I Lost a Week

A week ago, I went in for a CT scan to try to determine the cause of stomach pain I've been experiencing for about six months. That was the beginning of my lost week.

I missed school programs, church, and seminary graduation (although I did hobble in and grit my way through Veronica's piano solo of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" before heading home to a hot bath and my barf bag). I missed Joe's two highest-scoring games of his career. I missed the Cedar Fort Author Appreciation Dinner. I missed being available to help Veronica through a scary car accident. I missed a day I'd been planning to spend with my sisters helping my 8 months pregnant sister get ready for baby number 7.

Instead I spent the week having two surgeries, spending days in pain that is impossible to describe, spending an evening in the the ER, hours in a hot tub and days wrapped in an electric blanket. I kept down a cup of cheerios and two pieces of toast in four days and by yesterday I couldn't keep down a few ice chips.

But thanks to a good doctor, I'm on the mend today. Thanks to good nurses, I spent the last day in relative comfort. Thanks to good neighbors, my family got fed. Thanks to good family, I had tons of prayers on my behalf. Thanks to good kids, my house and laundry got attention. Thanks to my good husband, everyone got where they needed to be--including me.

I'd like to have that week back, but only if I could feel good and could be a part of all the things I missed.

It's hard to believe I could be robbed of so much by something as stupid as a kidney stone.


Mindy said...

I'm so sorry you are sick and that you've missed so many important things. :(

joannie said...

sorry to hear you were so ill. I had almost the same problem but i didn't go to dr but should have. I got some kind of stomach bug. I have never had in my life which was probablity food poisening. Boy did i suffer but i figured i would just suffer in my bed than in the hospital. I am glad your feeling better and just little things can make the world unwrap. I know i am disabled with 2 rare blood disorders plus diabeties and a host of other problems. I hope you don't have anymore kidney stones i have had them and they are like Labor pains without the fun Buddle lol. Good luck your Fan Joannie jscddmj [at] aol [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to life. Kidney stones! Been there! done that! We were seriously concerned beyond belief. Love and miss you and our prayers continue. Big hugs from afar! LMH

Kristi said...

It sounds like you missed an important week.
I'm so glad you are on your way back. Hopefully you will be available for all of the other important big events coming up, and hopefully you will be able to enjoy them as a healthy person.

Lolawid said...

Karey, yuck!! Glad they found out what was wrong and that it wasn't anything more serious! Also glad you are on the mend. Big hugs!!

Tawnie said...

Oh I am so sorry for all you've been through. I hadn't even thought about all that you might be missing. Crazy! So so glad you are getting better.
Love you lots!

Anonymous said...

follow up; Veronica's accident kind of got lost in the shuffle with your illness. We are so grateful she didn't get hurt when the person ran into her. I hope she isn't having any trauma from it. Way to go, Joseph. You could teach a basketball camp with your skills. Thanks to Travis and the children fro picking up the slack while you are out of commission. All of you take care of yourselves. Love and miss you. LMH

Tina B said...

Thankfully, they figured out what was wrong with you and were able to fix it. :)
Hopefully your recovery is quick and you are back to doing all of things you love soon.

missy said...

Wow! I don't check my favorite blogs for a week and look how much I've missed! I'm sorry you were so sick and missed out on so much, but I'm happy that you are feeling better. Wish I lived close enough to bring you a big pot of chicken "doodle" soup and homemade bread! Comfort food at its best! :)
I don't know if you saw my response to your comment on my blog, but we'll be in Utah for a week in June. I'll be in touch!