Kelsey's July Update 1 August 2020
Sorry I’m a bit late with a July update - it’s been a busy busy month.
You may have seen on the news that I went away on a “volcanic getaway” (hahaha...) to Ohakune with a group of friends. I’d had huge anxiety about going away leading up to it - not just being at the base of three live volcanos, but also because I’d had several flashbacks, panic attacks, and my mood is less than unpredictable. I was so worried I’d have a bad spell and ruin both my time away, and everyone else’s.
Thankfully, my brain behaved itself, and I had the most wonderful and relaxing four days I’d had in months. It was so nice to feel like the old me for awhile.
We had a really difficult two weeks once we got back from our holiday, with a death in Tom’s family, calving starting on the farm, some blank spots were filled in for me by the police about what happened on Whakaari once I’d left after the eruption on our “rescue vessel” and everything that happened and didn’t happen afterwards.
On top of all of this, I made the difficult decision to send my dog, River, away for some additional training that I have been unable to give him myself since the eruption. I miss him so much, but only 7-sleeps until he’s home now!
I had another check up at Waikato Hospital on the 28th, too. They’re still super happy with how all of my grafts are looking (thanks Hutt burns/plastic surgeons!), but I will be returning to the operating theatre in the next few months to have some minor graft breakdowns on my hands sorted - and an imbedded dressing removed from my upper arm!
I brought myself a weighted blanket this week with the donations you have all so generously put towards my recovery. They’re designed to help alleviate anxiety, improve sleep, calm the nervous system and help with PTSD. So far, I absolutely love it (I’m wrapped up in it on the couch as I write this!)
I think mum said that this page is due to close next month, so in case I don’t get another update in before then, I want to say how thankful I am for each and every one of you who sent me - and more so my family, so much love and kindness - especially in that first month where everything was looking pretty grim. You made us all cry (good tears) with your words, your memories of me, your gift baskets, and at the generosity you all showed us with your donations towards my ongoing recovery. You’ve kept us all going more than you will ever know.
At this stage, I don’t have concrete plans on “where to next”, but I’ll be keeping those that are interested up to date on how I am, when my next surgery is and what I’m doing over on my Instagram page (@kezzelsify).
Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Wow Kelsey... you are going from strength to strength! It really strikes me how kind and patient you are with yourself throughout your recovery. It's really admirable. Enjoy reuniting with River soon and keep curling up under that weighted blanket - they should be called healing blankets with all the warmth and comfort that they bring. Take care xx
Thanks for the Update.so
Hi Kelsey, thanks so much for all your updates. It is wonderful to hear you are improving. I wish you all the best. Kind regards, Rosie
Dear Kelsey, once again you demonstrate your amazing resilience. I so admire you. Thank you for all the updates that have kept us informed of your progress. I am sure that writing them must have been quite taxing.
Condolences on the loss of Tom's relative. It has been a bad year for losing those we love.
I wish you all the very best on you upward trajectory and a joyous reunion with River.
Cheers Gill Molony
I somehow sent the other message before finishing and couldn't remove it. Thankyou for the update, we always think of you and wonder how you are doing. it is wonderful you had time away at Ohakune, you are very brave to do that,
A little sad your page is closing, but at least we still get to follow your recovery on Instagram.
You will be excited to see River soon, and he will be excited to see you. Hope his training has gone well.
Sorry to hear of a death in Toms family, condolences to Tom. Keep up the good work, rest when you need to, take care. All our Love xoxoxo