Post Surgery Update

I'm happy to report that I'm back to my post-pain usual self. :) I had a follow up appointment with my Gynecologist and he said everything looked fine. I had the opportunity to see surgical photos...that was interesting. I never thought that my pain (which was a considerably amount of pain that effected daily activities), could be caused by something the width of a shoe lace. He also explained that some of my issues were caused by my bladder being stuck to my abdominal wall. That explains why I was having issues with urination and emptying my bladder.  I still have some slight incision pain because of a blood vessel that was cut when the incision was made. The pain is improving over time. I'm incredibly thankful to be pain free. I now have time, but most importantly energy to clean, and goof off with the kids.


Swollen Tonsils Before Surgery..

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am having Laparoscopic surgery in May. The surgery has been scheduled for over a month. The appointments and re-op phone call times are even on my calendar. During that time I've developed chronic swollen tonsils. At first, I thought I may have had strep so I went to urgent care. I waited for 3+ hours just to see a nurse practitioner, who prescribed antibiotics for (undiagnosed strep, he never bothered to do a strep test) and stariods to help the swelling go down. He said my tonsils were as big as thumbs. I finished up the antibiotics, and the packet of stariods, and within a week the swelling was back. I decided to make an appt with my usual Drs office...couldn't get in to see MY Dr, so I saw another Nurse Practitioner. She ran a rapid strep test that came up negative. She assumed it must have been an allergy, so she prescribed another blister pack of steroids and Claritin. I took the new meds for a week and nothing improved. I would take the steroids before bed, hoping they'd help keep my airway open so I could get a good night's sleep.

Yesterday evening, the swelling got really bad. I had Clint look in my mouth to see the swelling.  He said that it looked like my airway was the size of a straw. We went to the ER. I was thankfully seen fairly quickly in terms of ER visits. The Dr. examined my throat, did a strep test (both rapid result and lab culture - both negative). He then comes back awhile later and says that he'll prescribe me the same steroid I've been taking for over a month. I said no, that I'd like something different. He gave me one that I took right there in the ER. He said it should last 4 days, and recommended I make an appt (another $30 out of the over $200 I've spent for my throat alone) to see my PCP to get a referral to an ENT specialist.

Luckily for me, I know my PCP personally. I sent him an email about what had occurred at the ER, and the extra costs to see him in the office. He sent over a referral for me this morning. I had text'd him this morning telling that I had awoken in the middle of the night chocking, and has to sleep with my head propped on two pillows so I could breath.

I see the ENT tomorrow!!! I am hoping to have my tonsils removed before my surgery in May. We'll see how it goes!

Spring Break 2016: Birthday's and "New" Rooms!

Spring break started the week following Easter. We were hoping for good weather, but Mother-Nature had other plans. The entire week was wet, cold, and/or snowy. The day before yesterday we had enough snow to not only cover the grass but stick to the street! Sigh. So much for "spring"!

On April 3rd we celebrated Jack's 8th birthday! I can't believe he's 8 years old already! He and Marjorri (who's now 4) wanted to have their rooms painted for their birthdays. Here's some pictures:


The paint color for the boys' wall! :) So pretty!

First coat of primer on a BLACK wall (the only black wall in their room). 

Before                                           After


Clint and Jack put up some Dinosaur decals on Jack's side of the room, and Finding Nemo on Ben's side! :)

Boys' Room:



The Girls' Room:

Mid-Painting


Marjorri's "side".


Adeline's "side". The closet is opposite the foot of Adeline's bed, it and the other wall are painted pink. :)



Waiting...My Ongoing Medical Issues.

I started having pelvic pain the beginning of February. Pain with anything I did, even after going to the bathroom. I made an appointment for my annual exam and discussed the issue with my Gynecologist. He preformed the usual "feminine" exams; breasts and pelvic. I had never had a pelvic exam that hurt so much...It stung in a way that I can't describe. It was definitely not normal. I can't say that having a pelvic exam has ever been "nice", or even "comfortable", but this sensation was in a league of it's own. I was so sure that I had to have some sort of infection. During the last portion of the exam my Dr. found "something" on the left side of my uterus.

 He ordered an ultrasound and testing to rule somethings out. The results were all normal. I wasn't sure what to think at that point, I just wanted to know what was causing my pain. So, naturally...I "Googled", after talking with some friends, posting on online forums, and reading some medical journals...my theory was (and is) that I have Endometriosis. I talked about my pelvic pain with my primary care physician, and he ordered a CT Scan. Despite having a theory of Endometriosis, I was really hoping that the CT would have showed something, but it didn't. Everything has been normal. 

About a month after my ultrasound I had a follow up appointment with my Gynecologist. We discussed the results..."Everything's normal". I told him that I was surprised that everything was normal, based on the fact that he'd found "something" on my uterus...How can that be normal? I remember telling the nurse when she called to tell me the results. "What?....Normal?" She said, "You don't believe him?" I replied, "No! He found something on my uterus, how can it not show up on imaging?"

Endometriosis doesn't show up on any imaging. Ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI...nada. I'm waiting for my Laparoscopy on May 19th. I really hope he finds something....a cause for the pain would be nice. Although, I really don't want to be right in regards to my Endometriosis theory. There is no known cure for Endometriosis. 



March 2016 in Pictures

March 2016 in Pictures

March 1, 2016
Our snow covered front yard.

March 5, 2016
My mother-in-law and I took Marjorri, Ben and Adeline to the mall...A trip to Build-A-Bear for Marjorri's 4th birthday (not until April 8) while Jack, Clint and my father-in-law went to a monster truck show (Jack's 8th birthday gift).
Marjorri watches as her puppy receives her fluff! 


Time to give Puppy Ana a bath!

Marjorri was so excited about her new Puppy. 


March 7, 2016
My Sweet Adeline and her puppy. :)

March 15, 2016

Me, sick with strep. Lovely. 

Adeline and Mommy. <3

Sweet Adeline

March 29, 2016

Adeline 15.5 months

Easter Sunday!

Jack 

Miss Adeline and her basket. <3 It's almost as big as she is!


Marjorri

Mr Ben! <3

Adeline being cute with her little letter A. :)





Ben's 6 birthday and Christmas photos!







Ben and Aunt Victoria
Before blowing out his candles Ben looks at me and says, "Hi mommy!" 
I cried through the happy birthday song. Turns out that I got the birthday present. He called me, "Mommy!" A day I won't forget!







Photos of the kids!

Video of Adeline - Feb 2016

Adeline loves cake! Feb 12, 2016 - 14 months

View from our front window. Feb 13, 2016 

Valentine's Day 2016 - A box of chocolate covered strawberries and this note from Clint. <3

Jack and mama - Feb 12, 2016 - 7 years


Photos from Feb 3, 2016 
Marjorri - 3 Adeline - 13 months Me - 30 years







Photos from January 26, 2016 - Adeline's big girl bed!



January 20, 2016