Friday, July 25, 2008

Here's the scoop...more craziness...can I get a break please??

Sometimes it stinks to be right. I KNEW something was really wrong with my recovery since Brooke was born. I went to my OB appt on Wednesday and I got myself bounced right back into the hospital. It was a pretty scary day but I'll cut to the chase and let you all know I'm home now and just fine. Thank GOD!

The chest pain, shortness of breath and cough was enough for my OB to send me right back to the hospital. They admitted me and my room was like grand central station. Not the best feeling when you think something is really wrong with you but then again, really glad I had so many people on my case. They did a chest xray to rule out fluid in my lungs and possible pneumonia. The xray showed that my heart was borderline enlarged. After that I had a EKG, echo cardiogram and a CT scan to make sure I did not have a blood clot in my lungs. Obviously, a blood clot would have been worst case scenario but is treatable if they catch it in time. Turns out that my whole problem was fluid retention. My body was not releasing all of the excess fluid it had post pregnancy. They gave me a drug called lasix through an IV and I spent two hours running to the bathroom getting rid of fluid! I seriously donated TWO LITERS of urine in under an hour and a half. Immediately after that I had no more chest pain and I did a lap around the floor I was on and was not short of breath anymore. Amazing! So now I'm on the lasix orally for one week til all of the residual swelling is down in my feet and hands. I go back in three weeks for another check on my heart. Apparently once the fluid is back to normal my heart size should be as well.

I feel like I dodged a major bullet. As you can imagine, considering how our medical LUCK has been running lately I was imagining all of the worst case scenarios. I was pretty freaked out.

So that's what's been going on over here the last two days. More drama.

To add insult to injury I just found out today that my benefits at work are not what I was led to believe and I have to go back to work two weeks sooner than I planned. I can tell you that the melt down I had over that today has not been pretty. It's way too much to explain via the blog but suffice to say I feel very mislead and my disability benefits are not being paid out to me the same way they were two years ago when I was out with Lindsay. This is my last baby and I feel like I'm being cheated of time with her that I'll never get back. Not to mention with Mike's upcoming surgery and everything that will entail I'm not sure how I'm supposed to go back to work two weeks sooner when he's still going to be recovering. We had this planned to the exact time frame that my leave was supposed to be so that both of us would have sufficient recovery time from surgeries. This should be a joyous time and I've been trying hard to still feel that joy and not let all this other stuff bog me down and take away from what's important. I know that I should feel blessed that my husband is alive and I have two healthy, beautiful daughters!
So with that, I won't say anymore other than I'm shutting down this weekend and enjoying my family. The rest of it can wait.

9 comments:

Me. said...

LORD! How scary! I am SO GLAD you went to the doc and listened to your body. I'm glad you are home and doing ok now. Try to rest. (haha!) I am so sorry about the benefit deal. We do not get nearly enough Maternity Leave ANYWAY... I only got 6 weeks...but I added 2 weeks vacation to mine so I could atleast get 2 months. And I didn't have the other events (Mike's recovery, etc) going on too. I'm so sorry. Everything will work out.

MBKimmy said...

Girl I am sending prayers your way ... I am here call me and bitch all you want ... it will be me next hahaha ...

as for work - can you take the 2 weeks without pay and be okay?! Would they hold your job? Can you manage without the check? Just wondering ... we can start a fund raiser for you ... how much would we need to get you 2 weeks off?!
I will do what ever needs to be done!

Love you and please please keep your head up!

The Partins said...

I'm glad you are okay! That is way scary! man, but when you have to go to the bathroom like that, you almost wish for a catheter just to keep from the up down up down.

I'd be ticked off too about losing those 2 weeks! That is so not cool to do a switcharoo like that. :-(

The Smith Family said...

OMG Chris! You really need a break. I am so sorry you had to go through all of that drama, it's not fair. I continue to pray you and Mike's medical drama will be over with soon and you both can heal and enjoy your new family.

It totally sucks about work. If needed would you be allowed to take the extra two weeks off with no pay? I know it stinks not getting a paycheck but you will be able to be home with Mike as he completes his recovery.

I just know things are going to get better for you, they really are!!!

Chris said...

Thanks guys...actually I'm already taking two weeks with no pay so that I can be out 10 weeks. I was supposed to stay out 12. I can't afford to take 4 weeks without pay. I mean who could? So instead of going back October 6 I'm going to have to go back Sept 22 which will put Mike barely 4 weeks out from surgery IF he gets the surgery dates we're looking at.
I'm still working on it. I may have some other options through my job and Mike wants to talk to employee relations still...we'll see. I'm trying not to stress over it for now. I'm WAY too emotional to deal with it right now.

Anonymous said...

i'm thinking about you, chris! and, i'm 100% sure that all of this will work itself out in your favor! :)

keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness!!! Chris I am sending up prayers as we speak. I know that this is easier said than done, but please enjoy your times with your angels and let this work out on its own. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. (((HUGS)))!!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, I am just now geeting around to reading blogs for the past few days. I can't believe this, Chris. God Bless you, you guys have really been through it. But also THANK GOD that it wasn't something that couldn't be pretty easily fixed. Take all the time (although shortened) you have left to completely enjoy your two angel girls!!!

Andrea said...

Wow. I'm so glad you are allright. Hang in there. This too shall pass...