Wednesday, May 28, 2008

First Born

I've been tagged, yet again. Thanks a lot Nicki! :)

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? yes and no, sorta but not exactly


3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? excited, then panicked(see question 6)

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? never even entered my mind, no way

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 20 (21 when he was born)

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? home pregnancy test, I had been sick with diarrhea for several days and was taking all kinds of medicines to get rid of it and I finally realized I was late so I took a test and it was positive.

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? Doug. I wanted to do something really fun and cute like wrap up a little baby toy and give it to him or something like that but he came home from work early and as soon as I saw him I just blurted it out! LOL!

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? I always thought I'd want to wait and be surprised but once I was actually pregnant, I couldn't wait to find out!

9. DUE DATE? June 6, 1999

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? does constant diarrhea count? If so then yeah I had that for about the first 2 months. I had to eat the most bland foods during that time to keep it under control! TMI sorry!

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? watermelon, strawberries, applebees oriental chicken salad and chocolate shakes

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? One of my coworkers who overheard me on the phone with a family member and decided to share MY news with the entire office! I was not happy with her for that!


14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? Well, Doug's brothers kept insisting that "we don't have girls in this family" so I was really wanting a girl just to prove them wrong so I was a little disappointed at first but then I was excited. I really didn't care that much to be honest.


16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? I think I had 3, 2 before he was born and 1 after he was born.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? I knew about all of them

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? I had some spotting and contractions around 28 weeks. The dr put me on partial bedrest and that was about it. I also got a horrible stomach flu at one point and had to go the hospital to get fluids and nausea meds. Not fun!

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah and dang it I missed out on their brand new birthing suites by only a few weeks! Oh well!

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? Started contracting weeks before but I was induced on May 29. They started the pitocin around 7:30am and I labored, including pushing, for almost 9 1/2 hours, when I finally got to meet my prescious baby boy at 2:52am. I will always remember that time for some reason, it just sticks with me. I think I looked right at the clock when he was born and I just have always remembered it exactly. 2:52am.

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? My sweetie of course, Doug, who, by the way, the nurses kept bringing him meals while I was in labor and starving and he was such a picky eater that he'd send it all back, untouched! I was so jealous!

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Doug (and the dr and nurses of course), my mom and Doug's mom, Lana were right outside the door and came in as soon as he was born though!

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? natural, tearing and all. fun fun fun.

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? I was dead set against having an epidural. I was young and had it in my head that women have been giving birth for thousands of years without it so I could too and I was gonna do it. I was gonna prove to Doug (who was skeptical of my decision based on the fact that I am a complete wimp) and to myself that I could do it. However, I did not expect to progress so incredibly slowly and I did not expect any contraction to last 5 minutes OR 10 minutes like the few I experienced. AFter 12 hours the nurse asked me again for about the millionth time if I wanted and epidural. I finally said ok but I asked her to check me one more time before they did it. I had been at 4cm for hours and I was thinking in my head that if she said I was even at a 4+ I would wait but I was still at 4cm, no change in hours so I let them do it. I was so exhausted and in so much pain that I just didn't even care about the whole thing. It helped although it didn't take all the pain away which I later discovered I liked better than not feeling anything at all. My friend asked me later what it was like before versus after the epidural. The best way I could think to describe it to her was that I went from feeling like I was being run over by a semi truck to being run over by a pick-up truck. Don't know where I came up with that analogy but that's what I told her. I later learned that I preferred feeling something because it was so satisfying to feel that urge to push and to feel the pushes doing what they were supposed to do and to feel myself pushing that baby out of my body. Giving birth is horribly painful and yes so incredibly magical.


26. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN? May 30, 1999 at 2:52am

27. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? David Isaac Wright (named David after his deceased grandfather David Lee Wright) and if I do say so myself, never having met my father-in-law, only heard the stories, I think my sweet boy does his Grandpa Wright proud!

28. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? David will be 9 years old on Friday(less than 2 full days from now) So that makes him exactly 8 years, 11 months and 28 days old. Now I'm crying dang it! I can't believe he's getting so old and so big! He's gonna be taller than me before I know it! ~SIGH~

OK. I am tagging:

Beth AKA FXSmom
Melissa Dixon
Danika Park
Mom AKA Laura Pace (time to finish your blog mom! love you!)
Melissa Pace
Sarah Sorrill

Love you all and want to hear your stories!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tales of stress fractures and hospital visits

Well, it's been a very busy couple of weeks for me. About 2 1/2 weeks ago I started to feel a certain pain in my right calf and there was a noticeable lump there. At first I thought of Deep Vein Thrombosis but that I thought that was a bit extreme to jump right to that conclusion so the I got thinking that maybe my Fibromyalgia was just progressing and that this was a new symptom I hadn't had before. However, after about 4 days it didn't change at all and there was still a lump in my calf that I could feel, it wasn't getting better, so I decided to call the dr and try to get in to see him. They couldn't get me in until the next day. Dr was thinking it might be a blood clot or a cyst of some sort so he ordered several different blood tests and and ultrasound. All the blood tests came back normal and the ultrasound did not show anything abnormal either so he then ordered an x-ray and an MRI. I had the x-ray and it was perfect. Then I had the MRI on Wednesday morning this week. They said it would take about 2 days to get the results back to the dr but, while I was at David's triennial IEP meeting, the dr's office called and talked to Doug. He said the good news was that they knew what was wrong with my leg finally. Turns out that the MRI showed a stress fracture about 2-3 inches below my knee. We saw the ortho dr on Thursday and he confirmed the stress fracture. None of us can figure out how this happened but it's there so I guess it doesn't really matter at this point. Due to the location, he said a walking cast (boot) wouldn't help at all and might even cause more damage because it would only go up to just below my knee which would not be high enough to help the fracture due to it's location. He even said that it might even make it worse because the weight of the boot could cause the bone to grind together rather than healing. The alternatives were either a full leg cast that would go almost all the way up almost to my hip or to simply use crutches or a walker and stay off of it as much as possible for at least 3 weeks. I am supposed to go in in 3 weeks to have a new x-ray done. He said that it didn't show on the x-ray because it was too "fresh". He said that it won't show on an x-ray until it starts to heal a bit so he said that if it doesn't show any healing or enough healing at that time then we will have to talk about doing the full leg cast. Yay. (note sarcasm)

So I went and had to get some crutches but apparently I do not have the coordination to use both of them so I just use one on the side that is injured and it helps to keep the pressure off of it.

Then this morning I woke up around 3:30 or so with really bad stomach pains, kinda like cramping but it was constant. I had to get up and get the kids ready for school and get Jonathan fed and everything and I barely made it through all of that. I thought maybe if I ate soemthing it would go away so I ate a bowl of Rice Krispies but that didn't help at all. I think I actually felt worse after that. I got David on the bus and drove Nathan to school. I had some crackers in my car so I tried eating some of those and it was ok but I was still in a lot of pain. I put Jonathan in his crib with a bottle and his crib toy and he was happy to play until he got tired. Then he just drank his bottle and went to sleep.

Doug had been over at the new house working on the tool/garden shed. He called me around 10:30am and I was in so much pain that I was in tears. He asked me if I needed to go to the hospital and I said that I thought I did so he headed home. Meanwhile I started making phone calls trying to find someone to watch Jonathan and pick Nathan up at school and then meet David's bus and watch them until we got home. Amanda came and took JJ and then went to pick up Nathan then she came back to our house and met David's bus.

So at the hospital, they gave me an iv and I think I must have been a little bit dehydrated because they had a hard time finding a good vein and they have never had a hard time with that for me before. They started fluids and gave me some meds for nausea because the pain was so intense it was making me pretty woozy. Eventually they gave me some dilodid (nice!)for the pain and that helped a lot. They also drew a ton of blood for tests. All the tests came back normal so then the dr added a few more tests for me but those were normal too. So, the dr said that he was going to send me home and said that if the stomach pains came back to come back and they would do a CT scan. I thought they should have just done itw while I was aleady. I got a nice little nap so that was nice. So since they couldn't find anything wrong, they were sending me home with instructions to drink plenty fluids and to rest. The dr said that if the pains come back to go back and they would do a CT scan. Hopefully they are gone and we will just wait and see wha happens. The dr gave a new prescription for pain meds for my leg.

Exciting, I know. They gave me another dose of dilodid before I left so I would feel a little better. Anyway so that's what's going on here. So far the stomach is feeling tons better. Lana comes tomorrow and she will help me with everything. Thanks for reading! Anyway, I'm fallig asleep so I'm off. More later...