Monday, June 28, 2010

Do the Hospital Bed Crawl

To start out with, if you know the song that my post title belongs to, good for you. Give yourself a pat on the back.

If you don't, check out The Hush Sound. They're a great band.


Wow. If this past week has taught me anything, it is that life is full of surprises, and you never know what is going to come next.

Before we get into the actual story, I'll take you to a couple of days before all of the exciting stuff happened. I was reading in my scriptures in Mosiah 23: 20-22. Here's what it says:

And it came to pass that they did multiply and prosper exceedingly in the land of Helam...
...Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day. Yea, and thus it was with this people.

After I read that, I compared that to my life. I had been pretty stressed out lately thinking about jobs and being a teacher, but had really turned to the Lord to help me. I felt some peace in my life again, and as I read that, I wondered if I was given a trial if I would react the same way as these people did.

Well, I guess Heavenly Father was wondering the same thing.

On Wednesday, I woke up with an awful headache. I had a migraine about a year and a half ago, and I thought that's what this was. I took some Excedrin, but 30 minutes later it hadn't gone away. I called my mom, and she told me to take some prescription migraine medicine, which made my migraine go away last time. I took it, and it still didn't help. My head was hurting so bad that I just couldn't handle it.

So my mom came home early from work and took me to the doctor. Of course, by the time we got to the doctor my head was hurting less than it had all day. Well, the doctor did some tests, gave me a shot, and my headache was going away. I was extremely happy, and she gave us another shot just in case.

So I went home, and took a nap. Two hours later I woke up with my headache back with full force. My mom gave me the other shot, but it didn't do anything. Now it was time for the hospital.

When we got to the hospital, they put me on an IV (which I hate, it was almost worse than the headache) and gave me some medicine to make my headache go away. I started feeling a lot better. They told me I should also have a CT scan, just in case.

So they whisked me down the hall and gave me a CT scan, and then we had to wait for the results. This was the worst part of the hospital. My IV was bugging me to death, and the medicine they gave me was making me feel completely uncomfortable. Finally, the doctor came back and told us the news. They found something in my brain. Because it was a CT scan, they couldn't be sure about what it was, but he mentioned a few things it could be and one of them was a tumor.

Now, I should have felt scared to death right now. I could possibly have a brain tumor. But I was strangely calm. At the time I thought it might have been because of the drugs, but looking back, it was definitely Heavenly Father comforting me. I felt totally at peace, and I knew everything was going to be okay.

Well, then he said they were going to ship me off to Utah Valley Hospital to have an MRI. And he said they had to take me in an ambulance.

The ambulance came, and by now, I was feeling completely fine, which made for an awkward ride. They had to wheel me out in a stretcher, and I had to just lay there in the back with two guys who were about my age for fifteen minutes. I felt a little dumb.

Anyway, so I finally got to Utah Valley, and they wheeled me inside (and almost dropped me coming out of the ambulance). They took me into the ER, and I had to do some more waiting. While we were waiting for me to get the MRI, Richie and Jason came and gave me a blessing. It was awesome, and I'm so thankful for the priesthood. It was very comforting, and although it didn't say that this trial would all be taken away, it just gave me peace, and I knew that I was going to be okay, no matter what happened.

They finally took me to do the MRI, and it really wasn't too bad. I just closed my eyes the whole time, and it was fine. No claustrophobia here.

Well, I came back to the hospital room, and we waited again for the results. My doctor came in, and told us he had relatively good news. (What does that mean, anyway? Relatively good news? Is it good or bad? I mean, come on.) Anyway, he said I have something called AVM. (I don't remember what it stands for. You can look it up if you want.) But what it is is that I have veins and arteries in my brain that have formed a clump. It started bleeding, which is what caused the headache.

So they sent me home, and on Friday I was scheduled for an angiogram. This is where they go through my femoral artery in my leg and shoot dye into my arteries/veins in my brain so they can see it more clearly.

The part that I was most nervous about was the IV. But I had a great nurse and the IV felt fine. Much better than the first time. They gave me some anti-anxiety drugs and pain killers, and then they cut my artery open. They couldn't put me completely asleep, because when they took the pictures I had to stay completely still.


It took about an hour for the procedure and then I had to stay 2 more hours keeping my leg completely straight so my leg didn't start bleeding or anything. Everything went perfectly.

So now I have an appointment for July 12th to talk with the doctor about what we're going to do to fix it, and I've just been being lazy with a sore leg.

