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Surgery
March 12, 2008

Good news, the clogged duct in my left breast took care of it’s self Monday morning.  I can’t even tell you how much better I felt after, I could hardly sleep Sunday because of the pain so it was a relief to have it gone.

The surgeon today said she will operate on Friday morning to take the abscess out.  From the way she was talking, Jeremy and I both had the opinion that if she’d seen me last week before they attempted to drain it she would have done the surgery earlier.  I guess next time I’ll call the surgical office and push harder myself.  I probably made it sound like I was feeling much better than I actually was when I spoke to the woman who called to make the appointment.  The doctor that drained it last week called me about the cultures they ran on the fluid he extracted.  It was a “raging Staph infection”.  The strain was resilient to the first antibiotic (duh) but the second one it’s “sensitive” to.  I’ll most likely continue to be on the antibiotics for a while after the surgery as well.  If only they didn’t give me a foul taste in my mouth every morning.  Apparently he was surprised I didn’t have more symptoms of the infection earlier on and that I never got a high temperature.  He was relieved to hear that the surgeon wanted to just go in and remove the entire mass, hopefully that way the infection will not spread.

It’s an outpatient surgery.  Because of the Cardiomyopathy they won’t put me under completely unless I really push for it.  I have been going back and forth on what I want to do.  She says even when you’re “awake” with the amount of medication they give you, the patient usually sleeps through the procedure anyway.  I just don’t know, on the other hand I handled the draining ok.  However with the draining they weren’t cutting me open as large and cutting things out of me.  She said she will take out the abscess as well as the surrounding tissue but that I won’t miss it.  I’m not sure if she said that because I have large breasts or if it’s because I truly won’t notice.  Like most women one of my breasts is smaller than the other.  My luck (ha ha) is that my right breast is the smaller of the two, and now possibly it will be getting even smaller.  I already struggle more than most can understand to purchase bra’s, and spend a small fortune when I do find one that works.  I never thought I’d care so much but I guess I have more of an attachment to my breasts than I thought I would. eh, oh well.

I contemplated stopping pumping.  I’m sure most of you wouldn’t blame me.  I’ve been advised however that it wouldn’t be smart until after the surgery starts to heal, and since they leave part of it open for a while that’s not going to be anytime soon.  Considering how painful pumping was after they just drained it, I’m not looking forward to pumping Friday evening.

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My Boob Hurts
February 28, 2008

There is no gentle way to put it. My right breast hurts so much right now I am thinking of personally cutting it off. It all started about 3 weeks ago. I thought I had a clogged duct. Well the lump I thought was the clog never went away. I would push on it and try everything people told me and it stuck around. It not only stuck around it started to get bigger and hurt. I finally made an appointment to get it looked at and I was told it was Mastitis and that I really shouldn’t have waited so long to have it looked at. I was given antibiotics but after 3 days and the pain getting worse I called the doctor and told him there had been no improvement. I could now see the effected area when I looked in the mirror because the skin is reddish/purplish. At this point he switched the antibiotic and gave me pain medication as well, then shot me in the tush with even more medication. He measured the “lump” and it had grown to 8.5 cm by 6.5 cm. I was told my bra was too tight and that could cause problems since I’m breastfeeding. It made me want to cry since we’ve been trying to get bigger bra’s, even special ordered some and they never came… anyway… ya… so I’m discouraged.

It’s been 4 days since starting the new antibiotic and guess what. NO improvement at all. The doctor is starting to wonder if it’s another kind of infection or even if it’s turned into an abscess. I’m not thrilled about this prospect since from what I’ve found online they talk about how the best thing to do is have it taken care of surgically since it often comes back if just drained with a needle. HOWEVER as each day goes by and the pain gets worse I’m feeling more and more desperate. I still have to pump on that side, and if I don’t do it every 3 hours I start to feel it big time. Overall I’m not feeling 100% anymore and that’s so frustrating since I’d been feeling so well the past couple weeks. I have a breast ultrasound on Friday, and hopefully that will shed some light on the situation. The doctor is also doing a culture on some of the milk from that breast, the results from that should be ready soon also. I feel like a medical nightmare. Some people catch colds, I catch rare diseases. I could wallpaper our room with medical bills right now.
GOOD news is JD is wonderful and such a good boy. My only complaint is that he is still only giving us 2-3 hour chunks of sleep at night. Since I’m exclusively pumping now it can make for some long nights. I want to start trying to stretch him out longer but Jer is a light sleeper so it will require me getting his big crib cleaned out (it’s full of clothes and blankets) in his room so that I can have him out of our room. Quite frankly I don’t have the energy the past couple days to get it done. Maybe tomorrow? My mom once had a doctor tell her that once a baby is 2 months old or 10 pounds and healthy they have the ability to sleep through the night. I’m just asking for maybe a good consistent 4-5 hours but hey, I’d take all night too. 🙂 Good news is that his room is finally coming together thanks to Steph’s sister offering us a love seat. Our full couch in that tiny room was a nightmare and it is so nice to have more space and a better layout, not to mention that the new couch is WAY more comfier than the old one.

