Friday, February 1, 2008


I owe you guys some MAJOR updates. I'm working in backwards order here so bear with me.

I woke up this morning and was ITCHING like a mad woman. I was clawing at my arms and then my back was itching then my neck and chest. I started asking Mike to scratch my back and then I didn't want him to stop. All of a sudden I was like "TURN ON THE LIGHT!! OMG!!" Well, I was covered in lovely red welts and bumps. My first reaction was that I might have that pregnancy PUPPS thing that mbkimmy talked about before Tatum was born. Turns out it's too early in the pregnancy to develop that (THANK GOODNESS) and not likely to be my issues. We're still not sure what's going on but the doctor might think that it's a neurodermatitis. In layman's terms it's stress related. I like to call it "Neurotic". Ha! Anyway, what would cause me so much stress that I'd break into hives you ask????

It's been a rough week bloggers. Last Saturday I woke up to find my 15 year old border collie Freckles having seizures. She had two within six hours of each other. Long story short, Mike and I took her to the vet and ultimately had to put her down. I've had Freckles since she was three months old so she was my first baby. Mike and I were there with her to the end and fortunately my sister had Lindsay for the weekend so we were able to grieve and not have to worry about the baby. Then on Tuesday Mike had to take our 19 year old cat to the vet b/c she was not well. We were worried before the Orlando trip that her time was coming but she sort of had bounced back. By Tuesday though she was not eating or drinking or walking very well. So, within three days of each other we lost two very beloved pets. We still have Max, our black chow, who probably won't go for a ride in the car ANYTIME soon. He's pretty much moping around the house when Lindsay isn't home. However, putting two animals to sleep just days apart has made for a pretty sad week.

To add to the stress factor Lindsay had the surgery to put tubes in her ears on Wednesday. We knew this would be fine and it went more smoothly than we could have dreamed. Lindsay is doing great and we're happy to be over that hump.

So, once I told the doc all of this information he decided that I do not have PUPPS but that my body is having a reaction to all of the stress I've been under. Ok, I'll take that. Although I thought I was handling it all pretty darn well. I guess my body is freaking out. Hopefully Baby #2 in here is doing ok. We have an ultrasound this Tuesday and we're hoping to find out the sex which will be exciting! We need some good news to come our way this week.

Anyway, I still have vacation pics to post, Lindsay pics from surgery day and a lovely little tribute to our dear Freckles & Midnight. Hopefully I'll get around to some of that this weekend.

Special thanks to MBKIMMY for calling me back this morning and talking me down! I was so worried I was going to be itching for the next 24 weeks!!!!

More soon!


Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry about the loss of your pets, Chris. I really hope that you are okay. My love to you and your family.

Glad the tubes went well for Lindsay!

And I will looks for pictures soon!

Tara said...

I'm glad that you're okay and hanging in there. Have a good weekend.

Amanda said...

Hey girl -- I came down with the itchies with D. In fact I had him 3 weeks early because I couldn't handle it any longer -- I had every test ran you can imagine and all the could chop it up to was my body freaking out over the pregnancy! It was the most uncomfortable thing I have EVER had! Hang in there! Hope to see a post of the SEX before I head in for my C on Wed! How exciting!!!

Heather said...

Chris, I am sorry for your loss. It's terrible to lose a beloved pet, but 2 so close together must be overwhelming. I hope the itching stops soon. I am looking forward the the rest of the pictures and the sex announcement!

Chris said...

Thanks guys. Yes, it's been a really hard week. Sat-Tues were just nightmarish. Wed was a good distraction from the pet thing and Lindsay did great. We're starting to relax some now from all the stress and tears. I'm itching again tonight...GRRRR...I'm due for more benedryl which I was hoping not to have to take again. We'll see how the weekend goes.

MBKimmy said...

Again I am so so sorry about the week you had ... I hope that it is all getting better ... I ment to call you today got busy and now i am afraid it is too late! I hope your itching is a little better! Thinking about you!

Stephanie823 said...

I am so sorry that you lost TWO family members in one week. No one should have to go through that. And i am SO GLAD it's not PUPPS. I know several friends who had it... Not good. I swear, Lindsay and Stella would be best friends - they are like the SAME child with all the stuff they are saying and doing...