Thursday

Mermaid Wishes

Mmmmm..
Birthday Wishes for the lone Mermaid.
Well let's see,
For starters I would need a fabulous bag to hold my treasures.
with the # "9" of course!
Found this here
Then I found this lovely clam shell, where perhaps my jewels of the sea can be placed!
feel free to purchase this here!
And I know the perfect place to stop to fill it!
Goodness, I have been dying for pieces from this amazing artists store forever now.
Ok, is this not me???

And the "Gypsy"part! AHHHH! I can't stand it!
Love love love it all!
See for yourself!
And I think that these are just the sweetest!
Just go here
And every surfer mermaid needs one of these!
Totally Rocks!
Then to keep me mermaid self clean as a whistle for some pirate...
I know, they all want to be ME!!!!
Fabulous products can be found here!
And to keep me in check while I swim the seas...
I found this designer off of Maya's blog,
And am in REAL BIG TROUBLE now!
And then amongst my coral day bed.....
PERFECT!
And as I lay on my day bed and gaze out to sea, I am sure to get hungry, perhaps for some Birthday cake?
Ahh.. but what to eat off of?
Just love, but you would have to pop in over here to get a real feel for what I am talking about!
But before the cake.. we must eat "real"food right?
(although that is what Mama always said!)
So how bout you order me some fresh fish from

Now I will grab my bottle (filled with the Pirate's fav rum!)
And please don't take mine... you can get your own over here, and a lot more too!
Then I will lay my tail down to rest, and wait to see if any birthday wishes come true...
(here is what I wanted...but pic wouldn't upload! well, everything I wanted!

xoxox
Hope you have sweet dreams too!
Cricket
Thank you to all the lovely shops above..and the many more I wish this tired body could put in!
You all ROCK!
big hugs~

Finally able to get it out!

ok.. I meant to post this late Tuesday night or atleast Wednesday morning for Sarah's but you know, Dilaudid here and there can make you a little woozy!
But I wanted to post it for that particular blog party
Cause you know what?
THANK GOD I AM ALIVE!!!
No joke!
When I say I have been through some serious illness, I am not kidding.
But this?
This?
I know it was necessary..
But inhumane I say.... most gut wrenching, want to die, don't ever think you will make it out alive type of pain.
(let us not forget my lovely situations on the outskirts of this...)
So.. the morning of the 20th.. I head on out to 
KENNEDY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON TWP.
I got my PAT's done.. donated all my own blood, cardia clearance, blah blah blah... and here I am waiting in pre-op.
ok. I am the ONLY surgery that day...and I am waiting..waiting.. then who should appear, but my lovely PA who works with my spinal surgeon, who has always been there, answered every question. closed my up my last surgery in January. But the day before surgery she calls me and says that she WILL NOT be there tomorrow. I held back my tears. (to me this was not good karma) but I accepted it.
NOW HERE SHE IS IN PRE-OP. She couldn't stay for surgery.. but purposely went to the hospital, scrubbed, gowned.. just to see me off! Now if that is not patient dedication, I do not know what is.
She works with my hero 

Dr.Steven Kirshner who is part owner of the  Spine Institute in NJ with another amazing nero surgeon, Dr. Joan O'Shea.  Their website is amazing. Dr. Kirshner is the first doc in the State of NJ to perform artificial disc replacements when the FDA approved them. My disc is the PRODISC-L clicking on that link will gives you ooodles of info!



Here is a brief pic of what was placed 
VIA GUT
to my L5-S1 area of spine.
I know a lot of you out their have back pain, 
(no worries, this video is NOT gory!)

This morning was not good for me, I was worried about my dad.. even as an EX OR, trauma adrenaline junkie nurse... I was scared shitless!
Even more so, when after 5, yes % attempts, the nurses could not get a line in me.. so lucky anesth. came to rescue.. and even HE had a hard time.. where I finally burst and was like.."give it to me!!!!" I'll do it!"  Needless to say... the line went in perfectly.
sorry, had to add a little Halloween ghoul for this photo!

Now Kirsher shows up...
(excuse my ugliness..and I do NOT have a double chin! I have a soon to be ex who wanted to torture me and make me look horrid! LOL!
Yep.. he is calm as a cucumber... we are just waiting on the vascular surgeon..and now they have to hook up wires to my TEDS to test all my spinal nerves/control.
Beautiful huh?
Although about 9 hours later.. there were more tiny holes you can't see here..well they ALL enlarged to about 2-4 inches with about 3 inches highly edematous skin trying to plow through.. a BP of 94/52.. and me telling 2 frightened young RN's.. stop worrying about me being a nurse.. DO YOUR JOB! I am not here to grade you, criticize you, I just want to be pain free and have a smoke..now PLEASEEEEEEEE call the surgeon.
Within 10 minutes..I was stabilized.

This is what we want to see! (above!)

Thank goodness!
Also thanks to this handy dandy pump.
All in all, I hear it was a very successful surgery, although all my spinal nerves at the end were fried and I still do not have that feeling left on the right side of my foot or toes. I can't cough or bend over.
It hurts like hell.
I reallyt wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy.
But in the long wrong, if it works.. it works.
Just hard to believe 2 surgeries in 8 months.
Now I have to rethink my whole nursing career.
A lot to think about.
You all haven't heard the nightmare
the DAY BEFORE surgery.
This mermaid may NOT be going to Florida.
Do to working for the State (not Florida)
and them being ass backwards... screwing up everything of my mine..
pay, benefits.. etc. and then living with someone I have no right to ask 
"for help"
nor would he give it.
But unless I hit that little lotto by the 1st.
This mermaid is hanging up her tail.
I guess that is a super great birthday present huh?
Anyhow.. just wanted to FINALLY check in.
I am still alive.
Making it slowly.
And will be back and running I hope in no time!
Thank you all....
For all your wonderful comments...private text's 
emails...
I love you all!
And without you, 
I could not have done this!
xoxox
Cricket
Had to add this..
I asked him,
"Why can't we put 
'READY SET GO!'
guess you can imagine the look I got!
LOL!

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