Monday, November 26, 2012

Sisterhood and Positive Thoughts

UPDATE:  Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!  My nephew is now home and the bleeding in his brain has stopped.  They did not need to perform surgery and the doctors think he will be just fine.  I am so, so grateful for all of your kind words.  

Before I get started with my usual post, I need to ask for your thoughts and prayers.  My nephew is in the NICU back in Illinois.  His brain is bleeding and he is only 3 months old.  He's been transferred to a better equipped hospital and according to my sister, the neuro surgeon is wonderful.  I don't know very much right now but would greatly appreciate your positive thoughts, prayers, healing energy, or whatever it is you can send his way.

My niece, Bella, with my nephew, Leo.
Me and Leo, right when he was brought home from the hospital after birth.
I may be taking an unplanned trip home to help out with things while my nephew is in the hospital.  I am currently waiting for an update and the green light to fly home, all the while, only letting positive thoughts cross my mind. 


Today is my fifth and final day off of work.  I have been hanging out with my 15 year old sister, Noelle, for the last four days and I am exhausted.  I guess I'm not 15 anymore.  She flew in from Illinois on Wednesday and in a few short days, we went to practically every beach along the coast of San Diego.  We took Holly to a few dog beaches, went hiking at Torrey Pines, and she even joined me at the gym.  It was a fabulous weekend of sister time.  Angela was in Chicago so it was just us two.  In case you're wondering about our age difference, she was my mom's surprise fifth child at the age of 38.  

Torrey Pines Hike.  Yes, my baby sister is taller than me.

Dog Beach on Thanksgiving
We spent Thanksgiving day with the beautiful women of Shakti Rising.  I took Noelle out of her comfort zone around a group of 20+ strangers.  For a shy 15 year old, this was brave! As a group, we wrote a poem of gratitude and sang a song around the dinner table.  This was all new to her and she did great.  I was so proud of her that I agreed to step outside of my comfort zone and see the new Twilight movie.   I survived and it wasn't all that bad.  

Our Thanksgiving Table
I am so grateful for this time with my little sister.  It is so rare as she lives over 2,000 miles away.  She is quite an amazing girl and I know she will grow up to do great things.  I miss the rest of my family like crazy and wish I could get this quality one-on-one time with all of them.  

Onto less important things... like running. 

I just left Dr. Todd's office.  He worked on my feet until I nearly cried.  In this case, the theory of "no pain, no gain" certainly applies.  I let him torture me because I know it works.  When I was dealing with peroneal tendinitis, he fixed me right up!  I am hoping the same will happen with this annoying and debilitating plantar fasciitis.  I haven't been able to run in about a week and Boston training begins soon.  I've been hanging out on the elliptical more than I'd like but it's definitely better than nothing.  I will take what exercise I can get and be grateful for it.

Short and Sweet Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude List
because we should be grateful year round 

The special time spent with my little sister
Medicine and the incredible doctors that save lives
Independent coffee shops (like the one I am sitting in right now)
Books that instantly suck me in, like the one I just started: Torch by Cheryl Strayed


Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!  I will be sure to keep you updated.


  1. You and your family will be in my prayers!

  2. First, let me say I will be praying for your nephew. That is scary stuff and so hard when the little person is SO little. I have a two month-old niece that is going to undergo an MRI in a couple of months because they suspect the two halves of her brain may not have completely separated (which is not good) and she also may be blind. :( So we can both pray for each others' little niece/nephew and hope they both end up healthy and perfect. Please keep us posted.

    Second, with all the similarities you and I already share, of course your mom had a surprise baby at age 38...because my mom had a surprise baby (#3) also at age 38! My little brother is 10 years younger than I am and there are no siblings in between us. How crazy that we have yet another thing in common. :)

    So happy you had a great visit with your sister. xo

  3. Massive amounts of positive, healing energy, thoughts and prayers being wished your way for your nephew. My daughter just had surgery for something pretty minor and that was really tough, I can't even begin to imagine what your family is going through. I've read that some studies show patients who have the support and prayer of family, friends and even strangers recover much faster than those who don't, so your nephew is very lucky to have you spreading the word for him! Big hugs to you!

  4. keeping your family in my thoughts!

  5. Sending my best thoughts to baby and the entire family. Shakti Rising sounds awesome, I really hope to work somewhere like that someday.

  6. Your nephew and sister and family are certainly in my prayers, Kate.

  7. Thinking positive thoughts for you and your family.

  8. I will say a prayer for your precious nephew. What a beautiful TG you and Noelle had. Yay for getting out of comfort zones! And I have yet to see the new Twilight movie, I think it'll be in my future soon though.

  9. Thinking of you and your family, hope your nephew heals up quickly!

    I am pretty much starting from scratch for Boston training....I've essentially been resting the past 3 months because of my hip, but it's finally better and I'm ready to start running again! So I hope your foot follows suite and you'll be better in no time :)

  10. Sending lots of good thoughts for your sweet little nephew, Kate!
    On a much lighter note, I love that stepping out of your comfort zone meant going to see Twilight. :) I haven't seen any of those movies either, but I might have done that, too, if I had a little sis! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. :)

  11. So glad that your nephew is doing better.

    My sister is ten years older than me, and she's my absolute best friend. I remember taking trips to her house (like your sis did) as a kid and just being so excited to hang out with her. Pretty much, I thought everything she did was amazing.

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