Archives for November 2012

Hope you enjoyed the last partner introduction! Now I’d like you to meet Kristie Feeback:

Q. What is your name and your company name or place of employment?

A. Real Estate and Refinement/ Danberry Realtors

Q. What got you into your career?

A. My family.  My father was a custom home builder and land developer for 35 years.  My brother is a Real Estate attorney.  Real Estate is in my blood!

Q. Are you a member of any professional organizations?

A. Yes.  The Toledo Board of Realtors

Q. What are you passionate about? 

A. My family and friends, Real Estate, Design, Art, Gardening, living well and spending little, good manners.

Q. What is it about Photography By K that draws your business to her?

A. Her amazing eye for detail!  Kathy captures not only the “Real Estate” but the nuance’s that make a home special.  Additionally, she is prompt, professional and has a great laugh.

Q. What actor would play you in a movie about you? 

A. Living, not a clue. Dead, Lucille Ball.

Q. What’s your favorite meal?

A. My favorite non- glutenous meal is lobster, cold water, and fillet, warm rare.

Q. How can people best contact you?

A. or by mobile: 419-351-2555

Thanks Kristie!

So, apparently, I’ve decided that this will be a week of [over] sharing.  Sorry.  I have to get this one off my chest, though…it’s a doozie.

This story starts a long, long time ago.   I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.  And now you’re singing.  Sorry, again.

But really, it was a long time ago…I was in the eighth grade, and I met my would-be husband.  He was 15, I was 14, and we were both “going steady” with other people.  Scandalous in my junior high!  Ha!  But, I digress.  We were kids when we met, so when we met each other’s parents (the now in-laws), it was…different.  I referred to my in-laws as Mr. and Mrs. Jaworski, out of respect.  Fast forward a few years, and my in-laws didn’t automatically transfer into “Mom” and “Dad”…they are now “Cheryl” and “Terry”.  Weird to some, but it just fits.  My MIL would sure love if I called her “Mom”, but it just doesn’t seem right.  It certainly doesn’t mean that I love her any less.  And now, on to the point of my story!

My MIL is sick.  Has been for a while.

In 1998, my MIL had a bout with lung cancer that resulted in the lower lobe of one lung being removed.  Listen to that.  A “bout”.  Sort of like how one might have a “bout” with acne, or a “bout” of the flu.  When you are nonchalant about cancer, you know it gets worse.  Oh, and does it ever!
Shortly after the cancer, Cheryl endured having her kidneys removed.  She has suffered from the genetic disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) her whole life, and her kidneys finally just quit.  Yes, KidneyS, plural.  They removed them both, which resulted in a 3-times-a-week day-long dialysis treatment, and a very strict fluid intake.  Think about how much we consume that is mostly water…fruit, vegetables, ice, plus obviously anything actually liquid…and it all had to be meticulously measured.  But?  She endured.

A transplant was a long time coming (due to the cancer, of course).  Because of the genetic trait associated with PKD, next of kin were obviously not feasible donors.  However, a few years later, she finally received a healthy kidney!  The transplant itself was stressful, coupled with a body that had been ravaged by first cancer and then near-constant dialysis, made the recovery extremely difficult.  But?  Recover she did.

Fast forward again.  My MIL was part of a crazy car accident.  It was fairly severe, and she ended up with some back trouble, as well as some additional leg problems associated with her neuropathy (Oh, did I forget to mention the nerve damage incurred during the kidney removal?  Right.)  This accident led to some pretty heavy painkillers for an extended period of time.  Not. A. Good. Thing.  At this point, she’s taking pain killers, plus a medley of drugs related to her kidney transplant.  Steroids and anti-rejection drugs spin her into a diabetic frenzy, so go ahead and add insulin to the mix, too!

A few more years go by.  The back pain and leg pain haven’t gone away.  My MIL decides to have ELECTIVE back surgery to correct the issue.  While recovering in an extended care facility, she’s rushed to the ER.  The family was called in.  No one knew the severity…until we got there.  You really have to understand, at this point, doctors and hospitals and extended care facilities are old-hat.  We’d been to all of them, and Cheryl always got better.  We weren’t prepared for what we saw.

