Thursday, August 31, 2006



Last week Stacey tagged me with "5 weird things about me (or my pet)".
Since I have yet to post it and couldn't limit it to just five...

Thirteen weird things about Kimmy...
(consider yourself tagged!)


1. I LOVE the smell of zippo lighters. It's a good thing I don't smoke. I could seriously just sit around all.day.long opening and closing my zippo and huffing away.

2. Speaking of huffing... I love the smell of gas(oline). I'm not a huffer, nor have I ever considered it, but I do love to sniff it.

3. Now that I think about it... I could have very well been satisfied as a gas station attendant. Yeah. That's weird.

4. I like the smell of vinegar. I don't just sit around and sniff it, but I like bold/overpowering smell. It's natures bleach... non toxic and strong. (And I love to pour white vinegar and a little water in a sauce pan, add some shakes -or sticks- of cinnamon and simmer. Deodorizes any odor (duh!) and gives the impression of hours spent baking away in the kitchen.)

5. I have to have ice in my drink. Lots of ice!

6. I can't stand drinks from a soda fountain without ice... even though it's cold.

7. I can't add ice to a drink from a soda fountain... it just doesn't taste the same! I have to add the ice then fill it up. (My brother is a freak about asking for drinks with no ice... "You get more." Ugh! I'd rather have 60 cc's less and drink it OVER ice!)

8. I love ketchup and don't just limit it's use to burgers and fries.

9. When I was little I used to call peas "little green balls". I don't remember this. My step-mom told me. I dunno.

10. I HATE heat! I'd rather be too cold than too hot. I can always put on more clothes, but I can only take off so many... if ya know what I mean!

11. I like to go to bed cold. A/C down, fan on and snuggled under lots of blankets. That's weird!

12. I mix my corn and mashed potatoes. Not every time, but enough.

13. I wait for my raisin bran to get soggy before I eat it. I can't stand it crunchy.


*So far I've sent in an order of 61 bracelets and 14 t-shirts... a total of $486 for Brains for Baylie!!!!! (click the link to read more about Baylie and her bracelets... and order some while you're there ;) Last week another T13er purchased bracelets after reading about Baylie. Let's do the same this week! :)
Baylie's recuperating from another LP Shunt revision she had on Monday, August 28. Please continue to pray for her... and all of us who suffer from Pseudotumor Cerebri and Arnold Chiari.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Oh, Waiter!

I was getting ready to take the last bite of my Blackened Chicken Pasta. I was saving half for Jacob. (It's his favorite. He was busy cheering on his favorite high school football team during the first home town rival game of the season. He's attened EVERY SINGLE football game... home and away... since 1st grade, but that's another story for another time. I have bigger news to share :p) Where was I? Oh, yeah. I was getting ready to receive the "Mother of the Year" award for saving half my dinner for my son. (And yes. I was still hungry.) :)

I picked up two pieces of pasta with my fork. As I lifted the fork I noticed something black. I moved the pasta around and noticed it was not only BLACK, but CURLY!!!!!!!!!! I threw my fork down and covered my mouth with both hands. I almost lost it all right there in my pasta dish.

My friend tried to calm me by saying such things as, "OHIMIGOSH! THAT'S A PUBE!" and "(*gasp*) Somebody had there hands down their pants." I almost smacked her. I would have if I had three hands, but unfortunately both of mine were busy keeping my (already eaten) dinner down.

I tried to get our waitress' attention, but she was busy. Of all times! The entire night she'd been so attentive and had anticipated our needs without us having to ask. But I couldn't wait for her any longer with a plate 'o penne and pubes in front of me.

I grabbed the manager who happened to walk past. I whispered to him that I had a problem with my meal. I explained what I found, and his eyes almost popped out of his head. He quickly removed my plate and apologized profusely. He began stumbling over his words as he tried to justify it to himself. "They all wear hair nets." "We have strict policies." Then he said, "I don't know how this could have happened..." I put my hand up motioning for him to stop, and at the same time we both said, "I don't wanna know."

