I apologize for not being present, but this has been a rough year.
My almost mother-in-law passed away on Monday. She had been battling a liver disease for the past 4 years.
In May she finally received a liver transplant and for a month and a half we had a very good time.
Around the middle of July we noticed she wasn’t doing as well as before and started to go into rejection and contracted an infection.
She spent two weeks in the KU Med ICU and three weeks in the hospital after that.
We visited constantly and after seeing her son and husband for a little bit Monday afternoon, she felt it was time to go.
It has been a rough couple of days planning the funeral and burial plans.
We aren’t very religious but we do ask for positive thoughts as we wait for the funeral on Saturday.
What really makes me the most sad, is that TJ planned to show her the engagement ring he had picked out for me that Monday afternoon. He didn’t have the chance to show her or tell her the news of asking me to marry him.
I know that she will always be with us and will see our engagement, wedding, and births of our children.
It may seem premature, but we have already picked out names for our future children honoring her.
Again, I ask for positive thoughts and vibes for my family as we grieve and also celebrate my mother-in-law’s wonderful life.
She was a fighter and taught me that as long as you stay positive and keep your family close, you can achieve and get through anything.
We love you Kara! You will always be in my heart and on my mind.
How Tattooing Really Works
1. Tattooing causes a wound that alerts the body to begin the inflammatory process, calling immune system cells to the wound site to begin repairing the skin. Specialized cells called macrophages eat the invading material (ink) in an attempt to clean up the inflammatory mess.
2. As these cells travel through the lymphatic system, some of them are carried back with a belly full of dye into the lymph nodes while others remain in the dermis. With no way to dispose of the pigment, the dyes inside them remain visible through the skin.
3. Some of the ink particles are also suspended in the gel-like matrix of the dermis, while others are engulfed by dermal cells called fibroblasts. Initially, ink is deposited into the epidermis as well, but as the skin heals, the damaged epidermal cells are shed and replaced by new, dye-free cells with the topmost layer peeling off like a healing sunburn.
4. Dermal cells, however, remain in place until they die. When they do, they are taken up, ink and all, by younger cells nearby so the ink stays where it is.
5. So a single tattoo may not truly last forever, but tattoos have been around longer than any existing culture. And their continuing popularity means that the art of tattooing is here to stay.
From the TED-Ed Lesson What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre
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@tj285 I just told her we were moving. Now I’m getting all sorts of sass….