Now, it’s January, 2009.  The family is sitting in the Surgical ICU at Toledo Hospital, watching-helplessly-as the matriarch is wired up to so many drugs that we couldn’t even count.  She had undergone emergency life-saving surgery to remove a bowel obstruction which had caused her body to go into septic shock.  She wasn’t doing well.  Intubated, sedated, and silently crying.  It was heart-wrenching.  She was in that ICU for nearly 3 months.  Another surgery – this time to perform an ileostomy (yes, there is an external bag involved…it’s that kind of thing) – a medically induced coma, and the administration of lots and lots of drugs all took place before we left those walls.  She spent quite a bit more time in a step-down unit before actually leaving the hospital for a different long-term care facility.  All-in-all, it was 6 months before she was home again, just in time for her granddaughter’s first birthday party at the end of June.

Recovery was slow.  Mentally and physically.  A couple more years pass with Cheryl in and out of the hospital with random infections.  With over 80% of her intestines removed, her body simply can’t absorb nutrients like it should.  That coupled with the immune-suppressing drugs taken so that she doesn’t reject her transplanted kidney equals lots of illness, all the time.  Now 80 lbs. lighter on her tiny, 4 foot 11 inch frame, Cheryl began getting better.  And better she stayed.

Better, at least, until yet another fateful car accident sent her careening back into the hospital once more.  This time, an emergency surgery to remove her spleen almost caused her transplanted kidney to fail.  Do you know the purpose of the spleen?  Neither did I until this happened.  It’s kind of like your body’s filter…it helps support your immune system.  So now, Cheryl is without that natural filter, still on the immune-suppressing kidney drugs, AND can’t absorb nutrients like you and I because of the loss of so much of her intestine.  Somebody has it out for this woman, I swear!

Back to a long-term care facility for rehab she went, and had once again fully recovered.  Until right now.  She is back in the hospital’s ICU unit as I type this.  She’s battelling yet another ailment, most likely one that you or I could easily fend off with minimal discomfort.  However, they tend to put her on the brink of death.  We could use some constant prayers, is what I’m saying!  

This woman, my MIL, my Cheryl, is stronger than anyone I know.  I think lesser people would have given up the fight a long time ago.  But Cheryl?  Nah.  She’s going to be around for a long, long time!

I totally just had to get this story out there.  Thank you, to anyone who hung around that lengthy diatribe to the end!  This is a subject that weighs on our minds constantly over here, and I just had to write it down.  Have you gone through similar shocking dramas?  Do tell!

Don’t forget to schedule your family fall mini-session!  There’s still time to get on the schedule and get your updated holiday photos! Here are the deets:

So, I have not been blogging lately.  But, that’s not because there has been a lack of blog topics.  I’ve just been super busy.  Busy professionally, and busy personally.  Here is just a quick peek into my life as of late:

1. Taking soccer team photos for my niece’s soccer team in Marblehead.
2. Indy’s been sleeping.  He naps constantly.  I just wish that I could join him!
3. Took a photo walk through Secor Metropark and snagged this little guy stocking up for the cold months.  BTW…did you know that Wolfinger Cemetery is supposedly haunted???  Me neither!
4. Celebrating cousin Jayme’s birthday in late September.  Happy Belated Birthday Random Blogette!
5. An old friend got married in California, and had a reception back here at home.  Said friend isn’t pictured here, but these are other old friends from high school at my table.
6. My dad’s a nutball.  ‘Nuff said. 🙂
7. Held a photo booth for the Danberry Treasure Chest Charity Auction.  Good food, good friends, great cause!
8. Football season started!  This is my BIL and niece enjoying a game with us.
9. Indy = Fire-breathing beast.  Or, not so much.  Whateve!
10. Reese lost more teeth!
11. Watching my Alma Mater, BGSU, lose tremendously to the UT Rockets. 🙁
12. Ottawa Hills varsity girls soccer.  This really was a professional photo shoot.  I swear! LOL!
13. Attended a private party called a “Hootenanny”.  I’m not even making that up.
14. Senior photos have been busy for me lately.  I had my first ever hockey player call…what a blast!
15. A gift from my mom: a brand new Photography By K banner.  Awesome!
16. Indy is totally a bully to his stuffed animals…  
17. …but, Indy actually did graduate from his training class.  Go figure.
18.  Been busy at the events this fall.  Here is my mom (my assistant) and Jacob (my fall intern) at the Lighthouse festival in Marblehead.
19. Youth league football…cousin got to play at the UT stadium for the championship game.  These kids are like 10 and 12 years old.  Crazy!
20. Cousin Bridgey is a senior!  I’m old.
And?  Now you are up-to-date with all of the exciting happenings around here.  Thanks for stopping by! 

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