Daily Kaylee // 1.2.18

Saying 2018 feels so weird.


I just got out of a c-section surgery. To start the day off I watched a dilation and curettage. A d&c is a procedure to remove tissue from inside the uterus. Doctors perform d&c to diagnose and treat certain uterine conditions — such as heavy bleeding — or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion. The patient was 55 years old and had an abnormally thick uterine lining and was experiencing bleeding despite having gone through menopause, so we took a biopsy to make sure it was not cancer. Initial appearance suggested it is likely benign but tests will take 5-10 days to come back.

I watched back to back births, one a natural and after a cesarean section. I officially never want to have children. Watching a woman literally being ripped open has permanently scared me. A c-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. It is very hard on the body of the mother as layers of skin, fat and muscle are cut open to remove the baby directly from the mothers uterus.

In Greece, similarly to the United States, once a woman has a c-section, every birth after must also be a c-section. Much of Europe allows women to have natural births after c-sections. NOTE: If you’ve had only one previous c-section, with a horizontal uterine incision, you may be a good candidate for a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC.


Going into another c-section. This mother had spinal anesthesia as opposed to epidural anesthesia. For spinal anesthesia the medicine is injected using a much smaller needle than an epidural, directly into the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord. The area where the needle will be inserted is first numbed with a local anesthetic. Then the needle is guided into the spinal canal, and the anesthetic is injected. She then played down and we waited a few minutes for her to be unable to move her legs. Then, the surgery could begin.


Closing her up. Final set of sutures are being done to close up the incision. They sew up the mothers uterus first.

It was a very fun day in the hospital today. I am now headed off to dinner.







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2017 // Year in Review

Cheers to another trip around the sun. I am so blessed & fortunate for all that I have.

2017 is a year I am ready to say goodbye to. Despite this, it definitely holds some great memories and experiences. As I write this I am living in Greece while working in a hospital. Two things that I love. 2017 held the completion of my first year of college and the beginning of my second. I have made strong friendships this year and discovered more about myself.

I rung in the new year sitting on the edge of the Aegean Sea, while fireworks burst above me. The glitter of the fireworks was only amplified in beauty as it reflected off the water.

2017 holds many wonderful memories for me. I went to Mexico with friends from college, spent my last summer in Minneapolis for the next few years. I began my sophomore year of college. Over the last year I have discovered a lot about myself and have had so many important moments and memories that I could not possibly say them all here. To better summarize my year, here is a 1 second glimpse into everyday that made it great.


2017 was the year I final took the plunge and started my blog. I had wanted to for years prior but couldn’t commit to a name and was nervous of what other people would think. But in March I decided to #treatmyself for my birthday. Though my post have not always been consistent and I’m still not really sure what I want this blog to be about, it has been great outlet for me. About 13 hundred views later, here I am!

happy new year!!

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Wine hopping along the Aegean

A few nights ago some girls and I went bar hopping along the coast. We started at one bar and when we finished we would walk to the next one. It was really fun to talk, eat and drink with such an amazing view and atmosphere. We stopped at Boulevard 23, then moved next door to Sherlock. We took a brief hiatus from just wine for dinner at Garcon. I had the risotto with mushrooms and it was delicious. After dinner and dessert we finished off our night at Salotto 45. I was watching the sun set on the water with a glass of wine in hand and feeling truly blessed.

Perhaps it is the beautiful backdrops that are so readily available to them but the Greeks know how to slow down and truly enjoy life. Being a college student, I don’t think I take much time to slow down and reflect. There is always something to do or stress about. I hope the new year brings more time for reflection and appreciation for everyone.