Saturday, July 23, 2011

I Hate Being Away....

....from my boyfriend, friends, people I love (besides the fam) and even school. It's the worst feeling in the world. Today was Andrew's dad's birthday and I called Andrew so I could talk to his dad. We only chatted for a few minutes, but he mentioned that I was the only person missing from the celebration. It warmed my heart to hear him say that and I smiled to myself but after that feeling was gone all I could think about was what I missed out on and how I should have tried to be there. Perhaps this is God's way of telling me what I have to look forward to after I graduate in May and I loathe it already. On top of all that I had made plans to go visit Sammie but then I got sick with a nasty cold and a mild fever. The last time I saw her was in early May for multiple graduations. So I made plans to see her towards the end of August. And I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm really ready for school to start back up so that I can get back into a normal routine. Doesn't sound too crazy right?

August can't seem to get here fast enough! The only downsides of August are that I have to get all my stuff moved back to College Station and I have to have my gallbladder taken out. Definitely not looking forward to those, but it means I get to see the people I care about! And that can't be beat :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Almost in the Working World

Tomorrow starts my first day as a volunteer at one of the hospitals here in Longview. After nearly two months of paperwork and testing I have finally been cleared to volunteer, and I'm only left with two weeks. How sad to think that I started this whole process on May 17th and now that the summer is almost over, I can finally get to work on getting my last few OT shadowing hours in before submitting my applications.

Volunteering at the hospital is plenty complicated. Besides the strict clearance policy that every person has to go through, the uniform is just as irritating. Volunteers are required to wear a white shirt, white pants, white shoes, and a yellow vest or blouse given to you by the hospital along with your name badge. I had the hardest time finding white pants. Eventually I just decided to order a pair of white scrub pants and they are perfect! Granted, I don't know what I'll do when I need to wear those same pants every day for the next two weeks (whether to wash the every day or every other day, etc..) but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Or I'll just start to smell weird! Just kidding :)

Wish me luck on my first day of volunteering!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bad But Good News

This morning I had my upper endoscopy procedure done to try and find out what's been making me sick for the last few years. The result from the short procedure determined that all of my problems have been caused by my gallbladder. The doctor told me that a normal gallbladder functions at 35% or greater and mine is functioning at 2% which is no bueno. In addition to my gallbladder, I'm having acid reflux issues. They don't have any way to reverse the damage that's been done and the only thing I can do now is have my gallbladder removed before I go back to school. Hopefully that will cut down the acid reflux too. Having gallbladder problems means that I have to go on a lowfat diet, starting ASAP. So no cakes, cookies, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate, candy and I have to try to cut out any processed foods. If you didn't know, I have the worst sweet tooth cravings ALL THE TIME. I haven't ever been able to get control of the cravings either. Additionally, the doctor says I have to lose weight, there is no other option.

So today has been really rough on me with having to take all of this in. I feel like it's going to be impossible to squeeze this in before school starts. And I have no idea how to change my diet because I don't have the time to cook a lowfat meal every day. A consultation has been scheduled for next Thursday and then we will go from there. But I know I ABSOLUTELY MUST move into my new place before the surgery because afterwards I won't be able to lift much for a week or two. On the upside, last night my mom and I went to see the Harry Potter double feature at the movies, with part one showing at 9pm and part two at midnight. I've been a fan since the books first came out and I'm really sad that it's ending. Oh! And I was quoted in the local newspaper :) pretty exciting!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't You Think of Babies.....

when you hear the word sonogram? That's what Megan asked me last night when my mom and I were talking about my sonogram appointment. Mom looked at her like she was crazy. So this morning I have a sonogram to check for stomach inflammation. On top of that I found out that besides the sonogram they will be injecting dye into me to make sure everything is functioning properly. Tomorrow they will put me under for an upper endoscopy and they will knock me out to put a scope down my throat. Can't wait for that one! Just kidding. Did I mention that I haven't been able to eat or drink anything since midnight? I'm starting to feel parched. Here's hoping they find nothing wrong with me!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Raise Your Right Hand

Yesterday I showed up at the city courthouse for a trial that was about a car accident from 3 and a half years ago. The wreck happened over Christmas break of my freshman year, I was dropping Megan off at school and was headed home afterwards. I happened to be driving Megan's car because she didn't have her license yet and I was tired of driving a stick shift. So we took her car to school. I ended up accidentally t-boning a 16 yr old in his pickup truck. The damage was minor to both vehicles and a police report was written. A month later my dad had back surgery and shortly after that the guy who I had hit (and his family) came after my dad personally, since the title of the vehicle was in his name, for ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Obviously my dad does not have that kind of money and I don't remember what happened except that they tried to go after his home and business. Almost 2 years after the wreck I got served with paperwork stating that the guy and his mother are sueing my dad and me for several things, including mental and physical anguish as well as future expenses. The insurance company offered therm $11,000 but they decided not to take it. I had no idea what would happen. In May 2010 I got a call from my attorney (provided by the insurance company) saying that I would have to come home and answer questions about the wreck. Summer school was going on but I got a break and came home. In that time my dad had gone through quintuple bypass surgery and later was dropped from the case. Another year goes by and a trial date is set for April 11, 2011. No clue what happened with that. And now it's July. Did you follow all that?

So after arriving to court at 8:15 in the morning, I sat there and listened and watched, thinking that I had so many better things to be doing than sitting there. The plaintiffs requested compensation of about $80,000. Things were finally over around 5:30 and I couldn't wait to hear what had been decided. The jury concluded that the guy I hit should only receive about $8,000 which is less than the original offer. It was obvious that they were very irritated and frustrated at the small amount of money they had received. It was the longest day in court I've ever been to and I hope I never have to do anything like it again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Back From Vacay

Hello blogosphere! I can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since my last update! It feels so great to finally stop for just a minute and take a break. In case you don't remember, I made 2 trips to Florida. One was with Mary and Megan and the other was with my dad and Andrew. The first trip included several beach days, a trip to Disneyworld, and tons of fireworks. My trip with dad and Andrew was a once in a lifetime trip. The only downside to coming home and turning back around to go back to Florida in less than 24 hours was that I was exhausted and on the way back the first time I nearly had a heart attack. Richard told me that he couldn't get my car started and it was dead. So the next hour and a half was spent figuring out how I was going to get home in time to repack and go back and decide if I needed a rental car. Turns out nobody knew that in order to turn on a manual vehicle you MUST push the clutch in. And voila! The car started without any problems and we got home sooner than I had expected. Not to mention the turnaround time was less than 24 hours. The trip with my dad and Andrew was something that none of us will ever forget. Getting to watch the final shuttle launch was amazing especially since NASA had been saying that they wouldn't launch until Sunday and I was afraid we wouldn't get to see it. But we did! And the best part was that I got to spend 3 days with Andrew!

I spent today unpacking and sorting through clean and dirty clothes as well as picking out clothes to wear for my court appearance tomorrow. But I'll tell you all about that tomorrow! I also had an appointment with a gastroenterologist about my nausea and vomiting that I've been having for quite some time. He mashed on my stomach and I told him all the problems I'd been having. So I get to have a sonogram done on Thursday to check for any inflammation and an endoscopy on Friday to take tissue samples. So keep your fingers crossed that they find out what's wrong with me. I'll keep you posted as to how things go!