December flew by, as I headed to Hawaii for 6 days (see this post). It was a fabulous trip!
6 days later (about the time I fell off the blog world) I headed to the hospital at USC for a 'tune-up' in clearing out infection in my lungs and also to get sinus surgery for the first time ever...Thus, the reality of CF caught up with me and though I felt great in Hawaii, I couldn't avoid the need for some IV meds and clearing the infection festering in my lungs. Both the tune-up and surgery went extremely well and though I endured 10 days of being admitted in the hospital (it was rough during the Christmas season), I was blessed by friends and family during that time. God provided many to help keep my spirits up :).
Here's a pic of a little Christmas party some friends threw in my hospital room:
I ended up being there 10 days when finally, by God's grace I was able to go home Christmas Eve, and though I was a little drugged up on pain medication from my surgery on the 22nd, it was a blessing to be home with my family for Christmas day. We had a great time (sorry no pics, I wasn't totally aware so no pics were taken)- good food, good family time and a long nap made my Christmas one of the most relaxing times ever.
It took 4 weeks or so for me to really start feeling well after IV's and surgery- the surgery recovery was more of a process than I had anticipated. I am NOW glad to have done it but during those first 2 weeks afterwards, man- it was rough...snot, blood, drainage, you name it (I won't get too graphic...and I didn't take pics knowing that it might gross you out). All that is to say, I had excellent care both from Docs, nursing staff and at home, nurse Mom and Dad. Thanks to God for providing all I needed and helping me recover well!