Memories Captured – December Link Up!

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Congratulations to Tracy of Sellabit Mum, you’ve won the two wall signs from Signs From Andrea! Thank you all for linking up, please come back for Memories Captured on January 14-18, 2013.

There is nothing quite like the Universe giving you a kick up the behind after you lament how things are not quite what you hope them to be, by getting you to break up with your appendix, and forcing you to be on bed rest for two weeks.

Two weeks where you can’t look after your children as you should, because you can barely walk, or bend, or put on your pants in under two minutes.

Two weeks where you are forced to sit up on the couch for most of the day, helpless, and thinking twice before you decide yes, you do need to go to the bathroom.

Two weeks where you have no choice but to ask for help – help to get in and out of bed, off and on the couch, to and from the bathroom, and help with the children, where your baby may possibly be weaned sooner than planned because you haven’t been able to nurse him.

Friends, I have been humbled.

I don’t think there can be a better wake up call than this. Where I have been forced to look at my life and realize a few things that I have been taking for granted, and haven’t really taken time to be grateful for.

December is the time of the year where we celebrate all that we have achieved this year; where we hold our loved ones closer; where we look back on our year and resolve to do better, be better; where we vow that next year is the time to start fresh.

But this December, I choose instead to start anew NOW. Because life is short. Life is your appendix telling you that you need to look at what you have and be grateful for all of that – and not wait until January.

I am grateful for my husband, who has been tirelessly looking after me and the household, and having a good sense of humor. I am grateful for his parents for stepping up and looking after my boys (I miss them so much) while I recuperate. I am grateful for my sister who is determined to ensure I at least have a fun time convalescing. I am grateful for all of YOU for your well wishes, prayers, healing thoughts and friendship.

My memory captured this month? Saying goodbye to my appendix. You’re not that useless after all.

Your turn to show Galit and I what you’ve captured this month! Grab a button from my sidebar (or include a linkback to me or Galit), link up and visit a couple of other linkers for good karma!

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • December 10, 2012 Christine

    You are absolutely right that we should start now – to celebrate, to love a little more, to do a little better and to start fresh. Bed rest and hand IVs suck and it’s hard to feel humbled – that’s the part I remember the most post-surgery for me too. But I’m glad that you have family and friends to support you. Rest and feel better.
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    • December 10, 2012 Alison

      For someone who’s not used to being waited on hand and foot (not that it’s a bad thing), it IS truly humbling. 🙂

  • December 10, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh you, welcome home! I’m so glad you’re okay! So, so very scary! xo
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    • December 10, 2012 Alison

      I wasn’t scared of the surgery – I just wanted the pain to stop. The funny thing is? I didn’t expect post-surgery to be THIS hard or painful. 🙂 xoxo

      • December 10, 2012 Kim

        Yeah. That part is really unexciting. A real learning experience, though. Things I never knew, like, “Wow! I’m in LOVE with Percocet! The pain just floats away when I take that magical pill.” to “Wow! I really hate Percocet! I am trading pain control for a pill that does bad, bad things to my digestive system, especially for someone with cracked ribs. (Hope that’s not too graphic…)

        Remind myself to be grateful for the miracle of modern medicine… 🙂
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  • December 10, 2012 Kimberly

    So glad to hear that you’re feeling better!

    These wake up calls really have a way of kicking our butts into gear, don’t they? Here’s to a fresh start and realizing all that we are grateful for!
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    • December 10, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kimsley! Yeah, damn wake up calls. It could have been a little less painful. 🙂

  • December 10, 2012 Ado

    What a great metaphor: the appendix is your life reminding you to cherish what’s important. Wow. Great post – thank you. So glad you are well. So sorry you might have to wean but the main thing is that you are well and healthy. Take care my friend.

    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I hope you weren’t being sarky 🙂 And no weaning, the boy loves the boob too much!

  • December 10, 2012 Kim

    I am both so sorry you had to go through this and so grateful you did, as you gained so much insight and gratitude from the experience. I was in a bad car accident years ago, and was in a similar boat, only with a completely broken foot and two cracked ribs: stuck on the couch pretty much dependent on everyone else. It really does humble you, doesn’t it? It will give you lots to write about, too, I have no doubt! 🙂 Glad you are healing and everything went well.
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      So very humbling, and yes, blog fodder!

  • December 10, 2012 tracy

    I’ve been thinking about you non-stop and wishing I could fly over and help you and spoil you. xoxo
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I wish you could too! xo

  • December 10, 2012 Julia

    Oh I hate hand IV’s too. Good luck starting a new this December, I think some things happen for a reason and it seems like this did.
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I need for this to mean something more than just an appendectomy 🙂

  • December 10, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Amazing what it can take to turn the thinking around, huh? So glad that you are okay and getting better each day. Before you know it you will be back to the daily grind! 🙂

    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      If only it was a tad dramatic!