He asked me if I'd like anything else, but took the look on my face as, "Uh,no". Just then our waitress came over with a worried look on her face not knowing what happened and fearful I was upset. She asked if I still wanted the BBQ buffalo wings I ordered to take home. Yes. (Again... for Jacob. He loves them!)

Jennifer finished her meal as we both tried to come up with "logical reasons". Our waitress rushed back to the table and apologized. She looked horrified and disgusted. I felt so bad for her. She was mortified! So I told her what we'd been talking about, and she chimed in.

We all started laughing about it. I was feeling better. Especially when she told me the manager was taking care of everything. Everything! Jennifer's appetizer, both meals, drinks (coke and water... but still!), Jacob's wings and DESSERTS! The waitress leaned in, grabbed my arm and said, "They don't make them here." Okay! I'll take three! ;)

Was it worth it? No.Way! But it will sure be a story I'll remember. (Well, as long as somebody reminds me!)

Darn. It would be so much more funny if it had happened to somebody else ;)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday Funny... OK Go

This video just cracks me up. I don't know how many times I've watched it. I don't know if it has anything to do with my brain problems or the hot pink. I'm just sayin'. ;) These guys hilarious! They remind me of my brother and his friends. Crazy boys.


(Click here if the video doesn't play for you.)

You can watch more videos from OK go! You can also catch them doing their Treadmill Dance live on MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, August 31.

Found this video at Jen's Horde. Thanks Jen!

Thursday, August 24, 2006



Thirteen things about Jacob's first week of school (5th grade):


1. He loves riding the bus to and from school.

2. He loves being able to sleep in until 7 a.m. and not leave the house until 7:45 a.m. (When he attended the before and after school program he'd get up at 6 a.m.)

3. He loves getting home before 3 p.m. (He used to get home around 4:30 p.m. from the after school program.)

4. Really likes getting off the bus in time to get some juice or fruit before school starts. (The school serves free breakfast... great idea!)

5. Getting hot and yucky sweaty playing football with his friends at recess.

6. He likes changing teachers for different subjects. (Not only does it prepare him for jr. high, but I'm sure it's more exciting and energizing to get up and move around during the day.)

7. The first day Jacob walked into his classroom and found his assigned seat he noticed he sat right next to his girlfriend, Morgan. (Jacob and Morgan met at before/after school program their first day of kindergarten. Jacob was very shy and nervous. Morgan helped calm him down and helped him relax, and they've been best buds ever since. It's pretty cute :p)

8. Reading AR books for points... not number of books per week. Jacob has a very high reading level. He's been reading at least 2 grade levels above his grade since 1st grade. Last year 4th graders read one AR book a week. Jacob was constantly reading. He had to read a book a week on his level... and a 6th+ grade reading level gave him books with 200-300 pages... worth 10 AR points. (And I give him MAD PROPS for not choosing "easy" books or books with less pages! The other kids were reading 3rd and 4th grade books worth 0.5-2 points!)
So this year if he reads two books and earns his points then he's "done" for the 9 weeks. (But he'll continue to read. He's way into WWII right now.)

9. Getting to play on the new playground. The brand new $1.5 million playground. Wait 'til I post pictures! Foamy playing surface, overhead covered benches, w/c accessible swings and basketball goals/courts, brand new basketball goals, 4 or 5 separate playing areas with slides and monkey bars, and a rock wall!!!!!!! Unbelievable! Are you sensing my jealousy? Where was this playground when I went to that school 20 years ago? ;)

10. Looking forward to basketball tryouts. He's never played on a team before, but plays with his buddies. He does a pretty good job and taught himself. What he's got going for him: his height. Just under 5'6". What he's got going against him: Osgood-Schlatter Disease.

11. Middle school algebra. He's really enjoying it. (I'm all over algebra, but calculus and trigonometry... not so much. Any takers?)

12. Individual study time (like study hall) to decrease homework. He still has homework, but not nearly as much as I remember bringing home. But it's only week one, right?)

13. His favorite brand new t-shirts:

(MmmHmm...)

(That one just cracks me up.)

(So true. So.true. That one is my favorite!)

