Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category


I am NOT having fun either.

July 21, 2008

Karen’s post the other day hit me… and the title especially seemed to fit my mood, so I stole it. While her post was about disliking change, mine is about desiring a change.

The last 24 hours have been very interesting for me. It all started about 4:30 in the morning yesterday (Sunday). When I woke up with intense pain in my upper abdomen. I had no idea what it could be, but wondered if it were just a bad case of gas or something. It was enough to wake me from a dead sleep however, so I was a little worried.

With it being Sunday, I really didn’t want to send Sultry Husband to the store, but by 11 a.m. I felt so horrible, the pain level had increased so much that I gave in and made him go. He bought me some gas-ex which I took, but didn’t feel any better. I found myself lying in the bed only to toss and turn because a comfortable pain free position could not be found. By noon, SH had decided that I needed to go to the emergency room. I really didn’t want to go because lets face it, I have had enough of hospitals lately! I was in major pain however, so it didn’t really take that much convincing to get me into the car.

The minute the doctor talked to me, he discounted the possibility of gas pains. They took x-rays and even did an ultrasound of my belly. Turns out, I had several very large gallstones which were blocking the “ducts” within the gallbladder. This was where I had to ask the doctor to even tell me what a gallbladder was (I knew the term but had never really heard of what it did or whatever.) A short time later, I was loaded into an ambulance headed for St. George and the hospital. By 6 p.m. I was in surgery. They removed my gallbladder, turns out you can survive without one. So, I got to stay in yet another hospital. Fun? no. Informative? yes. Would I prefer to not know what the “new” hospital was like? Definitely. The year 2008 will be known by me as the year of the hospital.


Not Today

June 11, 2008

The results of the amniocentesis yesterday were not good. Basically, the little one is not ready because her lungs are definitely not mature. I have to admit though, that the test was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life. It hurt, and was completely unpleasant.

Afterwards came the roller coaster. I started contractions! Not good for someone of my history, so they sent me over to Labor and Delivery for monitoring. We were there, not knowing much of anything really for several hours. They wouldn’t let me eat in case they had to deliver anyway, so I was starving to death on top of everything else. They gave me some medication that stopped the contractions, but took it’s own sweet time doing it, so we weren’t sent home till about 10:30. A neighbor had our kids for the day, and we had talked to them about keeping them over night because it was just too late for SH to drive the 90 min back to our house.

This morning, they had me in for a routine fluid check, there was plenty in there. Almost like taking some of it yesterday helped the baby know to make more. She totally replenished the supply. I am still on strict bed rest, but it looks like it will be at least a week before the delivery. As always though, the doctors say that if my levels fall or the baby starts to decline, we will deliver immediately. Living in the heightened state of anticipation all the time is really starting to wear thin. Today, I find that I only have the  energy to lie here and stare at the computer. Thank goodness for which is letting me get reaquainted with old TV shows from my childhood…


The schedule of things

June 9, 2008

The doctor visit today was pretty routine. They checked the fluid around the baby, and it is still holding steady with the bed rest. That is good news. The little one is also kicking like a pro, very active, so they say that we are on track for the amniocentisis tomorrow. Basically, that means that they are about to insert a very huge, long needle into my belly to draw out a little of the fluid. This will tell them exactly how mature the babies lungs are. If they are mature enough, we will then deliver on Wednesday afternoon. If by chance, her lungs are not ready, it is back to bed for another week or until I have a low fluid reading, whichever comes first.

I am really hoping that her lungs are ready. I am praying for it actually. I want her to be ready and I also want to feel whole again. I get to see the girls every couple of days, but only for a few hours, which kills me. I only see SH for the same amount of time, but at least I get to chat with him over the internet, and phone calls are nice as well. Still, it isn’t the same as living with my family. My sister and her room mate have been gracious, but I am ready to get out of their hair.

There you have it, the schedule of things. I will keep ya’ll in the loop as much as I can. Obviously I will be able to write again tomorrow night with the test results and the definite schedule. Let us all pray that this little girl is ready to meet the world!


Tales from my bed.

June 4, 2008

Anyone ever wanted to do nothing for a day? I am definitely one of those people. I would dream of a day when I could do nothing but lay around in bed and watch old movies or read a book. Responsibility always knocks on the door though and ruins the dream of the couch potato life. Till now of course.

I am still on full and complete bed rest, ordered by my doctor. Thankfully my numbers are looking steady, and they are thinking that we might make it to next wednesday (June 11) for delivery. Let’s hope the baby is ready by then, I am kinda tired of this bed stuff. I mean, don’t get me wrong it is fun to have no responsibility for once, but at the end of the day, as I look back at what I accomplished, I often feel like I did nothing. Well, I guess I am growing a baby, which I am told by everyone is my primary responsibility right now.

On the up side though, I have read three books, watched a bunch of  movies, and worked my way through the entire season 4 of CSI (my sister’s room-mate had it on the shelf). After a full day of being alone though, I tend to feel… you guessed it, lonely. I have my sister’s laptop computer, so I find that I check all of my favorite blogs 12.4 times a day just to see if ya’ll have updated. So, if your visitor stats have jumped, don’t worry, it’s only little ole’ me lurking around trying to feel connected. 😉


Baby News

May 28, 2008

I got some news at the doctor yesterday that was not completely welcome. Our first daughter, M was born extremely premature, and because of that history and the news we got yesterday, we found out that the new baby will possibly be coming earier than even anticipated.

I am now on strict bed rest, I can’t travel and thus I am staying with my sister in town till the baby is born. Hopefully, with the precautions and efforts we are making now, we can keep her inside till mid June. I am not actually “due” till July, but we were already planning to take her a month or so early, so now we are in the wait and see mode.

Extra prayers are always welcome…


22 days

May 27, 2008

A few days ago I sat down and figured out how far we are from the delivery of this baby. She is coming in 22 days people! Now, I don’t care how ready you feel for a new baby, how sick you are of pregnancy, 22 days is not a lot of time!

For those that don’t know her name already, I am not posting it here… blog world and all. I will however post it on facebook because it is a little more secure. Just wanted you all to know the panic I feel this morning.

22 days. Wow.


Break A…

April 18, 2008

I wanted to take it a little easy today. It is concert day after all. My family is coming this afternoon (YAY!) and we will be having a wonderful dinner here at my home before the concert. That was how things were supposed to go. Start working on my hair before the family came so I could be a good hostess.

A couple of days ago, I had a tooth break. Totally break in half. This has never happened to me before, I was eating a piece of beef jerky and suddenly I felt something hard crunching along. I ran into the dentist that afternoon, but all they had time to do was patch it back together. They said that if I was careful, it should last, without a problem through the weekend. They had me on the schedule for Tuesday morning for a full crown fix.

Then we are to this morning. Sultry Husband was completely thoughtful and let me sleep in so I would be more rested today. I slept till I woke up on my own (unheard of in this house!) Then headed into the kitchen for some breakfast. I went for my favorite without even thinking about it. Grape nuts mixed with peach flavored yogurt. One bite and I suddenly remembered that I was supposed to be careful. How did I remember? That tale tale crunch of my tooth glue giving way.

The dentist is fitting me in early this afternoon to fix the tooth completely. This is exactly what I wanted to not have happen today. I suppose that people could say “break a tooth” instead of “break a leg” for tonight, then I am doubly insured of a great concerto. Mostly I just hope that my mouth doesn’t throb all through and distract me from what is more important.

Now, I am off to clean my house. Company coming you know.