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Last week I went to see my doctor and had my blood drawn again. She called yesterday with the results and my hematocrit level (a test that measures the percentage of blood that is comprised of red blood cells) is finally around 40 which is considered “normal.” At one point I was as low as 4, I left the hospital (after a transfusion of 5 units of blood) at 12, a few weeks ago I was 31 and now finally my hematocrit level is around 40. (YEA!) I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. I’m also doing a lot better emotionally. I still feel sad sometimes when I think about everything that happened, but for the most part I’m grateful. Grateful that I made it through this experience and grateful that it’s over and I can move on. I’m also incredibly grateful for my friends.

(attempt to hide my pregnancy weight behind my skinny friends – it worked!). :)

When I was in Utah a couple of weeks ago I went to a baby shower for a good friend. Many of my good friends were at the shower and this was the first time I had seen them since my incident. When I walked in the room they all surrounded me – and hugged me – and told me told me how happy they were to have me there – and I cried – and I thought about all of the love and support I had during this experience from so many friends. Friends from my childhood, friends from high school and college, friends from Utah, Virginia, and California, friends from my neighborhood, friends from Ellie’s Elementary, friends from Addison’s preschool, friends from church, friends from blogging. All of my amazing friends were there for me in one way or another. I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you so much. You all mean the world to me and I couldn’t have survived this without all of you.

I love you all.

xoxo, Erin
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24 thoughts on “Recovery & Friends

  1. And I think I’m the first that gets to say “I Love You, too!!!” So glad you’ve made it through all of this! (I LOVE my memories of working at Zion’s!!!)

  2. HAHA!!!! I wasn’t there, but I am one of those that waited by the computer to hear from Kenny, praying for good news. Congrats on your levels!!!! PERFECT!!!!!

  3. How grateful I am to have had the J-ettes. I would have never had the opportunity for my life to be bettered by your influence without being in drill. Getting to know your heart through the past couple of years of reconnecting has been a very good experience for me. So thanks for staying alive, and mostly, for…LIVING!

  4. I always think it is funny when people say they have to go through something alone…in reality we never go through anything alone!

    By the way….that last picture of all the prom dresses….soooo hot! ;-) LOL.

  5. Love you so much, Erin. We reap what we so, and no doubt all of your love is coming back to you.

    BTW, you and your Utah friends are hotties!!!

  6. Well your plan certainly worked, you look as good as ever! So glad to hear your levels are in a normal range–can’t imagine how you felt when they were at 4. Very glad to know you. :)

  7. Erin-I love you too and can’t imagine my life without you!!! I still remember that first Sunday when you and Kenny came into sacrament meeting and sat on my row and I thought-“that girl is so cute! I know we will be friends!” :)

    It is experiences like this that show you how loved you really are!

  8. Awesome! Hooray for high blood levels! I am so glad you are feeling “normal” again! And as for the baby weight? (what weight?!!) If you can fit back into your normal jeans again then you have nothing to worry about!

  9. Such great photos… reminds me that I need to do a a better job of getting the camera out when I am with my girlfriends!! Those memories are so important and need to be documented….thanks for the reminder!
    From your blogging friend :)

  10. And obviously we love you!!! Seriously, Ryan and I love you and Kenny (and the kids!) so much! It’s like now I don’t even remember what it was like with out you in my life! You are the greatest friend and example to me, and I am SO thankful that you are still here, and that we can look forward to LOTS more fun together! So grateful you are recovering! YAY for good blood levels, YAY! YAY! YAY!!!

  11. What a relief Erin!! That is such great news. I LOVED hanging with you at my house, thanks so much for stopping by. Next time, we need MORE time and no kids…we always have so much to talk about. Kole is darling and I am so glad that the hardest part is behind you now. Phew.
    I love seeing those old pics. of us, such good times!!! :)
    Love ya Erin

  12. Congrats on your recovery process! You have a beautiful family! I am actually going to comment on a previous post – I am looking forward to hearing some information on your baby sleeping boot camp. Our twins are 8 months old and are not sleeping through the night yet. Our 4 year old slept through at 6 weeks. Oh how she spoiled us.

  13. So grateful for good news and that you are feeling well. What a journey and such a blessing to have so many wonderful friends.

  14. Whoo hoo for 40! I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling like “normal” and that you are surrounded by great friends and family!

  15. I’ve always felt honored to be your friend! You are one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. I cherish all of our memories together…Rebelettes and our trips to visit you in VA and CA! SO FUN! I love you Erin!

  16. Hooray… I am so glad that your blood level is up that high!! What a relief…BIG SIGH!!! I had so fun seeing you while you were here. I wish we could have gotten together a little more! Life is just so busy! Loved your post about friends!! You have Such darling pictures, and so many that love you!!

  17. Erin, I’m so glad you are doing better! It was so fun to see you, and I can’t wait to see you again when you come up!! I love your blog, and your whole heart and soul that goes into it. You are simply amazing. Love you!!!

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