*So far I've sent in an order of 61 bracelets and 14 t-shirts... a total of $486 for Brains for Baylie!!!!! (click the link to read more about Baylie and her bracelets... and order some while you're there ;) Last week two T13ers purchased bracelets after reading about Baylie. Let's do the same this week! :)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Just Too Good



So I was lying down with a terrible headache. The news was on the tv. I was trying to talk myself into reaching for the remote, but the pain was too intense.

Then all of a sudden I heard something that made me sit up and take notice. (Well, after hearing Lindsay Lohan's mom believes she's "The White Oprah". I wouldn't want her help with any problem! But I'd take a car :p) Osama Bin Laden hearts Whitney Houston. Seriously. To think Whitney is Osama's "Greatest Love of All". I mean... He's a terrorist. A racist. Believes the western world is evil. But has a thing for wacked out Mrs. Bobby Brown. (And even wanted to whack out Bobby.) Now that's just too good.

I say he can have her. Take her. (But I'll keep my "Whitney Houston- The Greatest Hits" cd.) Better yet... let's just send her over there to him and lure him right out of his "cave". Whatta ya say? Let's bring our boys back home. I can think of a few more rail thin druggies we can send over for the hypocritical terrorists. ;)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday (not so) Funny

So I took the Real Age Test a few weeks ago and got some bad news.

My ACTUAL age: 30.8 (*gasp*)
My REAL age: 40.10 (*thud*)

It was a pretty long test... for me anyway. I was doing well until I got to the part about my illnesses/diseases, pain, decreased activities/abilities and medication. That's when I fell over the edge. TEN YEARS OLDER!!!!! Ten years and two months. See... not so funny ;)

Jacob thought it was the best thing he'd ever heard. He laughed so hard he almost fell down. (Yeah. He's sympathetic. Typical male :p) So he decided to take the test for me. The only thing he changed was activity level, pain and medications. Would you believe it? 28.7!!!! Two years and one month YOUNGER!!! Again... not so funny.

Now it's your turn. Go on. Find out your REAL AGE then come back and tell me all about it. Honestly... it can't possibly be worse than mine. Plus, I'm hopin' it's funny! It IS a Friday FUNNY after all ;)

Thursday, August 17, 2006



Thirteen things about my week:


1. My baby started 5th grade yesterday. Unbelievable.

2. I watched him step up in the bus for the first time this morning... and felt my heart drive away.

3. I received a call yesterday afternoon from the after school program Jacob used to attend. "Kim, this is (what's her name) from (such and such). I'm calling to tell you Jacob did not show up after school. Please call us back as soon as you can." Jacob started giggling. He'd been home almost 30 minutes. I was confused (surprise!), but pleased they called checking on him. But now I'm worried they're going to charge me. :)

4. Jacob attended the before and after school program from his very first day in Kindergarten. A branch of a local day care has this program in all local elementary schools. We loved it! There were four women. A woman and her three daughters. Barb, the mom, worked at the school as a custodian when I was a student there. I loved her. I was so glad to have her caring for my Jacob.

5. These four women became a huge part of our lives. They nurtured Jacob through 9 of my brain operations, two of his Papaw's deployments overseas, and his mamaw's surgery and recuperation last year. They are strong, loving christian women. We love them like family.

6. The last day of school last year was their last day for the before and after school... it was our last day as well. That's why Jacob's in the 5th grade and riding the school bus for the first time.

7. He enjoys the bus, but he misses Barb and her daughters!

8. Snickers, our Fox Terrier, is really sick. She's been itchy/scratchy for months.

9. We've tried everything... anti-histamines, prednisone (which has damaged her liver, skin, vision), strict prescription diet, etc. (I think that's why she was dumped at the pound where we adopted her.)

10. She had a skin test which showed severe allergies. Let me just start by saying the girl's not right... She's allergic to cats, feathers, cows, horses, wool, insect dander, all weeds, all trees, a lot of flowers, DRY DOG FOOD (the mites that live in dry dog food)!!!!!!! What?

