Friday, October 18, 2013

five on friday

One.  Laparoscopy Procedure
Thursday we made our way down to the Peoria Day Surgery Center for the laparoscopy procedure.  If you've ever had a surgery before then you know the process is slllooowww & a little painful (in more ways than one!)  We were told to be there at 9 and that surgery would be at 11.  We got there at 9 and I wasn't called back until about 10.  It was freezing in there (always is), but they were very accommodating.  I went in by myself at first to get changed and get my IV.  I was talking with the nurse about being from La Salle-Peru area and working at Ameren, all of a sudden from the next curtain over I hear "Elena?", I respond "yes??"... she says, "it's Aimee!" Turns out in the bed next to me was a friend of mine from Peoria Aimee who was the maid of honor in my cousins wedding that we were in together.  I thought I recognized her husband in the waiting room when we arrived, but I wasn't sure since I'd only met him a couple times.  Aimee and I got along so well being bridesmaids for my cousin.  It was very reassuring seeing a familiar face & she happened to be getting the exact same procedure, just by a different doctor!  What a small world!  We decided that we are definitely joining each other's support teams & planning to keep in contact about our progress.  She went in before I did, we wished each other luck & said we'd talk tomorrow.  My surgery started about 30-45 minutes late (not as bad as my knee surgery 3 hours late).  I had to walk to the OR, lay down, and they immediately pumped me with anesthesia, it was burning my hand so bad I decided to just close my eyes and help the process along, next thing I knew I was in recovery trying to read the clock.  I asked for my glasses, but the clock was still blurry so I knew I was still really out of it.  About 10 minutes later I was able to read the clock, 1:30.  They wheeled me in to Stage 2 Recovery where Joe met me, I had some water & was able to check out my incisions.  I was in quite a bit of pain, lots of pressure & kind of a constipation type feeling mixed with bad menstrual cramps, that's the best way I can describe it.  About an hour later I got slowly dressed & made my way to the car.  I immediately took a pain killer and closed my eyes for the ride home.  I'm having a lot of pain in my chest and rib area more than where my incisions are,  but they did pump me up with CO to make room in my abdominal area to work.  I'm still a little bloated, from that (plus stuffing my face with Liptons and about 6 double stuffed Oreos when I got home).  Next week I have to go back to have my incisions checked & I should be hearing from Dr. G's office today about coming in and starting the next step of the process.  He did find a couple spots of  endometriosis that he was able to cauterize, he told Joe about what he found and showed him some pictures of what they did.  He immediately Googled it and told me about it when I was more coherent.  Very common, no cure, but can be treated with surgery!  Its very common in women with fertility issues.  I'm so glad that something was found and corrected rather than having "unexplained infertility".  Now we can move on to the next stages of this process.  I'm off work today & planning to go back Monday.  I want to say thank you for the sweet comments on the blog, the emails, texts, & phone calls from my friends and family!  It feels so good to hear that so many people care and support us!!  Love you all so much!

three incisions, and a little bloating from the CO, but not too bad

anyone else read this week that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine?! 

Two.  Tis the Season for Scary Movies...
If you’re anything like me then you LOVE this time of year for one simple reason… the horror movie marathons on AMC Fear Fest, Sci-Fi, & ABC Family.  The first time I saw a Freddy Krueger movie I was 3.  My dad had me watching all kinds of slasher flicks as a little kid so I’ve always loved them.  Classics like Halloween (favorite!), Friday the 13th, Saw, Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm St, etc, to the extreme cheese like Sleepaway Camp, & Tales from the Crypt.  My college roommate and I would watch AMC for hours on end this time of year back in our apartment at ISU.  I’m really hoping to get to see Insidious 2, but I’m not sure that we’ll get there before it leaves theaters.  What is your favorite scary movie??

Three.  Fleece Lined Leggings
I happened upon fleece leggings last year via Pinterest, but every time I would find a pair they would be sold out (that’s the bad thing about Pinterest!) This year my favorite little sister in law texted me right away to tell me that Apricot Lane had them for $10 so I jumped for the phone and placed my order.  I just ordered an additional pair this week because I fell madly in love with them.  Leggings are the best, most comfortable article of clothing when they’re not fleece lined so imagine the heavenly feel of the ones that are.  Seriously feels about as close to sweatpants as possible, & if I can get away with feeling like I’m just short of wearing my actual pajama pants at work, then I’m one happy camper!  Bonus, Apricot Lane has them for $7.99 right now in multiple colors!

Four.  Relaxing Recovery Weekend
Really looking forward to being able to relax this weekend.  After having the laparoscopy done, I’m ready to just relax on the couch.  We were supposed to go to a haunted house in Peoria where you shoot paintballs at zombies (how freakin awesome is that?!) so I’m pretty bummed that we will be missing out on that, but I need to get as much rest as possible.  Might be going to get a pedicure tomorrow (I desperately need it) with my mom, and get out of the house for a bit.  Not sure how I will be feeling yet though.  We have a couples baby shower to attend on Sunday, I’m not even 100% sure I will be feeling up to going to that either, so I’m just playing everything by ear for now.

zombie killin'... so bummed we're missing this!

Five.  Interview
So Wednesday I had an interview for a different position within the company that I already work for, Ameren.  The downside to the job is that it’s in Peoria, which is an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half away from where we live.  I currently work 6:30-3:00, the best hours ever.  If I took the job in Peoria my hours would be 8-4:30 so I would leave around the same time I do now, but wouldn’t be home til around 6:00, a total turn off.  I decided that I would keep the interview to get practice for some opportunities that should be coming up next year.  I really do like what I do now, it always changes, the hours are awesome, it’s close to home, I have like the best insurance ever, & I get paid really really well (for an office job, the pay is definitely good!).  I could stay in this position and be comfortable for the rest of my life, but I feel like I definitely want to broaden my horizon & move up in the company.  Right now I am union and the position I am in has no other union positions that are office related, so I will probably end up going to a management position in the future. 

lots of this going on lately! :)

Happy weekend lovlies!  


  1. Good Luck Elena!!! I follow your blog and find it very inspiring that you haven't given up on your dreams even though you've had a few bumps in the road. It'll make the reward in the end so much more rewarding. Just know that people are rooting for you!!! :)

    1. Hey! Didn't realize you were a follower, thank you! I appreciate your comment and your support, always nice to hear that there are people out there who care!! Thanks again! Take care!

  2. Glad surgery went okay, and that you get to relax this weekend.

    Those leggings sound warm.

    Stopping by from the link up.

  3.'s over 70 degrees here and i'm wearing fleece lined leggings. ugh but they're SOOO COMFYYY!!! ;)

    and, more importantly, what wonderful news from your laparoscopy! praise God! you're a brave one girlie. prayers as y'all press forward in this process! bless you!!!

    happy friday! oh and i'm officially following along now...YIPPEE!

    1. Aren't the leggings just to die for!? The best!!

      Thank you for your kind words, and for stopping by and following along!!

      Your newest follower,
      elena <3

  4. ah so glad I found your blog- you are too cute! I had the same surgery in 2009 and it wasn't fun- but the scarring is so minimal! Also, LOVE fleece-lined leggings- just got a black pair- so comfy! Enjoy your weekend!

    AMC fearfest? Here I come haha

    1. Yes AMC Fear Fest has been entertaining me while I recover!! I'm obsessed with slasher flicks!! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

  5. I'm happy to hear the progress. That's awesome news!! I hope you and Joe are pregnant in no time.


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