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Drugged and Renovated

in Family, General

I spent last Friday and Monday at the hospital, in the MS clinic being poked and prodded and tested. To make things worse I also woke up Monday with tooth ache. A tooth ache that felt like tonsillitis and an ear ache too. The doctors drugged me so that they could continue to poke and prod me. They also wanted an MRI of my brain, but I am claustrophobic so on top of the narcotics they placated me with valium.

Zippity do da, zippity ay, my oh my what wonderful day …

It was some time during this drug induced euphoria that Mr. MK informed me that the bathroom faucet needed replacing. Only because I was impaired I told him to, “do whatever you think is best”.

Our house is falling down around us, but I hate renovations. They stress me out. So …

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I am pretty sure I didn’t mean this.

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Or this.

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Even the kids are involved.

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This one brings me ice water and narcotics. I’m secretly referring to her as Nurse Ratched. Shhh … don’t tell.

Mounds of antibiotics and painkillers seem to be taking care of the tooth issue. Rotten teeth freak me out, so I was happy to hear that tooth seems perfectly intact but the nerve seems inflamed. I am going to some sort of specialist on Monday. I am determined to ‘keep’ the tooth. It’s a wisdom tooth so they’re always trying to pull it out … no one seems to care that I use it!

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Our ugly 70’s tiles have been replaced with Italian travertine. Apparently you can’t mix Italian travertine and tacky linoleum, so I’ve been told I picked out a really nice marble flooring yesterday. Mr. MK says, “when you’re not so stoned we’ll go out an pick out a sink”. I don’t believe him, it’s probably stashed in the van. There’s a lovely blue paint on the walls, picked out by my sister in New Orleans.

According to the Neurologist I have a brain stem injury. Nothing that I won’t get over, but when the brain is injured you’re fatigued. VERY, VERY fatigued. To those relatives that asked me if I’m lazy (think that I’m lazy or implied I am lazy) … NO I AM NOT! I am brain damaged. The very fact that I’d rather be brain damaged than lazy concerns me.

MK xo
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35 comments… add one

  • Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book April 24, 2009, 8:59 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a rough week. I hope the doctors get you all fixed up soon. Do brain stem injuries like that usually heal on their own?

    On a better note, it looks and sounds like you’re going to have a beautiful bathroom once it’s all completed. I love the tiles. :)

    Amanda @ Mommy’s Idea Book’s last blog post..7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  • stephanie April 24, 2009, 9:30 pm

    Oh my goodness! I hope you are feeling better. On the other hand it is probably better to be drugged while renovations are going on!

  • Naomi April 24, 2009, 9:36 pm

    Oh boy. I hope next week goes A LOT better for you!

    We need to do that to the kids’ bathroom, too. Not looking forward to it.

    Naomi’s last blog post..Staycation, All I Ever Wanted…

  • Cindi April 24, 2009, 11:04 pm

    I wish the best for you and your family!
    Your new bathroom will be very beautiful.
    Take care of yourself…..Cindi :)

  • Andrea April 25, 2009, 2:39 am

    Oh yeah…renos and wisdom teeth – I hear ya! The dentist is currently trying to pull out my wisdom tooth too which is 100% sidewasys and aiming into my back tooth…and mostly under the gum. Um yeah. I NEED that tooth in there -mostly cuz I just don’t want to get it cut pulled out.

  • your cous' April 25, 2009, 8:29 am

    Mr. MK is very handy, I’m sure the bathroom will turn out amazing. Hope you are feeling a lot better very soon MK. Love from all of us down here!

  • jafer April 25, 2009, 10:55 am

    I wish someone would drug me and then go renovate my home. Ok, what about just drugging me? I’m good with either.

    Glad to hear that you’re (pretty much) ok.

    jafer’s last blog post..Under Advisement

  • Madeline April 25, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Only you could make a story full of drugs, demolition, and brain damage funny! That’s quite a special talent.

    Madeline’s last blog post..Eeeek!!!

  • Steve Gibbs April 25, 2009, 3:32 pm

    Ahh Kim …i hope your ok..i hate to hear of people having to cope wil DIY…

    And i hope the drug dont wear off too soon..

    Clear your head

  • Jodi Renshaw April 25, 2009, 7:09 pm

    There are so many reasons why this post has made me fall head over heels in love with you. Truly. And though we have never met, I think we knew eachother in the “great beyond” – perhaps before we were born.

    Anyway – I could comment on the “why”s of my new found love for you … but I dont think it is necessary. Just know it :)

    I could read this post over and over and over again — and relate to it everytime – on so many levels.


  • Amber April 25, 2009, 8:37 pm

    I had to go back and search through your archives and bio. I haven’t been reading your blog very long but was shocked and saddened to hear you have MS. My mom was diagnosed when I was 12 and it has been a long, difficult road every since. My prayers go out to you and your family with hope that you will benefit from future medical advances that she is not privy to.

    Amber’s last blog post..The most important responsibility of all

  • Hannah April 25, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Wow, what a week! I’m sooooo relieved to hear that you’re okay. Thinking of you LOTS! How can you survive so long with no bathroom (even without landing yourself in hospital). You’re amazing!!!