11. I'm giving her an anti-histamine trial... 8 different anti-histamin packs... one pack per week for 8 weeks. I have to monitor and document her every move. I have to fill out a form every.day. Ugh! Like I feel well enough to do that! How selfish ;)

12. Since she's ALLERGIC TO HER OWN FOOD I have to give her prescription canned dog food. 1.5 cans a day. A case (24 cans) costs $48.97. 46.5 cans (31 days worth) equals $63.25 a month. Ugh! Thank God she's a "small" dog! PLUS approximately $500 every month or so for antibody injections... that she'll need for the rest of her life. I might just make it a short one. Joke. Just a joke. She's my little princess. Dumb dog.

13. So far I've sent in an order of 44 bracelets and 11 t-shirts... a total of $372 for Brains for Baylie!!!!! (click the link to read more about Baylie and her bracelets... and order some while you're there ;)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Birthday Wish!

Happy 26th Birthday to my baby sister! I love you!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Baylie update

I apologize to those of you who have been eager to hear an update on Baylie after her surgery. I haven't been feeling well. My fingers are having difficulty typing, and my brain is having difficulty getting the correct words and spelling out. It's taken more than five minutes just to write this much.

Here are the last two entries in Baylie's journal:

Sunday, August 13, 2006 11:35 AM CDT

"Baylie is out of the hospital. The CT scan showed that her leg pain is coming from her tubing in her spine hitting a nerve. He gave her pain medicine and we are hoping that it will move on its own. He thinks that her abnomen pain may be caused from inflammation from the tubing. If it does not get better then he will have to replace the tubing.

She woke up this morning with terrible leg pain and a headache. We gave her all of her medicine. She seems to be doing a little bit better now.

Hopefully we will get to head home tomorrow if she does well today.

Thanks for checking up on her."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:10 PM CDT

"We are home!!!! We got home yesterday just in time to go to "meet the teacher" at school. Both Abbey and Baylie got to meet their new teachers. Baylie really likes her teacher. Today was the first day of school, I only sent her for 2-1/2 hours since she is still having alot of headaches and her leg is really hurting her alot. We will do the same amount of time for the rest of this week and then see how she is doing for next week. The school is being wonderful and very understanding to the situation which is one less thing for me to worry about. It was hard leaving her today at school because I know when she is hurting she will not tell anyone because she does not want to be different from the other kids.

She fell right asleep tonight, she was exhausted.

Thanks for checking up on her."

And from me... thank you for your support and a HUGE thank you for posting about and/or inquiring about Baylie's bracelets!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday Funny

Cinderella is now 95 years old.

After a fulfilling life with the now dead prince, she happily sits upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with a cat named Bob for companionship.

One sunny afternoon out of nowhere, appeared the fairy godmother.

Cinderella said, "Fairy Godmother, what are you doing here after all these years"?

The fairy godmother replied, "Cinderella, you have lived an exemplary life since I last saw you. Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?"

Cinderella was taken aback, overjoyed, and after some thoughtful consideration, she uttered her first wish:

"The prince was wonderful, but not much of an investor. I'm living hand to mouth on my disability checks, and I wish I were wealthy beyond comprehension.

Instantly her rocking chair turned into solid gold.

Cinderella said, "Ooh, thank you, Fairy Godmother"

The fairy godmother replied, "It is the least that I can do. What do you want for your second wish?"

Cinderella looked down at her frail body, and said, "I wish I were young and full of the beauty and youth I once had."

At once, her wish became reality, and her beautiful young visage returned. Cinderella felt stirrings inside of her that had been dormant for years.

And then the fairy godmother spoke once more: "You have one more wish; what shall it be?"

Cinderella looks over to the frightened cat in the corner and says, "I wish for you to transform Bob, my old cat, into a kind and handsome young man."

Magically, Bob suddenly underwent so fundamental a change in his biological make-up that, when he stood before her he was a man so beautiful the likes of him neither she nor the world had ever seen.

The fairy godmother said, "Congratulations, Cinderella, enjoy your new life."

With a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, the fairy godmother was gone as suddenly as she appeared.

For a few eerie moments, Bob and Cinderella looked into each other's eyes.

Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most beautiful, stunningly perfect man she had ever seen.

Then Bob walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking chair, & held her close in his young muscular arms.

He leaned in close, blowing her golden hair with his warm breath as he whispered...

