Posted in August 2012

No more stairs.

Leaving for work this morning I made my last trip down those 27 stairs. I stopped to snap a picture at the end of the first batch (14). Before I turned for the cement, I spat on the bottom stair. GOOD RIDDANCE! Those stairs tested me daily, often determining how could my day had the … Continue reading

Some time to think

Some time to think

I am so glad my little guy is such as good listener. He LOVES when we talk to him, read to him, make goofy noises at him. You’d think doing it all the time would make it less exciting, but that is not the case at all. Today he became a 7-month-old. A bittersweet milestone … Continue reading

So, what’s going to happen Friday?

So, what’s going to happen Friday?

I’ve gotten this question four times today so I’m going to spell out to the best of my knowledge what will happen on Friday during surgery to repair my separated pelvis (diastasis symphysis pubis). Dr. Sojka explained that after I’m “under” and the incision is made, he will remove the disk of cartilage (the symphysial … Continue reading

My selfless sister

My selfless sister

My younger sister and I are very different people. I am five-and-a-half years older and we have lived very different lives. But our bond is stronger than any pair of siblings I have ever known. When I could’t get out of bed two days after delivering my son, she packed up her three-month-old, arranged for … Continue reading

Practice makes possible

One of the perks of working for the university is one class per semester tuition free. Today was the first meeting of my class. I decided to take advantage of this benefit and enrolled in Anthropology of Women before I knew I would need surgery. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see … Continue reading

Guest Blog: She will dance at my wedding

I met MS, the author of this blog, when I was 20 years old. We were both sitting in a room clutching newspaper clips, waiting to be interviewed by the managing editors of The Des Moines Register. We both wanted the same journalism internship. What struck me most about MS was how genuinely NICE she … Continue reading

Parinoid or prepared?

Parinoid or prepared?

For some reason it hit me today that the surgery to mend my separated pelvis could have SERIOUS consequences. I spent about two hours today locked in thoughts centered around what happens if I don’t wake up. I checked with my mom about past surgery on my eyes. Did I have a reaction to the … Continue reading

NP and LG to the rescue, part 2

Holy cow! If you would have told me I would come home today to two sparkling bathrooms, five loads of cleaned and folded laundry and gobs of boxes and tubs stacked neatly and filling two-thirds of the living room I wouldn’t have believed you. I should have. The stereotype of the Midwestern work ethic was … Continue reading

NP and LG to the rescue!

Today was monumental. We went from about five boxes packed to more than a dozen boxes and tubs ready to go. Two dear college friends (who will marry each other in 53 weeks!) are here from Des Moines to help us. Tomorrow, while we are at work and the little guy is at daycare, they … Continue reading