  • Rose@Car Parts April 26, 2009, 2:15 am

    I hope you won’t have many side effects from the tons of drugs that you’ve ingested. I’m glad you and your bathroom are both fine now.

  • Safire April 26, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Valium + renovations = the best thing I’ve heard of in a long time. :) Hope your week goes better than this, though. Ouch!

    Safire’s last blog post..Hot and Hijacked

  • Baby Pushchairs April 27, 2009, 3:48 am

    Really sorry to hear you had such a difficult week, but glad it sounds like it’s all going to be alright. Definitely a bit of a concern that you would rather be brain damaged than lazy! There’s a lot to said for laziness every once in a while. If you need convincing try the book ‘How To Be Idle’ by Tom Hodgkinson.

  • jamie April 27, 2009, 8:15 am

    Awww, I so sorry to hear about all of that! But hey, maybe this way you won’t doubt “your” renovation choices??

    jamie’s last blog post..SEVEN

  • Lisa @ Mommy Works Online April 27, 2009, 2:53 pm

    Wow. Those pictures are my worst nightmare. Way too reminiscent of the bathroom renovation my brother and I took on once.

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  • kimmi April 27, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Sending prayers a hug that you feel better soon. The bathroom is looking lovely! : D

  • James Martin April 27, 2009, 7:59 pm

    Wish you all the best to your family :) Hope everything will be fine!

    Stay young Looking

  • Lullaby Baby Carriers April 27, 2009, 10:12 pm

    Good grief! That’s quite a story! Hope you’re feeling better soon… and until you are, I think you should claim dibs on spending some quiet time in that gorgeous new bathroom, soaking in the tub with candles and bubbles. I would say wine too, but that depends on how drugged you still are! LOL!

  • Jennifer Steuern April 28, 2009, 7:07 am

    oh no.. brain damage sounds really serious! Just let everyone run after you and dont stress about the renovations. We just got heating installed and the place was a mess for a week.. I couldnt stand it.. but now I’m ok.. everything is back to normal AND it’s warm!

  • soulsu April 29, 2009, 1:05 pm

    I am sorry you have to go through all of this crazy medical madness. On the bright side, you are going to have one hot bathroom when it’s all done! Looks beautiful!

  • witchypoo April 29, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Is the brain stem injury the result of the MS, or is it causing MS like symptoms? I’m sorry you are so tired all the time. And? I hate MRIs too. It messes with your energy field, and not in a good way.

  • az dentist May 7, 2009, 1:17 am

    It’s a severe pain experience for a girl like you. Pain reliever is good for children like you. I believe dentists can provide light-cure.

  • Baby Diaper Cake May 7, 2009, 4:10 am

    I hope you are ok and I know how hard it can be living amongst renovations. We did up a house a few years ago and didn’t have a kitchen for 3 months, don’t know how we did it. Glad we didn’t have kids at the time.

  • Richard T May 7, 2009, 11:52 am

    Hope you clean that mess.

  • Zack J. Garza May 7, 2009, 9:19 pm

    I hope your new bathroom will be amazing. Just take care of yourself in the hospital until you have the new bathroom.


    Zack J. Garza’s last blog post..Organic Acai Berry Juice Supplements are Real Acai Juices.

  • Flooring May 18, 2009, 8:34 pm

    Yikes. At least you are getting a new bathroom, maybe if your tooth needs some sort of extraction or needs major dental work you will get new flooring! Just trying to keep things positive for you, hope everything goes well.

  • antof9 May 24, 2009, 1:49 pm

    I’d definitely rather be brain damaged than lazy, so … you go, girl. I think my favorite part of this entry is, “when you’re not so stoned…”

    Hope you’re feeling better — I know I’m behind on my Google Reader, so my hope is that you’re a gazillion percent better by now.

  • swimming pools girl June 9, 2009, 10:05 am

    wow, what a story! I have so much respect for your sense of humor! When I got hospitalized, I was the most miserable creature in the world. I missed my house and I missed my bedroom the most. And my husband couldn’t think of a better way to cheer me up than preparing a surprise for me. He painted the walls of the bedroom in a cheerful green color. The same same color as the walls of my hospital ward. Ah, well….

  • kategvt June 29, 2009, 4:24 pm

    well at least u have a beautiful new bathroom to feel crappy in! i hope u are feeling refreshed after your trip!

  • Postcard Printing June 29, 2009, 7:36 pm

    Hey do not stress yourself because of the problems in the house. I am sure hubby and kinda can do that. You need to focus more into yourself. Take care for the kids.

  • safety flooring June 6, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Now a days many doctors are looking for making money only and they never think about humanity.

  • Jay February 5, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Its a shame with all the money generated from medicine etc. and the advances in technology, governments still are only interested in the market side of medicine and not the bettering of man kind.

  • Timber Floor Sanding December 11, 2012, 4:32 pm

    That looks stunning! If everyone had the confidence to take renovations into their own hands like that, the world would be a much more creative and interesting-looking place.

    (And all the best with your recovery.)

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