"Bet you're sorry you neutered me."

(Yup! Just my luck :p)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Baylie Belewe



I learned about Baylie completely by accident a few months ago... before my last operation. I don't know why it has taken me so long to post about her, but I truly believe in God's timing!

You know my story. You've heard the diagnoses, the symptoms and the surgeries. You know about the increase in pain and symptoms and the "end of the road" for me in terms of a cure or even a way to help ease it all. (Some background if you don't know about my diagnoses, symptoms, old surgeries, recent surgery or current yucky situation.)

Baylie is a six year old little girl diagnosed with two of the rare brain diseases I have... Arnold Chiari Malformation and Pseudotumor Cerebri. She has an LP shunt and has had two brain operations so far for her Chiari.

Today (8.7.06) Baylie is having another operation. The doctor is going to replace her LP shunt. Please pray for Baylie and her family as they endure yet another bump in the road to recovery. Please pray that Baylie will grow to live a life free from pain and the horrible symptoms that go along with these terrible diseases.

Baylie has already done such wonderful things with her young life. Baylie decided to make and sell beaded bracelets. Then she donates the money she makes to research. Research for Pseudotumor Cerebri and Arnold Chiari Malformation. Both diseases are known as "orphan diseases" meaning no-one knows how they start and not many want to put the money (or effort) into researching it. To date Baylie has collected over $98,027.00 from her bracelet sales/donations and has given the money to Dr. Frim of the University of Chicago.

Let's help Baylie give much more. I'm taking orders for her bracelets and her t-shirts... *front* "I've really had brain surgery. What's your excuse?" *back* "www.baylieforbrains.com". Bracelets are made with either glass or plastic beads. Some are made with both. Each bracelet contains at least one blue bead as her middle name is Belewe.

Bracelets are a donation of at least $5 each. The t-shirts are $11 for kids (sizes S and M) and $14 for adults (sizes S, M, L, XL). The front of the t-shirt says, "I've really had brain surgery. What's your excuse?" and the back says, "www.baylieforbrains.com". You can also purchase car ribbons. View them here.

I'm already collecting orders from some friends and family. I'm trying to do my part by giving Baylie money for her bracelets... not the shipping. So when the orders are received I will mail them to you to save her the shipping cost. Please remember Baylie is having surgery today so orders will most likely be postponed for a short time period.

I know for some time you guys have asked/wished for something to do to help me. I would love for you guys to help out in this way. Thank you, thank You, THANK YOU!!!!

This video shows Baylie painting and making her bracelets, and her mom describing Baylie's journey. (Scroll down to "Hoosier Hero- Baylie Owen.) And you can watch this video about Baylie and her friend, Kara, who suffers from both diseases as well. You can visit Kara and her art work... also featured in the video.

Place your order online or contact Baylie's mom or e-mail me with your orders .
You can also purchase special Baylie candles and soaps.





(Visit Baylie's website and leave her a message in her guestbook!
Read more about Baylie here and here.)

UPDATE: (9.18.06) Baylie remains in the hospital after this initial operation. She suffered from low pressure headaches (which are far worse than high pressure... excruciating!!!). She's had to lie flat on her back without getting up for weeks. She has gone through two or three blood patches already. So far no luck.
Not only does Baylie continue to need your prayers, but her sister does, too. Her younger sister is undergoing tests to determine the cause of her pain. Thank God Arnold Chiari has already been ruled out! Please pray for and support Baylie and her family and her many friends... young and old.

UPDATE: Baylie has been out of the hospital for more than a month. She's going to school, playing with her sisters and friends, and attends fund raisers as much as she can. She's not completely pain free, but her pain is waaaaayyyy better. She still needs and asks for your prayers for not only herself, but for her friends with PTC and AC.

Thank you for those of you that continue to ask about Baylie and request bracelets. It means so much to me!!!! God bless!

Thursday, August 03, 2006



I was too ill to post on Father's Day. And yesterday was Daddy's birthday. It was either post or go out to dinner. I chose dinner ;) So in honor of him...

Thirteen things about Daddy, Papaw, Pop...

