If it is so cute… why did they want to take it out?

So lets recap on what has been happening with the Harwood Family for the past little while.

The last time I wrote I spoke about the projects that had to get done for school and trying to prepare my truck for the then upcoming emissions test. The good news is the truck passed emissions, the bad news is the rear third member (rear differential) went out on the truck, it got replaced, the good news from that is, my truck runs much quieter and I think that I will not have to rebuilt the transmission now (knocks on wood).

In March I was able to go to the NCECA conference in Pittsburgh. It was a good conference and I am grateful to those who made it possible for me to attend. I stayed with Lisa and Nathan while I was out there and really enjoyed their company. While there I saw many exhibits and listened to a few lectures ranging from publishing papers and learning about upcoming books to putting together a portfolio and applying for graduate school.

The time after NCECA through the end of the semester went by really fast. It was filled with paper writing and completing projects for our classes.

Our finals week was very exciting. I went to bed last Tuesday with an ache/pinching feeling in my side, when I woke up Wednesday I was still hurting. Our Wednesday afternoon was pretty booked up. Esperanza had an appointment to get her eyes checked and Faythe was scheduled to have his lip repaired, the last time the doctor has looked at it there was some scar tissue that was causing his lips to close improperly. Through out the day my side continued to hurt and the rest of my stomach area was beginning to hurt as well, by the time we got to Esperanza’s appointment I was feeling pretty bad. The eye doctor put some drops in Esperanza’s eyes to dilate them and told us to come back in thirty to forty minutes. While they were doing that Inez had gotten a hold of our health care provider and had spoken with them, they told her to get me to the emergency room and get checked out. Fortunately the eye doctor was in the same building as a hospital. We walked over to the emergency room, which was empty, and they admitted me right away. They had to do the usual gamut of tests and even preformed a CT Scan on my abdomen. After the Doctor had time to look over the tests and the scan he diagnosed me with acute-appendicitis. He then told me they would have to have to remove my appendix. Their operating room was in use and I would have to wait for them to finish before they could operate on me, this was about 5 PM. At 9 PM they rolled me into the O. R. and removed my appendix. They called Inez around 10 PM to tell her that the operation had been a success and they were going to keep me there until the next afternoon. I was stuck sitting in my chair because that was the most comfortable place for me to be while I was waiting for the pain to subside. By Sunday I was getting pretty restless, Monday I was able to move around a bit more and today (Thursday) I went to work.  As of today I am starting to feel pretty good, though sharp movements or jarring hurt in the abdomen area. Inez has been a wonderful help through all of this, as have the children.

— Jerel