I just wanted to say thanks for all the visits, emails, facebooks, phone calls, and texts. I have some great family and friends in my life. :)

Now I'm feeling great, and my head hasn't bothered me since Wednesday, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
As in the words of Hagrid, "What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Money, Money, Money, Must be Funny in a Rich Man's World

First order of business:

Toy Story 3 is great. I loved it. And yes, I shed a tear. Everyone should see it.

Second order of business:

Everyone should watch the trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Pay close attention to the one second where William Moseley is in it. Ah, he melts my heart.

Okay, now on to the main part of my post. This past month I have been laying around my house, reading lots of books, scrapbooking, watching the Bachelorette, and basically just laying around. It's been fun, but I've also felt a little useless. I had been looking for jobs, but not actively. Just this past week I realized if I don't get a job soon, I'm going to have no money in the fall, which means I won't be able to move out, and might not be able to make my car payments.

So this week I have been job searching like no other. I think I've applied for 10+ jobs in the past two days. I swear, if I have to write down my previous jobs and references one more time I might go insane.

I've applied to places from Subway, to a corn stand, to a yogurt shop, and seriously, if a college graduate can't get a job at one of these places, then where can I get a job?

So if anyone knows of some place that is hiring, or can give me a good word anywhere, it would be much appreciated.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

You've Got Me Hypnotized, So Mesmerized

Today I met David Archuleta.


He did a book signing at the Orem Deseret Book, and so naturally, Heidi and I were there. The signing started at 12:00. Heidi and I knew there were going to be a lot of people there, so we got there at 8:00.

Yup, 4 hours early.
When we arrived, there were already about 50 people in line, but it wasn't too bad. For the next four hours, we finished the books that we were reading, started reading David Archuleta's book, played cards, listened to the iPod, ate $1.00 cinnamon rolls and BYU chocolate milk, and baked in the sun.
Surprisingly enough, the 4 hours passed super quickly. It seemed like we were only out there for an hour.

The Deseret Book workers started coming around, telling us some rules about the signing. They were passing around post-it notes, where you had to write your name and stick it in your book so David could quickly sign it. They also said that he could only sign one name in the book.

Problem.
Heidi and I only bought one book. Our first thought was to just put both of our names on the post-it, and let him choose which name to write.

But then we came up with the plan of all plans. We should combine our names to make one name. Of course. It was perfect.
So we wrote down Heidijen on the post-it.
David finally came out and sang a couple of songs for us. First, he sang "Crush" and accompanied himself on the piano. Let me tell you, it was beautiful. Just watch for yourself.
video

Told you.

Then he sang an a cappella version of "Lean on Me" which was also beautiful.So then he goes inside, the Deseret Book workers tell us a few more rules (no photography - psh) and we get to go in.

This is when Heidi and I realize we have no idea what we're going to say when we meet him. We decided that we were for sure going to introduce ourselves by saying "Hi, I'm Heidi," and "Hi, I'm Jen." We figured this would probably sort out any confusion he had with the post-it note. Heidi really wanted to tell him she likes singing too, and I just wanted to get a good picture of him. Don't worry, I did.

The groups ahead of us were having normal conversations with David, so I wasn't too nervous about it being awkward or anything when it was our turn. We finally get up to the table, and hand him the book. We both say "Hi," and he takes a look at the post-it, and says, "Heidijen?"

We couldn't help it. Heidi and I just started laughing. At this point, I'm sure he thought we were crazy.

He started writing our name, and then asked us, "What's so funny?"

I don't know what happened. My brain shut off. All common sense left me. It was like something took over my body.

Instead of saying something normal, like, "Oh, we're just really excited to see you." We said something abnormal: "They told us you could only write one name in the book, so we decided to combine our names to make Heidijen." All the meanwhile David is looking at us like we were lunatics. His response? "...okay."

What was really awkward was that he didn't know about the 1 name rule. Meaning, we could have written Heidi and Jen and he would have signed it like that. Also meaning, he thought we were crazy.

It hit us how weird we sounded, so we took our book, said "Thanks," and got out of that store as fast as humanly possible. We couldn't stop laughing. We had waited for 4 hours to embarrass ourselves in front of David Archuleta for 30 seconds.

The best part, though, was that we had told him we combined our names before he actually wrote our name down.

But he still wrote Heidijen.

So, was meeting David Archuleta what I thought it would be?

No. It was not.

Would I change it?

Not for anything. It was absolutely perfect.