldn't sleep for a few hours. So, I was pretty tired. It took around 1.5 hours to check in and get all ready and have my IV put in. My parents came into town, and my mom stayed with the kids. My dad and Tim came with me to the hospital.

When I got taken into the OR they had me get up on the stretcher and lay down. They put some massager things on my calves to prevent blood clots. Then, I felt a little sting when something went into the IV, I was told that was normal. Then I was waking up and feeling really cozy and sleepy. I didn't have any nausea or feel bad at all. Tim and my dad came in not too long after I woke up, and the nurse said I'd get dressed and into a chair for half an hour or so, and then head home. I was home by around noon I think. It was all a pretty smooth process.

I was too wired from just having surgery to be able to nap, but got to bed early and got to sleep in until 10 thanks to my parents. My neck is totally numb currently from about my chin down to below the incision. It's pretty weird. I'm told it may or may not be permanent, I'll just have to wait and see. It's sorta convenient as far as not feeling much pain. I can feel a deep soreness, but nothing on the surface. I wouldn't say I feel great, but not nearly as bad as I thought I might either. Not too shabby.

Even though I have swelling all the way up to my chin nearly, I still notice my neck looks a lot thinner. Turns out even though the lump probably wasn't bigger than an egg yolk, it really was noticeable in my neck.

It turns out the lump was probably a hemangioma, not a thyroglossal duct cyst. It's a collection of blood vessels. They're pretty common in babies, but very rare in adults. My dad was saying only about 100 cases have been reported in adults, although often they're inside, on the liver is a common place, and wouldn't be reported. Same prognosis as the cyst was, less than a 1% chance that it could be cancer, I should get the pathology results back in a week or so.

Jun 14, 2012

Thoughts

Our insurance is 800 dollars per month for the 4 of us. It's madness. I have to have a surgery*, and right after, I'm switching us to a 200/month plan with a 10k deductible. It's maternity benefit is actually just as "good" as the one on my plan now.... if by good, you mean they will pay everything over $7,500, even though it only cost around 8k total. We could end up paying more than with our plan now, but at least we're not certainly going to pay 800/month. I hate private health care and how it's impossible to afford a decent plan.

Yesterday I tried to find an important document about a crime that I committed when I didn't get my cat who ran away his rabies vaccine. I couldn't find it anywhere. Later that day, I remembered I had carefully cleared a space on the refrigerator for it and magneted it up. I've already received phone calls from attorneys who want to let me know about how they can help me fight my misdemeanor, which is now public record.

The radon and meth testing came back negative on the home we're hoping to buy. Then we had to get started figuring out the easement issue, then the mortgage company said they need a maintenance agreement for the road. Elizabeth was cool enough to give me a recommendation for an attorney who has been really great, this home purchase is way too complicated not to have legal help. We still have the whole loan process ahead of us too.

Buying a home with easement issues, researching new health insurance, getting a surgery, and still adjusting to my new little man all in the same month is really straining my brain. Things like where I put the above mentioned legal documents are just leaking out all over the place.

* Yes, and surgery is Tuesday. Bleh. Time to get rid of my good buddy, my companion for the past 4 months or so, the lump on my throat. I'm just lucky it is very unlikely to cause me any more trouble than just having to have an outpatient surgery. I'm not too excited about general anesthesia, though. I've never had it, and it does freak me out some thinking about it. 

Jun 13, 2012

Pics

Kins was excited to have her nails painted. She sat perfectly still and marveled over the process. Then she even had fun holding her fingers out straight and waving her hands around to dry her nails. I was trying to get her to hold her hands out in front of her face, but this was even better. So serious about her nails, very vogue.
Max practicing head control and being chubbalicious.
Sammy brought over a suitcase when she visited, it was a big hit. Kins still talks about the suitcase every couple of days, and it's been almost a month.
Perty lashes. I love how thick they're getting.
Whatcha doing Kins? "Sleeping in window!" (Giggles hysterically)
Having fun with her friend Sammy.
Kins is loving putting on lipstick and then looking in the mirror. I couldn't see to get a decent pic of her wearing her lipstick, this was the best one I managed.
Max loves watching this mobile and sitting in this swinging chair. Makes it easy for me to get in a work out. I'm still about 7 pounds up from where I want to be, speaking of working out. Stupid lack of self control.
They were both on important business calls. Sammy captured the moment.
A little ponytail.
Handsome man.
Not quite sure.
Trying to show how tiny Max's foot is next to Kins.. but.. turns out it isn't really all that tiny compared to her feet. She's still wearing the shoe size of a 12-18 month old.
Wearing adult shoes, a huge obsession.
Nearly every chance she gets she snuggles up in bed like this and wants to watch tv. I try to keep my door shut to prevent this unhealthy obsession. It's so funny though when I forget and find her in the pitch black, snuggled up happily. She'll talk about how nice and cozy she is an it's just too cute.
Such cute curls. She doesn't like to have her hair done much, if it pulls even a tiny bit she starts flailing around and yelling, "no pigtails!!" She does enjoy a quick flower clip, but without a rubber band they just fall out in a couple minutes. For now, she prefers her hair down most of the time, which means she's always swiping it out of her eyes.

Jun 8, 2012

2nd times the charm?

We had an offer on a home accepted, and we're working on doing all the due diligence we need to in order to be sure it's a smart decision. Unlike the last home we were looking at buying, this one appears to be structurally sound and not to have any big problems. It's a unique situation where you drive across other people's land to access it though, and we are working on making sure that the access has been made clearly legal and perpetual. It looks like it is, but being 100% sure isn't quite as easy as you would think. We're also waiting on radon and meth tests to come back. Soo, maybe a 85% chance we're moving I would say... more or less. Tim and I were cracking up because on the land plat it described all the landmarks and edges of the property and easement with such great detail, listing the exact gps coordinates for everything, then, after having described every edge and length in excruciating detail, the last sentence of the huge paragraph is, "more or less".

I don't want to get too excited prematurely, but, this would be such a great place to raise kids. It's at the end of a little dirt road where bunnies, horses, chickens and peacocks can be seen frequently. I imagine we would take daily strolls down the quaint little lane. It's got quite a few big shade trees, is a large lot, has a huge garage for all of Tim's company equipment, and is a lot more than we really need on the inside of the home too.

Lots of work will lie ahead if it works out, getting our home ready to sell, moving, going through the loan process. It will be a busy summer. And, if it doesn't work out, then we can spend the summer doing more playing. Either way, I'm so glad summer is here.
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