Mar 16, 2018

Hello friends,


My family and I recently got back from an amazing vacation in Orlando, Florida!  I shared this on FB, but for those who didn’t know, a very kind friend and his wife wanted me to “make a wish,” so I chose Disney World/Universal Studios since I’ve never been there, and my family and I all had the most wonderful time!!!   The weather was so beautiful, the food was amazing, the parks, rides, and shows were all so very fun, and it was just so nice being able to get away from weekly doctor appointments and all things medical-related.


Anyways, this past Wednesday was supposed to be my big surgery, but it got postponed AGAIN.  I’ve had central vertigo for almost 2 whole weeks now, and it has never lasted this long. 🙁  It makes my head feel awful, and the medication that calms it down makes me so exhausted (it’s a benzodiazepine).  Also, my prealbumin blood level (which shows nutritional status and how well a patient will heal) dropped down to 18 even though it got up to 22 at one point, and my surgeon said it NEEDS to be 20 or above in order to do surgery.


I can’t remember if I ever mentioned this before, but there’s been a TPN (IV nutrition) shortage because one of the main places TPN is made from is Puerto Rico..  They’re still recovering from all the hurricanes, etc., so because of the shortage, my IV protein had to be decreased by 10 grams per day.  That is one of the reasons why my prealbumin dropped.  My dextrose (sugar) also had to be taken out of my IV magnesium bags because they’re short on that, too.


So, I made another appointment with my surgeon to discuss the new plan once again.  She’s booked out, so it’s not until next month..


I recently saw my orthopedic hip surgeon, and she thinks my right hip labrum is torn (my left one tore in 2016, and I had to have surgery for it…recovery took a whole year unfortunately 🙁 ).  My right hip has been locking, getting “stuck,” popping, and causing a lot of pain with certain movements.  So I have to do more physical therapy and get a diagnostic ultrasound-guided hip steroid injection into the hip joint soon.  Once I fully recover from this other major bladder surgery, I have to get a hip MRI arthrogram, and if the scan confirms that the labrum is torn, then my surgeon will have to perform surgery to repair the labral tear. 🙁  I just can’t wait until I have a new body in Heaven!


I will keep you posted when my bladder surgery gets rescheduled and what my surgeon plans!  I will also try to keep the updates going when/if anything new comes up..


P.S. Not sure if any of you have noticed, but I haven’t blogged as often like I used to because I’ve gotten side-tracked.. 😉  I now hand letter pretty much every single day, and I love it so much!!  It’s just the best!!  I’ve also been doing custom orders! 🙂



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  • Hi , Karissa! Even though it’s been a while since I’ve written, I want you to know I’ve been thinking of you, praying for you, and keeping up with your posts. I’m excited to hear you are hand lettering and getting so much joy out of it. I pray that it helps relax you and take your mind off your pain and other discomforts a bit. Is your vertigo and hip pain better? I’m praying that you will find relief from those and your other pains as well. I was just playing a piano arrangement of the old hymn, Day by Day, and the words reminded me of you:

    “Day by day, and with each passing moment,
    Strength I find to meet my trials here;
    Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
    I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
    He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
    Gives unto each day what He deems best,
    Lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure,
    Mingling toil with peace and rest.”

    Even though you have gone through — and are going through — so much hardship for such a young person, it always amazes me how God has blessed you with the strength to endure and trust Him in all things. His joy shines through every word you write!

    May God continue to uphold you and your family!

    God’s blessings,
    “Auntie” Ying

    • Dear Ying,

      Thank you so much for your email! It was such an encouragement to read. I’m sorry it took me ever so long to reply. 🙁 The last few weeks have been really rough. I was having severe abdominal pain with nausea, and I wasn’t tolerating food and liquids well. I got very weak and dehydrated, and my GI dr. wanted me to go to the ER. I went this past Tuesday, and got admitted overnight. They’re not exactly sure what happened, but I did have a very high lab value which can cause abdominal pain. I see my GI dr. in 1 1/2 weeks and will need to discuss all this with him.

      My vertigo is much better, thank you for asking. 🙂 The hip pain calmed down after I had a diagnostic ultrasound guided hip steroid injection last week, but sadly, this test does pretty much confirm that I have a hip labral tear.

      Thank you for the words to that hymn and your continued prayers. It means so much to me! It’s been hard, but I’m taking it one day at a time with God’s grace. 🙂


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