Stomach Flu
January 8, 2008

The past 15 hours or so have worn me out.  My nephew had a stomach bug last week and apparently, a full week later, I’ve got it too.  My poor brother was in the down stairs shower last night when I started throwing up in the upstairs bathroom.  Nothing like having someone flush the toilet OVER AND OVER while you are in the shower eh?  I felt bad for him this morning when I found out.  To make matters worse I haven’t cleaned the upstairs bathroom in a couple weeks so I was trying to clean the toilet, while throwing up in it.  Gross I know but what else was I supposed to do. Let this be a reminder to all of you, go clean your toilets.  You NEVER KNOW when someone might need to stick their head down there.

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Everytime I’d get back to bed, right as I was drifting off to sleep the contractions would start.  Contractions would blend into cramps and at one point at 4 am I was actually just laying in bed moaning, wishing someone would just kill me!  Once the contractions and cramps would stop Uno decided to let me know that he didn’t like all the activity going on and would do martial arts or something.  So this afternoon my stomach hurts to even touch it.

I had a doctors appointment about an hour ago.  I was worried about my blood pressure since only about half of my medication has stayed down, but it’s doing fine.  I’ve lost 5 pounds since Friday however.  Imagine that.  They want me to try to keep more fluids down.  So far today I had 1/2 a protein shake, and that’s stayed down so I’m attempting room temperature Sprite now.  Wish me luck.  The worst part is my stomach is growling and the baby is kicking.  Both want real food but I’m just not that brave yet.

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Tears
December 3, 2007

Yesterday I attempted going to all 3 hours of church for the first time in a month.  I did great through Sacrament meeting.  Jeremy and I sat out on the couches in the foyer and that was ideal.  I got about half way through Sunday School when I started to feel really dizzy and nauseous.  I tried to keep focused on the lesson but by the end of class Jer looked at me and asked if I wanted him to take me home.  I was DETERMINED to make it through Relief Society so I said no.  I started to get dizzy to the point I was afraid I would pass out while just sitting there.   The thought of my fat pregnant body sprawled on the floor with my dress landing over my head terrified me.  At this point the RS president came up to see how I was doing.  I started to bawl.  I couldn’t stop.  I didn’t want to cry, I hadn’t planed on crying and yet I could NOT STOP crying.  We chatted for a bit and then the lesson started.  I tried to wipe the tears away but man the were everywhere.  Finally about half way through the lesson I decided the nausea was going to win the dizzy battle and I made my way out of the room for some air and a drink of water.  I never did pass out and I made it till the end.  The only really close call was when I was trying to leave the room and the hallway was packed full of people.  A teenage boy kept trying to yank the door out of my hands and push past me.  I finally had to say excuse me and shove into him full force so that he’s stop and I could get out.  I’m sure he now thinks I’m a witch but honestly!  Let the pregnant lady through!!

After getting home, laying down and eating a bit Jeremy and I decided that 3 hours is too much and we’ll have to test out next week to see how long I make it.  Ideally I’d like to go to Sacrament and Relief Society.  Problem is they are the first and last hour so Jer would have to take me home, then come get me.  Ah the joys.  By the afternoon I was feeling much better.

I thought that most of the “problems” had kind of cleared up but it was a long hard weekend so I guess that’s a negative ghost rider!  Back to doing nothing but crocheting, watching movies, and playing online.  😦  Thank goodness someone gave me a giant book of Suduko that’s kept me occupied in the evenings.

Check Up
November 28, 2007

The doctors appointment today went well.  I maintained my weight from last week (even after Thanksgiving).  All the tests they ran last week came back with no abnormalities.  YAY I’m normal.  The doctor told me to stay down like I have been since it is helping my blood pressure and wants to see me every other week instead of every week unless I start having a lot of problems again.  Jeremy and I were happy to agree.  Since it was the specialist that actually wanted me to be seen weekly I wonder if she’s gonna tell me I still have to go in weekly when we see her.  I still have to have the heart echo and wear the 24 hour heart monitor but I’m thinking everything will be fine.

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I talked to him about my heartburn also.  Told me to start trying a combination of meds like Tums, Pepcid and Mylanta.   I started off this morning with a pepcid and then after breakfast heartburn started I tried the Mylanta.  It made me gag going down but it helped instantly!  I found a Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe online that uses Mylanta.  Now wouldn’t that be a good way to take it!  Wonder if it helps relieve the heartburn or not?  Anyway today has been good.  I even had some Dorito’s for lunch and no heartburn since the Mylanta.

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Anyone wanna test the recipe with me?!

Hello Again, Hello
November 9, 2007

Hello Hospital Labor and Delivery triage room #2… again.

After 27 hours or so of what I figured were gas pains I broke down and called the doctor.  He called me back a few hours later and told me I had two choices.  Go in and get checked out at the hospital, or wait till tomorrow and come in first thing in the morning.  He could tell I didn’t want to go back into the hospital so he said he would recommend it but if I decided to wait that was ok to.