1. Daddy is my "step-dad", but the only TRUE father I've had. He married my mom in 1979. I was 3 years old.

2. I love him for CHOOSING to be my daddy. He has never made me feel like I was a burden or that he regreted making that choice. And I love him just as much for that!

3. My biological father called my mom one evening and yelled at her for "making" me call Bryant "Daddy". After the phone call my mom talked to me and told me I could call him anything I wanted to. I said, "Can I call him 'Superman'?" I was three. And he's still MY SUPERMAN to this day!

4. Daddy was involved in everything I did. He not only showed up to my swim meets (in 100+ degrees in the summer and -20 degrees in the winter), but he volunteered for any position they needed him. I only remember him missing a few meets, but they were due to military training.

5. Daddy was (is) involved in our church. VBS, camp, youth group, outings, Bible study, missions trips, sleep overs, movie nights, etc.

6. He baptized my son, Jacob. I remember the day Jacob asked him if he would baptize him and tears welled up in Daddy's eyes. The moment after he lifted Jacob up from the water they both embraced for the longest time. My eyes still fill up with tears. (I have that picture framed and sitting right beside my computer monitor.)

7. Daddy was my birthing coach. He went to lamaze classes with me and everything. I figured this big, strong guy would help me just fine... plus he'd already delivered two babies (once when he was on Rescue 20 and once as a police officer) so I thought that would be an advantage. Huh. He was more nervous than I was. We were in the elevator heading up to the birthing center, and I look over at the buttons and watched Daddy press the braille number 2... not the actual button. He kept pushing it, looking up at the floors and wondering why it wouldn't move. Finally, I pushed the right button and off we went.

8. Daddy went with my brother on a missions trip to Mexico when Jacob was just nine months old. They returned home late in the evening so I took Jacob over to see him before I had to take him to daycare on my way to nursing school early the next morning. The instant Jacob saw his Papaw he started kicking his feet and reaching for him. When Daddy picked him up Jacob was smiling so big and had tears in his eyes. That still amazes me to this day. What love he has for Papaw... his buddy. (That's what they call each other. "Hey, Buddy". Precious!)

9. Daddy has been there for me during my ENTIRE illness. He's massaged my shoulders, temples, jaws and back (once upon a time when I could handle that... now it makes the pain much worse). He's held cold cloths on my head and emesis basins up to my mouth. He's given me his hand to squeeze when the pain's unbearable and a hand to hold when it's all just too much. He's driven me hundreds of miles from home to see my neurosurgeon at the best hospital for my diseases. He's taken flights from the other side of the country to make it to my bedside for surgery. He's missed only two operations out of over 20... and both were while he was on a tour of duty in Bosnia. My biological father... who lives only an hour away... managed to find time for only two operations. Both were in a hospital just minutes away from his house. Both times he stayed for less than an hour. Once was after surgery (1989) and he brought my sisters. The second time he arrived while I was in the recovery room (1993) and brought one sister with him. I was so ill that they only allowed three people back for a brief moment... my daddy gave up his time to go to the recovery room to allow my biological father see me. What a man! He continues to support me financially, physically, mentally and spiritually every single day!

10. One day when Daddy was on the police department he was asked to protect/guard the KKK... Daddy's black. He stood there with his head held high and protected the very men that hated him and wished him harm. He's amazing!

11. He's been married to my mom for 27 years. He stuck right by her side with the many years of her suffering with Crohn's Disease. When she had her surgery last September with a 30 day hospital stay and 6+ months with open wounds that needed cleaned and changed multiple times a day and TPN that was fed to her through her PICC line... he did it ALL!

12. During that entire time he slept on the living room floor just to be right by her as she slept in a chair because she couldn't sleep in their bed!

13. He slept on the floor... this was just two months after he returned home from war in Afghanistan (and sleeping on a cot... if he was lucky).

14. He served our country for almost 35 years and retired January 2006. He's now working as a civilian on a military base. Thank God they can't deploy him anymore!

15. He's MY Daddy!
Jacob and I thank you for every single thing you have done for us! We KNOW our lives wouldn't be the same without you in it! We Love and Adore You, Your Baby Girl and Your Buddy.

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