Sighs & Smiles: October Daze

Is it the end of the month already? Like I suggest in the title of this post, I feel like I’ve been in a daze this month, with everything that’s been going on. Let’s break it down, shall we?


  • In the very beginning of the month, the motherboard of my iPhone 6 fried. I was at work, and the screen faded to black, then wouldn’t turn on. After having it accessed at a Verizon store and a local “fix it” store for phones, I had to purchase a new one. All of my information, photos, videos, etc. Gone. Just like that, though if it’ll turn on when plugged into a computer I can salvage everything. I ended up going back to Android and purchasing the Google Pixel (first generation), as it was the same cost as the iPhone 7 and I was honestly sort of sick of Apple’s limitations, in addition to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 being way overrated. Have to say that I love the Pixel though, and I’m not regretting the decision at all. I just didn’t need that surprise, or the surprise expense.
  • Read the “smiles” section for more details about my fiancé’s surgery, but following the surgery he had to go back into the hospital due to some outstanding pain. Ironically enough, he has a small fluid collection near his tail bone (sound familiar?). They aspirated it, but could only get out a since cc of fluid. However, it seems to have alleviated much of the problem. He and I are both severely tired of hospitals, especially when his physicians are located an hour and a half from where we live. Hopefully we’re done with that.
  • After a beautifully mild month, this morning reminded me that winter is just around the corner. I walked outside to my car in 32 degree weather, with thick enough frost to make me pull out my ice scraper from the trunk. Sigh.
  • Apart from those things, life’s little stressors have been happening a lot over the last few weeks, and it’s really wearing me down.


  • Back to Justin’s surgery! Though the surgeon told us there were some unexpected fixes that needed to happen, the operation couldn’t have gone better. The surgeon moved his ostomy to the opposite side and closed up the previous side, and she also resected about 11 inches of small bowel. In addition, she prevented a fistula that was likely starting to form where his intestine was sticking to his bladder. Unfortunately they weren’t able to perform anything by the laparoscopic method, so he has a large incision on his abdomen. Other than post-op pain, he’s doing well in general. We’re all just waiting for this to pass so he can get back to normal, now that the diseased bowel has been removed.
  • Last but not least — if you missed my last blog post, Justin and I have decided to start our own YouTube channel about Crohn’s Disease. It’s called The Crohn’s Couple, and we’ll be uploading our first video any day now! Please subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss an episode!

So that’s October. It’s been a heck of a month. How has yours been?


About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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