I struggled with it and then decided I’d been in pain long enough so mom took me in.  One of those many times that I’m blessed to be living with family right now since Jeremy was at work.

They got me all hooked up again.  Uno was SUPER active.  I think he was showing off.  It was killing me since I had started to get sore due to all the cramps.  They ran a urine culture and kept an eye on the baby.  We were there for 2 and 1/2 hours.  Apparently right after I got there 3 other women came in.  They ran a test on my cervix to see if I had a chance of going into labor in the next two weeks.  Let me tell you ladies, it was no fun.  I told mom (during the test) it was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever done.  Granted it was slightly painful but not too bad, it was just icky.   After the test the nurse checked my cervix to see if I was dilated at all.  That was a piece of cake compared to the test.  I was still high and closed (a good sign).  Come to find out they weren’t contractions (I’d assumed they were just gas so that is good) but I did have a bladder infection that was probably aggravating the pain and they put me on some meds.

I do have to mention the bed I was in.  Besides the fact that I’m sure they don’t design the beds for comfort, my feet were hanging off the edge, literally.  Also Uno decided to hide anytime I turned on my side and they would loose his heart beat.  So for almost the entire time I was on my back.  My tush started to hurt a bit and I thought it was just falling asleep.  By the time we got home I realized the real problem. That dang bed had aggravated my sciatic nerve (I haven’t had much pain from it for weeks).  I’ve been hobbling around since we left the hospital.  It’s loads of fun, loads and loads.  I told Jeremy I’m never going back to the hospital and he’d better brush up on how to deliver a baby from his first aid courses at the U.  He didn’t think I was funny.

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Neglectful
October 20, 2007

I’ve been very bad at keeping up the preggo site.  I am SORRY!  Forgive me (or don’t, I don’t care.  ha ha)

Things have been going really well!  Disneyland was awesome.  The first night in the parks was hard, 3 hours of contractions and fear of giving birth on a shuttle bus was frightening but after that I tried to take it as easy as possible.  It wasn’t too hard since thanks to double nerve pain I was hobbling like a moron!

Once we got home things settled down.  With the exception of my elephant feet the day after we flew.  If you could get stretch marks on your ankles I was sure I was going to get them on mine that day.  It was icky.

This week has been awesome.  Not a lot of pain and really quite mild.  We are getting used to the fact that Uno is a boy.  I was SURE it was a girl so this was a shock to me.  We are so excited.  Yesterday while I was laying down I felt him move on my side.  I tried to let KK feel him but he stopped moving before I could get her to come over.  I think he was trying to turn around.  It’s the first time I’ve felt him on my side.  Poor Jeremy still hasn’t ever gotten a chance to feel him.  I think he has a calming touch because the minute he sticks his hand on my belly Uno stops!

The only icky thing right now is that morning sickness is back. Yesterday I thought it was the flu but when I was fine all afternoon and then sick again this morning I realized it was just the pregnancy.  I’m SO EXCITED…… ok no… I’m not.

Rockin’ and Rollin’
September 18, 2007

I’ve been so busy with getting ready to move and spending time with family that I’ve really neglected this blog.  Lets catch up!

I was sick for a while with a cold.  That is something I pray doesn’t happen again while pregnant!  It lasted for just over a week and I’m SO GLAD it’s gone.  When you can’t take anything for it, you realize just how much colds suck the life force out of you.

Today has been good.  I felt little Uno kicking me in the tummy so hard that I could feel it from the outside.  I bet within a week or so Jeremy will be able to feel it as well.  🙂  He’s excited.

Our next Doctors appointment is on Monday.  Jeremy has to work so Steph is going with me.   I’m so thankful for having such a supportive family.  I’m not sure what we’d do without them.

Headache
September 2, 2007

For the past two days I have had a POUNDING headache.  Last night it was so bad I finally buckled and drank a 20 oz. Pepsi to see if the caffeine would help.  It did but only for a few hours.  GOOD news is that sometimes the headache dulls the pain of the sciatica!  I thought maybe I was dehydrated but I’ve been drinking up a storm of water and it’s still hanging on strong.  The joys.  I’m thinking maybe it’s being caused by a lack of good sleep?  I haven’t been able to make it through a full night without waking up about 20 times to readjust in bed for the past 5 days or so.

Jer and I have been starting to pack our apartment more and more.  I get the top things and anything closer to the ground he packs so I don’t have to bend over to do it.  Nice team work isn’t it.  We’ve also started to take things off the walls and it’s going to look pretty barren here in the next couple of weeks.

Oh Happy Day!
August 25, 2007

Yesterday I felt awesome.  I was a bit dizzy in the morning but managed to keep anything I ate down and was more active than I’ve been in a while.  As a matter of fact we went out to dinner with my family at Bucca and I ate a TON.  I was a bit queasy after but nothing came of it and I’m sure baby Uno loved getting food finally.  Hopefully it’ll realize that food is good and stop making it’s mama sick every time she thinks of it?  I know it doesn’t work that way but I wish.

Today I am a bit ickier than yesterday but not really bad at all.  Here’s hoping this is the beginning of the end!  WAHOOOO!