Sep 29, 2009

To New Challenges

Yesterday was quite a day.

The good:

My best friend Megan is moving back up to the Northern Virginia area and I couldn't be more excited! I've known her since second grade and she's been living in Southwestern Virginia for a year and a half and I miss her like crazy. And she's not just moving back up here - she'll be here as of Sunday - yup, this weekend!

The bad:

Back in March I had surgery to remove my gall bladder - it was done laproscopically (meaning it was less than an hour, they made four tiny incisions and it was outpatient), and all was well. Fast forward to six months later and the area around one of my incisions is a little inflamed and irritated and kind of painful. I went to see my surgeon today and he told me I had a keloid. I asked him if he made that term up. (According to Wikipedia he did not). Basically the scar is raised and sensitive and isn't healing/fading the way it should be. He gave me names of three different over the counter creams and said to use them two to three times a day to see if that helps.

If that doesn't seem to be working after a few weeks and it's still really bothering me I get to go to a plastic surgeon. That's right. A plastic surgeon who will inject me with a shot of steroids where my scar is one to two times and that will fix the problem. I should mention this scar is at the top of my stomach - a fabulous place for a needle, right? This freakin' cream better work.

The ugly:

My husband's company is closing all of its Virginia stores. As of today their hours are shortened, liquidation sales start, and three weeks from Saturday their doors officially close. The upside of this: Ben sees this as a great opportunity to draw more (he's an artist), and find something better. Let's just hope this economy allows him to find something better. So last night we drank champagne and toasted "to new challenges."

Anyone else have a crazy day yesterday? Any tips about keloids or finding jobs? Sorry to be kind of a downer this morning - a book review will be going up later today!

(Photo: yes, please)


Nicole said...

Oh my goodness! I have heard about keloids before, but I've only heard about them on people with cartilage piercings that have grown the bump around them. I hope the cream works out for you because I’d be afraid to go to the plastic surgeon. But most things involving more than a regular doctor check up freak me out.

Good luck to your husband. I hope that he is able to find something better. My boyfriend has been looking for full time work for a while, and I know how difficult things can be right now. That’s great though that he’ll be able to focus on his drawing. I wish you both the best of luck.

I’m so happy for you that your friend is moving close to you again. That will be great to have your friend with you while you’re going through all of this. And I know how important it is to have good friends during either the good or the bad times. Just keep focusing on the positive, and it will all turn out in the end. :)

Best wishes!

Brooke said...

I know it's so cliche to say this, but everything does happen for a reason. Remember, we are all here to support you. Good luck!

Amber said...

On the good, YAY for your best friend moving back! It's nice to have friends close, I was so happy when school started on all my friends moved back here!

On the bad, ouch :S That doesn't sound good. I *really* hope the over-the-counter cream works for you too!

On the ugly, that really sucks but you and your husband sound like you have a GREAT attitude about it. How fantastic is it that you toasted to new challenges? Good things will happen for you guys! Things always fall into place for people who deserve it!

Have a good day :D XO

Chelsea said...

Good for your husband! What a brave attitude!

I wish my best friends would move closer! I can't even imagine how excited you are!! (Well I sort of can imagine...)

Becky said...

Thanks for all the well wishes!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yikes. Hope the over-the-counter creams work for you.

I am sorry to hear about the career changes that are impacting your husband. It's always stressful, but it seems like a good opportunity to assess where he's at and what he wants to be doing. That is what I keep telling people who are going through this, but I know it is really stressful. :( Hopefully the economy bounces back very soon.

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