  • December 10, 2012 Blond Duck

    I’m so sorry! I hope you’re feeling better!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I am, thank you!

  • December 10, 2012 tori nelson

    Oh, lady. Sorry you’ve had some health funk, but your perspective on things is absolutely awesome. Sometimes we find life lessons in the strangest places!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Indeed we do, thank you Appendix!

  • December 10, 2012 Natalie

    I’m so glad you have so much help and are healing! I know it can’t be fun to be taken out of the game…but so glad your family is really stepping up to the plate. And yes hand IV’s are the worst…especially when the nurse blows your vein…ugh that’s what happened to me last time I had an IV. Hope to see you well very soon my friend!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I’m trying to enjoy doing very little 🙂

  • December 10, 2012 Tracie

    It is so much better to start now…because we all know those New Years Resolutions never really work out. Starting in December is the perfect way to solve that.

    In all seriousness, I’m so happy you are home and hopefully feeling better!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Right? I knew I’d hit on something there! And thank you.

  • December 11, 2012 Kristin

    I’ve been up to my eyeballs these last two weeks with my own fair amount stress and anxiety, so I haven’t been able to really follow your appendicitis saga beyond the snippets I’ve caught on Facebook. But I’m glad to see you’re feeling better. And really, if an appendix is so useless, then why the hell do we even have one?!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Right? Stupid organ. It does feel odd though, to be staggering around with one less organ.

  • December 11, 2012 Ali

    Uggg. I didn’t know you were going through this. I’ve been so absent lately. Hope you are getting back to your normal self soon. Enjoy the rest. P.S. I hate hand IVs too. They just always felt SO WRONG. In fact I had one when I delivered Ryan. When they first handed him to me he pooped all over it and they wouldn’t take it out and give me a new one. Nasty.

    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Oh ewwww! Why wouldn’t they remove a poopy IV? Eeek. And thank you, I am better now.

  • December 11, 2012 Kir

    oh yes…LIVE TODAY, LOVE TODAY…say it today. whatever you’re feeling.

    I am so sorry about your appendix, sweet stuff. Hoping you are feeling much better.
    I wish I was there, to help, to hold, to fold laundry or bring you cupcakes.

    you still looked SO pretty, even ill, so not fair. 😉

    Kir recently wrote…Memories Captured: An Old Friendship and New OrnamentsMy Profile

    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I am much better, thank you sweet friend!

  • December 11, 2012 Shannon

    There is always a silver lining, isn’t there? It’s a gift to be able to see it.
    I am glad that you have such a strong support system surrounding you. I hope that the remainder of your recovery goes quickly and smoothly, and that all of your other organs remain intact!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I can’t lose any more organs, I need them all! Thanks Shannon.

  • December 11, 2012 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    Alison, I hope you feel better very soon. Sending many positive thoughts your way!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ewa, I do feel better.

  • December 11, 2012 Kristen

    When I went back in for my two week check up I asked the doctor why I wasn’t feeling 100% yet. He told me that just because they don’t “slice” you open like they did way back when that it is still surgery, they are still cutting through muscle and they are still removing an organ (useless or not). That helped me see things a bit clearer. I thought because it was in and out surgery that I should be up and at ’em. I was clearly wrong. So glad you are doing well and have so much help. It makes all the difference in the world!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Y’know, I was actually thinking the same thing! I thought, once they get it out, the pain will go away and I’ll be all good. Um, wrong. Also? My appendectomy was open. 🙂

  • December 11, 2012 Jessica

    I’m glad you are back home now and yes, life is short. Enjoy it while you can.
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I most certainly will try.

  • December 11, 2012 julie gardner

    I’m just grateful you’re okay.

    And I know THREE people who had emergency appendectomies this month.

    I guess the universe has been busy inspiring organ break-ups and gratitude posts.

    Yours is one of the best! (Posts, I mean. The appendectomy can suck it!)
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      Ah, darn Universe. It’s so good to see you here, my friend. I’ve missed your awesome comments.

  • December 11, 2012 Natalie

    So, so sorry, my friend! I hope you are feeling better.

    And kiss those boys good!
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    • December 11, 2012 Alison

      I am and I did!

  • December 11, 2012 Kim

    What an ordeal you’ve been through! Glad to hear that you are home and recovering. How wonderful that you have so much love and support. Your perspective is spot-on: we should live and appreciate what we have now. Why wait, after all?
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      I am truly lucky and blessed. And yes, why wait? Life is short.

  • December 11, 2012 angela

    Sayonara appendix! How do you look so adorable even in the hospital?
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I thought I looked a little puffy. I was just glad to be clean!

  • December 11, 2012 Elaine A.

    Well, I’m sorry this has to be part of your “memories” but I like the way you are putting a positive spin on it. But of course, I would expect that from you. Rest and relax and come back fresh and ready to rock and roll. And yes, know that you are certainly blessed!! xoxo
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Rockin’ and rollin’ sistah!

