Can We Please Have a DO-OVER for 2012?!

Seriously - we really, really need a DO-OVER!  I guess that time will come in 2013.  First things first:  SURGERY went GREATTTT!  I am happy and relieved to say I feel A MILLION times better. ALL {every single one!!} my symptoms are completely gone! But, I'm still recovering.  I needed live in help until about a week ago.  Now, I have no more restrictions from my doc except to take it slow and get rest.  The doctor says that many patients start to feel better right around 3 months post-op, but for some it takes up to a year. (I'm hoping for the 3 month mark!)  When I do too much or don't get enough sleep I get pretty intense headaches and the exhaustion threatens to over take me.  Times are still a little hard.  And I guess they'll get harder before they get better because now it's Cameron's turn:

He has a possible broken wrist (more x-rays on Thursday) and a torn MCL and maybe maniscis.  It happened on a motorcycle.  I'm ready to sell them - good ridence, I say.  He could have died without his helmet.  It's totally smashed.  He's got bruises around his forehead from where his head hit the inside of the helmet.  He can only hobble around.  In fact, the Air Force put him on ORDERS to stay home with his leg elevated until Thursday - we'll find out then about knee surgery, but it seems to be imminent.  Tough times, I tell ya.  But in the midst of the tough times we remind ourselves how blessed we are.  Things could definitely always be worse.  We've had so much help and support from our families.  We could NOT have made it through the last months without them and we love them and are so thankful for them.

 I'm trying to catch up on my 'Pictures of the Day'.  It may not happen this year, but here's a few pics of the couple weeks after I got home from recovering in Utah.  Some POTD's from April:

Landon spent HOURS on his new BMX bike.  The track is too far away for him to ride to so he practices like this.
He also got his Bear Cub Scout award and came in 2nd place in his Pine Wood Derby - 2nd year in a row he's come in 2nd.  He's already planning on how to get 1st next year.

Issac played lots of soccer.  I came home in time to see his last two games.

Landon was excited for his 4th grade field trip.

The kids have also been playing A LOT of baseball.  It cracks me up that Austin's mouth is open every time he hits the ball - I guess that's his "thing"

And Ella turned into my "Little Miss Sassy Pants" during the five weeks I was in recovery.  She grew up SO much while I was gone. I was pretty shocked to hear her singing songs and talking in complete sentences by the time I got home.  She knew all her shapes and colors, too.

It might be another three months until I post again - I don't know!!  I'm really trying to focus on getting the most important things done.  With the kids home for summer, Cameron needing help and me not quite at my full capacity yet, we might just pretend this year never happened and start over in January :)  Actually, no we won't. We'll remember the good times, forget the hard, learn what we can, be grateful for what we have and move on....


Adri said...

Oh, Kendra...so sorry to hear about Cameron! But, I am glad you are doing well and moving forward. Keep taking care of yourself. I so wish I could help you! 2012 will definitely be one for the books. ;)

Becky said...

What a year you and your family have had! I am so grateful that your surgery went well and that your horrible symptoms are gone. So sorry about Cameron. That is hard on everyone. Take care and go easy on yourself. Hugs.

Colleen said...

I love that you say you will remember the good times, because even though this surgery/recovery time will be long, I am SO glad you are no longer experiencing baseball eyeballs and severe day-long headaches. What a bummer that Cameron is hurt now! How horrible! Especially as you are still recovering. I hope he heals quickly! The kids look great and it sounds like they stayed busy while you were down and out. Hang in there, there is so much good ahead! Can't wait to see you guys!!!!!

abby said...

So glad your surgery went well and recovery is going well too. I tried to keep up through Cameron's Facebook updates. Sorry to hear about Cameron now!!! My husband wrecked his motorcycle 3rd yr dental school and there are no more at our house now! So I completely understand that! Good luck with continued recoveries!!! Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

my4suns2 said...

I just love you. You have such a great attitude and inspire me. I wish we could have visited you while we were in Utah, but maybe next year we can get together. I hope Cameron recovers quickly...and glad he wasn't hurt worse. Hugs!

wallis said...

Oh Kendra! I just got on facebook tonight and saw a comment you made..Clicked on you and saw the brain surgery extravaganza--yikes! Then I googled you and found your blog..been reading for 2 hours now. ;) You AMAZE me!! And I remember seeing you swimming last summer and never emailing you--darn me.

Your faith and testimony are beautiful! You are beautiful and your children are too. Life definitely doesn't come with ease. Thank you for reminding me about all that is REALLY IMPORTANT! I will say a prayer for you tonight! I hope you continue to heal--and quickly with the short recovery being your case!

Much love!!!
Erin Wallis (Stuart)

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