Saturday, November 7, 2009

An update! and some nastiness... ;)

Wow! I can't believe it's been over two months since I posted any images on here! Sheesh!

Well, I got a little story for ya, Ags! ;) My hubby and I were set to move from the Washington, DC, area to Southern California, so I was busy trying to get things ready for the move when I got sick. I had just finished my last day of work at the architecture firm in DC, which was good timing since I didn't have any sick days to use (plus I had a number of things I needed to finish up before I left). I felt horrible for a few days and decided to go see a doctor. They ran numerous tests on me (which took about a week--not fun) but didn't find much. They thought I might have had a urinary tract infection, so they put me on Cipro, and told me to go home and take it easy. (Did I mention we were trying to move?) Fortunately, I started feeling better, so we packed up and headed for my parents' house in San Antonio.

Not even three hours after we arrived, I started feeling sick again. I had a horrible night, and wasn't feeling better by morning, so Mom and hubby decided I should go to the ER. Long story short, I had appendicitis. I got wheeled into the OR and wheeled back out again about an hour later. Turns out I had had pretty bad infection that caused a some nasty problems I won't mention here and basically just created a lot of mess on my insides. The doctor thinks I had gotten appendicitis while I was still in VA, but it probably calmed down with the Cipro then flared up again two weeks later. It apparently wasn't acting like "normal" appendicitis (whatever that means) which is why the doctors out in VA didn't see it at first (plus I wasn't having the same pain typically associated with it).

And, I have pictures to prove it! If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you'll see a picture I took of a picture of my appendix after it was removed. Consider yourself warned! It is pretty nasty looking!

So now you know why I haven't posted anything lately! Because I was sick, I had to cancel a few events I had set up to photograph (including a baby shower I was really excited about--boo!) and some portrait sessions too.

But, we've made it out to California, and I have some images I took in DC and Virginia before we left that I'm going to post here. These first two are from Dumbarton Oaks, a huge garden and museum in the Georgetown area of DC. My friend Carmen had told me about it when I first moved to DC last fall, but I hadn't taken the time to visit. When she found out I was moving, she asked if I wanted to go with her to see it before I left, and of course I said yes! It is a gorgeous place that I'd recommend to anyone in the DC area.

I liked the little yellow ladybug hanging out on these flowers.

And I thought it was really cool to see this vine sprouting from a brick wall!

And now for the appendix pic! Don't scroll any further if you don't want to see something a little nasty! :)


(I'm giving you time to decide whether you want to see it or not.)


(Did you decide?)


(Three....)


(Two...)


(One!)


Here it is! Mine was apparently about twice the size as a normal one. Shrug.

1 comments:

Karmia,  November 16, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

Wow, Lauren! At least now we know what was up with the silent treatment on your blog. I have never been to Dumbarton Oaks - and will now put it on my list. I have never seen a pic of an appendix - you just made my morning more exciting.

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