Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Challenge Kit: Spring Forward

Here is an Easter Kit that I made for the Stone Accent Studio's March Color Challenge. There are 5 alphas/12 papers/45 elements. Hope you like them. The password for the folder on 4shared is bunny. Sorry guys, I forgot to add the file to MediaFire! Here is the link: MEDIAFIRE

Get the kit 4SHARED

I did two layouts with the kit. I like the first one the best! I believe you can click on them for a closer look.

PS: I spent the day with Kim; update later.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Kim is home

Hey Y'all,
Just a quick update: Kim came home late yesterday afternoon from Winston-Salem. The car ride made her very uncomfortable but she didn't complain. Joshua sat with her and they read two books together before she had to go to bed. The home health nurse came to hook her up to the nutrition feed and Kim was in bed asleep by 7:30pm!

I'm really confused about this feeding tube thing. I thought she would have a port that opened and closed when necessary for the feedings. Kim's tube is not a port, in fact it is a very tiny tube that has about 12 inches exposed outside her body; there is no cap or closing! How can this be safe? Can germs or foreign objects just get to the intestines unimpeded? If anyone else out there is familiar with this, could you please share your knowledge with me?

I'm working on a twenty year x 4 digital scrapbook for a friend. She is going to actually pay me to sort, scan, log in, and make 4 digital scrapbooks for her family and 3 children. I'm also going to be transferring all her printed photos to digital and file them on DVDs for her. Personally, I think this project will take over a year!

I'm also working on an Easter digital kit that I will post soon.


Friday, March 27, 2009

On the Mend

Hey Y'all,
Well, Kim is finally on the mend from her surgery. Wednesday and Thursday were very tough days for her but she seems more herself today. Things are done so differently at this hospital. If you want to be fed you must find out what type of diet they have you on (they do not tell you), where to call to order your meal, then place your order! There aren't any 'meal wagons' like we are use to where everyone gets basically the same meal with diet allowances. Kim didn't have anything to eat for two days because no one told her to order food and she just thought that's what her doctor wanted! Her husband said that when they brought her up to her room from recovery that they explained the system but Kim was not even coherent at that time.
They started the 'tube' feedings yesterday afternoon. Each 'feeding' takes twelve hours and is usually done from 7pm to 7am. Kim will also have to be hooked up for fluids daily and they take an additional 2 hours. This seems excessive but Kim desperately needs this nutrition-she must gain at least 10 pounds before she will be strong enough to start 'living' again. She can supplement the feeding with small amounts of real food that is basically for taste and chewing sensations, she can no longer eat for sustenance.
She was scheduled to come home today or tomorrow but it doesn't look like that's going to happen now. She has had a very bad allergic reaction to the pain meds, she is still catheterized, and her blood pressure is still low.
Did I tell you that the doctor scared the poop out of her by telling her on the day of the surgery that she was in renal failure? She didn't know that you sometimes have problems urinating when you have surgery and she couldn't pass the liquids. For some reason, the doctor on the floor told her he was afraid that she was 'probably going into renal failure!' She was somewhat hysterical for several hours until both her husband and I assured her that this was probably surgery related and not diabetes related. They have since retracted that stupid statement!
Both Kim and I have been having nightmare ever since she had the surgery. Crazy wild dreams that leave you shaken when you wake up. I'll be so glad when she's back home; I need to see her.
Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and prayers. We truly appreciate you!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kim's out of surgery

Hey Y'all!
Kim has just come upstairs to her room from recovery. She is still really dopey and is in a lot of pain but the surgeon says the tube was implanted without a problem. Her sugar levels are jumping up but the staff is keeping an eye on them. They said they will start trials on the feeding tube tonight. Please keep Kim and her family in your prayers.
PS: She is in room 1107 North Tower, Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital and will be there for a few days if any of you want to send her a card.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Quickie

Hey Y'all,
Things have been going pretty briskly around here and I haven't had time to chat. Kim will be having the 'J' tube surgically inserted on the 25th of the month at Wake Forest University Hospital; she will have to remain hospitalized for 3 days. She has been making periodic trips up there to have things checked out and to get ready for the surgery.
Here is a freebie I made. There are twelve painted Easter eggs in png format, the password is bunny.

Have a great week.