I’m on some pain meds again so bear with me as I am guaranteed to ramble and not necessarily make sense…
To start with…
Joshua is one month old today!
He is smiling – not everyday, but here and there we can coax a grin out of him. So sweet!
He is much more alert lately. He loves to look at the bright windows and try to watch Nathan & Emily. Of course they are always on the go, so it’s a bit of a challenge for him, but he tries!
He is sleeping pretty good at night. Lately, he often gives us a good 6 hour – and on occasion 7 hours! – stretch of sleep and then another 3-4 hours. Not too shabby for a 4 week old!
He weighs 12 pounds 5 ounces now. I am officially putting away all 0-3 months clothes. Not that I had many (it wasn’t worth it) but they are definitely too short on him now.
Happy 1 Month Birthday, my precious little boy!
And on to our “eventful” week:
I had thought this would be an easy week. I had no plans, no doctor appointments, nothing. I figured I would just do my normal household things, try to establish a bit more of a schedule with Joshua, and go from there.
Since the end of last week, I’ve been feeling better. I’ve had very minimal soreness from the c-section and was finally starting to feel like I was at the end of my recovery.
Monday was great. I got a ton of chores & laundry done and a good portion of the house cleaned. And I didn’t feel crazy trying to balance everything either. It felt good.
On Tuesday, I felt super tired and just “off.” I chalked it up to just having done too much the day before.
On Wednesday, I woke up at 5 am and didn’t feel very well. I thought I had some bad gas.
I felt worse when I got up for the day around 8 am. I took some antacids and some gas x. Nothing. No relief at all. A few times I was doubled-over in pain. It felt like really bad gas pains, but it was a little different. The pain was just below my ribs and sometimes radiated around my back.
Then I began to have the chills and I had a temperature of 100.5. I called Nate and he insisted I call the doctor. I did and they told me to go to the ER right away. They wanted to rule out appendicitis. Just wonderful. I told Nate I was not going to bring my newborn to the ER, absolutely no way. So he came home from work. I felt terrible asking him to interrupt his day – and I also did NOT want to go to the ER ($100 copay + I hate doctors/medical stuff when it comes to me and I truly thought they were just going to say it was gas and send me home.) But anyways…
Nate came home and I went to the ER. Thankfully the (tiny) local hospital is literally 2 minutes away so that helped. They took me in right away. Of course once I got there, my stomach pain had subsided and my temp was 99. Of course, right? I kept telling the nurse & doctor that I really didn’t think I needed to be there but I was only there to appease my husband and because my doctor told me to go in. They insisted it was good I had come in, that a fever + abdominal pain can be very serious & is nothing to mess with.
Long story short, after an ultrasound and bloodwork, it turns out I have gallstones.
The ER doctor said I will need to have my gallbladder removed “sooner rather than later.”
I was so upset. Great, just one more thing, right? Just when I am starting to feel a tiny bit like ME again, then this happens. I am almost recovered from my c-section, but not quite. Can I just get over having a baby first before throwing another surgery on me? Even if it is laporascopic, the thought still freaks me out.
I came home and just bawled and bawled. I was such a mess last night.
It didn’t help that my oh-so-loving-yet-incredibly-thinks-like-a-man-in-a-very-annoying-manner-sometimes husband practically laughed over the idea of me having a laporascopic out-patient procedure. He offered to drop me off and pick me up when all was done and he would watch the kids in the meantime. Are you freaking kidding me?!!! He wasn’t even planning on being there with me!! SOOO not okay with me!
After I got home from the ER, of course my fever/chills came back. It eventually spiked to 103. I felt absolutely miserable. Thankfully my fever broke early this morning and I’ve been better today. I’ve had occasional pain from my gallbladder off and on but nothing like yesterday.
After doing a bunch of research and talking to different people (It’s amazing how common gallbladder problems are!) I’ve decided to not have the surgery done right now. I’m going to just wait and see. I’ve only had one relatively mild “attack” so far and I think it’s a bit hasty to jump to surgery right now. If I keep having problems or things get worse, then I’ll reconsider. But right now, I’m going to try to watch my diet (apparently low-fat/no dairy) and see if that helps. I have an appointment with my doctor next week and I’ll get her opinion. I’m hoping she can recommend some herbs or something natural to help too.
I feel tired and weak today, but I’m doing okay. If you can please keep me in your prayers, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
On a much nicer note, here’s some recent pictures from the last week:
Emily & Joshua – he adores his big sister!I managed to capture part of a smile!!!
Not bad for head control from a 4 week old! He held his head up like this for a good 30 seconds or more too!
Cloth diaper – Fuzzi Bunz:
I took this picture this afternoon – I had sent both kids outside and looked out a bit later and this was what I saw. It was so hilarious. See Abby in Nathan’s lap?