New York News

The main purpose of our trip to Manhattan is my surgery this afternoon, but we had a day and a half to have some fun first! My mom and I were joined by our neighbors and friends Susan and Willy for a week in the city. After arriving yesterday evening we walked around Times Square (coffee in hand) in the rain. It’s still every bit as crowded and beautiful in the wet and cold night!

Sunday was gray and rainy in New York City but we were determined to go to The View restaurant for brunch, 47 floors up the Marriot hotel with a view of the city buildings and Hudson River. It was a gorgeous atmosphere with such great foods, we had to sample everything!

The View Brunch Collage ( brunch we walked around the enormous Macy’s tried on some way-over-budget dresses and enjoyed the decorated store windows. Once again it started raining on us and we walked 25 blocks back to our apartment soaking wet. All still fun though :)

Today I will undergo my second surgery this year on my venous malformation (extra veins that formed in all of the tissues and muscles on the side of my face). In July, my surgeon removed a huge portion of the malformation, and replaced some of the area with a fat graft. Today, he will continue to correct this side with some “smoothing out” of the fat graft, and adjustments to my nose and lip. After a stressful week of finals and travel and now surgery, it was a little obvious that I was nervous. Luckily, I have the best roommate :) Before I left school, she sent me off with a “Hospital Care Package” that I was able to open last night. She gets extra points for creativity with this one:

Hospital Care Package (

There were items under the specific taglines “So you are comfortable during your stay.” “So you don’t get bored.” “So you don’t get tired of hospital food.” “So you eat healthy stuff too!” Filled with all the hospital necessities!

Hospital Care Package gifts (

Pajamas and slippers, coloring book and crayons, cookies and trail mix, hot chocolate and a water bottle along with a very sweet letter to calm my nerves. Thank you Fernanda! These will be great, especially since I am still allowed to recover in the “Pediatrics” Intensive Care Unit. I’ll be sure to share my crayons ;)

I’m sure I will be pretty groggy tonight, but I might post an update tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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Posted on December 10, 2012, in Life Updates and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Dominique Theate

    I keep you in my thoughts. Good luck!

  2. Glad to arrived in NY safely. Wanted to call Friday night but thought you needed the time
    with the folks. The Christmas lights and decorations in New York must be amazing. Happy
    you have had a chance to enjoy them some. Good luck with your surgery. Our thoughts
    and prayers are with you. Will look forward to hearing from Dad later on today.

  3. Good luck!

  4. Here is to a speedy and painless recovery. Keep on posting–this is very inspirational!

  5. Hi,
    I really hope everything went well for you. I too am special just like you. I was born with a venous malformation on my lower lip and inner cheek. I started my journey this past September with Laser and 2 weeks ago had back to back surgeries (Sclero and then Surgical incision). I try to stay away from mirrors to try and keep my sanity. 35 years with my blue birthmark that set me aside from the rest of the kids in school.

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