Wednesday, April 18, 2012


So, this morning I got the terrible news that my grandad father Radford passed away in his sleep At the age of 92. I had the good fortune in Life to grow up around both sets of grandparents and over the years they have become as close to me as parents. When you are a child your grandparents are old, they just always seemed old and you knew that about them right off the batt and that's how it was. I never imagined that they would someday grow even older and pass away. I know at 92 death is somewhat close but as a family member it's still hard to accept when you love someone they could grow to be 212 and you still would be sad to see them Go. Today is also World Hemiphilia Day. I didn't really feel Up to celebrating this year but I was thinking of all of my Hemophiliac friends today. I was also thinking about how Hemophilia affected my relationship with my Grandparents. You see my sister is 8 years older than me and she spent every weekend visiting my grandparents. When I was born I had A LOT of complications and I was in and out of the hospital all the time. My grandparents on my fathers side were nervous to have me over and weren't 100% sure how to care for me. I know they loved me a lot but they just didn't have enough Information so I misses out on sleepovers and getting to spend as much time with them as my sister did. Now that my grandfather has passed away Hemophilia is getting in the way again. The funeral is on Saturday and at the moment I am suffering from a kidney infection. Ive had blood work and an ultrasound and everything comes back Normal except this infection that I've had for more than two weeks now. I'm nervous to travel when I am Not feeling 100% but I also want to be with my family during this difficult time. Whichever way I look at it, it's difficult but I hate how Hemophilia is dictating my life. But this is not about me it's about my Grandad he was a wonderful man who made me laugh and he lived a long happy life and had lots of family and friends who Loved him!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ears Pierced!

So, on Sunday I started getting a really bad pain in my lower back on the right hand side AND pain in my left quad muscle.
I went to the Hemophilia clinic on Monday morning. I was given four units of fresh frozen plasma for the leg bleed and antibiotics and pain meds for the urinary tract infection.
An ultrasound showed that everything look normal and there is no obvious reason why I keep getting these infections.
I am set to see a urologist on May 2 to see if they can figure it out.
It took 12 hours on Monday to get all the testing done and my treatment and I must say I still feel pretty tired from the whole ordeal.
I have a few small bruises from the ultrasound and a bit of a headache and of course all kinds of that tape glue stuff that gets stuck to you from the IV that is IMPOSSIBLE to get off.
My leg is feeling a lot better now Thank God and I'm drinking lots of water and cranberry juice to try and fight off the infection.
One positive thing that came out of all of this is I got my ears pierced! I've always wanted to get my ears pierced and I was always told not to because of the risk of bleeding and infection.
Since I had a blood transfusion I though it would be a good time to do it within the 24 hour time period before the plasma 'wears off' I am also on antibiotics so I most likely won't get an infection.
Zane took me to the mall to get it done and I must say I was so nervous, not because of the pain but because of the healing process afterwards. However I am happy to report everything went fine. There was no bleeding, bruising or swelling what so ever and it didn't hurt at all. Getting an IV is much more painful than a piercing.
I just had myself so convinced that something terrible was going to happen. I think I do that a lot. Sometimes when you are use to things going wrong you just assume they will always go wrong and it's a healthy fear to some extent but I think sometimes I go overboard and limit myself for no reason.
In any case I am very happy with my little earrings. I highly doubt I will be getting anymore piercings or anything like that but I am going to try and be a little bit more adventurous.