  • December 11, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Oooo, you scared me.

    So pleased you are alright, Alison Lee.

    Love Love love. Xxx
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you sweetheart. xoxoxo

  • December 11, 2012 Maureen

    So glad to hear you are feeling much better, dear friend. Being sick really gave us a different perspective isn’t? Anyway, here’s a big big hugs for you 🙂
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      It does! And I know you know how it feels with your back 🙂 Thank you!

  • December 11, 2012 Mirjam

    Two weeks of bed rest.. Oy!
    I’m glad that you are at home and that you are recovering. (Hugs) for missing your boys.
    Love that line: You’re not that useless after all.. Glad you found a blessing in all of this.

    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      I had to turn things around or I’ll be wallowing at my one-person pity party 🙂
      (the baby is home!)

  • December 12, 2012 Maggie S.

    Way to take back the “lost” time and refine it into gold!
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thanks Maggie!

  • December 12, 2012 Katie

    This is how it was after my C-section. Two weeks. Both times. I was NOT a good patient the first time and, well, you know.

    With Charlie? I let that force help me heal.

    I hope you are feeling renewed. If you are? The universe knew what it was doing 🙂 If not? Eff the universe!
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Gosh I am a TERRIBLE patient. I’m like, nurse, I need this hand IV out now, I need to shower. I need to get out of bed, ouch ouch ouch. I can walk, ouch. I can carry the baby, ouch.

      My husband tells me I’m merely hampering the healing process. I just can’t sit still, y’know?

      But I did and I do feel refreshed. Thanks, Universe. Next time, a little less drama to get your message through. 🙂

  • It is good to hear you are on the mend!
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Tinne!

  • December 12, 2012 Susi

    Amazing how certain things will make us stop and look around and realize how very lucky we are. Hope you are back to 100% nagging power soon!!! (Linking up on Thursday!)
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh I can nag from where I sit, haha! (thanks!)

  • December 12, 2012 Jennifer

    I’m so sorry that happened. I hope you are feeling better soon.
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jennifer, I am definitely feeling better!

  • December 12, 2012 Leslie

    I’m so glad to know you’re doing well. Appendicitis can be pretty frightening. Good for you for embracing your thankfulness now instead of waiting for later!
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  • December 12, 2012 adrienne

    God has a way of slapping us when we need it! HE really has a sense of humor like that. He likes to do this to me when I’m really REALLY irritated with my husband. When I get to that point when I wonder how I won’t kill him, and want to run away, the whole family inevitably gets very ill! Three years ago it was the swine flu, this past year is the worst stomach bug you could ever possibly imagine. When you’re down for the count, it is humbling.
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, it is extremely humbling. And oh gosh, swine flu? Ack.

  • December 12, 2012 Lady Jennie

    What – no picture of the appendix? What kind of memories captured is this?

    So glad you’re getting the boost you need. Are you finally sleeping? Aaaahhhh! Sleep!
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      They didn’t give me back my appendix in a jar!!
      I did get some sleep, especially after the surgery (all those woozy boozy painkillers!) and a few days after that as the baby was with my in laws. He’s back now so it’s back to sleeping in increments of 2-4 hours 🙂 (but I love having him back!)

  • December 13, 2012 Julia

    I am so sorry that you had to go through this. How scary! I so understand the humbling; I was on bed rest for 3 months during my pregnancy and never have I felt more helpless or humbled not to be able to function the way I wanted to on a daily basis. I am so glad you are home. xoxo
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    • December 13, 2012 Alison

      I would go stir crazy if it was 3 months!

  • December 13, 2012 Caitlin MidAtlantic

    Your poor appendix! Never loved till it was lost… Hope you are feeling MUCH better!
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    • December 13, 2012 Alison

      Hah, yes that is true! Thank you!

  • December 13, 2012 Barbara

    Ouch. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
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    • December 13, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Barbara!

  • December 13, 2012 Robin

    No fun! But I’m glad you took this as a good message instead of just a painful one.
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    • December 13, 2012 Alison

      Trying to be sunshiney and all that. 🙂

  • December 14, 2012 Kate F.

    It is so HARD to be sick or “out of commission” as a parent. It is so wonderful that you have the support that you do. I was sick on Wednesday and felt so lucky when my husband returned home for the day to help with the 3 kiddo’s. Thank goodness for support!
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    • December 14, 2012 Alison

      I am lucky and blessed!!

  • December 20, 2012 Julie

    IVs make me want to throw up! Yuck! You handled all that mess well. I think it’s entirely unfair to be asked to give birth and have surgery in the same year. Next year, you get to be completely healthy. Right?
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    • December 21, 2012 Alison

      Oh god, yes please. Oh, I have a cough and a cold right now, right after I got back on my feet. Like, really, UNIVERSE, WTF?

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