Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Sorry it's been a little while since I posted an update on me! It's been nonstop and I haven't had much "free" time to do anything. I apologize for no "Music-Monday" post. (I'll do double next week)

Thank you all who posted questions for my Q & A post. Tomorrow night is the deadline, so you still have a little time to ask if you haven't already. I will try and get all of them answered and posted by this weekend.

So as you know I started my internship back last Tuesday, just one-day post-hospital discharge. I went 3.5 days last week, and have been two days so far this week, and will go Wednesday and Thursday as well. Last weekend I attended a wedding on Saturday, and ended up being out in the rain for at least 30 minutes, due to the wedding arrangements. Sunday I ran a few errands, and did school work. To tell you the truth, my body is flat out exhausted. My coughing and wheezing have increased since being discharged from the hospital. I'm in a lot of back pain, and I've recently had some side/chest pain. I'm so freaking short of breath, that I barely make it walking the several blocks and stairs to and from the hospital where I'm interning at. I pray each morning for the Lord to just get me through the day. I feel like my body is not going to last....that I'm just getting sick again. I have things each night this week, and every weekend from here on out until the 1st weekend of June. I HAVE to graduate on May 9th. I can't give up...and I won't. I NEVER NEVER give up...never have and never will. But I'm just not sure what my body is going to do. I'm scared, but thankful for getting through each day. And I know God is in control and will get me through this. It's just so hard when you are sick, in pain, and just want to make it through the day so you can get home and take a 30 minute nap before dinner, and then shortly go to bed after dinner. And then...I don't sleep. I get an average of 3-4 hours per night. I don't know how I do it??? I don't like to complain...I don't complain/tell all my symptoms to my parents. I like to take care of things myself, and I don't want to sound like I'm complaining to other people. That's why I feel comfortable posting this on my blog!I'm waiting for my body to snap...but praying it will wait!!!

Ok...so enough of that!! Just please pray (and I know there are other people that need your prayers more than mine...but if you remember I would appreciate it) that my body will get through the next 2.5 weeks of my internship and the other events going on; that I WILL graduate on May 9th and not have anymore things interfering with me getting there! I'm a strong/hard-headed person. I'll finish no matter what...even if I am sick, because no-one knows how important graduating is to me!

A couple of side notes:

I did visit my friend Shaun today. He is doing better and the doctors are hoping to be able to extubate him tomorrow. He's still critical, and still needs your prayers. He looked much better today as well! I so wanted to talk to him, hold his hand and tell him how much of a fighter he is, tell him I love him, and that everything will be ok. But they put contact precautions on him right now, so I couldn't' touch anything (which is good in a way). But it hurts when someone so close to you is fighting for their life.

I got an email from my program director today saying I had been nominated as our UAB HIM program's most outstanding student. There are 2 Bachelor programs and 2 associate programs in the state of Alabama. So there are 4 people chosen (1 from each program/school) as outstanding students. They are then presented at the Alabama American Health Information Management Association State Meeting in April. I feel so honored. Through this program, and especially my senior year, I've been nominated for several awards and initiated into several honor societies. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. It shows me that my professors don't look down on my health (although some don't know that much). I feel so honored to get this award. I'm so honored to represent our program in SGA; I'm so honored to be a part of 2 honor societies and be nominated for multiple awards, etc. It really proves also that my professors are such great people and have such a big heart! (I do keep good grades....I know that helps, but I'm sure there are others that do that as well). So I'm truly blessed to receive this award!! Praise God!

So thirdly, I got an email from a lady that attended the CF Great Strides kick-off party for Tuscaloosa, AL that I attended and spoke at on March 5th. She emailed me to see if I would come and share my CF experiences and my testimony at her church on April 4th. They are having a Women's Luncheon and Fashion show. The church is letting her use some of it to raise awareness for CF. And I feel so honored to be able to share my story with others. The neat part about this is that these women will be mostly Godly women, and I can share how CF has brought me closer to GOD and how he has performed so many miracles! I can't wait!! I should just take a job speaking since I do it so much. But there would need to be some income involved though :)

Final side note....I'm wondering how many more paper cuts I can get on my hands??? You would think that as much as I've been through, I could handle a few paper cuts...but MAN--DO THEY HURT!!!(especially when you are washing your face and showering) I'm sure filing paperwork and putting paperwork in order for 6 hours today didn't help!!

Ok...WOW!!!! That was a long post! Sorry! This week starts the beginning of one of the busiest times of the year for me (March-June). I love being busy, but love feeling good during everything as well. I'll update soon with some of the events coming up for me!


Aspiemom said...

Here's another question for you...how do you change font color within the post?

I hope you feel stronger and better so you can finish what you need to accomplish. I know that feeling that your body is failing you and just being wiped out.

Katelyn said...

Katey, take care of yourself! I am praying you'll stay strong, but I am going to tell you this: It's OK if you don't do EVERYTHING.

OK, enough of that. Love you & I can't wait to read your answers!!

The Smithson Family said...

I think it is awesome that you will graduate in May....I will pray that you continue to have the stength to accomplish your goal of graduating!