Life Happens

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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  It’s been awhile since I’ve even opened my laptop.  While I was glad to take a break from technology, I am less than thrilled with how I actually was able to take the break.

If you were curious as to why Jenn Unplugged more or less dropped off the face of the blogging world, I’m able to fill you in now.  On January 14 of this year, I went in for a routine gall bladder removal.  I nervously went through with the operation (like I had a choice!) and went home that afternoon.  Later that night, I was in a fair amount of pain but the next day was unbearable!  I would’ve rather had another child.  I do not wish my entire ordeal so far on anyone!

My husband called the doctor’s office the following day because my pain had significantly increased.  My doctor wanted me directly admitted that afternoon.  The following two weeks were a traumatic, tearful, up in the air blur.  I proceeded to have three more surgeries the first week I was admitted.  The first operation of the four total was the gall bladder removal.  Second one: I had a stent put in my bile duct but it was not long enough so they had to do it again – resulting in the third operation.  The fourth one was due to a hematoma forming.  That left me with two deep wounds on/in my abdomen area.  I would show you a picture but honestly it looks pretty gruesome.

I now have to wear a wound vac machine to help heal the wounds.  I was very angry with this fact at first.  I know it’s partially because I felt like it limited my mobility.  But largely for the fact that it meant I had gone through this nightmare and it surely was not over.

If you had talked to me when I first came home, I would have told you I didn’t give two craps about surviving and to just let me sleep.  Seriously.  But then I got with the program and started to “fight” because I have children and they deserve to have their mommy around.  I also have an amazingly supportive husband that hasn’t left my side and never gave up on me or our family through this awful experience.

Did he have to learn how to take care of the entire household in an emergent situation and fast  too?  You bet.  All of the things that I would keep pestering him about, but shouldn’t have had to (just sayin’) … he learned.  He learned how to strategically load (c’mon ladies and gents, you know) the dishwasher and run it.  He learned how to keep track of things in the checkbook.  He learned how to do laundry.  He does a great job on the laundry too.  He kept the household running.  That included our children being fed, clean, happy, loved – you name it.  He did it and all while going to work everyday.  I swear he deserves to go to the Superbowl or something unique and awesome to his liking.  (Shout out to my MIL for lovingly taking care of my children while I was certainly not able to.)

I won’t even go into detail how much he had to take care of me when I came home.  I will just say that I was in no way able to do things for myself that we all might take for granted.  I love my husband more than I can even express but this whole ordeal has given us each a new and deeper appreciation for each other.

I hate that this happened to my little family and I am still trying to figure out why it went so far, but I continually try to see the good each day.   I know it has made me think twice how I speak even though I am very human and still have my moments.  I know it has made me appreciate my husband and children even more.  Then a “big” thing but not as important as the love my family has would be that I am glad I dropped about 50 pounds from this.  Certainly not the way you want to lose weight, but I will take it.

I will continue to blog as I am able to between time, family and my health.  I really miss it plus it is my income as well as my livelihood.  I miss being on social media.  I miss connecting with other site owners that have become like a pseudo-family.  I just plain miss it.

So, stay tuned for more from Jenn Unplugged.  Thanks for reading!


  1. You know how much I have missed chatting with you each & every day! Still can’t believe this all started with you needing your gall bladder out. Remember when all you & I were worried about was would the doc glue you back together, would you have staples or just stitches? Little did we know that was the least of your worries <3 you!
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    • I know, right?! At least he went with the stitches! LOL 😉 I miss(ed) talking too! Things are getting better though! <3 you too!!

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman

    I am sorry that you had to go through such an ordeal. You are lucky that you have such a wonderful husband

  3. Julie Wood says:

    I wondered what happened to you! I had my gallbladder removed, and I thought this was a easy operation. I barely had any problems. I am so sorry that you had to go through this terrible pain and having problems with your surgeries. I am praying for you, and am so glad that you have such a nice husband to help you. I am glad you are back because I did miss you!!

    • Hi Julie,
      Yes, typically it is but my doctor said I had been very sick for a long time and basically been toughening it out. I even went to the doctor regularly and was well taken care of. I guess I have a high pain tolerance and this was just the breaking point (what kicked it off). I truly appreciate your prayers and yes, I am definitely lucky when it comes to my husband. Thanks so much for your kind words. I missed you and all of my readers too!!


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