I hope you guys all had the best weekend! Anyone besides me freaking out a little that Christmas is NEXT WEEK?! Where does the time go????? We were able to enjoy some of our favorite holiday activities over the last few days, so that’s such a blessing, but I’m not ready for the season to end. I’ll have more on that later this week…today, I thought I’d share a little update on some of us as so many of you have sent me the sweetest messages, emails and comments praying for us, encouraging us and wishing us well.
I’ll go first…as you now know, I had a hysterectomy last Friday. I’m sure I’ll get into all of that at a later time, but I think it’s probably a little too premature to do that now. I want to finish healing before I start answering questions and explaining/describing my recovery. So many of you have reached out about possibly having one too, and I’d love to answer your questions, but I want to make sure I have the full picture before I offer my insight and experience. Right now, I’m like 9 days out and still very much recovering. I do feel like I’m on the upswing, but I also know that recovering from this type of surgery is not fast and every day is different. Many of you asked what exactly I had removed and the answer is everything. They took not only my uterus, but my ovaries and fallopian tubes too. I have been doing hormone replacement therapy for 7 years now (you can read more about that HERE), but clearly, I’ll need to do an updated post on that as well now that I realllllly have to manage my own hormones. In the meantime, I go later this week for my post-op appointment and am hoping he thinks I’m recovering as well as I do. I’m feeling great this morning, so that’s a plus! This week, I’m going to rest as much as I can in-between the fun holiday things we have planned.
Now, an update on Kensington. On November 15th, our oldest kiddo went under general anesthesia for the very first time to have a biopsy. The results came back and they were what we were expecting/prepared for. They have confirmed one issue, but we’re still waiting on more information about a second one. Once we know exactly what’s going on, I’ll let you know, but in the meantime, I wanted you to know that she’s doing great and handling everything in stride. We have our ups and downs, but she’s really grown and matured this fall due to all of this, and I’m so proud of her. So many of you have asked about Kensington, and I just wanted you to know that she’s doing well. Thank YOU for your kindness this fall.
Finally, our Madeley Moo. Oh geez, I was waiting to share this until I knew exactly what was going on, buuuuuuuuut who knows when that will be?! Back in April, Andrew and I took her to the endocrinologist because we were concerned about her growth. She’s pretty tiny for her age, so about once a year, she sees the endocrinologist for a check up. This time around, the doctor had some concerns and ran a blood panel that included a few labs on her liver annnnnnd…her liver enzymes were elevated. So, off we went to see another doctor about her liver. Fast forward to November and she has been poked, prodded and examined more times than I can count trying to figure out her liver. She’s had images taken, she’s given so much blood, we have had so many tests and even though we’re very thankful that we’ve been able to cross off things, we still don’t know the problem. Sooooo…she was supposed to have had a liver biopsy in December, BUT the last round of genetic testing came back in November and concluded that yes, her liver enzymes are elevated and acting up, BUT it’s probably because of her kidneys. Urg. We haven’t been looking at her kidneys. So, tomorrow, she actually goes in to see about her kidneys for the first time. Before they go in to do a liver biopsy, they want to make sure they don’t need to do a kidney one too (or maybe it’s just the kidneys?!). So…it’s been 9 months and we’re still going in circles. A lot of things they’ve eliminated over the last nine months are good. We’ve eliminated pediatric liver cancer, all sorts of Hepatitis, a variety of things she might have contacted from her birth mother, and some things she could have contracted from the conditions she was born in to. They feel very confident that whether it be the liver or the kidneys, it’s genetic and not a result of something that happened to her in China. We’re eventually going to get to the bottom of this liver/kidney situation, but for now, it’s been almost 9 months and we still don’t know anything.
So. That’s what we’ve been doing lately.
I know this doesn’t give you all the details, but honestly, we don’t have them yet ourselves. I’m still waiting to see how long it takes to recover from hysterectomy, we’re still waiting on Kensington’s results and we’re still waiting on Mades too…but that’s a little update for you.
Thank you again so much for all of your prayers and words of encouragement. I read every single one and they all mean so much!
Now. Anyone ready to find out who won…
…those two Gucci bags?!
Sheaffer and I are excited to tell you that SARAH SALAZAR is the big winner!
Congratulation!!! I emailed you this morning. Please email me back ASAP to claim your prize!!
Now, this is a big week in blog world…first of all, if you’re a blogger too, don’t forget that WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY is THIS WEEK!! We are linking up a week early due to Christmas being the last Wednesday of the month. Second of all, my very favorite post of the entire year is coming up TOMORROW!!!!!! Eeeeks! I can’t wait! I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!! So, needless to say, see you guys tomorrow! xo